The Denim Shirt Dress

Zero-waste design

Today we introduce The Denim Shirt Dress – by Plantation.

A thoughtful design aiming to reduce production waste is a fundamental step for a conscious fashion mindset. Indeed, this garment is modern and stylish.

The Denim Shirt Dress
The Denim Shirt Dress
by Plantation1982

About the design

It is a zero-waste pattern with a unique design realised by using the fabric cutout of the curved sleeves along the hemline.
Also, the hemline at the back is square, and the front is round, giving a cool asymmetric silhouette.
Inside the sleeves, you’ll find a flap with a buttonhole which holds the sleeves when you roll them up. Two pleats along the back provide amplitude to the armpit and shoulders, making the movement comfortable.
Front button closure plus a self-tie belt. One side slit pocket. Under-knee length, two side slits.

It is a dress suitable for many occasions: to wear it as a dress, adjust the waist belt tightly, or wear it as light outerwear by opening the front buttons.

About the material

100% cotton – lightweight indigo denim. Fresh and comfortable.
The zero-waste pattern cuts the fabric in order to avoid production waste. Instead of the conventional zero-waste technique, consisting of linear and complicated parts, Plantation designers want to create a zero-waste pattern for everyday wear. Indeed, the curved design provides extra comfort.

About the colour

This item is indigo dyed. Indigo dyeing has a natural texture, and you can enjoy the unique colour change as the colour fades when you wash it. Since the colour will fade, please avoid wearing it with white items prone to colour transfer.
It is a washed product in order to give a unique texture.

Laundry

Hand washable, easy-care.
You can wash it by hand at home. Please, be careful not to wash it with other items.

The Denim Shirt Dress

Timeless, seasonless, ageless design #formodernhumans

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One year!

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We are excited to share with you that today, the suite123 blog turns 1! One year!

Considering that in March 2022, suite123 boutique entered its 16th year of activity in the fashion field, and we almost forgot about it, perhaps we are not big on celebrating anniversaries.

However, there’s one thing we want to acknowledge: our connections. Yes, connections we developed during the time, relationships based on trust.

Lately, we have decided to shift the boutique activity to the online world. Which at first may seem a too cold means to encourage human relations. But in our case, it’s not. Because we believe in human relations, they are at the heart of what we do, and so is our private shopping service. Physical or digital, our essence doesn’t change.

One year
Ro in light green, Cri in purple!

Through clothing, we tell the story of our times, and through these stories, we make a change. It’s about inspiring each other and creating a community of like-minded people aiming to make the world a better place.

Connecting with you, knowing you, your taste, and your ideas are things we appreciate.

Celebrating one year of suite123 blog!

And so, to celebrate one year of the suite123 blog plus 16 of the boutique focusing on connections, we offer a 30 minute free wardrobe makeover consultation.
We’ll suggest how to remix your garments, what to keep, or what to resell or donate (absolutely, do not throw away anything unless damaged).

It’s free! It’s for you!

Book your private consultation via email.
The offer expires on Monday 23rd.

We love to stay in touch and assist you!

Thank you for reading us,
Cri & Ro
❤️

Different choices

Challenging the status quo

Making different choices, or doing the opposite of what others do, seems to be a valuable strategy. Indeed, standing apart is better than offering a mere homologation to consumerism and blind convenience. Which is the mass culture.

People have a choice. It may seem simple, but it is a fact. And our choices define the world we live in. What happens around us doesn’t occur by chance but is intentional. No supernatural force intervenes, only our own will. Therefore, the reality that surrounds us is the product of our actions, of our lifestyle.

Once you understand that, the change comes as a result, even if you have to go first. But when you move in a different direction, touch on specific topics, and use a certain language, you narrow down the people who would interact with you. In fact, you challenge the status quo while everyone follows it.

The market is vast, and the grand bazaar is always open. But, despite the vastness, the proposals are homologated, and lowering the bar is still the norm. In fact, even in a devastating moment, which was supposed to bring in a shift in behaviour, there is no understanding of the impact of our lifestyle choices.

Different choices #formodernhumans

Over two decades in the fashion field, we have gained more knowledge and a deeper level of consciousness. And we evolved, taking a different path.
Change comes from the inside, so we have started with ourselves and our individual choices. But it’s visible through what we select and how. The quality and limited quantity we pick out.

