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Swap Your Purse For These Backpacks

The quintessential back to school item—a backpack—has not landed on my post grad school shopping until now. Backpacks are on trend and practical too!

Through my teenage years, my go-to backpack choice was a classic Jansport backpack. Now my backpack picks are more sophisticated. I prefer casual backpacks that are also elegant enough to be work appropriate.

Best of all is that chic backpacks are available in various price points. A Valentino Rockstud backpack may seem ideal because Valentino Rockstud heels and Rockstud sandals are definitely on trend; however, such a trendy backpack is more likely to have a short lifespan.

Would you wear a backpack to your workplace?

A trendy backpack easily becomes dated. It is the type of item that a fashionista can pinpoint to a specific season (e.g., Enrique, the pool guy in “Legally Blonde” telling Elle Woods “don’t you stomp your last season Prada shoes at me, honey.”) If your goal is to remain on trend but you cannot purchase a new trendy backpack each season, opt for a classic and versatile look.

13 Best backpacks for work and college

Above are great backpacks that can replace your purse. Pricepoints start at $47.60

Backpacks (worn correctly) distribute weight evenly. I love my Birkins but they can feel so heavy.  Continue Reading…

Career Fashion, Fashion

Corporate-worthy kitsch?

It is absolutely possible to express yourself with your work clothes; however, if your usual style resembles a Coachella ensemble, you should develop some work appropriate personal style. Accessories are an easy way to add flair without losing professionalism. But even accessories can cross the line into inappropriate territory.

Anya Hindmarch’s Fall 2015 collection reminds me of when I first studied in France. There was another American student who took photos of every sign around Paris. Sure, the metro stickers of a bunny getting its body or fingers caught in the door give cause for doubletake, but I did not share his signage proclivity back then but I’ve since developed a love of typography and individuality.

Particularly in a time when knock-offs and post-parody trademark infringing designs are ubiquitos, Anya Hindmarch’s line inspired by driving signs feels refreshing. From the easy to identify signage like “No U-Turn,” or “STOP,” to graphic arrows, Hindmarch’s accessories and ready-to-wear are playful yet powerful statement makers.

Would you dare to wear Hindmarch’s designs to your job?

Two of Hindmarch’s bags (here and here) remind me of elementary school trapper keepers but she otherwise has a backpack and purse that I love. Her line includes interchangeable leather purse stickers from eyes and numbers to a Miley Cyrus style Tony the tiger and some that depending on placement may get you written up by HR. If you prefer a preppy look, Hindmarch also has a striped tote.

Career Fashion, Fashion Law

Moncler Gives a Pluck About Unethical Goose Plucking

Moncler gives a pluck about unethical goose plucking.

A TV report in Milan threw fashion law shade towards Moncler.

The Italian TV show, “Report,” caused the fashion brand to take legal action against it to defend itself.

The show claimed that investigations in Hungary looked into the malpractice of plucking goose feathers. The show said that designers—namely Moncler—support the harm and impairment of animals to create down coats.

The show did not claim that Moncler committed these acts; the alleged support was in the form of purchasing feathers from Hungary whilst fleeting European regulations. And that feathers from Hungary actually are the product of unethical goose plucking.

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After the program aired, Moncler’s shares fell 4.7 percent.

Moncler says all the down feathers used by its company comes from certified suppliers.

Moncler’s fashion law contracts prove its stance against unethical goose plucking.

Moncler says these suppliers all are obliged contractually to guarantee their respect for the treatment of animals as per Moncler’s Code of Ethics. Additionally, Moncler says that its suppliers all adhere to the principles established by the European Down and Feather Association.

Moncler further clarified that its down suppliers are located in France, Italy, and North America.

Moncler used social media to hemp clear its name.

Moncler’s response of heading to social media to clear its name even before filing suit was smart. Kudos to Moncler’s public relations, marketing, and/or fashion law crew. 😉

Most of a hip brand’s audience is present on social media. Waiting for a traditional press release could seem too contrived. The quicker a brand can react to allegations, the less damage the allegations may have.

Fashion law post covering Moncler's response to unethical goose plucking

Check out post on How to Tell if Your Moncler is Real

Career Fashion, Fashion

Get Vested in Fall Fashion

Long vests & sleeveless coats styled in this blog post
These long vests and sleeveless coats are styled below

Yesterday’s “How to get away with Murder” showed Liza Weil (who you may know from Gilmore Girls) wearing a beautiful trench dress. I love pieces that work double-duty and this dress would also work worn open, like a vest. It is no wonder why it is almost sold out (on sale here).

Long vests and sleeveless coats are great cold weather transition items. I live in Northern California and travel a lot so I like layering with long vests to help me get acclimated to varied temperatures. 

How to style a pink long vest:

Young professional styling w/ Marissa Webb pink vest and Delvaux purse
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Using colored suits can easily reflect 80s attire. Similarly, shopping vintage but not modernizing looks will make you look outdated. When I track down my dream Thierry Mugler suit I will at least remove the shoulder pads. This pink Marissa Webb vest (also available in gray) is an easy and sophisticated way to add color to your wardrobe.

How to wear bright outerwear like a lime vest to work:

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