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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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Oof, how flattering is the back of this Thomas Sires dress? Holy moly ravioli. —erica 

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Gift List: 17 Designers Share the Presents That Have Meant the Most to Them

Is this a gift guide? Not really. A trip down memory lane? Sorta. But it’s mostly just a chance for us to survey a whole bunch of designers who we’ve worked with—who happen to have standout taste. And if you get warm-fuzzies or come up with a present idea as a result, WELL, amen to that. —erica

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Allison Sires of Thomas Sires“The best gift I ever got was a blue, plastic teepee from my dad. He had been traveling for work and picked up the teepee along the way. When my brother and I got home from school the day my dad was back, the teepee was set up in the living room, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. We played with that teepee until it was made up of more duct tape from all the repair jobs than of the original plastic. Although not blue or plastic, we sell a teepee in our store—partly because of nostalgia, but also because teepees ARE the coolest thing in the world.”

Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada: “My artist friend Gail Stoicheff painted a portrait of my dog Pow Wow. She’s an amazing painter. It’s one of my favorite things.”

Melissa Coker of Wren: “My mom gave me a Chanel bag for my 30th birthday. I love it for the obvious reasons—but also because it is so classic, and I’ll use it forever and think of her.”

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Lauren Wood of Wax + Cruz: “A white Gretsch Electromatic guitar from my lovely fiancé. It is so retro and stylish, and it fills our home with echo-y tunes.”

Lina Rennell: “Last Christmas, I got a Vitamix blender from my two daughters. I can make so much more with it than my old blender—like thick peanut butter-banana smoothies.”

Isabel Halley: “The best gift I ever received was a pink lace Betsy Johnson slip dress from my mom on my 16th birthday.”

Kathleen Whitaker: “My grandmother’s charm bracelet. We shared the same birthday and name, so with a big Libra charm and monogrammed pieces, I was the fortunate and logical recipient. She gave it to me on my 16th birthday with the idea that she wanted to see me enjoy it. It is spectacular.”

Christine Marcelino of Materials + Process: “A Mexican Peso for Christmas with a note on it to pack my passport!”

Maryanne Mathias of Osei-Duro: “When I was about seven and was obsessed with the Laura and Mary Ingalls books, my mom made me a hoop skirt for Christmas. She used white chiffon and three tiers of boning. I wore it to every birthday party and hoedown I could get to for several years.”

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Jaclyn Mayer of Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer: “Most recently, my husband gave me a Peter Doig print for our first wedding anniversary. I love it! And it’s fitting because you are supposed to give paper for your first anniversary.”

Larry Paul of GREI.: “Years ago, I moved to the city to pursue a photo career, and collecting books is my way of staying close to photography. About 10 years back, I was given a book documenting one of my favorite photographer’s careers—Karl Heinz Weinberger: Photos 1954-1995.”

Lia Cinquegrano of Thomas IV: “My close friend is really into experiential gifts, and as a birthday surprise, she took me to Spa Castle for a day of bathing followed by dim sum! Mmmm!”

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Kathryn Fortunato of Lizzie Fortunato: “I love the Electric Love dreamcatcher my boyfriend bought me for my birthday a few years ago. It hangs in my room and is the perfect combo of Western inspiration, art, beautiful craftwork, and, of course, functional dreamcatcher. Also, our mom just got Lizzie and me an Illy Espresso Machine since we always spent so much money on lattes. It is amazing.”

Nikki Chasin: “When I moved to NYC for college, my dad let me have his watch that I’d had my eye on. It’s cool because he recently got his father’s watch fixed up, so there’s a little tradition started.”

Collette Ishiyama“My boyfriend made a painting for me of James Brown and of Sean Young from Blade Runner (two of my favorites). He gave it to me for my birthday before we were dating, and now that we live together, it’s hanging in our bedroom.”  

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Ilana Kohn: “The best gift I’ve ever gotten is also the most recent: I strong-armed the BF into getting me a pretty, blingy new Wwake ring from her new collection that I am in LOVE with. My first piece of serious big-girl jewelry.”

Nicole Sutton of Workhorse Jewelry: “One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was an amazing perfume from my BFF, Zoe. As part of a super-fun girls’ day of festivities, she brought me to the Scent Bar in L.A. as she knew I was on the hunt for my signature fragrance. After trying what seemed like hundreds of scents, I fell in love with Peau de Peche by Keiko Mecheri. When I spray it every morning, I think of her lovely gift and how very special that day was!”

On a serious gift hunt? We’ve got some Pinterest boards for the girls and boys on your list.

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Gown Girl: See the Dresses that Designers Wore to Their Own Weddings! WHOA.

Doesn’t everyone look just soooo pretty?

I know you: You’ve already scrolled past this intro to look at the pictures. And that’s JUST FINE. Behold: the getups—some white, some otherwise—that ten of our favorite designers wore to get hitched. —erica

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Clare Vivier: “My wedding dress was from an antique store in St. Croix, Minnesota, and it was $100 and was a christening dress. It was yellow and spotted with age—I took it to a dry-cleaner in L.A., and they made it into a beautiful white dress that I transformed into my wedding dress! I also had small white flowers in my hair.”

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Annika Jermyn of mrs Jermyn: “I made my own super-simple wedding dress mainly focused on this crochet detail across the front of it. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was little, and since we were celebrating family, I wanted to include an element of past generations.”

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Kathleen Whitaker: “A gray silk dress made for me by a Swiss dressmaker—Daniela Kurrle—in Los Angeles.”

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“I wore a dress that my friend sewed for me out of a WWII single jump parachute that I found on eBay years before I got married. I just loved its seams, cording, and color and knew I wanted it for a dress one day. Back in the day, parachutes were all silk—not nylon—so the fabric is so pretty. Before I walked down the aisle, my grandma asked if I was going to cut all the cords.”

