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Theory's Lanai Blazer
There’s a magic to the pinstripe that Theory’s Lanai blazer perfectly captures. The print, which has elevated classic cuts to statement pieces since the 20th century, is widely appreciated for its versatility, and its ability to slenderize. We appreciate Theory’s modern take on it with a collarless blazer, jet pockets, and strong shoulders. Paired with a white button down and slacks, or Current/Elliot’s casual polka dot jean and Chan Luu’s rose necklace -- as shown here -- the Lanai jacket easily moves between the office and an evening out. 
DVF's Georgia Pant
If there’s one lesson to take away from spring’s trends, it’s that colors and prints can be styled as timelessly and as sleek as neutrals and solids. Because brights and florals have taken over the racks this season, it’s important to sift through the most lasting designs before stepping out in these “new solids.” We prefer the understated interpretation of the season’s blooming flora that DVF’s Georgia embroidered silk petal pant offers. Shown with Schumacher’s sleeveless rosy blouse with eyelet detail and Miriam Salat’s white resin pendant necklace, DVF’s lined printed pant is one that will stand strong even after the tulips on the Avenue wilt away.
Hickey Freeman's Summer Plaid Suit
While linen and seersucker have a timeless garden fête charm, opt for the unexpected and stay on trend when the temperature rises this year with a light plaid suit. Hickey Freeman’s Tasmanian wool take on plaid is a luxe choice for hot days in the city, and the breezy weave -- made of wool from sheep living on the Australian island -- has a subtle brightness of browns and greens. Keep your colors tonal with Corneliani’s summer stripe tie and Altea’s gingham linen pocket square with a hand-rolled hem for a look that impresses in the office and stays cool on summer nights.
DVF’s Tiny Marks Lennon trench
The only thing worse than a stormy spring day is venturing outside in a coat that’s as drab as the sky. DVF’s Tiny Marks Lennon trench, with a hidden panel of snap buttons, will cut through any grey day with its artful pattern and fresh silhouette. Play off the print with Cacharel’s eyelet short-sleeve blouse, which also rocks a hidden panel of buttons, and elevates both with Schumacher’s classic Audrey pant in rose. The easiest way to weather spring’s showers is to equip your closet with staples that have functionality, personality, and timeless appeal, and DVF’s trench makes the rainy days worth enduring.
Belstaff's Quilted Jacket
Windbreakers are rarely celebrated in menswear for any reason other than practicality and technology - but Belstaff’s motocross nylon jacket packs enough style to change that. It’s functional of course, with a snap button panel and zipper, snap button patch pockets, zipper sleeve vents, and a quilted chest for added warmth. Unlike other windbreakers, Belstaff’s jacket easily dresses up for a casual night out, when paired with Citizens of Humanity’s Sid jean in a dark wash, Ivy by Lipson’s button up in red and olive plaid, and Vince’s cotton zip up with a striped hood. Take it as proof that style and functionality aren’t mutually exclusive.
0039 Italy’s Chambray Button Up
If summer was defined by one fabric, it would be chambray. Weightless, breathable, and neutral in color, there’s more ways to wear a chambray shirt than there are summer festivals... well, almost. But equipping your chambray shirt to travel to fancier destinations than summer festivals, like the office or an al fresco lunch meeting, can be challenging. So, we present 0039 Italy’s chambray button up with polka dot panel and floral cuff lining, shown with Moschino Cheap & Chic’s floral print skirt and a nest of delicately layered chains from Jules Schwanbeck, with a drop pendant. Button up the collar for an effortlessly polished look and pair it with your bounciest a-line skirt and cork heels, for an afternoon of champagne and tea. Look like a lady but feel relaxed.
