Not only do our boutiques curate the best and brightest in emerging fashion, they also happen to have the inside track on the best gifts. So we had to ask: what are you giving this holiday season? From the practical to the unique, to the downright beautiful, you will seriously want all of their holiday gift picks. One for them, one for you…
We caught up with the buyers from a few of our favorite boutiques to find out what they consider their hero pieces for Fall 2016. Warning: you’re gonna want EVERYTHING.
Our pals over at Assembly are all over their Cotton Camouflage Storm Coat “It’s versatile and is lined in faux-fur for comfort. It’s cosy as well as practical!” says Hilary, Merchandise Assistant.
For Finefolk founder Leslie Fray, she can’t get enough of Horses Atelier’s outerwear offerings. “Just as they do every season, the gorgeous ladies at Horses Atelier deliver timeless impeccably designed classic pieces made with the most exquisitely sourced fabrics. This season’s Alchemical Coat is no exception.”
The Won Hundred Iren Jacket is the essential cool weather item for Idun’s Catherine Menzel. “It hits the four C’s: classic, casual, classy and comfortable. I’d wear this anywhere.”
“I love our Ilana Kohn Gary Jumpsuit because it’s a no brainer all-in-one outfit that’s effortless, comfortable, and makes a statement,” says Sunchild founder Christina Sun. “You can wear it with white sneakers during the day or with heels at night – it’s so versatile!”
IN SUPPORT OF
“We love the versatility of a slip dress (similar here) this season; from day to night and elevated with unique, textural pieces,” says In Support Of’s Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes. Top it off with the CF. Goldman Faux Fur Mini Jacket (similar here) for texture.
“This season I’m loving the denim pant by Han Starnes – a high waisted, perfectly cropped, dark denim workhorse,” confesses Johan’s Laura Housgard.
For Gabby Klingman of Washington, DC’s Lynn Louisa, it’s the gold Rachel Comey Coppa heel. “Love it because: 1. It’s gold. 2. The block heel – makes it easier to walk down Georgetown’s old streets and sidewalks. 3. The style easily pairs with a variety of looks. Also excited to wear them with socks and tights as it gets colder too.”
Gabby also can’t get enough of the Donni Charm Donni Knit Comfy Tri Color Scarf. “Love it for so many reasons. It’s oversized, cozy, versatile, easy to wear, battles the cold annnd in dire situations can be used as a blanket.”
Los Angeles in the Fall is all about layers for Myrtle’s Whitney Bickers. “We love fall as an excuse to layer up and layer on the color!” she says. “This Kindah Khalidy painted pattern is such a great jumping off point and the combination of a tank and a sweater cape works for LA’s ‘fall’ temps.”
“The perfect, perfect pair of vintage Levi’s (similar here) reworked to perfection by Re/Done,” the Toronto boutique’s Sydney Wills divulges on her essential item. “I will be wearing these every single day until forever.”
A bit of glam goes a long way, too. “This black fox fur coat by Sprung Frères of Paris is a true classic and works with denim, dresses, day-to-night, you name it!” she adds.
For Karyna Schultz of Vancouver boutique Neighbour/Woman, it’s all about outwear with a bit of history stitched in. “I love the Trademark Star Quilt coat,” she says. “I’m a sucker for a good coat, but none are as special as this one. The Burch sisters were inspired by American Arts + Crafts, and it comes through in this piece, where they lifted the quilting pattern from a book about the subject and enlarged it enough to be almost abstract. Plus, it feels almost like a bathrobe, which is always a good thing!”
Olivia Perez, from LA boutique NONNA, has a few must-haves this season. “I chose these particular pieces because there is a uniform sort-of quality to the outfit,” she explains. “I feel like if I could, I would wear this outfit everyday of my life. I like the Victorian-era feeling of the high-collar on the Horses Atelier blouse and the Wolcott : Takemoto skirt fits like a glove. The A Détacher Cara Pumps are a shoe that I had at NONNA last year and I loved them so much I brought them back for this Fall/Winter as well.”
The Delfina Balda Delia Dress (similar here) is the ultimate in versatility for Laura Uhlir of the Austin, Texas boutique Olive. “I’m digging this piece for its ease and flexibility,” she says. “Wear it snapped and cinched as a dress, or open and layered as a jacket. It’s tough to overload on denim because it’s so durable and easy to dress up or down. Bonus points for the cool horn buckle belt this beaut comes with.”
ONE OF A FEW
“Obviously, as is with every season, choosing only one single item that is the key piece for the season is almost impossible,” says Michelle Rizzando, from Vancouver’s One Of A Few. “We have so many loved items. We recently did a photo shoot with some of our fall arrivals and two key pieces stood out. We all want them and can’t wait to add them to our wardrobes. First pictured with a Horses Atelier pullover (similar here) is the petite Alistair from Clare V. (similar here). The green color is really neutral, the design is impeccable and the shape is playful and wearable.”
