It was the middle of January when I received an email from a Japanese leather bag and accessories company by the name of INDEN EST.1582. HERE They were inquiring about a possible collaboration with their brand, and as I visited their website, I realized that to have been contacted by this high quality company was truly an honor. I said “yes” without hesitation.

INDEN is a highly popular brand widely known in Japan. Inden’s products are manufactured with a unique, 400-year-old technique of applying lacquer over deerskin. Their patterns are made of washi papers and all the complex designs are made by hand. The products are hand crafted, perfected and then checked  by Japanese artisans.

From the company’s website I discovered that four hundred years ago (14 generations) INDEN created durable, functional designs for popular Samurai to use as decorations for war armor.  Throughout time, Japanese civilians began to look up to Samurai for fashion and style inspiration. Thus INDEN began creating designs which fit for both warriors and Japanese trendsetters alike.

As I read about the history of the INDEN bag and its connection to the Samurai, my thoughts traveled to a post that I wrote in March of 2011.  I seldom reread posts from the past, as I’m always on to the next one, but the concept of the Samurai triggered my memory and I searched for the word in my blog archives. Sure enough I found it HERE

My post described a tribute to my husband Nelson, who transitioned in April, 2011.  One month before his death his friend and student wrote the following words: “From the book The Art of Peace – The true meaning of the word samurai is one who serves and adheres to the power of love.  What a beautiful description of who you are – a man with incredible strength who’s fueled by the power of love.  You’ve taught me that by just simply watching you!”

Somehow this magical collaboration allowed me to connect to an intimate and moving moment from the past, which I was able to savor almost seven years later.  The power of synchronicity at its very best!

Moving on through the INDEN story, I learned that following the progression of Japanese brands, the company recognized a position in the women’s fashion market for accessories which fit kimonos.  Japanese women began wearing beautiful designs, acknowledging INDEN’s reputation as one of luxurious and stylish products.

Today the timeless story of INDEN lives on.  Centered in New York, the American fashion world has adopted this Japanese brand and molded it into what is now INDEN EST.1582.  It upholds the traditional values of this 400 year old story, bringing unique sophistication and modernization to each exquisite and long-lasting Japanese product. It offers a wide variety of products from high-quality bags and wallets with refined designs to card cases suited for a business environment, to small mirrors and accessory cases. The product lineup centers around women’s items but it also includes a wide variety of men’s items.  For purchases check out INDEN’s online store HERE

Photos by Daniel

The exquisite black and ivory chevron shoulder bag with black and gold chain is featured in the above photos. Wearing the bag made me feel regal and elevated as I carried a small piece of Japanese history on my shoulder or cross body. The bag’s elegance and versatility became the stunning centerpiece of my ensemble. Thank you INDEN EST.1582 for the opportunity to experience your art!

This is a sponsored post.  The information regarding INDEN EST.1582 and it’s product was taken from the INDEN website HERE

Vintage And Street Art

February 6th, 2018

It was a cold and sunny day in the River North area of Denver. Snow had fallen the day before we traveled to this changing neighborhood of artists, restaurants and new development. Additions to the vibrant street art appear daily, and it’s always a visual surprise from one week to the next.

I chose a combination of rust and wine as my colors for the day. I threw on my favorite multicolored felted scarf, which incorporated and added to my sartorial display.

As I approach my 75th birthday I feel a sense of confusion and hesitation. Where do I want to focus my energy? What do I really want to do?  What is calling me with the greatest intensity?  What are my most intriguing passions?

The textures, patterns and lines of my scarf provide an analogy to my state of mind.  I have always followed the thread of life that presents itself as the manifestation of my desires.

Seventy-five is a substantial number and I want to choose the path that most compels. So I will sit with this at the moment and know that clarity will come forward.  It always has in the past and I expect this will be true once again.

Photos By Daniel

Vintage coat, hat, earrings and gloves – estate sales, embroidered boiled wool scarf – street market, Frye boots – retail sale.

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

February’s Hat Attack is a silk turban by Sukhinina Vera from Moscow, Russia HERE. I met Sukhinina on Instagram and last week I received her glorious creation just in time for this month’s feature. I love its mix of patterns and colors and the silhouette it portrays from every angle.

Sometimes I wear a turban positioned as a crown for height and the variation of shape. The versatility of headwear is limitless and I was in a playful mood. I was inspired by the luxurious cascade of silk and its intricate folds.

This gorgeous turban will have its first outing this weekend, and who knows what ensemble it will accessorize. The choices are many, because the there are countless colors and patterns to reflect in an ensemble.

Wearing headwear is like life. It’s fun to experiment and try different personas.  Maybe I will wear the turban in the traditional manner.  Maybe I will wear it backwards.  Or maybe I will tilt it to the side to resemble a billowing bold beret.

Photos By Daniel

Photo – Sukhinina Vera

I am Sukhinina Vera. I live in Moscow (Russia). Hat lovers from all over the world can speak the same language. And I`m happy to be one of you.

I would like to introduce my turban SVS project. I love elegant style, which is inspired by retro images. I love fashion, voyages, art photos and everything in my environment which is beautiful.