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Lina Rennell: “Two days before the wedding, I went into my favorite local boutique at the time; it’s no longer there. I wasn’t set on getting a white dress, but they just happened to have the perfect-fitting dress in white. I wore it with a warm orange bakelite vintage necklace and orange nasturtiums in my hair.”

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Allison Sires of Thomas Sires: “I got married this summer, and talking about my wedding hasn’t gotten old, yet.  So, if you insist, I wore a vintage YSL dress I found at Resurrection. I love it and probably always will.” [Ed: And! Allison married another Of a Kind designer, Sam Shipley of Shipley & Halmos!]

image Christine Marcelino of Materials + Process: “I wore a Tadashi Shoji number with beautiful ruching and beading. I saw the back of the dress on Pinterest and printed it out to put on my mood board without knowing what the entire dress looked like or who the designer was. I found it randomly—it was misplaced in the formalwear section when we were shopping for bridesmaids dresses. Such a happy coincidence.”

Han Starnes of Josi Faye:I wore a dress that I designed and had made by hand in Nashville.”

image Stacy Herzog of frieda&nellie: “My friend Katie Ermilio designed my gown for ceremony—we used a pair of my nana Frieda’s vintage crystal earrings as tuxedo-ish buttons on the back of the dress and a diamond brooch from my mom on the center front of the bodice. I did an outfit change into a short, white party dress with a bow—also by Ms. Ermilio—with Miu Miu sparkly sneakers for the reception. I was a dancing fool.”

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Inspirationale: Allison Sires of Thomas Sires Gets Her Color Fix From a First-Rate Art Book

When Allison Sires, one half of the design duo behind Thomas Sires, is aching for some visual stimulation, she cracks open a hardcover stuffed with fun patterns and quirky color combos. Get the scoop on her top source below. —keely thomas-menter

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“I bought a book at Pilgrim Surf + Supply in Williamsburg about the artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay—it’s called Color Moves: Art & Fashion By Sonia Delaunay. Finding or creating the prints for our collection each season is one of my favorite parts of the design process, and I love Sonia Delaunay’s palettes and graphic style.” —allison sires

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Do you see these tiny, baby Thomas Sires sweatpants (that we wish we could get past our ankles)? Well, they’ll be at Project Pop-Up NYC at STORY in NYC all month along with a whole lot of other kiddie goodness that our designers make. More on that here! —erica

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117 Designers You Need to Follow on Pinterest

These days, talk to anyone about social media, and Pinterest is guaranteed to pop up. (We don’t blame them, having logged some serious hours on the platform ourselves—come say hi!) So we went ahead and scoured the platform for some pin-savvy designers—emerging and established alike—that you should be following to make that dashboard extra inspo-worthy. Behold, the (alphabetized!) list, with our two cents thrown in. Bonus: We’re also replicating this list as a pinboard that we’ll keep updating when new peeps join, so follow away. —jiayi

The fabulous Ormsby-Gores, poppy sixties art, and resort 2013 hydrangeas at Anna Sui.

Best Storytelling: If you’ve ever wondered why the hell someone pinned that, you probably weren’t looking at Anna Sui's boards—which come with detailed descriptions of the roots of the fun-loving designer's fascinations. A collection of pictures of the Ormsby-Gore siblings? Oh, they're a group of trendsetters from sixties London—a time and place that, we discovered, the designer is especially drawn to.

Notes, prints, and Twiggy at DVF.

Best Personal Touch: Something about a handwritten note still speaks to us, and DVF covers each of the pretty-to-the-extreme boards with a little scrawled-out missive from the designer (and CFDA prez) herself. Talk about classy.

Vintage valentines, Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, and flapper dresses at Erica Weiner.

Best TeamworkErica Weiner's account boasts boards from every single lovely member of her team—showing off stellar finds both vintage and modern that give you a taste of the varying aesthetics that shape the jewelry.

Family-posing, Taormina-traveling, and Kate Middleton-wedding-dress-sketching at Nanette Lepore.

Best Trip Down Memory Lane: Not gonna lie: We love, love, love us some childhood pictures. And, looking at Nanette Lepore's board “Growing up Lepore”—which shows the designer as a young'un finding her way in Youngstown, Ohio—it looks like she does, too. 

Some real visual stunners at Thomas Sires.

Best Where’d-They-Find-That? Eye Candy: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Thomas Sires girls always know just what we want. They’ve nailed it with a clothing line, a Nolita store, and now a Pinterest account.

Don’t forget to follow Of a Kind! Big ol’ duh!

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Not sure if you noticed, but the pieces from our Thomas Sires $ample $ale are moving fast. That ikat situation I’m wearing up top is already gone! The dress Claire has on with the super-cool neckline is still up for grabs—and for only $120. That man on the left trying to overtake the frame, though? He’s priceless. —erica

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Sample Sale Sunday: Thomas Sires

As Jock Jams would ask, “Are you ready for this?” Because until Wednesday, March 7, at 9p ET, we’re hosting our very first online sample sale, packed with some full-blown incredibleness from Thomas Sires, all 58 to 76% off. We’re talking sleeveless sweaters, faux fur vests, plaid silk skirts, and the two dresses you see up top (left! right!). To quote Jock Jams once more: “It’s unbelievable.” —erica

Shop the sale, now until Wed., 3/7, 9p ET.

Read more about Thomas Sires:

+ On how the co-founders would style their fave pieces from the sale.

+ On how they got their line and Nolita shop off the ground.

+ On why fabric is so freaking important.

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