First Lady of Personal Style,
The Master of Color and Pattern in her own words:
That concludes this month's posts.
See you Sept. 5th
for more style + sewing stories.
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Please note: Styleposium is on break for the rest of August.
Don't worry, we won't leave you high and dry!
Fresh content will continue each Monday, just abbreviated.
Although it feels like the thick of summer,
we're just a couple weeks out from
"Back to School" everything
and in fact,
that train has already departed.
You may feel a twinge of anxiety perhaps,
as other than the ACTUAL New Year,
each new academic year seems to beckon and demand
a complete overhaul of your person.
Over-consumptive marketing BS aside -
we have nothing but love
for some considered reflection
on what works and what doesn't.
Not just in our appearance,
but in our lives.
Nothing wrong with the tried and true,
but we readily embrace reinvention, as there is
nothing like "rearranging the furniture"
to get the energy moving.
Let's face it, once September hits,
that sh** is bananas til January!
So, we invite you, in the lazy, hot days of summer
to put your palms together lightly,
tap the tips of your fingers,
look up into distant yonder
and repeat after us:
What do I love about my wardrobe?
Know, first, who you are,
Thank you for reading and we'll see you next week!
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We resonated like a giant carillon bell
with the diverse and topical themes
discussed in episode 10 of Seamwork radio.
Sarai Mitnick talks with Heather Lewenza
about her early days in the auto assembly line,
about being an interior designer for opulent foreign shopping malls,
and how her personal relationship to clothing has evolved.
Seamwork Radio Ep 10 - Talking Money with Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files
Below, some choice quotes from the conversation:
I feel like ...spiritually...we're a little adrift right now,
...We're in a very weird place:
Those are some ideas to chew on.
A serious, yet completely necessary conversation we all need to be having.
Although things are in a state of transition,
everyday there seems to be improvements to the scene.
Thank you Heather and Sarai for sharing your story.
Have you been following The ReFashioner's
Jeans Challenge over at The Makery?
All month long, guest bloggers have been sharing their take on
refashioning a pair of jeans into a new outfit.
Above, a few favorites thus far.
From left to right:
Mirjam of Miushka, Sarai of Seamwork/Colette, and Zoe of So Zo', What Do You Know?
For more specifics on this event, check in here or here.
We don't even know what that is.
Just kidding, folks,
any sewist worth their salt never hesitates to wield a seam ripper.
Although this enamel pin looks like it could do the job,
it's a badass piece of jewelry meant to adorn your bodacious, fly person!
No regrets, indeed.
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and plenty more each week.
That's it for this week, but if you'd like to continue the conversation,
you may find us here at the usual places:
PS - You may have noticed a theme with Seamwork/Colette in heavy rotation. Unintentional, but we we'll make no qualms about it: we love their work!
Many exciting developments have been a’brewing since Styleposium’s original ‘Future of Fashion’ post back in March of 2015.
has been posting these innovations on the regular, including materials made from algae, agave, plastic bottles, mushrooms, - even manure.
Now, let's get historical - like Old Testament historical.
Max Paradiso, of BBC Magazine, shares a fascinating story of
Chiara Vigo + the ancient tradition of byssus.
Byssus is basically clam saliva.
Read here for a "truth stranger than fiction" kind of report.
Speaking of clams, metaphorically, that is:
if you have 115 extra,
you can buy yourself some 24k golden thread from DMC.
Happy 270th Birthday DMC!
Nah, I'm good. I'm saving up for some of this spidey thread.
Read more about this phenomenal development in textile technology here.
That's a wrap this week.
See you next Monday with more inspiring clothing + textile stories!
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It will make our day, for reals.
Is there anything more sartorially American, than denim?
Celebrate this cloth of humble origin, by checking out Jean Stories.
We are big fans of this "jeanius" (ha, get it? sorrynotsorry...thanks Portia Lawrie of The ReFashioners!) story about Erin Hogan-Braker and how the Brittany Spear's, "Slave for You" jeans got the ball rolling on her tailoring education and amazing career.
More great style love stories to inspire you here.
Ms. Hogan-Braker is also a Bernina Ambassador and has some excellent video tutorials here.
Ah, girl crush....
THE MATERIAL IS ALIVE.
Have you ever complimented a friend's garment, or been on the receiving end, only to hear yourself or the other say, "oh, this is so old."
Old, as if that's a bad thing.
We beg to differ and know that
Ali of A Noble Savage would too.
Check out his beautiful collections in this interview he did with StyleLikeU.
Beware: StyleLikeU is an amaaaaazing project that will have you down the rabbit hole of awesome for daaaayyyysssssss.
Best clear your schedule immediately..
Understatement of the year:
Garance Dore is a huge influence to Styleposium
and every other fashion blogger out there.
Fashion lover and multi-talented illustrator, photographer, and writer, Garance Dore has been charming a global audience with her eponymous, award-winning blog for years and last year she came out with her book, LovexStylexLife. Last week, her and her team did a style story on artist and model, Langley Fox.
Read about it here.
Seamstress + Patagonia collaborator, Barbara Heinze Keeps Your Stuff Alive:
Keep 'em coming Patagonia! If you're not familiar with Patagonia's Worn Wear campaign, see this former post.
We almost described this as homework, since the documentary is much longer than the 5-15 minutes videos we usually share, but know that it is totally worth it.
Add "Tailored Stories - An Oral History of Savile Row" to your list of must-watch movies.
So if you ever wonder why suits are so expensive,
there you have it:
they are Ferrari's for the body.
See you next week!
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