We’d like to welcome you back from the weekend with our wham-bam-thank-you-PLEAT, Holiday Dressing Mini-Guide. We’re sure you already have enough items on the old “To Do” list, so we’ve spared you the added grief of figuring out what to wear. Now you only have to worry about the inevitable troika that is Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Thanksgiving: Err on the side of demure, but not dorky, when dealing with the family, especially if it’s someone else’s. Then... Read More

Patricia Field for MCM at Saks

MCM, the Munich based luxury bag line, has paired up with the vision behind the looks of Sex and the City to create a limited edition, signature bag line exclusively at Saks. The first designs are inspired by Martine, an artist and longtime friend of Ms. Field’s. MCM has given Martine’s drawing, in this case a woman’s face, their bag as a canvas. The bold, ragged lines run across and over the MCM logo. There are several bag shapes, from the uber ‘it’ drawstring... Read More

The Bucket List

No we aren’t going to give you a list of things we want to do before we die. Instead, we’ll let you drool ten times over, for one of our favorite bag trends! The bucket bag has been around for a while, and like the hobo, it’s a bit more fun and tends to lend your outfits a touch more edge with its unusual drawstring shape. We’re inclined to favor the Alexander Wang “Diego” version, but if you aren’t into carrying around a dumbbell with a huge price tag, might we... Read More

Designer Exclusives

Exclusive. Exclusivity. Exclusiveness. Being New Yorkers, we PLEATers have a love/hate relationship with the concept of exclusivity. Unmarked doors, unlisted phone numbers, velvet ropes, and closed guest lists are about as rare as a cabbie telling you his meter is broken. In fact, it’s probably easier (and less likely to cause bodily injury!) to sneak into the mayor’s office than past the scary clipboard “hostess” at Le Bain. And being in fashion, god forbid you... Read More

Satchel Savings

Lady-like bags are all the rage this season. But if you’re like us (and the remaining 99.997% of the population!), you can’t afford Louis Vuitton’s reinterpreted Speedy bag. No worries. This luxe-looking satchel by Deena & Ozzy is a close runner-up. Vintage-inspired, this reptile-patterned, faux-leather hand bag is the perfect size for city gals. It’s big enough to hold the essentials: flats, air mac and trio of glosses. It’s sleek too, so you won’t... Read More

Nostalgia: SAK It Up

The iconic “Sak Lady” ad. In the mid 90’s, “The Sak” could be found slung across the shoulder of every cool chick in NorCal. Now, I don’t know if it was strictly a West Coast thing. Could be. Because my fellow East Coast and Canadian PLEATers think I am making this up. I attended a Catholic high school where uniforms were the norm. So I had to come up with crazy ways to showcase my inner fashionista and avoid the dean’s office. Colorful ribbed Gap... Read More