Beautiful Pieces for Your Wardrobe
Fall is my favorite season but this year, as I pulled out my cold-weather clothes I felt like something was lacking. The older I get, the more I want to have pieces that really work for ME and represent the things I care about — versatility, original styling, quality, durability, flair. Also I want to support designers and brands that bring that kind of care to what they do & respect that women are not going to be duped with high priced pieces that are not well made!
To achieve this I realized I had to spread a wider net and find some new sources. Below is a sampling of what I found from some really unique online brands that give that special edge i was looking for. If you know of other such brands, pls leave a comment so we can all enjoy!!
1) Thanks to my West Coast style maven friend Jen U., I learned about M. Gemi, which is chock full of beautiful European-styled pieces that work for the on-the-go American lifestyle. I fell for the Fortuna flats in tan suede which are a staple with capri jeans & a sweater this fall. Am also looking at the Isola flats in Gunmetal, which could really dress up some black jeans with a cool Joie blouse... Looking forward to discovering more from these amazing designers this Winter!
Fortuna Flats in Tan Suede
Isola Flats in Gunmetal
2) I cant say enough good things about this brand! MM LaFleur was created by Sarah LaFleur (story below) to bring some spice to her own wardrobe. The result is a rich site full of fashion choices that can go from carpool to the office to evening. Everything is made with attention to detail and practicality. The pieces I zeroed in on were: the Stanton sweater in almond (love the unusual knit pattern on the sleeves & the fact that it can be worn with or without sash for easy layering), and the O’Keefe Sweater, which has great versatility & smart styling at the collar. Still torn between the Arlene dress and the Nikki dress — both great & can be worn everywhere from office to cocktails…or the Nikki even with black boots for a more casual day look. Thank you, Sarah, for your vision!!
For the woman with #BetterThingsToDo.
Sarah LaFleur was your typical woman in finance whose closet was packed with blah-feeling pantsuits. Back then, she dreamed of a more inspired wardrobe for herself and all professional women. When she launched MM.LaFleurin 2013, she made it her mission to put the fun (and the ease) back into the ritual of dressing for work—and to rethink the shopping process altogether.
Sarah joined forces with luxury designer Miyako Nakamura, former head designer of Zac Posen, and Narie Foster, former consulting colleague, and set out to fill the void. Together, they help today’s professional woman build a wardrobe full of gorgeous, versatile pieces that reflect both her personal style (sophisticated silhouettes, ingenious design details) and her dynamic lifestyle (machine-washable, travel-friendly).