Friday, May 22, 2015

Sandrinne Ugg

Women's Sandrinne Shoe
The classic espadrille gets the luxe treatment this season, showcasing a sumptuous leather upper and soft leather lining. Luxurious natural wool cradles the heel in comfort while hand-stitched sidewall construction and a flexible molded rubber and natural jute outsole finish the Sandrinne in timeless fashion.

Collection Details:

Natural jute footbed with leather forefoot patch and heat embossed heel patch.

Molded rubber and natural jute outsole, providing incredible flexibility. Hand-stitched sidewall construction with toe cap.

Style Details:
Sandrinne Ugg Details
Classic leather epadrille slip-on
UGG® logo metal rivet
Leather lined with 7mm curly UGGpure™ at heel counter for comfort.

This beauty is a limited edition.

By the way, you can shop for these shoes at the Ugg Australia website.  Maybe these are the shoes you have been looking for to take on your next adventure.  Do you think these are good adventure shoes for this weekend?

BESTIVAL 2015 Costume Festival

Festivals and costume parties have become synonymous in the U.K. but it hasn't always been the case. Ten years ago BESTIVAL challenged its audience to attempt a world record for the biggest ever dressing up party and, with the help of a willing crowd of super-creative party loving people, they  changed the face of festival culture forever, sparking a huge UK-wide renaissance in what they call fancy dress. Now, as the BESTIVAL story unfolds into new worlds, they are coming to Toronto, and they need you to help them make this the mother of all parties.

BESTIVAL curator Rob da Bank says: “We do love dressing up at Bestival and have seen the most incredible creations over the last dozen years at Bestival UK. There’s something about dressing up and letting your hair down that seems to make people drop their guard and just escape for a while. So it’s not about a plastic Elvis quiff and microphone from a cheap store, it’s more about wearing something you wouldn’t wear anywhere else, but kinda want to anyway! Equally if it’s not your thing come as you are….just come :)”
BESTIVAL Costume Party

 Over the years BESTIVAL’s themes have become world renowned, never failing to fire up the crowd’s imagination. From Pirates to Outer Space and HMS Bestival to the Desert Island Disco, rallying 55,000 fashionistas in the art of dressing up, they are the catalyst for incredible audience creativity, and a weekend of un-self-conscious joy, forging a shared experience that is truly unique to the event. For our first-ever foray abroad we thought we’d give Canadian Bestivalites free rein to get those creative juices flowing. The reason we wanted to come to Toronto in the first place is because we know how original and inventive you are; it’s open house on fancy dress, so show us what you’ve got!

But be prepared because it’s not just BESTIVAL-goers who push the boat out, the performers love a bit of a costume party, too. From Mumford & Sons’ fetching musketeer look, and Lily Allens glittering Barbarella, to Florence Welch’s space age flapper, the all-embracing love for costume-based high-jinx takes the festival vibe to another level of unadulterated hedonism that can’t be underestimated. Music festivals in North America see an abundance of their own kind of “fancy dress,” with dance music culture allowing music lovers to express their individualities through eccentric outfits. Embrace the BESTIVAL costume party and get creative! Be whoever you want to be! Take a look at some images from previous years in the UK here:

BESTIVAL Costume Festival
So make sure you grab your fancy dress and take the party even higher when you come to see Florence + the Machine, Nas, Flume, Caribou, SBTRKT (DJ), Banks and more at Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island on June 12 and 13.

We’ll have more news coming your way, meanwhile, keep checking for all the latest info

Bestival Toronto - June 12-13, 2015

Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Islands, Canada

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Memorial Day Weekend Shopping 2015

Callaway Apparel Memorial Day Event! For a limited time, take an extra 25% off clearance styles! Hurry, offer ends 5/25. 
Memorial Day Weekend Shopping 2015

Starting Saturday! Shop the Rafaella Memorial Weekend Event and take 30% off EVERYTHING! Offer valid 5/23 - 5/25.

Don't forget great savings for Memorial Day Weekend from Perry Ellis, Original Penguin and Cubavera! offers the best selection of linen pants, guayaberas, casual shirts, and shorts. Traditional and Modern. Perfect for a holiday weekend and the rest of the summer as well.

