Monthly Archives: April 2011
Spring is here and we thought we would share some lovely photos of people we know wearing Piece x Piece this Spring. Enjoy!
Meet Jessica Wolfram and Emily Brunner, they are both wearing Piece x Piece spring-time wardrobe staples. Jessica, a stylish San Francisco writer for 944 Magazine, is wearing the Mini Skylark Wrap Skirt paired with a simple tank, leggings and a sweet lace-up boot. Emily a trendsetting Graphic Design Major at University of Arizona and also a Bay Area native, wearing the Urban Yield Dress, also with leggings and a simple black bootie. Both looks are easy to layer, dressed up or down and are great with the simplest staples from your closet. We loved having both of these ladies drop by the studio to show off their favorite ways to wear Piece x Piece.
Meet Reeves Sinnott, Studio Manager here at Piece x Piece. We had to get a photo of her in her new Division Tunic with her new Public Bike that she got for her birthday. She is wearing her tunic with a pair of boot leg jeans and a cute oxford shoe. It’s easy to see how versatile this piece is to wear to work or paired with heels for a night out. Either way, it will look great riding down the street, so look out for her!
This is Karson Shadley, he is an industrial designer and the founder of Shape Field Office which is also in the Dogpatch. Here he is looking sharp wearing the City Matrix Tie with his favorite pair of jeans, a chambray shirt and a set of modern frames. Looking good Karson!
This is Eric Rosenberg and Hizam Haron. Eric is a talented bassist and notable piercer at Braindrops in the Haight. He wears his City Matrix Tie with a great tie clip and a black button down, with his sleeves rolled up so he can show off the amazing art he has tattooed on his arms! Hizam you have met on our blog before, here he is wearing his favorite plaid City Matrix tie on a recent business trip to New York. Love the plaid tie mixed with the stripe shirt!
“Earth Day grew out of a period in our history when rivers were on fire, when you couldn’t see across the street because of smog, and when we started to notice environmentally related birth defects. These were the signs of 150 years of industrialization going south, and the problems were obvious.
Look, changing a light bulb might sound silly, but think back to World War II, when everyone became a cog in the wheel and played their part. Women worked in tire factories. People bought war bonds. It was millions of people doing the right thing. And that’s what needs to happen now, because this is a war — a war against flagrant abuse of resources, a war against greenhouse gases. Everyone needs to play a part.”
– Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network
Friday is Earth Day and with this one day a year it seems perfectly reasonable to take a moment to observe our own behavior good/bad and try to make better decisions for the health of ourselves and our planet. It’s not hard to make simple choices like turning out the lights when you leave a room, recycling as much as you can and buying less “stuff” you don’t really need. But there is also so much more you can do to make a lasting impact. I can’t think of a more important cause that we can all stand behind than the care of our planet. After all, as far as we know, it’s the only one we’ve got!
I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve noticed a real lack of civic pride here in San Francisco. I don’t understand this and to be quite frank it really angers me because we live in such a beautiful little city. I often find myself saying “WHAT’S WITH ALL THE TRASH!” There is so much trash on the streets, in parks, on playgrounds and what doesn’t make it’s way to the trash bin will undoubtedly find its way into the bay. I find this incredibly unsettling and while we can’t force people to be more conscientious and make the effort to throw trash in a bin were it belongs, we can make a difference by simply picking up trash when we can. It’s really not that hard to stop and pick up a few things while walking your dog, when you’re at the park or beach or when you’re just out and about with your daily activities. I do it and while it’s not my favorite activity, it makes me feel good to know that there’s a little less trash out there because of me.
Another thing that makes me feel good is just being outdoors, enjoying the fresh air. You can join a community garden or plant your own! Grow fresh vegetables and meet your neighbors at the same time! Community gardens are as much about beautifying and preserving the land as they are about strengthening local networks. Plus, it’s a great way to learn something new from the Earth, our natural classroom. Get your hands dirty in your own back yard and marvel at the small miracle that is planting a seed, nurturing it and watching it grow into something edible or just beautiful. It’s a natural stress reliever and it helps you gain perspective and respect for the origin of food. Gardening is great for all ages and it’s something to get your kids involved in too!
As the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The march of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Earth Day is the day when each of us can stop and say, “OK, everything I do impacts the planet, and while I can’t do much, I’m going to do at least one thing each day.” Their are lots of small things you can do that collectively can make a positive impact. If you can walk or take public transit to work, what’s stopping you? Why not ride your bike, just for fun? Shop locally, buy organic whenever you can and yes turn off those lights! Finally, just get outside, go for a walk and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us. Know that you can do something, no matter how small, to help preserve our Earth.
