Monthly Archives: September 2013

Single Shot: Lifesavers for Fashionable Feet

Posted by The E on September 27, 2013

Buying the right shoe makes all the difference in making it through the day pain-free. Buteven the best fits sometimes pinch or rub, making each step a wince-inducing experience. Enter Band-Aid’s friction stick, a purse-friendly solution for preventing the dreaded blister. Like the brand’s entire arsenal devoted to rescuing feet from footwear woes (we swear by their silicone blister-healing cushions too), the true genius of the product is that it actually works.

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Habitual Fall 2013 Inspiration: Minimalist Gothic

Posted by The E on September 25, 2013

From the stripped-down blues of the Black Keys and Gary Clark Jr. to a more abstract desire to give the Southern Gothic era a modern twist, inspiration for our Fall 2013 collection takes form in the sensuous colors of the past in sharp, clean cuts.

While researching (and loving) 16th-century Dutch still-lifes, we came across Ori Gersh’s photos of exploding florals. The way the dark, moody tone is at once gorgeously familiar comes through in the Habitual Fall 2013 line, but in particular in the Eve hi-rise skinny shown here in a rich russet. Called “Earthen Crinkle”  and coated, they have an almost textured leather feel and can be purchased online from Amazon.
New Orleans architecture and culture tie in with its mysterious history and a slower pace of life. The shades of grey (not quite 50!) of the Elles in Woodland Coated evoke this vintage photo of a lone streetcar. Get a pair from Neiman Marcus.
We interpreted the intrigue and myth of the South in a deep midnight blue that shares a palette with the aforementioned paintings. Get a pair of the Grace in Southern from Amazon.

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Modern Farmer Magazine

Posted by The E on September 24, 2013

After visiting an organic farm in California recently, we saw how the monk-like patience and work ethic of farming has a lot in common with the way we make Habitual jeans. Few others put as much attention to detail into such everyday things, which is why we became fast fans of Modern Farmer. The quarterly magazine, devoted to people who “care about where their food comes from,” also publishes a website (recently devoting an entire week to goats) where you can find the Bill Clinton interview from their last issue and many other great reads.

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Quote of the Day: Turning People Human

Posted by The E on September 20, 2013

I turn people into human beings by not making them into Gods. —Imogen Cunningham

Image of Martha Graham via Vanity Fair

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White Out: Sneak Peek of Habitual Spring/Summer 2014

Posted by The E on September 19, 2013

We’ve spent the last few days showing our upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 line at the Coterie fashion exhibition in the gorgeous I.M. Pei-designed Javits building. The “space frame” windows cast a beautiful NYC light on some favorites of the collection, a trio in our coated white denim. Using a secret wash formula to produce, these pieces lend a clean and sharp look to any wardrobe that you simply can’t get anywhere else!

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Made in the USA: Three NYFW Favorites

Posted by The E on September 17, 2013

Now that we’ve had a chance to sleep, eat and return to semi-normalcy, we pulled together some of the domestically made stand-outs of the recent NYC fashion week. From Brooklyn events that bucked all expectations to wooden sunnies, the inspiration flowed almost as much as the drinks!

1.) With what was possibly the most-photographed cake of the week, Rachel Comey hosted an intimate dinner in artist Dustin Yellin’s cavernous Red Hook studio to show her Spring/Summer 2014 collection. An audience studded with celebrities such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Posey saw looks that included parachute dresses and other “cool art teacher” mainstays of the label, but we’re swooning over the daring femininity of this lace sheath in an orangey red hue. (Image via Style Bubble)

2.) Made from the exotic hardwood dashboards of Merceedes-Benz’ new S-Class, these shades are limited to an edition of 10 per style and crafted in Portland, OR by Shwood.

3.) The classic prep of Walk-Over’s American-made shoes, appearing on three different men’s runways this season, led us to check out their full line. We were happy to learn the brand (which boasts over 250-years of shoemaking heritage) also offers women’s styles, like this timeless and elegant white buck with a red brick sole.

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Bands We Love: Neko Case

Posted by The E on September 12, 2013

We can’t get enough of Neko Case’s new album The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, especially this track, “Night Still Comes.”

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Quote of the Day: Seductively Made

Posted by The E on September 11, 2013

Customers “will not just be seduced by the ‘fashion’ but also by how the fashion is made.” —Julie Gilhart

via The New York Times

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Single shot: Lette Macarons

Posted by The T on September 10, 2013

Anytime is the right time for one of these treats…visit the patisserie Lette’s site to find locations throughout California and to purchase online!

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Obsessions: Made-to-Order Blahnik Boutique

Posted by The T on September 5, 2013

Giving shoppers their pick of heel height and colors/materials, the Made-to-Order Blahnik Boutique on Neiman Marcus’s site allows you to create a dream version of Manolo Blahnik’s BB (named for Bridgette Bardot). There are oh-so-many reasons to be excited about this service:

1) Always one of our favorite shoe designers, we’re not alone when we say it feels like wearing custom made since they are so comfortable on our feet—and now this?

2) We use the classic BB style in our photo shoots, thanks to how perfectly the pointy-toed stilettos pair with jeans.

3) You can get the look all in one place—check out our Fall styles on Neiman Marcus!

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