Cool Weather = Hot Fashion

Cool Weather = Hot Fashion

Sam Parker Store Owner / Buyer: Sam Parker, co-owner Context
113 King St.

What They’ve Got: Men’s premium denim, trend-forward T-shirts and dress shirts; urban apparel.

Fall Fashion Forcast: Outerwear “Coats will be huge,” says Parker. Styles will range from topcoats to military-inspired reproductions. $150–$1000. Good Society raw denim jeans “This company was founded on social consciousness.” $90. Eco-friendly premium clothing Clothing lines that use fair labor practices and sustainable materials are hot.

What They’ll Be Buying: Parajumper military jacket (for his wife), $638; B. Son slouched beanie winter cap, $65; Filippa K tweed storm coat, $675; Dry Dirt “Grim Tim” organic cotton jeans by Nudie jeans, $185. Kristin Wild

Store Owner / Buyer: Kristin Wild, buyer Twigs
1925 Monroe St.

What They’ve Got: High-end handbags, feminine dresses, tops and skirts; beautiful costume and fine jewelry.

Fall Fashion Forcast: Leather handbags Marc Jacobs’ elasticized quilted bag is big, along with Rafe’s metallic versions and Gryson’s gray hobo bag. $300–$1500. Dresses “Any kind of dress you can imagine,” says Wild. Wear ’em with thick tights or leggings. $225–$650. Costume jewelry Wild likes Kenneth Jay Lane, a fifty-year-old brand. “Everyone from Jackie O. to Nicole Richie has worn it.” $15–$250.

What They’ll Be Buying: Kenneth Jay Lane tiger-print thin bangles, $70/ea; Milly dalmation-print dress, $350; Gryson fold-down boot, $825; Gryson “Sky” nylon bag, $725. Julie Krbec

Store Owner / Buyer: Julie Krbec, manager of retail Fair Indigo
570 N. Midvale
(Hilldale) 661-7662

What They’ve Got: Chic, comfortable clothing that won’t break the bank and made with fair-trade practices.

Fall Fashion Forcast: Organic denim “It’s one of the largest requests from our customers,” says Krbec. $69–$89. Peruvian handcrafted accessories Made by people with disabilities, “You’re literally taking these people off of the streets.” $39–$149. Lightweight fabrics for layering Check out the tissue tees and cotton/cashmere-blend sweaters. $29–$69.

What They’ll Be Buying: Velvet jacket, $139; flocked jacket, $189; sterling silver ball bracelet, $99; lightweight cotton/cashmere-blend sweaters in different colors, $69. Jenny Condon

Store Owner / Buyer: Jenny Condon, owner JC Madison
1650 Deming Way

What They’ve Got: Handbags that celebrities carry, fine jewelry, clothing for mom and daughter; premium denim.

Fall Fashion Forcast: Rich colors Black, chocolate, navy, green and plum will be hot hues for handbags. $595–$695. Denim in new styles Forget the skinny jean—this fall it’s all about the wide-leg trouser jean or a refined, classy, straight leg jean. $170–$216. The large clutch Pick one up in a metallic or patent leather to be even more of-the-moment. $295–$495.

What They’ll Be Buying: Kooba “Natasha” handbag in black patent leather, $625; Citrine by the Stones pounded gold earrings, $120–$200; A cashmere item by Michael Stars or Velvet, $200–$400.

Madison Magazine - August 2007
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