Wednesday, April 9th 2014

The Daily Find: Bless’ed are the Meek Dress

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Bless’ed are the Meek Endless Summer Maxi Dress
Why we love it: An elongated slit lends a flirty element to the elegant silhouette.
Wear it with: Costume National sandals and a Lacey Ryan bracelet.

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Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Seen @ Shopbop: Simply Striped


Annie looking French-girl chic in a Three Dots top.

My closet (and my Shopbop My Hearts section) is full of stripes. I lean toward the preppy—lots of navy and white and thick-banded rugby styles—but have never really met a neat set of lines I didn’t like. And I know I’m not alone. One look at these pictures from around the office and you can tell my fellow Shopboppers feel the same.

--Libby S.


An aerobatic Elise in Harvey Faircloth.


Group photo! Smile for stripes!


Team Merchandising sports varied styles—even maternity stripes.


A Ladison tee + stripes = a perfect Parisian pair.


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Tuesday, April 8th 2014

The Daily Find: Shakuhachi Top

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Shakuhachi Petal Press Top
Why we love it: A bold floral print looks extra playful on a boxy silhouette.
Wear it with: 6397 jeans and 3.1 Phillip Lim oxfords.

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Monday, April 7th 2014

Advice from Elle: How to Wear the Varsity Trend

You don’t have to be a workout junkie to appreciate this season’s crop of athletic-inspired pieces. Shopbop Fashion Director Elle Strauss shares her excitement for trying out this sport-centric style.

I’m not exactly a sporty girl but that doesn’t mean I can’t root for the season’s new take on varsity jackets. Whether worn over a tee and jeans or paired with a skirt and heels, you can throw on a lightweight bomber and instantly look on-trend. The Band of Outsiders lamé version takes my obsession to a whole other level—it has the perfect balance of casual for my daytime errands with an extra edge to spruce up any date-night outfit.

--Elle

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Monday, April 7th 2014

Studio Sounds: Dreamy Monday

We all made it out of bed this morning, but we’re still dreaming.

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Monday, April 7th 2014

The Daily Find: Bec & Bridge Blazer

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Bec & Bridge Equinox Blazer
Why we love it: A two-tone pattern and shawl lapels give a structured blazer eye-catching appeal.
Wear it with: J Brand pants and Helmut Lang pumps.

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Friday, April 4th 2014

Family Affair: Talking Shoes and Tradition with Pedro García

Pedro García shoes—best known for their comfort and sophisticated, edgy designs—have been around for three generations. After nearly a century, the brand’s signature aesthetic and consistent quality continue to offer fresh, contemporary collections each season. We spoke with Pedro García and Dale Dubovich about the brand’s evolution and the inspiration behind its experimental designs.

These Sofia Peep Toe Perf booties have an eclectic feel.

Shopbop: Since your grandfather founded Pedro García in 1925, what has changed most meaningfully about the brand, and what has remained the same?
Pedro García & Dale Dubovich: Pedro García is a family firm of shoemakers in the most traditional sense of the word. Although the brand now experiments with materials and techniques, and is considered a contemporary designer brand, it has regarded itself as a family shoemaker since 1925. Over three generations, each of the company’s directors has introduced changes, but the most obvious was the brand’s entrance onto the international stage, which took place when the current directorial team took charge in 1992. The third generation of Garcías has given the brand its design strength and consolidated its global identity. This has permitted the company to establish itself in Europe, North America and Asia.

Pedro Gracia sneakers with frayed seams.

SB: Signature attributes of Pedro García shoes include rough-hewn finishes, frayed satin, and Swarovski crystals. How does the label come up with its iconic designs?
PG & DD: Pedro García bases its design approach on experimentation—mainly with materials, but also with construction and silhouettes—so that it’s always trying to push the envelope, to go one step further. For example, in the case of satin, Pedro García takes a material that has traditionally been considered opulent, and applies a raw, even brutal, finish, creating frayed stain, which has quickly become a brand icon. This experimentation with high-quality materials—this experimental luxury—is the same modus operandi that led Pedro García to embellish flat sandals with Swarovski crystals.

A similar juxtaposition of starkly different materials and shoe designs can be found in the use of anatomic footbeds with high heels. Why can’t a high heel be as comfortable as a tourist sandal? In fact, Pedro García’s design approach is defined by the drive to experiment with luxury, to make it modern and comfortable.

Delia Platform Wedge sandals.

SB: What makes a Pedro García shoe special?
PG & DD: Without a doubt, Pedro García’s shoes stand out because of their design. The brand’s aesthetic is consistent, and this makes its designs highly recognizable. At the same time, they defy rigid categorization—from excess to clean lines, everything is valid, because anything is possible. What’s more, Pedro García always gives itself the challenge of making designs that are comfortable, and that is where those innovative, surprising, special features emerge—like anatomic footbeds on high heels, or raw-edge leathers that don’t require seams.

Ella Crystal Flat sandals with satin straps.

