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Paired Up: The Pilcro Project

We’re ecstatic to report that it’s officially, finally chino season (we hear some… >

Paired Up: The Pilcro Project

We’re ecstatic to report that it’s officially, finally chino season (we hear some people call it “spring”—to each their own). Easy and breezy, they’re the perfect antidote to months of dark denim and weighty cords. Our go-to-pair? The slightly slouchy, wonderfully soft Pilcro Hyphen Chino, now available in seven colors—as well as (drumroll please!) petite and tall sizes.

While we know how we love to wear the Hyphen, we tapped some of our blogger pals for fresh outfitting inspiration. See how they’ve styled it, from polished up to dressed down, cuffed above peep-toes, elevated with wedges and more.


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   "This outfit is perfect for traveling—it’s comfortable but still put together. I’d pair it    with some heels and a smart jacket, which would take me right through the evening.”    —Sarah Sherman Samuel, smittenstudioonline.com



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"Advice on dressing the pant up a bit? A silk tank, stiletto heels, a ‘messy’ low ponytail and a bright red lip.” —James Kicinski-McCoy, bleubirdblog.com


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    "I’d wear this outfit just about anywhere! I’d kick off the heels and play with my     daughter in the park—I’d even throw on some lipstick and get dinner and a
    movie with my man.” —
Justina Blakeney, justinablakeney.com



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“This outfit can be worn a bunch of different places—it’s comfortable, but has a bit of a polished look, as well. For a date night, I’d style them with black open-toed sandals, a drapey blouse and a fitted blazer.” Mara Ferreira, mlovesmblog.com



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    "I cuffed them loosely so they look effortless. Then, heels to lengthen your legs!”     —Blair Culwell, thefoxandshe.com



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The Designer’s Desk: Inge Onsea
of Essentiel Antwerp

When we first caught a glimpse of Essentiel Antwerp’s collection, we thought… >

The Designer’s Desk: Inge Onsea
of Essentiel Antwerp

When we first caught a glimpse of Essentiel Antwerp’s collection, we thought, This must be a lively bunch. Their use of colorful patterns (feathers!), shiny embellishments (sequins!) and unique fabrics (neoprene!) gave us an instant jolt of happy. When Inge Onsea, Essentiel Antwerp’s co-founder and designer, gave us a tour of her office in—where else?—Antwerp, Belgium, our hunch was confirmed. A cacophony of color and pattern, this isn’t exactly what one might call an understated workspace—amplified is more apt. But at the onset of spring, after an especially grey and trying winter, amplified is right up our alley.

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On details making a room. "I love the stories behind a lot of these pieces. The carpet was in the Chinese Pavilion at the Word Expo in ’58 in Brussels. The porcelain stools were used in China as little stoves; they put hot coals in them in winter, so you could sit on them to warm up. There is a big shiny ball above my mirror called a heksenbal, which translates to ‘witches ball.’ They were used in houses in the Middle Ages; when you look at the ball, you see all corners of the room. This comes in handy now as well—nothing escapes my eye!”


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On jewelry as décor. “The necklace on the poster is Essentiel, from last summer’s collection. I keep it close by because sometimes I have to do an interview or meet clients, and I can put this on and feel instantly glammed up. The earrings and bracelet on the little statue are from my holidays in Greece.”


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On going green. ”The green walls were something I didn’t really think about. I am attracted to bright colors in general, and I thought the contrast of the green with the classical features of the room would make an interesting clash!”


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On collecting…or not. “These are the only two cat statues I have. I like to think they protect me. Actually, I am not into collecting. I am drawn to so many things that it would be too much work to collect all of what interests me. I guess the only thing I truly collect are shoes!”


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On getting moody. “These are the mood boards for Spring-Summer 2015. I make mood boards all the time…I find it very necessary. With a mood board, I can directly see the general idea and quickly get back in the vibe of a particular collection.”


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On saving face. “The man with the sunglasses is Charles Tennant, photographed in ’79 by Robert Mapplethorpe. This was an invitation by a gallery, but I kept it because I loved the atmosphere of the photo—he has a cool look. The book is called The Age Of Collage. When I’m working heavily on collections, sometimes it is nice to just open a book and get fresh inspiration!”

 

 

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Spritz It On: Spring Scents

Spring is in the air—in our case, literally. We’ve been spritzing and spraying… >

Spritz It On: Spring Scents

Spring is in the air—in our case, literally. We’ve been spritzing and spraying scents in the Home Office for weeks now, determined to find our favorites. From sprightly florals to luscious fruits to mysterious top-notes from faraway lands, here are three fragrances we just can’t resist this season.

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Borrowing from the Boys
On Pinterest

We’ve gotta hand it to the fellas–slipping into a tailored blazer and wingtip… >

Borrowing from the Boys On Pinterest

We’ve gotta hand it to the fellas–slipping into a tailored blazer and wingtip brogues feels just dandy. From slouchy chinos to overcoats to the occasional oh-yes-she-did bow tie, some of our favorite staple pieces and finishing flourishes are borrowed from the boys. For more ideas on how to mix, match and master menswear-inspired styles, pay a visit to our His Style, Her Way board over on Pinterest.

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The Story of Legend and Song

The Legend and Song collection began with an inkling: what if we were to… >

The Story of Legend and Song

The Legend and Song collection began with an inkling: what if we were to collaborate with artisans from Africa in a way that showcased and modernized the crafts we have so long admired?

