Fabric Bags

Discovering The Row’s New York boutique (situated in a townhouse on the Upper East Side, conveniently around the corner from Céline), is akin to discovering fashion paradise. It’s full of beautiful clothing, artwork and furniture you can purchase, makeup and fragrance, heritage jewelry, and an assortment of delectable shoes and bags. One of those bags is the Ascot, a silk hammock-shaped style that bridges the gap between top handle and tote/day and night. The fabric bag is also having a comeback with other brands. Hayward’s baroque-inspired tote is available in a variety of fabrications (including a richly textured version that could have been used by Marie Antoinette if she happened to go grocery shopping), and FiveStory’s exclusive collaboration with outerwear brand Color Temperature—a furry, bucket shaped tote available in a variance of hues—is the perfect winter must-have. 

 


Little Liffner

Stockholm-based handbag label Little Liffner specializes in creating chic, practical bags at an affordable price point (their mini versions start at $400). In keeping with the Scandinavian mindset (each bag is as useful as it is stylish, and is made from Italian-sourced leather), is the sleek, minimalist design. From totes and saddle bags to chain strap shoulder bags, most styles feature a round ring and are available in bold, dynamic hues. These are bags that don't require a label—although you'll likely get stopped on the street so people can ask you where yours is from.

Now, they've partnered with Net-a-Porter on a capsule collection featuring three exclusive styles (including the ring tote and tiny box) in delectable, fall-ready shades and fabrics. As chic founder Paulina Liffner von Sydow says, “I want the Little Liffners to offer stylish and functional companionship to women when they go about their busy lives, confidently moving through diverse worlds and contexts.”

Buy them here.


Stella McCartney bag

Stella McCartney has a long list of impressive achievements on her resume, but mostly, she’s the kind of girl you wish was your best friend. She’s an incredible designer, has impeccable taste (she used to design for Chloé, so there’s also that), she cares about the environment, and somehow she seems to effortlessly balance work and family, traversing between her home in London and country escape.

It makes sense then, that she would design a bag that’s not only chic, of-the-moment and practical, but which has also appeared on the arms of chic girls over New York City (Harley Viera Newton has one in black). The miniature bucket bag, replete with a semi circle gold handle and long chain strap is available in black faux croc, ivory embroidered faux-leather (the lining is made from recycled plastic bottles), and leopard print. And while it seems small, it has Alice in Wonderland–like capabilities, fitting almost everything (save your laptop), in its pouch. 

Buy it here.


Tassel earrings

Statement earrings are having a moment both on and off the runway, but their shoulder-grazing tasseled counterparts are the current look du jour. From Cleopatra to the ultra chic Lee Radziwill and from beads to fringe, the tassel has been an accessory staple throughout the years, but recently reemerged as the earring of the season. Case in point: Lizzie Fortunato’s crater earrings have regularly sold out since their launch, Oscar de la Renta’s beaded versions remain a core staple in the brand’s accessory division, and new versions are popping up everywhere. New label Hart’s fun, accessibly-priced options are perfect for a coffee break splurge (and take a look at her bespoke, handcrafted jackets while you're there), and Australian-based designer Christie Nicolaides’ beaded options were inspired by her Greek heritage. The only hard decision—which pair to buy?


Avec Moderation

Furry shoes are officially having a moment. From Gucci’s sold-out Chewbacca-esque slides  to sustainable label Brother Vellies, fur trimmed footwear has been spotted from the street to the runway and on almost every Instagram account. Case in point: Avec Modération, a new Italian-based label created by two Parisian friends. Originally launched as a painted leather company (the pair draw and paint original graphics onto paper, which are then hand printed onto sandals), their most recent collection focuses on fur. With each pair handmade in Tuscany and styles ranging from close toe to crossover slides, consider them a fusion of fashion and functionality.


Everlane x Opening Ceremony

Everlane has dominated the direct-to-consumer movement ever since they introduced their collections of chic, easy to wear staples and affordable initiatives online. Now, for the first time ever, they’re partnering with Opening Ceremony on a line of sumptuous, 100% cashmere sweaters. All of Everlane’s cashmere styles will be available in store, in addition to two new styles, a turtleneck and a boxy, crew neck sweater in cream, caramel, and blush pink. The super luxe pieces (both companies are insistent on top notch quality) are the types of knits you spot and always wish you had—but can never seem to find. Luckily, now you can.

Everlane x Opening Ceremony cashmere, from $140, available in-store only at Opening Ceremony SOHO and LA. 


