Happy 76th birthday to Issey Miyake, born April 22, 1938.

I am proud to share the spectrum of original Miyake designs that have come through our stores in the past few months:




Floral patterns on the pleats Miyake is best known for


An asymmetrical vintage Miyake “FÊTE” party skirt


A raver style hand dyed cotton parka

90′s Goth style knit dresses



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When I saw the above picture of Phoebe Philo (mastermind behind Céline) in Vogue last year I knew sneakers were going to become the next “thing”. Phoebe Philo radiates cool and her personal style is as studied by fashion obsessed girls as her runway shows. Originally I dismissed the whole trend because I believed that I could take no part in it. After college I started to take full advantage of the power of heels to pull-together almost any outfit and I have to admit that I became addicted to the feeling of stomping around in my Rachel Comey heeled boots.

Cut to this January when I started having extreme pain in my heels and had to start looking for more comfortable footwear. I can’t “pull off ” anything too “clunky” because it would just look foolish next to all of my feminine separates but about a week ago I finally settled on a pair of all black Nikes. I have to admit that I am kind of obsessed with them. I like how my sneakers can make an outfit look less fussy and more effortless. Below I am pictured wearing my new Nikes with some of my favorite NCJWLA finds; a Dries Van Noten top from Veteran, a leather skirt from Fairfax, a vintage leather handbag from Granville, and a Givenchy bracelet from Victory/Van Nuys.




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Last month the blog “Design Boom” posted an article about an ongoing exhibit in Tokyo displaying works by the famous photographer Irving Penn made in collaboration with the Japanese designer Issey Miyake. The “cross-cultural collaboration”  titled  ‘Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue’ features photographs of the designers collections as interpreted by the great photographer that span 13 years (1987 – 1999). As a fan of both creative geniuses I am excited to share some of my favorite images with you here:

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