Hello! I hope you are having a great day. My morning looked like this:
I am wearing a Nau trench, J Crew jeans, Sorel booties, terry graziano hat
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It is still quite chilly here in the mornings but warms up significantly throughout the day, so layering is key.
I paired a lightweight silk blouse with a cozy cardigan, black denim, booties, and my trusty Salmagundi.
I'm wearing a COS top, Madewell cardigan, Paige Denim jeans, All Saints booties, terry graziano hat.
I hope you have a beautiful day!
Hello! I have introduced a new style for Spring/Summer 2015, and it's a fun one: Full Tilt. In addition to my usual requirements of beauty and versatility, I wanted Full Tilt to be able to provide great sun coverage, withstand beach winds, and accommodate an up-do if desired. It had to be lightweight but sharp, and be able to take you from lounging by the pool, to lunching at an outdoor cafe, to attending a summer wedding. The size is adjustable with my usual drawstring ribbon, but in this version it can be hidden or shown, depending on your preference.
Here is Full Tilt.
In denim chambray:
In coral pink cotton cloque:
In blue/white/black striped cotton seersucker:
And finally, a fancier version in black wool/cotton cloque:
All four versions are now available in both shops.
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Another new hat style I'm very excited about and have loved sporting around town is the Switchback. I'm finding it to be extremely comfortable, wearable, and perfect for almost any occasion.
The design lines of Switchback were inspired by mountain hiking trails, and the shape was inspired by a mash up of mens' styles ranging from driving caps to berets and bowler hats. The result can be worn many different ways, and the sweet little brim can be folded up or down - for sass when worn in the front, and for ear coverage and warmth when worn in the back.
Both this hat & the Slopestyle are adjustable but new this season I've hidden the drawstring, so if you like a cleaner line and less ribbon-fiddling, these hats are right up your alley.
The fabric combinations are endless, but so far I've stitched it up in 5 colorways.
Iridescent emerald green crinkle neoprene and black wool:
In beige wool melton & a beige & white mottled tweed wool:
In grey & rose red wools:
In chocolate brown & dark mustard mottled tweed wools:
And finally, in burgundy & teal blue wools:
The Switchbacks will be in both shops shortly, and I'll be adding new color combos as time goes on. Let me know if there's any you'd particularly like to see.
I've got a few more styles and a few surprises in the works set to debut in the next month, so stay tuned!
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I've gotten into a nice groove in the studio and have been letting my new surroundings influence my designs.
Though at times my design process seems absolutely glacial, I try to remember that the work will continue to be wrong...until it's right.
This has been a pretty liberating mindset for me and it's one I learned from reading about inventors, and speaking to scientists about their research work. They can toil away for years - even decades - before something finally clicks and a discovery is made. That patient and methodical approach is something I'm trying to emulate, even if the end result won't cure anything other than the fashion blahs.
I've been really focused on work that will stand the test of time and function equally as well in any season, with only an adjustment in the fabric choices. This time around I experimented with sewing the process samples in denim, and only switching to more fall & winter appropriate materials in the final stages. It's been really nice to switch things up and I think it has worked out well.
I'm really happy with two new styles that I've created and would like to share them with you.
First, meet Slopestyle.
Slopestyle was inspired by a combination of ski slopes (the swooping brim), a sugarloaf hat (the tall crown), and Edwardian fashion (the tight silhouette) - quite the mash-up! The result can be worn as a medium brimmed, small brimmed, or cloche hat. The crown can be worn tall for drama, or folded into itself for a sportier look. Each component of the hat is machine quilted and then assembled, which makes it crushable and packable - great for travel or to roll up into a purse or pocket.
In soft blue tweed wool:
In dark mustard yellow mottled tweed:
And last but not least, in a soft charcoal grey wool:
All three versions are currently in both shops.
Tomorrow I'll be back to share my other new discovery.
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We packed up and moved from Chicago to New Mexico!
Between planning and execution, months have passed by. I'm not gonna lie - it's been a difficult transition and much of it not what we bargained for, but we've been assured that this is normal for this area (ha!). Things are finally calming down and we're slowly settling in. Now we can begin to enjoy the abundance of natural beauty, fresh air & sunshine, quiet & large workspaces.
Today is the first day I am back in a fully-functioning studio. I was beginning to think it would never happen again! It will take some time for me to get used to where I've put things, develop new routines, and adjust my designer's eye to my new surroundings. Everything is different here, and as uncomfortable as that can be at times, I'm hoping it will make for some exciting new work.