Check their sites for specific details regarding the sale conditions.  

Off-Aisle by Kohl’s

Kohl’s will test a new store format offering deep discounts on returned merchandise.

The retailer has leased a 30,000-square-foot space in a suburban strip mall in New Jersey that will open early next month as Off-Aisle by Kohl’s.  More specifically the new store will be situated on a high-traffic street in Cherry Hill, NJ.  For those of you that are not too familiar with New Jersey, Cherry Hill is not too far from Philadelphia.  

In the beginning, the plan is to fill the shelves will be “like-new” clothing, accessories and home goods returned to Kohl’s department stores or  Who knows, maybe they will add slow moving merchandise from the other stores into the mix in the future.

The firm applied last month for a trademark on the phrase “Off Aisle by Kohl’s.”

We are not certain, but we have heard rumor that discounts may run as high as 70% to 90% off original retail store pricing.   All sales will be final, with no returns or exchanges allowed.

If you enjoy shopping off-price, you may want to also learn about how Macy’s recently decided to get into the off-price fashion business as well.  You can read the Macy’s Off-price news on the Fashion Blog.  Their store is called Macy’s Backstage in case you were curious.

We will try to let you know more about Off-Aisle by Kohl’s as we learn more about the store.

Shoe for Adventure

Adventure Shoes
 Adventure is everywhere. You just need to know where to look—and what shoes to wear

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SEAMS Committee Participation in Government Contracts

EAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry, announces the formation of a new SEAMS Government Committee designed to inform and support its membership on doing business with federal, state and local governments. Launched earlier this year, the committee is chaired by Geoff Senko of MMI Textiles Inc., a supplier of specialty textiles and related components to the private and public sectors. Other founding committee leaders includes Jack Foster of Sterlingwear of Boston, Jeff Papalia of the National Industries for the Blind, Mary Reardon of Tweave LLC and Gary Whited of SourceAmerica.

Participation in the SEAMS Government Committee is open to all interested SEAMS members. Textile and sewn products professionals interested in learning more about the committee are invited to phone the SEAMS office at +1-803-642-1111.

CHARRIOL Global Jewelry Collection

CHARRIOL, the global prestige brand of luxury timepieces, fine jewelry and accessories, is bringing its global jewelry collection to the U.S. for the first time ever. Featuring CHARRIOL’s iconic and unique twisted cable designs, the collection, which is designed by the company’s New York-based Creative Director, Coralie Charriol-Paul, will debut at LUXURY during JCK Las Vegas, May 29-June 1. Inspired by Coralie’s French-American heritage and flair, the new jewelry collection captures the spirit of the brand with modern, sleek designs that enable women and men to make a bold statement with everyday jewelry. The collection is also a perfect complement to the brand’s existing timepieces, which are currently available across the country. New watches will also be unveiled during JCK Las Vegas. 

“We are thrilled to bring our global jewelry collection to the U.S. for the first time,” said Coralie Charriol-Paul, Creative Director for CHARRIOL. “This is something completely different for CHARRIOL in the U.S. – we are offering new, fresh designs that are anchored in our exclusive twisted cable, which is the essence of the CHARRIOL brand. We want women and men in this country to enjoy what our international customers have prized for years: conceptual jewelry with a European heritage.”

Carrying on a family legacy launched in 1983 by her father and the company’s founder, Philippe Charriol, Coralie has spent the last 10 years designing more than 15 jewelry collections, including best-sellers such as “Crazy in Love,” “Forever Young,” “Kimono,” “Bamboo,” “Kucha,” “Pom Pom Pearl,” and “Circle of Love.” Her design philosophy is grounded in fashioning pieces that empower modern women to create their own signature style. The new jewelry collections being showcased at LUXURY during JCK Las Vegas include flagship lines “Forever Young Colors,” ”Banglemania,” and “Tango.”

