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Spotlight: Third Crown by Kirstin and Kofi Essel

Third Crown is a New York City based jewellery brand designed by wife and husband team, Kirstin and Kofi Essel. The couple combined their creative talents to launch a modern jewellery collection that they describe as gender-neutral, geometric, and everyday statement pieces.  The jewellery line is clean, architectural, chunky, yet refined, and available in an assortment of metals. The line was first produced in the heart of New York City, but has now moved to a factory out of state. Their concept...
Tags: Accessories, Fashion, New York City, Kirstin, Brand Spotlight, Kofi Essel


Spotlight: Nude Barre by Erin Carpenter

Erin Carpenter is an American model, actress, and dancer who was extremely frustrated when it came to purchasing proper undergarments for her entertainment career. It was especially hard for Carpenter to find hosiery that matched her skin tone. She spent a lot of time and money dying and spray painting tights and shoes for castings and performances because most brands did not produce the right shade of nude to create a great colour match. Carpenter shared these frustrations with her peers. The l...
Tags: Fashion, Carpenter, Barre, Brand Spotlight, Erin Carpenter, Knicks Dancers


Spotlight: Paskho by Patrick Robinson

Paskho is a sustainable athleisure and travel clothing brand that was founded by Patrick Robinson, who has designed for Giorgio Armani, Anna Klein, Perry Ellis, Paco Rabanne, and the Gap. After seeing that the blue dye from denim factories was contaminating rivers and affecting wildlife, Robinson was committed to change. Paskho — which means “passion” in Greek — was founded out of a “return to fundamentals”, “doing more with less”, and inspiring others “to repurpose rather than add to the piles ...
Tags: Fashion, Greg, Robinson, Patrick Robinson, Eco Fashion, Brand Spotlight, Giorgio Armani Anna Klein Perry Ellis Paco Rabanne


Spotlight: Hope for Flowers by Tracy Reese

Tracy Reese is an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. I’ve seen her gorgeous designs in Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Anthropolgie and Neiman Marcus, and fitted them on clients on many a shopping trip. Her memorable New York Fashion Week shows were diverse, inclusive, colourful, pretty, dramatic, and I liked the Modern Retro integrity of her designs. I fondly remember the Tracy Reese pink dress and poppy dress that First Lady Michelle Obama wore at the Democratic National Convention and “The...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Michelle Obama, Detroit, Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Flint Michigan, New York Fashion Week, Reese, Tracy Reese, Eco Fashion, Brand Spotlight, Tracey Reese, Nordstrom Bloomingdales Anthropolgie, NYFW Little, Tracy Reece


Brand Spotlight: Whistles Dresses

Whistles is a British clothing brand with stores across the UK. In 2016, the shops were bought by South African retailer, the Foschini Group, who I am coincidently quite familiar with. Whistles headquarters and their buying office remain in the UK. Like many retailers these days, they have a strategy in place to be ethically responsible and sustainable. I’ve been a Whistles fan for a long time. I have had many fun Whistles items in my wardrobe over the years. I am particularly fond of their dres...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, UK, US, Canada, Bloomingdale, Foschini Group, Brand Spotlight


Everlane’s Winning Customer Service

A handful of my casual clients do extremely well with items from Everlane. I’m also drawn to the simple, crisp and clean integrity of their relaxed merchandise, and have over the years ordered my fair share of items from the brand. So far, nothing has worked out 100% for me. Footwear was too wide or hard. Knitwear was too big in the smallest size, or the colours didn’t tickle my fancy. I don’t give up on retailers that easily, so I kept on trying because I like the Everlane design sensibility an...
Tags: Fashion, Seattle, Everlane, Shopping Strategy, Brand Spotlight, Winning Customer Service


Brand Spotlight: Sole Society

Sole Society is a footwear, handbag and accessory brand that you can find at a few online retailers and department stores. The prices are fairly affordable (under a hundred dollars for a pair of shoes or handbag). Accessories include scarves, hats, earrings and belts.  Just over three years ago, I spotlighted Sole Society’s footwear. This time I want to also talk about their bags. Interestingly, though their footwear is leather, their bags are faux leather. The quality of their bags has greatly ...
Tags: Fashion, Matt Natt, Brand Spotlight, Sole Society, Sole Society Speedy Studded Faux Leather Satchel


Brand Spotlight: Camper

Camper is a Spanish footwear brand that’s been around for years. The shoes are designed and developed in Mallorca, but I’m not sure that’s where they are still manufactured. I’m spotlighting Camper footwear because it’s great quality, uniquely designed, comfortable, and less pricey than designer footwear. I adore and respect their commitment to quality and modern aesthetics at a below-designer price point. These Euro shoes are made for walking because in Europe walking is a popular mode of trans...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Mallorca, Footwear, Brand Spotlight


Brand Spotlight: Natori Sleepwear

Natori makes quality sleepwear. The pieces are pretty, covered, substantial, comfortable and alluring. Fabrics are soft and drapey, and seldom crease. Cuts are flattering, and suit a wide range of body types. There is a good assortment of fabrics, colours, sizes and patterns. On the downside, sizing can be inconsistent and sometimes runs large. I wanted to carry through the Modern Retro theme that I created for my swimwear capsule into my Summer loungewear and sleepwear style because it looks el...
Tags: Fashion, Sleepwear, Natori, Brand Spotlight, Natori Sleepwear, Natori Ombre Floral PJ, Natori Ombre Floral Long Gown


Brand Spotlight: Universal Standard

Universal Standard is a new-to-me brand that launched a couple of years ago. There are pop-up stores across the US, and online item availability from stores like Nordstrom. The size range covers US10 to 28, which is a very under serviced segment in the market. The aesthetic is modern and minimal. Solids and neutrals reign supreme. Silhouettes are simple, but not basic and boring. Fabrics, like their merino wools, are luxurious.  I haven’t seen the product in person yet, but trust the good review...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, US, Seattle, Plus Size, Universal Standard, Brand Spotlight


Brand Spotlight: Kit and Ace

A Kit and Ace store opened in Seattle recently and I finally had a chance to pop in to assess the product. The brand is all about beautifully made upscale casual wear in luxurious fabrications. Sporty Luxe with “luxe” being the operative word. Their on trend designs aim for maximum comfort in terms of silhouette and fabrication. I tried on some pieces and the fabrications do feel heavenly against the skin. The workmanship of the items is excellent too. I stroked the seams and hems, admiring how...
Tags: US, Seattle, Brand Spotlight, Leona Blouse