Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Back to Europe…and not a minute too soon

It was a fantastic holiday season, wasn’t it? For starters, we actually got a white Christmas, and how often does that happen anymore? And most of the people we spoke to actually took time to relax over the break. They stayed home. They saw family. They ate and drank too much. And they slept. A lot.

Yes…sounds a lot like our 2017 holiday season. And it was just what the doctor ordered after a successful but VERY busy year.

But now we’re refreshed and ready to get on with it.
What better place to start that Europe?

Belgium? Yup. Belgium.
We’re hitting the usual suspects on this buying trip: Paris, Milan, Dusseldorf. But we added Brussels this year, mostly for Caroline Biss. We’ve been offering her line for years, and we love her bright, elegant approach. Her spring line was a top seller, and we can’t wait to see what she’s come up with for next winter. Her studio is about 40 minutes northwest of the city so we’ll do a breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien (a Bruxelles must) and then hit the road.

Italian Cashmere
Here’s a fun fact about cashmere: the word is an old-world spelling of Kashmir (the region of India where the style was first noticed by European fashion houses.

Cashmere differs from wool in that it’s made from the underbelly hairs of goats. This is what gives it its softness, and why it’s so much more expensive than wool. Unfortunately, the market is flooded with cheap cashmere knock-offs that aren’t close to worth the price.

That’s why we’ll be spending some quality time in Italy sourcing high-quality, locally designed cashmere pieces for fall/winter 2018. The Italians pride themselves on producing the finest cashmere on earth, and there are few activities more fun for us than travelling around Milan and its surrounding areas validating that bold claim.

The Paris Tradition
We’ll end our trip in the City of Lights as we always do. We’ll visit Valerie Khalfon, Devernois and Bleu Blanc Rouge to line up our Fall/Winter collection. And when we’re done, we’ll celebrate another successful jaunt with a cocktail at La Societe where we’ll rub shoulders with all our colleagues from around the world, find out what they found on their buying trips and get some fresh ideas for our next trip across the pond - which we’re aiming to take in the spring.

While we’re gone, please feel free to visit. Our amazing team will be in the store and ready to help you with anything you need. And if there’s something you feel strongly about us seeing before we come back (or you have any restaurant tips for us), drop us a line at mail@petrakarthaus.com.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Lace in November? Yes!

Winter wear tends to default into a sea of sameness: dark patterns, thick fabrics and dressing for warmth over style. But on days you feel like shaking it up by showing a bit of skin - if only to give your body some room to breathe - something lace is perfect.

This is how you let your skin breathe.

Around here, the queen of lace is Valérie Khalfon. We first noticed them in the south of France on a buying trip a while ago, and we immediately knew we had to find a home for the line in our store.

This dress is perfect for work and after work.

This trendy Parisian house started out as blouse designers, but have become synonymous with haute couture lace. And as much as we love their style, we love their story more. They position their clothing as being created “for women by a woman,” and that comes through in every piece. Sleek, feminine and easy to wear in any season, Khalfon clothing has a place in any closet.

A little heat for a chilly night out.

The other day, a customer of ours came in to pick up a few new pieces for the holiday season and Khalfon was an easy choice. Showing up at a Christmas party with a bit of lace turns heads and brightens moods. It’s sexy without being too revealing. And the patterns let you simplify your accessories: simple stud earrings let you comfortably wear a hat or ear-warmer on the way in and out without worry. And a simple necklace is all you’d need to complete the outfit.

Gorgeous for any occasion.

So if you see lace as a May-to-September style, think again. Next time you’re in the store, ask us to see some of the Khalfons we have in stock. But don’t wait too long - the word’s out and they’re not staying on the rack for very long.