Monday, March 17, 2014

Exploring Coterie: TMRW

Living in NY has afforded me the opportunity to visit places I could only hope to visit while living in DC.  Luckily, I'm here now, and when I'm not working I get to go to cool fashiony artsy things. Last month was women's market week; a number of trade shows commence in the city where brands both notable and emerging share an enormous space to meet with potential buyers, and press.

It was the last day of the Coterie trade show, so I only had a few short hours (a few being 2 and a half) to explore. Prior to attending, I did a little research and knew that I specifically wanted to visit some of the brands at TMRW: "A showcase of  tomorrows premier brands, highlighting fresh talent and exceptional quality." My favorites were Singapore based designer brand Styl . myl.  China based Feorran, and Faro Islands Gudrun & Gudrun.


Chic rain coats by Terra New York

Had a brief chat with designer of Style . myl . Kolin Chong during my visit. For is A//W collection, He says he focused on cut and construction, using muted colors to accentuate the design.

The cut and construction of these garments are impeccable. Very clean and chic. 


Hand made pieces created by artisans in Jordan and Peru. Inspired by Nordic mythology.




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An Extension of Self: The Accessories

Just like the clothing we wear on our backs, the accessories we pair with them too define our personal style. Over the course of a few years, and some more recently, I've grown quite fond of a few choice accessories. I call this 'An Extension of Self ' because these pieces; in their own special way, give you a glimpse of who I am. A bit artsy, a lover of clean lines and minimalism, complex and simple at the same time." Style is saying who you are without having to speak a word", they say.

Featured are my everyday pieces: (from left to right) 

Pendant necklace from my friends Stephanie and Vanessa of Bisoux Jewelry. The pendant was from a more intricate tribal piece, but sadly it broke and like the lady MacGivor I am, I improvised.
Natural Quartz two finger ring sent all the way from Texas, created by phenomenal jewelry designer Toni Johnson of ReworkCreative
Brass earrings purchased at a small mall kiosk
Bangles from Current boutique in DC and Buffalo Exchange in NY
Brass cuff another mall kiosk purchase
Iconemesis iphone case c/o the company. The abstract leopard print by artist Sacha Kreeger won me over
Natural rainbow quartz necklace another handmade beauty from Toni of ReworkCreative 
Rumba Time Orchard Gem watch from my good friend Katherine. Just a little something she picked up at her time working for the company.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NYFW: William Okpo A/W 14

 A beautifully crafted collection, perfectly edited. 

I am totally here for the window panel print, and structural detail. Not to mention that Knit cropped situation. Congrats to these ladies on another great collection.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NYFW: Stylin on Em': William Okpo A/W 14 Presentation

Beauty and style were in abundance at 51 Astor Place for the presentation of Darlene and Lizzie Okpo's A/W collection. It was great seeing familiar faces, and of course meeting new ones.. PLUS I got to meet the ever so stylish Solange Knowles! She is a huge supporter and fan of the Okpo girls.

PS. I can't wait to share photos of the collection with you. Edited, and highly detailed.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Stylized: Sherman Joseph & Preston Williams of SHERMAN | PRESTON

Tell me about you: where are you from?
We're from New York, NY.

How old are you?
Age is limiting and we strive to be timeless. However, we are definitely old enough to drink but young enough to disregard the consequences.

What do you do?
Curating connoisseurs dabbling in the realm of fashion, art and overall creativity. Most notably, we are at the helm of SHERMAИ|PRESTOИ, a contemporary tailored brand conceptualized for the metropolitan man.

When did you know that Fashion was something you were passionate about?

Fashion resonated as a passion for us when we realized that the marketplace was unable to communicate to us as consumers. Cognizant of the budding era of like-minded fashionable men, it became evident that the industry’s inadequacy left this niche unsatisfied.  To help fill that void, we set out to cultivate endeavors that spoke to men not only aesthetically, but conceptually as well.

What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

Our ability to turn ideas into reality. Transforming basic materials into works of art. Utilizing our opinions to create a vision that others have learned to share.
Simply amazing.

What advice do you have for others aspiring to do what you do?

Let your actions dictate your legacy.

Life quote: If there was one quote that summed up your view on life, what would it be?

“Just do it or shut  up."

How can we stay connected with you? !

We can also found at “SHERMANPRESTON” on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter