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The Fashion Minded Pop Up Shop

I was invited by the creative agency The Fashion Minded to view their first popup shop in Soho. Founders Jennylynn Aberin and Margaret Pauta who both have backgrounds in retail and experience in the industry created The Fashion Minded to give up-incoming  designers with online stores or designers just entering the U.S. market services that would cost an exhorbite amount of money otherwise. The Fashion Minded provides PR, manufacturing contacts and events such as trade shows and pop up shops for the designers to show and sell their collections. The designers also have the ability to be at the each event in person. This opportunity allows the designers to speak to consumers about their collections which in turn gives a face to their brand. People not only connect to the clothes but to the creator as well, making it a personal purchase. Events like these give the designers a chance to gage how people respond to their collection and learn what are their best selling pieces and perhaps give insight to changes they would need to make.

Sau a two year old brand was created in September of 2014 by Cheryl Leung. Inspired by living in both Hong Kong and New York City the brand combines east and west cultures. The collection’s western cuts appeal to the modern woman while her use of eastern inspired rich colors and classic Chinese embroidery adds extodinary detail to every piece. Cheryl designs with every women in mind while mixing edge and feminity into her collections. You will not blend in with her intricately designed gowns but rather stand out all the while remaining timelessly elegant. Currently Sau is sold in Showroom 7, Revolve.com, in 15 boutiques around the world and 10 in the U.S.

The designer and one of her favorite pieces.


Sau gowns

Kasane Jewellery founded in 2014 by Karishma Sani featured her Fall/ Winter and signature collections. Her company is named after a college nickname. Her background in the jewelry department at Christie’s Auction House in New York and Bonham’s in Asia helped her start her own jewelry line. Her goal is to make her customer feel like they can mix all her collections. She designs her collection with that concept in mind while adding fresh ideas each time. Her pieces are fine classic jewelry with a modern twist. She is inspired by her Indian descent, growing up in the US and her travels. The line is currently available online and in stores through the Flying Solo Collecective on Mulberry Street. With a mix of affordable faux and real gem stones, pearls, sterling silver and 18k gold the pieces are dainty yet stunning. Her favorite piece of jewelry to design are her rings that run from sizes 5-8. Which upon learning I thanked her for keeping the smaller ladies in mind.


Karishima displaying and wearing her collection.

Top:Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings.

Bottom:Rings sold together as gift sets and bracelets

More of the collection

Beaded bracelets hand made in Columbia created by Mishky were on display. The Colombian brand was growing their U.S. presence through the pop up shop. The designer makes boho styled bracelets and necklaces using beads and pearls ranging from $16.90-$127.40. The brand believes in having social responsibility and giving back. They achieve this by giving a portion of the proceeds from every piece to a mother making their jewelry an hour a day from home.This opportunity allows them to spend more time with their kids and families.

Veggani part of Conscientious Trends LLC and PETA approved was founded by Laura de Waal in Philly PA. Her goal was to create non ethic compromising quality bags. All materials used are recycled and animal free. Made in Laos by farmers and citizens the company  supports families and helps clean up bomb shrapnel that can cause illness and death. The metal found in the shrapnel is metled down to make the hardware for the bags. Bags range from $150.00-$200.00.Veggani vegan leather purses and cluthes.

5 on 7 a ready to wear brand was created in 2014. The asthetic is a combination of comtempory, modern and romantic designs. The brand creates their collection in New York City using fabrics from Eruope and NYC. The Haute Couture construction is what makes their pieces unique and the quality is istantly recognizable. They currently have a showroom on 325 west 38th st. but are only selling on Amazon in the US and Canada. The skirt I’m wearing has a 100% silk lining with a zipper, snap and hook closure. It also has a great textured feel, all these details are what make me appreciate the skirt. Normally I would not wear such a colorful piece but it reminded me of a watercolor painting which made me fall in love with it. It originally cost $195.00 but due to the Fashion Minded Popup it was $20.00!

I look forward to working with The Fashion Minded again and bringing you more info on great designers. Check out The Fashion Minded TFM.

I hope I taught you a bit about how this great company supports the fashion industry and the designers.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week SS17 Round up 2

Exhausted is the word I would use to describe myself at the end of fashion week. Exhausted but satisfied and grateful for the amazingly wild week. I’ve met so many great people working in fashion and other creative industries. Here is my continuation of NYFW.

