Local Designers are Wear (!) It’s At

Garance Dore (and Vogue) is where it's AT

Garance Dore (and Vogue) is where it's AT?

I was talking with a friend of mine last night — the friend who travels to Paros, Greece and Colombia on a whim and comes back speaking other tongues and wearing fabulous shoes — and we talked fashion.

I mean, we talked over-my-head Milan catwalk fashion.

My personal taste will never be the latest Prada bag (everyone has it?), or the latest Ferragamo shoes (everyone has them?). I go gaga over local artists who craft really distinctive pieces. I want something that absolutely no one else has. I like to think of it as my own haute couture. (Wry grin.) I wish the design critics would reach beyond just the NYC and Milan design scene to pull out of the recesses (closets) some great local designers. I talked about these local gems in a piece on Cleveland artist Todd Pownell and his jewelry. But I’m secretly glad sometimes that I can relish this art myself.

Regardless, here are my friend’s two favorite blogs of the moment, and I’m shamelessly going to say I’m hooked! Not only are they artistically inspired, but they are a riot! (Perhaps because Garance only speaks French!)

The Sartorialist: http://www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

Garance Dore: http://www.garancedore.fr/en/

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