Forever Young with Fresh, Playful Colors
Evoking a fairy-tale-meets-rock mood, these new colored bangles and rings are framed by rose gold or black in 10 rainbow shades that echo the urban-folk trends that continue to be featured on the runways. One of CHARRIOL’s most popular jewelry lines, the Forever Young bangles come in a narrow cuff style, and the fresh new shades add a dash of French chic to any outfit. Colored cables in pale blue, peach, pink, navy blue, violet, and pistachio green are teamed with rose gold for a fresh look that will enliven any outfit, year-round. Bracelets edged with black are a canvas for cables in fuchsia, cobalt blue, green, or charcoal in the brand’s most modern interpretation yet of its signature motif. Small CHARRIOL insignias in rose gold or black discs add a final sophisticated stamp to these stackable bracelets.
Stack It with Banglemania
The trend for bracelets, cuffs, and bangles is here to stay, and the bangle has become every woman’s go-to accessory. Add a personal touch to shirts, blazers, work-wear, and beautiful evening dresses with CHARRIOL’s stackable, collectable Banglemania designs by mixing and matching CHARRIOL’s Forever Young, Tango, and Celtic designs. Twists and cables, torques and cuffs, colored or monochrome, wrapped with wires or plainly elegant, adorned with stones or embellished with hearts and clasps, slim or broad – there are six variants to choose from in a spectrum of tones, including silver, bronze, black and gold.
Do the Tango
Entwined like two lovers on the dance floor, Tango takes its inspiration from the passionate Latin dance, represented by an intricate embrace of gold-plated cables, sparkling stones, and contemporary hammered silver wires. These handcrafted pieces are embellished with exquisite yellow, green, and red stones, which add flashes of color, like a flamboyant tango gown. Wear the ensemble of earrings, pendant necklace, ring and bracelet together for a glamorous look, or singly to add a dash of dramatic interest.
Complementing the new global jewelry collection, CHARRIOL will also showcase the brand’s newest timepieces, including designs by Visual Director Alexandre Charriol, at LUXURY during JCK Las Vegas.
St-Tropez™ 35mm is Out of This World
A special new style of CHARRIOL’s popular St-Tropez™ timepiece for women, this larger 35mm size offers a beautiful canvas with unique lunar calendar functionality, embellished with a rich mother of pearl dial, in tribute to the shimmering lunar mood. With a polished bezel engraved with the CHARRIOL lettering and the iconic cable bracelet strap and security clasp, this watch is available in steel, yellow, or pink-gold-plated PVD, offering a light, dreamy feel married with exquisite details and a mystical spirit. An extra special diamond variant is also available, with either full moon diamond bezel or glittering eclipse diamond design.
St-Tropez™ Style – Match it –  Clip it – Style it Your Way!

Inspired by Saint Tropez, one of the most glamorous resorts in the French Mediterranean, CHARRIOL’s iconic and much-loved St-Tropez™ watch with feminine chain-link bracelet and CHARRIOL detailing can now be infinitely customized thanks to a selection of 10 interchangeable bracelet chains and charming matching clips. Reflecting true personal style, the chains – in delicate rose gold or silvery-toned steel and contrasting materials including steel, mother of pearl, and precious stones – are adorned with playful motifs, from animals to hearts and angel wings, which can be changed so women can accessorize to suit the mood or moment.
Alexandre C Art Edition – Reveal Your True Self

Just like a unique artwork, the Night Masks Collection is a highly personal new range designed by international artist Alexandre Charriol himself. These new timepieces reinterpret CHARRIOL’s signature Alexandre C model and come in a limited series of just 500 pieces, each signed by Alexandre. Inspired by Alexandre’s collection of paintings, “Human Flow,” the watches reflect Alex’s own insights on how we interact in society, the “masks” we sometimes wear, and the liberating effect of the night. Free-form images of human faces are etched onto the dials and are direct replicas of Alex’s global exhibition. With four color-ways of steel, charcoal, bronze and blue, the watch is a unisex large size of 40mm.
Alexandre C – The Essence of CHARRIOL
In 1984, Philippe Charriol created and named a timepiece after his first son, Alexandre. Over the years, the design has evolved, and is now in its third incarnation. This stylish signature timepiece, with its endearing story, embodies the values of the CHARRIOL family: determination, style and success. Quintessentially CHARRIOL, the Alexandre C collection carries all the hallmarks of the brand: fine watchmaking expertise, attention to detail, and the iconic CHARRIOL cabled bracelet strap, or alternatively, our new and contemporary smooth, chain-link strap. Available with the CHARRIOL lettering around the bezel or a full diamond bezel pavé, as well as mother of pearl or guilloche dials, roman numerals, or diamond counters, the range offers a wide variety of styles, making these classic timepieces perfect for couples to wear and pair together.
Step up the pace with the Automatic Chrono GRAN CELTICA™ SuperSportS
The new men’s GRAN CELTICA™ SuperSportS timepiece, which introduces a more streamlined look for the brand, is a limited-edition release in an exclusive series of 30 pieces. CHARRIOL’s GRAN CELTICA™ SuperSportS is a high-performance, sporty and stylish watch with a strong allusion to motor sports and the brand’s deep ties with sports car racing. The brand’s founder, Philippe Charriol, is a keen racing car driver and the brand enjoys a long tradition of motorsports sponsorship. In keeping with the passionate inspiration behind this watch, the GRAN CELTICA takes on a sportier allure as the traditional cable strap is swapped out for a sleek, stainless steel chain-link bracelet.
CHARRIOL jewelry and timepieces will be showcased at LUXURY Booth #LUX607A during JCK Las Vegas.
About CHARRIOL Timepieces & Jewelry

