I’m glad it’s plaid

I’m glad it’s plaidfeatured

Here in California, we had the warmest October on record. It was consistently 80 degrees or warmer just about every single day, so I was delighted when the high temperature started to dip below 70 this week. A little rain, a little chill… I feel some layering coming on. I also feel plaid. Nothing says Read more

Coast Stories: Cambria

Coast Stories: Cambriafeatured

This past weekend, my sweetheart and I took a road trip up the coast to Cambria, California to shoot our friends’ wedding. We’re both amateur photographers and definitely do not have any plans to shoot weddings professionally, but we were really excited when our friends asked us to participate. I won’t share any of these Read more

Meet a designer: Madeline Mancini

Meet a designer: Madeline Mancinifeatured

It’s no secret that, apart from Ceil Chapman and Claire McCardell, I’m primarily obsessed with California designers of the 1940s and 50s. Today we’re going to talk about one of the lesser-known designers, but still fabulous in her own right: Madeline Mancini. Mancini designed for Phil Altbaum under the label Mancini of California. She was the Read more

Cleaning house

Cleaning housefeatured

Since I went back to full-time design work, I’ve found myself neglecting both this blog and my etsy shop. My husband has also largely recovered from his motorcycle accident back in November, which means that he wants the stock room–er, his workshop cleaned out so he can start working on welding projects again. It’s possible Read more

1930s-40s Color Inspiration

1930s-40s Color Inspirationfeatured

I was recently alerted to this post from Emily’s Vintage Visions, with a super fun contest element: come up with an outfit based on, or inspired by, some particular color suggestions in a 1939 fashion article in the Dallas Morning news. What a fabulous idea! I had a blast hunting for particular colors at the Read more


Samuel Winston v. Charles James Services, Inc.featured

(Just as a brief disclaimer, this post assumes some basic knowledge about Charles James. If you’re not familiar, this is an excellent primer. I’ll wait.) In 1954, Charles James, a brilliant and paranoid couturier (credited by Dior with inspiring his 1947 New Look) with a strong disdain for mass production entered into an agreement with Samuel Winston, who by Read more