November 30, 2014 - Comments Off on Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event @ Series by Young & Able
Join us for a holiday style event and trunk show at Young & Able Series! Try on and shop for holiday dresses by Nicole Lenzen and jewelry by Abby Carnevale. Meet the designers to learn more about their collections, and be there by 7pm for a special holiday styling talk from fashion blogger and personal stylist Sara Jessica Berman. Please be sure to RSVP in our form below.
Interested in receiving personalized style advice? Let us know in your RSVP comments, and the first three to reply will get personalized suggestions from Sara during the event.
In addition to items to spice up your holiday (and everyday) wardrobe, Series has a wide collection of fantastic gift options from local and international designers. All items in the store will be 10% off exclusively during the event. We'll also have drinks from Maven Cocktails, and snacks to satisfy post-work peckishness.
Tuesday, December 9th
Trunk Show: 6:30-8:30pm
Stylist Talk/Demo: 7:00-7:30pm
Drinks sponsored by Maven Cocktails
Light snacks provided
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Nicole Lenzen is a Brooklyn-based designer whose collection of dresses, rompers, and separates are inspired by the freedom of movement in swing dancing. As a trained patternmaker with over a decade’s worth of experience in the fashion industry including custom couture work, she is proud to represent a ready-to-wear collection that allows women to—as they do in the energetic Lindy Hop dance—swing out and let go. Mixing sustainably sourced silks with activewear fabrics, Nicole thinks across the size spectrum with an attention to fit that gives the modern, professional woman the freedom to effortlessly move from a quick bike commute to a high profile client pitch. In fact, you might catch Nicole, who practices low-impact living, wearing one of her pieces while biking around NYC.
Abby Carnevale Jewelry is a Brooklyn-based jewelry brand, offering an array of designs handcrafted from locally-sourced materials including semi-precious metals and stones along with vintage lace. Inspired by her grandmother’s jewelry collection, Abby’s line translates the classic “Old Hollywood Glamour” style into one with modern flair, making each piece timeless and everlasting, an investment piece to be treasured.
Sara Jessica Berman is an Elite Stylist for Keaton Row. Certified as a Marie Claire Master Stylist in July 2014, Sara's teaching background and penchant for fashion have earned her a loyal client base. She shares her expert styling tips on her blog fashinny.nyc.
Created by Stephenie Harris in 2012, Maven Cocktails is the world’s first ready-to-drink wine cocktail. Bridging the gap between cocktail and wine, Maven is the signature drink that delivers on three fronts—the pedigree of a truly fine wine, consistent drinkability, and a nice cocktail kick. Infused with ultra-premium wine, this vodka-based cocktail has the velvety taste of wine but the high-energy kick of a cocktail.
Series is a month-long collaborative pop-up space supporting designers in an offline setting produced by Young & Able, an alternative multi-brand retail platform devoted to sharing emerging designers and their stories.
November 28, 2014 - Comments Off on Small Business Saturday: Where To Go + Where We’ll Be
The Thanksgiving feast is over, and hopefully you're all rested up after one (or three) holiday naps. If you haven't already, make sure to give our Thanksgiving playlist a listen—we promise it isn't one of those Christmas-only compilations that gets old after the third listen. A good part of the Thanksgiving weekend fun are the traditions that come along with it—and shopping may play into those, depending on how claustrophobic and patient of long lines you are. It can be easy to forget about Small Business Saturday with all of the unpleasant-looking media Black Friday receives—when tends to be more and more each year, it seems. But this weekend is the perfect time to support your favorite designers, makers, and artists, while checking off people on your gift list at the same time.
The shopping opportunities in New York City are overwhelming, especially once the first snow hits and your trips to various brick and mortars hold more regard (shopping for others is always intimidating, no matter how well you know them). Of course, we're here to help make that a little easier on you. Make sure to pay a visit to your favorite local designers and visit us at one of the pop-up locations we're involved in this Small Business Saturday. Here are our must-visit spots:
Young & Able, Lower Manhattan
There's a tiny storefront in Lower Manhattan that you won't want to miss. Young & Able is a month-long pop-up retail space created specifically for your holiday shopping needs. You may remember us inviting you to their launch party a couple of weeks ago (which was an absolute blast, complete with a photobooth). You can find some of our designs at the space, but you can also find a selection from all of the designers (which range from local makers in NYC to international designers all the way from Australia) online. The physical space is open from 11am-7pm daily—go give it a see before it closes its doors on December 21st.
