Name: Xinyang What do you do? I'm an architect. What was the last thing you bought? This jacket from Zara. What's the most prominent color in your wardrobe?
Summer is the perfect time for statement jewelry--the fewer layers of clothing, the more opportunity to show off a gorgeous necklace against summer skin. That's why I'm head-over-heels for three new jewelry collections available at the JF & Son storefront on University and 10th Street in New York City.
JF & Son Deal: 30% off fall merchandise, including the beaded CK blouse (was $148, now $104) and the floral print cut-out Weimer dress (was $188, now $132) When/Where: Ongoing. Mon—Sat noon—8pm, Sun noon—6pm. 19 Kenmare St at Elizabeth St (212-343-3131) Oliver Peoples Deal: Frames from Oliver Peoples and Paul Smith for $119; frames from Mosley Tribes will be $99. Also, get 30% off prescription lenses. When/Where: Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31. Upper East Side: 10am—6pm, 755 Madison Ave at 65th St (212-585-3433.) Soho: Fri—Sat 11am—7pm, Sun noon—6pm. 366 W. Broadway at Broome (212-585-3433) Yves Saint Laurent Deal: Up to 75% off clothing, bags, and accessories When/Where: Thursday, October 28 through Saturday, October 30. Thurs—Fri 8am—8pm, Sat 9am—4pm. Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, fourth floor (212-463-0071) Selima Optique Deal: 30% to 90% off eyewear, clothing, and accessories, including vintage Hermès bags and womenswear from Tsumori Chisato When/Where: Wednesday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31. Weds—Sat 11am—7pm, Sun noon—6pm. 7 Bond St between Broadway and Lafayette (212-677-8487)
It's been too long since our last installment of "How I'm Making It," so we're reviving the series with a pair of young designers on a mission. Jesse Finkelstein and Katie King design JF & SON, a line they launched just over three years ago and sell out of their LES storefront on 19 Kenmare Street. The line focuses on beautiful textiles and handwork, which they produce out of their studio in New Delhi. As globalization and cheap production overseas sadly forces many designers to produce parts or all of their collections in Asia to stay competitive and profitable (though we laud the many designers who make efforts keep as much production as possible in New York's Garment District), the mission behind JF & SON was to find a way to produce responsibly overseas. Here's how they're making it work. How did you two meet? Jesse: We met at a factory in the garment district--it was very glamorous. Katie was working for another company at the time and my company was beginning to get itself together and then Katie and I started talking and I brought her over and it became a new thing. We started by trying to figure out how to do production overseas in a responsible way. I really had no clue what i was doing until katie came along. We learned on the job as we worked together. There was a studio in Delhi that we started almost six years ago and it was six people. When Katie came on board we reorganized the studio and now we're at 60 people.