I’ve been blogging for six years. Then as now, my philosophy is, “keep it simple; less is more, and buy for longevity and not a quick fix and disposability.” And yet, it’s not always easy to find style and elegance that lasts and is a good investment. The middle ground between high-end designer wares and fast fashion is not easy to find. But, if you persevere, you will find it; it just takes a little more work. With this in mind, I set out to see what my favorite purveyors of style are up to. They are not the latest or trendiest brands, but ones that delivery consistent quality and style; a win win!
Here are some of my favorite Fashion and Accessory finds this week. It’s a little bit of everything, but that’s what happens when you keep an open mind! Most important, you don’t need to live in Manhattan to own them.
You can go to each site by clicking on any of the Underlined words or the Pictures.
A navy velvlet boot from M. Gemi, $348 an Italian on line store offering stylish well-priced shoes. It’s opened a brick and mortar store at 120 Wooster in Soho where you can check out lots of great styles. The store does not carry the inventory so you try the shoe and it gets mailed to your home.
COS is the more upscale sister brand of H&M. Most of its clothing is loose and unstructured (very Scandinavian) so it does not always look flattering on the hanger. So do try things on. The quality is quite good and the minimalism is refreshing. Here’s a gorgeous wool jacket from COS, $250; perfect for these balmier days of winter.
From COS a cozy short-sleeve sweater. $115. At the store, the mannequin had a long sleeve white blouse under it, and it looked fabulous.
Another winner from COS, black leather shopper, $175
From COS, slip on leather shoe, $125. If you like a more modern version of the ballerina flat, this one’s for you. Great quality, and soft leather in chic khaki. It also comes in black.
From A.P.C., the very cool French ready-to-wear brand, I love the “Heloise” mary jane.
It’s a classic with a modern twist, $470
For A.P.C Vanessa Seward “Cendrine“ boot, $705 – Perfect!
Theory’s “Whitney” hoop bag. The perfect accessory worn as a bracelet, $395
Theory Standard Tote, $655 , I love it in sporty suede
For a few years I have been impressed with Fairchild Baldwin’s successful line of necklaces and bags. The necklaces come in a gorgeous array of colors and styles. The best part is that they are super light and the strap can be adjusted for a perfect fit. $395
If you are looking for a luxurious bag to instill some glamour into your life, this is it from MERRICHASE, $500 Made of the softest rabbit fur, it has two roomy compartments to fit your important stuff. You’ll want it by your side as you stroll down Madison Avenue or head out to an apres-ski afternoon.