I love Elizabeth Suzann, I really do, I respect how Liz has handled the growing pains, and have always been really pleased with the quality of the garments I’ve received. And I love the styles. But there are other small, hard-working designers out there, lest we forget.
Since I sold my size 8 clyde culottes I wasn’t really seeking a replacement per se (I think I’ll order the size 6 clyde culottes in the clay color closer to fall), but more of a crisp, lighter cotton pair of wide leg pants that would get me through summer. I originally wanted linen, but I’m in less of a flowy, soft, phase right now than I am a harder, more severe phase. In terms of my wardrobe anyway LOL.
I’ve been following Namu Shop for a while now (they carry quite a few minimal Japanese designers), and these Ichi Antiquites pants popped up in their new arrivals last week, so I kept my eye on them until I had money in hand to buy them. Maybe I got the last pair, or the only pair, but they are sold out now, which is sad, because I highly recommend them.
They arrived yesterday afternoon and I put them on immediately (this is what I do) and wore them the rest of the day. The cotton is wonderfully soft, and just slightly more substantial than Everlane’s cotton poplin, but not quite a medium weight, and with a matte, slightly brushed feeling. It’s hard to describe, but really lovely. And they are basically the same shape as the clyde culottes, with a slightly wider leg, and minus the clyde pockets (they do have pockets though). I like the elastic + drawstring waist on these and the length better on me. And they’re MUCH lighter weight than the cotton canvas. I’m very pleased. And glad that I didn’t have to wait 6-8 weeks to get them….
The price was very good, and I’m so excited to have my first REAL Japanese designer, made in Japan piece 🙂 Many of the pieces that Ichi has released for summer are linen, obviously, and everything is one size, which I don’t always love, honestly, but works for the aesthetic. More Ichi Antiquites at Namu, Lost & Found and Garmentory . They also have their own webshop.
Honestly, I’m sort of glad for the 6-8 week lead time at ES right now, because it’s forcing me to look elsewhere for summer pieces. I do now have a credit for returning my Alabama Chanin collab piece though, so I’ll get something for fall probably – I’ll need a smaller pair of silk florence pants by then. Oh, and I read on STES Instagram that they’re no longer releasing the “permanent” ESXAC collection in May. I was hoping to get the smaller size marlena dress in black.
It’s time for a pull back from ES a bit anyway; I feel it getting more hyped and obsessed over than I’m comfortable with, which is what happened with Everlane for me. Speaking of Everlane…I’d sort of been looking forward to their woven linen shirts and they came and went with nothing remotely exciting. I like their linen shirts, but not the new styles so much, and I did want to order a smaller size of the relaxed shirt I love so much, but it’s no longer available in white. BUT… THE NEW SHOES…
They are a knockoff of the Martiniano Glove Shoe. Why has no one pointed that out? I get what Everlane is doing, their big push early on was their silk shirts as a cheaper/better alternative to Equipment, so it’s not beyond them to “copy” other designers. Now all these “ethical”/sustainable style bloggers who champion independent designers are fawning over Everlane’s new shoe that is yes, 25% of the price, but basically a mass-produced copy of a handmade shoe that was a pretty innovative style when it was first released.
I don’t begrudge Everlane for trying to make more “ethical” fashion more accessible to more people, but I cannot abide blatant copies. Leave that to Zara and Target. Their loafer was a fairly “new” style, as was the street shoe. Why not come up with something new instead of copy a design already out there? Or just not do it at all? And all the fucking hype. UGH.
*getting off my soapbox now*
(I’m going to keep what I wrote up, because I mean it, but I don’t want to continue to seem like I’m “beating up” on Everlane or the bloggers/people who really like what Everlane is doing. To each their own. I guess I was just surprised that no one has seemed to acknowledge that the new shoe is almost an exact copy of one by a small, independent designer)
I am reading a Dean Koontz (Jane Hawk) novel right now and I’m relishing in how EASY it is and fast-moving LOL. I love heady books and non-fiction but every once in a while I need a break 🙂
Not much this weekend, cleaning? maybe some work in the yard? My mom is coming for a visit next week, so I have some things I need to do to get ready haha…
How was your week? What do you have planned for the weekend?
OH!! if you follow slowre on instagram take a look at my stories; somehow I was inspired yesterday to do some videos modeling some new inventory LOL – just ignore my voice and look at the clothes! I think I’ll do some more today with some sale/clearance items. I’ll keep the free shipping on all orders that INCLUDE a sale/clearance item with code SHIPITTOME through the weekend!