Best known for their “Fancy’ Black Bar of soap (you know I love that name), Hudson Made New York is an online retailer that sells wonderfully curated artisanal products to the likes of you and me from the Hudson Valley, North Country and Brooklyn.
Their packaging makes me weak in the knees. I do love detail and I especially love products that are presented with such love and care.
But I would be remiss if all I talked about was their individually boxed and hand packed and wrapped soaps and products.
Their philosophy is all about quality, craftsmanship and craft. The products look good, feel good and work well. They support their local communities by making an effort to resource within 100 miles of Hudson Valley and 100% American made. They are what the heart Americana is all about.
Hudson Made NY
Spring time is just around the corner but for some of us (and strangely this Austinite is included this time) winter and her cold, wet, windy days are still chilling our bones and inspiring our layering prowess full force.
One of my favorite places to shop, because I know I can always find something I love, and their menswear fits my body without alterations (which is fantastic) is Banana Republic (not big on the name, but what can you do). One of the other reasons I like to shop here is because they really try to do new things and bring new ideas and design to what really is a preppy aesthetic and their sales staff is very helpful, even with a Dandi picking out clothes for herself on the men’s side.
As we fade out of winter into spring there are some very good looks here, and when I was in our local store doing a little shopping myself here are some of my favorites.
…yeah I did…but I had too. How could I not title a post like that when I’m about to talk about the latest in a growing plethora of butch, genderqueer, fashion start-ups, this one with the name of HauteButch!
The offerings and designs are what is being called by the fashion world “urban”…I call them butch style.
I do so love the design of this coat (model on the left), and I hope to see more of this kind of design for this line, fitted, fashion forward and edgy.
These kicks are hot. More please!
HauteButch is for the fierce butch female. The line is affordable and they promise quality clothing with a design range from blazers to (my favorite of course) preppy pastel polos and shoes (something not as prevalent in the latest incarnation of queer owned style houses.)
The HauteButch moto – they are the “go to destination for all things butch.” K. Michelle is the brainchild and Karen Roberts, co-founder and director. They say of their brand that HauteButch is about bridging the gap for their customers “between their selves, styles, lifestyles, and values.”
Check them out today!
Oh, and while you’re at it, 2013 is upon us and they have a hot new calendar that is a must have for butch’s and fem’s alike.
Got style questions? I’ve got answers – just ask me in the comment section below!
Wow! We made it. And that is saying a lot, for in my experience many people in my sphere of love and friendship transitioned to planes far beyond this one where I know they are experiencing the fullness of what they learned on earth and what they plan to bring back on their next journey.
For those of us still buzzing around and creating and discovering I am thrilled to say that there is an incredible shift in the air as far as fashion, lesbians, queerness, masculine beauty, design and designers go.
As you well know I am fashion advisor to the fabulous brand Saint Harridan, that not only surpassed their goal on Kickstarter but became the 7th ranked fashion fundraiser in the history of the crowdfunding site! Congratualtions to Mary Going and his team of talented and amazing people that made this all possible.
I am also happy to say that other lesbian owned and operated companies that were featured on Preppybaba last year are still growing and thriving and I look forward to seeing more and more entrepreneurs with fashion dreams take the plunge into the market.
(I do consult on such matters, so feel free to contact me at CONSULTING)
Here are some pic’s from the other fabulous queer fashion houses for 2013. (Shop queer!)
And new to the list:
In their own words – Tomboy Tailors is a fine clothier specializing in custom-made suits and shirts of the finest quality that are made-to-measure in the material, cut and fit that you want.
2013 is starting out to be a great year in the world of queer fashion. I am truly excited!
Five years ago the brother of Odin, New York’s founder Eddy Chai started his own menswear label.
Richard Chai‘s collections represent the creative urban Dandi who has style but doesn’t want to look “too pulled together.”
Chai’s designs are not to be considered precious, he is a strong believer and upholder of the idea of that fashion can be stylish, actually fashion forward, yet casual at the same time.
Even his footwear has elements of casual elegance.
For F/W 2012 Chai has kept his pallet warm and dark.
