It’s all about buying from local businesses, farm-to-table, local credit unions, etc. It’s been happening. Old news. But this “buy local, think global” ideology seems to have stopped at our closet doors in Arizona.
Joy Li, a Scottsdale-based fashion designer is making bigger strides to source her work in the Valley of the Sun. Previously, Joy has worked with factories in New York and Los Angeles to manufacture her clothes – two cities with strong garment industries.
Joy’s decision to have her clothes made in Arizona, is not a cheap one, but she’s creating jobs. It would be much easier and cost-effective to have clothes made in China.
Alas, Joy takes the high road. Joy’s price point is on the higher side, but her consumer is not complaining. Joy Li gives us relevant, interesting and ravishing clothes – thoughtful design that starts from sketches and ends with seams.
Joy gave me a preview of her Fall/Winter collection. As usual, she did not disappoint. Tantalizing hues of burgundy, mustard, deep blues and her signature deposit of black and grey were also added to the collection.
Joy’s well-rendered and functional clothes are must-own for modern ladies who appreciate shape and sleek style. Joy has created a line that could be taken apart, but each garment can hold its own.
Standout items included her “Victoria” dress, an above-the-knee length dress made from a silk/cotton/stretch with divine body-defining darts and details that were on the back and carried to the neckline.
In the same fabric, but in red, Joy has perfected the fall equestrian pant in this collection. And the hands down highlight of the line is her outerwear, which includes massive colors, horizontal zippers and a plethora of detailing on each article.
Joy is showing this stellar collection tonight, you’ll find her invite to the right. Yes, it’s in Scottsdale, but I highly suggest a purchase from Joy’s F/W collection. This local designer can make all Phoenicians proud.
Check out the happenings at two local shops in Uptown’s Medlock Plaza.
Have a sweet tooth? Urging to show off your inner child?
Children of all ages can rejoice: Smeeks, the local candy shop, is hosting a costume contest.
The winner receives a gift certificate to the adorable sweet shop and all contestants will receive a treat just for entering. Halloween is around the corner, so hurry in to get your hands on this adorable deal.
When: Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31
Hours: Sun 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Contact: (602) 279-0538
Trunk Shows at Frances
Vintage is emerging as one of the favorite new trends this autum. And as fall carries on here in Arizona, a good place to visit would be Frances, a local vintage hotspot.
The shop is featuring several jewelry designers such as Andrea Bapst, Becky Lake, and Pam Harris. Several of their works will be in display this and next Saturday, including handmade spoon jewelry and leather pieces, sophisticated beadwork, and gemmed jewelry.
When: Saturdays: October 29 and November 5
Hours: Sun 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Contact: (602) 279-5467
Vintage Fashion Inc has been a staple in downtown Phoenix for years.
David Sheflin’s meticulous eye and edit for exquisite vintage clothing has made Sheflin a fashionable-force around the country. David began his ‘etail’ (internet retail) presence on the super exclusive site, 1stdibs.com, which only allows particular retailers to sell.
David’s online store has rocketed, and he’s decided to make his brand more exclusive by having a private appointment only showroom in Phoenix for stylist, socialites and other champions of class. For the rest, there is his 1stdibs store, a plethora of divine decadence.
David’s modern and refined articles are wonderful. Sheflin only carries mint condition items, you’ll find no moth holes here. We’ve picked our favorite items from Vintage Fashion Inc’s 1stdibs store.
Downtowners rejoiced when news broke that Angels Trumpet Ale House would bring craft beer downtown. When the ale house opens early in 2012 near Roosevelt Row it will be helping to fill in some of the missing gaps in our urban fabric. So what else does downtown still need? What other pieces of the urban puzzle are missing? This list is by no means exhaustive; these ideas are just a few of the possibilities that would continue to make downtown more vibrant and enjoyable.
1) A downtown bookstore
Contrary to popular belief, bookstores are not going extinct. Borders Books closed because it was a big-box chain unable to compete. Overpriced merchandise and huge overhead costs didn’t help. Mom and pop bookstores remain a community asset, a gathering place to discuss ideas, meet authors, participate in workshops, and chat with booksellers/neighbors/friends about the books you’ve read. Could the Downtown Phoenix community sustain and benefit from such a business? Absolutely.
