Tuesday, January 27, 2009

052. The Unbearable Softness of Cashmere.


I am so glad to have stumbled upon NotCouture.com. I don't have a lot of time available anymore to browse the web, and this nifty site does the work of locating interesting designers, websites, and sales, for me, without flooding me with an excess of posts. About three to four new links are posted a day, which is perfect for me.

The best site they've linked me to thus far is that of Julia Lintern, who is a structural aerospace engineer turned designer. Her latest tour de force of designer genius is her Lia Lintern collection. Not only does she express her precision-based work ethic through a collection of truly splendid cashmere coats, she manifests her economic brilliance by marketing said coats at an affordable price point. It's hella hard to find affordable cashmere, let alone a full-blown cashmere coat. J.Crew - a mass retailer - sometimes charges $200 a cashmere cardigan. And yet some of these coats cost as little as $600.

Adding to the coats' appeal is the website's shocking offer to CUSTOM MAKE a coat for you, AT NO EXTRA COST. As the website explains, "Lia Lintern designs coats that [are] made to fit and flatter the female figure. So, that's why S, M, and L just don't cut it. . . . All you have to do is fill out the order form and provide us with 3 important measurements: your Bust Measurement, your Waist Measurement, and your Hip Measurement."

Finally. Couture (well, approximately) for under $1,000. Have we traveled back in time?


This coat is the epitome of elegance!


Sunday, January 25, 2009

051. Exploration.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, every once in a while, I Google (well, Yahoo!--I don't actually like Google all that much) Heimstone. I figure one of these days, it's going to go on sale somewhere on the web at a low enough price that I can afford it. Thus far, I haven't been successful. Oh well, I will keep trying.

Anyway, although I didn't find any Heimstone this time around, during my quest, I discovered a number of boutiques that I'd never seen before on the Web. I have an enormous folder of bookmarked boutiques - probably over 200 in total - so I'm always shocked to find new ones. By now you'd think I'd know about them all. What number of people know about them, to the extent that they make a profit? I suppose most also have a material location in a city, too, which is where they make the majority of their sales.

But because Heimstone is a pretty good representative of the type of clothing I like, I got linked to boutiques that carry not only Heimstone, but a wide variety of other clothing that is germane to my own preferences. Here's a sampling of clothing from the boutiques I discovered during my Heimstone search.


Wesc Miss Ellie Leather Jacket in Almond Brown, $452


Hazel & Jaloux 3/4 Sleeve Button Up Top in Taupe, $74


Sissi Rossi Knotted Shoulder Bag, $657


Sretsis Sparkling Dress, $151


Vena Cava Shiva Dress, $275


Clu T-shirt Dress, $133


3.1 Phillip Lim Lace-Up Tunic Dress, $76.75


Geren Ford 3 Snap Belt, $45.50


Heimstone Targa Dress, $199.50

Finishing, of course, with the Heimstone...oh, how I wish I could again afford $200 dresses! Law school is both a blessing and a curse.