Of a Kind

How to make you commitment to trench coats that much more serious? Toujours Toi has an idea. And it’s a dress. —erica

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This is the sort of dress (c/o Toujours Toi Family Affairs!) that leading ladies wearing during meet-cute scenes in romantic comedies. We’ve seen enough to know. —erica

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Fave Look: Toujours Toi Family Affairs

The very best of the Spring 2014 collections! Well, in our opinion. Follow all the picks here.

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Toujours Toi Family Affairs.

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Fave Look: Toujours Toi Family Affairs

Making the Fall 2013 collections easy to digest. Scroll through all of our top getups here.

Toujours Toi Family Affairs.

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Designer’s Designer: Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs Gets Sketchy With Her 11:11 Notebook

Before Nina Egli made a name for herself with her lines Toujours Toi and Family Affairs, she was crafting in a tiny apartment with her BFF Jamila. Now Jamila has her own thing going, too: a quirky notebook and wallet line 11:11 that her pal obviously obsesses over. —julia silverman

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Left: Nina poses with her fave notebook. Right: A sketch of the Million Miles dress by Toujours Toi Family Affairs.

"When I met Jamila nine years ago through a Craigslist apartment ad, I had no idea I was also meeting one of my best friends. We would both sit in our teeny rooms all day making things, and years later, we’re both still at it. For this 11:11 notebook, Jamila created a whole key decoding the symbols on its cover: The diamond bunnies stand for prosperity, and the mango for love, fertility, and bliss. I carry the notebook with me on all my travels. It’s useful for my sketches, but it’s also a good luck charm that warms my heart.” —nina

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Eight Nominations for Songs of the Summer

We asked our very tuned-in designers to provide us with a playlist.

Whenever we sit down to talk to designers, the topic of music inevitably comes up. Since the designers we work with are far more musically savvy (and all-around cool) than us, we turned to them for eight tracks to get us through the next couple months. —erica


Some of the most prized records in Toujours Toi Family Affairs designer Nina Egli’s collection.

1) “Devil Hearts Grow Gold” by Las Sera, as nominated by Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs: “It’s just so dreamy. It makes me want to stroll through flower fields and take a nap—and not work.”

2) “Composure” by Warpaint, as nominated by Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada: “It was the first band I saw at Coachella, which pretty much started my summer. All the girls are super cute, and their whole album The Fool is amazing.”

3) “Bar-B-Q” by Wendy Rene, as nominated by Ellen van Dusen of Dusen Dusen: “This is my jam of the summer because, hey, I like barbecues.”

4) “California Girls” by The Beach Boys, as nominated by Caroline Ventura of Brvtvs: “Whenever I listen to it, I am instantly transported back to growing up on the beach in So-Cal, learning how to surf, and digging for sand crabs.”

5) “Flying Overseas” by Theophilus London, as nominated by Matt Singer: “It’s about travel and love—and has a super easy summer vibe.”

6) “Secret Lover” by That Work, as nominated by Lyndsey Butler of Veda: “It makes me want to be the last one on the dance floor.”

7) “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as nominated by Sarah Fox of Cursive Design: “My husband and I are on a month-long road trip across the country. I’ve never been away from home/work for this long, and I’m curious to find the routines that make me feel grounded. That sense of home will probably come from my husband—I am always at home in his company, and that’s what I love about this song.”

8) “Beercan” by Beck, as nominated by Annie Larson of ALL Knitwear: “I have been listening to Beck a lot again this summer. It’s still good—better, actually.”

Until July 10, you can get a whole 25% off the editions these designers made for Of a Kind—just use the code SUMMEROFAKIND on any purchase. You’re welcome!

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Steve Mazur (Claire’s Dad) Chooses His Top Five Of a Kind Editions

For our ode to Father’s Day (this Sunday!), we asked the Of a Kind dads to play favorites. Last week, mine shared his list—and managed to get in multiple sports references—and this week, Claire’s tremendously charming scientist father offers up his selections. No surprise: He likes the rocks and drops a physics term. —erica

"I have always been fascinated by minerals and the ways that their colors, patterns, and crystal shapes can be combined with man-made materials—the Double Crystal Studs by Better Late Than Never and the Surrounded Pendant Necklace are particularly original examples. In the latter, the banded agate works nicely with the crochet edge.”



“The Orion Tunic by Ann Yee is pretty great—especially with the moire patterns that appear with back lighting. I imagine the effect is even better in motion than in the photos.”


"The Trails Rucksack by Dusen Dusen has a really striking and original look. I’m tempted but probably don’t have enough confidence to wear it in public.” [Ed: We all need to do our part to convince him he can pull it off.]

"Textiles with highly detailed design always look interesting. The Field of Diamonds Tunic by Toujours Toi Family Affairs is especially nice, with its crisp pattern and beautiful color combination.”

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Greg Cerulo (Erica’s Dad) Picks His Fave Five Of a Kind Editions

In honor of Father’s Day—June 19th, you guys—Claire and I have asked our dads to share the Of a Kind editions that they like the best of all. This would be more of a challenge if they didn’t both have strong opinions in this realm, sending emails with notes like, “Good colors,” or, “This one’s a sure sell-out.” Up first, my father, who claims that if he were to start his career over today, he would be a food/culture blogger. He’s peppered his product descriptions with more sports references than this site has seen up to now. —erica

Field of Diamonds Tunic by Toujours Toi Family Affairs: "Subtle baseball inferences can be found using poetic license: Field of Dreams, the diamond…Anyway, I’m smitten with the silk fabric and its beauty and intricacy—just like America’s pastime.”

Trails Rucksack by Dusen Dusen: “With the advent of smaller laptops and now the iPad, I traded in my business briefcase for a backpack. Try it! You’ll like it!”

Celia Bag by Rachel Nasvik: “The art of crafting leather made life in America possible for some of my ancestors. No synthetic will ever approach its attributes. In the inevitable remake of The Graduate, the man at the party might be uttering “leather” to Benjamin Braddock.” [Ed: His grandfather (and then uncle) owned a shoe-repair business in St. Louis.]

Sulis Necklace by Erin Considine: “Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, paper beats Rock. But! Hands beat machine, end of story, and that’s the draw of this singular piece, a conversation starter to the appreciative.”

Ernie Bunny Bag by Mandy Coon: “Like everyone’s new friend Nicky Gilbert says, ‘What’s not to like?’” [Ed: I bet the designer never saw that allusion to the NBA Draft coming.]

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When Claire put on the deep green tunic that Toujours Toi Family Affairs made for Of a Kind, we were pretty sure we could book her a gig at the Hollywood Bowl on the spot. The breezy little thing looks as good belted with tights as it does worn loose with a wedge. In a couple of months, I suspect I’ll have to start dropping not-so-subtle hints that she should wear something else for a change. —erica

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