Nostalgia: The 90′s Choker

I never wore flannel shorts, listened to Pearl Jam, or frequented Starbucks. Instead I had a fondness for baby doll tees (don’t judge, it was the early ’90′s), Grateful Dead (I’m a San Fran girl), and Pete’s Coffee. I was a tennis player, honor roll student, cheerleader and prom queen so grunge was out of the question. However my one high school “rebellion” was the gothic-like DIY chokers that I would craft out of black pantyhose and... Read More

LuLu Frost

We Pleaters love to spend our days off trekking through flea markets, vintage shops and random outdoor sales to find that one of a kind gem. Jewelry conoisseur and designer Lisa Salzer, is the creative mind behind Lulu Frost. She launched the line while finishing her last year of college back in 2004. An avid antique jewelry collector, she decided to take the pieces and rework them with modern elements to create her own masterpieces. Lisa was lucky enough to stumble upon the... Read More

Designer Spotlight: A Postcard Bijules

When we heard that artist and jewelry designer Jules Kim, and long time friend Jessie Cohen, were collaborating on a series of images titled “Skin Flicks” we had to share. These images were inspired by Victorian French postcard nudes, in which the models in the old postcards were never fully clothed and often wore  jewelry. With little to lose, Jessie put together a great crew including photographer Frej Hendenberg & stylist Jessie Cohan and asked to have Jules provide... Read More


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

SNEAK PEEK! M.Clifford and PONO unite

Sometimes when two vastly different things come together to create something new, we wind up wondering how we ever had one without the other.  Like chocolate and peanut butter candies, or fluffernutter sandwiches.  How can we imagine a time when combining these things didn’t seem so natural? We’re starting to feel the same way about this new collaboration between M.Clifford and PONO by Joan Goodman.  The former is a great go-to for quality, serviceable bags that still... Read More

The Golden Touch

After numerous seasons of clunky, artsy, statement-jewelry, sleek and sculptural pieces have come to relieve our eyes. To say nothing of our necks, earlobes and wrists. While the “made-it-with-my-glue-gun” look isn’t quite behind us, its equally bold, yet more streamlined counterparts are here anyway. They make perfect companion pieces to the pared-down, minimalist look that has been dominating the runways and streets. These pieces’ value is that they’re... Read More

Designer Profile: Alexandra Cassaniti

Because it’s Always Summer Somewhere. Alexandra Cassaniti debuted her line of surfboards, beachwear and accessories two years ago. She has since been on our radar. This winter she extended her talents to help out on Juan Carlos Obando’s runway, where her tough girl gems balanced out his sleek-chic looks. Now, with her fourth collection entitled simply “Summer 6,” she continues her aesthetic of simple, but very appealing items that invoke powerful images of the beach that... Read More

Leather Evolution

Originally considered the go-to garb for biker gangs, punk rockers and similar misfits, today’s leather is practically as user-friendly as cotton. Although leather motorcycle jackets are a familiar sight each fall, this season’s leather takes an unexpected turn as designers experiment with different styles and techniques as Diane von Furstenberg did with this romantic, cut-out empire dress. From cuff bracelets to quilted vests, perforations to pleats, luxe lamb to phony faux-leather... Read More