J.Hannah jewelry

Jess Hannah’s line of minimal, but incredibly chic jewelry is easy to wear. No matter your style, age, or the occasion, her sustainably-sourced, handmade pieces cross the line between classic and trend. They’re staples, like underwear, or coffee, or sunshine. “My line is really versatile, it's not for one particular type of person,” she explains. “It's designed to become a part of the wearer and lend to anyone’s style and personality.”

Created in downtown LA, where Hannah casts her eye over every part of the creation process, “I used to make everything myself when I first started - now I oversee everything. It's super important to me that each piece passes through my hands and microscope. I'm very meticulous,” her pieces have the ease and simplicity of a favorite pair of jeans. She originally studied graphic design, but followed her passion for jewelry making, launching the label in late 2014. “When I graduated, I applied to a few graphic design jobs, nothing I was too excited about… not to mention I didn’t actually get any of them. That disappointment was the push I needed to reconsider what I was doing. Instead of applying to more jobs that I wasn’t really interested in, I got an apprenticeship with a local jeweler duo. I worked with them for about a year and then set out to do my own thing.”

The line is filled with a mix of solid 14k gold and silver pieces, ranging from thick gold bands and hoops to delicate, ‘50s-inspired chokers (Hannah’s grandmother and her jewelry collection is constant inspiration) and ultra-fine, stackable rings. In the end, Hannah says it best—“I call them timeless staples.”

Jhannahjewelry.com

 


Dôen fashion line

Eight different women, one singular vision. It may seem slightly irregular for a fashion label to have eight designers, but the mission behind Dôena Los Angeles-based fashion label with a penchant towards easy and relaxed daywear—is to fulfill the needs of what all women are looking for in their clothes. Hence, there are eight points of view, eight hands poring over fabrics, eight bodies trying on samples, and eight sets of eyes looking over the intricacies of the label.

Much of what inspires the women behind Dôen is their lifestyle—their family, home, travel, environment—and the many factors that come into play within a busy, working woman’s day. As such, the line ranges from floaty, beautiful dresses and tops that bestow a bohemian vibe, to cozy knitwear and pants that allow you to move with ease. These are clothes you can truly live in. 

Dôen.com


Grace Coddington book

When Grace Coddington first appeared in the 2009 documentary 'The September Issue,' the fashion industry was already well aware of her talent and legendary work. And while the film shined light on many of the Vogue staffers, it was Coddington who became the leading star. She was hilariously honest, incredibly creative, and displayed her true passion for clothes and the extraordinary worlds that they can create with aplomb. She has served as fashion editor and creative director at Vogue for over 15 years, and over that period created some of the most iconic fashion images we love today. This month in honor of that work, Phaidon releases a new tome titled, Grace: The American Vogue Years, which showcases her most memorable shoots from her tenor at the publication. There are already a few books published about Coddington and her legacy, but none that displays her work so beautifully.

Grace: The American Vogue Years, $175, Phaidon.com


Jacquie Aiche cameo jewelry

Cameo's might still seem like a piece your grandmother would favor, but in the fashion world Grandma-inspired styles are back, and there are plenty of brands reinvigorating their Nanna's closets. Case in point: Los-Angeles-based jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche's take on the cameo. Realized in ring form, Aiche's designs are modern spinoffs of the classic piece, featuring a unicorn, rose, and Nefertiti-style silhouette. They've already been spotted on Rihanna (an ardent member of the Jacquie Aiche fan club), and will likely be appearing on many more hands. 


Anissa Kermiche Jewelry

You might think, upon discovering Anissa Kermiche's namesake jewelry label, that she is a wild bohemian spirit uninhibited by life's mundanity. In fact, the London-based designer was raised to be anything but. Born in Paris, Kermiche's strict mother instilled a strong work ethic in her daughter. When it was clear that a job in a creative field would not be supported by her family, Kermiche worked as an engineer before turning to her true love—jewelry—studying at Central Saint Martins and Holts Academy. Now her line (which can easily be added to the list of new, interesting jewelry labels to obsess over), is being lauded for its unusual take on the everyday. Kermiche creates necklaces out of female busts (rubies take the place of nipples) and legs (her Precieux Pubis pendant features crossed legs with a triangular onyx representing the pubis).

Her work isn't restricted to the female form however. Pearl earrings curl like tiny cocoons and appear to travel through ear lobes, diamond chokers replicate the swirling plastic versions worn obsessively in the '90s, and diamond studded ear suspenders are designed to hug the ear. Inspired by everyday shapes like lamps, paintings, and sculptures, Kermiche's pieces are the one-of-a-kind specimens that are unique enough to cherish, but cool enough to wear everyday. 

