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This past weekend, much to the G trains chagrin, I headed up to Greenpoint  for a lecture/discussion with Tara St. James, designer of sustainable line Study NY.

The discussion happened at the MOVES Pop Up shop at 214 Franklin St, and focused on clothing manufacturing and the differences between choosing to produce locally vs. overseas.

I’m so happy that Tara invited me to come. The mimosas were free, got to catch up with Titania Inglis and Greta Eagan, met some really great new people, and happily discovered MOVES. The Pop Up shop (up until Christmas!) houses a group of great independent clothing and jewelry designers including founder Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty, Study NY, H Fredriksson, and more. (see below for list and pics)

Tara led us in the discussion and shared her history, opinions on sustainability, and resources. The amount of transparency was definitely applauded by attendees who were mostly designers. Though I already adored her, my respect for Tara grew by 3PM when we all finally dispersed. Her honesty and dedication to working sustainably, and the time she spends on educating and mentoring.. To name a few of her side projects: an intern project Study Hall, and mentorship with Awamaki Weaving Lab. She’s just really great. And I would like to purchase majority of her designs:

 

(courtesy 4equalsides.com)

MOVES is a project collaboration by Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend. Once the discussion started, I was more clear on MOVES purpose: to bring designers, artists, and consumers together to share inspiration, resources, and networks in order to aid others in their design process, production, promotion. The point being to educate the public, as well, and lend a hand to fellow designers… much friendlier than the cutthroat scene we might expect or are accustomed to. My shy-self was quite relieved.

This lecture was the first of many interesting events that MOVES has planned. How about a new hair cut this Sunday with a french coiffure? Or music, drinks, and a Tam Aura trunk show on Saturday?

For your Holiday Shopping Pleasure here are some images and list of participating designers:

 

Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty

(courtesy rhls.com)

 

H Fredricksson

(courtesy hfredriksson.com)

 

Andy Lifschutz

(courtesy andylifschutz.com)

 

Tam Aura

(courtesy tamaura.com)

 

All Participating Designers:

CLEO’S CABINET

DICK MOVE RECORDS

FABRIC HORSE

JO ANNE BERMAN

KING GURVY

LA CHINA LOCA

MARY SAVEL

MINNAE CHAE

RECESSION CLOTHING

RUFFEO HEARTS LIL SNOTTY

SDN

STUDY NEW YORK

TAM AURA DESIGNS

ANDREW LIFSCHUTZ

SHIRLEY ANN REMPE

H FREDRIKSSON

TITTY HAWK

In a world of skimpy skirts, 5 inch high heels, layers of makeup, and some of the lowest cut dresses I have ever seen it is nice to see that some of the ideals of retro clothing is coming back. I have always been a more conservative dresser myself, that value was instilled by my parents my entire life and I am thankful they have.

Television shows such as Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire are in eras where women reveled very little skin and held the air of sophistication and sensuality.  Designers like Alexandra Grecco design using these eras as her influence, and the clothing is must-have.

You can also purchase Grecco’s design on Etsy.com or if you are just looking to browse vintage designs my favorite site would definitely have to be ModCloth.com which has become a go-to shopping site lately.

Even the music goddess, Beyoncé Knowles, is keeping it retro-chic with her music video, “Why Don’t you Love Me.”  Check out those sky-high shoes.  My favorites are those patent red and neon yellow heels she wears when “clipping hedges”.

Movie from http://www.youtube.com

But one of my favorite retro indulgences has to be hats, Dior hats to be specific.  If you want to be the completely envy of women everywhere this fall having one of these hats in your possession will one-up the competition.

I mean honestly, who wouldn’t want to have a red feather concoction on their head?

And of course what blog entry can talk about retro clothes and not talk about retro shoes? Though I could just show pictures of Chanel’s impeccable line of vintage shoes I want to show you a more affordable and easier to access line of shoes by J.Crew.  I love these retro inspired looks for fall.