Jonathan Simkhai, Sigh……

This is truly where the magic happens!

JS1

CFDA Fashion Incubator studios on W 38th Street in the fashion district.

dsc_01151

It is no secret how much reversecommuter LOVES Jonathan Simkhai, designer and designs, since being introduced to him through W Boston and Louis Boston last spring.  Click here for a refresher.

Jonathan Simkhai designs clothing that is fun, fashion forward, wearable – as in everyday gorgeousness even when schlepping children around, running errands and any other daily operation that normally elicits groans!  His pieces are easily added to a basic wardrobe to create a polished, fashionable effect with very little energy.

His studio is in the CFDA Fashion Incubator Studios, from 2012-2014.

JS6

Guess who got to visit and take a few pics?

JS4

What a trip to go inside the studio, small and intense, and see the inner machinations of the line.  There was a huge Mac screen on a back table, swatches and rolls of fabric littered throughout, even an old school Butterick pattern book (loved seeing that, it was like a little peek into the creative process in the beginning of his career!).

JS3

 

They even showed me some of the Spring Collection and the knitwear is BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!  reversecommuter feels like a knitwit for not grabbing a certain skirt and white cropped sweater – might have to make a call later this morning….

 

 

Suits Me Fine!

Move over Taco Trucks, there is a new kid in town!

AR3

Arden Reed (click the blue!) has a pop-up Tailor Truck (shut-up, I know!).  Arden Reed has been in the suit making biz since 2008, and has had the truck going since May 26th.  They have been galivanting all over the Eastern states with a spectacularly successful focus on the Ivy League schools (think prepping for those interviews, changing out of keg chugging sweats into hire-me suits).  A second techie tailor truck is being tricked out and is set to launch in L.A. within the year!

AR1

W Boston Hotel (love) hosted Arden Reed and his truck on Thursday October 4th during Boston Fashion Week – sheer brilliance as Boston men need a little fashion love.

BFW12LOGOsqC

The technologically customized tailor truck has a 3D full body scan that delivers a pattern, in under 7 minutes!  Uh-oh!  I just heard a drop in return flights to Hong Kong for suit buying expeditions!

bliss

reversecommuter was at the W enjoying a BLISSful spa session, sad about not being able to find a babysitter to stay for the evening’s BFW events (I know, not very Fashion-Bloggey) when I literally walked right into the Arden Reed team in the hotel lobby!

AR2

Ironically on the way out I bumped into Delightful Deloris,( an 84 year old fashion maven who has worked with the likes of Ralph Lauren & Michael Kors when they were just starting out) who busted my chops for living in the burbs (again, I know, not particularly Fashion Bloggey!).  Oy!

Thirsty isn’t Stylish

What is fashionable about 1 in 9 people on this planet not having access to clean water?  Nothing.  What is stylish about carrying a 40 lb jerry can for over an hour to get clean water?  Absolutely nothing – trust me, those jerry cans are REALLY HEAVY!!!!!

runway jerryback

This man is stylish.  Philanthropy is in always in fashion.  Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water which has raised over $100 MILLION in just seven years.  Fashionable is renting an old plane, getting tech GAZILLIONAIRES such as Melody McCloskey of StyleSeat, Ed Turner of Facebook,  Divyank Turakhia of media.net and Oliver Ripley of Black Ocean and getting them to pay to go to the unpaved mountain villages in Ethiopia to build wells.  Click the blue to read about this trip.

scott

Fashionable is W Hotels hosting “Walk with Purpose” charity:water’s waterwalk – a runway of sorts where participants carry jerry cans (HEAVY jerry cans) down a runway to raise money for clean water.

ad

W Boston hosted “Walk with Purpose” last night – what a PHENOM event!  The crowd was in full party mode with outfits ranging from bright sunny yellow dresses to suits to floral shorts to short sleeve plaids and even leather leggings.  Clearly Boston is not prepared to let go of summer quite yet!

jerry1

This event was truly an eye opener to how heavy water is and how fashionable clean water is. The facial expression below is not an exaggeration!

jerryme

Runway Strut with Purpose!

reversecommuter is walking the runway…in bare feet and carrying jerry cans!

