New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

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Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

New York City, the fashion capital of the world, has a new addition to love. 2nd STREET, a luxury, vintage, second-hand store that has more than 600 locations in Japan, opened its second NYC location in the very cool Chelsea neighborhood. With its massive success in Japan and the NoHo location, it’s no surprise that more locations were on the horizon; stay tuned for their SoHo location to open next. Much to the delight of vintage fashion, luxury designer lovers, and trendsetters, 2nd STREET promises and delivers a fashion mecca where anyone is sure to find unique pieces.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

On our venture to the new Chelsea location, we found ourselves surrounded by multiple racks of highly desirable designer labels; all handpicked by 2nd STREET’s international team of talented stylists. We promise once you walk into this second-hand store, you will enjoy a shopping experience like never before. First, the store was impeccable, and I mean impeccable.  The store is basically a dream for someone with OCD; everything is perfectly in place, even after shoppers have rifled through the racks in search of treasures. This is all due to their exceptional customer service which is inspired by “Omotenashi,” the unique Japanese approach to hospitality, in a clean, organized environment.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

You’ll be amazed by the long list of high-end labels that are readily available. We saw Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcon, Vivienne Westwood, Celine, Y-3, Supreme, Rick Owens, Burberry, Tory Burch, and much more. It also boasts a large selection of handbags and accessories from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci. While we saw a few items that had two, sometimes three, 99% of the store features one-of-a-kind finds. The nearly 3,000 sq. ft. store boasts over 10,000 pieces. You are sure to find unique vintage and second-hand pieces without the hefty price tag of buying brand new.

Although it took some time going through the multiple rows, we found great pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Max Mara. You can check out our full shopping experience on our Instastory.

For those who feel uneasy about shopping in person, although 2nd STREET is adhering to the strictest health and safety guidelines set by the state and the CDC, you can shop 2nd STREET’s largest selection of inventory via their online store.

“What’s most fun about shopping at 2nd STREET, besides the attractive price tag, is finding items that really speak to you and also knowing that you’re not going to run into anyone else who is rocking your unique style,” continued Mr. Kikuchi.

In addition to helping reduce global landfill waste by buying and selling gently used clothing, 2nd STREET’s Hand2Hand Project ensures all garments that arrive in their stores are reused in some way. Any items they cannot sell are donated to a partner company that will recycle the clothing to clean up oil spills. Other items are sent to third world countries to create job opportunities and provide clothing to those in need. The 2nd STREET Chelsea store is located at 142 W. 26th Street.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Although there may be some who refuse to wear a mask, many, like us, are fully embracing it as an extra piece to our look. We see masks as fashion accessories; another fashion detail we’re happy to have fun with while staying safe during his pandemic. Thankfully there are a lot of companies who feel the same way and are giving us fashion lovers exactly what we need – a chance to protect ourselves without losing our fashion sense. As we enter the holiday season, this is no different. Giftgowns, makers of cozy, comfy, and functional hospital gowns have all the festive holiday-themed face masks you could want. They are a perfect way to share your holiday spirit while staying safe. These red and green Giftgowns holiday masks are available with a variety of Christmas sayings and images.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Have you been naughty or nice? Want to show off your grouchy holiday face? Does Santa’s reindeer bring you lots of joy? Do you love the winter season or want to show your dislike for 2020? With the Giftgowns holiday masks, you can! The breathable holiday masks are washable and feature two layers of cotton, a pocket for filters, and they fit snugly across your face. And, of course, they boast classic and cute designs on the front.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

There are quite a few holiday masks to love and at $15.00 each, you can get several. There are at least 24 different Giftgowns holiday masks for both adults and kids. They make perfect for stocking stuffers. Naturally, we have several favorites. We love the I Tried Face Mask, Resting Grinch Face Mask, Bah Humbug Face Mask (which perfectly sums up how we feel about 2020, and From A Distance Face Mask. We’ve shared our favorites, which are yours?

Whichever Giftgowns holiday masks you decide to get for yourself or gift to your loved ones, you will be sharing the joyful spirit of the holiday season and showing that you care.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Thanks to the pandemic, holiday parties are on the back burner. This means showing off your most festive holiday attire is limited to whoever you’re at home with, via Zoom family gatherings, and social media. But how do you stand out with a sea of others posing in their holiday finery “for the gram”? You slay in a standout Shinesty holiday outfit, of course. Or you can give the gift of these hottest holiday attire to loved ones who love to shine during the holiday season.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Whether you’re having a family get-together, a holiday celebration for two, or enjoying the holidays solo, you can win the holidays with the hottest festive attire for whatever your Covid Christmas plans entail. In Shinesty holiday-themed apparel, you’ll win “best holiday look” every time. We’re not talking ugly Christmas sweaters (although, they do have those too), we’re talking sophisticated holiday fashion, with a festive edge. We’re talking matching suits, their infamous pajama overalls (Pajamaralls for short and possibly the greatest fashion invention EVER! – see below), pajamas, dresses and jumpsuits, and even underwear.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Santa’s not the only one that should get to enjoy looking good this Christmas. Wow everyone in a Shinesty Candy Cane Print Christmas Suit or Dress; a Leg Lamp Christmas Suit, Dress, or Jumpsuit from the infamous movie, A Christmas Story. Other Christmas prints include a Gingerbread Cookie, 50 Shades of Santa (an all-over Santa Claus print), Deck Yourselves (an all-over holly print), the classic red plaid, Christmas Tree Print, Knit Print (see below), and so much more.

