it’s that time of year when more and more fall collections are coming out from all of my favorite independent designers. and my wish list is growing to ridiculous proportions, especially now that i’ve seen the heinui fall 2016 collection! this season, she’s introduced so many beautiful art prints mixed with some of her classic indigo styles in updated fits. i especially love her collections because each piece really stands out on it’s own yet is still surprisingly versatile. she uses beautiful, sturdy textiles like japanese cotton that can be worn simply with flats, while still being able to transition into a more dressy occasion with the right accessories.
as i’m sure you know by now, i have been a big fan of elizabeth suzann since her very first days as a designer. so it is no surprise that i am hugely excited about the release of her new cold weather collection. granted, i don’t live in a very cold clime, but the collection was very thoughtfully created in a similar vein as their signature collection. they are all timeless classics that may change and evolve over time, but that will remain a core set of garments offered year round for chilly summer evenings or crisp winter days alike.
and of course, as you have come to expect from elizabeth suzann, everything has been created with the same design philosophy: to make getting dressed easy and enjoyable, while being comfortable and functional. but one thing that really stands out about the new collection is the story about how they’ve improved their supply chain. of the change, they said:
with the shift to a permanent cold weather collection, fabric selection felt more significant than any other seasonal collection. we decided to make a monumental shift to using all locally woven wool fabric from our good friends at tennessee textile mill right here in nashville. the wool yarn is also sourced domestically in oregon at imperial stock ranch. the implications of moving not only to locally woven fabric but also domestically sourced wool yarn are many and significant, including a complicated supplier process, in addition to an increase in price to account for both the vastly improved yarn and local production. these were obstacles we considered and ultimately decided were worth overcoming, and we hope that you agree.
the end result is an incredibly luxurious collection of wearable garments that will act as mainstays in your closet that can be worn for years to come.
you may be familiar with gravel & gold’s iconic boob print seen ’round the web, but what you may not know is that they have also been producing beautiful collections for several seasons running! way back in the day, when i still lived in san francisco, i would stop by their shop in the mission district to buy gifts and things and even got a dress from one of their very first collections. since then, they’ve only gotten better. and their new fall 2016 collection might be my favorite yet! i’ve been more and more drawn to art prints, so the night landscape print is hitting all the right notes. i love that they used it on a bunch of different pieces including a dress, top, pants, and jacket so you can go all out with a matching set or keep it subtle as just a little statement.
everything is up for pre-sale right now, so you better head over and place your order because i have a feeling they’re going to sell out quick! shop gravel & gold.
and without skipping a beat, part two of the good night, day fall 2016 lookbook. all of the designs are so thoughtful and beautiful, made better knowing that designer tara-lynn morrison uses only sustainable yarns fairly sourced from south america and only her hands to knit each and every order. i’ve been following her since i started blogging, and each season i think that she can’t top herself, and yet she does! her latest round of knits make me wish i could move up to canada and swath myself in her luxuriously soft shawls and toques.
i have long been a fan of canadian designer tara-lynn morrison and her knitwear brand good night, day. i think our online friendship began right around the same time that i became a blogger over 8 years ago! which is truly impressive when i really start to think about it. she’s been dreaming up beautiful knits for years and hand-knitting every single piece in her shop, and continuing to inspire me as i follow along on her journey. with fashion, it’s so easy to get swept away with the latest trends or the most sought-after labels without thinking too much about who made them or where they came from. but tara-lynn’s work stops you in your tracks and helps to shake you out of your fast-fashion trance. all of her fibers are ethically sourced from south america and every single piece has been knit by her. when you make a purchase from good night, day you are contributing to the slow fashion movement. her work is consciously political, sustainable, and beautiful.
and this season, she does not disappoint. looking at these images, i want to step right into the dreamy world that she’s created, draped in luxurious textures and feeling the crisp autumn air against my skin. my favorite is definitley the dark umber inklin sweater seen above. it seems like the perfect thing to wear with a pair of jeans or thrown over a simple dress on a chilly day.
a couple of months back, i had the extraordinary opportunity to work with solly baby on their fall 2016 lookbook! our household is really big on babywearing (even adam!), so we were really delighted to be involved. and i got the chance to try out some of the fall collection before they hit the stores, including the currently sold-out but soon to be back-in-stock rifle x solly baby wrap seen here in the photos.
poor little edie was unexpectedly sick the day of the shoot, so she ended up sleeping on my chest throughout the entire shoot, which actually turned out to be the perfect thing for her. holding them close like this makes all of the difference because it helps them to feel calm and comfortable, while i’m able to keep my hands free. it’s a win all the way around!
it’s vintage month at garmentory! they’re hosting an exclusive pop-up shop all october long with one-of-a-kinds and coveted pieces from vintage curators where i was from, duo nyc, hey jude, blacksheep, the shudio, kaleidos, objects without meaning, shop boswell, johan and nonna. the shop just opened today, so you better head over because i have a feeling these pieces will be selling out fast. and you know the drill with vintage, once it’s gone, it’s gone!
bonus: if you’ve never shopped at garmentory before, you can get $20 off your first purchase using my referral link to sign up! the credit will automatically be applied to your account and works on anything available through the site.
today i am very pleased to share my latest giveaway with shop boswell! if you’ve been following me for a little while, then you may be familiar with this portland-based milliner whose hats are found almost permanently atop my head, but what you may not know is that she also has an online boutique filled with beautiful clothes and accessories from some of my favorite designers. or if you’re lucky enough to be in the portland area, you can visit her brick and mortar shop with her hat making studio nestled in the back. she offers a really excellent selection of new and emerging designers with a focus on quality craftsmanship and handmade objects. some of my favorites include caron callahan, correll corell, and wrk-shp to name only a few. she’s just released her new fall 2016 lookbook, so we’ve decided to celebrate by offering you a chance to win $150 towards anything in the shop. i’m sharing a few images here, but you really should head over to the shop to see the rest!
the new lauren winter fall 2016 collection is hitting all the right notes. looking through the collection, all i want is to be swathed in layers and layers of her beautiful garments. as i dream of cooler temperatures, i’ve been imagining lightweight turtlenecks layered beneath dresses and jumpsuits, so you know this collection is speaking to me. and as we’ve come to expect of lauren winter, there is a huge focus on beautiful textiles: hemp, silk, cotton, linen, denim. the types of clothes that have excellent drape and feel while still being totally wearable and washable for years to come.
lauren winter is a design studio based in portland, oregon with a focus on creating “high quality, statement designs that reflect the individuality of the wearer and evoke an air of timelessness.” each garment is hand sewn in portland using natural fibers and sustainable practices. even the packaging is made from 100% recycled material, so you know that your purchase is going towards not only a beautiful garment, but a more sustainable future.
several months ago, i got my very first pair of custom-made mules from solid state. they were handmade-to-order in los angeles by shoe designer julio chavez, and have quickly become a favorite. and being the collector that i am, i now want to own one of every single design he makes! so of course you know i was beyond excited when he let me know that he has just opened his new chinatown studio and will now be hosting sandal-making workshops. his first two classes will take place on september 24 & september 25. for $200, you get to learn a new skill and walk away in a new pair of custom slides. needless to say, i will be there, and you should come, too!
of course, if you are not in the los angeles area, you can always place an order as well! after you make your purchase, you can choose your own leather or textile and send a scan of your foot so they can be made exactly to your size. shop solid state here.