Beach Essentials

The number of items I deem necessary for a trip to the beach depends on the location and duration of my stay. If I’m going to Cape May for the day, I’ll need a chair. A towel will do if I’m planning to sit by the water for an hour or two. For a leisurely walk in the sand, I’ll forgo a bathing suit and opt for a sundress instead. If I find myself at a European beach club or seaside hotel, I’ll leave the serving of the food and drinks and the seating arrangements to someone else.

Works Sighted

hat // bathing suit // / sunscreen // chapstick // bag

umbrella // sunglasses // pen // notebook

towel // chair // cooler

The Neely & Chloe Edit

Although I can’t recall when I first became acquainted with Neely & Chloe, I remember that it was the mini lady bag that sold me. It reminded me of the Mark Cross overnight case that Lisa Carol Fremont (played by Grace Kelly) carries in Rear Window (1954). The lady bag and the overnight case differ in size and price, but they both embody the same classic spirit.

Sisters Neely and Chloe Burch established their brand in 2015. One of the founders stated the following in a behind-the-scenes video: “The product should be more about you than it is about us. That’s why the logos are all on the inside of the bag.” In a society ruled by consumerism and fast fashion, it takes some effort on the part of the consumer to seek out designers with this mindset. The products in this edit speak for themselves:

mini lady bag // Out to lunch at La Grande Boucherie.

laptop sleeve // Working remotely from Ralph’s.

billfold // Picking up a book at Albertine.

small vanity case // Montauk for the weekend.

ring tab // Home sweet home.

large vanity case // Disconnecting in Tahiti.

Further Reading

New York Guide

Get to Know Neely & Chloe Burch, the Sister’s Behind the Chic & Affordable Accessories Line (Making it in Manhattan)

Tory Burch’s nieces have a collection of cool handbags that won’t break the millennial wallet (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

The Little Black Dress

Credited to the practical mind of Coco Chanel, the little black dress is a wardrobe staple of which it pays to have a few. I find that two or three is a sufficient quantity to aim for. If you vary the silhouettes and/or fabrics of your selections, you’ll always have an outfit at the ready. The LBD can be dressed up or down. It pairs effortlessly with different types footwear and accessories. An office wardrobe workhorse, it also goes well with a cocktail after hours.

Works Sighted: Vince dress // Marc Fisher shoes

Further Reading:

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress (The Atlantic)

Hearts and Found Madeline Dress

Shopping at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

I’m a card-carrying member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art once again. The temperature-controlled building provides respite from the heat and a shopping destination. In addition to books, postcards, branded items, and products bearing images of famous works, the museum store also sells design-focused merchandise. The items in the selection I’ve curated spoke to my artistic soul. A PMA sketching trip is on the horizon.

Works Sighted

sketch book // writing paper // book

pencil set // pencil sharpener // writing paper

book // book // pencil case

How to Discover New Brands in 4 Steps

A brand’s products speak to its history and vision. Thus, reading a business’s about page is on par with making a wish list. Recently, I became aquatinted with the following brands: Poppy and Sage, Verve Culture, and Papillon Press. The process by which I became aware of them can be easily replicated. Here’s how to discover new brands in four steps:

Step 1: Make a Map // I started designing city guides to map past shopping experiences and ones on the horizon. Adding pins to the Philadelphia Guide compelled me to make an immediate plan to visit Moon + Arrow, a boutique that had been on my radar for years. Destination: 742 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Step 2: Go Brick-and-Mortar // Having the opportunity to experience carefully-curated spaces with my senses is a privilege. When I opened the door to M + A, the scent of something pleasant wafted over me. I was transported to a sunny seaside place void of SEPTA buses. A basket tote by Poppy and Sage and a citrus press by Verve Culture further inspired my vision. As did sea-glass-tinted Moroccan glassware (also under the Verve Culture label).

Step 3: Talk to Shop Employees // My conversation with a lovely M + A employee led me to Walter Pine, an oasis and floral studio across the street (729 S 4th St). In a green sea of houseplants, I discovered Papillon Press, a letterpress company specializing in notebooks and greeting cards.

Step 4: Research Online // Upon returning home, I took to the internet to investigate all of the brands I’d been introduced to during my outings. Compiling a mental list of most-liked products provided an opportunity for reflection.

Founders Roll Call: Poppy and Sage: Robert and Carly Waters // Verve Culture: Jacquie Lewis, Jules Vertrees, and Sarah Laping Garland // Papillon Press: Madeleine and Vernon Wiering // Moon + Arrow: Chelsea Pearce // Walter Pine: David and Christina Cavagnaro

Works Sighted: Scenes from my visit to Moon + Arrow

Superga Edit

Superga sneakers

You may have noticed that Superga sneakers are featured quite prominently on this site. I wrote about the 2750 Cotu Classic and 2790 Acotw extensively during my first month as the editrix. See the following posts:

Everything You Need to Know About the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic
Everything You Need to Know About the Superga 2790 Acotw

Both styles are indispensable in navy, but I’m considering other colors too. We’re well into the season of the sundress, a time when Supergas really shine. Suitable for wear on New York concrete and beyond, they’ll also take you into autumn. So versatile and deserving of an edit.

Works Sighted

2750 synthetic crocodile (taupe)

2750 black // 2750 white

2790 ash grey // 2750 leather (black)

2790 black // 2750 white and gold