Fashion Reverie’s Summer 2018 Frock Roundup

Boy, is it hot outside!! If you live on the East Coast, you are experiencing scorching temperatures. You are probably wondering how you are going to look cool and collected in all this heat especially at outside barbeques and cookouts. And with Independence Day just around the corner and Memorial Day not being too far behind what to wear in hot temperatures is a dilemma.

True to form, Fashion Reverie has you covered. We have assembled some great summer frocks and looks that not only will show off your great style but will also keep you cool and calm.

                                                    Images courtesy of JS Group

Just like the brand’s moniker this hot and humid season, THEIA will make you look like the goddess of light in its sleek and sophisticated summer frocks. THEIA is always all about color and for summer 2018, THEIA explores all the colors and tones in light’s color spectrum. Let your inner goddess shine through in THEIA’s bold and beautiful summer 2018 frocks.

                                               Images courtesy of shopify.com

Do you linen tie skirt and embroidered crop tops? If you do, then Miguelina’s spring 2018 collection is for you. For almost two decades Miguelina has been one of the go-to brands for casual, easy, stylish resort wear. Miguelina fuses fashion and functionality with its signature lace dresses, kaftans, and jumpsuits. For spring 2018 if you are looking for free-spirited, exotic, jetsetter additions to your wardrobe, Miguelina should be your choice.

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Consistently a Fashion Reverie favorite, Sachin & Babi always has a fashion-forward sensibility that is ideal for that fashionista that wants style and charm even if there is a heat wave going on. Husband and wife design team Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia continues their penchant for feminine statement for women at every jointure of the day. And for summer 2018 Sachin & Babi combines their modern sensibilities with their unique craftsmanship in a collection that meets every woman’s needs.

                                                Images courtesy of vogue.com

Though Ulla Johnson is not a household name, the brand should be. Synonymous with custom prints, intricate embroideries, and fine tailoring, for spring 2018 the brand looked to floral concoctions found in a secret garden hideaway. If you looking for that diaphanous, whimsical floral flock that will make heads turn, Ulla Johnson has the garment for you.—William S. Gooch

Get Summer Vacation Ready with Dr. Fazylova’s 360 Degree Approach

                                                        Dr. Natalya Fazylova

If it feels like every other day you are pitched a new “miracle” product or treatment to help you look and feel your best, then you’re not alone. It’s well established that most of us want to look and feel confident, particularly when it comes to swimsuit season, but we’re constantly being bombarded with a myriad of fad diets, cellulite reducing scrubs, fat freezing treatments, saline injections, glowing treatments, wrinkle fighting gels, slimming teas, healthful vitamin packed smoothies, juice cleanses … The list goes on and on.To learn how to really look and feel our best we turned to Dr. Natalya Fazylova, DNP, ANP-BC, BCIM. Considered a wellness and lifestyle architect, Fazylova develops personalized treatments focused on a whole-body approach. Focusing on what’s going on inside the body, as much as appearance.

Her Rebalance 360 program, designed with her partner, Dr. Arkandy Lipnitsky, focuses on the 5 R’s to a healthier you; Remove, Rebalance, Regenerate, Revitalize, and Rejuvenate. This customized wellness package focuses on everything from hormonal imbalance stabilization and disease prevention to laser hair removal and wrinkle reduction. Placing emphasis just as much on cosmetic procedures as well as more in-depth health issues.

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Fashion Reverie: Tell us more about how this 360 degree approach works.Dr. Fazylova: [We offer] multiple services … for hormonal imbalances, exercise training, nutritional counseling and aesthetics. My partner also does all the rehab and joints. So, when a person comes [into our offices, we first run tests] then based on the results, we offer a plan of care … detoxing the body, helping people lose weight (if needed), helping guide them to proper nutrition, changes in lifestyle and their exercise regime, checking their joints and muscles, and even making sure it’s the right exercise so that they won’t hurt themselves. Then we also offer aesthetic treatments as well as IV drips, so it’s basically taking care of the person from head to toe.

FR: Where did this idea to treat the whole body come about?

Dr. Fazylova: I came up with this idea after working in conventional medicine for many years and after having my baby (now 12 years ago). It got to the point where I was experiencing a lot of symptoms and no one could figure out what was wrong with me.  The regular doctors did the usual testing, but the results were not inclusive enough. Those results made me think that maybe there’s something more. Maybe there is a piece of the puzzle missing.

