You think you really know someone … and then … well, then you realize you don’t know them at all; you’ve simply admired them from afar. That’s what happens to us, anyway—until we get our one shot at gathering three actual knowable things about fashion’s favorite icons.
The Thread: Let’s go back in time. What was the feeling you had when you started the resort collection, and what story did you hope to pass on?
Christian Louboutin: I admire beauty, grace and fairytale love. The dream is a major factor in my language of design.
What are you waiting to read?
I love reading Haruki Murakami. I hope to read his latest on my next holiday.
What’s for dinner?
I adore Indian food. My favorite meal is chicken tandoori and I love cheese naan!
SHOP: Christian Louboutin
We’ll always say yes to a peek inside the handbags of inspiring women—and definitely yes to insider tips on the best little-known places to go in Paris. British-born, Paris-based Creative Director Clare Waight Keller gives us both, and tells us a little about the newest handbag designs in the Chloé resort collection.
The holidays are about a lot more than wondering what’s in your stocking. This time of year is a much-needed annual reminder to slow down for a second and remember what’s really important. To reconnect with family, friends and loved ones. To count our blessings for what’s going well. And to make sure we’re doing what we can to help those in need.
FEED, a philanthropic brand that’s provided more than 85 million meals globally, can assist with that last part—while checking gifts for said loved ones off your list in the process.
Keep reading to see FEED’s holiday portrait series featuring longtime supporters like Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigen and our own Pop-In Shop curator Olivia Kim, who came together to show how each FEED purchase can help fight world hunger.
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What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our new Gifted posts point you in the direction of stylish presents all year long.
Sam Edelman Reversible Faux Pearl & Spike Stud Earrings
As Jackie O once said, “Pearls are always appropriate”. This hasn’t changed a bit since Mrs. Kennedy’s heyday as the epitome of style and grace in the 1960s. The crystalline balls of calcium carbonate are a time-honored classic, instantly infusing glamour into the simplest of ensembles.
But even the classics need a revamp now and then, and the pearls of 2014 have found a rock ’n’ roll rebirth with the addition of metallic spikes. The Sam Edelman studs shown above have a Swarovski-studded gold spike in lieu of a traditional back, bringing an edgy, reversible twist to an enduring standard. A balancing act of sass and class, these earrings may be small in size but they aren’t lacking in panache.
This on-trend accessory is our top choice for a multitasking November surprise.
SHOP ALL: Pearl Accessories
Whether it’s Lady Gaga or Iris Apfel, some of our favorite icons have rocked Alexis Bittar. Now, in a unique collaboration, the provocative designer is featuring a special selection of limited-edition editorial pieces from his collections over the years. From a crystal mask designed for Gaga to a Deco-inspired bib necklace, these creations represent Bittar’s unpredictable take on jewelry, and his unique fusion of art, fashion and downtown club kid sensibilities. The Thread chatted with Bittar about his influences, artistic references and covetable pieces.
“These pieces are true editorial and way more influenced by the runway. They’re really art,” he explains.
As part of our Olivia Kim-curated collection of goods that do good—Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—we’ve brought you stories about the inspiring artists of Creative Growth and the women who are empowered by Krochet Kids. Today, we have an exclusive interview with Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of socially conscious brand FEED.
A beacon in the fight against global hunger, FEED helps feed the world with every purchase of their colorful bracelets, utilitarian backpacks and new, crafted-in-Kenya leather handbags—to the tune of nearly 84 million meals provided globally so far.
Keep reading for a glimpse into Lauren’s world travels, her insights on how we can all help and information on the exact effect your FEED purchase will have.
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Krochet Kids is much more than adorable hats (although they certainly do have those). It’s an innovative, socially responsible nonprofit that operates on the simple principle that a handout only goes so far.
It starts by offering impoverished women in Uganda and Peru a steady job; for many, this represents the first time they can confidently feed and care for their families. While earning a fair wage for skillfully crafting Krochet Kids hats and apparel, the women also take classes and meet with mentors, building knowledge that helps them to save wisely, invest and even start their own businesses.
KK sums it up in one powerful word: Empowerment. Keep reading to learn more, including the success stories of five inspiring women and how you can personally thank the exact woman who made your item.
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We invited a handful of our favorite NYC Instagrammers to collaborate with us on our fall trend accessories and shoes campaign. They joined us at an Instameet-style shoot in the Big Apple because, party! We filled the studio with next season’s shoes, handbags, jewelry and hosiery, and let them do what they do best. It was a photo shoot match made in heaven, and we’re in love with the results. It’s a little bit of catalog and little bit of Instagram. We’re calling it Instalog! Here’s our partnership lineup:
Sara Zucker @SARAZUCKER | Laurel Pantin @LAPANTIN
Liz Eswein @NEWYORKCITY | Alice Gao @ALICE_GAO
Rachel & Nicole Effendy @RACHELETNICOLE | Madeline Poole @MPNAILS
Susan Joy @SUSANJOY | Anthony Danielle @TAKINYERPHOTO
Jessie Artigue @STYLEANDPEPPER | Hilary Rushford @HILARYRUSHFORD
Caroline Harper Knapp @HOUSEOFHARPER | Getting the shot behind the scenes.
Check out the fresh perspectives of our 11 featured Instagrammers in our fall handbags, jewelry, boots and hosiery shops.
Eddie Borgo’s pre-fall 2014 collection is all Greek to us. We connect with the intrepid jewelry designer, culture hound and zeitgeist vanguard to learn about the inspiration behind his new pieces, what’s evolving in his brand’s operations and his futuristic aspirations.
The Thread connects with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, who reveals what inspired his pre-fall 2014 collection—and what’s coming next.
Leah and Billy, the couple and creative duo behind Baleen jewelry, are conduits for well-made, understated objects. A standard of thoughtfulness in their cost-efficient designs renders them unique against most affordable jewelry. Splitting their time between Seattle and Maui, the pair’s sense of balance seems inherent and is conveyed in their minimalist approach.
Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Leah—and to see more photos from our visit to their Seattle home/studio, where each piece is assembled by hand.
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