Of a Kind

This spring, let’s all remember to push up the sleeves on our jackets. Cause it’s a good look, as demonstrated by Sessun. —erica

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The Hill-Side is making shoes! Real good ones. That girls with average-to-big feet can wear, too. —erica

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Next Level: Mesh

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Brace yourself for the punniness ahead: These four pieces will have you looking like one hot mesh. —erica

LEVEL I: Just a sliver of see-through makes these Rebecca Minkoff loafers look a whole love more interesting.

LEVEL II: It’s like the strapless dress that you never have to hoist up, c/o Elizabeth and James.

LEVEL III: Thanks to this Steven Alan purse, you’ll know if you have your phone without even opening your bag.

LEVEL IV: Not only do the sleeves on this Jonathan Simkhai jumpsuit look fly, but they also allow for some serious air circulation. 

All the “Next Level” you can eat handle!

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You know what’s a good name for a color? Terracotta. I’ll let this Crippen skirt sell you on it. —erica

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Stanmore

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Does it sound out-there to say that Catherine Alexander had a date with destiny when she came up with the idea for her jewelry line? You be the judge: After graduating from NYU, Catherine parlayed an internship into a gig as a TV producer and then an indie movie producer, working on projects like design shows and period films. “After the stock market crashed in 2008, the funding for a movie I was working on was gone,” says Cat, who, rather than falling into woe-is-me mode, took the opportunity to really think about what she wanted to be doing. The answer: something that allowed her to feel a whole lot more creative.

“While I was visiting my parents in Washington, D.C., I bought some clay at Michaels and started sculpting. My mom took one look and said I needed to take art classes,” she explains. Back home in NYC, Cat enrolled in a course and quickly realized that she had a knack for jewelry in particular. “I had access to a studio and spent all day learning,” she says. “It was kismet—everything was leading up to this.”

She launched Stanmore in 2012, and she hasn’t looked back. “When I first started, I wanted to make things I hadn’t seen before. It’s not worth buying jewelry unless it really says something,” Cat says. “I like it when jewelry makes something basic like your T-shirt and jeans more personal.” —jane gauger

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Dive Into Stanmore’s Rockin’ Retro Playlist

Turn those speakers up.

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Pause that Beyoncé for a sec and listen up: Catherine Alexander has some music recs for you. The mastermind behind the elegantly earthy jewelry line Stanmore has put together a killer, random-in-a-good-way playlist filled with old stuff—pop and rock from the sixties, seventies, and eighties—that is likely new to you and makes her both nostalgic AND productive. —jane gauger

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“Care of Cell 44” by The Zombies
“This song reminds me of waking up in a cabin in the Poconos on an early summer morning and sitting quietly in a chair on the porch reading. When I hear the first person stir from sleep, I put this song on and quietly make coffee.”

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“Different Drum” by The Stone Poneys
“This makes me think of sitting in the backseat of my friend’s car and staring at the city while we drive over the bridge to The Wooly in Lower Manhattan at 1 AM after deciding that it would be ludicrous to let the night end.”

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“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass
“To me, this is driving back to the city from Montauk and feeling both proud of—and unsure about—the oversize cotton visor I had just purchased from a Hamptons sporting-goods store.”

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“I Saw the Light” by Todd Rundgren
“I like to garden to this song for some reason. So, weirdly, Todd Rundgren reminds me of flowers? I think he’d like that.”

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“Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty
“My boyfriend looked at me and said, ‘If we have to have a wedding song, this would be it.’”

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“Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
“Reminds me of running on the beach in L.A. with friends late at night. We wanted to jump into the ocean, but for some reason, we thought we’d get arrested if we tried.”

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“Dancehall Days” by Wang Chung
“This reminds me of my friend, Ted. He has a radio show on East Village Radio called Gay Beach, and I can’t listen to this song without thinking of the first time I tuned in.”

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“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
“The memory for this one—how about every joyous occasion ever experienced by anyone?”

Boy, does Catherine have a rockin’ edition on the way tomorrow. Stop back to check it out!

 

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Get to Know Catherine Alexander’s Cool-Girl Inner Circle

No, you can’t steal all of her friends, ok?

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“When you live in New York for 16 years, you tend to meet some exquisitely amazing people,” says Catherine Alexander. Well, true that. Not only does the majorly talented jewelry designer behind the line Stanmore have a dope group of girlfriends, but she also gets together with all of them regularly to swap ideas and dole out support—like a creative collective of sorts. Meet the gang. —jane gauger

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Morgan Gibbons
“Morgan is a stylist and is seriously one of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet—inside and out. Her closet is a dreamland, and her sense of style is very much her own. She somehow masters that whole ‘Oh! I just woke up and threw these six things on and didn’t spend a second thinking about it nut somehow I look like a supermodel and all the boys love me’ look better than the rest of us could ever hope to even in our wildest fashion fantasies.”

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Becca Mapes
“As far as metalwork and jewelry-making goes, Becca blows my mind with the knowledge and skill she possesses. I could work for years at it and still not come close to her abilities at the bench. Lucky us that her skills are evenly matched by her creativity and talent! Her jewelry for her line Winden may be on the smaller side, but it sure does stand out in its humor and personal resonance.”