You will not find the fashion supermarket with us but a capsule selection of meaningful garments. There is a reason for every piece we choose. That is how we make a difference.

We make our choices consistent with our values, aware that changing the way we work can be incomprehensible to many. But understandable for those who see the possibilities. For modern humans, away from mass culture.

And we hope you will be with us.

The Rubber Band Eco Bag

Minimal design #formodernhumans

Today we introduce The Rubber Band Eco Bag – by ZUCCa.

It is a pocketable eco bag with a minimal and functional design that will add a modern touch to your style. Although part of the Spring-Summer collection, it is a seasonless accessory. And you can carry it with you as your main handbag, when you want something lightweight, or as an extra bag.

About the design
There is a colour block rubber band with a logo in the centre, and if you fold it around the rubber and turn it over, it will become a compact pocketable size. When folded up, thanks to a carabiner hidden under the rubber band, you can hang it on other bags and carry it around. So you’ll have it always on hand when you need it.

About the material
This shopping bag is made from a recycled polyester fabric made from recycled PET bottles.

The Rubber Band Eco Bag
The Rubber Band Eco Bag
by ZUCCa

Perhaps by recycling, we will not save the world, but it is a good choice since we are surrounded by plastic. And so, giving new life and new forms to PET is just one of the possibilities we should implement to reduce our impact on the environment.

About the colour
We picked out three different combinations. There is a chic version in grey with a fluo light green rubber band. But there are also vivid colours such as yellow with a white rubber band and purple with a turquoise rubber band.

Sizes
H50 W30 D10
Big enough to carry an A4 size file.

Laundry
Hand washable, easy-care.
Wash by hand in cold water.

Eco tip: having with you an additional bag is a thoughtful strategy to avoid taking shoppers from retailers. You just use and resuse yours.

The Rubber Band Eco Bag is cool and practical. Also, this accessory can be a lovely gift.

Drop us a message for any further information. We’d love to assist you!

Production chains impasse

The urgency to make a change

Production chains have been disrupted first by the pandemic and second by the war in Ukraine. Which, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to have a short term solution.

And so, the question arises about how to reorganise the production system in a new sustainable way.

The most striking point is that the western world is set up only for consuming goods produced in countries where wages are below the standards which would allow a decent life. That is a dead-end system: corporations will never renounce that magnificent cake which secures their profits. At the same time, everyone worldwide contributes to sustaining that system by overconsuming goods.

With a complete lack of vision, most companies hope to get back to normal soon, identifying that normal with the pre-pandemic and prewar structure. But the war and the new outbreak in China added more problems, further slowing raw material supplies and destroying markets. So it just got worse. While disrupting production chains, those catastrophic events are bringing in radical changes. And maybe, even those companies who prayed for “back to normal” will understand that life will never be the same, nor will production chains.

Production chains – What are the possibilities?

Small-sized companies offering local productions are more prone to change and more adaptable to new situations. The big chains don’t have this ability to change and adapt quickly.
Artisanal should be the new normal, guided by the principle of going ahead with production only when there is a commitment to purchase. No overproduction.
Also, more focused production would give space to creativity, which is fundamental to conceiving meaningful products, goods made to last and worth buying.

Small, artisanal and creative are just some of the elements that provide a thoughtful and sustainable business model.

Of course, being creative means taking risks, so no one wants to do it because there’s no guarantee of success. But the catastrophic events we are witnessing tell us that we must change now.

In order to provide sustainable production chains, we need people leading the industries with innovative visions based on ethical principles.

Taking risks is part of the game. There’s no other way to make a change.

Chronicles from the Middle Ages

Women against women

“An entrepreneur cannot afford not to see a woman show up for two years, that’s why I often bet on men.”
Sometimes women can have a tremendously negative impact on women’s emancipation. You can see this by listening to Elisabetta Franchi, whose words sounded like chronicles from the Middle-Ages.

This is what Elisabetta Franchi said in an interview with “Il Foglio”:

“When you put a woman in an important position, you cannot afford not to see her coming for two years because that position is uncovered. An entrepreneur invests time, energy, and money and if a woman cannot show up it’s a problem, so I too, as an entrepreneur, am responsible for my company, have often focused on men.”