345 Broome St. New York, NY
November 25, 2014 - Comments Off on Thanksgiving Playlist: 12 Songs to Digest To
The best part of Thanksgiving is getting together with friends from near and far and completely indulging in a delicious meal. The over-eating is always a good choice (just this once), until the food coma starts to sink in and the only place you want to be is back home in a pair of pants with an elastic waistband falling asleep to reruns of The Twilight Zone. Don't be that person this year, not when there are stories to be shared and lives to be caught up on.
We want to wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings, filled with friends, family, good food, and—of course—even better music. So we put together a little playlist for you to digest to. You can expect some of the classics—Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald—with a few modern twists thrown in (we're talking the best of Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes). Stick around past the feast, press play and let the conversation flow. There's no lulling to sleep with this Thanksgiving playlist.
November 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Make The Future Now: Get a Peek Into BF+DA’s New Accelerator Space in Brooklyn
There's something revolutionary about the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator space off of the Flushing G stop in Brooklyn. Maybe it's something about the space itself—seeing as its history is as rich as the work that will surely come of it—mixed with the people and enthusiasm within its walls. The space's opening event on November 11th almost seemed more like a pep rally than anything, with the program's makers and designers proudly displaying the fruits of their labors for passersby.
First, let's dig into the people and goals behind the initiative. Picture yourself as a recent college grad with no room for running your own endeavor—or simply throw yourself back to those real-life growing pains you remember like yesterday. In a world that's so focused on being self-made, that is a tough place to be. And as a respected arts and design establishment, Pratt knows this. So, instead of offering job placement advice or leaving grads completely on their own to fend for work, they decided to do something for up-and-coming creators. The Brooklyn Accelerator is a space for creatives to find the resources they need to make their ideas into reality, whether that's a desk to work on or a station for 3D printing (you can check out more of the available resources here). One of the most impressive assets was the larger-than-life mechanical loom humming away in one of the side rooms.
While it's easy to walk into a room of makers and quickly recognize what they're doing. But the BF+DA designers are doing much more than simply "making." To be a part of the program, they need to be focused on incorporating sustainable best practices into their work and, straight from the mouth of the program itself, "exploring the relationship of apparel + technology and the future of production."
November 18, 2014 - Comments Off on Come Check Us Out: Young & Able Series Launch Party
You might remember us mentioning a certain online pop-up called Young & Able a couple of weeks back. The site has been up and going strong for a while now, bringing designers of all styles together in one, extremely diverse hub. (Seriously, from specialty lifestyle zines and embossed leather pouches to hardware-inspired jewelry and our very own power pieces, there's something for everyone.)
For one month starting this Friday, November 21st (through December 21st), you can see some of these designs in-person at a pop-up space in Manhattan. Here's a quick refresher for those of you who haven't heard of the Young & Able initiative yet. The project started as a Kickstarter campaign looking to "experiment with the traditional retail model by hosting an innovative 'series' of engaging offline events for individuals to gather, exchange ideas and interact with the participating makers"—the first of these offline events being this week's launch party. Among other Series activities will be workshops, talks, networking events, installations, and trunk shows (Save the date for the Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event on Dec 9th!). In short, the initiative does a great job embodying what we, and all of the other involved designers, look to share in our work—in their words: "From the beginning, it was about taking our shoppers inside the world of emerging designers and makers by uncovering the unique stories and inspirations behind their creative pursuits." Amen.
We'd love to see you at the Series launch party this Friday. Aside from great work from up-and-coming designers, there will also be music from DJ Alix Brown (7pm - 7:30pm) and Marsweather (7:30pm - 10pm), and cocktails (as well as mocktails) courtesy of Iceberg Vodka, The Owl's Brew, Belvoir, and So Delicious. Want to come check it out? Be sure to RSVP with your name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can't make it out on Friday night, make sure to save the date for the Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event at Series on Tuesday December 9th at 6:30pm—more details TBA. Or check out the space anytime while it's open—until December 21st—at 345 Broome St. New York, NY 10013. The holiday shop is open from 11am to 7pm daily.
