NOTICED: WOVEN ACCESSORIES

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Woven straw totes and baskets have long been summer staples—they’re lightweight, durable and versatile, easily schlepping everything from beach towels to potato salad. Lately we’ve noticed the familiar basketweave pattern reimagined beyond the tote in crossbodies, sandals and hats all perfect for laid-back afternoons spent in the sand or under a tree. Want to embrace the alfresco vibe? Weave got (wink wink) a few suggestions to start. Continue reading

YOUR ALTER EGO CARRIES A MADEWELL BAG—LET US EXPLAIN

Maybe you’re an everyday nurse like Diana Prince by day and a golden-lasso-wielding Wonder Woman by night. Maybe your usually-chipper-self has a dark side that appears when you feel hangry. Or maybe you’re “the quiet one” whose inner pop star comes alive with a karaoke mic in hand. Alter egos come in many different forms—and in this case, yours just might be carrying one of our ready-for-anything canvas bags. Read on to find out which one will have you switching up your usual style.

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You: can’t travel anywhere without an overstuffed rolling suitcase

Your alter ego carries: the streamlined Transport Weekender

Traveling with this rugged-cool weekender, you won’t need five extra outfit options because your alter ego is a frequent flier who has the versatile vacay wardrobe that goes seamlessly from coffee to cocktails and fits easily inside a just-spacious-enough bag. As your expert-packer other half, you always answer “yes” to a spontaneous road trip. Bonus points for calling shotgun.

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IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG

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IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG
an essay by Alexis Cheung

Like it or not, a purse conveys your personality. An “it” bag, for instance, suggests you’re into seeing where new trends take you. A tote bag insists you’re someone who prefers practicality. While a small bag communicates that you’re not a woman who schleps for unseen scenarios, but one who’s ready for spontaneity.

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PACKING HACK: STICK TO ONE COLOR

Getting ready to go on a getaway? The last thing you want is to feel stressed about stuff like arriving at the airport on time, who’s going to dog sit for you or maybe (definitely) what to pack. We’re always looking for new ways to make vacay planning more streamlined, so we turned to our styling expert Lisa for some tips. Her advice? Pick a color and run with it—for the whole trip.

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GOT YOU COVERED: ARTIST BRIAN KASPR ON HOW TO GIVE THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL

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This year we like to think we’ve really got your back—from gifts to buy, to what to wear, to how to make present wrapping not totally terrible. We’re sitting down with our team to glean a little pro advice to get you through the season with flying colors (blue being a nonnegotiable, of course). Next up is our friend Brian Kaspr. He’s an artist who has lent his talents to several of our leather goods, and if you haven’t had a chance to snag one of his monogrammed masterpieces, he’s making guest appearances during our Personalization Palooza in stores all season long (details below). Read on for his tips on how to give, arguably, the best gift ever: a one-of-a-kind monogrammed leather bag or accessory.

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The “Je Ne Sais Quoi” of 4 Iconic French Pieces

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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.

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Madewell Book Club: What 6 of Our Favorite Women Are Reading RN

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Thanks to the internet, a new book recommendation list is just a few clicks away, but what about the things that aren’t new or notable at the moment? For some less-expected suggestions, we checked back in with the creative women we’ve gotten to know over the past few years (all of whom we’ve written about on this very blog). Here, seven recommendations as unique as they are. There’s a long novel, some short stories, a few new-ish titles and some that are quite old.

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