denim spotlight : AMO

when it comes to jeans, we're always looking for everything to be just so: they have to hug in all the right places, give just a little, and, of course, flatter one's figure.  over the past few seasons, AMO denim has become a favorite for fulfilling our denim desires.  
founded in 2014 with the mission to create a perfect pair for every women, AMO denim has been on our shelves since last year, and we're currently the only spot in Virginia where you'll find them. we love their unique, often vintage-inspired details (like the untreated rectangle of denim on the waistband—a sort of non-logo ghost patch, or the artfully warped seams on their "twist" styles) and that every pair is handmade in LA.  
Who What Wear just tapped AMO as a denim brand that's about to blow up.  we can't say we're surprised!  shop a selection of our AMO styles below.  

so fine : a spring jewelry spotlight

no matter the material -- iridescent stones, tahitian pearls, gold, diamonds -- the jewelry at scarpa this spring is all about application and rigorous detail:  ever-so-delicate insets, silk bands woven and knotted with silver, hammered surfaces, and plenty of pave.  here we feature some of the pieces that embody this attention to craftsmanship, including wares from designers new to us this season. 

left: brooke gregson triple orbit emerald bracelet, right: jamie joseph lava pendant with pave diamonds & victoria cunningham hammered gold disc with diamonds. 
jamie joseph gem silica ring. 

the perfect bag?

the main flaw with searching for the "perfect bag" seems to be its singularity.  one bag to suit all of your needs: day to night, workweek to weekend and back again?  this seems highly improbable, so when I asked some members of team scarpa to choose their ideal bag from the current selection in store, I allowed three categories: one for tote/work/weekender, one for daytime (perhaps a day when you don't have to schlep as much around), and one for evening.  behold the results below!



tote: mz wallace large metro tote | daytime: henry beguelin conquilla | evening: b.may python foldover

bodycon jeans: your new best friend

for some time now, we've been fans of mih jeans.  with the arrival of their latest fit, we're more in love than we've ever been.  behold the "bodycon" jean, available now in faded black.  from the mih website:

"Using new fabric technology and unique jean engineering, our Bodycon jeans are the most flattering pair you will ever wear. Power-stretch denim holds you in and smooths you out, while a contoured waistband, back darts and the removal of front pockets gives a sleek, streamlined shape. Drop a jean size instantly."

what's not to love?  to celebrate the arrival of this miracle denim, we put together a few looks with the latest goods in store to demonstrate just how truly versatile these jeans can be.

lisa battaglia hat / mih oversized shirt / mih bodycon jean / lupo small jackie / vince blair 5 sneaker

mih bodycon jean / gushlow & cole pewter gilet / fiorentini + baker mix boot / warm me herringbone hat / henry beguelin magda 

miguel ases earrings / veronica beard blouse / jerome dreyfuss twee mini / calleen cordero wedge / mih bodycon jean

summer favorite : vegetable tanned leather

if you ever feel as though some fashion trends are lost on you, you are likely not alone.  exhibit a: as birkenstocks have appeared again in full force this summer, we've questioned how some have taken to wearing this favorite sandal;  namely, the sisters olsen. in the spring, the duo were spotted sporting matching 'stocks with socks.  certainly a questionable decision, i think one could acknowledge this as a contained incident in which mary-kate and ashley are simply exercising their "because we can" muscles.  (maybe you could, too, but should you? probably not).  

in any event, to counter the uneasiness brought about by absurd celebrity trends, i look toward the ethos behind some of our summer goods.  thoughtfully crafted products will never go out of style. new bags from specialty dry goods embody this quality.  the mom-and-pop operation from santa monica uses vegetable tanned hides.  learn more about the unique results of this process from the hand written note below.  we honestly cannot think of a more personal touch.  


this tan market bag from specialty dry goods : a perfect summer companion.


another bag from speciality dry goods with a unique denim insert. 

in the same vein (hide?) we have bags from johnny farah, also crafted using vegetable tanned leather.  as they note, the process preserves the leather's natural grain and wrinkle.  the final result : beautiful cross body bags, perfect for outings around town and beyond all summer long.