Here are a few snaps from my morning:
I'll be re-opening the shop later today.
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One of my favorite hat companies on the planet is Wildhagen Hats! Handmade in Toronto, Canada by David Grieg and Sheri Wildhagen, their hats combine a loving nod to the past with a beautiful modernity, incredible craftmanship, practicality, wit and inventiveness. David and Sheri are my hat idols! I met David many years ago at a trade show in NYC and I found him to be one of the nicest, humblest and most generous people I've ever met in the industry. One day I hope to visit their shop in Toronto, meet Sheri, and buy a hat or two. I am always excited to see what they will create next, and never disappointed.
Here's a wonderful video about David, Sheri, and Wildhagen Hats:
Suited up for a cozy day in the studio today, feeling just plummy in shades of grey, brown & purple. Busted out an old "Getaway" hat for a little extra warmth.
Ibex merino wool hoody (last season)
Mossimo Supply Co. t-shirt
Tahari denim pencil skirt (from 2007)
Falke tights & socks (on major discount at Century 21)
Sorel boots (love!!)
terry graziano "getaway" hat
vintage cuff, pendant & earrings
beaded bracelet from Arroyo Seco Mercantile
Lest you think I'm a layabout after all my talk of eating & hanging around at home in my last post, let me assure you that I do go out occasionally. And sometimes, I even go for a run! I used to hate running in the cold weather but once I learned to dress for it, I find myself enjoying running again, even more so in the cold than I have through the hotter months. And why not? The lakefront path is fairly deserted, there are amazing sights to be seen, I may sweat but I never overheat, and I can feel ever so slightly like a badass when I'm battling the elements.
Because I'm a person who tends to be cold a lot of the time, I used to pile on lots of heavy layers, fearful that I may experience a shiver or two. Running for me then was a miserable bulky slog. I tried asking Bruce for advice, but he's someone whose temperature gauge runs on the hot side, so I would end up under-dressing and being miserably cold instead. I vowed that this winter would be different! I have found that "dressing appropriately" for the weather is a very personal recipe, and with a bit of determination and experimentation, I now have the perfect clothing combinations for all sorts of climate conditions.
Here's what I've learned:
1. It's not the cold, it's the wind
This might seem obvious, but it took me a while to realize that it wasn't so much the cold temps that bother me in Chicago - polar vortex excluded - it's the wind. At times driving, relentless, and seeming from all directions at once, the wind could literally leave me in tears. That is, until I sprung for windproof layers. Wear windproof pants like these, and a softshell jacket like this one, and more than half the battle is already won.
2. Lighter layers are better
It's true - several lighter layers are better at keeping you warm because they trap air between them. When the temps dip to 20 degrees F and below, I wear a lightweight polypropolene tight like these, under my windproof pants and that's all I need on my lower half. On top, a long-sleeved compression shirt topped with a dri fit long-sleeved mock neck, and then my windproof soft shell jacket keeps me just-warm-enough during the initial miles, and very comfortable for the remainder of my run.
3. Layers are important for extremities too
Typically when I'm outside for a while in the winter, it's my head, hands & feet that get cold first. So I've learned to keep layering. My favorite running hat is double-layered - fleece on the outside with moisture-wicking dri-fit on the inside. And my jacket has a hood, which comes in handy when I really need it. On my hands I wear a thin pair of glove liners, with performance mittens on top. For my feet, I wear my normal running shoes, and just a mid-weight pair of merino wool socks. On the coldest of days, I'll add a thin dri-fit sock underneath.
4. Other tips
When it's super-cold, Bruce likes to run wearing a balaclava, but I prefer a neck gaiter because I find it easier to pull up or down as needed without the constriction. I tend to start my initial miles with the gaiter up over my nose and mouth until I'm fully warmed up. After that I either pull it down for the rest of the run, or alternate up & down (like yesterday) when the super-cold air can make it difficult to breathe.
I have baselayers for both top & bottom in a variety of weights - light, mid & "base 4" - which help me adjust for changing conditions.
I have two jackets that I use depending on the conditions - both hooded, both water & wind proof; one lightweight and one mid-weight.
For arctic conditions, an extra layer mid-weight hoodie with built-in hand-warmers is a dream. Bruce has this same hoodie - he bought it in the medium and I have a men's small. We both love it! Total game-changer for me.
Sunglasses with interchangeable lenses - grey, amber & clear - have been invaluable. And a de-fog spray to conteract the inevitable glass fogging that occurs when you wear a gaiter or a balaclava is a nice addition.
Stay warm, stay active.
I'll be back soon - gotta run!