ode to the chelsea boot

with fall footwear shopping surely on everyone's mind, the options for boots may start to seem endless.  i'd like to highlight my personal favorite style of autumnal footwear: the chelsea boot.   

the short version of how this shoe came about goes something like this:  originally designed for queen victoria.  made popular decades later by the beatles and the mod london scene.  and now numerous interpretations offered for both men and women.  this season at scarpa, we have some fabulous chelsea boot-inspired kicks.  always with a nod to function and wearability with the signature elastic sides and pull tab at the back, these boots can be dressed up or down and will take you everywhere all season long.


the sandrine boot from coclico.  perfectly sized heel and gorgeous muted black leather.

wedge heel and sumptuous black patent leather from AGL.

the most weather appropriate pair, these gorgeous suede boots from vince feature a soft shearling lining and rubber sole.  talk about the perfect combo of comfort and style!  

texture story

with the nearing onset of autumn and the certain array of colors that accompany the season, you might consider that palette of burnt ochres and brilliant reds for your sartorial pursuits.  adding a splash of color may not be the only way to introduce excitement into your fall wardrobe.  i love all the ways in which texture is enlivening more subdued color palettes and how thoughtfully reconsidered shapes are modernizing classic silhouettes.   


b. may embossed croc bag & veronica beard classic jacket with uptown dickey

crippen leather leggings &  stephane verdino bag

jerome dreyfuss eliot bag & faliero sarti scarf


vc signature gabel pump & calleen cordero suella belt

python practicality

these new python arrivals from nada sawaya seemed to require their own habitat.  hence, the spread below.  but these bags aren't just purely exotic indulgences.  "necessary luxuries" seems to be a more fitting description.  each bag is conveniently sized with many functional compartments.  they are smartly constructed with sturdy woven handles and several detachable chains of various sizes, allowing them to function as cross body bags, as well as clutches.  i've said it before, and i'll say it again: what's not to love?  





a denim story

question:  what does each of these pictures have in common?  besides the fact that each look is modeled by scarpa's own lovely jane, each of them also features a pair of new jeans -- and many other new goods, as well!

highlights include new styles and washes from made in heaven, super-supple, slightly shimmering bags and pouches by monserat de lucca, and divine silk tops from crippen.


[ left to right ]  look 1 :: top by aglini, jeans by made in heaven, wedges by antelope, cava tote in beige by monserat de lucca, aviator style sunnies by tom ford.  look 2 ::  top and jeans by crippen, suede pumps by butter, necklace by nocturne, clutch by b.may, shades by tom ford.  look 3 :: crippen top, paris jeans in grey by made in heaven, blue patent oxfords by attilio giusti leombruni, cava pouch clutch by monserat de lucca, necklace by nocturne, shades by tom ford


what's black, white, and red all over?

. . . this blog post!  and this spread.  maybe not red all over, but we've just received several pops of color from brochu walker -- in time not only to cheer up lingering winter blues but for february and valentine's day, as well.  below are some other new favorites in black and white (with some particularly wonderful, subtle textures from jerome dreyfuss).  and the best news?  most of these items are available for purchase online!  links in the description below. (from left to right) a crisp white oxford from made in heaven, beaded necklace from hipchik :: aurelian d'orsay pump by vince, momo cross body by jerome dreyfuss :: popoche catchall / clutch by jerome dreyfuss :: red top by brochu walker, another beaded delight from hipchik, leopard print popoche clutch by jerome dreyfuss