If Jennifer Lawrence playing a female warrior isn’t enough to make you like Hunger Games, the costumes with looks from Alexander McQueen and other designers should catch your attention. The scarf-cum-sweater vest that Katniss Everdeen wears over her father’s leather jacket was what made us take notice. While the original is the work of Los Angeles knitwear designer Maria Dora, we found a few others that evoke the feminine practicality of a huntress uniform. Bless’ Triangle Scarf has a toggle that allows the chunky knit to be worn several ways, while Yokoo’s Nantucket Cowl simply slips over the head. For a more urban-appropriate look, opt for Oak’s Funnel Neck Poncho.
Not only do Wigwam socks go well with boots and a pair of Habituals (hello ’90s looks!), but they’re made stateside in Wisconsin.
Now that we’ve had a chance to sleep, eat and return to semi-normalcy, we pulled together some of the domestically made stand-outs of the recent NYC fashion week. From Brooklyn events that bucked all expectations to wooden sunnies, the inspiration flowed almost as much as the drinks!
1.) With what was possibly the most-photographed cake of the week, Rachel Comey hosted an intimate dinner in artist Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook studio to show her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. An audience studded with celebrities such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey saw looks that included parachute dresses and other “cool art teacher” mainstays of the label, but we’re swooning over the daring femininity of this lace sheath in an orangey red hue. (Image via Style Bubble)
3.) The classic prep of Walk-Over’s American-made shoes, appearing on three different men’s runways this season, led us to check out their full line. We were happy to learn the brand (which boasts over 250-years of shoemaking heritage) also offers women’s styles, like this timeless and elegant white buck with a red brick sole.
Giving shoppers their pick of heel height and colors/materials, the Made-to-Order Blahnik Boutique on Neiman Marcus’s site allows you to create a dream version of Manolo Blahnik’s BB (named for Bridgette Bardot). There are oh-so-many reasons to be excited about this service:
1) Always one of our favorite shoe designers, we’re not alone when we say it feels like wearing custom made since they are so comfortable on our feet—and now this?
2) We use the classic BB style in our photo shoots, thanks to how perfectly the pointy-toed stilettos pair with jeans.
3) You can get the look all in one place—check out our Fall styles on Neiman Marcus!
Like a sentimental piece of jewelry, one of the reasons we like wearing U.S.-made fashion is for the reminder of what it symbolizes. Liberty United, a jewelry line launched earlier this summer, makes wearing their “remade in the USA” accessories even more meaningful by using metal and bullet shells repurposed from illegal weapons seized by law enforcement. Designed by one of our favorite NYC jewelry-makers Giles & Brother (sister-brother duo Courtney and Philip Crangi), the anti-gun violence rings, bracelets and necklaces of the debut collection each feature the serial number of the decommissioned gun and can be custom engraved for a piece that makes multiple statements.
By now, you may have noticed that we have a little bit of a thing for white. Whether our Habitual skinnies or a crisp buttoned shirt, the neutral brings simplicity to even the most thrown-together looks.
As an unexpected accent, we love how the current trend of white handbags add a clean jolt of style that feels just right for summer months. We prefer the ladylike look, with some structure and pared down lines, for an accessory that adds edgy polish to casual and work-week outfits alike. Remember, sun-kissed complexions always looks better offset with white—even if it’s an accessory.
Of our favorites, Marc Jacob’s Averell takes top honors. A hot item of the season, modeled after the Pan Am era, its flight bag allurealso won over Garance Doré, whose post on it inspired our deep dive into this season’s fairer purses. For a less pricey option, the enduring charm of the Cambrige Satchel gets an update in white. The double buckled strap with contrast topstitching and visible seams makes it a younger choice with the same assertive profile as The Averell.
Both Mugler’s Muglerette, an edgier take on the elegant concept, and the patent leather and chains of Chanel’s small Boy Flap Bag make for more look-at-me options that are all the more fierce for their absence of saturated color.
And, more conservative but by no means staid, the Bootcamp cross body by Joanna Maxham (available in white from )and Alexander Wang’s Rockie Duffel add unexpected twists to classic bags, ensuring they’ll be staple complements to your wardrobe.
For a minimalist look with a totally “now” edge, new design studio Leon + Bella’s first product line consists of limited-edition totes and backpacks in neon-accented leather and canvas. The brand tags itself “Americana,” embodying the concept throughout by making all their products in the USA, and by balancing a commitment to quality and attention to detail with an unfussy elegance. This laid-back approach makes the accessories as suitable for the beach as for the boardroom. We’d happily pair a Leon + Bella with our Habitual Angelina jean for any “summer fun” occasion.
Filson’s durable, made-in-the-USA bags and accessories have inspired legions of city-dwellers to incorporate totes and other carriers formerly reserved for outdoorsmen into their daily wardrobes—ourselves included. In this sneak peak film, Cool Hunting takes an inside look at their new factory and global headquarters in Seattle. From the Alaskan adventurers who started it all to the workers whose impressive attention to detail keeps the brand on top, the short celebrates true American style. Watch it here.
For warm-weather outings, we love a cute, basic bag that’s functional too. Alite offers all that and more in their new canvas carry-all (made in San Francisco, CA) with leather straps that work as a backpack or a tote. Inner pockets include one specifically designed to hold a bike lock, which along with an exterior loop for a towel or blanket, makes for the perfect biking accessory.
via Cool Hunting
One of our favorite newer lines for super-soft shirts, Everlane, continues to stake their claim as a fresh approach to totally-not-boring basics. A recent announcement to a new product made not just in the U.S.A., but locally in Los Angeles, makes us love the brand even more.
We’re already fans of the slouchy Ryan tee (re-launching this August) and the subtly sweet rounded collars on their silk button-ups, so when we spied an upcoming sandal from the label, we sat up and took notice.
With the same elegant lines and affordable cost (reportedly $90) of their other products, enlisting a neighboring L.A. manufacturer to make the footwear, reinforces their commitment to ethical production too. Hello summer of love!