Thursday, September 22, 2016

Buki Brand and The Revolution of The Modern Wardrobe

Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

The idea of seasonless dressing in not a new concept, but how it is approached by the new clothing brand, Buki, certainly is. This new line of both women's and men's luxury sportswear combines chic silhouettes, detailed tailoring, and modern technology that introduces the wearer to modern clothing with longevity. Buki clothing is created through fiber technology developed in Japan to defy the curses of the knits; the pieces do not shrink and have complete recovery from wear, which means no baggy bum or knees. The entire collection is made with Kinoki-3.0 fiber technology, which offers state-of-the-art thermoregulation, moisture-management, and stretch & recovery. And the best part? The pieces are beautifully modern and incredibly comfortable, taking sportswear to the next level in cool elegance. 

After meeting with Buki founder Joey Rodolfo and his team, I chose several of my favorite pieces from the inaugural line to style for a photo shoot. I was definitely enchanted by the architectural silhouettes that had subtle yet cool details like cross over pleats, draping, contrast buttons and vents. It is all in the details for me when it comes to styles I love. Rodolfo wants his pieces to lead the "wardrobe revolution" of having an abbreviated closet that holds minimal clothing with maximum style. Hello, Buki Brand.

Buki Perfect Pullover and Kick Around Pant, Marni Handbag, Free People Flats

The entire line comes in a gorgeous array of neutrals, from creamy white, to charcoal, to chambray blue and of course black. The pieces can be mixed together and I loved how they work beautifully on their own or layered. The Buki color palette flows so well you can choose any variety of pieces to wear with each other.  One of my favorites, the Swing Back Shirt, borrows from the boys but with a feminine twist and you actually need to touch it to know it is not woven oxford cloth but knit. That means no dry cleaning! Sweet.

Buki Swing Back Shirt, J.Crew Skirt, Zara Velvet Booties, Kate Spade Bag

I always like to give things my own touch, so I had fun mixing the Buki pieces with things from my own wardrobe. This vintage J.Crew sequin skirt makes a fabulous match to the modern Buki shirt, and the Hometown Hoodie is super versatile in a mod swing style. The Perfect Pullover and Kick Around Pants were seriously so soft inside that I didn't want to take them off. I wore this sophisticated little pairing with my Free People Degas Tie Ballet Flat but a on trend chunky heel shoe and pair of statement earrings would make you look fabulous when you have people over for that fall dinner you are planning. That you inviting me to....right?

Buki Hometown Hoodie
The website for Buki launched on September 20, 2016 and the packaging for online orders is a sophisticated Japanese inspired origami style box that will you may be as excited about as your purchase. Look for their Pop-Up Shop coming just in time for holiday events and gifting, opening from November 4 to December 31, 2016, located at 1828 6th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

You can shop now at using the code WESTFULTON15 and receive 15% off the entire site on unlimited orders until October 31, 2016.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall in Blue and An Ode to J.Crew

Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

I have always been a fan of J.Crew, particularly because I love their creative director and president, Jenna Lyons and her incredible personal style. I also love that their pieces mix so well with my closet and they always inspire me to get creative.  I know there have been some haters over the last couple of years, but I have never been one of them. Except for their pants. For some reason, I can't wear their pants. It is a mystery still, but beyond that I love what J.Crew does and I look forward to each season.

This week J.Crew and Nordstrom have launched an edited collection of J.Crew in 16 different Nordstrom locations. With the success of J.Crew's little sister brand, Madewell, this was in inevitable step, especially since the two shopping destinations most certainly have a crossover in their audience. I stopped by and took a look at the collection and it was a lovely small collection of their classic blazers, bright pink cashmere and their newest leopard pieces. You could always walk across the street to Pacific Place in you are in downtown Seattle, but it seems to be a perfect fit for both retailers. And who doesn't love hot pink cashmere and leopard, right? ;)

It is fantastic that J.Crew's latest campaign featured normals, and by that I mean J.Crew chose models from its own directory instead of professional models. The brand recently cast friends of the brand, ages 13 to 70, including J.Crew employees and journalists, to model the spring/summer collection. Fantastic. This novel little idea of using models past a certain age, plus writers, bloggers, and other real people that are interestingly beautiful in their own right, takes this brand to the next level for me. And maybe that is the essence of J.Crew that keeps me coming back for more. They make something seemingly ordinary show that it can be extraordinary.

While I am happily returning to my fall and winter neutral palette of gray, black, and gray, this brilliant blue color works beautifully with these colors and gives that pop of color that ups your style game. I shop J.Crew Collection quite a lot, especially the sale section, to see if I can come up with a piece I have been coveting on sale. To be honest, this never ever happened with the J.Crew Collection Leather Motorcycle Jacket, a gorgeous to-die-for jacket in buttery soft navy leather that I pined over for over a year. Kind of obsessed? Yes. I finally decided to go for it because it truly is one of those pieces that I know I will wear forever.

I did find this beautiful Collection Lace Skirt on the website on sale and am beyond about it. The slightly shorter lining that shows off the beautiful in-house made fabric. A pencil is my favorite style of skirt--it is always flattering and chic. And good news...this skirt is still on sale and there are currently lots of sizes. It will be fantastic with a pair of boots when the days become cooler.

The lace skirt came with a matching crop top but I took a chance that the Back-zip Crewneck Sweater in the color cerulean cove would be a match with the skirt. Both pieces were released from the same season so I was hoping they would work for a monochromatic look, and my gamble paid off. The cropped silhouette give it a modern appeal and it has a zipper up the back, which is a cool detail.

The shoes are one of my very favorite styles that are out for this fall. The J.Crew Pumps in snakeskin printed leather have a block heel that is tall but still comfortable to walk in. The four buckles are perfectly on trend and the snake, well, goes with everything. These babies will be going to a lot of parties. The Marni Polka Dot Frame Bag I bought from designer consignment heaven, MBs Finds, shows lady like style with a little bit of attitude. J.Crew's Pearl Twisted Hammock Necklace is a classic that looks as lovely with a skirt as it does with distressed denim. Pearls are always a good idea.

You don't have to dress head to toe in J.Crew, of course, to look amazing, but you might be tempted to after perusing their latest catalog, or maybe this blog? Use the blues in your fall wardrobe for some serious style.