Shinesty Holiday Apparel: Holi-Slay in These Festive Fashions

Whether you rock a full holiday-themed outfit (as shown above); Pajamaralls (which, btw, comes with a built-in beer opener); or pair a festive blazer with jeans as below, you’ll be the talk of your holiday get-together. Whether that get-together is in person or virtually.

Shinesty Women's Blazers

So while Covid-19 might put a damper on the holiday this year, it can’t stop the merriment. Show this pandemic that there is no half-assing your holiday celebrations this year by going full-on “Christmas fashion mode”. Let the joyous holiday fashions from Shinesty help you win the Christmas season. Shop these holiday fashion look at www.shinesty.com.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

People love the fall and for the more fashion-conscious of us, that loves stems out of the opportunity to break out our autumnal wardrobe. The temperatures have finally dropped enough to wear all of your cozy sweaters, sturdy boots, and sleek scarves. Now you can pair them to match your personal appearance, whether that includes signature hairstyle and makeup or tattoos and piercings, which 76% of survey respondents believe hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired but can seriously improve your style game. If you’re looking to freshen up your fall wardrobe to make your appearance exactly what you want it to be, try turning to bold African prints this year.

Specifically, try out the colorful African wax prints from Elisamama. Elisamama is a black-owned business that has a beautiful collection of prints for women and children. The pieces are made of high-quality materials and feature bright, eye-catching designs.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

When you buy from Elisamama, you’ll know that you’re supporting local artisans in Nigeria. All of the collections are sourced from and handmade by Nigerian artisans. This helps provide jobs and skills training for people in a part of the world that is too-widely struck by poverty. Ever since launching her business in 2018, Elisamama’s founder Fisayo Che knew that she wanted to help the people of Nigeria find a path out of poverty. By keeping to this business practice, Che has been able to honor her Nigerian roots with the bold colors of the collection while making a tangible difference in the country. Che is also a mother of three, giving her the necessary ability and knowledge to make clothes that kids will love.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The clothing at Elisamama is wide-ranging, with girls’ jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts as well as boys’ shirts. They even have a mommy and me collection with matching pieces. If you’re a single mother who is a parent to one of the children who spend 277 days out of the year with their custodial parent after a divorce, getting a matching mommy and me set could be a great way to celebrate your special bond. The collection is perfect for photo ops and would make for a great, unified picture for your holiday card this year.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The pieces in the collections at Elisamama are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re just lounging around the house or are attending a socially-distanced wedding. Even if you’re just jumping on a Zoom call to celebrate your loved ones getting married, the median age of which has risen to 27 for men and 26 for women, you and your family can throw on your bold prints from Elisamama to show your enthusiasm for the union. Whatever the purpose is, wearing Elisamama will ensure that you’re comfortable and content.

Check out Elisamama today to find your new favorite prints and to help provide local artisans in Nigeria with a pathway towards economic empowerment. Every purchase makes a difference and you’ll get one step closer to looking like the fall fashionista you are.

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Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

We love hats, the variety of styles, the way it completes a look, and the way it can change your look. For as long as we can remember, we’ve struggled to find a hat that both fits and looks good on our heads. Thanks to the combination of big heads and a lot of hair, finding those gems are few and far between. Even now we own hats that we’ve never worn. We love the idea of hats and love to see people wearing them, while we cursed our follically blessed and larger than most heads. But we have discovered hope in the form of Tenth Street Hats, a range of designer hats made in the old way and sold in a new way. We’ve finally found a hat company with very chic hats that we look good it (and they fit).

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

The family-run Tenth Street Hats boasts a collection of hats that blends a vintage feel with modern sensibilities. The California-based label works with expert craftsmen and cutting-edge designers to bring you quality hats. Using rare hat-making machines, Tenth Street Hats has been providing stylish hats for almost 100 years. Their range of women’s fall hat offerings includes styles from the following designers: Aegean, Biltmore, Brooklyn, John Callanan, Dorfman Pacific, Scala, and Stetson. They offer a lot more brands for men, including Santana by Carlos Santana, Stacy Adams, Indiana Jones, Panama Jack, and more. Check out all the fall hats they have available.

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

This fall, Tenth Streets Hats offers the following women’s styles: Fedoras, Fishermen, Cloche, Safari, Berets, Safari, Western, and much more. The new season means new styles, new fashions, and new accessories. We fell (pun intended) head over heels in love with the Cloche silhouette, particularly the Sciacca by Scala (featured below in Blush; a perfect way to rock Pantone’s 16-1511 Rose Tan). This fashionable and functional felt wool hat features a feminine bow detail at the back and is crushable, so it retains its shape when packed. Other favorites, also by Scala, are the Katie Ann Cloche, which features spiral studded detailing; and the Tula, a pleated crown style in boiled wool. The Seville by Brooklyn, an elegant, wool felt Gaucho (boater-style) hat with a leather band and bow.