2) A downtown dessert restaurant
If you’re like most Phoenicians you’ve probably been to San Diego at least once this year and chances are you’ve been to Extraordinary Desserts. But where can Phoenicians go for the same quality and selection of tasty treats? Our own Tammie Coe Cakes bakes some sweet pastries and other goodies, but the Roosevelt location has only a small café with limited seating while the Arcadia location has none. Downtown needs a dessert restaurant, they make for a fine first date, or any reason really. Who doesn’t like dessert?
3) A downtown dog park
Yup, we still need one. The city formed an 80+ member Ad Hoc Dog Park Committee earlier this year. (Honestly, what other committee has that many members?) The Dog Park Committee made a recommendation for a downtown location that was ignored. Instead, the downtown dog park will be in Hance Park, a location the nearby neighbors objected to, which still leaves the downtown residents who are south of Hance Park without any off-leash green space for their four-legged companions.
4) A downtown vegetarian restaurant
Don’t let the word “vegetarian” send you running for a T-bone steak. Green New American Vegetarian in Tempe prepares food with lots of fresh vegetables and organic ingredients to create pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and noodle bowls all of which can be enjoyed by non-vegetarians.
5) A Whiskey Bar
There is no shortage of fantastic bars downtown with the word “bar” in the name, Rum Bar, Bar Smith, Side Bar, FilmBar, Bliss/reBar, but we are lacking a bar dedicated to one of the West’s most beloved spirits- a whiskey bar. Denver, Colorado has one. And while we’re at it, why not a dedicated tequila bar for the West’s other favorite spirit! Word on the street is the Rasputin Vodka Bar is still slated for CityScape. At least we are on the right track.
A new space is opening up on Roosevelt Row during the September 2 First Friday that will be a combination of a retail store, design studio, office space and gallery.
Perez has decided to pursue other opportunities, so Gonzales has teamed up with Robles and management consultant Dave “Bully” Bjorn to create a new collaborative space.
Gonzales will continue to use the space to display and sell his clothing, Robles will use it as her studio and gallery, and Bjorn will use it as an office for his consulting firm.
While the three will continue with their individual work, they also plan to collaborate on projects.
Robles says she is going to help Gonzales with photography and he may help her put some of her artwork onto T-shirts. She is also interested in learning about his metal work and possibly integrating it with her own artwork, she says.
Robles taught herself to sketch when she was young, but she immersed herself in advanced math classes in high school. It wasn’t until around 10 years ago when she was studying at the University of Arizona that she became more serious about art.
“That’s when I really got into it and that’s when I started developing my own style,” she says. “From there I just really enjoyed it and it’s what I wanted to do.”
Robles started with painting, then branched out into graphic design, which she obtained her degree in, and photography.
Now she does mixed media artwork, combining various art forms, and her creations have been displayed at Produce Gallery, Paper Art Gallery, Kitchen Sink Studios and other galleries throughout the Valley.
Until now, Robles has worked out of her home. The Lab will be her first real art studio.
“I’m just very excited about this whole thing,” she says. “It’s a new chapter. It’s what I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time.”
Robles, who is originally from Yuma, lived in Scottsdale for a while after she graduated but spent most of her time in Downtown Phoenix because she liked the atmosphere and the crowd.
“The culture and the people down here are just amazing, and there is so much creativity,” she says. “I just fell in love with downtown and that’s why I worked my hardest to kind of migrate my way down here.”
She moved downtown about one month ago and joined up with Gonzales and Bjorn to open the collaborative space, explaining that “everything panned out perfectly.”
Robles won’t be the only artist displaying her work throughout the space. She plans to rotate artists as part of The Lab’s mission to get the community involved and has already been reaching out to some.
Robles says she wants other artists to have a place where they feel comfortable showing their work because when she first started, she didn’t know where to begin displaying her projects.
”I’m just excited to be more involved with the community … and just have a space to actually work with other creative people.”