And of course, fabulous fashions and serious style!
There's lots in store for 2010 at Thirsty.Threads, so be sure to check back often, and tell your friends, too!
Buon anno nuovo!
Feliz año nuevo!
Company: Guess Jeans
Colour: Voodoo Grey Wash
Fit: Low Rise, Slim Fit, Straight Leg
Design Elements: Five pocket design, Whiskering at hips, Repair details, 100% Cotton
Special Instructions: Machine wash cold
Special Notes: I first saw these brand new jeans at the St. John's Town Centre in Jacksonville. Tony, who knows I love all things grey, immediately pointed them out to me. The cliche love at first sight definitely applied to these jeans. Their whiskering is the perfect balance - not obvious, not unnoticeable, and not overdone either. The slim fit is perfect for the season (and quite honestly, is my ideal cut for year round wear - it's not overly tight, and it's definitely not baggy). And their distressing looks like something that would have happend naturally to your favourite jeans anyway - without the years and year of waiting. Needless to say, when I returned a few days later to look again at the denim, Chanell only had more great things to say about the jeans I thought I already had to have. (Side note - I think Tony and Chanell could sell ice to an Eskimo - they're always en pointe, know exactly what new styles have arrived, and are always thinking outside the box for both me and my clients.)
Company: John Varvatos
Name: Coated Cotton Plaid Trench Coat
Fit: Slim Fitting
Design Elements: Double-breasted trench is made from coated cotton and is water resistant. Constructed with shoulder loops, corozo buttons, button neck extension, belted cuff and welt pockets, and a 100% cotton poplin lining.
Special Instructions: Dry Clean.
Special Notes: I love John Varvatos. His designs are the perfect mix of vintage cool, with fashion forward fits, and the fabrics and colours you only dream about. Never flashy, and never understated, Varvatos is everything you want to own. The perfectly broken in leathers. The softest tshirts. The coolest sunglasses. If you closed your eyes and imagined your dream closet - it'd probably be filled with all things Varvatos. A few years ago, I stopped in the West Hollywood store and met Paul. I was just in college (and subsequently not able to buy nearly as much as I would have liked), but was so impressed with Paul's understanding of the collections, his obvious love for the brand, and his ability to mix and match the collection with ease and creativity. I took his card, and whenever I'm in Los Angeles, I try to stop by. For all of your Varvatos needs, I definitely recommend his services. And if you're not in Southern California - you must at least visit the website and listen to the perfect musical mix that is indicative of the brand: simply amazing.
Company: Emporio Armani
Name: Slim Fit Shirt
Price: US$177 (discounted from US$295)
Design Elements: Small stiff collar, one button at cuffs, small rear yoke, 100% cotton
Special Notes: Giorgio Armani is undeniably one of the world's best designers. His deep understanding of how a garment should drape, paired with his impeccable tailoring, flawless design aesthetic, and brilliant creativity only further this notion. Each season, there's an odd familiarity with each piece, yet the Maestro always leaves us wanting more - to see more, to know more, and to have more. One of my favourite Armani boutiques is the Emporio Armani store in Beverly Hills. You'd expect true white glove service from a shop just a few steps from the famed Rodeo Drive, and at Emporio Armani - Jason is your man. Friendly, helpful, and a great sense of style - the triumvirate qualities in a sales associate. He's not pushy, doesn't mind offering his personal (and very well informed) opinion, and knows just why la moda italiana is famous.
These three pieces aren't just seasonally appropriate - they're wardrobe staples. The Guess Jeans would look great paired with the Varvatos coat and the Armani shirt, but would also look great with your favourite tshirt and flipflops during the summer. Or even a great white dress shirt, black skinny tie, and tuxedo jacket for a stylish night on the town. Just as versatile - the Armani shirt looks great with gray wool trousers in the office, or matched with denim and vintage boots at the pub. And that Varvatos coat will be a necessity during stormy weather for years to come.
These pieces have much in common. Quality. Style. Value. Next time you shop - think of these qualities, and you're sure to stay en vogue.
