Archive of ‘Fashion’ category

Food for Thought: Established 1937, Has that company really been around as long as you thought?

In an eye opening article that I recently discovered thanks to Capitol Hill Style, I was surprised to find that some fashion companies may not be who you think they are.  The brand in question is Madewell, established 1937.  When a company touts, established 1937, it provokes thoughts of quality, tradition, and nostalgia in a customer.  The funny thing is, this name and trademark were purchased by the CEO of J.Crew in 2003 from a company that had been dissolved for many years prior.  Madewell was originally a workforce company, a far cry from the fashionable boutique style clothing offered there today.

The full article, by Dan Nosowitz details how he came upon the store in shock and realized that J.Crew had no part in the 50 year history that was built by his great-grandfather.  It’s a great read and will open your eyes.  Read the full article here.

How many other companies are run by their original owners or their descendants?  You might be surprised.  Levis and L.L. Bean are still in the family, but Frye boots is held by a Chinese company and Kiehls beauty products were bought by L’oreal.  Don’t get me wrong, J.Crew bought the rights to the trademark legally, but it was a bit of an eye opener for me as the daughter of an entrepreneur.

I would be appalled if I ran into an impostor Village Sub Shop (my dad’s business, started by my grandfather in Baltimore).  Nosowitz doesn’t seem angry – just confused.  He embarks on a journey to discover some family history about the company and goes on to interview one of the current lead designers at Madewell.  It’s interesting.  Check it out.

What’s in Your Bag?

My handbag usually ends up like a bottomless pit!  It holds everything from a wallet, my phone, keys, receipts, change, lipstick, and lactaid pills (you never know when you’re going to eat dairy!).

William & Herbert clutch

Here’s a snapshot from my line of handbags.  How much can you fit into your clutch?  It’s all about the pockets for me!  I designed and handcrafted this handbag as part of my upcoming line.  The leather is a crocodile printed cowhide – so amazing and a limited edition!  I haven’t released the details about my new collection, but if your interested be sure to come back and visit my blog, the best place for updates.

Vintage Inspiration: 1972 Halston Jersey Dress

The 1970s has been a current design inspiration for upcoming Spring 2015 season.  I know, I know.  It’s just starting to get cold and I’m talking about the Spring collections.  You will see the trend in Fall apparel as well.  The billowing nature of the 1970s gowns and sleek jersey knit materials will be used by a range of clothing companies.  Today’s vintage inspiration is a Halston silk, jersey knit dress with a plunging neckline.  This gown, circa 1972 is part of The FIT Museum’s collection.

Halston Dress circa 1972


I could just see Jennifer Lawrence’s character from American Hustle wearing this dress!

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