 


Kayu Summer Tote Bags

Ever since Jane Birkin first walked the streets swinging a basket from her arm, the nonchalant look has become a summertime go-to. This season, the ubiquitous basket bag has reached its peak. There’s Cult Gaia’s ark bag, which is modeled after a Japanese picnic basket, the St Barth's-inspired plain market bag, small bags, wicker baskets, and then there’s Kayu. Undoubtedly a favorite amongst the style set, they’re bags with flair. Handles are covered in stripes, bags are monogrammed and affixed with pompoms, and in some cases, stripes of shaggy raffia cover the front and back. While the label also stocks clutches and totes. The basket bag is undoubtedly its best seller. And for good reason—this is the bag you want as your beach companion.

Get yours here.  


Valentine NYC Bridal Lingerie

Paloma Jonas and Whitney Brown know a thing or two about lingerie. The designer duo behind Valentine NYC—a lingerie label that specializes in pretty, lacy, wireless underthings—have been creating lust worthy underwear for years. Now, the pair are launching their first ever wedding collection (and incorporating fashion forward designs).

Featuring three different styles, the collection is full of special details like one-of-a-kind lace, new designs such as the raceback, tulle detailing on knickers (made to look like a ballerina), and side ties. This is the type of underwear you want peeking out from beneath your dress, and certainly the kind that you’ll be happy to make an entrance on your wedding night. As with all of Valentine’s designs, the new collection is made by single mothers in Colombia, and remains at an affordable price point (the most expensive piece is the Cordette bra, at $70). “We wanted to offer something for everyone, as there are so many types of women out there with signature styles," says Jonas. "Ultimately we didn’t want anything that felt overly ‘bridal’ and needed each set to be able to be incorporated into an everyday fashion wardrobe.”exclusive and special."

Fall in love with Valentine here.


Sarah Flint Shoes

Starting a successful shoe label at the age of 24 may seem daring, but if you insist on wearing tap shoes to school, secured an internship at DvF as a teenager, and spent time at Proenza Schouler, it’s more of a natural progression than a crazy risk. Shoe designer Sarah Flint is such a person. Flint launched her namesake label in 2013 after studying at the prestigious shoe design school, Ars Sutoria in Italy, a locale she still looks to for inspiration and creation—all of her shoes are handmade in local factories.

Looking to Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and her Grandmother (who was an artist living in Paris) as influences, Flint’s designs exude luxury, elegance, and simplicity. Her love of the mid-height heel allows the wearer ultimate comfort, while still displaying sensuality. A combination which has gotten her designs into upscale boutiques and Barneys, not to mention onto the feet of celebrities such as Blake Lively, Alexa Chung and Amal Clooney, who counts The Emma as a favorite.

-Written by Scout Sabo


Yosuzi Hats

Come summertime, a hat becomes an essential accessory. Last season saw the rise of the boater style, while this year an entirely new brand is taking over the hat game. Yosuzi, a South American inspired label that focuses on hats with bright colors, patterns, and colorful adornments, has become a favorite of the fashion set (Poppy Delevingne, Tamu McPherson and Elina Halimi are fans). 

Created by Venezuelan-born designer Yosuzi, the label takes inspiration from her family's native American heritage. Hats are made from 100% Iraka palm straw and finished with a handwoven, diagonal weaving technique that is unique to the tribe (each hat takes eight hours to make). Consider them an investment that will last beyond this summer, and into the next.


Cinq À Sept

Named for that liminal, twilight moment between day ending and night beginning, new label Cinq à Sept has a goal: to bring chic and pretty back to everyday life. 

Created by Jane Siskin (formerly of 7 for all Mankind and Elizabeth and James), consider these pieces an antidote to the black, white and navy basics you have hanging in your wardrobe. There are prints, ruffles and flounces, and plenty of wide leg pants. "We were most inspired by our strong understanding of what the contemporary consumer wants and when she wants it," explains Siskin. "I feel we have a relationship with the customer and we're excited to be offering her something fresh and new." Launched late in 2015, the label recently launched their resort collection (shown above), with a focus on floral, unique silhouettes like flounced hems, and statement, off-the-shoulder tunics. Siskin looks to travel for destination (she just returned from Morocco and is soon journeying to London), and a touch of her own closet. "My personal style has always been diverse and not too serious," she says. "My closet is a curated assortment of pieces I have picked up all over the world. Personal style for me is about self-discovery and is very much a part of our design process."

Visit the Cinq à Sept world here.