Gitman Bros.'s Tartan Button Up
Every plaid shirt is not created equal. Gitman Bros.’ tartan button ups stand out from the sea of Americana check for their nuanced details. Each shirt is created with unparalleled craftsmanship, designed with a contemporary twist. Made from 25 separate pieces, in over 50 steps, the 40+ year-old company finishes their slim-fitting casual shirts with the same attention they give to their 2-ply gold shirts. Similarly, J Brand’s jeans -- shown here in Kane raw denim -- are constructed with a dedication to fit, minimalism, and flawless style. These traits elevate a common combination of the plaid shirt and jeans to a tailored, yet effortless, off-day look.
Hache's Colorblock Tank
If this season’s sunny hues are are too bright for your style, adopt the trend in accents to recharge your wardrobe for spring. With a skinny strip of neon orange, Hache’s linen-blend tank awakens any pair of denim or slacks - and adds an edge with a hash-grey detail strategically placed along the waistline. Throw on Joseph’s netted navy cardigan for a textural contrast, and added warmth - this ray of orange isn’t as warm as it looks.
EZE's Trench Coat
Invest in a trench coat, if you can only invest in one item this spring. With a classic cool that can elevate any suit or temper a pair of burgundy jeans, EZE’s navy trench coat is equipped to weather the season’s showers and any downfall that fall might bring. Shown with J Brand jeans and a classic white polo, EZE’s trench coat has the versatility and practicality to stay at the forefront of your closet. 
Robert Graham's Striped Button Up
Treading that line between prepster and dandy is a challenge, but Robert Graham’s candy green and white striped shirt will veer you to the former. Crisp, lightweight, and near-bold, this button up could be a uniform for spring and summertime. It dresses up for the office, or evening, with a pair of AG khakis and a cotton blazer from Robert Graham, or travels to the beach with a few tweaks like folded back sleeves and sharp white shorts. Add your tortoise shades for a dapper vibe.
Joseph's Metallic Vest
It’s a rarity to find a garment that samples the latest trends without the risk of appearing dated one season later; but Joseph pulls this off with poise and individuality. Their spring collection-- which could serve you into next fall - with a couple of insulating add-ons - inhabits that familiar and friendly space of classic staples with a twist. For example, Joseph’s metallic bi-layered vest nods to the aquatic trend with its subterranean glow and riffs off the retro trend with pseudo-cropped hem, allowing the wearer to commit to one or dress for any age with a simple pant, white blouse, and tailored blazer. All we need now is a pair of heels with as much versatility and comfort.
Splendid's Striped Blazer
This season, stripes are the new neutral. Splendid’s soft-knit blazer is a modern add-on with its tapered bell sleeves and contrast orange lining. Versatile enough for a casual brunch followed by a spring day at the park, it pairs well with a bold-colored maxi dress by Halston Heritage and and wedge heels for the right balance of comfort and style. Or, wear it to the office with a high-waisted pencil skirt and a cotton button up. Regardless of your destination, Splendid’s jacket will elevate your look all year long.
Belstaff's RAF Pilot Jacket
Timeless leather jackets have an edge that’s offset by sleek sophistication. Belstaff channels James Dean with their RAF pilot’s jacket, which is an easy way to infuse coolness and versatility into your wardrobe. Dress it up with a white button-up and dark denim -- as shown here, via Robert Talbott and Citizens of Humanity -- or dress it down with a worn-in tee and your favorite washed-out jeans. Made with superior craftsmanship, Belstaff’s coat will be your first line of defense on these cold winter days -- just don’t forget to add a pop of color with these earthy hues!
Byron Lars’ Brocade Metallic Skirt
Holiday luncheons are more sure than a Christmas snowfall, so it makes sense to plan your winter style around them with knockout pieces like Byron Lars’ brocade metallic skirt.  Praised by Women’s Wear Daily, the designer’s Beauty Mark line specializes in elegant twists on American classics -- and adds personality to everyday timeless silhouettes like a panel of ornate silver buttons along the backside of this knee-length pencil skirt. Styled with Schumacher’s modern cropped jacket in beige, L’Autre Chose’s short sleeve blouse in sage, and Diana Broussard’s Italian-made plexiglass chain, feel polished even while polishing off the last drop of your spiced wine!
