Last night was Fashionista’s first ever panel discussion! Bringing our “How I’m Making It” feature to life was so much fun and incredibly informative. Our fabulous panel included Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein (of Timo Weiland), Rebecca Minkoff, Jeff Halmos (of Shipley & Halmos), Nellie Partow, Michael Mente (of Farfetch.com and Revolveclothing.com) and Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai (Odin and Pas de Deux). If you weren’t able to come, we didn’t want you to completely miss out, so here’s a rundown of what we feel were the evening’s most enlightening points. (Some good news for out-of-towners: We'll be livestreaming our next event.) And if you did come, well, we (and our panelists) hope you didn’t leave too discouraged. If last night proved anything, it was that this business ain’t easy. Lesson #1: Be ballsy.
I'm not exactly writhing in anticipation over Black Friday. Personally, the combination of waking up early, crowds, tourists and waiting in line makes me want to die. I could barely handle Fashion's Night Out and that was at night, with alcohol. I mean, sure a DVD player for 90% off sounds awesome, but I don't think I'll ever stand in a line at four in the morning and risk physical injury for one. However, 50% off Alexander Wang might make me reconsider. So, here are a few Black Friday sales that might actually be worth checking out.
In 2008, Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai, owners of perennial favorite menswear boutique Odin, opened Pas de Deux, a lovely, perfectly edited female counterpart. Basically, if our entire wardrobe could be from Pas de Deux and our boyfriend's entire wardrobe from Odin, life would be perfect. Appealing to both a male an female customer must have proven successful because last year, Paul and Eddy debuted a set of three unisex fragrances: 01 Nomad, 02 Owari, and 03 Century. This week their newest addition, 04 Petrana hits stores. Impressively, each of the first three scents are truly unisex, as in I don't think any of them would be completely shunned by one sex or the other.