Sept 11: J. Loren Presentation

The collection “Her” was inspired the idea of women unleashing their inner Amazon goddess. J.Loren designs for the woman who is powerful and knows who she is. Particularly geared towards woman who celebrates femininity and knows how to enjoy nightlife just as much as a casual dinner. The NY brand was created in 2010 by Harriette Thomas and Jason Scott.  With self taught sewing skills, education and experience in the industry the designers were able to build a brand that has been worn by Taraji P. Henson. Trends were animal prints, neutral and classic colors, bare shoulders feathers details.

Pic Credits: Clement Holder


Sept 12: Steve Boi presentation.

This collection was inspired by the designers days in the Boy Scouts and his southern upbringing. The prints resembled tree bark and the color scheme was neutral greens, burnt oranges and  beige. The presentation was held in The Foley Gallery downtown on Orchard Street.

 

Sept 13: Storm Dorris Show

The fairytale Cinderella is what came to mind while watching this collection. Purples, pinks, tulle, lace and beading were the highlights of the show. The designers aesthetic of “ethereal glamour” came through via the fashion show. Originally hailing from Georgia the designers NYFW début showcased his spring/summer 17 collection. Introduced to fashion by his late grandmother a seamstress, he carries on the love of the art. His ethereal collection was inspired by his travels to Cambridge England, castles and flowers.  His admiration of Christian Dior and the original courtiers shine through in his detailed couture. The complementary nail salon and café was a great stop to relax before or after the show.

Sept 14: Latinista Fashion Week

Latina Magazine’s Ebby Antigua and creator of Latinista Dee Rivera hosted Conversations with Ebby Antigua. During this roundtable of influencers and fashion professional’s we discussed the stereotypes we still face and how the media and the fashion industry could improve in reaching the Latina market. We love to buy expensive brands, but we know best how to mix it with a lower priced but equally fabulous pieces. Our connection to the urban market gives us the knowledge in making a lower priced item look just as expensive as higher priced items. Fashion no matter the price point styled correctly can make you look great. It’s a matter of personal style and choosing pieces that fit your esthetic and body type.

What the fashion industry and media need to improve on is showing Latinas the way we see ourselves not the way other cultures see us. We love our natural curves, but we continue to try shift the focus on how the world sees us. We also appreciate the Latina’s like Sofia Vergara and J.LO who represent us in the media. They have not only shown that we are mothers or daughters but strong woman with complexities. We want the same experiences in life and in fashion as other women. All women want to feel good in what we wear, apply great products to our face and bodies and buy great quality accessories.

In correlation with September being National Hispanic Month and Fashion Week Latinista held their fifth annual fashion show featuring Latino designers. Creative Fashion Director of Latina Magazine and Ebsession Ebby Antigua and Founder of Latinista Dee Rivera hosted the event. Both Designers César Galindo and Henry Picado of Estes & Chlo showcased their  individual Spring/ Summer 2017 collections.

César Galindo showcased a presentation featuring beautiful colorful, floral printed and sequined dresses. Below the knee and maxi length dresses draped the stage. Pleated details, multi-patterned prints and this season off the shoulder trend was in full affect.

The Texan designer’s 22 year career began designing for the Miami City Ballet and Houston Grand Opera. His move New York City in the mid 80’s allowed him to gain experience in a showroom and launch his own line consisting of his signature collection. The collection introduced his aesthetic for feminine social and evening dresses. Soon after his introduction the collection was placed in Henri Bendel.  He continued designing for the likes of Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein Collection and L.A.M.B by Gwen Stefani. His second namesake line CZAR by César Galindo geared towards a younger customer launched in 2011 on the Neiman Marcus website Cusp. His collections have been on the cover Elle Magazine and worn by celebrities like Madonna. His collection has been sold domestically and internationally.

 

Henry Picado of Este & Chlo featured a collection of his signature beaded gowns and cocktail dresses. The Costa Rican designer was educated at FIT and after graduating  designed collections at Bob Mackie. He then became senior director at Aidan Mattox and design director at JS Group International. While working at Aidan Mattox his clothes were worn on the TV show Gossip Girl and Dancing with the Stars. His designs have been worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Selena Gomez and Tyra Banks. His week was full as he also presented at Couture Fashion Week.