Canali's Fleck Donegal Sports Jacket
Look like a gentleman without having to button up too much this holiday party season. Canali’s fleck Donegal sports jacket with patch pockets, suede elbow patches, knot buttons, side vents, and a luxe cashmere weave provides enough comfort and style to wear to the company party after a full day at work. J Brand’s Kane slim straight leg jeans, a silk pocket square from PS, and a turtleneck from Raffi complete this look-- and each piece is versatile and easy enough to throw on with a garment from your existing wardrobe, so you can save your energy for festive cocktail banter with your overzealous boss and fiercely compelling co-workers!
Mason's Olive-Toned Coat
You don’t have to sacrifice style for warmth this year when holiday (party) season begins! Mason’s olive-toned military coat provides both style and comfort, with its polished silhouette and virgin wool and cashmere blend. It’s mid-thigh length is ideal for pairing with a cocktail dress, or a pair of leggings - as shown here - on the next morning, when the inevitable cure-all coffee run happens. Feminine and brassy, feel prepared to tackle flurries - and coworkers - in Mason’s coat.
Gallotti's Navy Topcoat
Function & style aren’t that different from golfing & excitement; the pairings don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Achieve harmony between the former two with Gallotti’s navy topcoat. Italian-made with a wool-cashmere blend, removable lining, working button holes, and double jet pockets, Galloti’s coat will bring you comfort and a polished look from now until after the last snow melts on the course. A napoleon pocket holds your wallet for easy access in a blizzard and the zip up functions as a tie-shield -- can your caddy do that?
Hache's Modern Zip Up
Instead of jeans and a hoodie, try out sophisticated comfort for your Saturday morning errands with Hache’s modern zip up, mauve-toned leggings from Ports 1961, Moschino’s cream front-tie sweater, and a triple-strand necklace from Chan Luu. Finely tailored and versatile, Hache’s wool-blend jacket is an easy pick for an autumn stroll, and its confident silhouette fits just as well on top of a pencil skirt for an office-to-evening look. Whether toned down or amped up, Hache’s jacket casts a shadow in sunlight and in moonlight.
Façonnable's Herringbone Jacket
Draw inspiration from the gentleman and outdoorsman when the temperature drops this year. Rugged polish is an easy shot with Façonnable’s herringbone jacket and hennley, Peter Millar’s purple check button up, and UGG’s reinterpretation of L.L.Bean’s classic duck boot. Beginning as a tailor shop in Nice, France, Façonnable specializes in tailored garments made from quality fabrics. Layered for warmth and style, the shabby chic look will take you from Michigan Avenue to Lake Michigan’s coast. 
Luigi Bianchi's Moleskin Blazer
Comfort is one difference between fashion and style: more personal and refined, style is how we edit trends and wear them with confidence -- and you can’t feel too confident without feeling comfortable. Find comfort in Luigi Bianchi’s moleskin cloth jacket. Made in Mantova, Italy by the 100-year old, family-run brand, this soft blazer strikes a balance between fashion and comfort with surgeon cuffs, working button holes, fabric made from a cotton-blend, and a patch, bell pocket for a pocket square or cell phone. Worn casual here-- with Theory’s Bailey B cardigan, J Brand’s “Kane” cut, and gloves from Dents, the oldest glove-maker in the world-- Luigi Bianchi’s jacket has a weekend feel but transitions into work wear well with the addition of a button up and tie. The choice is yours.
