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Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.

Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.

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Nic+Zoe

I was recently invited, out of the blue, to the Friends & Family event at the Nic & Zoe headquarters in Natick, MA.  The event would be an open house style walkthrough of the company’s space coupled with wine, snacks, and the opportunity to preview and purchase unavailable pieces from their various collections.  I wasn’t going to be able to stay long because of a previous engagement but wasn’t going to miss it outright because I wanted to see the operation up close and personal.

I was aware of the brand and seen various pieces at the Nordstrom in the South Shore Plaza.  What I didn’t realize until the event was how wide the range of textures, cloths, materials, silhouettes, and color palette shifts were available throughout the Nic & Zoe brand family.  I couldn’t keep track of the sub brands but there was definitely a modern and clean direction to a certain part of a newer collection.  There were knits that ranged from loose and drapey to tight and substantial as Nic & Zoe is known for fantastic knitwear across the board.  There were graphic pants and lightweight denim shirts that woman should be without.  The scarves and felted peacoats were fantastic too, as were many other pieces that I didn’t note.  There were just too many.
The highlight of the night was hearing first hand how the fabrics are sourced and seeing the inspiration board in the middle of the headquarters, right next to the air hockey table (typical New England).  Talking with the designers and staff at Nic & Zoe really reminds you of the passion, intelligence, and creativity that goes into simply putting a sweater on a shelf.  

http://www.nicandzoe.com

2013 Emerging Trends Fashion Show

Two weekends ago, for one of Boston Fashion Week’s conclusion events, I had the great opportunity to work with Synergy Events as a fashion stylist and project manager for the still presentation of Sheryne by Jeannie Cointre from France.  Her collection is bright, graphic, and energetic and the craftsmanship of her pieces is also of very high quality, which is great to work with and refreshing to see.

I used embellished accessories from Bobbles & Lace in an attempt to contrast and compliment the pieces presented.  I had such a great time working with and meeting all the talented and creative people in attendance.

Please check out all the vendors and designers that were in attendance because the Boston fashion scene has a lot talent that should be supported.

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MADE IN AMERICA COMES TO THE SOUTH END OF BOSTON


Over the last decade, consumers in the United States have been driving a movement towards purchasing domestically produced goods.  With a resurgence of men caring a little more about dressing up, or at least putting more thought into what we pull out of the closet in the morning, many of these products include clothing and accessories.  Ball & Buck, a local supplier of such goods, used Boston Fashion Week as a way to highlight many of the dedicated vendors of everything from dress and sport shirts (New England Shirt) to traditionally made moccasins (Rancourt) at the American Field showcase in Boston’s South End.  On the last weekend in September, in a space appropriately close to the vintage and antique SOWA market held every Sunday during comfortable weather, local vendors and attendees like myself got a chance to peruse a sampling of local and domestically made dry goods.  Very well made good I might add.
 
Many of the products on display are familiar iterations of objects we’ve become accustomed to in the Northeastern U.S; canvas tote bags by L.L.Bean, aviator sunglasses by Randolph Engineering, oxford and broadcloth button-down shirts by New England Shirt.  Others weren’t so familiar and offer a breath of fresh air into what can sometimes seem stuffy and boring.  Greenwich Vintage Co. was certainly one of those vendors, showcasing bright lug soled bluchers with camouflage inserts.  Leather goods were definitely well represented.  There were too many great vendors to discuss in one blog so head over to American Field and click through to see the extent of great things that are made right here in the U.S. 
 
Whether this purchasing trend is temporary remains to be seen, which gives all the more reason to go out and purchase a pair of camp moccasins made by Eastland, a tote bag made L.L.Bean, or a belt made by Leather Works MN while you still can.  
 

Finally, it is worth noting that Bobby from Boston was one of the vendors at American Field, although my wife and I didn’t get to see his booth, which he means he might have only been set up on Saturday or we breezed by it in all the neck snapping commotion of trying to take in all the goodies.  Either way, to get the full Bobby experience you have to go into his store, which we do pretty often on our Sunday afternoons at SOWA.  Bobby doesn’t produce made in the U.S.A. goods like the vendors above but his store is testament to well made articles of clothing and accessories that those vendors put out there.  The goods that Bobby sells have, or can last through multiple owners and there is no shame in being the second or third beneficiary down the line.  I grabbed some great brown brogues for a steal there awhile ago and they always have a great selection of real deal military khakis, dress and sport shirts from defunct and current labels, dressing robes, varsity sweaters, workwear…I could keep going.  Bobby is also a great, one of a kind human being who will chat with you about whatever’s on your mind at the drop of a dime.  Every time I’ve been through his store, Bobby is singing and bopping along with his playlist of dub or R&B, which is always bumping through his store, smiling all the while.

 

The great part about Ball & Buck’s choice of venue was that Bobby’s was only one block or so away.  The reason this normally uneventful trip to Bobby’s made it into the end of this rambling was that I laid my eyes upon the biggest piece of raw denim I’ve ever seen in my life.  After getting a little closer I could see that it was a giant pair of Levi’s 501’s, my preferred brand of denim by the way.  Apparently they are a commemorative pair, although I couldn’t get an answer as to what event, though I didn’t ask too many of Bobby’s people.  They measure 74” at the waist and 45” at the inseam and my brother-in-law wondered out loud if there are even people big enough to fit in them.  Yes, there probably are.  Stop into Bobby’s and pick up a gem, check out the mammoth 501’s, and chat Bobby up a bit.  It is time well spent.

 

Bobby from Bobby, 19 Thayer Street, Boston, MA.     

 
by Charles Glyman

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So excited for Boston Fashion Week
This year I have the opportunity to work with Synergy Events for The Emerging Trends Fashion Show. Tickets sold here http://et2013.eventbrite.com/

So excited for Boston Fashion Week

This year I have the opportunity to work with Synergy Events for The Emerging Trends Fashion Show. Tickets sold here http://et2013.eventbrite.com/



LFW Spring/Summer 2014: Shoe Porn



You certainly couldn’t accuse London designers of having dull taste in shoes. Pumps, platforms, pretty prints and more showed up on models’ feet as they took their turn on the London catwalks this season.
First Row (from L to R): Mary Katrantzou, Mulberry, Christopher Kane, Antonio Berardi.
Second Row (from L to R): Antipodium, Roksanda Ilincic, L’Wren Scott, Sister by Sibling.
Third Row (from L to R): Simone Rocha, Erdem, Pringle of Scotland, Peter Pilotto.

LFW Spring/Summer 2014: Shoe Porn

You certainly couldn’t accuse London designers of having dull taste in shoes. Pumps, platforms, pretty prints and more showed up on models’ feet as they took their turn on the London catwalks this season.

First Row (from L to R): Mary Katrantzou, Mulberry, Christopher Kane, Antonio Berardi.

Second Row (from L to R): Antipodium, Roksanda Ilincic, L’Wren Scott, Sister by Sibling.

Third Row (from L to R): Simone Rocha, Erdem, Pringle of Scotland, Peter Pilotto.

(Source: abigaildonaldson)