Pearl Essence

New York & Company 7th Avenue Suiting Vintage Rabbit Fur Stole (Ellen B. Harrison, similar here)  Ralph Lauren Gold-Tone Pearl Earrings Banana Republic Gold Box Clutch Tamera Pumps by Coach

As we approach the spring season feminine touches add a timeless grace to ones ensemble creating a powerful, yet polished appearance. Throughout history, pearls have been perceived as a shimmering iridescence with its countless references to a vast array of cultures and social standards. During the era of ancient Rome they symbolized this lustrous gem with wealth and social standing of the highest regards. While a number of European countries had passed laws forbidding a person from displaying which did not hold an aristocratic status.It wasn’t until early 1916 famed French jeweler Jacques Cartier brought his landmark store to New York’s fifth avenue by trading two pearl necklaces for the equal value of the property. Today’s society currently pursues this timeless chic appearance, displaying pearls with a number of wardrobe staples creating a graceful sophistication.

Arnold Steiner Clothing | Close to your Heart

American Living Ruffled Dress (here)  Vintage Emerald Green Earrings (similar here & here)  Vintage Fox Fur Stole (Roberta Alexander, similar here)  Vintage Brown Straw Pillowbox Hat (Old Towne Antiques Mall) Sugar Maple Paisley Pocket Square by Arnold Steiner Clothing   Charles by Charles David Pumps 

Can you think of a grander way to spend your afternoon than combing Arnold Steiner’s enriched designs? Steiner, CEO and Founder of Arnold Steiner Clothing has taken what no fashionable man left home without, the pocket square. Gaining praise in the 1900’s the men’s handkerchief has become a statement piece worth displaying. Such a traditional accessory could be presented on most any occasion.  Today’s gentlemen display such an accessory presenting elegance through texture, pattern and fabric. Steiner, a visual artist by trade launched his career in 1996 after having studied Graphic Design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.  From his instrumental shaping within the graphic design aspect, Steiner has become one of the most diverse and sought after designers.

With a clear vision to create sophisticated men’s accessories, Steiner draws upon an adorned classic appearance which appeals to an upscale market as well as the classic gentlemen. “It all started as a child, growing up with parents who equally shared a love for fashion. My mother worked in textiles, while my father was a restaurant owner of two restaurants in Bal Harbor and was always ‘dressed to the nines’. This was the beginning of my interests in fashion,” explains Steiner. The 39-year old jazz listening, Ivy League gentleman sports a preppy attire merging his keen sense of style creating his own perspective on gentlemen’s apparel.  2-23 Full 1Steiner’s clothing collection of acute designs can be seen to carry a man’s wardrobe to new heights, which only creates a story highlighted by the craftsmanship of his product. Today, Steiner’s label has expanded from an online boutique to a network of retailers in the United States, among them Austin Burke in Miami and exclusively online at

Connecting the consumer with the un-inhibiting knowledge for what the pocket square symbolizes. Steiner carries a tagline which states, “Carry me like the ones you love, close to your heart,” which largely comes from the love one shares in their life. Steiner explains in detail, “The pocket square is placed by the heart which to me represents the core of a gentleman’s character: everything he lives by, swears by, treasures, and adores. For these reasons a pocket square is a symbol of love in many forms and should be treated just the same as the ones he or she loves.”2-23 Middle 2While Steiner’s brand approaches a demographic of males, these small square pieces of fabric may also be used as a woman’s neck scarf or loosely knotted around ones preferred purse handle, adding a subtle touch of color while altering a previous investment. Steiner encourages women to accent their wardrobe, as he clearly refers to an accessory as an article of clothing which he finds to be unisex in the world of fashion. Even though his label may be branded as a gentlemen’s brand, Steiner encourages all to wear his accessories close to the heart.


Polishing the Past

2-16 Middle 1 2-16 Details 2-16 Full 1Banana Republic Sheath (similar here)  Vintage Velvet Rabbit Fur Box Coat (Ellen B. Harrison) Vintage Timex (Roberta Alexander, similar here)  Vintage Suede Box Handbag (Grace Niles)  Ivnaka Trump Suede Pumps

The versatility of clean-lines which seem to be larger than normal reflects a prominent message or perhaps a trend of a past era. What better way to highlight your outerwear ensemble than with an oversized persona. In the form of a broad cocoon a feminine look resides beneath, displaying a conformed silhouette accented by texture and details.

Recalling the era of the 1950’s which marked a contrast to the “New Look” developed by Christian Dior in 1947, an influential trend of the fifties conformed both femininity and sensuality. This look demanded an appearance which in return revolutionized the average woman with an oversized voice.  With the modernization of a current era, the embrace of an oversized silhouette brings shape to a minimal presence.

2-16 LS 1An iconic coat displaying such practicality and panache was known as a box coat. With a cut described as straight and wide as in the shape of a box, it generated an oversized persona. These coats typically hung open as many would wear it over the shoulder’s or shoulder robed, while a one button or eye hook closure presented a finished appearance. The box coat draped down to one’s mid hip, creating a light weight cover up for winter months or evening wear. They were often highlighted with trim made up of velvet or exotic fur. Often enough, I have recently found myself consumed by vintage rarity which rests upon my shoulders polishing each ensemble.


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