The conventional medical system is fragmented. When you have problems, you see separately the endocrinologist, you see separately the heart doctor, a neurologist and everybody focuses their attention on what their specialty field is and things get missed. And that is exactly what was happening to me. I’d visit the endocrinologist, gynecologist, and many other doctors and nobody could figure out what was wrong. So, I start looking for myself on Dr. Google to find the information and that’s how I got into the holistic field. Once I put my symptoms together, I figured out what was wrong and healed myself.  But it made me realize how many other patients of mine [may also have things overlooked.]

FR: So it was based off of your own symptoms and struggles that you developed this program then.

Dr. Fazylova: [Yes, I’d noticed the same] narrow approach and a lot of patients could not figure out what was wrong with them because we were not looking at the whole picture. So, I went back to school and got the certification in interpretive medicine and got board certified. I’m actually a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

You would be surprised how many patients come in and after I do the testing and I find the problem, say to me nobody has told me that before. It kind of makes sense because our hearts, brains, lungs, and kidneys, they don’t work separately.  So, it is foolish I think to treat a person only focusing on one body part and ignoring the rest.

FR: Can you give some examples of what types of symptoms a client might come in with, or treatments they might be looking for.

Dr. Fazylova: One thing would be hair restoration … Yes, it’s an aesthetic, but many times hair loss is actually caused by something going on inside. I [would do] blood work and a saliva test and whatever [else is needed.] We try to figure out why they’re, losing their hair while we do the therapy treatment.  They come in with one issue, [but we find an underlying problem.]. So [in that regard, many times] my aesthetic clients have become my wellness clients.

When ladies especially have a lot of hair, there is usually a hormonal component involved in it as well. It is kind of interesting how it is all integrated.   Someone comes in for aesthetics and I treat them for wellness … or they come in for wellness and I’ll treat some aesthetic problems.

[Clients love this one stop shopping approach too.] A client may come in for IV drips infusions (for different reasons) and while they are dripping for 2-3 hours, they get their facials at the same time! They are getting different things done and everything is being addressed. That is what makes us unique, offering two things at the same time.

FR: What treatments would you recommend for an upcoming vacation?

Dr. Fazylova: We do offer one-month and two-month detox program that help to remove all the chemicals or toxins in the body. A detox program helps to [facilitate weight loss].   In one month someone could lose 5 to 10 pounds by just doing that detox program.   Plus we offer different types of weight loss programs … with detox, without detox, a shorter 20 day program, and a 2 months program.   Depending on what people need, but before we do any weight loss programs, we check all the hormones to see what is causing the weight gain. Since a lot of times it is hormone related and if we don’t fix someone’s hormones, they may lose weight temporarily, and then they will gain it back … We need to find the reason and then treat the reason.

We also offer injections for excessive sweating. One treatment lasts for about 9-12 months and substantially decreases sweating. That’s also very popular for upcoming trips [especially honeymoons].

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FR: You also offer laser hair removal, facials and IV drips at your offices. While the benefits of laser hair removal and facials are fairly well known, can you talk a bit more about the reason someone would come in for an IV drip?Dr. Fazylova: A lot of women who come in want to have a glowing complexion, less wrinkles. We actually offer an IV drip that lightens up pigmentation and makes skin glow. It cleans out the toxins and plumps the skin.  Since it’s a drip, it’s not directly applied to the skin, but it goes through the body to make the skin look better

Someone who is rapidly getting wrinkles could be experiencing that because [that person] is dehydrated. Or a person who is eating improperly has bad skin. They need to be [consuming a diet] high in Vitamin E, Vitamin A and fish oil or seafood to improve their complexion. Essential fatty acids like avocados and nuts (for example, cashews). So there is definitely a component of what you eat and its effects on the outside.

FR: Are you offering any special treatments for summer?

Dr. Fazylova: Yes, we have a vampire facial for the month of July

FR: The vampire facial is a big red carpet favorite right now. Can you speak out its benefits?

