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.

DSC_0014

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.

DSC_0048

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.

DSC_0021

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

DSC_0024

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!)

DSC_0043

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”.

DSC_0041

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!”

DSC_0038

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

Fashion & Finance Friday!

F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!!!!!!!!!!

H&M is going Big in the Big Apple.  Really Really BIG!  The Swedish retailer has announced plans for a new flagship, their biggest store in the world.  It will be a 57,000 square foot store!  5th and 48th will be transformed into H&M corner, the store will offer 6 floors of merchandise – that is a lot of shopping potential!  And this H&M will sell their home collection as well as clothing, (click the blue to peruse).

DVF has brought in a big gun!  Joel Horowitz (former Tommy Hilfiger business partner and CEO) as co-chairman of Diane von Furstenberg.  Industry insiders suspect that the reasoning behind this addition is that an IPO (Initial Public Offering) is in the future.  What this means is that DVF may become a publicly traded company – reversecommuter wonders if the ticker DVF is available?

Speaking of Diane von Furstenberg, her husband, UBER BUSINESS MOGUL Barry Diller’s former company, HSN (Home Shopping Network) is celebrating it’s 35th birthday.  HSN rakes in over $3 BILLION annually in sales – that is a lot of tv watching!!!

reversecommuter had the pleasure of working with HSN a few years ago and it is the most incredible operation.  Located in St. Petersburg, FLA, the compound resembles a Hollywood movie set and is unlike anything else.  Everyone gets around on go carts, there is product storage warehouses the size of condo buildings, and the level of professionalism was truly inspirational!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HSN!

Have a SENSATIONAL weekend!

XO reversecommuter