CHARRIOL is a global prestige brand of luxury timepieces, fine jewelery and accessories including fragrance, sunglasses and leather goods. CHARRIOL was established in 1983 by French entrepreneur Philippe Charriol and remains a family-run business. The company is led by Philippe Charriol, together with Marie-Olga Charriol, daughter Coralie Charriol-Paul as Creative Director, and son Alexandre Charriol as Visual Director. CHARRIOL’s signature motifs include the Celtic Collection and iconic, patented gold and steel cable designs that offer a modern tribute to the artistry of the Celts, an ancient European civilization. With 185 boutiques and 3,800 sales outlets around the world, CHARRIOL jewelry is crafted in Switzerland and Germany; timepieces are handmade in Switzerland. Visit

Lucky Brand Limited Edition Rolling Stones

Los Angeles-based Lucky Brand, America's premier denim brand, has teamed up with Universal Music Group's global music merchandising company, Bravado and catalog label, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), to celebrate The Rolling Stones' North American tour, ZIP CODE, and Sticky Fingers album reissue. The collaboration will give Lucky customers and Rolling Stone fans an authentic experience that includes a limited-edition line of tees and jackets, in-store merchandise and a VIP Experience giveaway.
Limited Edition Rolling Stones T-shirts
In making this announcement, Carlos Alberini, CEO of Lucky Brand said, "We are thrilled to partner with Bravado and Universal Music Enterprises to celebrate The Rolling Stones ZIP CODE tour and album reissue with this limited edition collection and in-store experience. Lucky Brand was founded upon a love of music paired with an irreverent rock and roll attitude, both of which The Rolling Stones, world legends, embody more than any other artists in history."

"We are always looking for ways to give the great artists we represent the opportunity to excite and invigorate their fans by presenting a truly cohesive offering of music and merchandise," said Tom Bennett, CEO of Bravado. "Lucky Brands is the ideal partner to celebrate this rerelease of Sticky Fingers, in what was a seminal moment in music history. They have approached this campaign with the same attention to quality and detail that the Rolling Stones bring to each and all of their projects.  We're thrilled that we can celebrate this reissue of Sticky Fingers and the launch of the bands ZIP CODE tour in such a hugely impactful way and are confident that Rolling Stone fans will love this as much as we all do."
Limited Edition Rolling Stones T-shirt by Lucky Brand
"We are excited to partner with Lucky Brand as it allows us to offer fans a great opportunity to get their favorite quality lifestyle clothing with an exclusive design featuring one of the greatest bands of all time - the Rolling Stones," said Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, UMe.

The partnership will launch simultaneously with the ZIP CODE tour kick-off at Petco Park in San Diego, CA, on May 24th. The Lucky Brand x Rolling Stone collection will be available online at and in Lucky Brand stores across the country on May 28th. The collection features 24 men's and women's tees, with prices ranging from $39.50 to $49.50. Additionally, the 'Sticky Fingers' reissue, one of the most revered albums in the storied catalog of the legendary Rolling Stones, rounds out the collection as the album will be available in all Lucky Brand stores and online at in early June, with 100% of the profits from the sale of CDs benefitting VH1 Save The Music.
Limited Edition Rolling Stones by Lucky Brand
The partnership also includes The Rolling Stones "VIP Experience" giveaway -  two tickets to the 4th of July show in Indianapolis, a $1500 travel voucher and a $500 Lucky Brand shopping spree. The giveaway will be hosted online on

Learn more about Lucky Brand fashion company here on Apparel Search.

