How to Wear :: Shawl Collar Cardigan

It’s really starting to feel like fall, so we wanted to showcase the different ways you can wear our Shawl Collar Cardigan!

1. Contemporary Classroom

rag & bone boyfriend shirt / C&C California long pants / American Apparel leather shoes FIELD NOTES Shop

2. Trendy Tailgating

Tervis Tumbler Duke University / PFI Western Vintage Cowgirl Boots / AO Eyewear Original Pilot Sunglasses

3. Cultured Coffee Date

rag & bone cream collar / rag & bone  skinny jeans / rag & bone high heel boots / rag & bone knit scarf

Buy our Shawl Collar Cardigan Here

How would you wear our cardigan?

P.S. All the clothing we featured with our collection is also Made in the US!

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Welcome to: Our New Office!

OK, so we know we’ve been bragging about our new office to you for the past 2 months and you have yet to see anything than maybe a leopard chair. But honestly, we’ve been busy this summer! In fact, we’ve been too busy to even have time to decorate, but, this week we finally decided to get organized and bring out our interior decorator skills.

We only moved about 2 blocks away from our old offices in Durham, NC, but it has really made quite the difference! Although we loved the big, 1 room studio we used to work in- we needed a place where we could hold meetings without having our interns in the background sorting through our racks of clothes. So, take a look at what we’re working with now!

We’re located on the 2nd floor of our building. As soon as you walk upstairs all of our offices our located off this main hallway. We each have our own office now! Plus a room for our interns to work

The first people you meet when you walk upstairs? Our two lovely manikins, decked out in our favorite Fall Collection items (Oxford shirt dress and the shawl collar cardigan!)

All of the offices have one big wall painted in a bright color. Other than that though, they aren’t too decorated, with the exception being our CEO Rachel Weeks. She’s a little crazy obsessed with leopard print (hence the chairs) and has plenty of Made in USA inspiration around the room.

This is where the magic happens! One big room houses our WIP, design area, and everything else that goes in to making our collections.

 

We just had to include some of the quirky decorations we found for the place. We love the retro feel they give to the office, which go perfectly with the bright colored walls.

What do you guys think of the office? Do you love it as much as we do?

Then to Now- Ebay Vintage College Apparel

We all know that fashion is continuously changing.  Styles go out, new styles come in, old styles come back again etc.  We thought it would be interesting to take a look at some vintage college swag compared to what we see today. Remember all of these pieces you can find on ebay!

 

First we have a Purdue University vintage men’s satin jacket from the 1980’s.

 

This is a Swingster, gold and black satin jacket that snaps up the front.  While this particular jacket is from the 80’s this style is classic and is still being used by many college apparel designers.

 

 

 

In contrast, we have a modern day Purdue University pullover jacket.

 

Besides the obvious style difference you can also see the color scheme has been changed slightly.  The gold used in this jacket is nowhere near as vibrant as the gold used in the 1980’s jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is Iowa State.  Also from the 80’s is this Iowa State snap button jacket.

This is a back view of the jacket so the Iowa State is shown.  While a similar style to the vintage Purdue jacket, the coloring is really what screams vintage.

 

 

 

 

Nowadays an Iowa State jacket looks a lot more like this Element full zip jacket.

 

 

Here again you can see the color change that has happened over the years.  Both the “red” and the “gold” colors are very different shades now.  Keep in mind wear and tear on the 1980’s jacket but there is still quite a difference.

 

 

 

 

Last we have a Kent State Flock Print athletic sweatshirt from the 1960’s!

 

Besides being a little worn (which makes it so comfy) this Kent State sweatshirt is still very in.  We’ve seen a lot of styles lately who have been copying this older, but never dated, look.  The coloring might not be perfect but the shape and the very visible seams makes it fashion forward no matter the decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally a more modern Kent State piece. This midweight full zip hoody can be find anywhere and for any school.

 

 

This hoody really is everywhere.  Something about its simple design and quality material makes it the perfect sweater to go to a game in or to hit the books in the library.  There is quite a style difference between this hoody and the sweater from the 60’s, but  I have to say I would wear both of them.

 

 

 

 

Which do you prefer?  Today’s gear or the vintage collection?

Also don’t forget, everything on this post can still be found on ebay!