It’s no secret I heart sweaters. Cozy winter wool sweaters, lightweight summer sweaters, layering sweaters over sweaters… I wear sweaters all year round. Being Canadian, I think it was ingrained in my soul as a child and it’s an obsession that has only grown with time. Maybe it was the constant fear of the weather changing and being cold, which is the worst by the way, so I always over prepare and a lot of the time, end up being extra hot. Which is just fine by me.
One of my fav sweater companies is Left on Houston, out of Vancouver, BC. I know what you’re thinking. It’s because they’re a Canadian company that I have a strong allegiance to them. Well, yes of course, but that’s only the half of it. They’re sweaters and knits are classic with a twist. They’re always well made and usually oversized. Each season they seem to hit the nail on the head with trends that are dead on but not over the top and totally wearable. This year I’m especially excited about the printed oversized cardigan pictured below. LOH’s take on the animal print feels very fresh and fun.
It will be by no coincidence or surprise that you’ll probably find me in LOH sweaters almost everyday this winter. Check out some of my favorite pieces from the winter collection below. Follow them on IG for styling ideas (they feature awesome bloggers) and hit up their e-com site (currently having a sale) to nab a few pieces and beat winter’s chill to the punch!
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I love a good clutch, tote and of course, cross body messenger. Couple great styling of these with thoughtful handcrafted textiles that are independently designed and you’ve got a lifelong fan in me. Lee Coren hits the mark on every level with her dynamic collection of everyday essentials.
Each Lee Coren piece is created from handmade, screen printed fabric originally designed or printed from photographs. I’m currently obsessed with textiles of any kind made from photographic imagery and her Landscape Clutches are no exception. Depending on what design the textile is used for each piece of photography takes on a new abstract form. It’s a modern way to transform organic visuals.
But better yet, is the diversity of her collections. Each take on their own distinct personality but are still rooted in the urban and natural juxtaposition from which the label was born. My favorite collection is below, Lookbook 3, because it makes me think of summer which we are currently basking in. But her Fall collection in Lookbook 4 is moody and organic yet urban and sexy. Pretty much what Fall is all about, right?!
Lee Coren is handcrafted and designed in Tel Aviv, Israel. But don’t worry! You can purchase online here. And for those of you in Portland, you can find a few handpicked pieces at our favorite local jewelry design boutique, Betsy & Iya.
Even more fun, follow Lee Coren on FB and IG for studio pics and insights into her creative process.
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I don’t know how I missed this but imagine my absolute delight when I opened by J.Crew Style Guide last night to find Sophia Webster has teamed up for a colab. Her designs are fun, fresh, original, sporty, sophisticated, modern (I could go on) they mix prints, break rules and are anything but boring. I’ve been in love, love, love, with her designs since she hit the scene a few years back.
To shop the collection head over to J.Crew.
To learn more about Sophia and see the rest of her creations head over to her site.
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Founded by Serafina Sama, Isa Arfen is a London-based womenswear label. Growing up in Revenna, Italy, Serafina pulls inspiration from the strong female figures she grew up with and their unique, eclectic and irreverent style. Her designs are both relaxed but sexy and strong but feminine. Serafina designs with women in mind, creating fashion that’s not just to be looked at but worn in real life. Amen. I’d be more than happy to wear Isa Arfen in real life. Especially in that eye skirt. Swooning!
Check out more about the designer and past collections here. And shop the SS 14 Collection here.
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Sea Eacho is a local Portland company that I just love. They craft clutches and pouches out of found fabrics. They are simple, well made and evoke that, oh so Oregon feel in a sophisticated modern way. Today is Valentine’s Day, so go buy yourself something pretty at Sea Echo. Their website url says they love you. So go on, love them back.
Shop till you drop here.