Dr. Fazylova: A vampire facial is when you use the patient’s own blood.  We collect the specimen and prepare it [properly], separating the plasma with stem cells in it (aka growth factors).   It will lessen the wrinkles because it helps to build up collagen. Since it’s from the patient’s own body, there is generally no [negative] reaction.  [Most people see] great results, they may [experience] redness for 24 hours, but most have [no side effects.] It closes the pores (making them smaller) and helps to change the tone of the skin pigmentation, lighten it up with regular treatments.  Our patients love it—you do need to do about 3 to 4 treatments to follow the cell cycle.   Over the month-long cell cycle, you’ll [notice] an improvement of skin texture.    

Plus, there’s no limitation on skin color, blood type [or anything else.] We just ask that patients stay well hydrated—not just the day of, but also the day before.   Most patients find their skin is glowing a few days after a treatment.  It lessens under eye circles as well. To see the full benefits, you need to do several treatments though.  

FR: Since you do mention multiple treatments, how early before a summer trip should someone come in if they’re interested in getting a vampire facial?

Dr. Fazylova: If you’re looking for the full effect [no less than] 3 months.  However, if the event is [quickly approaching] I would say a week beforehand.  Even though it won’t [completely heal] all of your skin’s problems, it will still even out the skin tone and give a nice glow.

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FR: One last question, do you have any other tips or tricks for getting on the right path to general wellness to look and feel amazing?Dr. Fazylova: Start by making changes to the diet and increasing fluid intake.  Depending on the diet you’re currently following, [you most likely need to] eliminate all the sugars and unhealthy fats.  Lots of sugar and bad fats can damage the cells. Also, it makes the body age faster.

For an improved skincare regimen, you should come in for a complimentary consultation. We can provide you with products specifically designed for your skin type.  Many of our clients have found out that their using inappropriate products for their skin type; they may be good quality and expensive, but not the right ones for them.  

—Janine Silver

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 18, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

BRAND: Reformation Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/19–6/24; Tues. (9am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10m–8pm), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY:  Women’s ready-to-wear and accessories at a discount

WHERE:   150 Greene Street

 

BRAND: Theory Women’s Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/19–6/24; Tues. (9am–8pm), Wed.–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10am–8pm), Sun (10am–7pm)

WHY: Ready-to-wear and accessories at a discount 

WHERE: 260 5th Avenue

BRAND: John Varvatos Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/25–6/27; Mon.–Tues., (9am–5pm), Wed. (9am–noon)

WHY: Men’s clothing, footwear and accessories at up to 75% off. Credit cards only.

WHERE  26 West 17th Street, 7th floor

BRAND: Nanette Lepore Spring Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/26–6/28; Tues.–Thurs. (9am–7pm)

WHY: Spring production priced $95–$295. Special fun summer rack of deep discount pieces priced $30–$50

WHERE:  225 West 35th Street, 7th floor, Penthouse, bet. 7th & 8th Avenue

—Staff

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 11, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Theory Men’s Sample SaleWHEN: 6/13–6/17; Wed.–Sun. (10:30am–7pm)

WHY:  Everything up to 70% off

WHERE:   Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

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BRAND: Modern Vice Blowout Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/14–6/19; Daily (11am–7pm)

WHY: Up to 75% off select items

WHERE87 Mercer Street

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BRAND: Quilted Koala Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/19–6/20; Tues.–Wed. (11am–6pm)

WHY: Canvas and quilted products, such as handbags, totes, duffels, and makeup bags at 50%–70% off retail

WHERE  1384 Broadway, Suite 1501, (bet. 38th and Broadway)

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BRAND: Karen Millen + M.Gemi Sample Sale 

WHEN: 6/19–6/21; Tues–Thurs. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing, footwear, and accessories at a discount

WHERE:  261 West 36th Street, 2nd floor

—Staff

Summer 2018 Sneaker Trends

Ugly dad trainers sneaker images courtesy of topshop, barneys.com, netaporter.com, zara.com, and netaporter.com, respectively

To be the coolest kid on the block, you have to own all the most fly kicks. Sneakerheads, whether male or female, tap into pop culture with a throwback to childhood. This playful approach to sneakers centers around street-approved sneakers which gives the wearer street cred or at the least maintaining a whimsical approach to style.Deemed both fashionable and functional, sneakers are any fast-paced cities guilty pleasure. Even the fashion conscious seek daily comfort; yet, looks to more innovative and glam shoes to stand out among the crowd and other sneaker enthusiast.

