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Painted Petal Scarf by Dealtry for Of a Kind

BUY / 25 of a kind / $169

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It’s tough to get excited about most iPhone cases, but this Mansi Shah one is another story. —erica

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Next Level: Beet

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Cranberry sounds so…early aughts. And maroon has a certain team spirit vibe. But beet? Now that feels right for fall—maybe paired with outwear in a nice goat cheese or sherry vinegar. (I know–ha, ha.) —erica

LEVEL I: One of those perfect sweaters, c/o Isabel Marant, that can do apple-picking or office.

LEVEL II: A so-sleek Alexander Wang purse that would give even your grungiest jeans some polish.

LEVEL III: A dress from Carven that would look almost impossibly put-together with sheer black tights.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony shoes that put a little stomp in your step.

More of this “Next Level” madness!

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Dontcha think these suckers, from The Palatines, would make the ideal first-day-of-school shoes? —erica

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Dealtry

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Growing up in the U.K., Helen Dealtry started her painting career drawing birds alongside her grandfather. “I had a chalkboard, and he would rub out chunks of my drawings and say, ‘that needs work!’” she laughs. Coming from a family of creative people—her feathered-friend-depicting grandfather, carpenter brother, and costume-creating mother among them—she was met with nothing but support when she began an intensive textile, art, and design course at age 16.

Four years and a degree from Winchester School of Art later, she found herself in New York as a trainee textile designer, where her daily work involved hand-painting motifs directly onto silk and stretched organza. “I was surrounded by incredibly talented artists like Lourdes Sanchez,” she recalls. “I’d just want to cover my work every time they walked by my desk!”

But that insecurity was just pure silliness, and, in 2011 after many years of practice and a short stint back in London, Helen had the self-possession to launch Dealtry, a line of ultra-soft patterned scarves drawing inspiration from East Asian brush painting and a bunch of ranunculus scooped up at the Chelsea Flower Market. “Every design I do starts with a hand-painted piece of paper work,” she says. “It’s really important to me to maintain a hand-done feel to my work.” So, things haven’t changed that much—but she has spread her wings. genevieve ang

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Check Out Helen Dealtry’s Lush (Really!) Brooklyn Studio

Green is the scene.

“Studio” seems too generic a term for Helen Dealtry’s sick setup. As she says, “It’s my little oasis in Brooklyn!” We’re talking a fig tree-filled courtyard, even—which is doubly awesome when you consider that Helen is all about flora and uses leaves, buds, and branches as the basis for her watercolor work and the scarves of her line Dealtry. You probably want to see the space for yourself, huh? Get in there. —genevieve ang

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“When you walk in, there’s a big white wall that I use for my mood boards, color swatches, anything that I’m working on. I also have a huge archive of all the work that I’ve done before and some original artwork and books that I can reference and be inspired by. If I’m having a non-inspired day, I’ll pull out my book on Cy Twombly—he’s one of my favorite artists.”

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“And of course there’s my dog, Dudley, who is very protective of me. He hangs out on his own throne chair next to my desk and barks at everyone. He is a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix and is quite feisty!”

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“I’m really lucky at the moment because I have a garden for the first time in New York City, which is so rare. We have two courtyards, and they are planted with fig trees, grape vines, the works! Right now it’s mostly shrubbery, but it’s still really pretty.”

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“I found the space via Craigslist! I was renting a desk in the city and decided it was time to look for something different. The best part about it is how supportive everyone here is of each other. Everybody really pushes each other up, and, whether it’s business advice or inspiration that you need, you can just take a walk around and get really inspired by somebody who is doing their own thing.”

She’s in good company—from left to right, Re Jin Lee of Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Katie McClain of MCMC Fragrances, Helen Dealtry, Nicolette Owen of Nicolette Camille Floral, Fay Andrada, Julie Ahn of Object and Totem, and Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette New York.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Sarkilahti.

The edition Helen made us is a total winner—stop back to see it tomorrow morning!

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But How Does Helen Dealtry Create Her So-Major Floral Prints?!

Hey, scarf—this bud’s for you.

