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Style to Inspire: M.M. LAFLEUR

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Career confession, and one that some of you might relate to: when I was applying for college many moons ago, I really had no idea what I wanted to major in. But I also hated the idea of going into college undeclared (which was totally silly, but I blame it on the control freak in me). So I did what seemed practical — I declared a business major. Not only did it make a lot of logical sense, but by going business, there was one recurring daydream in which I could constantly indulge. Here’s the gist of it: if I majored in business, it would mean that I could wear awesome power dresses to work, and rock them with sky high stilettos in my corner office overlooking a sprawling metropolis.

I may have watched one too many rom coms in high school.

Of course, the minute I got my first ‘corporate’ internship, I quickly realized that awesome, power work dresses (or any other work wear for that matter) are kind of hard to come by, and that wearing stilettos while driving an hour each way in LA traffic was completely ludicrous. Later jobs never required the power suit or power dress, but if they had, I would have been ecstatic to discover M.M. LAFLEUR, a fantastic new line of dresses that transition seamlessly from work to cocktails.  Along with a large selection of options for every body type, M.M. LAFLEUR also offers a “dress finder” feature, plus the option to have up to four dresses sent to you to try on before you commit to buying them.

M.M. LAFLEUR was founded by Sarah LaFleur, and also counts Miyako Nakamura (formerly of Zac Posen and Jason Wu) as its Creative Director. I was interested in learning more about the duo behind the brand, how they got started, and their thoughts on the fashion industry. Check it out below!   Read more »

Building Boutiques: An Interview with Anthony Faglione

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Today I have a special treat for you! Recently, I had a chance to interview Anthony Faglione, a master builder who’s behind several Fashion Week runway stages (think major brands like Ralph Lauren and Helmut Lang), as well as plenty of retail stores for designers including Reiss, DKNY, BCBG, and more. He’s pretty well known in the industry — in fact, he just completed offices for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (or CFDA), and his home was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal!

I’ve never really given much thought to the amount of work that it takes to make a retail store feel truly unique and on-brand, but if you think about it, it’s a job that’s vital. After all, when a store is well-built and just looks good, how can you NOT want to go in and browse?

Below, I learned a little bit more about what it means to be a master builder, and how Anthony helps bring a brand’s retail vision to life. It’s pretty incredible! Read more »

Style to Inspire: Amanda Genther

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If you own a creative small business, or are thinking about starting one, you miiiiight want to become a frequent visitor to Amanda Genther’s blog and website. Originally a designer, and now a one-woman brand building machine, Amanda’s got a great knack (a gift, really) for helping female creatives get to their sweet spot in business. Amanda and I both attended Alt in 2012 and left our day jobs soon after, so it’s been amazing to chart her success over the last year — a freelance kindred spirit! She has so many valuable insights and information to share (her newsletters are great!), and I’m excited to introduce her to you today, to learn a bit more about how she got to where she currently is. Here’s her story:  Read more »