Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood once said, “Buy less, choose well, make it last.” That saying certainly applies to the mission of Rue des Archives, a month-long Bakery Square pop-up shop featuring resold pieces from high-end labels.
Today marks the opening of Rue des Archives, the latest venture from Nathan McCarthy and Thomas Cabral of the Strip District-based floral shop Hens and Chicks.
Located next to TechShop, the temporary Bakery Square store carries quality secondhand clothing, shoes and accessories from brands such as Helmut Lang, Dolce & Gabbana and Balenciaga. The inventory caters mostly to women, with a small selection geared towards men.
The pop-up coincides with the launch of an e-commerce site where online shoppers can browse and buy from a curated assortment of designer goods.
Cabral and McCarthy decided to open the shop as a response to a growing interest in designer fashion around Pittsburgh, especially after Nordstrom Rack came to The Block Northway. The emergence of young professionals in the city—including those near Rue des Archives at Bakery Square’s Google office—has created a demand for quality goods more suited for the business world.
“There’s a standard of how you’re expected to look,” says McCarthy.
He adds that while most people might not consider consignment chic, it offers a chance to invest in designer pieces without breaking the bank. At Rue des Archives, customers can buy a cashmere Valentino sweater for around $70, or pay $140 for a coat that originally sold for $3,000. They can also choose from an array of deeply discounted handbags, shoes and pre-worn denim.
McCarthy understands that high fashion newbies world may find the shop intimidating. To ease any sartorial anxiety, knowledgeable salespeople are on hand to help customers coordinate outfits and find what style works best for them.
“We want the experience to be like you’re in your friend’s closet,” says McCarthy. “It’s not stuffy. It should be something that’s fun and relaxed. You should feel good.”
Customers can also feel assured that their purchase will contribute to good causes. From each sale, 10 percent will go towards a charity of the consigner’s choice. The remaining profit is split evenly between Rue des Archives and the consigner.
The shop also intends to spotlight how resale luxury items offer a more eco-friendly, socially-conscious alternative to most retail. McCarthy became more aware of fashion’s impact on the environment during his time working as an assistant to Julie Gilhart, former fashion director and senior vice president of Barneys New York.
“She was really getting into more sustainable fashion practices,” says McCarthy.
The focus comes at a time when so-called “fast fashion” brands like Zara, H&M and Old Navy have collectively garnered a bad reputation for overproducing poor quality merchandise, much of which only last a few wears. McCarthy believes it makes more sense to maintain high quality used goods as opposed to buying cheaper options that quickly fall apart and end up in landfills.
Fast fashion companies have also come under fire for how they manufacture their clothes, including using child labor and turning a blind eye to dangerous working conditions. Just recently, a US Department of Labor investigation found that Southern California factories supplying clothing to Forever 21, Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx paid workers $4 an hour, far below that of the state minimum wage.
“A lot of higher end designers do things more ethically and they employ a lot more artisanal workers,” says McCarthy.
Rue des Archives (186 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221) runs now through December 28, 2016. Hours are daily from noon to 7:30 p.m.
The pop-up will feature a constant stream of new, handpicked pieces. But supplies are limited.
“Once it’s gone, it’s gone,” says McCarthy, adding that they may close the shop early if a day’s inventory sells out.
He says that if everything works out, they would consider opening a permanent brick-and-mortar store somewhere in the city.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses
It's finally holiday season! Sunny days filled with outdoor activities, adventures and the beach are surely on the cards. Whether you're planning to perch on your balcony or by the beach all Summer long, spending plenty of time outdoors is on the cards. It's probably no surprise that holiday season is one of the most popular times for people to get tattoos. And while it's great to get tattooed in Summer (so you can show it off), it's important to take special care to heal and protect it during high UV ray and sun exposure periods. The sun can not only damage your skin but can permanently damage tattoo pigmentation too, changing the tone of certain colours. If you're thinking about inking up this Summer, there's a few things to know for protecting your new tattoo. We asked one of Australia's leading tattoo artists, Kian Forreal, for the six tips to know before getting a tattoo this Summer .
Allow plenty of time to heal before exposing your tattoo to the sun.
New skin — such as that over a freshly healed tattoo — has little to no natural UV protection. It's key to ensure a healing tattoo is properly covered to protect the wounded skin and preserve the colouring.
Apply white zinc cream to protect and reflect UV rays from your tattoo.
The reflective nature of white zinc offers the best UV protection for a tattoo. If you can't cover up with a shirt, white zinc is your next best friend.
Apply sunscreen liberally to prevent your tattoo from fading.
If white zinc isn't available to you, protect your new tattoo with a sunscreen that has a minimum of SPF 30. Don't be hesitant to reapply more than instructed.
Wear clothing to cover your ink.
Lightweight fabrics like cotton will allow your skin to breathe, while adding an extra layer of protection for your tattoo. It's important to remember that UV rays can pass through light clothing, so applying white zinc or sunscreen underneath clothing is key.
Keeping your skin hydrated will keep your tattoo looking beautiful and keep the lines looking crisp. Bio Oil is great for tattoos as well.
Apply bug spray.
Don't apply bug spray directly to your tattoo, but applying around the tattoo and to your whole body will prevent you from getting bitten by mosquitoes and prevent potentially ugly marks on your tattoo.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/red-formal-dresses
A budding young designer is hoping readers of Derry Now will help him to get through to the final of a prestigious fashion competition.
Tommy McLaughlin was recently shortlisted in the Wedding Journal’s Young Designer of the Year.
The Clady man is one of ten competitors to make it through to this stage of the competition which asks young people to design a wedding dress.
He hopes to now go one step further and make it into the final five.
The Young Designer of the Year competition, which is run annually by top bridal mag Ireland’s Wedding Journal, is open to all creative individuals, young designers and fashion students across Ireland, under the age of 25.
It gives young designers, like Tommy, an opportunity to potentially showcase their work in front of thousands of people and the big names in the bridal industry.
Maghera woman Melissa Gormley won last year’s competition.
Tommy, a second year Textile, Art, Design and Fashion student at University of Ulster, said he was delighted when his mood board (above) was shortlisted in the prestigious competition.
A former student of St Mary’s College, Clady and Northern Regional College, Tommy is no stranger to the competition, having made it through to the final stages two years ago.
Although he didn’t win, Tommy (pictured below) said it didn’t put him off the competition and he has returned with ‘more ideas’.
“Two years ago I was only learning but since then I have improved so much. I’m totally independent in what I do and I have so many ideas. I also know what’s ahead of me.”
The 20 year-old, who is currently applying for placements within top London fashion houses, now needs people to vote for him to keep him in the competition.
Online voting will run to midnight on Sunday (November 20).
The five mood boards with the most votes will go through to the final of the competition, and the young designers will be invited to make their wedding dress which will be worn by a professional model and showcased on the runways of the Wedding Journal Shows in Belfast, Dublin and Cork in January. A celebrity panel of fashion judges will then chose the one winning dress and its designer will be named as the Young Designer of the Year 2017.