Style Pops Up in Louisville

The Rodes Crescala Fashion Development

By Mariah Kline  |  Fashion

The arrival of spring means putting away winter clothes and finding new styles for warmer weather. While everyone loves shopping for well-known luxury brands, it’s also important to support burgeoning designers. Rodes For Her is helping customers do just that by hosting an unforgettable designer event.

The Rodes Crescala Fashion Development will take place April 13-15 at Rodes For Her. Designers from the Crescala Fashion Development (CFD) in New York City will have their collections available for purchase. From classic to contemporary and everything in between, Rodes and CFD will have everything you need to revamp your spring wardrobe.

Jodi Sandman, the founder and CEO of Crescala Fashion Development, has worked in fashion for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Her job now is to help emerging designers get started in the ultra competitive world of fashion by providing guidance and direction for their businesses. She helps them through every step of the process, including establishing their brand, creating lookbooks and developing thorough business plans.

Sandman met Susan Vogt, owner of Rodes For Her, during last year’s New York Fashion Week. Vogt eagerly toured CFD’s studio and was fully impressed.

“I was thrilled with the collections and with the process Jodi takes her designers through,” she recalls. “I’m always looking for new designers, and discovering Crescala was a great find.”

Rodes first partnered with CFD in October 2016 to bring customers the best fall styles from CFD designers. Though this is only the second time Rodes and CFD have worked together, both partners are excited to see what the future holds and how they may be able to help local designers as well.

“Louisville is a very fashion-forward city, and its customer base has a real interest in innovation in fashion,” says Sandman.

The designers that will be featured at Rodes have been carefully chosen by Vogt and Sandman to suit the tastes of Rodes customers. Each designer involved varies in their approach to fashion, but all are sure to wow Rodes shoppers.

Nha Khanh, a designer whose clothes have been worn by stars such as Brooklyn Decker and Laverne Cox, draws inspiration from both her Vietnamese heritage and the styles she studied as an apprentice in Paris. Her evening wear and bridal line are said to be edgy yet elegant, incorporating “masterful technical acumen with a subtle wink of creative defiance.”

SNIDER, a collection crafted by Staci Snider, keeps the modern woman in mind with themes that are both feminine and ferocious. Versatility also plays a key role as Snider designs day-to-night wear for the woman on the move. Ladies shopping at Rodes can anticipate looks that include “iconoclastic seaming and visionary textures, shapes and shades.”

Julianna Bass, a designer who calls both New York and Berlin home, describes her styles as “rooted in tradition yet teeming with visionary audacity.” In keeping with Rodes’ representation of classic and contemporary looks, Bass’ styles combine the elements of classic women’s fashion with imaginative elements.

For three days only, the collections of these designers and many more will be available to peruse and purchase at Rodes. All of the brands supported by CFD are made in the U.S., and all designers are American.

“We feel passionately about supporting young talent in the U.S.,” says Sandman. “We want to offer clients something extraordinary that they can’t find anywhere else.” VT

Messie Shop

By Tonya Abeln  | Fashion

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

Just in time for Derby, the Messie Shop, a highly curated local women’s fashion boutique, is having a pop-up store event from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Drybar, 4904 Shelbyville Road.

The coveted shop offers a mix of contemporary and designer goods with some brands up to 70 percent off retail. Brands including Tory Burch, Alexis Bittar and Aquazurra are just a few of the offerings that will be for sale. “We’ve noticed our customers like the idea of a pop-up store. It allows us to stay current so that we can concentrate on our merchandise during important seasons,” says Jessie Patterson, the boutique’s owner. Patterson also will debut her Spring 2017 Messie Capsule Collection, which consists of apparel and small accessories in a limited run of fabrics and colorways. The collection showcases a collaboration of embroidery, asymmetry and ruffles with hand-held pops of color.

Patterson has a unique yet recent connection to Louisville. Sent here from her home in New York to manage a Gilt pop-up store in St. Matthews, she quickly fell in love with the Derby City. She and her husband planned to start a family and when she returned to New York, she said, “We should really move to Louisville.”

It was here that she pursued her dream of starting her own boutique using her fashion savvy and retail management background. Her by-appointment-only boutique in Old Louisville was opened to much fanfare, but Patterson reently closed the brick-and-mortar in pursuit of a new location. In the meantime, pop-ups are a great way for her to showcase her extensive and exclusive brand offerings as well as her own designs.

 Jessie Patterson.

Jessie Patterson.

Inspired by her Caribbean roots and culture, her mostly black-and-white collection is sprinkled with tropical flowers, leaves and stripes. Clothes are made of woven silk and cotton blends. “A dress and top that can be worn three ways and embroidered leather clutches are just some of the stand-out pieces,” adds Patterson.

Along with the event’s Drybar partnership, Messie Shop is pairing up with Dream Factory to help grant the dreams of critically and chronically ill children. “As I work toward my dreams, it’s important for me to pay it forward by helping fulfill someone else’s dream,” explains Patterson. “And, as a mother, Dream Factory is the perfect fit.” The money donated by Messie Shop will be earmarked to help an ill 12-year-old local girl whose dream is to visit the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas.

“Doctors agree that providing a dream can improve the quality of life for these children and extend the life of a critically ill children,” says Amber Windell, president of Dream Factory’s Louisville chapter.”

Beauty and fashion with a purpose is our favorite kind. VT

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