When Laura Vinroot Poole, the glamorous owner of Capitol and it’s chic little sister Poole Shop (conveniently located just upstairs) invited us to Charlotte for a back to school shopping event we were literally on the next flight to North Carolina.
I’d been dying to see the stores in person, which were designed around a lush two-story courtyard (complete with a “plant wall”) by Laura’s husband, Perry Poole, and which stock ridiculously luxe finds like Dries Van Noten clutches, Rodarte dresses, Balenciaga bags and Lanvin gowns downstairs and John Patrick Organic leather shorts, Aurelie Bidermann jewelry, Meredith Wendell bags and belts, Rag & Bone sweaters, Jerome Dreyfuss satchels and jewels by yours truly upstairs.
Laura & perry in front of the plant wall in their store's central courtyard and shots of Capitol's interior; Images from gardenandgun.com & littleaugury.blogspot.com
Designers from John Patrick Organic & Meredith Wendell were also on hand last Wednesday, as were some seriously stylish Southern gals and caterers with the most unbelievable hush puppies.
Kathryn rocks the "Isabella Bird" necklace from FW11 collection (now available at Poole Shop) & I'm wearing "Danger Island" from Resort '12 // Catching up with Walter from John Patrick Organic (love!) and the adorable Meredith & Ross of Meredith Wendell // the wonderful Poole Shop & Capitol girls
WE LOVE CAPITOL & POOLE SHOP:
The "Old Laughing Lady" necklace from FW11 // Proenza Schouler Cardigan // Lanvin // Taylor tries on the "Danger Island" necklace with her mom // The "Phoenix Bag" // Upstairs at Poole Shop // Lizzie & Kathryn with the stylish team
I’m obsessed with the Indian Paintbrush bag that we made exclusively in navy & black lambskin for one of my favorite online shopping destinations: Totokaelo.
Other stores will be stocking the piece – sized to fit an ipad but also stunning as an oversized clutch – in classic tan, but Jill at Totokaelo specially requested the darker colors, and she couldn’t have been more dead on … LOVE.
Jill stocks some of our favorite lines (think Rachel Comey, Jil Sander, Chloe, Acne and Aesa jewelry) and styles impeccable “looks” that you can shop from (check out the LFJ patch necklaces below) :
we love you totokaelo!
A few seasons back, Kathryn asked me what my dream runway collaboration would be. I promptly said: SUNO.
Simultaneously Max, the creator of the brand that he designs with Erin Beatty, was dining with a stylist in Paris; when he asked the designer behind her necklace, she responded: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels.
And sparks flew!
I love this LFJ + SUNO oversized enamel cuff, featured on the cover of September Cosmopolitan (available soon online at SUNO and select retailers):
Dianna Agron stuns in LFJ + SUNO on the cover of September Cosmopolitan // Looks from the SUNO FW11 Presentation
And my friend Tatiana rocks similar LFJ + SUNO bracelets in the studio:
Pretty things for the weekend.
(TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO Right): PIA ULIN INTERIOR (piaulin.com) // HAW-lin.com // VANDERHURD FABRIC // INSIDE JESSE KAMM'S CLOSET (CLOSETVISIT.COM) // PIA ULIN INTERIOR (piaulin.com) // convoy.tumblr.com // MARIE CLAIRE AUSTRALIA // PIA ULIN INTERIOR (piaulin.com) // convoy.tumblr.com // KATE MOSS BY MARIO TESTINO IN VOGUE ITALIA // TUSCANY (foxfodderfarm.blogspot.com)
While I’m crazed with SS12, Kathryn’s overseeing shipments of FW11 styles to stores:
I am obsessed with the new custom jewelry boards & polishing cloths we’re shipping with product. I also love the LFJ + SUNO hinged, enameled pendants (I want to steal one of the peach and dark green ones for myself!)
And while I’m still in major summer mode, I can’t wait to pair those long 70′s-inspired pendants and short soldered-chain collars with acid wash cashmere (from J.Crew!) & graphic prints for Fall:
(Top to Bottom, Left to Right): Zero Maria Cornejo coat available at lagarconne.com; J.Crew FW11 presentation; Lizzie Fortunato Jewels "Indian Paintbrush" Ipad Case & Clutch; Proenza Schouler skirt available at lagarconne.com; J.Crew FW11 presentation