“Second the MNZ Penelope heel is a need for all outfits this fall,” Michelle continues. “We’ve shown it with a Jesse Kamm dress but you can easily wear these with denim, shorts, skirts and jumpsuits. They are incredibly comfortable and easy to walk in for a whole day of work and straight out for dinner. We pictured the warm white color here but a pop of color is always fun!!”
Reality Studios’ Roger Coat makes an appearance on the list for Parc’s Megan Jensen. “A statement coat is our favorite piece for Fall/Winter,” she says. “We’re loving the structural and timeless styles from Reality Studios. The Roger Coat (in yellow or black) is seasonless – pull it out next year and it will still feel interesting, yet classic.”
Tiffany Tam, from San Francisco boutique Refined, is obsessing over the Ganni Bartlett Georgette Maxi Dress. “We adore the moody floral print,” she says. “The detachable neck scarf is so fun to style.” A jacket, like this Just Female Stone Zip Jacket one, is the perfect contrasting topper.
“For fall the whole staff is OBSESSED with our new line 7115 by Szeki,” gushes Cecilia Marquez from Houston boutique Saint Cloud. “Many of her pieces are designed to be worn a variety of ways and give you a completely different look depending on how you chose to style them. We <3 versatility, plus her fabrics and draping are exceptional. These are the pieces we are living in this season.”
Leslie Hamilton, client service associate for Brooklyn boutique Swords-Smith, has a few things on her radar.”I love the tonality of this look. The Kowtow Koeing pants are this amazing rich chocolate/cinnamon (yum) color that feels very unique and pairs so well with the clay-rose color of the Pari Desai top,” she says. “The cut of the armhole and neckline on the Leila mock neck tank are really flattering on almost everyone and have a slimming effect. The Koeing pants sit perfectly just above the natural waist, accentuating the smallest part of you and then go straight out from there. Both pieces are extremely comfortable and easy to wear! The Reinhard Plank Nana hat adds the finishing touch.”
“The Rib Roll Neck dress from Kowtow is such a strong piece,” she continues. “Worn on its own it can be totally fancy or completely casual – its all up to you. I also love the straight fit of it. Paired with the amazing green Xiong puffer cocoon coat adds some edge to the look. I love the bright orange lining and the little bit that peeks out around the sleeve openings, really highlighting the shape. It also has the deepest pockets, which we all love. Completing the look is the metallic silver Cylinder One bag from Welcome Companions. Her theme this season was outer space and this sort of feels like a time capsule. It totally appeals to my inner alien.”
“Comfort is really key here with this all-Rodebjer look,” she adds. “The Dalia sweater is such a wearable, everyday piece but has this especially amazing shape to it that drapes perfectly. Not to mention its made of 100% the softest cotton. I love the crop of the Mina jeans here as well. As a girl with curves, I find that jeans can sometimes be the most difficult item in your wardrobe to find. These have an elevated feel with a wide leg and dart details on the front. The Valentine sunnies by Sunday Somewhere have this amazing reflective lens that sort of make you the headlights as opposed to the deer in them – in the best way possible, of course! They’re a strong and powerful style.”
“We have so many great pieces in already it was hard to choose one!” exclaims Sami Barker, from Vancouver’s Umeboshi. “I love the weight and feel of this necklace (similar here), a super light and soft linen and boucle braid is weighed down by a stunning brass bell. There are little hammer details on the bell which has a wonderful look. Casual but so elegant. The Eloise bag is a classic shape from The Stowe (similar here). Her new Italian aniline leathers in these stunning jewel tones step it up a few notches – so luxurious! I’m holding it as a clutch to accentuate it’s beautiful shape. The Elfin loafers from Coclico (similar here) are an update to her classic crepe soled loafer. Square off the toe, and give it an XL crepe platform and it’s the ultimate Vancouver errand shoe. Feels like walking on clouds.”
WEST END SELECT SHOP
The Roger Coat is also this season’s must-have for West End Select Shop’s Andi Bakos. “I can’t wait until it gets all cold and dark here in Portland so I can wear my bright yellow Roger Coat by Reality Studio and really pop out against my city surroundings. I’m going to be a walking spot of sunshine and people everywhere will flock to warm their hands on me.”
Philly-based boutique Fashionkind takes its name from the phrase “fashion for humankind,” so it only makes sense that their picks are totally thoughtful. Their model, Vivien, wears an Ace & Jig Hot Cross Romper in Black Sampler, a Lemlem Kal Coat and Veja Tennis Shoes in White. Founder Nina Farran explains, “I love this combination because it shows the power of luxury fashion from all over the world; in this outfit alone, India, Kenya and Brazil are all represented. Talk about power dressing.”