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Ellen Van Dusen
“Ellen has a penchant for making people feel good, and I can never tell if it’s because her clothes for Dusen Dusen make you want to find the coolest party around or if it’s because, even upon just meeting her, you can tell she’s a real-life genuine sweetheart.” [Ed: So much more Ellen here.]

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Tory Noll
“Tory—or Tito, as I like to call her—is probably secretly hobnobbing it up with Geena Davis over at Mensa. Not only does she design and run her own shoe line Ten & Co., but she also writes for magazines like Vice and Whitehall, does prop-styling on fashion shoots, and can do the Friday New York Times crossword in less time than it takes you to eat your lunch.”

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Vera Correll
“Even though Vera can seem quiet at first, when you’re lucky enough to get to know her, you’ll find she has an ease about her that makes you want to talk to her for hours. That trait carries over to her work: For their line Correll Correll, she and her twin sister design clothes that make you feel like you could kick your shoes off in the middle of a fashion party and curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and Iris Apfel.”

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Lisa Fuller
“I don’t how she does it, but Lisa makes the softest jeans—they fill you out in all the right places and slim down your legs to Giselle-ian proportions. She also happens to have the raddest sense of humor. Her male dog’s name is Pizza Marie. If you stop by her store Courtshop, try to get in on a day she’s working, and you (and, might I add, your butt) will not regret it.”

Catherine made a cuff for tomorrow that you AND your gal pals are gonna love.

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So Fresh and So Clean: All the Tips and Tricks You Need to Take Care of Your Leather

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When you invest in a nice bag or a killer pair of shoes, you wanna protect it—you know, the world can be a harsh place! So we asked designers who have some skin in the game to share their best tactics for safeguarding against—and dealing with—the nonsense that’s bound to strike, from downpours to ballpoint-pen explosions. —erica

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Marbled leather? Handmade in Vancouver? Whaaa? GET IT.

CLEANING AND PROTECTING

+ “We recommend using a natural leather oil (we swear by Obenauf’s!) to protect against water damage and get rid of any dust or grime on the bag.” —Jennie Engelhardt & Emily Harrison of Hare+Hart

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The bottom of this sucker unzips and expands, allowing you to basically double the bag’s size. GET IT.

ATTACKING STAINS

+ “I have successfully removed blue pen ink form the outside of a light brown leather bag three or four times by using a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.” —Stacy Herzog Berk of frieda&nellie

+ “Mix a small portion of mild shampoo—such as baby shampoo or leather shampoo—with water in a bottle, soak a clean rag, and dab the spot. This is only for spot-cleaning. If your bag gets dirty without major stains, try using a damp cloth first. Depending on how the leather was treated or finished, you might just get the dirt off with a little bit of water. Just don’t soak the leather by applying too much water!” —Yegang Yoo of IMAGO-A

+ “It’s all about saddle soap!” —Tere Artigas of Gabriela Artigas

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If you don’t have a casual clutch in your arsenal, you’re definitely missing out. GET IT.

REMEDYING SCRATCHES

+ “Small scratches can be removed by rubbing them gently with your finger—the natural oils on your hands will work nicely into the leather. For larger scratches and marks, apply a tiny amount of leather oil to the mark, let it soak for a few minutes, and wipe away the excess with a clean, soft cloth.” —Yegang Yoo of IMAGO-A

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Don’t let the color scare you: Denim-y blue is absolutely a neutral. GET IT.

AVOIDING WATER DAMAGE

+ “Whether you are an extreme adventurer or just happen to be accident-prone like us, waterproofing is a great way to extend the longevity of a leather item. We recommend using a natural leather oil to seal in the natural oils found in the leather and then adding a waterproofing agent to really protect from the elements.” —Jennie Engelhardt & Emily Harrison of Hare+Hart

+ “If a leather bag or shoes gets soaked, do not dry it quickly—with hairdryer, for instance—as it will get stiff and crinkled. Let it slowly dry at room temperature. Make sure to keep it in the shape you want it to end up in while drying.” —Yegang Yoo of IMAGO-A

Note! With all of this stuff, spot-test first! Different finishes can react differently, and you don’t want to go making matters worse.

Did reading this make you want a new bucket bag or wallet? Well, have a look-see.

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Short-sleeve button-downs are inherently dorky. And this Barque one embraces that. —erica

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In Character: Mrs. Euphengenia Doubtfire

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Mrs. Doubtfire is a hilarious and wonderful movie—and not just when you watch it (over and over on VHS) as a 10 year old. Here, how to follow Kim K.’s lead and mimic the namesake character’s look. —erica

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A shirt, by MSGM, that might catch fire when she leans over the stove.

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A Sophie Hulme bag that is decidedly grown-up and dependable—just like this dad in drag.

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Suno's loud floral blazer, worn with a matching dress, that looks even kookier next to Pierce Brosnan in his swim trunks.

It’s “In Character” madness over here!

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