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Two-Tone Baseball Tee by Study for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $104

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The Fixers: Designer-Approved (NYC!) Spots That Will Help You Keep Your Goods in Good Shape

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If you’ve started investing in nice clothes and accessories—stuff that you plan to own for years and years—then you’ve probably got an issue on your hands: upkeep. But we’re here to help—well, more like some of our very in-the-know, discerning designers are. Here are the NYC spots a few of the pros rely on for maintenance. —erica

TAILOR

Brooklyn Denim Co. / 85 N. Third St., #101, Brooklyn (pictured above!)
“Not just for denim repairs, though they do an amazing job on even the most destroyed jeans! This is a full-service tailor for anything from shortening a skirt to taking in shoulders on a blazer. My studio is in the back of the store, so I’m definitely biased.” —Tara St James of Study

SHOE REPAIR (for Bags and Other Leather Goods, Too!)

Kim’s Shoe Repair / 566 Grand St., Brooklyn
“When you walk in, it is like going trough a time machine. This business has been there for decades, and they have some really cool-looking old machines. The cobbler is always smiling, and you can tell he really enjoys his craft. I’ve taken my favorite boots there more than three times to be resoled and once to have a hole on the top fixed, and he has never said ‘I think it’s time to let them go…’ even though they are clearly falling apart.” —Graciela Fuentes of Tirana Jewelry

North 11th Shoe Repair / 118 N. 11th Street, Brooklyn
“My go-to for any leather repair—shoes, handbags, etc. The owner’s name is Clever—I’m not kidding. And not only is he kind and patient and good at his job, he is also a sculptor. He saved me when I was in a jam and needed white leather for a photo shoot and couldn’t find any that was right. Clever painted my brown leather white for the photos. I love this guy.” —Nettie Kent

DRY CLEANER

King Garment Care / 220 Sixth Ave., Manhattan
“This is Lizzie’s ultimate luxury. They’re pricey but the best; we take all good items here.” —Kathryn Fortunato of Lizzie Fortunato

Want some tips on taking care of your leather at home? Click here for some tips from the Hare+Hart girls.

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Do you want this Study shirt to be all casual and oversize or a little sultry? Because you gots the power to decide. —erica

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If you’re anything like us, now is the time of year when you feel like you don’t have nearly enough cozy clothes to get you through the winter. Well, this Study top is your fix: It’s waffle-knit sleeves and slouchy fit—along with the fact that all of the fabric is sustainably sourced—will make you feel toastier in no time. —erica

BUY / 60 of a kind / $98

Read more about the designer behind the line:

+ On her embrace of ethical production.

+ On how to make some shibori magic.

+ On how exactly she does sustainable.

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In Tune: Study

In honor of fashion week and all the new-collections brouhaha, we’ve asked Of a Kind designers to share the songs that found their way into their spring 2013 designs. Oh, and: These music picks come with sneak peeks of said collections. Keep up with “In Tune” posts here.

"During the day I relied on Frank Sinatra, Django Reinhardt, and Edith Piaf to keep the mood in the studio upbeat and even-tempered (thanks, Pandora). But after-hours—and through long, late nights finishing up the collection—I would revert to the new release from the label Cut Mistake Music—in particular, the more experimental and ethereal first track by the band cnnr called ‘Candide,’  which helped bring me out of my element and focus on the intricacies of the collection. The B-side tracks by No Regular Play are perfect to get me moving around the studio.” —tara st james of study

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Recommended Reading: Tara St James of Study Shares Her Obsessions on Design*Sponge

This is just a taste, y’all. Head over to Design*Sponge for the whole shebang (and check out our guest posts with Erin Considine and Alyson Fox while you’re there!).

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Alumni Sunday: Neapolitan Tee by Study

We love an easy cotton top you can throw on with your best-loved jeans or even a little mini. But, as evidenced above, that hardly means settling for something plain. Tara St James of Study marries three neutral fabrics in this so-good drop-shoulder tee, and if you feel compelled to spice things up even more, turn to the plaid fabric the shirt comes wrapped in, and tie it on as a scarf. —erica

BUY / 35 of a kind / $98

Read more about the designer behind the tee:

+ On finding the drive to do her own thing.

+ On putting an emphasis on sustainability.

+ On getting into shibori dyeing.

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To Recap: How 5 (Still Available!) Of a Kind Editions Were Born

For us, one of the coolest things is getting to see how—and why—a designer makes an edition. Like, what makes a good hide of leather, and what is shibori-dyeing exactly? Here, five makers give the scoop…on editions you can still buy (25% off with the code JULY4THEWIN ‘til Sunday!). 

1) The Art-Gallery-Fueled Story Behind Our Baron Wells Tee

BUY / 40 of a kind / $62

2) The Making of Our Lisa Levine Earrings

BUY / 30 of a kind / $125

3) The Leather Skills That Went Into Our Materials + Process Case

BUY / 45 of a kind / $88

4) The Shibori Dye-Job That Fueled Our Study Top

BUY / 50 of a kind / $78

5) The Painting Project That Was Our Partners & Spade Tie

BUY / 25 of a kind / $125

For more recapping, head this way, ASAP.

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Let It Flow: Tara St James of Study Spikes Some Watermelon

Who doesn’t love a summer cocktail? This week, we’re asking some of the designers we’ve worked with what their go-to is—alcoholic or non—in an effort to keep your glass more than half full. Today: the lovely designer from Study, whose beverage of choice is actually more like a food.

I’m actually planning for this to be the summer of the boozy popsicle, but I haven’t mastered that skill yet. In the meantime, here’s my take on a great summer drink that is perfect for picnics in the park because it does not involve bottles, open containers, or anything ticketable: Soak slices of watermelon in tequila overnight, dip them in coarse sea salt, and refrigerate or freeze them you’re going to the beach or a park. Instant frozen margaritas! Put them on a stick for extra-fancy presentation.” —tara

For more designer-y drinks, click here.

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Weather Vain: Fargo, North Dakota - 73 and Partly Cloudy

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’re taking requests: If you’ve got a “Weather Vain” locale you want us to cover, hit us at info@ofakind.com or @ofakind on the Twitter. Today’s comes from our girl @hourglass, who made us swear not to make any dontchaknow jokes. MISSION ACCEPTED. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A floral scarf from Suno that pays homage to all of the gorgeousness in bloom.

+ Reed Krakoff shoes with what we’d call a sensible heel—ideal for a leisurely stroll in this freaking beautiful weather.

+ Adding a little warmth and jazziness as you get into the evening hours, this short-sleeve Closed trench is ready for strawberry-artichoke panzanella at HoDo (a.k.a. Hotel Donaldson).

+ The beauty of the shibori-dyed tee Study made us is that it’s hipper than any other cotton number in your arsenal.

+ Bright chinos! Reach for this Maison Scotch pair while you can still stand the thought of long pants.

+ The bracelet that Ursa Major created for Of a Kind looks like something that would be on display at the Plains Art Museum.

There’s more “Weather Vain” to be had! YAY!

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