“I paint a good flower,” says Helen Dealtry. Um, more like she paints blossoms so magnetic that you’ll want to drape your neck in ‘em. How does this astonishingly talented textile designer go from anemone inspo to airy, mood-changing scarf? Watch her make it happen. —genevieve ang

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“I like to go to the New York City Public Library—they have an image section there, and you can make photocopies of things that you like. It’s good to get away from Pinterest, which I do get inspired by, but can sometimes be a bit repetitive. It can be nice to look through a book. I also love flowers, and if my neighbor Nicolette, who’s an amazing florist, has a wedding coming up, I might head over to the Chelsea flower market with her super early in the morning. I like to put flowers in unusual arrangements—I’m super inspired by Japanese arrangements called ikebana.”

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“My archive of vintage fabrics and swatches is also really inspiring for me. The fashion cycle is so weird, and it can sometimes be hard to get in the zone when you’re painting during the opposite season. I like going to the Rose Bowl in L.A. for my fabric swatches—they keep me going for months.”

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“When I start on a new project, I usually allow myself a week to just paint. It can be quite hard to turn off your business head and turn on your creative head and go back and forth between the two. My painting days are when I turn everything else off and go completely under—it’s when I feel completely free to chop things up and put different things together.”

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“On the computer, I primarily play with scale and rearrange the layout. I don’t do a huge amount on the computer—it’s mostly done beforehand in the painting process. After I clean up my design, I send it off to production.”

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“I then get a sample back, say ‘yay’ or ‘nay,’ and then that’s it! There’s usually quite a few months of turnaround time, so you have to be quite ahead of your game!”

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Sarkilahti.

Helen has a stunning edition coming your way tomorrow—sign up for our newsletter to see it first!

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Sign Us Up: 8 Newsletters That We Cannot WAIT to Open

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We know—you’re probably trying to clean out your inbox, to find that always-elusive unsubscribe button. But hold up for just one minute ‘cause there are actually a handful of newsletters that we think you should absolutely, without-a-doubt be getting and (how about this?) reading. They’re stuffed with smarty-pants tips and intel that will make you feel savvier, more informed, and just generally less daunted by all the things—well, at least that’s the effect they’ve had on us. —erica

+ theSkimm
This is like magic: It ensures you have all the news (like, hard news about Ukraine, ebola, Pope Francis) that you need to start each day. We feel like we owe the girls who masterminded this a thank-you note. 

+ Ann Friedman
Not only does Ann Friedman write all kinds of things we love (for New York mag, The Hairpin, and Elle), but she also puts together a beyond-brilliant Friday rundown of all of the stuff on the internet you want to know about but don’t yet.

+ The Business of Fashion
Our go-to for fashion news, from the breaking stuff to longer, thoughtful features and interviews…

+ Uncommon Update
…And the other source we turn to daily to make sure we know what’s up in the sartorial realm. 

+ 20x200
This site, which sells limited-edition prints, is the one that inspired ours, so obviously we’re diehards. And once you start reading the stories behind its art, you will be too.

+ Lauren in the Afternoon
IRL, we’re always asking Lauren Sherman what she’s into and what she’s contemplating, so we were stoked when she started delivering a digest of her weekly reading and writing to our inboxes.

+ Now I Know
Do you love lifelong-learning? Do you heart knowing obscure things about equally random topics? Sign up.

+ A Series of Tubes
This is, like, the chillest beauty newsletter imaginable. Amanda Mattos just gets it.

Listen, not to get all self-promoter-y, but a lot of people tell us that the Of a Kind newsletter makes them feel all giddy like Lucille Bluth up there. Are you signed up, or what?

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Um, no, it is not too late in the season for this Thomas Sires jumper. Because how thrilled will you be to be able to toss it on with a blazer in October and to not have to shave your legs? —erica

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In Character: Raylan Givens

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If you’re never seen Justified, you probably don’t truly understand the appeal of Timothy Olyphant. But give this show three episodes, and, well, you’ll be right there with me—100% chance. —erica

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A Gitman Vintage shirt that often ends up in a crumpled pile on his motel-room floor.

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A black tie from Kris Van Assche to show those Crowders that he’s serious about this U.S. Marshal business.

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A signature cowboy hat by Goorin Bros. that is worth getting into a bar brawl over.

Get your “In Character” fix!

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