One thing that left a big mark on me as a kid was watching the back of my dad. Every morning he’d slip his little leather worn out wallet into his back pocket. My dad’s a very smug person, highly intellectual and bookish but if I had to think of one word to describe his personality, it would be smug.
The inspiration for these minivests was all about reflecting that same smug indifference my dad characterized when he slipped that wallet into his pocket. It is unfair that guys get to get away with carrying a 3×4 wallet while I, for years, had yearned for clunky it bags. I wanted an accessory that was not only wearable, chic, but also light, something that aided mobility and the freedom of having both of your hands and shoulders free of that heavy bag burden. For any girl that needs to run quick errands to pick up her script at Duane Reade, whole foods, or for that girl who likes to ride her bike in the city, this is the minivest that could possibly be the answer to your bag handling problem. Here, a group of things that I need to have at all times of the day. I don’t need much else. I designed these vests so that they would perfectly fit these items with ease.
As for the belting details, originally I wasn’t going to include them, but I thought they were needed for flexibility. I wanted girls of all sizes (even guys, if you’re into it) to be able to wear this piece, whether you’re rail thin, medium sized, or curvy…..If you’re wearing a lot of layers, loosen the belts, and if you’re wearing nothing but a tank, tighten it. The belts are all adjustable, the side belts can be adjusted as well. Mostly though, I wanted to create something new but not crazy, something that every person can easily incorporate into their wardrobe. From the outset I decided that this design should be accessible but not boring, I didn’t design this vest for the sake of designing something visually ‘interesting’. It had to have some kind of smart functionality, a functionality that added value to the item. This minivest does not discriminate against iPhone users! I own a blackberry but I made sure to create a phone pocket that fits the iphone as well. Most cell phones are smaller than the iphone+blackberry, so if you have any other kind it should be easy to fit.
To style the minivests, I took a lot of inspiration from Raf Simons, or Jil Sander…
This is my first knitwear piece, ever. I designed this out of necessity. For two months now I’d been searching for a mock neck sweater. I don’t usually wear this kind of thing but the weather here has been so incredibly cold that I knew this would be the perfect basic to wear without a scarf. This winter has been awful, the worst I’ve seen. I wanted to integrate leather somehow, and the problem with chunky knit sweaters is that they make you look 20 pounds heavier. I wanted to use thin leather strips and integrate them into the side seams of the knit, bring the seam towards the front to create a slimming look. I had the knit rendered in a chunky shaker stitch, 1×1 rib.
I incorporated the side seam leather strips all the way to the sleeves as well to create a visually continuous and lean look.
Now styled with my sweater, the calf hide minivest.
Loosen the vest and wear it over a peacoat or car coat.
Below I am wearing Luxirare leopard calf hide peacoat, Luxirare mock neck sweater, and Luxirare Minivest.
Styled with a plain white shirt and white slacks.
For this minivest style I created a cross-relief by molding leather over a small cross sculpture.
Wearing Jil Sander long blazer.
I like to style it over a blazer, 2nd Jil Sander piece..double split double breasted blazer..
Now for lighter weather, short sleeve shirts, tanks, dresses or lightweight long sleeve shirts.. In the photo below, wearing crew neck short sleeve shirt from gap, and Margiela white moto jacket with leopard calf hide minivest.
Wearing luxirare mint green silk shirt dress, and mock stud minivest. Green silk shirt dress available here.
Treated calf hide (with silver paint) minivest over Luxirare black shirt dress. Black shirt dress available here.
This is the most basic minivest, same style but I used black suede with no pattern, its probably the most versatile. Here I’m wearing it over the same shirt dress and d-squared boots.
Metallic grey minivest with Christopher Kane ruffle dress.
Casually slip out that phone, without digging through a pitch black bottomless bag, when you want to check your text messages on the run or at a bar with friends..
Keep your keys secured and close by.
Know exactly where your checking card is whenever you run to the bodega for a case of red bull or 6 pack.
As I usually do, everytime I present a new design on the blog, I like to sync the items to the e-shop. All styles are available in the shop<—(click). Prices range from $190-420