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.
the new young frankk fall 2016 collection is out and it is so good! i have long been a fan of hand-themed jewelry, so those earrings up top are a dream come true! now my only question is whether or not i can pull them off. if you aren’t looking to make quite as big of a statement, the richmond-based designer christine young has also come up with plenty of other options in both gold and sterling silver. i really love the mix of geometric and organic shapes. everything is interesting, but still wearable enough for every day.
for a few seasons running now, i have been so in love with everything that esby apparel puts out. even though i’m still not quite ready for summer to be over, this new fall 2016 look book is definitely getting me in the mood. you know how much i love a good one piece, so of course their new duffy jumper in ivory is at the very top of my list. as are many of their other effortless wardrobe staples for fall. one thing i especially love is their use of natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk. i have a jumpsuit from last season that has been washed and worn that only seems to get better with time. and i can’t wait to incorporate even more of their lovely clothes into my wardrobe this season.
the fall collection is already up and available on the site. so definitely go shop esby!
here’s a little story about me. maybe some would disagree, but in my recollection, i was a total art kid in high school. my boyfriend at the time worked at the local children’s bookstore, and hidden in the back room was a women’s reading room. i hadn’t ever thought about how cool that was until i became an adult, but that little room was filled with feminist women’s literature, and now that i think about it, probably had a strong impact on me as i grew into an adult. i would ride my bike there on summer afternoons to meet my boyfriend for lunch, and ended up spending hours sitting on the floor in that little room, leafing through the books. occasionally, i’d buy something that would catch my eye long enough to consider taking it home. and somewhere buried in a box i probably still have my copy of the now out-of-print georgia o’keefe at ghost ranch. i would flip through those pages and dream about living in new mexico, spending my days collecting objects in the dessert, hanging out with coyotes, and painting masterpieces. it’s kind of funny to think about, because at the time, i was a silly punk kid wearing thrift store clothes with my hair dyed pink. but now, all these years later, that book seems to resonate with me more than ever. and it’s a huge influence over how i want to dress and decorate my home. lately, all i wanna do is dress like georgia o’keeffe and hang out in some artsy abode surrounded by pottery and giant paintings, haha.
over the past couple of years, brookes boswell has become my number one when it comes to hats. this portland-based milliner makes all of her hats by hand, and her designs are top notch. the new fall 2016 collection is out, and my wishlist is long. these are some of my favorites, but there are even more available on her site. and, in addition to her collection, she’s also recently opened up an online shop and brick & mortar boutique in portland. next time i got on vacation up there, i am definitely going to make it a point to stop by.
i know it seems a little bit crazy to be thinking about fall clothes in the middle of a heat wave, but the temperatures will be cooling off before we know it, and hackwith design house has got us covered with their upcoming fall 2016 plus collection. the new pieces will launch on august 22, and we cannot wait to check them out. you may remember last summer my sister decided to start sharing some plus size content on my blog, but our plans quickly lost traction with the news that i was expecting a baby. she’s still been hanging out behind-the-scenes, primarily helping me out with vintage sales, but now that our schedules are starting to get normal again, she’s gearing up to start sharing more. and i can definitely see her rocking some of these styles.
in the meantime, if you’re not quite ready to start planning for fall, almost all of their current plus offerings are on sale now!
it’s crazy to think that summer is already winding down, but here in southern california, it kinda doesn’t end? so hopefully you don’t mind me sharing a few more spring collections before the season is over. even thoughlotfi handbags have been around since 2011, i only just recently learned about this cool california-based brand. it was started by designer sharareh lotfi shortler after the birth of her daughter because she was looking for something minimal and un-fussy that was practical without being boring. this is something that i can personally relate to 100%, so you know the designs are right up my alley. all of her spring 2016 bags are made with sturdy organic cotton canvas and robe, lending a subtle nautical vibe without being too literal. and being a san francisco based company, it’s great to know that all of the designs are also produced right here in california.
she’s back! i was so bummed when wendy mullin shuttered her stores several years back. she was probably one of the first “indie” designers that i learned about back in my formative fashion years. and for that reason alone, i will always have a fondness for her designs. so you know i was excited when the email popped up in my inbox letting me know that she’s back at it again! this time, with a really awesome collection of ’80s and ’90s-inspired basics in a range of unexpected colors and combinations. that slight nod to the past speaks both to my personal nostalgia for the brand, but also to the current trends that we’ve been seeing lately. i think if anyone was going to get me excited about seeing those bamboo sandals and a bright quilted tote bag in teal blue, it would be built by wendy.
i don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like i am forever on the hunt for the perfect pair of undies. i’ve always preferred a high rise style, and i particularly like wearing them under breezy dresses. but they’re not always easy to find, especially if you’re looking for something made in the usa out of organic cotton. enter pansy co. this bay area-based brand makes all of their undies in san leandro out of organic cotton that has been grown and milled in south carolina. from there, the underwear is dyed in novato, ca. before it makes it’s way to your doorstep. they have a simple selection of underwear, from a classic high rise to a low rise and a cute little bralette. but it’s the colors that really get get me! they have the most beautiful shades of apricot and pale pink and rust. not colors you can ordinarily find when you head to the department store.