That concludes NYFW ss17 for me. I look forward to February and bringing you more info on great designers.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week SS17 Round up 1

  The time has come, you go to sleep early, you prepare yourself and you look forward to opening presents… O wait that’s Christmas! Well to most fashion folk who work and live in NYC that’s what Fashion Week feels like. I’ve had the privilege of volunteering, working, attending shows and presentations since I was a freshman in college. And the feeling of anticipation for new and refreshing fashion never changes. Hectic yet fun the week has me up and down the island. 

Day 1: Collabing with Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam. Fashion Pallete: Australian Swim/Resort SS 2017 Collections

First Collection: Sabo Luxe

  This collection is one I would wear and is totally my esthetic of feminity. I would just throw a leather jacket over some of these pieces to add edge to the look. I loved the mix of light and heavy materials for a Spring/ Summer collection. The cuts are ideal for the weather of the season but the use of velvet and layered styling is perfect for a cool spring day.

Second Collection: Bossa


Combining sport, evening wear and simplistic cuts was what intrigued me about Bossa’s collection.

  Next stop was midtown for the neXtpert event of which I was informed of by Lillie Morales of Jersey Fashionista. This event covers how technology, fashion, beauty, art and wellness are merging. This tech and fashion panel discussed how both industries are using never before seen techniques in making clothes, jewelry, accessories and the difficulties that come along with that process. The evening topic specifically covered was 3D printing. The leaders of 3D printers Stratasys and Cimquest Manufacuters showcased one of their printers and the protypes they made. Surprisingly I learned that other industries like the medical field use 3D printing to practice on molds before surgery. 
3D printed high heel!!! 

The 3D printer making what could be a applied to a jacket as an appliqué.

Customizable shoes by True Gault were on display. The company uses 3D scanning technology to scan your feet enabling them to make a shoe specifically for your foot. The buyer picks out the specific style, colors and leathers. The shoes available so far are 2inch and 4inch heels as well as flats. All shoes are made in Spain where they own their factory. Meaning no cut corners, its you and them designing and creating your shoes.Within 4-6 weeks your custom shoes can be strutting down the sidewalk runway. Next month they will come out with an app so anyone anywhere can make their own shoes.


This dress was made by Elektra Fashions. It took the designer (right) two weeks to complete the dress below. The Stars lit up and flashed, how fun!


Day 2: Rest Day

Day 3: Sipped champagne and met designer Rebecca Minkoff at her Soho store.

 



Next stop was Lord and Taylor in midtown for the Mommy Time Clinique beauty event. Fellow blogger and Jersey girl, Lillie Morales of Jersey Fashionista was on a panel of mommy bloggers giving great tips about blogging and beauty. I’m not a mom but the event was informative as I learned tips on blogging and balancing your life and business. Next show was at The Skylight at the Moynihan Station for the Acadamy of Art Collection. Collaborating with of Glasglow Skinner of Mylife. Designers still in school or recently graduated showed collections combining textiles, 3D designing, tailoring and various techniques to make innovative clothing.The following is part of a collection I found most intriguing.

The designer GeuMi Lee of Seoul South Korea has interned with Diane Von Furstenberg, Vera Wang and Wes Gordon. Her inspirations included athletic wear, oriental culture and traditional Asian garments. Using the techniques and fabrics that are used to make athletic uniforms she was able to create the sculpted pieces in her collection. Some of the fabrics included polyethylene and polypropylene.

Stay tuned to my Instagram stories and pics to see more. I will post another round up soon. 

Thank you to my fellow bloggers and boss ladies for giving me the opportunity to collab with them. 

T.S.

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Labor Day Lady

For almost an entire year I’ve been wanting to make my way to visit a very famous lady.  Who’s this lady you ask? The Statue of Liberty of course! I wanted to visit her because I had no recollection of when I visited her as child. I also made my way to Ellis Island, the gateway for so many people whose families are still here today. As a person who lives in the northeast sometimes I think we take for granted how many iconic landmarks we walk amongst each day and how easy it is to see them.  Although the U.S. is not perfect and has many issues to fix sometimes as citizens we can take for granted the liberties we are given from birth.

I still believe if you work hard enough you can make your own life better. I’ll tell you why I feel this, although my hustle has not been easy and nor did I expect it to be with education and hard work I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of my goals at a young age. Since the moment I decided to go into the fashion industry in middle school I knew there would be a thousand no’s and shed tears. Through it all the fact is that freedom to choose has allowed me to get a great education, gain experience and follow my passion. Although we are still working towards equal pay I have enjoyed working in a predominantly female industry.

