Pre-Fall Fashion to Wear Now

You’ve heard of Fall fashion collections, but did you know about “Pre-Fall”? Designers recently debuted their 2014 Pre-Fall collections, which are often meant to be in-between season lines featuring fewer pieces than full Fall and Spring collections. These “Pre-Fall” lines are perfect for those living in regions that begin to transition into cooler weather early, but not exactly ideal for those living in, say, the South – where it’s still in the 70s going into November. While that usually means these chic Pre-Fall styles are just plain unwearable until the holidays, there [... more]

Your Keys, All Grown Up

We’ve seen it before. When it comes to something as simple as a set of keys, we often settle for the most convenient at the time. But after a certain age, generic carabiners with chipped paint and promotional bottle opener keychains not only scratch up the other things in your pocket, they make you look like a kid. Bottom line: a gaudy set of keys can really ruin a wardrobe.  Thankfully though, a sleek leather key ring like the ones we’ve featured here can add just the right amount [... more]

Recycled Refashion

Eco-friendly clothing design doesn’t have to be just about creating new clothes from sustainable materials and production methods. The other side of the same coin is essentially (and stylishly) vintage:  recycling and upcycling existing fashion. Sass Brown’s book, ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials, takes an in-depth look at innovative design that seeks to counteract ‘throw-away’ clothing culture. Refashioned features 46 international designers who work with discarded items and recycled materials in order to create new, valuable pieces. We’re excited to see Alabama design company, Alabama Chanin, [... more]

Squishy Seating

Most of the time, when it comes to furniture, we have to choose between chic and comfort. No one wants something utterly boring, but if you go with the uncomfortable beauty, you’re stuck with a chair you don’t actually want to sit in.   Lucky for us, New Colony Furniture kept this in mind when designing their innovative wooden chairs.  They may look like high-end pieces of designer furniture - and they’re even made of materials that sound horribly rigid, like cement and Swarovski crystals – but each chair is [... more]

Blo the Whistle

Beginning as a passion for collecting vintage whistles, designer Allison Stackpole’s Blo Vintage whistle jewelry line combines style, history, and personal protection. Having been given a safety whistle by her mother when she first went to college, Stackpole became intrigued with the antique history of whistles and how that could be expressed through fashion. In tandem with the eco-fashion movement of upcycling, each necklace is created with an individual and non-replicated whistle or harmonica piece. Blo Vintage is made up of five separate collections representing different styles and emotional [... more]

Smell Like a Man

At some point in college – or even before - most of us have a moment with a group of friends when we decide on an amazing idea to start a business together. And then there are three guys going to school at The University of Georgia who do something a little different: actually turn that idea into a reality. The three founders of EastWest Bottlers share a passion for products with a distinct Southern flair, and in their own words, a commitment to “providing authentic and compelling products to a market overrun with celebrities and [... more]

Summer Swingin’

What could possibly be better than swinging in a hammock on a summer day? Swinging in a bed. This DIY pallet swing bed project is sure to take your afternoon naps to the next level of comfort, and is easy enough to tackle in a couple of hours. All you need are a couple of pallets (which can be found at your local hardware store or grocery store), some rope, and your handy power tools. The great thing about this project is you can customize the size [... more]

In Sharp Contrast

Painting windows, molding, baseboards, and other trim a dark color emphasizes architectural details and can transform the space into a dramatic and updated look. Bold yet elegant, this unexpected design trick provides the perfect combination of traditional and modern style. From basic black and gray to rich shades of midnight blue and forest green, the dark hue creates a custom look that adds personality and impact to your home. Going dark seems daunting at first, but remember that it’s just paint and can be changed easily for [... more]

Hat Trick

A hat is like a moustache: If you notice it right away, it probably looks bad on you. It’s an accessory that some people pull off flawlessly, while others wish a strong gust of wind would blow it into a puddle so they would have a reason to get rid of it. The first step in the hunt for a good hat is finding the type that suits your head and style; we’ve picked a few to get you started. A baseball-inspired classic, the six-panel hat looks [... more]

Rockout. Workout.

Keeping your workout fun and fresh helps you stay active and drives the popularity of fitness trends. First came Zumba, Pure Barre, and SoulCycle. Now POUND arrives on the scene, promising to keep you entertained while you sweat off the day’s calories. This high-energy combination of cardio and Pilates incorporates music and the physical movements of drumming familiar to musicians and founders Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom. The most unique aspect of POUND is the replacement of traditional hand weights with modified drumsticks called Ripstix. These allow [... more]

Men Mad for Plaid

While plaid’s popularity in fashion has risen and fallen periodically over several centuries, this season shows a real fondness for it, particularly in menswear. One chic option, a plaid sports coat makes a statement at most any business or social occasion. Ledbury provides a few jacket variations in different styles and colors, such as the Lofton Plaid Sport Coat ($825) or the Navy Pinfield Slim Fit Sport Coat ($625). Pair these sports coats with navy twill trousers and leather oxfords for a more formal, traditional look or with dark-wash jeans and sneakers [... more]

Portuguese, Please

Since 1868, Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has produced exquisite timepieces boasting technical innovation, precision engineering, and unique design. The brand’s Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Watch ($37,100-$56,400) continues that tradition with its seven-day automatic movement with Pellaton winding system, power reserve display, and perpetual calendar with four-digit year display. Not to mention its gorgeous aesthetics: rich alligator leather band, elegant moon phase display, and see-through sapphire-glass back. This watch truly leaves no wish unfulfilled and suits any occasion, from a day at the park to a black-tie affair.

Read Wall, the New Brooks Brothers

Right after graduating from college in 2009, Washington, DC, native Read Wall started a one-for-one fashion line called Read’s Clothing Project where he donated a book to a child in need for every product sold. His line, which he renamed Read Wall, has grown by leaps and bounds, but customers can still choose the book they want to give with each purchase. Without trying to reinvent the wheel, the line strives to make preppy staples for men that can be worn over and over again. In an [... more]

On the Brinka Style

Graphic shoes can liven up your wardrobe by working print into your everyday looks. Bally’s Brinka Pumps ($313) in an Aztec-inspired geometric pattern catch the eye without overwhelming your outfit. The soft, calf-skin leather shoe comes in two different color ways: a neutral steel gray and a warm shade of coral. True to the current trend that bucks sky-high heels, the Brinka stands just a tad over 2½ inches, making them perfect for either day or night. Wear these with a pair of dark-blue skinny jeans or [... more]

Style Patriot

This coming Fourth of July, declare your love for your country with Betabrand’s USA Pants ($90), which feature all three colors on the United States flag. Stars identical to those on the flag dot the blue background, while a red-and-white-striped ticking lines the pockets and inside of the pants. Part of the Liberty Lab Collection, this star-spangled design also comes in USA Shorts ($78). Perfect for Memorial Day or any other patriotic day, the 100-percent cotton pants convey your allegiance to every person you pass. Check out [... more]

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