SB: All Pedro García products are proudly made in Spain. In what ways are your designs influenced by Spanish culture?
PG & DD: Pedro García is definitely associated with the concept of “Made in Spain,” but this does not mean that the brand’s designs are particularly “Spanish”—the brand’s look has been international from the start. If there is a cultural influence, it comes from the warm climate and the easy-going Mediterranean spirit of the area where the company is based: Alicante, in southeastern Spain. But the real connection with the “Made in Spain” concept comes from the fact that Pedro García’s shoes have always been made in Elda, the town where the label was founded. The company has made a binding commitment to ensure that 100% of its activity has a positive impact on the local economy.

SB: Which shoe from the collection do you believe every woman needs this spring?
PG & DD: It’s hard to pick out a single style, because there is no single “Pedro García woman.” However, it could be the Sheryl style, a snappy suede sandal with a leather cuff—modern with a capital M.

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Friday, April 4th 2014

Top Dogs: Getting to Know Our Furry Friends

Here at Shopbop, we love our pumps and our pets, which is why Wednesday's homepage lookbook features staffers’ dogs and our favorite trends in accessories. We talked to each of our furry friends about modeling, tummy rubs, and treats.

Norman models a Ware of the Dog raincoat.

Name: Norman
Owner: Vanessa
Breed: French bulldog, bien sûr!

Shopbop: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Norman: I loved playing with the other dogs and sniffing around the set. I live in Astoria, Queens, so it was fun to go to Brooklyn (which is where I lived before I was adopted). But to be honest, I really don’t think modeling is for me. There was too much going on and too many strangers trying to tell me what to do.

SB: We love your raincoat! What is your favorite thing to wear?
Norman: Unlike my mom, I hate clothes. She makes me wear a coat when it’s cold and a raincoat when it’s raining, but as soon as she puts them on, I get embarrassed and start walking extremely slow. I don’t want the other dogs to see me like that.

Henry wears Karen Walker sunglasses as he awaits the treats in the bottom of the Clare V. bag.

Name: Henry
Owners: Lizzy & family
Breed: Corgi/sheltie mix

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Henry: Finding treats in the bottom of the mint green bag that I posed with.

SB: How did you and Ruby first become friends?
Henry: I met Ruby at the photo shoot. At first, she played hard-to-get, but after a while we got along great.

Ruby strikes a pose in Italia Independent sunglasses.

Name: Ruby
Owner: Darcy
Breed: Golden retriever/chow chow mix

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Ruby: Wearing the pink Supergas!

SB: How often do you update your leash wardrobe?
Ruby: It’s been three months since I got an update, but as soon as the neon leashes hit the site, that will change.

Max models Ray-Ban sunglasses and Rachel Zoe sneakers.

Name: Max
Owners: Chris & Elana
Breed: Cane corso/german shepherd mix

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Max: Meeting everyone’s furry friends!

SB: Which is better to chew: shoes or bags?
Max: Soccer balls.

Domo poses with hangbags by Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, and Kate Spade (similar).

Name: Domo (after the cult mascot of Japan’s NHK)
Owner: John
Breed: Pug

SB: What was your favorite part of the photo shoot?
Domo: I loved meeting all the people who work at Shopbop and all the delicious treats they had for me.

SB: How are you handling your newfound fame?
Domo: It’s going well. I’ve been busy fielding a lot of offers for movie and TV deals. Alfonso Cuarón wants me to be in his next movie, “Pugs in Space,” but I haven’t decided if I’m going to take it yet.

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Friday, April 4th 2014

Style Steal: Splendid Clutch

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: A colorblock Spendid clutch
The Price: $188 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Soft, wrinkled leather and a wide palm strap offer multiple ways to carry this cool, two-tone bag.

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Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Talking Sunglasses with Karen Walker

One of New Zealand’s most influential talents, fashion designer Karen Walker is known for her high casual collections and juxtaposition of contrasting elements. Her sunglasses give off a self-assured air—both feminine and masculine, sophisticated and eclectic, soft and fierce. We talked to Walker about sunglasses and the concept behind her latest collection. 

Shopbop: Your pieces have a huge cult following. What is it about your designs and creative outlook that inspires such fierce loyalty?
Karen Walker: Our customers know that we don't compromise, and that each season we deliver a very unique point of view.

SB: Do you have any tips for picking out the perfect pair of sunglasses online?
KW: Karen Walker customers like to experiment and try out new ideas. Every new style we put out is like a new adventure, and the thing that our customers have in common is a great sense of imagination and individual style. I think that trusting in your imagination is a great way to shop online.

Alternative Karen Walker sunglasses.

SB: The concept and partnership behind your latest collection, Karen Walker Visible, is very cool. Can you give more details?
KW: We’re working with the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative to create work in community groups of micro-artisans located in the urban and rural areas of Kenya. Every pair of eyewear from the new collection comes with a wearable pouch made by the Kenyan artisans, and to give a glimpse into the world that the work is coming from, some of the artisans themselves are this season’s campaign stars. 

SB: You’ve been a designer since you were 18. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
KW: Do it if it feels right.

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