Recently I celebrated 57. The age of happiness! My son has grown up and my business is successfully running.  There is nothing more to prove to others or myself. Now my life can be only about what is really important for me, what is really exciting and makes me happy. There are many things I want to try! I am able to see the essence among the details. I want, can, and will realize my childhood dreams. And one of  them is to become a designer. Hats are my passion. Turbans most of all.

I admire great designers of past. From Art Deco to modern style. I study images from museums which inspire me in my work.

Why I love being a milliner?  Because a small hat could make from any woman a QUEEN! It makes her unique and feminine. It makes any woman elegant and stylish. It easily makes her happy. It makes me happy when I see sparks in the eyes of my customers…..Written by Sukhinina Vera

Thank you gorgeous and elegant Sukhinina, for gracing Hat Attack with your stunning creation and for the link to your blog HERE which focuses on women over 40.  I will be following you and your headwear journey, which unites so many of us across the world.

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a FEBRUARY HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through February 28th.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, Instagram or your computer photo files.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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The definition of resilience is an ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. I view resilience as one of the key qualities to embrace as I age.  Every week brings change, some small and some overwhelming. “I can’t do anything about it, so I’m moving forward,” is a phrase that runs through my thoughts frequently as the weeks, months and years unfold..

The muff, which hasn’t had resilience as an accessory choice over the years, is a thick, tubular case for the hands, covered with fur or other material, used by women for warmth and as a handbag.  

It was introduced to women’s fashion in the 16th century and was popular with both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. By the early 20th century, muffs were used in England only by women. The muff largely fell out of style in the 19th century. It briefly returned in the late 1940s and 1950s

I don’t remember the last time that I saw someone wearing a muff as an accessory. Today I’m bringing back the muff, which keeps my hands warm on a chilly day around the periphery of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

This vintage faux fur beauty was discovered at an estate sale years ago, and though it was probably created in the 1940’s, its leopard print fabric remains intact and has proven to be resilient.  It keeps my hands warm during a chilly day, it carries my lipstick in its satin lined interior folds and it playfully swings when I walk.

Photos By Daniel

This isn’t the only muff that waits patiently in the hat room, next to the headwear that gets more action. They are calling to me to consider their unique function and allure as a choice for a seasonal accessory!

Vintage yellow jacket, leopard print hat and jewelry – estate sales, vintage long fingerless gloves – my hat shop in the 1980’s, black background – consignment shops.

Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday HERE, Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion Link Up HERE at Style Nudge.

As mentioned in my last post, I am a fan of the Seventh Generation Principle, which is based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future HERE. I try to match my behavior with my values, which only part of why I love explore businesses which are local and participate in recycling.

Denver’s Common Threads Consignment Shop HERE checks off all of my boxes. They carry beautiful clothing and accessories that have been previously owned, displayed thoughtfully in a charming space, with a warm and helpful staff that mirrors the quality of their vision of sustainability. As for the over 70 crowd, the choices are limitless.

This is a sponsored post, and I am very excited and proud to collaborate with this business that serves their community and promotes principles that I admire.

Founded in 2007 by Libby Alexander, Common Threads Boulder is a unique fashion marketplace where people come together to create, collect & consign.  The Creative Lab in Boulder offers a range of classes from sewing basics to summer camps for children to the wildly popular Recycled Runway.

Libby teamed up with her sister Jennifer in 2011 to bring the concept to Old S. Pearl St. in Denver. Together, the two stores provide an eclectic mix of designer favorites such as Prada & Isabel Marant & fashion forward basics from stores like Anthropologie & J Crew, to offer the modern shopper affordable & sustainable fashion……Common Threads Website HERE

I had the pleasure of working with Creative and Styling Director Luciann Lajoie who writes the blog for Common Threads HERE and has a very impressive resume HERE. It was an exhilarating experience to work with the entire staff, as we explored style and common interests in an environment which facilitated laughter and frivolity.

Common Threads has a mix of high and low as evidenced in the above photo.  The vintage Oscar de la Renta cuff and Thierry Mugler box bag play nicely with the neon pink Banana Republic tunic.

And the ADD neon yellow puffer jacket and neon yellow and black Prada pumps with the J. Crew knit/leather leggings strike a pose in Denver’s City Park.

All of the ensembles and jewelry above are from Common Threads, except for the headwear and gloves which are from my personal collection. The collage felt hat was created by milliner, artist and blogger Carol Markel HERE.

Thanks to The Common Threads team for your kindness and generosity, and for sharing with us your skill, creativity, and talent. We look forward to working again with you in the future.

Photos By Daniel and Wren

I have never been attracted to neon before.  It came upon me suddenly when scanning the gorgeous offering at Common Threads.  Where did this sudden infatuation originate?  Pondering this question, I became aware of my latest headwear obsessions on Instagram, and the question was answered.  Milliner Iva Ksenevich HERE has been posting her new and innovative neon collection and milliner Anya Caliendo   HERE has been featuring some outrageously stunning designs. Leave it to headwear to tantalize my imagination.


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