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Yellowcake – Valerie Mayhen’s Sweet Designs

March 16th, 2012 · 11 Comments · Brands, Contemporary

Valerie Mayen is a champion of the underdog. She named her clothing line Yellowcake because “yellow cake, the actual dessert, is underrated. It’s the classic combination of rich chocolate frosting with sweet yellow cake. it’s the epitome of classic, and the champion of sweets. Sometimes overlooked, but never disappointing”! That’s her idea behind Yellowcake. Sweet […]

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Maisonette 1977 – Master Mixer of Textures and Patterns

October 1st, 2010 · 13 Comments · Brands, Contemporary

Just found a great little house I like a lot!  No bedrooms, no bathrooms, no kitchen but full of beautiful, interesting clothes.  “Maisonette 1977”  which means “little house 1977”  is designed by Jane Ibrahim, a Parsons School of Design grad.  She worked for Michael Kors, Vigal Azrouel, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass New York, […]

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360Sweater – Outrageously Chic, Effortlessly Cool

September 27th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Brands, Contemporary

Leslie Gifford designs awesome sweaters that keep you warm while making sure you feel cool. The name comes from a 360 degree circle which she says replicates the seamlessness of the most perfect shape found in nature. Her mostly cashmere sweater line combines California contemporary with New York sophistication to make a wardrobe. But she […]

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Christopher Raeburn – An Eco, Ethical Jacket Line That’s Stunningly Beautiful

September 10th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Brands, Contemporary, Product Merchandising

Christopher Raeburn’s eco friendly designs for men and women would have made fellow Brit, Winston Churchill proud.  This talented designer upcycles (a form of recycling where new products are made using other products that have become disused or retired) re-appropriated military jackets, Eurostar uniforms and old Belgium army tank suits into ethically beautiful jackets.  They […]

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Wool and the Gang – Ready-to-Wear and Ready-to-Knit Fashion

August 25th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Brands, Contemporary, Stores

With two sticks and string, a gang of wannabe knitters, and a community atmosphere,  Wool and the Gang has changed “Nanna’s knitting shop”  forever. If you haven’t heard of it, Wool and the Gang, is a fashionable, new retail concept that opened in Soho in November 2009.  It’s part stylish design studio, part DIY knitting […]

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A Peace Treaty – Weaving Dreams Into Fashion

August 23rd, 2010 · 9 Comments · Brands, Contemporary

I told readers about A Peace Treaty in April 2010 and was thrilled to see Oprah just had an article in her magazine this month (September issue 2010)about them.  Must Love Boutiques scooped Oprah!  How about that. Glad APT is getting well deserved attention, just in time for the Fall season. Below is my original […]

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Figwood – Fashion, Irresistibly Priced

July 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Brands, Contemporary

Christie Murdoch wanted to keep her new clothing line “all in the family” – the tree family that is. With a retail store  named Banyan Tree, “Figwood just seemed like a natural name extension” Murdoch said.  A figwood is a member of the Banyan family which comes from the “banians,” or Hindu merchants who set […]

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Imogene + Willie – Crafting Denim One Pair at a Time

July 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Brands, Contemporary, Stores

If  Imogene + Willie was a celebrity I’d be in jail for stalking right now.  This retro-fitted gas station, now cool hip apparel boutique  “swept me off my feet”.  I’ve been obsessed with it, talking nonstop to friends and family and even a few strangers I corralled into listening, since learning about it. Calling Imogene […]

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Blake Standard – The Gold Standard of Knitwear

July 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Brands, Contemporary, Stores

It was love at first sighting when I spotted designer Pierre Colorado’s Blake Standard Spring 2007 collection in New York – one year after his official launch. He was a senior designer at Abercrombie and Fitch (with an FIT degree in fashion design) when he saw the need for chic, sophisticated easy sportswear for all […]

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Left on Houston – Sweater Love!

May 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Brands, Contemporary

Does your boyfriend have a sweater that’s so cozy when you slip it on you never want to take it off?  Left on Houston has one too, only better. No boyfriend required. Soft and cozy, warm and neutral, modern and sleek, feminine even when masculine – that’s Left on Houston.  Since 2008 owners – Danny […]

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