Word on the beach is that these soft, custom dyed leather slip ons are the shoe of the summer. Inspired by the beach culture of Mexico, the founders of Vayarta, who hail from Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Calvin Klein, launched their label with a single pair of vegetable dyed leather slippers that mold to the feet and soften to perfection over time. Insiders have likened their lightly padded leather insoles to walking on pillows. Honestly. You can bet that my first pair has already been ordered and en route, just in time for my trip to Hawaii.
I can’t remember the last time I slipped into a bean bag – it was most likely in my early 20s. But recently, after chillaxin’ in one of the chicest bean bags at a girlfriend’s house, I’ve fallen for these oversized loungers all over again. Hers looked like the top of a giant Indian slipper with a sail-like shape. Not only was it so comfortable that I could have easily gotten some good quality shut eye, it also looked surprisingly sophisticated in her living space. I especially like the idea of utilizing them as outdoor seating, and even hanging them when not in use.
In what might be their most refined collection to date, Lack of Color has taken inspiration from music and movie icons like Janis Joplin, Clint Eastwood and Jim Morrison. Four new unisex styles have been introduced, as well as hats that can be worn multiple ways. I personally love the dome shape of The Eclipse and the western style of The Goldfinger. And the bright rose pink hue of the boater style is color perfection.
An exceptional seed was planted when Alessandro Michele took the helm at Gucci just about a year and a half ago. The seed sprouted into a menagerie of unparalleled beauty and vibrant romance and honestly, we’ve fallen so deep into Gucci’s Garden, we may never want to find a way out. Butterflies, ants, snakes, tigers, swallows, hummingbirds, bees, and flowers have been a recurring theme in each of his collections, each serving as modern day totems that adorn silk bombers, denim, knits, dresses and handbags. When a collection of men’s jackets, adorned with a mix of embroidered motifs, debuted at Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection and the introduction of a do-it-yourself service at select Gucci locations, that was it. For months, I was consumed by desire. But then I was hit by the reality that Italian-made craftsmanship comes at a price. And so began my search of patches and appliqués. For weeks, I started gathering pieces to build my own garden and it wasn’t until I struck gold with a strikingly similar snake patch, that I finally decided to put them all together onto a vintage denim jacket and share the resources I worked so hard to find. It’s still a work in progress as I hope to add more patches as I find them and try my hand at embroidering a monogram but here it is so far . . .