Retro style sneaker images courtesy of ivogue.com, shopbop.com, and netaporter.com, respectively

“In the United States 75% of sneakers are bought for aesthetics and lifestyle [rather] than performance”, says Elinor Block of Who What Wear. As a continuing spring/summer street style trend, Fashion Reverie explores the lifestyle aesthetic that brands sneakers as a staple to daily lives.Many designers have adapted street style due to the rise of fashion and sport- enthusiast consumers, who inspire this continuing street style trend. Brands such as Balenciaga, Chanel, and Gucci have revamped the `80s, ‘90s and ‘00s nostalgia, and have now become recognizable for their retro influence of logo tagging on sneakers.

              Vintage and logo-inspired sneaker images courtesy of the respective brands

“Individuals aren’t buying into luxury lifestyle anymore, especially [the younger generation]. [Our generation] doesn’t care about the fancy things, we want to wear things that look cool and speak to our personality”, said fashion journalist Dairia Harvin,.

Chunky sneakers images are courtesy of vogue.com, ssense.com, and netaporter.com, respectively

Sneakerheads fuel the fashion industry’s obsession with streetwear. Inspired by the classic sneaker style of modern looks and minimal detail, designers have recreated a luxury edge. In search of the latest kicks finally, Fashion Reverie has curated some fantastic summer sneakers that fits consumers ever-evolving palette for style and modern sensibility.

Futuristic sneaker images courtesy of nordstrom.com, netaporter.com, urbanoufitters.com, matchesfashion.com, and ssense.com, respectively

Step into spring/summer in nostalgic add-ons of disco glitter, or knitted fabric elements within retro and classic trainer styles. Whatever your choice, these unisex stylings will not disappoint and are back by popular demand. As designers tap into 80s street style mixed with glam embellishments, retailers now offer affordable, limited editions for fashionable consumers. Which trend are you rocking this season?—Courtney Wilkins

 

 

Editors’ Pick: Chu Chu Loo

Where do designers find sources of inspiration? And can that source inspiration create the signature look of a fashion brand. John Varvatos is consistently inspired by rock n’ roll and that reference point has been a continued design aesthetic for the brand. Donna Karan created a fashion brand that was based on her own personal style, a style that has continued to evolve, but a design point of view that was appealing to the urban, modern working woman. And Ralph Lauren’s design aesthetic has evolved from his love of American Southwest iconography.

Naming a fashion brand after a favorite pet is an unexpected direction for an emerging brand; however, we live in an era where rules are being broken every day and the celebration of individuality is the order of the day. That said; when Marylynda MacDonald decided to name her fashion brand after her beloved muse, her cat Chu Chu Loo, there was less shock and awe.

Launched this spring/summer, Chu Chu Loo is borne out of artistic expression and an ethos of individualism. Using the finest quality fabrics, the Chu Chu Loo collection enhances a woman’s natural elegance, bringing to life the artist within.

With a 18-year background in visual arts and design, Marylynda MacDonald developed Chu Chu Loo out of a need to provide women with bold colorful pieces that accentuated natural beauty. And with a very short time in the market, Marylynda MacDonald has already placed her garments on such celebrities and Karreuche, Terri Hatcher, and Daniele Staub.

Marylynda MacDonald’s background as an artist is infused into her spring/summer 2018 pre-collection, evidenced in the signature Perez Print of splattered paint pants (inspired by real estate mogul Jorge Perez who commissioned the designer’s first commercial project. Also, prominently featured in this inaugural collection are images of MacDonald’s beloved pet, Chu Chu Loo.

                                    Images courtesy of Seventh House PR

Chu Chu Loo is now available online and will soon be available in the Chu Chu Loo standalone store in Naples, Florida. For more information, go to chuchuloo.com.—William S. Gooch

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of June 4, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.

