Weather Vain: Miami, Florida - 79 and Partly Cloudy

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We are, unfortunately, too old for spring break (or is it spraaaang break?). But if we got to escape to FL right now, we’d want to be chilling in Miami on this lovely day. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ As crisply chic as, well, everything about The Raleigh Hotel—that’s what this Apiece Apart top is.

+ Thierry Lasry sunglasses, in colors that mesh with all the neon lights.

+ In case an outing to Hyde Beach is in the cards: this Sophie Hulme sucker.

+ The print of this neoprene skirt by Emma Cook? Totally goes with the wallpaper at The Broken Shaker—and that’s a compliment.

Etten Eller earrings with appropriately Deco vibez.

+ Robert Clergerie shoes that match the sand.

+ A happy-making Alison Lou ring, straight from The Webster.

How to dress for this weather?! Lots more ideas coming at you.

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Weather Vain: Miami, Florida - 84 With a Chance of Thunderstorms

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Party in the city where the heat is on…or where it’s pouring down rain. EITHER WAY. Here’s what to wear in Mee-ah-mee on a day like today. (Keely! We miss you! Come back!) —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Loeffler Randall clutch, as fun as drinks at The Freehand.

+ The sort of so-easy Raquel Allegra dress that’s happy to live in a suitcase.

+ A Rag & Bone hat, protecting your hair from any T-storming—or, if the clouds part, the sun along the Wynwood Art Walk.

+ Rain sandals! Brought to you by Melissa.

+ Take this clunky-cool Jennifer Fisher bracelet to Joe’s Stone Crab or Yardbird, and don’t worry about getting messy. 

More of this goodness! Right here!

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Weather Vain - Key West, Florida - 72 and Partly Cloudy

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One of the warmest destinations in the U.S. of A. today: Key West. What to wear if you don’t HAVE to wear a jacket. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The sort of five-o’clock-somewhere pants from See by Chloe that leave plenty of room for Kermit’s key lime pie.

+ So, it’s not supposed to be a super-bright day, but this is definitely the sort of place where sunglasses—these by Karen Walker—are part of the uniform.

+ Stripes! On your soles! Alice + Olivia sandals that can navigate the rocky beaches.

+ A silk Tibi tank that goes with the motif of the Southernmost House.

+ Mociun earrings as quirky as your surroundings.

+ The low tonight: 64. So you can get away with just a Rag & Bone scarf-slash-shawl if you want to.

+ A wicker clutch from Rebecca Minkoff that’s a fun as it is easy—goes well with the catch of the day at the Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

More “Weather Vain” madness right this way… 

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Weather Vain: Tallahassee, Florida - 86 With a 40% Chance of Rain

Our developer lives in Tallahassee, Florida—hi, Joe!—and, from what he tells us, people there can be really judge-y about fashion. Well, we hope this ensemble passes muster in the Florida Panhandle. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ These Karen Walker sunglasses have the whole classic-with-a-twist thing down pat—and look rad even if it is overcast.

+ Though the structure of this Baggu tote is about as chillaxed as they come, the warm caramel leather is fit for dinner ‘n drinks at Sage.

+ It’s steamyThis A.L.C. tank keeps you as cool as possible.

+ Yes, they’re jean shorts but not like any you currently own. Christopher Kane adds a few inches and brings the neon.

+ Belle by Sigerson Morrison delivers a stellar sandal alternative that could handle a low-key ride around St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the AM (before what Joe claims is the inevitable afternoon rain).

+ The bronze necklace that Metalepsis Projects made Of a Kind gets better—somehow!—the more you wear it.

Get your “Weather Vain” fix right over here.

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Meet Landmarks and Lions

Accidents happen. And that’s a good thing.

Canyon Crosby believes that the best-laid plans are overrated. His approach might be risky—and definitely runs contrary to any advice you’d get at business school—but the success he’s had with his leather-goods company Landmarks and Lions is proof that, for him, a little spontaneity has gone a long way.

“I wanted to create a few things to sell online so that I could raise money for my wedding,” Canyon remembers. “The business as it is today is completely unintentional, but I’m happy it happened the way it did.” Since his 2010 cash-accumulating exercise, Canyon as expanded the Minneapolis-based brand from one item—a minimalist iPhone case—to a full range of wallets, travel accessories, and key chains. The Florida native weaves his personal, eclectic experiences into each of the pieces—Canyon’s roundabout route to leather includes pit stops in fashion design, painting, and interior decorating. Travel, too, is integral, and the wanderlust tie-in will become more pronounced later this year when he expands into luggage. Not that Canyon saw that coming. —liza darwin

Score Canyon’s Of a Kind edition right now! It’s a slick-as-hell iPhone wallet that’s lined with red-striped canvas.

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The Thomas IV Council of High Design

This might be a one-woman operation, but the designer has plenty of trusted advisors.



One of the hands-down toughest parts of working for yourself: You don’t always have people around to bounce ideas off of. Well, unless you’re Lia Cinquegrano, that is—when the New-Yorker-by-way-of-Florida started developing her bag line Thomas IV, which launched last spring, she rounded up all those nearest, dearest, and most opinionated to give feedback. She calls this aesthetic inner circle her “Council of High Design” (jokingly!), and these are the six members.