Happy Earth Day!
Spring time has mostly arrived here in San Francisco but today we have the rainy day blues. Just when you think you can put away your slicker and galoshes for a while the clouds come rolling in and before you know it you’re jumping puddles and searching for cover. While we can’t all look as stunning as Audrey Hepburn locking lips in the rain with George Peppard, we can certainly try and emulate her easy yet classic rainy day attire.
Sometimes a great hat can save you from having to mess with an unruly umbrella during those lite spring showers. Whether it’s a fancy fedora, a simple knit cap, or a vintage inspired headpiece, you really can’t go wrong with any of these looks, plus your hair will thank you. Also wearing a trench coat, jacket or full on coat is the best defense to shelter your body from the damp and cold.
If you really want to turn some heads and make a statement you could try this super chic Philip Lim collarless trench. Sure it will cost you a pretty penny ($1,200) but what’s a little money compared to the wealth of compliments you’ll get strutting down the street wearing this coat. Or you could go for some eye popping color to make your rainy day statement. This well coordinated outfit (come on, even the umbrella matches) is not only adorable but super stylish. If only we could all pull it together so perfectly all the time.
Let’s not forget the men out there not only dodging raindrops but looking so good doing it! I don’t know about you but for some reason I see very few men carrying around umbrellas, even when the rain is really coming down. I’m not sure if it’s some unspoken man code that it’s not cool to carry around a parasol but if you have any sense you’d know that the opposite it true. Some of the best dressed men know protecting yourself and your clothes from the elements will not only save you money but add a practical detail that often goes forgotten. Even a rugged raincoat with a deep hood can pull it all together and make an otherwise gloomy day practically perfect.
“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” –Vivian Greene
I was lucky enough to be invited to Tennessee for the first annual Nashville Fashion Week and what a week it was! I met some incredible people, saw some amazing design, heard some great discussions and most importantly I made some great new friends. Here’s what went down.
The reason I went to Nashville was to get to know the people behind Project Artisan, a ethical fashion website connecting established and emerging designers to customers who care about what they buy. Robin Keyser is the beautiful and extremely caring “mother” behind Project Artisan and when she heard about Piece x Piece she reached out immediately to get us on board. Robin, along with many other incredible people at Project Artisan are building a collective of artists and designers that create products crafted and constructed under humane working conditions, with sensitivity to the environment. Piece x Piece will soon be launching it’s own profile on Project Artisan, and we couldn’t be more excited and honored to be part of such a unique and creative collaborative.
Nashville Fashion Week attracted some well known fashion professionals, including Kelly Cutrone and Christian Siriano. Kelly Cutrone was there to speak about her life experiences and the adventures that lead her to become one of the most influential and assertive people in fashion public relations. Kelly is the founder of People’s Revolution, which has represented such high profile clients as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Thierry Mugler, and more. She also has her own show on Bravo called Kell on Earth, that follows the demands of running a highly successful firm while also raising her daughter as a single mother. Kelly was very down to earth, funny, inspiring and candid about the many trials and tribulations that lead her to really finding herself. Many of you know Christian Siriano as the energetic, rambunctious, pint sized talent and winner of Project Runway season 4. Christian was in Nashville to show off his latest collection of lust worthy creations and he did not disappoint. He has had many successes since his days on Project Runway and I am here to tell you that he is not going away anytime soon.
Two other really talented designers whose work was showcased at Nashville Fashion Week were Steven Oo and Pamela Tuohy. Steven Oo designs and creates jaw dropping, handmade knits that will make your head spin. His line of handmade knits are nothing short of miraculous, making him one to watch because no doubt his star continue to rise. Pamela Tuohy (2ETN) creates one-of-a-kind, hand crafted jewelery with original artwork composed by her husband Edward Thomas Novinsky. Pamela’s creations are unique, eye catching, and beautifully made.
There was so much more to Nashville that I wanted to see but didn’t get the chance to see but the welcome and hospitality I received made it very clear that I would definitely be coming back. A very special thank you to Robin Keyser, Rachel Lang, David Yepiz, Pamela Tuohy, Steven Oo, Lee Maitland Pratt, and Nina Thomas for making my first time in Nashville memorable and fantastic!