This lends his collection to go with just about anything you want to pair the pieces with. The lines are unique and pure; his collection has both a international and Americana feel. And I particularly love all of the elements of this last picture. Any Dandi would feel put together and powerfully stylish in this look for F/W 2012.
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Yes that’s right, H&M is coming to my fair city. And because I live here I cannot tell you how happy, dare I say dizzy with excitement I am at the thought that H&M is finally finding its way to my neck of the woods.
I remember the first time I shopped at an H&M, it was in New York City. I walked out of that store with more clothes than I had ever purchased in one outing and I still had plenty of money left in my bank account.
The collection for F/W 2012-13 is fashion forward and edgy. Austin Dandi’s will be looking their best and can mix their Austin style with these designs and create some eye grabbing looks.
The collection has incorporated bold colors…
Variations on the theme of jacket…
…and layering. My closet and I cannot wait until they open their doors right up the street. I plan to mix H&M into my shopping routine, along with all of the amazing local retailers that make Austin one of the coolest emerging fashion cities in the country (yes I said Austin!)
Check out the video! H&M Men’s F/W2012
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Hugo Guinness is a Brooklyn-based London-born artist extraordinaire who Coach has collaborated with for this mens’ targeted collection.
Guinness, known for his childlike linocut prints, has put his artistic touch on the reversible totes above and these impeccably crafted wallets.
Looking for a gift for that special Dandi? This key ring will make you a hit with anyone you know.
- LOVE THIS!
And if you are looking for a gift for me (aw, you shouldn’t have) I am in love with this Hand Cuff Electronic Zip Cord Case (and I don’t even have that many cords.)
I love a beautiful store and this one makes me drool so if you are ever in Manhattan do check out this gorgeous Coach Men’s Store.
- 370 Bleecker St.
New York 10014
- Shop Type:
Belts, Ties + Cufflinks, Shoes, Jewelry & Watches, Men’s Clothing, Gifts & Novelties
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I have had many a G-Star item in my closet over the years ranging from outerwear to jeans and now there is an easier way for me to get my latest fix. In December of last year G-Star Raw opened its first denim boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to rave reviews.
By doing so it announced itself as a dominant and premier luxury brand.
And speaking of RAW talent. G-Star is doing what no other denim line seems to have done and that is create a unique washing on its jeans so that they appear to be raw denim but don’t lose their color after washing.
Being a dark denim Dandi myself, this is like a little slice of heaven. And as you can see from the pics I chose G-Star is not just about denim. I think they have some of the greatest designs and I find that they fit my Dandi frame very well in just about every category. Next time you are on Rodeo Drive go and check out the new store and their Raw Objects and Curiosities traveling gallery.
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Last week I mentioned Nick Wooster in my blog The Haircut for Spring
2012 and I would be remiss if I didn’t give him his own separate moment so here we go…
Nick-the man-Wooster…who thinks of your Dandi wardrobe as a garden (I get that), former men’s fashion
director of both Neiman Marcus
and Bergdorf Goodman
‘s, is now creative director for JCPenney
(can you believe it!?! Ellen
and now this!) All I can say for JCPenney is that they have just raised the bar of their Brand and I can’t wait to see what this company, one of my own stomping grounds for many years, creates with this style Dandy at the helm.
This man is what a dapper Dandi strives for. He layers like nobodies business, has a sleeve tattoo
in this sometimes highly judgmental and conservative world of fashion (believe!) And has swagger and impeccable taste and tailoring to match.
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H&M is one of the best places for a Dandi to shop who wants to be on trend and who needs to watch their budget for fashion. While in Los Angeles recently I did a little shopping and found these great items that can enhance any Dandi’s wardrobe.
- Perfectly styled. It brings a little whimsy to the look with the checkered shirt. Put this with a navy tie and dark linen pants for office, shorts and loafers for Sunday brunch.
- Linen jackets are great for your spring summer wardrobe. Match this with a pair of linen pants or white jeans, t-shirt and your favorite sneakers.
- Straw hats for spring and summer.
- A pair of linen shorts are a must for trips to P-town on Cherry Grove.