My favorite are these Astrid leather slides, which are so simple, yet very chic. And, they’re under $200, which I’ll say are quite reasonable for Italian made shoes these days (especially for those found on Net-A-Porter, where five figure dresses seem to sell out and get shipped off to Dubai within hours). I also love the Rosas – well actually, basically the entire line. ATP sandals look to be what I wish Everlane sandals would be like, to be honest.
If you have any experience with the brand – please share! I’m waiting for my size in the Astrids to come back in stock.
2. I received a few comments about missing new additions to my interview series. I’m slowly on working on more of these – some do take quite a while, but I will try to have some more features later this year! In the meantime please enjoy this great interview with one of my favorite fashion writers, Vanessa Friedman. I like her idea of splurging on a few Alaias and wearing them week after week.
3. I enjoyed this interesting article via the WSJ, about how more labels and providing customized clothing options. In Fashion, Private Client Status Gets Easier. I know exactly one person who buys couture, and I continually nag her to tell me every single nitty gritty detail.
4. Have you ever bought or sold a luxury bag to a second hand site? I’ve done both, and I’d love to hear your opinions on this piece, via The Business of Fashion, on the booming second hand/vintage luxury market. I do agree that as luxury becomes increasingly expensive (without necessarily seeing a corresponding increase on quality), second hand items become more and more appealing.
5. This week I finished The Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin.
Swans covers the relationship between Truman Capote, and his socialite “swans” at the time, which included Marella Agnelli, Slim Keith, Gloria Guiness, and Babe Paley. While the novel is based on real life events and relationships, most of the conversations, etc are imagined, and the book reads like a fiction. Truman’s relationship with Paley in particular is a point of focus, and the events all lead up to his eventual “fall” from society after his roman à clef La Côte Basque 1965, based on many of his real life socialite friends was published.
I’d recommend Swans as an interesting, quite well written, and not too trashy read, and especially for anyone interested in this time period and the glamour of New York in the 60s and 70s. I learned something about Truman Capote, and am a newfound fan of Babe Paley after finishing it. Recommended as a fun read.