Photographed by Rachel M Fry Photography, a friend and Maryland-based photographer who specializes in sustainable projects.
Not that I particularly care about arbitrary fashion rules, but now that Memorial Day has come and gone, I’m going to be wearing even more white than I was before. Accessorized with grey. And black. This is the jaded New Yorker’s summer outfit.
The grey purse I’m carrying is by Sonya Kashmiri,* an emerging UK designer. Made in Portugal of vegetable-tanned Italian leather (free from harmful chemicals such as chromium and heavy metals, using mimosa and plant extracts instead) that’s finished with oils, the purse is meant to age beautifully over time. The interior is fully lined with black organic cotton, and recycled leather scraps are used as an internal structural layer.
It’s the perfect size for your essentials: wallet, phone, sunglasses and keys. It has a structured body for a luxurious look, plus an exterior and interior pocket. The removable strap can make it into a cross body purse, or you could carry it as a clutch to an event after work. It comes it a gorgeous pink as well, the color of a refreshing cocktail. If you’re into something that’s big enough for your water bottle as well, try the Miss Chloe style.
After carrying it around for the day, I absolutely love it. It’s timeless, classic, and will fit perfectly into a capsule wardrobe.
On top I’m wearing a UNIFORME* 100% organic Japanese linen tee. UNIFORME makes beautiful garments inspired by the simplicity and ease of menswear, with an aim to create a wardrobe of well-considered purchases based on design, materials, construction, and longevity of a garment. All the pieces are manufactured in the Garment District, but are at an accessible price point due to the fact that UNIFORME sells direct to consumer. I had the opportunity to visit the designer Alice Wang in her studio, and we had a jolly time nerding out over textiles and fashion supply chains – always a good sign.
*I was given these two items, for which I’m so grateful.