Baked Goods, Goats and Coats!

Allow me to wax on about a lovely little bakery in a little suburb in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  It’s called SUSU and it is simply divine, with all of it’s cinnamon muffins, cupcake camps, cakes and cookies.  Oh, and it’s couture & cashmere trunk shows.  Insert “WHAT?” here.

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Yup, SUSU is hosting a trunk show 11/18 & 11/19 highlighting some exquisite talent in the area of CashCash (click the blue if you aren’t familiar with cash cash…), and couturier level clothing, with two designers with MAJOR designer pedigree.

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FJALL (Swedish for Mountain) is a cashmere line designed in Rhode Island, spun and created in Como, Italy (helllooooooo George Clooney!!).  The Como mill, land and goats have been owned by one family, for generations.  The designs include peplum waists, cableknit ponchos and cashmere sweatshirts (OH YEAH!!!!!!).  FJALL creator,  Lisa Kasabian, has also included her trade secret non-pilling process on each of these beauties…and yes, of course I tried to find out the specifics of the secret….no luck.

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Lisa worked for Ralph Lauren in knitwear design, and one look at these creations and instant luxe recognition occurs!

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ISOUDE is the creation of classically trained couturier Kate Brierley, formerly a designer with Ralph Rucci.  (Click the blue to visit the website, complete with online shopping!)

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Already written up in Vogue, WWD and Towne & Country (HELLO, THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!!), Kate is dedicated to creating pieces her clients can invest, collect and live in, “dressing up and being comfortable, with versatility with sophistication”.

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Kate believes that clothes need to be beautiful, not mass produced.  She believes that “the quality of a line by the inside of the garments”.  ISOUDE represents the “European mentality of owning a few great pieces, and wearing them out!”

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SUSU is not just another pretty, flour-sprayed baking goddess, she also has phenomenal fashion friends!

Fashion & Finance Friday!

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW – It’s Friday!!!

Pitbull has launched an Amazon.com exclusive fragrance collection for both men and women.  Coco Chanel’s parfumiers should be shaking in their tweed adorn boots…not.

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Tom Ford hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner on Monday in New York, where Public School won this year’s top honor.  His speech was full of sound bites of advice, interestingly focusing in on the intense pace expected of designers, which was something another design team in the audience, Proenza Schouler, spoke of when reversecommuter attended an event at Boston’s ICA (click here for more).  With the Fall & Spring Collections now preceeded with PRE-Spring & Fall, plus Resort, the CHURN of fashion creativity offers a potential BURN that designers are well aware of.

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Tom also told a fun story about walking on a nudist beach in St. Barth’s and running into Anna Wintour (she fully dressed, he sans).  Tom leaned in for a very fashion-world-acceptable-kiss-kiss-hello, then realized he was buck naked!  Quite possibly my new favorite fashion story!  Not to mention the visual!!!

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Brunello Cucinelli, the undisputable king of CashCash, just released some gorgeous numbers – profits are up 10% this year.  This small luxury goods company, operating in an Umbrian hamlet named Solomeo that he single handedly restored – if you are ever near Solomeo, PLEASE take the time to experience it – magical!

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He has 720 employees, paid above the national rate, offers them 3.50 Euro subsidized gourmet meals with wine (obviously in Italia!) for their 90 minute lunches and during the recession did not lay off anyone.  In short, this company’s leader cares about his employees and his professional reputation.  Hand crafted luxury cashmere products created in Italy, and now that Brunello Cuccinelli is a publicly traded company, his decisions are having an impressive impact for his investors too – even in this economy when most luxury brands are suffering from price conscious customers.

Have a wondrous weekend – put on that cashcash sweater, and become transfixed watching the bubbles in the flute!

xo reversecommuter

Feeling the Chill?

Pathetic.  Truly I am.  One day after a heat wave (that lasted five days with temps over 90!!) and I am OBSESSING over a cashmere and suede coat.

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In my defence, it is designed by Diane von Furstenberg,  for the first time in over a decade THE DIANE is the head designer for her Pre-Fall & Fall Collection.  Click here to view the entire collection.

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I even took selfies for Pete’s sake – clearly this means trouble!  Oh Diane!!!!

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