If you’ve been to downtown Sarasota lately, you’ve likely noticed an infusion of feminine entrepreneurial spirit popping up all over–the latest being Blush Bridal. One step inside and you feel like you could be in any chic metropolitan city shopping for the dress. But you’ll feel right at home in the boutique because the creative founders are the sharp and lovely Fondren Watts (Sarasotan by birth) and Nicole Mei (of the Cafe Baci family); both community-minded women who call this wonderful city home.
The fashion-minded duo were inspired to bring Blush to Sarasota by their own search experiences for their dream wedding gowns. That’s why you’ll find a carefully curated selection of couture wedding dresses for the discerning bride in a modern, fresh setting in which you’ll feel just as special as a bride-to-be-should.//Click Here for a Fun Interview with Fondren & Nicole
I’m about to introduce you–if you’re not already in the know–to one of the must-know luxury brands. The line, which launched just four short years ago, is making a name for itself as Shinola. Based in Detroit, a rightful source of pride for the company and it’s employees, Shinola is new-luxury made (mostly) in America, with every attention to detail paid and every mark of quality craftsmanship evident in each timepiece. Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
It’s my feeling that one should never take choosing a signature scent lightly. After all, it’s an olfactory representation of who you are, male or female. Furthermore, you shouldn’t have to feel boxed in or branded by those defining you as your sex. It’s sexier to choose what suits you…which brings me to Kilian, a luxury unisex perfume collection created by Kilian Hennessey.
Yes, that Hennessey. He is in fact heir to the line of cognac makers….and the grandson to the founder of the LVMH Group…and he studied at the Sorbonne…and he trained with some of the most iconic names at perfume houses like Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani. And if that’s not sexy enough…well, he is. But beyond all that, he’s a man who does what he loves, which you’ll discover in the following Q&A.
But before we go on, Kilian has generously donated two of his scents for the two Best Dressed people at Sarasota Magazine‘s Best of Sarasota soirée tomorrow night–see what they are at the end of this post!//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
If you’re a fashionphile then it’s certain you’ve heard the news that has been appointed Vice President, General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue. And, it’s likely that you’ve heard this dynamic woman has more than 25 years in the world of retail with an impressive résumé of qualifications. But, we wanted to know more about the woman behind the store….get to know Terri with us here!//CLICK HERE for more @SarasotaMagazine.com
If you feel the same as Zooey Deschanel, you’ll love knowing that there’s a new way to make your nails happy–PAINT Nail Bar on First Street in downtown Sarasota. The loft-like space speaks to the modern girl who loves industrialized glamour. It’s designed to feel like a home, with rustic elements of reclaimed wood married perfectly with glittering chandeliers, not to mention the lux pedicure seating that feels more like you’re in a chic girlfriend’s living room. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Paige Novick has an enviable street cred résumé that any designer would kill for: She’s a native New Yorker who cemented her Francophile status while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. And while there she landed a coveted internship with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel…seriously.
Since her eponymous label launch in 2008, Novick’s name has become notable in the luxe jewelry market, and her pieces are a go-to for fashionable femmes like Solange Knowles, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Allison Williams and Anna Kendrick.
Novick’s most recent venture is a spinoff collection called PHYNE by Paige Novick–a range of fine jewelry that you can check out right here in Sarasota on Saturday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at June Simmons Jewelry @ The Met, 35 South Boulevard of the Presidents, St. Armands Circle.
And click here for a fun Q&A @SarasotaMagazine.com with Novick herself in which you’ll get to know more about her background and her design aesthetic.
Robert Graham is a brand that has found enormous success with fashion rule-breakers by believing that the devil is in the details….of a print, that is. And by not taking style all too seriously, either.
So it was cool to get to know Robert Graham co-founder Robert Stock,who gave me an insightful interview on everything from what you’d find on his nightstand to the coveted Robert Graham Collector’s Club.
And by the way, you can pop by The Met on Friday, January 9 to shake the hand of the Stock, who commoditized the colorful mixed print; he’ll be there for a shirt signing from 5-7 p.m. Plus, there’s a sneak peek at the spring collection Saturday, January 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and there’s a swank gift with purchase for the first clients there.//Click Here for the Q&A @SarasotaMagazine.com