Dear Frances Shoes

Australian-born designer Jane Frances is based in London, handcrafts her shoes in Northern Italy, and sells her label, Dear Frances, worldwide. Launched in 2014, her easy-to-wear and affordable line (no shoe is over $600) includes a mix of slides made from sumptuous materials like suede and velvet—a pair from her upcoming Fall collection, available to shop in August, are shown above—ankle boots, and low, block heeled pumps. Frances counts timelessness and simplicity as her main directives, but subtle details elevate her footwear from minimal to must-have. One of her signatures is a slice of plexiglas through the heel of a shoe, another is a shot of mesh on her slides. 

With fans such as Beyoncé, Bella Hadid, Emma Roberts and the ever-stylish Amal Clooney, it's no wonder her line has already amassed a cult like following. 

 

-Written by Scout Sabo


Isolda The New Fashion Label

The beauty of clothes is their ability to transform you, allowing you to step into character if even for a moment. Brazilian label Isolda does just that through their vivid hues and dramatic silhouettes, which for all the world look like the clothes you would pick up on vacation, pulling out of your closet when you need a little joy.

Designed by friends Juju Affonso Ferriera and Maya Pope, who describe their customer as "loving life and the luxury of how a beautiful, soft natural fabric feels close to her skin. She is very motioned by art and is always seeking for new adventures. She is very interested in life itself," the line is known for its hand painted, signature prints. The duo, who met in London but both hail from Brazil, draw upon the colors and festivity of their homeland to create the line. "Brazil, our home country, was and still is our main source of inspiration," says Ferriera. "However it was in London and the time we spent living there that aroused the desire to create something truly new, exciting and unique which we then called by the nickname of my great-grandmother, Isolda."

Often realized in off-the-shoulder dresses with trailing ruffles, A-line skirts, and dramatically printed trousers, theirs is a collection that feels instantly romantic, but also entirely wearable.

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Roxanne Assoulin Jewelry

Hear the name Assoulin and chances are you'll think of the chic, New York-based fashion designer and her dramatic, ruffled-filled line. However, Assoulin's mother-in-law, Roxanne Assoulin, has long been a force in the fashion industry. The jewelry designer began her career in 1983, when she launched her namesake line from her basement. It was sold at Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus, and quickly gained the attention of designers like Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, and Marc Jacobs. She soon began creating custom pieces for their runway shows, and shortly thereafter launched another line, Lee Angel. 

In 2014 the designer returned to her eponymous label to work with Rosie, where she collaborated on pieces for her collections. Case in point: the mosaic-inspired chokers and button earrings in the designer's fall 2016 collection (shown above). Just like her daughter-in-law's playful designs, Assoulin's jewels are brightly hued and full of joy. In her own words: “Uncomplicated indulgence.” Things that provide pleasure but are not meant to be overthought—like a swim in the ocean or buying a fresh bouquet of flowers. And above all, the importance of a smile when you catch a glance at your wrist, ears, or neck.

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Lovehard NYC Shirt Label

Think of white shirts as flowers. There is an abundance of them, and each can seem more beautiful than the last. There can also never be too many. Such is the case with LoveHard NYC, a recently-launched label with an entirely new strategy. Rather than deliver one collection with a smattering of shirts, pants, and dresses, the brand will release one 'series' at a time, presenting different versions of one piece—like a white shirt or navy trouser—each time. Series 1 consists of four different takes on the classic menswear button down.

Launched by Lindsay Cohen, who also heads up New York-based luxury retail and brand consultancy GogoLuxe as the creative director and market editor, the idea was born from a desire to break down the basic model of a traditional ready-to-wear collection due to how people are actually buying clothes these days. "Not everyone goes out looking for a full wardrobe at once," says Cohen. "You go searching for the perfect shirt, or dress, or jacket. I created a spectrum of styles based on one silhouette, so people can choose what works best for them."

With a new series launching each season, the idea for each collection is "to focus on a piece of clothing you always want to have on hand," she explains. "Your go-to item in your closet for day-to-day, as well as the first thing you grab to pack for a trip. The next series will most likely be an arrangement of blazers."

Cohen's vision stemmed from her years spent working directly with the consumer, rather than a traditional design background. "From a very young age I was constantly cutting everything up and reworking items. I have some really embarrassing notebooks filled with fashion thoughts/designs dating back to my middle school era," she says. "Because I never had any formal training I thought it was important for myself to gain industry knowledge and perspective before properly launching. I started to think about it in a real way approximately a year ago." Her inspiration however, comes from the way those consumers style their real wardrobes—the pieces that we pull out daily and can be worn over and over again. "I don’t have specific style icons, however I always appreciate people who dress for themselves. There’s always an element of ease that comes from that which I admire."

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