Tommy Cinquegrano – “My brother is a computer animator who specializes in lighting for videogames. He also does these beautiful prints of what he calls collaged architecture. He’s really the harshest critic because he knows I can take it. He covers everything— color, design, silhouette, anything. He’s sent me really long emails with bullet points.”


Bridget Cinquegrano – “My brother’s wife Bridget has very good taste—very clean and smart. She wears a lighter palette, a lot of grays and neutrals. She does visual merchandising, so she shops around.”


Maia Wojcik – “Maia’s my roommate—I met her five years ago. She searches for designers, art directors, and creative directors for positions in the fashion industry—on a global level. She’s very fashion-y— sharp and modern with lots of black. She has my camel-and-black bucket bag from my first season.”


Julia Sherman – “I met Julia in high school—we did the RISD pre-college program together and lived together in college. She’s a very smart artist and has always had an interesting sense of style. She’s really honest—I like the friends that I know I can trust to be honest because they care.”


Cat Warner – “She and I met about four years ago at Nanette Lepore—and I met my boyfriend through Cat! She’s very, very colorful and has a quirky sense to the way she designs knitwear and the way she puts herself together. She has bright red hair, and she always has fun accessories and a good color story going on.”


Ryan Sovereign – “My boyfriend [Ed: who has a rad tie line, Sovereign Beck] has totally different taste—he likes kind of kooky prints. And he’s definitely not so harsh.”

We’re releasing the bag that Lia designed for us on Wednesday at 10a EST! Get on our mailing list so you don’t miss out.

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Thomas IV

Lia Cinquegrano is not a black bag kind of girl. “I saved up some money and really wanted to spend it on a bag,” explains the RISD grad from Sarasota, Florida. “So I was looking, shopping in the market, trying to find a bag that represented me and would go with my style sensibility, and I couldn’t really find anything. I knew it had to be something bright and colorful, and I knew I had to keep it simple. That was about a year ago.” Unlike most of us, Lia had the skills to take on this task herself: On top of her degree, she had five years experience at Nanette Lepore, where she had gained some solid insight into the production side of things.

She dove into the development of her first pieces—soon to be called Thomas IV—working from an old school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she was renting space in to explore creative side projects. Soon enough, she landed on that look she was trying to pin down: a combination of fabric and leather

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Alyson Fox

Alyson Fox has always had an artistic spirit, but it took her a while to unleash it. “I had a breakdown in college—I had actually started out as a nutrition and fitness major—and my nana, my dad’s mom, said, ‘You need to take an art class—you’re so creative.’ So I took an art class, and it changed my whole direction. It woke me up in a way I was really excited about,” explains the Austin, Texas, resident. From there, she pursued a graduate program straight out of school at Florida State (where she had ended up focusing on photography) and started getting a handle on other forms—painting, sculpture, and whatever else allowed her to avoid pigeonholing herself.

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Gigi and her Alligator

As a Florida girl, the hat designer has a special relationship with one of her favorite materials.


A stuffed alligator made for Gigi by her friend/assistant.

Gigi Burris, the sunny designer behind a millinery line of the same name, grew up in gator country, and her dad is one of her main suppliers of the skins, which she uses season-to-season as accents on hats, headbands, and, more recently, to make thin little bracelets. “My parents have orange groves, and my dad usually finds the gators there,” she says. “He tries to give me one or two per year—they’re huge, like eight feet long.” Here, a tour of some of the skins she’s been using and what she’s learned working with the material.


“We take my dad’s skins to a tannery in Florida. It’s about making sure that when you shoot it, you put it on ice relatively fast. With the tannery, there’s a lead time of two to three months, and you can pick the color and all that. My dad tried to do a DIY redneck job in the backyard once—to dry the skin himself. It was stinky and rotting.”


“Florida gators are really big. We have so much phosphate in the water that they end up having really large scales. ”


“I also order skins from a tannery, and they tend to be smaller and softer. This is from Thailand, where a lot of alligators come from. The prettiest part of the gator is the belly.”


“I made this as a summer hat for myself—it’s straw with an alligator band. It’s funny—it is a really small group of people who work with that material, so it’s cool that it’s so close to me and my home.”

Get on our email list to get word about the edition Gigi made for Of a Kind first!

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Rachel Rose

For Rachel Rose, it all started with a class. The Brooklyn-based designer had been doing production and textile design for mega-retailers since she moved north from Tampa in 2003, but the itch to create her own pieces became impossible to ignore after she enrolled in a silk painting class at FIT, where she learned how to make magic with beeswax, rock salt, sponge brushes, and batik tools. “I knew I wanted to do something on my own eventually, but I had become discouraged—it takes a lot to start a collection,” she explains. “I was trying to figure out how I could do it on my own terms, let it grow naturally. When I learned how to do the silk painting, it clicked. I’ve always loved easy-to-wear pieces, and colors are just so beautiful on silk.”

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