Once the weather starts warming up, it’s like there’s a little voice in our heads saying: “Get out there, explore.” That feeling makes us want to drag our carry-ons out of our closets, pack a couple of swimsuits, throw on a beachy hat and just go. Before booking our own trip, we caught up with some travel-savvy women who shared a few vacay tips (and their gorgeous snaps) after staying at the dreamy Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico.
That French women are effortlessly stylish isn’t a new idea to anyone, but as our Paris-born model Rebecca Dayan (that’s her, above) told us, it’s not entirely true. That lived-in dishabille is no accident—it’s basically heirloom style that’s passed down from grandmothers to moms to daughters. And our latest collaboration with Sézane wouldn’t be complete without four of those timeless styles that each generation’s lived in. But how’d these pieces reach icon status? And how are we wearing them now? To learn about their origins, we stopped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute collection (a massive archive of clothes from throughout history) and then strolled over to our photo shoot in Central Park to find out more.
A few years ago, our design team set out to create something simple: a timeless tote so free of trendy details that you could carry it for as long as the leather would allow (aka forever). The result: our Transport Tote. Since then, we’ve added some new shapes and sizes, and while they all share the same rugged yet refined style—thanks to fine leather, minimal hardware and tonal stitching—each has its own pretty unique vibe. Allow us, or, um, them, to explain.
How many dress-wearing, jeans-obsessed, New York–based farmers do you know? Because the answer now is at least one: Annie Novak. At just 27, she helped open the country’s first commercial green roof row farm—6,000 square feet she still tends to daily six years later—on a quiet street in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, but that’s hardly the only surprising thing we discovered while spending an afternoon at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. The first? She’s even more down to earth (farmer pun!) than you’d expect. Here, she explains her love for farming, her approach to “workwear” and why touching dirt is good for everyone.
We’ll get right into it: No one wears denim quite like a Madewell girl. Proof? Your “denim rule to dress by” snaps that have poured in during the past month. We had a hard time narrowing down our favorites so far, but here are four we couldn’t keep to ourselves.
We had so much fun teaming up with Sézane® (our favorite Parisian label) for a second time, and it wasn’t long before we started racking our brains trying to remember some of our high school French. (We have a thing for other languages, which you probably know if you’ve been reading our Weekly Roundups.) An illustrated French lesson, after the jump.
We lived in super-lightweight shirts and tanks last summer, loving their practical breeziness and the decidedly less practical occasional flash of skin. But those are precisely the things we’re now trying to avoid—and with cooler temperatures come more layers and, with them, layering tricks.
Need a joke for tonight? Here’s one: “So, a skeleton walks into a bar and says, ‘Give me a drink and a mop.’” (Get it?) We can’t give out candy, but we can certainly share a few Halloween-themed links.
In Defense of the Investment Coat an essay by Trace Barnhill
You see it from across the street, hanging majestic in a window, a shadowy silhouette of buttery leather. Traffic blares and screeches as you dash across multiple lanes, unflinching and focused. You’re in the store and breathing that starchy air of newness and surprise. You see the coat at the other end of the room. You glide over. It’s perfect. It’s all the wonderful things you can think of: timeless, warm…sexy, even. You could wear it with everything. You could wear it right now, over your standard uniform of high-rise jeans and a silk blouse. You take a breath and turn over the price tag.