G1's "Raf" Blazer
On days when you don’t feel like lugging a trench, after the rain has cleared, G1’s “Raf” blazer is an excellent alternative. Lined with a hooded windbreaker-- which can be buttoned to the sides of the outer piece, worn on its own, or taken out for extra sweater room-- G1’s jacket is a necessary cover for any form of fall weather. Militant but feminine, with a cinched waistline and fitted silhouette, the jacket pairs well with a chunky necklace from Carolina, bootcut denim from Sanctuary, and a bright pop of color from Joie’s silk blouse-- which shines just as much beneath a grey suit (thanks Amy Poehler!). Best of all: you can scrunch it into your bag during a day at the museum or mall-- does your trench do that?
Schumacher's Glamour Top
The only thing sleeker than a pale pink shell beneath a suit: one with detachable ostrich feathers. Office glam has a new meaning with this flapper-nodding tank from Schumacher. Crafted with a silk front and a cotton back, Schumacher's statement piece is designed for comfort - while you're sitting at your desk, or standing with a drink in hand. Pair it with a meticulously tailored suit, like the pinstripe Rene Lezard shown here, and flaunt your femininity while buttoned up.
Canali Pinstripe Suit
Luxury items always have a home base: The best cars are made in England; the finest watches come from Switzerland; and Italy takes credit for the sharpest quality suits. Canali, a family-owned brand since 1934, is as luxe as suiting gets. Often seen on Condé Nast’s glossy pages, Canali garments are still designed and tailored in Italy - yet, the cashmere wool blend of this pinstripe has the fresh feel of just leaving a sewing machine. Find comfort in this classic, and enrich it with modern touches like a skewed wool tie and a dotted, navy-tipped pocket square.
Kroon's Richie Sports Jacket
The Midwestern gentlemen look is back in style. Tailored garments with subtle eccentricities will always be iconic, but updated versions, like this Kroon spoorts jacket, stays atop of trends and technology with saddle corduroy beneath the collar and a pocket for a cell phone. A wool and cashmere blend provides comfort and is balanced by a sleek fit. Personalize it with a multi-colored shirt like the one shown here, and express your style in a timeless way.
L'Autre Chose's Lemongrass Jacket
L’Autre Chose and DVF have similar philosophies: stand out strong, in the workplace and on the streets. Exotic and elegant, L’Autre Chose and DVF design for the woman who travels seamlessly from office into evening. Featured in the September issue of Lucky Magazine, L’Autre Chose’s lemongrass jacket livens a pair of tapered black pants and sits just as well on the waist of a pencil skirt. Shown here with DVF’s Belloni diamond blouse, both harness the atmosphere of ‘60s mod in a new and wearable way. Worn together, or separately, these pieces dare its wearer to make a statement, and own it.
Gimo's Leather Jacket
This jacket is warm, luxurious, and worth the investment…when the season changes from summer to fall, you'll be glad you have a jacket like this one.
Pebble grain Napa lambskin makes it incredibly soft, the flannel lining adds an extra layer of warmth, and the removable shearling buckle collar is a functional detail that makes this jacket a must-have for Chicago's cooler weather. Made in Italy.

Allude Cashmere Wrap-Around Skirt

Allude: verb. 1. To contain a casual or indirect reference. 2. A cashmere collection for women that projects confidence, creativity and strength...without having to say it.

Allude's 7/8 cashmere wrap skirt (paired with a silk & wool top from Samantha Sung) is an easy to wear ensemble for fall. Wear it with confidence.
Johnny Farah Card Cases
Like babies, baubles, and bon bons, amazing things can come in small packages - Johnny Farah's card cases are no exception!  100% hand made, molded from pieces of saddle leather (vegetable tanned and imported from Italy no less!), your precious currency, plastic and/or calling cards will sit snug and secure within the folds of this lovely gem.
They're available in forest green, black, and mustard yellow. Available for both men and women.
Lawn Green Maja Dress by DVF
The graceful Maja dress is perfect for work or play. Notable is the back of the dress, which features a deep V-cut adorned with flat, gold-brushed buttons that trail toward the hem. It comes with a matching sash-like belt to pull the piece together with effortless ease. Now available in stores, grab one before they fly off the racks! 100% silk
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