November 12, 2014 - Comments Off on Round-Up: Five Must-Have Scarves for Fall (and Winter)
Fall is an exciting time for fashion, and we don't just mean those of us looking to discover forgotten favorites at the back of our closets. With the cooler temperatures comes an opportunity to layer on more complicated combinations of style—some for the sole purpose of keeping us warm, and others, well, just because. If there's one accessory that falls right smack dab in the middle of those wardrobe agendas, it's the scarf. From infinity scarves to delicate silk handkerchief throwbacks, there are all kinds of styles for any situation you can think of.
We corralled some of our favorites below, but (as always) we'd love to hear from you. Make sure to share any standout scarves. We're even interested in those, um, more out-there suggestions—like this. You know what they say about form following function.
Calling All Commuters: Sash-ay Scarf, Vespertine NYC
There's no such thing as being too visible when it comes to biking—day or night. This scarf from Vespertine NYC is a way you can add a little safety flash that won't pull away from your outfit when your bike is locked away waiting to be ridden home. The design features a woven 3M threading that illuminates when in direct light, meaning you stay highly visible without committing to any unsightly neon colors. Coming in at $92, you're jumping in on the 3M trend—and keeping yourself intact—for a steal.
October 29, 2014 - Comments Off on Check Us Out: Bene Rialto Retail Marketplace Opening
We may have just announced our involvement in the Young & Able web pop-up (and soon to be physical space), but we've got another announcement for all of you. On a recent and particularly breezy Thursday night, we celebrated the opening of Bene Rialto—a retail marketplace in Manhattan featuring outstanding local, national, and international makers, from apparel to jewelry to handcrafted denim bags.
The marketplace consists of three floors. You can find most of the accessories and paper goods on the first floor, apparel on the second (including a few familiar designs from yours truly!), and art on the third floor. The space will also feature various events and speakers.
Here's a little background on the space: The space—whose namesake means "good marketplace" in Italian—is the brainchild and work of a former buyer and director from Saks, Caryn Neary, plus a team of other high fashion retail veterans. But the space is much more than a place to find extremely well-made gifts and indulgences. Think of it as an emerging incubator—the vision is to integrate a wholesale showroom, florist space, and eatery into the mix. Nestled right off of one of Midtown's busiest footpaths, this is the perfect place for a more personal shopping experience, past the mega-stores and mass-produced fashions of 5th Avenue.
We'll have much more to announce on this space and what you can expect to see in terms of events and get-togethers, but for now you can visit the space at 13 W. 38th St, New York, New York. And don't forget to come see what we have to offer on the second floor—we're right next to the dressing rooms, near the front windows (replete with a peek at the Empire State Building).
13 W. 38th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10018 / 212.246.5984
Mon-Wed 11am-7pm / Thu-Sat 11am-8pm / Sun 12pm-6pm
October 29, 2014 - Comments Off on A Brief History of Halloween and Where the Costume Came From
If there's one thing that pops to mind at the first mention of Halloween, it's got to be the costumes. While getting dressed up when you were young and planning out your candy route might have been exciting for a an entirely different set of reasons (hint: copious amounts of free candy), celebrating Halloween as an adult can be just as fun. But along with those years of costume experience comes an interest in why we spend so much time and money planning our get-ups. That's where we come in. Read on and see why you're really going all out with the wardrobe on October 31st.
It turns out that the Halloween costumes of years (read: centuries) past are much more terrifying than any fake-blood-spurting plastic mask situation. The costume tradition dates all the way back to a mention in Shakespeare's 1593 play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (and even earlier). The house-to-house begging came into the picture around the 16th century, where friendly neighbors would hand out cakes and other sweets to those who came for a visit. In their defense, it seems that the threat of "trick or treat" was taken much more literally than it is today.
NYC Stylist Sara Jessica Berman in our Evelyn Dress
We were thrilled to have NYC stylist Sara Jessica Berman (who previously interviewed Nicole on her blog and Lucky Magazine) recently visit our studio. We were able to show her some #BehindTheSeams insight into our prototyping process, which she covered in her In The Studio post.
She also tried on some dresses from the collection and looked absolutely stunning! She noted in a followup post on the collection "I must say, I loved her dresses before the try-on; however now I love them at a whole new level! The fabric is comfortable and the fit is amazing, both dresses slid on like a glove and I felt as if they were made for me!"
Thank you, Sara!