Martin + Osa
Straight Fit Jean
Double Dyed Khaki Wash
This is an every day, every guy jean. A rise that sits at the waist makes this fit easy through the hip and thigh for a comfortable, staple piece for long lasting wear. 100% cotton. Tacking at waist and pockets. Whiskering, light sanding. Logo buttons, rivets, embroidery, patch.
Cole, Rood & Haan
-- Handmade cable-knit scarves, hats, sweaters, and cardigans for men
-- Burberry's new flagship boutique @ 444 Madison Avenue
-- Vosges Haute Chocolat
-- for both men and women - multiple bracelets worn all at the same time
-- giant cocktail rings for women
-- for both men and women - luxe gloves (think cashmere lined lambskin)
Where did Ruehl go wrong? Where do we begin is the real question. The brand was marketed towards the "hip twentysomething" crowd as higher end, better quality, more grown up option to Abercrombie. Could the brand have been more profitable and longer lasting if the associates in their stores were exposed to a more dynamic training program, that included product knowledge and actual sales training? Possibly. Could the brand have been more profitable and longer lasting if its products didn't become more and more like those from their sister company's products but with higher price tags? Possibly. Could the brand have been more profitable if it didn't continue to market to the Abercrombie client, who was conditioned to loud music, lackluster service, and sold more on sex than on quality, value, and design aesthetic? Possibly. Could the brand have been more profitable and longer lasting if its marketing department focused on selling a lifestyle, rather than just focusing on sexy people? Possibly.
I'm not hating on Ruehl. I used to really love the products and the look of their apartment style stores. But quite honestly, when the products offered ended up looking just like the same things I could find on the shelves at Abercrombie but for at least half the price, I knew something was wrong. When ANF started marketing Ruehl as Abercrombie's sister, I knew something was wrong. But it's not just at Ruehl. Many stores in this "mid-luxe" tier are struggling to identify their clients and create lasting relationships with new ones.
Some of the clients I shop for refuse to buy anything full price or brand new at J. Crew, because they know the brand is quick to mark down new items shortly after roll out. Is it really worth spending US$88 for a silk ruffled tank top, when just two weeks later the shirt will probably be $49,99 and then a week later an additional 25% off? The same can be said for Martin and Osa, who recently have had more promotions in two weeks than stores have for an entire year. There have been friends and family discounts, special pricing for cashmere, denim, and outwear, new clearance items, additional discounts on clearance items.
When stores constantly are discounting items, clients begin to question why they should pay full price for anything. If a department store offers 20% saving for people who open credit cards, clients may ask "why can't I get the discount without opening the card" - and if they don't get the discount, the client takes their business somewhere else.
No matter how much money someone may be able to spend - everyone always likes a deal and to save more. So when clients are sold on value, on quality, on design - they're more inclined to buy. Associates who arm themselves with product knowledge are able to sell much more than those who do not. Sell me the product, sell me the romance, sell me the story - and you've got a buyer. Send me a thank you note, call me to make sure I like my product, invite me back to shop - and you've got a client.
Quilted Nylon Jacket, Dolce & Gabbana:
Red corral spiritual bracelet, David Yurman:
Knot clasp leather bracelet, Gucci:
And in honour of my favourite colour and one of my favourite initiatives, I present to you the (red) manifesto:
all things being equal. they are not.
as first world consumers, we have tremendous power. what we collectively choose to buy, or not buy, can change the course of life and history on this planet.
(red) is that simple an idea. and that powerful. now, you have a choice. there are (red) credit cards, (red) phones, (red) shoes, (red) fashion brands. and no, this does not mean they are all red in color, although some are.
if you buy a (red) product or sign up for a (red) service, at no cost to you, a (red) company will give some of its profits to buy and distribute anti-retroviral medicine to our brothers and sisters dying of aids in africa.
we believe that when consumers are offered this choice, and the products meet their needs, they will choose (red). and when they choose (red) over non-(red), then more brands will choose to become (red) because it will make good business sense to do so. and more lives will be saved.
(red) is not a charity. it is simply a business model. you buy (red) stuff, we get the money, buy the pills and distribute them. they take the pills, stay alive, and continue to take care of their families and contribute socially and economically in their communities.
if they don't get the pills, they die. we don't want them to die. we want to give them the pills. and we can. and you can. and it's easy.
all you have to do is upgrade your choice.