“I only hire over forty women who already have children.”

Daily life in Middle Ages

This is not men’s opposition to women’s emancipation. This is women against women.
For what is our vision of fashion, Elisabetta Franchi has never been under our radar. Style speaks, and her fashion perfectly represents her worldview, which is explained above. A tacky style for women who dress to impress men. That’s what society and tradition want, so let’s give it to them. And so, we witness the same old patriarchal rhetoric depicted through clothing. A regressive representation of the female who has no career opportunities but can count on attracting men.

Something we would never offer to our women. But what we find sad is that most women like that style.

A while ago, we promised to write an exploration of fashion and patriarchy. Indeed, the only fashion that men can appreciate is the one that pleases them. Consequently, that is the most popular style among women, and therefore, that is the best-selling fashion.

Now pair Franchi’s retrograde words with the recent news that three girls couldn’t enter a bar on the beach near Ostia because their clothes weren’t sexy enough. So what do we see? The disturbing picture of a society where there’s no chance for women. No evolution.

And we just needed a woman to remind us about it! Chronicles from the Middle-Ages, that’s it!

The Silk Double Dress

Timeless nonchalant elegance

Today we introduce The Silk Double Dress – by Marc Le Bihan.

Fashion to us means offering a value choice, meaningful pieces made to last. And creativity, together with artisanal production, makes fashion special. Indeed, these elements give life to unique garments, beautiful pieces that you don’t find everywhere. And it is part of their intrinsic value.

When it comes to searching for uniqueness, creativity, and artisanal work, Marc Le Bihan has a lot to say. So let’s discover another one of the stunning timeless pieces we picked out for the Spring-Summer season.

The Silk Double Dress

About the design
This lightweight dress is made of two layers of silk featuring an asymmetrical cut and under knee-length. Specifically, they are two separate dresses, which you can wear all together or just one. A tone-on-tone Chantelle lace along the neckline and a front lace flower enrich the above dress. The second dress is less decorated, with boat lace detailed neckline and lace along the hemline. 

The Silk Double Dress
The Silk Double Dress
by Marc Le Bihan

About the material
100% silk. The hand is soft and slightly shiny. Moreover, its creased effect makes this dress suitable not only for special occasions but for a dose of nonchalant elegance.

About the colour
Bronze: a delicate dusty shade that adds a sophisticated touch. The image is impalpable and refined.

Laundry
Dry clean.
However, it is possible to wash carefully by hand in cold water with very soft soap and add white vinegar to prevent colour loss.

When you wear the complete ensemble, The Silk Double Dress is opulent but effortless at the same time. If you choose to wear only one layer requires a slip dress under, and even if less rich, the image is always beautiful. 
For special occasions, pair it with minimal heels. Or, try it with lace-ups or flat sandals for a nonchalant outfit.

Drop us a message for any further information. We’d love to assist you!

The Met Gala circus

Bad taste portrayed

People may think that events such as Met Gala offer hints of elegance. Please, forget it. Raised eyebrows were our reaction to viewing the pictures, not for facial gymnastics but as a sign of perplexity. What’s the point of that insane parade?

Our last post was about elegance, what went wrong with it, why bad taste prevailed, and here comes the Met Gala to present further suggestions.

Met Gala – What is it?

Born for the purpose of charity, Met Gala is the annual fundraising event of the Costume Institute Gala by the New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Every year there’s a different theme, and so the guests have to dress for that theme.

The problem is that dressing to a theme got out of hand. So now we see celebrities dressed as clowns whose unspoken message is a cry for attention, an attitude that resembles social media communication. And so, even if the charitable purpose is worthy, the sad show offered by the clownesque looks makes it seem paradoxical.

Tom Ford, who showed up in a classic black tailcoat, said: “I don’t really do themes”. Also, he declared that the event turned “into a costume party”. We couldn’t agree more. Tom Ford’s words were really on point. Like his outfit, which was impeccable. Elegant indeed.

Lately, the Met Gala looks recalled more of the “Carnevale di Viareggio” rather than a stylish event. (Side note: Carnevale di Viareggio is one of the biggest carnival shows in Italy and the world).

