12/27/2008

Knitted Boots

I am not a fan of those flat, unshaped knitted boots. So, here are a few alternatives. Knitted boots are very hard to find, and are usually expensive. Maybe it is because they take longer to construct.

Cute Little Knitted Accessories


Pink Pouch found at Etsy
This cute pink zipper pouch is lined with a pretty printed fabric.

Blue coin purse at Etsy
This cute little pouch is knitted in mohair and is lined with black fabric.


"Sweater Chubby Change Purse" at FreePeople.com

12/18/2008

New African Kikoys at Ankar

These richly colored, East African kikoys are made of 100% cotton. They make perfect gifts and luxurious accessories. They add that perfect pop of color to any ensemble.


They are much larger than expected, and very smooth to the touch. These beautiful shawls drape nicely against the body, and make a bold statement that will not be forgotten.





Here is an interesting interview with Niklas Ankar, featured on http://www.polkadot.it/

"Ankar is a Swedish based web shop that initially only sold cashmere with the idea of colors, the multitude of colors was the reason Ankar decided to sell directly to the final consumer offering more colors than any retailer would. Now Ankar has launched the East African Kikoy, a product originally and still worn as a sarong by the fishermen on the East African Coast of Kenya. The product fits well into the product line and idea of Ankar as they come in a huge range of colors from strong vibrant colors to dark and elegant. The Kikoys are worn as scarves brightening up the dark evenings of winter."


"We spoke to Ankar to get some more input":

Where did you find the Kikoys?


One of my oldest friends lives in Kenya since 25 years back. I have been visiting Kenya through the years and always brought back home kikoys. I love colors and saw the use could be elsewhere than only as a sarong. My fiancée wore them, as scarves and I really liked the idea.



How do you choose the colors?


The colors are traditional African colors, the scarves are woven in small factories in Kenya and we buy from their traditional line of colors. As with the cashmere sweaters we buy on a very regular basis allowing us to offer new colors on a regular basis.

Who is the buyer of a Kikoy?

Any one actually, kids from 15 years buy them, women and men from 25-65, any one can wear them. We have a lot of male customers in their mid 40’s that usually dress traditionally in suits, find the idea of brightening up their dress code with a kikoy is great. It is a perfect accessory for men.

Why have they become so popular?

There are a number of reasons, it is a product that is easy to buy and not very expensive, you can have several of them matching your clothes or even your mood. It is also a great gift instead of flowers when going to a dinner party for example, and they are irresistible in colors, it is like walking into to a candy store, it makes you happy to see the beautiful colors.

What is you next product to add on your website?

We will continue with our base of cashmere and kikoys and we are this spring launching
Ankar Home. There will be a collection of products for your home for spring, again the base in kikoys and cashmere, double bed Kikoy bedspreads, Kikoy table cloths, Kikoy beach towels, cashmere plaids, cashmere cushion covers, there are many products we envision in Ankar Home.

12/12/2008

Taste of Savoy Holiday Shopping Event, featuring Lara Kazan

The Taste of Savoy Holiday Shopping Event on December 18th. It will be held in Spanish Harlem at an adorable Bakery (recently featured in Daily Candy) called Savoy Bakery.
INSPECTOR CAPE, Luxury Merino Wool w/ Leather Trim and brass hardware, sold at Henri Bendel for $480 and available for only $200! Matching long leather cuff zipper gloves, normally priced at $145 are now only $70!

The most awesome legwarmers and spats you'll find with leather trim. You cannot walk more then two blocks without someone asking "where did you get those?" These beauties are normally priced between $108 and $138, but are now only $55-$75.


This is the perfect one stop shopping event for holiday gifts. There will be gorgeous jewelry lines, luxury knits, one of a kind hand bags, and handmade dolls by Christian Fastrup. It will not be the typical crazy shopping event. You can relax with a glass of wine and treat yourself to some wonderful appetizers, on the house!

For those of you on a real budget we'll have our SUPER BARGAIN KNITS for $15-$30.

When: Dec 18th, 7:30-10pm
Where: Savoy Bakery, 170 East 110th Street, at Lexington Avenue
Deals: 40%-70% off RETAIL!
To learn more about LARA KAZAN knit Accessories and Sweaters, visit the website:

555 8th Avenue, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10018
Tel.: 212.594.6646
Fax: 212.594.6626
If you can not make it on Thursday, Dec 18th to the "Taste of Savoy Holiday Shopping event", the studio will be open during the following dates for anyone that wants to do some last minute shopping, or treat themselves to some real original knitted pieces. There will also be some items at a MEGA sale at 70-80% off!
-Monday 12/15, from 12:30-7:00
-Tuesday 12/16, from 12:30-7:30
-Wednesday 12/17, from 12:30-7:30
-Friday 12/19, from 12:30-6:30
-Monday 12/22, from 12:30-7:00

FINAL NIGHT Party/sale on Tuesday 12/23, from 12:30-9:00- wine and cheese will be served! You are also welcome to come at another time other then the above hours and days if you call and schedule an appointment.

