The reaction to the minivests in the shop has been incredible. It has been one of my most successful items so far and I have to thank each and every one of you that has purchased one. I was eager to start posting food again but I’ve been spending all of my time in the studio keeping up with orders as they come in. The black suede minivest has been the most popular, with the cross relief and metallic print coming in second. Since I was in the studio making these minivests anyway, I decided to do a limited edition one with special hardware and leather imported from Italy. I wanted something a little more specific in terms of functionality, and to integrate a more streamlined approach to design.
One thing that I couldn’t really include in the 1st minivest design were extra pockets and compartments for personal items…like makeup for example…
Thinking about how to include this solid Diptyque perfume into the new limited edition vest…
And a new customized Trish McEvoy makeup palette…
Trish McEvoy double stack palette comes with four eye shadow colors (that you choose) and two blushes on the bottom stack (that you choose). All magnetically attached so they don’t fall out.
In case you’re wondering about the lipstick shade.
Okay, now onto the design. The last minivest design was really about designing something that was inclusive and fun. I restricted myself in terms of materials because I wanted everyone to be able to afford it. I still used high quality leather and suede but that past piece was all about creating luxury under a budget. This one is a little different. I went all out, using only the best hardware, zippers, and leather that was all imported from Italy. Technically, this vest was literally made it Italy, what I did here in my studio was cut, design, and construct it. The idea behind the design was not only about expanding the minivests’ previous functionality but adding a motorcycle jacket feel to the vest.
This piece uses special pebbled leather, and cage buckles.
Customized engraved zippers.
Over a tank.. or over a sweater..
Or, even over a dress…Below I am wearing a blue Jil Sander shirt dress from spring 2003…
Over a white shirt, also wearing Luxirare Bracelet.
Underneath a white long sleeved shirt or a simple blazer (from Theory).
Taking a little more formal approach with this vest. Below, wearing Theory blazer, Luxirare Motovest, and Luxirare double slit silk chiffon pants.
My favorite way to style it is with all leather, leather skirt, leather jacket, and leather vest.
I kept the phone and key details the same.
On the other side of the vest, I expanded the functionality to multiple cards, customized lipstick pocket and cigarette pocket (which can also be used for a makeup case if you don’t smoke). I actually don’t smoke nor do I encourage it but I always think about other people’s lifestyles when I’m designing….what they might like and what will be most comfortable & easy. Practicality is my #1 inspiration most of the time.
If you don’t smoke, the Trish McEvoy palette fits in here too.
The credit card compartment allows for three kinds…
I also added a closure for this so that credit cards can remain secure and non visible to strangers.
I love to design and present, but I don’t like to keep anyone waiting. Here it is, available now, in the shop. It’s fashion in real time.