W Hotels/charity: water Luncheon at W New York - Times Square

Clearly this is not for Fashion Week – but it should be!  Wednesday August 21st at the W Boston is hosting “Walk with Purpose” to raise money for charity:water, a non-profit that provides drinking water to developing nations with 100% public donations.

W Hotels/charity: water Luncheon at W New York - Times Square

I read an article in the New York Times a few weeks ago that really peaked my curiosity.  It was about Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water, taking a bunch of actors, activist and techie ka-zillion-aires to Ethiopia on a water mission.  Click here to read the NY Times article that started my new obsession.  Scott was a nightclub promoter in NYC in an earlier life and can probably make water sexier than Evian!  Who else could hire an old plane and fill it up with the likes of Matt Mullenweg (hello co-founder of WordPress), Nathan Hubbard (ceo of Ticketmaster), Tony Hawk & Sophia Bush and set off to Ethiopia?  Imagine my surprise when I was invited to W Boston’s WaterWalk?!?!

11water2-articleInline

The W Global  Music Director, Michaelangelo L’Acqua will be spinning the WaterWalk – so you just know that SoundHound and Shazam apps will be VERY busy that night.  Dare to dream there will be a playlist provided!

photo courtsey inStyle

photo courtsey inStyle

He has had Jessica Biel, Sophia Bush, Jessica Alba, Seth Myers, and other Hollywooders strut their stuff on the Waterwalk, and now it is reversecommuter’s turn….

WBOS_CharityWater_Evite_Final

If you are near Boston and want to come support this phenomenal event, please rsvp to W Boston.

Snow Job

Jonathan Simkhai (fave new designer, click here to read all about it) had a cocktail event held at the W Boston over the weekend.

jsw10

Models were littered throughout the lounge, sporting Spring Collection 2013 gorgeousness!

JSW6

The lines and tailoring on his jackets are beyond!

jsw8

Outside the city of Boston was shoveling it’s way out of 2 feet worth of snow from yet another storm, yawn.  Meanwhile inside it was all about flowers, silk, sleevelessness, leather t-shirts, shorts, skirts and fabulously cute little dresses.  What a perfect oxymoron!

JSW5

How good is this black leather sleeveless top?

jsw9

Champs, uber talented designer, drool worthy clothing, chic W interior, excellent choice for a night out!

jsw12

New Love!

It is such a very rare event to find a designer that creates clothing just for you.

DSC_0112

Every single item fits perfectly, would compliment your existing wardrobe, and offers something amazing and new, all at the same time!

DSC_0115

It is my pleasure to introduce you to NYC designer Jonathan Simkhai (click the blue to go directly to his website).

reversecommuter had the pleasure of hanging out with Jonathan Friday night at an event at the W Boston (more on that tomorrow), then again on Saturday at Louis Boston (click here to read more about Louis) for a trunk show.

DSC_0114

Jonathan is a member of the CFDA Fashion Incubator Program (click here to learn more), suffice it to say the CFDA has taken a considerable interest in the talents of Jonathan Simkhai…uh, get in line!!!!!

Leather softer than butter and lighter than cashmere (where did he find those skins??!) – reversecommuter tried on a white leather t-shirt that brought tears of joy to my eyes…and that is no exaggeration! Silk prints and solids that seemingly floated when I walked. Wide legged pants that somehow flattened the stomach area (what girl out there dislikes that concept?). Expertly tailored, clean cut lines, subtle details that make you NEED/WANT the clothing even more than you did on first sight.

DSC_0113

Jonathan chose this outfit for me – no exaggeration, I didn’t want to take it off! The silk wide legged pants are from Spring 2013 Collection, the PONY HAIR & LEATHER T-shirt (OHEMGEEEEEEE!) is part of the Fall 2013 Collection. RIDUNCULOUS! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!