And then, as so often happens at the Home Office, the stars aligned and we took a trip.

We weren’t alone.

With the help of Bhavana World Project, a social enterprise that links stateside companies with East Africa entrepreneurs and USAID, the lead U.S. Government agency developing trade and social programs in Africa, our design and production teams traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, making connections with designers, artisan collectives and cooperatives that practice the kind of traditional craftsmanship and of-the-moment aesthetic we so craved. The reality of the trip was far more special than we could’ve imagined; it was a downright magical, lighting-in-a-bottle confluence of collaboration and kismet. Come along with us and see.



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"We started in the main area of Zanzibar, Stone Town—one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. There is this contrast of Western architecture with African textiles and materials. It’s an amazing dichotomy." — Sebastian B., senior accessories designer



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"I’ve never seen textiles like this anywhere in the world. All are handwoven on the loom, the gauge is really fine, almost like a soft gauze. The fabric is incredible; the quality is top-notch and they weave bright yarns into it, so it’s really modern." — Sebastian

 

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"The design inspiration was Dutch wax prints, so our strategy was to source, purchase and research, then ultimately, meet with the companies and design. Everyone took it so seriously; we returned in September and by the first of October we were concepting." — Llenay Ferretti, founder of Bhavana World Project

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"I partnered with Sammy in Ethiopia, who works with leather. His niche is lambskin, the softest, most supple leather, which he tie-dyes using a traditional shibori method." — Sebastian

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"Visiting Rwanda was the most moving part of the trip. It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come—and so fast!—from their tragic past. When we arrived at the workshop, the women started singing to us and we were all in tears. It was encouraging to see design making an impact, how excited they were about the work and how it affects their lives." — Sebastian

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"We collaborated with URU to do an exclusive line, using ethically sourced stones that are traditional to Tanzania to show the diversity of the country’s mining." — Sebastian



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"The design team of Mille Collines is young and full of energy. I love how they fuse their tailoring expertise with African folklore and tradition." — Sebastian


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"To discover East Africa is an exhilarating experience; I wanted to introduce Anthropologie to this part of the world. The places and the people—their talent, their passion for life, their beauty—are the inspiration for Legend and Song, what makes it sing." — Llenay

"We are delighted to have hosted Anthropologie in East Africa. It is exciting to know that the relationships created here will bring this uniquely African collection to their customer." Finn Holm-Olsen, AGOA Trade Advisor, USAID East Africa Trade Hub





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A Collection Most Curious

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For Theresa, our digital project manager, traveling is a way of life. This gal’s been everywhere, and she’s got a quirky little collection of souvenir pens—the kind with the floaty doodads inside—to prove it. The collecting bug hit her as a little girl: her father brought pens home from his business trips at first, and they became her thing—every family trip yielded a new one. Now an avid traveler in her own right, Theresa has been to 35 states, racked up five passports and continues to snag pens from every place she can—75 at last count!


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“I have to have a trip planned or I get really anxious. I refer to my vacations as adventures—I’ll go on a ‘vacation’ when I’m older and need more sleep. I want to see how life is lived wherever I am. I visit tiny stores and street markets and festivals to immerse myself in the local culture. I absolutely love Hanoi, Vietnam. It has this chaotic vibe that scared me at first and then became really exciting.”


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"I never write with these. Maybe—maybe—if I’m in a pinch. And I don’t like when other people pick them up and write with them, either. Besides, some of them are so old, I don’t even know if they write anymore.”

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“I’ve done two big road trips in California. The first was with my family during high school. I was in a car with my mom, sister and one of my brothers for four weeks!”




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“The Toronto pen was from my father. He brought it back for me from a business trip. This is probably my oldest pen; it’s about 25 years old. I’ve actually never been there, if you can believe it!”

"I’m going to Peru next. You know, I’ve looked all over Asia and haven’t found any pens, so I’m hoping South America does the trick. Peru was my dream vacation and it will become a reality in May, so I’ll have to start thinking about a new dream trip, probably to Sicily."


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A Collection Most Curious

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Tucked away on a quiet city block, our visual communications manager Kayte’s house looks much like any other Philadelphia row home from the outside—tidy, brick and unassuming. But stepping through the front door is like stumbling upon a hidden magpie’s nest. Every surface is covered with curated objects—jars of buttons, bolts of brightly colored fabric, a drawer of handmade pompoms, matryoshkas clustered on a vintage tray, all carefully watched over by Bruce, her orange-and-white Maine Coon. While we could spend hours poring over Kayte’s collections, it was her brooches and the stories behind these pretty little somethings that truly captivated us.



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“My collection obsession began early. When I was a child, I set up a museum in my bedroom and charged people five cents to come look at rocks, arrowheads and seedpods that I had found outside.”

“I love brooches because they’re great conversation starters. They’re one thing I let myself go crazy with—you can wear a wacky brooch with just about anything and get away with it.”


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“My mom acquired this teeny fish when she was a little girl. It was lost for a while, but she recently found it in the pocket of one of her vintage dresses and passed it on to me.”


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“Brooches look great on lapels, but you can also pin them on a belt, in the middle of a shirt or use them to brighten up a winter coat. Hair clips and shoe clips work as brooches, too!”

“Many of these pieces come from my grandmother’s costume jewelry collection. She had a whole dresser full of trinkets, and as child I loved rooting through each drawer—I never knew what I would find hidden inside.”