Park Vogel

If there is something that inspires me as a fashion designer it is the persuasion of perfection in what you want to create. That little extra detail goes a long way in making a lasting impression and giving birth to ideas in someone else.

Park Vogel is one such designer duo who set out to create one essential but versatile piece, the perfect T – Shirt. Two friends Julie Park, who was a graphic designer turned fashion designer and Vanessa Vogel, a costume designer came together to create their company Park Vogel in a twist of fate in January 2004.

Today the company has a luxurious cashmere line, cozy intimates along with a range of T-Shirt must haves through their ambition, creativity and ingenuity. The most interesting thing to me though is that they didn’t leave quality out one bit in their efforts and use environmentally conscious standards in their production process – without compromising cost.

Shop Park Vogel at Couture Candy

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OOVOO Handbags

Something really exclusive can come out of something that totally happens by chance. Oovoo Handbags is one such example of a chance meeting between two women gone as far as being featured on Time Magazine.

The owner/all-in-one bag boss is Pauline Lewis. She left the corporate world three years ago and traveled back to Asia. She was inspired by the women she met along the way and started to work with one Vietnamese designer in particular: Ms. Le Thi Hong Tu, better known as Hong Tu. Hong Tu’s designs, combined with Pauline’s vision and direction, are the cornerstone of oovoo design.

The bags they produce have so much character they can carry themselves out of the door — every bag is a unique personality! Today over 120 full time employees along with 500 part time embroiderers churn out these distinct bags for the women that buy them.

Pauline says she started oovoo because of her love for all things handcrafted and a desire to build a business model based on positive working relationships, especially among women.

That’s inspiration, she gets my applause.

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Paige Premium Maternity Denim

One of the most famous icons of premium denim, Paige Adams Geller, has done it again by introducing Premium Maternity Denim.

And as always, she has paid special attention to the needs of both expectants mothers and their bundles of joy. They are available in four washes, Black Overdye, Lagoon with crease, Rainn with crease and the Dark Resin Rinse. Priced at $179 – $185 they are great especially if you already own a pair of regular Paige Premium Denim.

All the styles and washes come with an ultra comfortable belly panel which can be folded down during the first trimester and later pulled over the belly as needed for extra support. Oh and remember to pull the jean up from the denim and not from the lycra belly panel.

The styles that it comes in are Skinny, Laurel Canyon, Straight Leg and Robertson. This is definitely a plus point for the denim line as not many high end denim makers cater to the maternity client.

Shop for Paige Premium Denim here. Maternity can be found at the official site.

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Siwy Denim

Siwy is a label that was launched in the Spring of 2005 in downtown NYC. The concept behind the line is merging the traditional ideas of classic American denim with the styling of familiar shapes. The combination of a tailored fit, expert construction and superb wash detail, Individual taste and style are satisfied through the array of fine washes and silhouettes developed at America’s best wash and sewing facilities.

Siwy uses only the best, high quality American denim. The aesthetic is vintage and familiar, clean and classic. The long and lean shape is softened by strategically placed, quilted pockets that lift and shape, which carefully follow the curve of all seams. A shortened back hem curve avoids dragging on the floor when worn with sneakers or heels while maintaining a very long and lean illusion for women of all sizes.

Every pair of Siwy denim is adorned with a hand-crafted label made out of vintage feedsacks. This ensures the owner that they are not only getting a piece of American history but a unique label that the owner can really feel is special.

For their Autumn 2006 collection, Various lengths offer style options to enhance the wardrobe of any fashionista. Denim shorts take on a fresh, new style when paired with knit tights and low ankle booties. The signature slim crop style, is an easy, transitional jean that slides into tall boots or can be dressed up with round toe heels. Wash detail takes on a darker cast as our mood changes to embrace cooler climates. Deep shades of indigo and gray are personalized with vintage notes that are familiar.

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William Rast

William Rast is a new line that was launched by Pop powerhouse Justin Timberlake 15 months ago with his best friend, Trace Ayala. Since Justin’s ‘N Sync days Ayala was making clothing for the band and for Britney Spears. He then became his assistant when Danny Guez, son of Paul Guez, approached Justin about a clothing line.

Enlisting the assistance of industry pros, some of the biggest names in showbiz conceived and designed a line of clothing inspired by their home town of Memphis, Tennessee. “We said that if we could do it our way, in a way that¹s authentic, we’d do it,” says Justin Timberlake. With a design team headed up by the best of the best, they have created a line which includes designer jeans, graphic T-Shirts, sweaters, outerwear, and more.

William Rast is a lifestyle brand that is about American fashion that defines the gap between casual comfort and cosmopolitan cool. The William Rast collection is Denim based, 50% men’s and 50% women’s. Tees retail from $23 to $59, Polos $69, Denim $125-$225. There are several washes and styles, all of which are largely unadorned, except for the stylized “W” embroidery on the back pockets. Justin is involved more on the creative side giving final calls on most of the details from the cut to the final finishing details of the denim itself.

Their denim collection has the Boot Cut, Skinny, Flare, Straight and Skirt styles. With an attention to detail the collection seems to be headed for bigger things, they made their runway debut in the recently wrapped up Los Angeles Fashion Week.

For more information visit www.williamrast.com

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Anlo Jeans

AnLo Jeans a denim brand that wants to fit the space between the basic denim and the overly trendy ones. The line is headed by Jenna Andreola and David Lonstein (“An” and “Lo” respectively) who spent over a year getting their fit and looking for the ultimate denim to make the AnLo Jeans come to life.

They are pretty straight forward in their washes with a clean double pleated back details. All in all they want to give a woman exactly what she desires, an elegant sophisticated jean.

In sync with trends they offer a skinny which has piping details, wood buttons or zippers at the ankles. AnLo uses a lot of trim to accentuate their line and make them stand apart from other denim design houses. Apart from jeans they also offer mini-dresses, bermudas and tailored hot shorts also with trim details.

Selling in stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Scoop, Nordstorm and online at Intermix they have been seen on Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie and Carmen Electra among other celebrities.