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BRAND: Mara Hoffman Sample SaleWHEN: 6/06–6/10;Tues. (9am­8pm), Wed.­–Thurs. (10am–7pm), Fri.–Sat. (10am–8), Sunday (10am–5pm)

WHY: Women’s clothing, swimwear, and accessories at a discount

WHERE150 Greene Street

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BRAND: Quinn Spring/Summer Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/07–6/09; Thurs.–Sat. (11am–7pm)

WHY:  Women’s and men’s apparel at up to 80%. The sale will feature their spring collection. Original prices at $175–$400 will be marked down to $25–$75

WHERE:  34 Cliff Street, Suite 3

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BRAND: Eleventy Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/11–6/15; Mon.–Fri. (11am–7pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off retail on samples and men’s and women’s products in multiple sizes

WHERE:  80 West 40th Street, Ninth Floor

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BRAND: Alice + Olivia Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/11–6/16; Monday (noon–8pm), Tue s,(9am–8), Wed.–Sat. (10am–8pm)

WHY: Shop women’s fashion including clothing, accessories, bags, sunglasses, and shoes

WHERE  260 Fifth Avenue

 

BRAND: La Perla Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/12–6/15; Tues. (10am–8pm), Wed,–Sat. (11am–7pm), Sunday (11am–5pm)

WHY: Up to 80% off retail on samples and men’s and women’s products in multiple sizes

WHERE:  260 Fifth Avenue

—Staff

 

 

 

Wednesday Sample Sales: Week of May 28, 2018

Fashion Reverie seeks to keep its loyal readers informed of great samples sales. Just remember, product disappears quickly, so it is important to get there early.BRAND: Charisma Studio Bridal Sample Sale

WHEN: 5/31–6/09

WHY:  20%–50% off all bridal, including couture and occasional pieces

WHERE: 691 North Cass Ave, Westmont, IL

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BRAND: Eileen Fisher Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/02–6/03; Sat. (10am–6pm), Sunday (11am–6pm)

WHY: Samples of current summer merchandise priced from $49–$299 at the Eileen Fisher summer sample sale. Sizes range extra small to medium. Other sale merchandise in a full size range, starting at 40% off.

WHERE314 East 9th Street, bet. 1st and 2nd Avenue

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BRAND: Elie Tahari Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/03–6/07; Sun 9am–6pm, Mon-Wed 9am–7pm, Thu 9am–7pm

WHY: You will find up to 70% off original prices on women’s and men’s apparel as well as accessories. Sizes range from XS-XL, 0-16.

WHERE: 317 West 33rd Street (btw. 8th & 9th Ave)

 

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BRAND: Domenico Vacca Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/05–6/07

WHY: Discounts on all inventory and samples

WHERE: 15 West 55th Street

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BRAND: Autumn Cashmere Spring 2018 Sample Sale

WHEN: 6/04–6/08; Mon.–Fri. (10am–6:30pm)

WHY:  Women’s, men’s and kid’s cashmere at a discount

WHERE:  Autumn Cashmere Showroom, 231 West 39th Street, Suite #1111

—Staff

Editors’ Pick: Great Fashion Reads for the Summer

It’s finally summer and after a painfully harsh winter in New York, everyone is eager to head to the beach or a pool to soak up some rays! There’s no better way to relax when sunbathing that curling up with a good book. So, pack up some sunscreen and a couple bottles of water, Fashion Reverie has some literary suggestions that will delight any bookworm.

Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia by Stephen Fried  Paperback $9.99

In 1978 Gia Carangi arrived in New York having been signed by Wilhelmina Models. She quickly skyrocketed to the top of fashion world. Considered by many to be the first supermodel, Gia set the stage for the model as superstar. Tragically, just 8 years later at the young age of 26, Gia Carangi would succumb to an AIDS–related infection, having acquired the virus while addicted to heroin. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Gia’s family, lovers, friends, and colleagues, Thing of Beauty creates a poignant portrait of an unforgettable character—and a powerful narrative about beauty and sexuality, fame and objectification, mothers and daughters, love and death.

Grace: A memoir by Grace Coddington Kindle $5.99 Hardcover $16.58

The 2009 acclaimed documentary The September Issue was intended as a way to rehabilitate Anna Wintour’s reputation after the release of the book and film The Devil Wears Prada. Instead, “The September Issue” generated interest in Vogue creative director Grace Coddington whose passion for art had her stealing every scene. Delightfully underscored by Coddington’s own pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace: A Memoir will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images.