Finally, we go back to the point: elegance is dead, and there are no style icons. In other words, we are in the bad taste era, where the language that dominates is the social media language, and the need to impress others is all that counts.

Met Gala? Elegance has nothing to do with that.

The diffusion of bad taste

Why elegance is dead

Bad taste has never been so dominant. You see it in fashion magazines, street style outfits, events, workplaces, everywhere.
People cannot dress properly. And dressing up depending on the occasion does not seem to be a rule, so the dress code is dead along with elegance.
Definitely, we can say that bad taste has caught on. Yet, they call it fashion!

Good taste is not limited to luxury clothes. Indeed, we see many rich people wearing expensive clothes, but without a trace of elegance.
Just scroll through your social media, and the show is served with disarmingly gross images. But the same tacky style dominates television too. There are no icons of elegance anymore.

About elegance

We came across this interview Stefano Pilati released to Vice in 2012. Still very current and worth reading. We quote him:

“My idea of elegance—and this refers to women as well as men—is that someone is elegant when he or she shows a good knowledge of what fits them, where you can find naturalness and self-esteem. Not showing off. Elegance is the idea of showing an optimistic depiction of oneself and to lose oneself in the frivolity of style and fashion. Nowadays nobody gives a shit about being elegant, or chic. If you’re doing it, you’re doing it for yourself, because it’s your way of being. When you’re not thinking, “This is fashion,” and you’re not buying clothes to create statements, you’re on the right path. If fashion goes low waisted and you’re fat bottomed, well, forget it; don’t put slim-fitting jeans on. They’re going to look awful on you. You should dress in black; it would be better.

But seriously, it’s not easy to find elegant women. There are a few, the majority of whom are old—and there are one or maybe two in the world who created a new style when they were young. Today when I go to New York and survey art and fashion, I see smart women and the level is high. But there’s a difference between this and saying a woman is elegant.”

Clearly, the downfall started a while ago, it’s just more evident now.

The bad taste era – What went wrong?

The diffusion of bad taste is a phenomenon strictly connected to the decadence of our society. To put it another way, it is a cultural issue. In a context of growing uncertainty, we lost the points of reference. Many rules and roles collapsed. We seemed to have acquired certain freedom, which unfortunately reveals more about rudeness and lack of manners than freedom of expression.

If elegance is a dying breed, the problem is rooted in our society.
Culture is at the heart of the issue, but if elegance is dead and bad taste takes its place, it signifies our culture is in a poor state.

We should rediscover a sense of limit and dignity.

The Asymmetric Silk Top

Uncompromised fashion

Finally, and long-awaited, today we introduce The Asymmetric Silk Top – by Marc Le Bihan.

After giving you more information about the work of Marc Le Bihan designer and his uncompromised vision of fashion, it’s time to discover his unique pieces.

What stands out is that garments designed with mastery don’t need marketing labels (which are frequently fluff or fake). Why? Because those pieces have a soul. Therefore, they incapsulate all the values such as timelessness and sustainability now popular in fashion. But for a more selected audience who can understand good design and quality, straight to the point.

Discover The Asymmetric Silk Top

About the design
The idea starts from a slip top, two thin straps and a v neckline along the front and back. Two overlapped layers of silk, with raw-cut hemline, shape an asymmetric drape along the right side, which recalls a long tail. Indeed, in the unique silhouette and richness of the material lies the absolute beauty of the design.

About the material
100% silk. The hand is soft and slightly shiny. Moreover, its creased effect makes this top suitable not only for special occasions but for a dose of nonchalant elegance.

The Asymmetric Silk Top
The Asymmetric Silk Top
by Marc Le Bihan

About the colour
Rose poudre: a delicate dusty shade which is feminine and easy to match.

Laundry
Dry clean.
However, it is possible to wash carefully by hand in cold water with very soft soap and add white vinegar to prevent colour loss.

This statement top is seasonless and timeless, and it works from elegant to refined-cool situations.
Our styling tips: try it with a maxi skirt or a white or black tuxedo for elegant occasions. But we like it with red or denim too for aperitivo or dinner. And why not with a pair of shorts and flat sandals for your summer evenings.

The Asymmetric Silk Top will make you feel unique wherever you are.

Drop us a message for any further information. We’d love to help!