New York is supposed to be freakishly warm this week, but overall I'm still thinking of winter clothes (best case scenario: transitional dressing, but honestly I think we're still a few months away). This weeks most wanted fashion pieces to buy now come from Germany, France, US, Canada, and the Faroese Islands, all women-owned businesses. Let's go out, look beautiful, and support these amazing creatives! Click on the image to get to the item ;).
Ella is so amazing. I'm probably thinking about this shoot with her today because I'm missing summer. The day of the shoot was one of the last warmer days, and I wasn't (and still am not) ready for the cold season.
What I loved about her was her classic, fresh, healthy beauty. She did not need any make-up, in fact, I think she is the most striking and authentically herself with a bare face and hair loosely tied back. The dresses we picked for her to wear, basic slip dresses in neutral colors, perfectly fit that attitude: simple, unpretentious, cool.
I've been wanting a crochet bikini for years! Unfortunately I found She Made Me too late and stocked up on bikinis on a recent trip to Brazil, but if I hadn't I would order one of Chloe's pieces for sure. Besides them being crochet, the shapes are really cool - just the right amount of 70s retro without looking dated. And she offers all kinds of coverage - from supersmall to high-wasted, from triangle bra to bralettes and halters. And I love her aesthetic - take a look at her lookbook shoot below, and also the short fashion film. Makes me want to be at the beach. And of course makes me want to get her things even more!
- Name: She Made Me
- Founder: Chloe Dunlop
- Country: Australia
- Website: shemademe.com.au
- Price point: $$100-200
- My favorite: I love the shape of the white bikini top, first image of the article
- Notes: All pieces are hand crochet in limited quantities by artisans in Bali. The skirt below takes about six days to make.
If boho isn't totally out of the question for you, you need to take a look at Gabriella Cortese's label Antik Batik. The attention to detail is beautiful - the little tassles at the straps, the embroidery, the insets of lace. Gabriella is Italian by birth, but lives in Paris. She developed her unique style while traveling Bali and Tibet, and mixes her craft with an influence ranging from Art Nouveau to Russian avant-guarde.
I can highly recommend this lacy beauty as the perfect everyday piece of underwear. It's really comfortable, low cut, and I haven't perceived any visible lines. White Rabbit is a label founded in New York, but their family-owned manufacturer employs only women, offers fair working conditions and wages. In addition they donate part of their proceedings to an organization called Women Fabrica Social, who is working in Mexico with female artisans in local communities to help them build a sustainable business with their traditional crafts. I'm so happy that I found this company!
- Name: White Rabbit
- Founders: Mariana and Christian
- Country: US/Mexico
- Website: whiterabbitny.com
- Price point: $$12-55
- My favorite: The white lace thong
- Notes: Their cotton is made out of bamboo, and they work with an eco-friendly knitter. They have the very cool option for you to try on their bras at home for free, and something similar goes for the panties. Both of those initiatives are valid in the US only).
- And: Just an amazing company. Love their commitment to support women - not only in their own manufacturing, but through their donations to Fabrica Social.
Slip dresses to me are amazing. They are so versatile. I honestly have difficulties thinking of a situation where they wouldn't be appropriate. I think I own at least five or six, and all of them except for one look similar to the above. I have one with lace, which I layer underneath a simpler slipdress - but I'll write a separate post just about slipdresses. This article is about The Sleeper, a Ukrainian brand founded in 2014 by Kate Zubarieva and Asya Varetsa. They immediately got kudos from Vogue Italia's legendary editor-in-chiefFranca Sozzani who passed a few years ago who named them brand-of-the-month. As the name suggests - they focus on sleepwear, but have some very cool pieces that can easily be worn throughout the day. My favorite is definitely their selection of slip dresses. Take a look:
- Name: The Sleeper
- Founders: Kate Zubarieva and Asya Varetsa
- Country: Ukraine
- Website: the-sleeper.com
- Price point: $$200-400
- My favorite: their slip dress in blush
- Notes: All of their pieces are a handmade in their local atelier and made with organic fabrics.
I love comfortable shoes in the summer (my go-tos are either Toms or for the first time this summer Huaraches, which are classic Mexican shoes which I'll write about soon), but these espadrilles look absolutely perfect. Super simple, they're elevating this classic slip-on of my youth through different variations of leather (suede, goat, calf). Bright colors are usually not my go-to, but here I would go for it. And in fall/winter, they usually offer these espadrilles with fur on the inside - which are also perfect for travel. My favorites are their classic espadrilles with the thin soles. I think founders Marijana Condic and Lisa Leipziger really got it right!
- Name: Lika Mimika
- Founders: Marijana Condic and Lisa Leipziger
- Country: Germany
- Website: likamimika.com
- Price point: Roughly 130-150 Euros, ship internationally
- My favorite: Their orange espadrille with the thin sole
- Notes: Lisa came back from a vacation in Spain and told Marijana that they have to create a more sturdy version of the $10 espadrilles you find there. The rest is history.
- And: For animal lovers - they also have a vegan line. I can recommend subscribing to their newsletter, they have a lot of flash sales.