This is going to sound like a bit of a rant, but hear me out because I believe I have a valid point. Not that I don’t always (think I’m making a good point, that is), but today especially. We are a Costco culture. We want our stuff, we want a lot of it and we want it as quickly and cheaply as possible. And then we probably want a discount on top of that. It’s awesome to get a deal. To buy your lawnmower and lingerie at the same locale. I get it, really I do. But, by consuming in such mass quantities, we oftentimes sacrifice quality. And, what’s more, we overlook the origin. I don’t know about you, but I love knowing the story behind things. Any chance I get, I’ll opt for the farmer’s market over the grocery store for the opportunity to buy directly from the source. So, being the clothes-horse that I am, it’s no wonder that I try to fill my closet in the same fashion. As much as I enjoy shopping, I cannot stand the mall. I prefer the small-scale experience of a boutique or pop up. Not only are these far less overwhelming than the super stores, they also provide a personable experience where, quite often, you are able to meet the women and men behind the wares. I’m not going to lie. I kind of geek out when I meet designers. Especially ones I admire. Not only is it incredibly cool to meet the makers of your favorite duds, it also makes those pieces so much more special to wear. For instance, take today’s look. I owned a couple of pairs of shoes from The Office of Angela Scott. Then I had the chance to meet the designer. And Angela Scott became Angie, an incredibly cool woman with passion and drive. Putting a face behind the name endeared her soles to me in an entirely new way. And once upon a time, Vivian Chan was a label that made pretty things. Then I met Vivian at an event. And then we met again. And again. And again. And what started out as some lovely dresses has blossomed into a lovely friendship. Truth be told, even if I couldn’t stand Angie and Vivian, I’d still probably wear their creations; they’re too good not to. But it’s so much better that I do like them. Because they’re no longer just jumpsuits and shoes. They’re designs by actual women, who I respect and adore. Which, in my book, beats Costco any day.
Vivian Chan “Courtney” jumpsuit, The Office of Angela Scott shoes, Kelly Wearstler necklace, Cristina Ramella “World” cuff, XIV Karats necklace (similar $$$$), Seoul Little “Los Angeles” necklace, Catbird, XIV Karats and ginette_ny rings (similar), MAC lipstick in Lady Danger
Photos by Michele LoBosco