Sciacca by Scala Cloche HatTenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for WomenSeville Hat by Brooklyn

A great hat is a great way to spice up your fall wardrobe. Whatever your go-to looks this fall, Tenth Street has the perfect hat for you; and will help you get the perfect fit.

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

Could your fall wardrobe use the addition of a great fall hat? Plus, they make excellent Holiday gifts for her and him.

 

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Tech giants Microsoft and Eon are starting a partnership with the goal of bringing 400 million products online by 2025. Through this ambitious collaboration, they are planning to introduce an industry-wide digital foundation for a circular and connected economy that spans retail, apparel, and fashion.

Circular business models, in particular, have been gaining popularity across industries, making this partnership a wise move. These business models focus on eliminating waste from the way we live by ensuring that they retain materials with productive use for as long as possible. The models can include peer-to-peer exchange, rental, resale, styling services, digital wardrobing, reuse, and recycling. While many industries have a focus on reusing and recycling materials, such as the steel industry which currently produces about 40% of steel around the world with recycled metal, the fashion and retail industries have latched onto the goal of reducing waste in major ways.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Microsoft and Eon hope to make that goal even easier to achieve with their collaboration. Microsoft Azure will power Eon’s CircularID™ Protocol and Eon’s Connected Products Platform. This teamwork will allow brands and retailers to launch new business models and revenue streams, create more dynamic relationships with their customers and maintain a sustainable relationship with the planet. The partnership also allows Eon to solve some of the toughest data and operational scale challenges in the industry. With Microsoft’s software, Eon’s Connected Products can operate side-by-side with existing systems, giving retailers and brands the ability to efficiently digitize their products at scale.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

Digitizing products at scale has traditionally been the fashion industry’s biggest obstacle to adopting circular business models. According to Eon Founder and CEO Natasha Franck, they’ve been struggling with a digital infrastructure that is decades old. Not only does this infrastructure prevent retailers and brands from shifting to customer-centric and circular businesses, but it can put them at risk of Internet crime, which involves using the Internet to communicate fraudulent or false representations to consumers. The team at Eon has been working with Microsoft for the past few years to ensure that their shared vision of easy and accurate digital platforms is available across the industry and at scale.

Another vision that this partnership hopes to achieve with Connected Products is redefining what growth and opportunity mean for retailers and brands by disassociating them from resource consumption. For the majority of the fashion industry’s history, producing and selling new products was the sole means of generating revenue. This made sustainability nearly impossible to achieve. However, Connected Products can allow brands to generate continuous revenue from products as they manage, control, and monetize circular business models.

Microsoft & Eon Collaborate to Bring 400 Million Products Online by 2025

In the Connected Products system, every garment in the world will have a digital identity, or “digital twin.” This will essentially give each piece of clothing a unique digital fingerprint that connects the garment to the platform for its entire lifecycle. Eon is doing this with the CircularID™ Protocol, allowing different brands and retailers to access a digitized profile of the product’s entire history.

Through Microsoft and Eon’s partnership, the future of the fashion industry could change for the better. Not only can brands and retailers successfully implement a circular economy that helps the struggling environment, but they can maintain two-way communication with their customers and build deeper relationships with their consumers. Combined, these two achievements can transform what it means to have growth and get away from a culture of consumption.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection Presentation

It’s long been said that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding grow out of tragedy. That is certainly the case with the tragic Australian bushfires. Reading about this tragedy has allowed us to get to know more about Australia as a whole and it’s people. For example, did you know there is a group of Indigenous Australian women who form the Firesticks Alliance? This group’s aim is to protect, conserve, and enhance the cultural and natural values of Australia and it’s people through cultural fire and land management practices. This female-led Alliance, and an ode to the rebirth of Australia, is the inspiration behind the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The New York-based knitwear brand continues to challenge the conventional knitwear industry with their whimsical designs and architectural dimension. Photographed on Awabakal land (home to Aboriginal Australians descended from the Awabakal tribe indigenous to the coastal area of New South Wales), the collection forces you to rethink what knitwear would be.

NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection NYFW the Shows: PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

For the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, new designer Zoe Champion’s first collection, she recreated some of the label’s signature silhouettes. These include their asymmetric and wave dresses, as well as their wide-leg pants. These silhouettes join new pieces and elements such as a capsule of handbags and hats made from their innovative knitwear techniques and materials.

PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Prevalent throughout the collection is an engineered flame print in various sizes representing the fire spirit. Naturally, the collection’s color palette includes flame orange, as well as Pantone Spring/Summer 2021 trend colors – Burnt Coral, Marigold, and Cerulean. Mixed in are classic hues like navy, and earth tones. Bold details include laces woven throughout pieces and tiered gatherings on dresses, sweaters, and skirts.

We love it when designers use their voices to bring attention to important issues. We look forward to seeing what Zoe Champion does during her tenure at PH5. What are your thoughts on the PH5 Spring/Summer 2021 Collection and the inspiration behind it?