Izzy Lane 30% Off Christmas Sale!












Izzy Lane produces knitwear, skirts, jackets, coats and vegetarian shoes. Everything is made in Britain.
Enter xmas08 at check out for a 30% discount. This is a sale you do not want to miss!

12/06/2008

Joga Design by Fashion Designer Nikhat Shaikh




Indian designer, Nikhat Shaikh creates "fusion" styles. She loves to mix Indian fabrics and embroideries with western styles and cuts. She loves to express that the world is more colorful and that there is no harm in wearing colors, when done so beautifully with her designs. She works with pure silks, chiffon and satins for evening wear gowns and short dresses. Beautifully woven hand embroideries will make women look beautiful and seductive. Joga Design is all about bold color and drama.

12/05/2008

Amazing Avante Garde Designs by Louise Black

Glamazon Ruffled and Striped Silk Carnival Scarf
Avant Garde Marionette Inspired Black Silk Party Dress with Double Ruffle Collar

Victorian Steampunk Anatomical Medical Skeleton Cameo Corset

Find these designs and more on the Louise Black Etsy shop.

12/04/2008

Attention New York, New York Residents: Debbie Bliss Sale at Knit New York, Dec. 5th-7th

This note was taken from the Knit New York e-newsletter. If you haven't signed up for it, please do so to recieve their updates.


Debbie Bliss kicks off 3-day "Super GET FREE YARN Event"

In honor of Debbie's visit we are offering 15% off all Debbie Bliss yarns and books Friday December 5 through Sunday December 7.

Plus we are giving away five signed copies of some of Debbie's bestsellers when you attend the event on Friday...don't forget to stop by from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm Dec 5 (She will talk about her yarns, her patterns, and show garments made from her newest books. She'll be available to sign books and talk about some special techniques.)

Better yet when you make a purchase the ENTIRE yarn inventory is 10% off all three days...Everything from Peruvian wools to Italian cashmeres and special hand dyed yarns.

Better still during the three day event 6 lucky people will be chosen at random to get their ENTIRE PURCHASE FOR FREE.

* this sale is not to be combined with frequent knitter card offer andalready marked down sale items

Knit New York
307 E 14th St
New York, New York
10003212-387-0707
212.387.0707

11/28/2008

New Poll

Hi everyone,
Please spend a few seconds and take my poll on the right side bar. There is only one and it is very short. Thank you! :)

11/24/2008

Classy Knitwear at Banana Republic


Cable knit sweater dress
Striped waffle knit jacket

Star knit beanie


Ribbed color block scarf
This is one of my favorite stores to shop for elegant designs for any occasion. Find more timeless knitwear at Banana Republic.

11/21/2008

Tweed in the Twenty-First Century

Today is the first of a series of a few short articles consisting of interesting information about different fabrics. If you would like to read about a certain fabric, fiber or textile, please let me know.


When I think of tweed, one designer automatically comes to mind: Chanel. I'm sure you thought the same thing.


Chanel, Spring 2009 Ready to Wear via Style.com.


Note the stunning pink knitted cardigan and sweater top.

Buying tweed should be fun, and in a way enlightening due to the fact that there are so many different colors and varieties. You can find almost any type of garment in tweed, from coats, to skirts. Try to find tweed that is lined to prolong the wear of the piece.



Floral Tweed Dress at Neiman Marcus


Wearing tweed is even more fun than buying it. It adds texture and dimension to any ensemble. It is perfect for layering and warmth.

Caring for tweed is more simple than you think. First off, take care to read the label on the garment carefully. If your garment is made of wool, as tweed usually is, take extreme caution when exposing it to moisture and heat. Read more on the care of tweed on essortment.com

Tweed cropped jacket at Arden B.

Tweed is sold at retail at all price ranges, so you are sure to find something that you can afford. Searching online is also very helpful, especially if you want a tweed jacket in the middle of summer.


The best of both worlds: a knitted tweed cardigan by Diane von Furstenberg. This can be worn with or without a belt.

11/20/2008

Knitwear at Victoria's Secret

Get the look of a luxurious hand knitted sweater, in only the amount of time it takes to ship to you. Now, I am an advocate of knitting your own garment of beauty, but if you just can't take the time right now, during the start of the holiday season, then why not buy one?













Find these sweaters, and many more intricate designs at Victoria's Secret. Click over to their website, and type in "sweater" in the search box.

11/12/2008

Autumnal Knits by Diesel

One of my favorite fashion labels is Diesel. They are best know for their denim, and in my opinion, shoes. However I love its contemporary, yet rugged utilitarian approach.

Diesel Oversized Chunky Knit Beanie

Diesel Crochet Beanie


Diesel Off Shoulder Check Knit and find this same sweater for less, at Nordstrom.


Find these perfect designs at ASOS.

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