And to be totally honest, with all that’s going on in the country I wanted a reminder of why people consider this country the land of opportunity amongst other things. The trip was both enlightening and sad as the fight for freedom, equality and justice is never easy.

First stop off the Ferry: Statue of Liberty

At the Fort Wood base, a selfie magnet.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty is not for the faint of heart. I bought tickets to the pedestal which took a total of 215 steps. A glutton for punishment I gasped my way up the stairs, in the end it’s worth it when I reached the top. Access to the crown is possible and I hope to visit it one day. My tip is buy your tickets weeks or even months in advance and choose which ferry you want to take. Bear in mind that tickets sell out fast and the longer you wait in the year the colder NYC gets. Freezing on a boat and walking around a tiny island surrounded by water and wind is not my idea of fun. I took the subway to Battery Park and boarded a ferry from there which I found easiest.

History:

Conception of Lady Liberty began in the 1800’s. After political repression in France intellectual Edourad de Laboulaye and sculptor Auguste Bartholdi wanted to honor the ideas of freedom and liberty that came with the end of slavery and the civil war. 

After touring the U.S. Bartholdi chose the New York Harbor in 1871. After two years of fundraising her arm and torch were put on display in Paris and at the Centennial Exposition in Philly. Architect Gustav Eiffel creator of the Eiffel Tower designed the internal framework in 1879. The statue was assembled and the beginning of the foundation started in 1881-84.

                        Bartholdi and Hunt pedestal designs.  Bronze plaque by Tiffany  and Co. dedicated to the men who constructed the pedestal without any casualties.

  Architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the pedestal in 1884. The cost of building the pedestal and placing the statue on top was $300,000. Money raised by “The American Committee” covered half of the cost then soon ran out. Joseph Pulitzer and his newspaper began fundraising for the pedestal in 1885 and by October of 1886 it was reassembled and dedicated on Bedloe’s Island (Liberty Island).

Replica of her face which Bartholdi and many said looked like his mother. Replica plaster model of the left ear.

Replica of her foot. Replica plaster model

A symbol of the French and American alliance the statue was considered a gift from France. The French raised 600,000 francs over five years via fundraising to create the statue. They achieved this by holding lotteries and selling tickets that allowed the public to see the statue under construction. The sale of a mother of pearl napkin ring and allowing small models to be made and sold to the public also raised money.

Replica’s sold by the French to raise money

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Tickets sold by the French and pearl napkin ring that helped raise money

Controversy:

Although the French contributed the cost that America was paying to make the pedestal made many Americans criticize the statue. New Yorker’s felt like the rest of the country should’ve helped pay for the pedestal and placement of the statue. The rest of America felt New York was responsible for the cost as it was to be placed there. Both the lower class and upper class citizens disliked the statue. The upper class saw the statue as a populist symbol and the lower class saw it as a rich man’s hobby. The amount of time it took to complete the statue was ridiculed by many if not all Americans.

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Publications criticizing the time and money needed to complete the statue.

Wooden molds and hammers pressed the copper into shape. Gustav Eiffel designed the inner frame work and the iron bars that strengthens the copper and supports the statue against natural elements.

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Assembly stages from Autumn 1882-Winter/Spring 1884 in France before she was dissembled and shipped to the U.S. She was resembled in NYC in 1886 after the pedestal was completed.

Newspaper reports on the parade the day the statue arrived. Tools used to reassemble the statue.

Memorabilia and writer Emma Lazarus. Emma Lazarus donated her poem “The New Colossus” to help raise money for the statue. In 1903 the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and placed on the base of the statue. In the 1930’s the poem’s message “give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” was popular as many came to the U.S. fleeing fascist countries.

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In late 1800’s  when Ellis Island opened she was known as the “Mother of exiles” when a huge influx of immigrants migrated to the USA. As WWI began she was used to encourage men to enlist and buy war bonds and is continually used as a face for many causes.

I hope I taught you a bit about the Statue of Liberty. I will have a follow up post about the torch and Ellis Island soon. Let me know if you have made your way to either or if you plan to.

“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there were two things I had a right to, liberty and death… If I could not have one, I would have the other..”- Harriet Tubman

T.S.