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Cool Rainwear on a Soggy Day

A Providence company is making rain capes for the "urban traveler."

A Providence company is looking to make dodging the raindrops chic. Cleverhood is manufacturing rain capes for urban travelers like bicyclists, featuring fabrics from plaid to corduroy. And they're made in the United States. "We set out to do something smart that would put good people to work," Susan Mocarski, the creator of Cleverhood, said in a news release. “There's so much creativity…

Anthropologie Opens Friday

Back in October I blogged about the impending Rhode Island arrival  Anthropologie. The wildly popular clothing (accessories and housewares) store is finally set to open in Garden City. Tomorrow night, they are marking their local debut with a super cool invite-only preview party to benefit New Urban Arts. Ten percent  of sales go to the nationally recognized Providence-based nonprofit that…

Couture in the City (by the Sea)

Newport’s always been known as one of the state’s major shopping destinations, but as of June, the city got a major dose of fashion cred. Badgley Mischka, the label known best for jaw-droppingly gorgeous ethereal evening gowns, just opened a boutique on Bellevue Avenue. The store — currently one of only three in the country; the others are in L.A….

Resort Season and a New Local Line

The seemingly endless resort fashion season just ended. It seemed to get a lot more attention than usual, between the press from the Times’ Cathy Horyn and other fashion bigwigs denouncing the use of the word "resort" to describe the season (too pretentious-sounding, they say) and just some really solid collections. Probably the top trend to come out of the…

What Went Down the StyleWeek Runway Last Night

Last night, I had the privilege of checking out two runway shows for StyleWeek Providence at the Hotel Providence. Let me just say that I am totally blown away by the level of talent that is showing there, and I’m so excited for the city, the state and all of the featured designers (and aspiring ones) that this event has…

StyleWeek Providence is Finally Here!

O-M-G. StyleWeek Providence is finally upon us! In case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of months, let me fill you in: StyleWeek is a brand-new event taking place all next week in the capital city, showcasing designers from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and beyond. Some are pretty well known (like Jonathan Joseph Peters, a Woonsocket-born…

Fun Fashion/Art Event: Tonight!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Providence-based accessories designer Andrea Valentini for the current edition RIBQ, the business magazine we help produce for the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. While meeting in Valentini’s Allens Avenue studio, I was just about drooling over the funky bump bags stylishly displayed all around us. Somehow I managed to resist an impulse purchase (that doesn’t happen often!). But I’ll be…

Boho Head Adornments: A Hair "Do"

Bohemian head adornments are a hot spring/summer trend, thanks in large part to the bejeweled head gear that Nicole Richie designed for her House of Harlow line and the floral and ribbon rendition that Diane von Furstenberg sent down the runway last year. They’re the perfect accompaniment to the loose braids that seem to be the hairstyle du jour. Someone…

The Latest Shopping Trend: Retail Hybrids

There’s a bit of a mini trend emerging in the Rhode Island retail scene as of late: different businesses merging together under one roof to create a sort of hybrid operation. It’s a great idea. Not only do business owners cut down on costs, but they’re also able offer customers more convenient one-stop shopping. I first got wind of this…

Another Way to Help Haiti

The media seems to be doing a fairly good job of keeping Haiti front of mind, continuing to stress the importance of helping out in whatever way we can. It’s especially important, because as time passes, "donor fatigue" can set in, and we all move on with our lives, forgetting those that are still being affected directly by the latest…