La Garçonne Gift Guide


Leave it to La Garçonne to style some of my Christmas wish-list items in their latest edition of Atelier. These items read as a Best of Basics gift guide. Cozy classics include a cashmere cardigan by Modern and a Nepali pashmina shawl. Simple staples include pieces from The Row: the Medicine Pouch and aptly named Noelle slipper (both available in their Tribeca store). Must-have items for the home include pieces from Dutch interior decor brand Serax and French photographer Sarah Moon. Shop the rest of the La Garçonne gift guide here, you won’t be disappointed.

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Shop Visit: La Garçonne


My retail dreams came true when my favorite online shopping destination, La Garçonne, opened their flagship store in New York last month. I finally had a chance to visit the minimalist space, and of course, I fell in love with the ultra white walls and simple decor. In the quiet neighborhood of TriBeca, the large open space is behind a beautiful wood framed entrance with a poplin swaddled dress form in the front window and a tiny  etching of La Garçonne on the glass front door, as the only indicators of what’s inside. Overhead, an oversized paper lantern floats above as you browse their namesake collection, La Garçonne Moderne in its entirety. Jewelry and accessories are laid out on custom-made islands with felt wool tops, some encased in antique glass boxes for easy viewing. The back of the store houses the home goods and loungewear,  in their truly minimalist aesthetic. While the space doesn’t stock the vast online selection of international designers, there are plenty of specialty pieces to discover that you won’t find anywhere else.


Minimalism can often feel stark, but this is not the case with the La Garconne store, it was warm and inviting and made you feel at ease when browsing and trying on clothes. I pulled together some minimalist pieces to bring the La Garçonne shop aesthetic to your home.

Rattan ladder // White mirror //  Beam chair // Jute rug // Oversized paper lantern // Felt lined wood tray


Is La Garçonne Opening a New York Store?

Let’s talk all things La Garçonne today. The online retailer (my favorite for years) is known for understated elegance with a tomboy flare and for carrying high end designers along with emerging talent. Not only am I excited about the new La Garçonne Moderne Collection No.5 (more on that later), but more importantly, the prospect of La Garçonne opening a New York store.


Nothing’s confirmed, but based on their Careers page, La Garçonne is looking for a store manager in New York… Which means a brick and mortar store might be opening later this year! I can imagine it now… A crisp white retail space with organic elements punctuating the spaces between racks of neutral hued designer goods. I am only speculating of course, but the store will most likely be downtown, somewhere near their SoHo headquarters. Tribeca would be nice.


While I don’t know anything for sure about the store, I do know that the La Garçonne Moderne Collection No. 5 was made with an artist in mind. While draping and sewing, there is nothing I’d like to wear more than the utilitarian pieces of this collection.




Summer Dreams in Black and White

La Garconne’s look book entitled The Opening Act is my dream summer wardrobe! Made up entirely of black and white, with just the right amount of skin peaking through sheers and cutouts. La Garconne, The Opening Act, 3.1 Philip Lim Open Knit Embroidered Pullover, Rag & Bone Caleigh Tank, Charlie Anastase Andreas Crinoline Skirt, Acne Studios Pistol Boots, Women's Fashion, Summer 2013 | DeSmitten La Garconne, The Opening Act, Steven Alan Lace Top, Jacquemes Three Tier Skirt, Dieppa Restrepo Luca Two-Tone Oxford, Summer 2013, Women's Fashion | DeSmitten La Garconne, The Opening Act, Peter Jensen Lace Jacket, Isabel Marant Gallo Embroidered Jean, R13 Cotton Gauze Muscle Tee, Dieppa Restrepo Two Tone Cali Loafer, Summer 2013, Women's Fashion | DeSmitten La Garconne, The Opening Act, Simone Rocha Big Dot Dress, Women's Fashion | DeSmitten La Garconne, The Opening Act, Tsumori Chisato Lace Dress, Rag & Bone High Rise Skinny Jean, Repetto Michael Patent Loafer, Women's Fashion, Summer 2013 | DeSmittenLa Garconne, The Opening Act, Acne Studios Fran Perforated Cardigan, Etoile Isabel Marant Lace Gaomi Cami, Vanessa Bruno Athe Knee Patch Denim, Women's Fashion, Summer 2013 | DeSmitten La Garconne, The Opening Act, Organic by John Patrick, Proenza Scouler Crochet Leather Skirt, Diepa Restrepo Loafer | DeSmitten


Nineties Now

The 1990’s don’t seem that far off, but believe it or not, the days of platform shoes, baggy pants and flannels was more than a decade ago. The nineties are back already and I want you to be more chicly prepared! I recently fell in love with and incidentally spent hours on the Editorial Archive blog. I continued to come across editorials from the 1990’s that could very well be in today’s Vogue, sporting the casual minimalism looks that nod to the nineties. Here are some oldies, but goodies in the terms of 90’s fashion. If you are going to go there, take note from these editorials and leave your baggy pants at home.

This is how I would do nineties now… all from La Garconne.

(acne dress.opening ceremony mary martin margiela watch band bracelet.alexander wang backpack. saskia diez hair band.)