Archive of ‘Shopping’ category
One of the reasons I was excited to go to London again was for the shopping. As I’m sure you know from the showing at London Fashion Week, you can get just about every type of fashion in The Foggy City. From the Dover Street Market to Oxford Street, the options are endless.
However, I found that the best shopping tends to be at the markets and in the nooks and crannies of London’s eclectic neighborhoods. Here, I’ll outline my favorite markets, shops, and neighborhoods in hopes of helping you plan your next trip to London.
Lambs Ear is a local boutique in Fremont, known for carefully curated fashion finds for mostly women. While their jewelry and vintage pieces are lust worthy, we absolutely love its spread of shoes.
All of its collection from brands like A Détacher and Zeha Berlin is specifically chosen by owner, Angie Sorenson, based on craftsmanship, design and material. We find it great that it stepped into the men’s space by offering a select number of shoes designed by Zeha Berlin. It’s collection will set you back a few hundred dollars, but it’s impeccably made, is classic, and will make a statement. Here are some of our favorite looks from it’s current collection – which are your favorites?
To check out more, visit http://www.lambsearshoes.com.
We were invited to a grand opening event at the new Margaret O’Leary store at U-Village, but unfortunately couldn’t make it. Did anyone go? If not, we’re absolutely hooked – cozy knitwear spanning from the traditional cardigan to over-sized ponchos.
We’ve picked some of our favorite looks from the fall look book. While not all the pieces come cheap, we’re willing to splurge on items we’ll wear to death. And trust us, we’d LIVE in these pieces.
To check out more, visit http://www.margaretoleary.com.
Don’t you hate when you fall in love with a piece of statement jewelry, only to find it costs way too much to justify a purchase?
Enter Lydell NYC, an affordable designer selling statement costume jewelry. What we find interesting is that the collections are quite different – meaning there is a style for everyone. Some of our favorites are the architecturally bold and minimalist pieces as seen below. And did we say this is affordable?
To check out more, visit http://www.lydellnyc.com.
Etsy lovers rejoice. If you live off the thrill of the hunt, sifting through unique pieces from indie designers, you will love Boticca, a curated online marketplace for unique jewelry and accessories by designers from all over the world.
All 250+ designers from almost 40 different countries are sourced by Boticca’s team of style-hunters. What’s equally cool is it’s not only about the products, but the background and personal stories of each designer, which you can see in its “mugshot” section.
And if you’re into supporting struggling artists, hear this: designers can showcase their work for free on the site and are able to keep the lion’s share of their profits, unlike when they sell to major retailers at wholesale prices. In addition to being able to purchase items in its online store, you can also enter private “flash sales” or peruse style guides for inspiration either on its blog or “fashion icons” column – where it styles looks from top brands & designers with accessories available in its inventory. We haven’t seen anything like this before, but it’s a great way to visualize how Boticca’s pieces can be incorporated into a lot of different looks and trends.
To learn more, check out http://www.boticca.com.
A few weeks ago Nordstrom approached us with a secret project in Beta, asking if we’d be interested in testing it out. Of course we wanted to give our readers the opportunity to see this new project first, so here it is: The Nordstrom Style Card.
Essentially, it’s a program that allows readers to find similar items featured on their favorite fashion blogs. While we try to tell you where we purchase all items featured here on the EC, sometimes “thrifted” isn’t very helpful. Well, Nordstrom is here to help you recreate the look.
So check out our looks below and the items we curated from Nordstrom. Shop by price point and/or brand, click on items you want to add to your outfit, and purchase. It’s as easy as that. Click on the banner for both Adria and Travis’ looks to get started!
Now that you’ve seen it, what do you think? Tell us in the comments!
We’re changing up Web Wednesdays this week to bring you an app you should know about. Especially if you like Pinterest, listen up.
Have you heard of Snapette? It’s like Pinterest for shopping on the go. Created by Sarah and Jinhee as part of a Harvard start-up competition, it encourages users to snap photos of shoes and handbags they find while out shopping. It aggregates these looks into a Pinterest-like view board, allowing shoppers to browse items near them and share cool finds with their followers.
Not interested in the app? Snapette is also available online, where you can browse before heading out to go shopping or just look at the eye candy uploaded from the users in over 130 different countries. The only drawback with the online version is that browsing by location isn’t as intuitive as we would like, but overall you’ll see a lot of Instagram-eque photos of drool-worthy shopper curated inspiration.
Interested in learning more? Check out http://www.snapette.com for more.
Founded by Antdilla Jones, Thrift Store Fresh is an online “fashion recycling shopping experience.” Jones scours second hand shops to bring carefully selected vintage pieces.
Prices are reasonable (we saw barely anything over $50, most in the teens) and the aesthetic leans toward urban prep. The collection is mostly for men, though there are some jewelry and accessory pieces for women, seeming to be aimed toward the fashionable man looking for a unique gift for his lady.
The user experience could use a boost, mainly with better navigation (search by sizing and “view all” are some of our favorite functionalities). However, we love the clean, graphic site design and its street style-ish look book that offers style suggestions for its curated pieces.
We’re looking forward to seeing more from this online shop, particularly more items available for purchase. To check out more, visit http://www.thriftstorefresh.com.
Happy 4th of July from The Emerald Closet!
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Travis here. I’ll be honest, I’m more of a winter shoe guy. I have a thing against sandals, so I find it particularly difficult to change up my kicks during the warmer season. So I’m constantly on a mission to find shoes that fit into my rules but also offer a break from the shoes I wear year round.
Here’s my list of men’s must-have summer shoes:
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These are blowing up in men’s fashion this year, and I can’t be more excited about all the sweet interpretations of the classic espadrilles shoe. Plus, these are typically an affordable shoe so you can have fun with colors and patterns, whereas I’d probably recommend staying classic with the more expensive summer shoes. Here are some of my favorites from around the web.
2. Boat Shoes
Quintessentially summer, boat shoes should be in every man’s wardrobe. They come in a variety of colors that can really add pop to your look. And designers are really playing with the shape of the boat shoe this year. For a guy like me who is big on shoe shape, this really widens the options.
3. Slip-On Shoes
This is a pretty versatile category, and there are a ton of options from leather to canvas. I am obsessing over these leather sandals that are CLOSE TOED. I can see them going perfectly with a pair of muslin or linen pants for a Colombian-inspired look. I’m also loving the play on men’s smoking loafers, but with a summer twist.
4. Men’s Summer Brogues
I can’t give up my brogues during the summer months, but I like to change it up by investing in some summer-appropriate versions of this classic. Think color, perforated, cutouts, and materials. Also, consider forgoing the socks, unlacing the shoe, and rolling up your pants for a thrown-together vibe.