By the way, the limited edition Rolling Stones t-shirts pictured above are only part of the collection.  You really should visit the Lucky Brand website to view the others.

MountKarma Crowfund for Nepal

On April 25th a massive earthquake struck Nepal devastating its people and culture.  With over 8,000 deaths, half a million displaced individuals and countless world heritage sites decimated Nepal needs support.

Kevin Lanuk is the founder of Mountkarma, a Himalayan fashion start-up based in Kathmandu, Nepal.  They are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the purchase of aid materials for the earthquake victims of Nepal.  Specifically, they are focused on bringing aid to villages in the Nuwakot district, one of the areas hardest hit.  One village they assessed named Simle needs roof’s for 12 homes to hold back water from the impending monsoon and rice to feed the village.  The cost as of today;  a single 30kg sack of rice is 1350nrp or $13.28 and the cost of tin roofs for 12 houses is 58000nrp or $570.74.

They have a unique platform as a Himalayan clothing brand to raise support through awareness. That’s why they have taken their iconic Tibetan prayer flag tee and added it as an offering for contributors that donate $50 or more.  Handmade in the Himalayas from soft breathable bamboo textiles and adorned with stunning prayer flags this auspicious garment will bring you fortune wherever the wind takes you.

Prayer flags are ancient Tibetan devices used for turning our misfortune into fortune and the spread of positive energy.  When wind passes through the flags there energy is released and carried by the Lung Ta (Wind Horse) into all the surrounding areas.  They’re an age old force for good and change.

The entirety of the proceeds raised will be used to purchase relief materials minus the cost of production of the shirts, any bank transfer fee’s or Indiegogo’s fee.

Learn more at Mountkarma.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashley Stewart Patriotic Outfits Plus More

Pop the champagne and toast to stars and stripes forever. Any girl can pull off a holiday cliché, but Ashley Stewart has more than patriotic outfits planned for those BBQs, beach outings, and fireworks displays. 
Ashley Stewart Patriotic Outfits
All White Everything 
White Plus Size Fashion
According the calendar, Memorial Day does mark the official start to summer and for most women and this is carte blanche to incorporate white into the closet. Planning a wardrobe white-out will provide as much of a mental overhaul as it will a physical one and Ashley Stewart has sorts of whites that demand some consideration. Craving purity and calmness for a stroll by the water or clean or precise origami folds for a chic night out, whatever your trajectory, Ashley Stewart has a blank canvas to run with.

Swimwear & Cover ups:
Swimwear & Cover ups
As summer comes at us full-force, Ashley Stewart will make coastal fantasies come true with getaway glam swimwear that makes a statement both in and out of the water. High-waisted, curve loving and retro inspired suits reign while jeweled cover-ups and bright caftans help seize the day. There’s no better time to step out of your sartorial comfort zone and try these trends for the hottest summer on record.

Summer Work Wear 
Summer Work Wear
Trudging to and from work through waves of oppressive heat does not have to seem so terrible with Ashley Stewart’s ensembles. Office dress codes tend to loosen when temperatures spike and women can shed layers of clothing. Jump at the opportunity to grab seersucker suits and bright rompers that look like they are straight from the Almafi Coast. During this seasonal metamorphosis, Ashley Stewart will inspire sophisticated looks that keep the discomforts of the heat away.

About Ashley Stewart:

A pioneer in plus, Ashley Stewart launched in the early 1990’s, capturing the hearts and minds of curvy women throughout the New York area offering inspiring, fashion-forward, affordable clothing in an easily accessible and welcoming environment.  Today, the brand has 90 stores in the U.S. and a growing international presence through As a leading retailer of plus Ashley Stewart continues its heritage of uncompromising style and flattering fit for the curvy, sexy, fashion forward woman.

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