Alexander McQueen: Blood Underneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson Kindle $13.99 Paperback $11.00

Born to a taxi driver in east London, Alexander McQueen rose to extraordinary heights in the fashion world, creating a multi-million dollar luxury brand beloved by celebrities like Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell. But behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion. As the pressures of work intensified, McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end.

Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir by Camilla Morton Hardcover $14.89

The legendary shoemaker Manolo Blahnik reimagines the fairy tale weaving his own personal details into the classic story. This creates a fun account of Blahnik rise to glory with words by best selling author Camilla Morton and featuring pen and ink illustrations by Blahnik himself.

    All images courtesy of amazon.com

Shocking Life by Elsa Schiaparelli Kindle $13.99 Hardcover $26.90

Elsa Schiaparelli is the stuff of legend. Schiaparelli collaborated with artists including Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti, and Salvador Dalí to create extraordinary garments such as the Dalí Lobster Dress.  Her clients included everyone from Katherine Hepburn to Marlene Dietrich. Her designs appeared in more than 30 films. This fascinating memoir chronicles her life and work as the groundbreaking dressmaker in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.

—Cameron Rose Grey

Editors’ Pick: OKV Bags

Does the fashion market need another handbag line? Well, that depends on who you talk to. Though the women’s handbag market is flooded with a plethora of handbags, from Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors to Bottega Veneta, Gucci, and Chanel—all well known handbag lines—the men’s bag accessory market has room for niche brands that can target specific consumers.

Wayne Mayers of OKV handbags is attempting to fill that niche. “The men’s handbags market still lags way behind women’s handbags. I recognized that I could fill a niche in the men’s handbag market. I think a handbag itself is so iconic and can denote luxury. If you look at old movies, having a great bag is a status symbol,” explains OKV creator Wayne Mayers.Self-taught and passionate about fashion, Wayne Mayers, through trial and error came to understand that men’s handbags was to be his creative d’oeuvre and tour de force. “When I first had the idea to pursue a career in fashion, I started sketching sweaters and jeans. I noticed from the sketches that every element I sketched had an element of leather in it. I began to understand that I loved and was more engaged in leather than having a garment line. I had to decide which direction I was going in. And ultimately I settled on handbags,” details Mayer.

Designed in Toronto, Canada and produced in the Tuscany region of Italy, OKV’s collection of men’s leather bags and accessories are handmade using the artisan tradition of natural tanning, reducing the carbon footprint of the textile industry, while joining quality craftsmanship and tradition to create a unique product. Mayer contends, “a quality leather bag is an iconic and staple piece in any wardrobe and I want to introduce the world to a quality crafted product, without the environmental stress of traditional leather production.” 

Still, finding market traction is an arduous task in a market where name recognition is so important and many burgeoning brands fall by the wayside due to manufacturing costs and market contraction. Mayer is not daunted by the statistics and is primed to bring an ethically friendly, worker-friendly product to male consumers. “My plan is to demonstrate that we go straight to the source and we are extremely ethical, making sure our workers make a living wage. The quality of our bags is top of the line. Unlike women, who usually have several handbags, male consumers may have one or two great bags, so quality is very important.”

For its debut collection, Mayer is producing six bag styles. This six-piece collection has something for almost every guy, ranging from a duffle bag, and a weekender to a backpacker and a workbag. “Our style of bags are the most used styles by male consumers,” admits Mayer. “Our demographic travels often, so our weekender and duffel bag is great for travel. Our customer is usually a city dweller, so we have a workbag or a business bag for that guy. We have a marsupial that is OKV’s version of a fanny pack. And coincidentally, fanny packs—which reference the 1980s—are on trend right now. Our marsupial, or fanny pack, is so unique because rarely do you see a leather-structured fanny pack on the market.”

                 All images courtesy of OKV

All OKV products are tanned using fruit pods, leaves and tree bark to create a luxury line of leather goods designed to be durable and age with perfection.  Inspired by street style and vintage luxury craftsmanship, OKV’s designs incorporate chic and classic elements while paying close attention to detail to create a cohesive collection of top-quality men’s bags and accessories. “Primo Edition” styles include: hold all ($1350 USD), tote bag ($800 USD), rucksack ($1050 USD), belted satchel ($550 USD), wallet ($250 USD) and cardholder ($160 USD).—William S. Gooch

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