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The Kenar Skirt

Back in the 90s, one of the biggest brands in women’s fashion was Kenar. I hadn’t thought about the label in years…and then I found this amazing skirt.

Grey tweed pleated skirt with lace detail, $80

I am a sucker for pleated skirts and this was a particularly lovely specimen. Sharp, classic pleats are softened by a band of lace near the hem, underlined by a silky length of ribbon a few inches under it. The hem itself is edged in lace, like the edge of a slip showing. It brings that era’s obsession with lingerie as outerwear into a more respectable item and sexes it up.

The skirt is fully lined, with a soft polyester lining. I remember seeing ads for the brand and wishing that I could afford their pieces, which were the height of sophistication to me then. I had no clue that while I was salivating over their perfect tailoring and rich fabrics, they were going out of business.

Apparently, they had a lot of financial trouble, and after overspending to pay model Linda Evangelista to star in their ads, they abruptly went bankrupt in 1998. Kind of like the recent Barney’s debacle, they were operating at a loss to promote the high fashion lifestyle.

You can still buy copies of the ads on ebay, though. So there’s that.

While you can easily take this in a corporate, grown up direction with a matching blazer, and crisply ironed white shirt, I felt like this skirt had more range. For the first photo, I teamed it with an Old Navy sweatshirt, Forever 21 men’s camo jacket with hood, and Henry Ferrera rain boots. A sweet red mini Erin Dana backpack with chained straps adds color and wit.

A super casual approach involved a tie-dyed Champion t-shirt with embroidered patch and Blackstone leather hi tops. Keep it classically edgy with an upcycled SEB Market BK denim jacket and short sleeved blouse, with spiked Steve Madden stillettos. Sexy librarian, rebellious punk rocker, preppy socialite, fashion savvy businesswoman all in one perfectly preserved pleated skirt from the 90s.

How would you wear it?

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Vintage Kenar pleated skirt, size 10

90s luxury brand Kenar skirt. Classic knife pleated skirt with lace trim and high waist. Slip lining, hem is reinforced with grosgrain ribbon. Beautiful piece in like new condition. Polyester/acrylic/wool. Lining is 100% polyester. Measures 23 inches from waist to hem. 17 inches across the waist. 21.5 inches across the hips. 28 inches across the hem. *US shipping included in price.

$80.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, black, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, white, S-XL

White, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

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The Lone Wolf

My biggest creative problem is procrastination. I like to set up projects with all the supplies and then spend weeks walking around them. I started this jacket last year but I wasn’t fully satisfied with it. Last week I looked at it and the spark went off and I finished it in three days.

The jacket already had the groundwork, but it needed some juice pumped into it. I started by painting the back panel and brushing on a eerie full moon. I found this sawesome snarling wolf patch and delicately added some red paint around the mouth. I distressed it to look like it had survived the owner turning into a wolf… or had just fought a wolf off.

Dip-dye bleaching freshened the piece and provided a better backdrop for the embellishments. It’s, um, AMAZING!!!

On location at the Nomo Soho Hotel with Shoott Photos 6/29/19 (get a 10% off your photos when you use this link!)

It’s the perfect jacket to wear with some vintage. Here I styled the Lone Wolf with my favorite skull tank top, a 70s patchwork skirt in lightweight summer cotton and a pair of chocolate brown Manas Designs motorcycle boots. The bag is an upcycled wristlet that I handpainted and embellished. Throw on some red lips (like this Cranberry Stilletto Lip Whip from Beauty Bakerie, $20) and you’re ready for photoshoots, shopping and an easy casual dinner.

How much are you loving this beautiful backdrop? It’s at the NoMo Soho Hotel, in NYC. I haven’t seen the rooms or anything, but I bet it’s a cute place to get away to. And they have a cool looking bar and restaurant.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Lone Wolf upcycled jacket, size M

Upcycled Lone Wolf jacket SEB Market BK original. Black roses wind around the front, a rhinestone encrusted snake slither around the collar on the left side. Handpainted back panel with wolf patch. Lightly sprinkled with stars and studs, faux pearls and a sparkling bumblebee on the back. Cuffs have acrylic jewels inside. Jacket has been bleached and distressed. Measures 21 inches from shoulder to hem. 19 inches from armpit to armpit. 18.5 across the waist. Sleeves are 24 inches from shoulder to wrist. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$200.00

Vintage 70s cotton patchwork skirt, size M

No label, probably handmade 70s patchwork skirt. Cut and sewn patterned panels with a floral waistband. Zipper is inset at the waist with two sets of snaps. Simple and flattering a-line shape. Colors have mellowed with time. Excellent vintage condition. 27 inches long, waist is 15 inches across. 22 1/4 inches across the hips. Skirt wides to a 37 inches across the hem. No size, but should fit a medium. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$45.00

Manas motorcycleboots, size 10

Buttery Italian Manas Design leather motorcycle boots. Features zipper trim on top and a decorative chunky (non functional) zipper on the sides. Insert strap across the ankle. Zippered closure. Round toes. Lug soles with chunk heel. Some light scuffing, but overall excellent condition. Fits the foot like a glove. Says size 41, fits US 9.5 (with socks) or 10. Boot is 7.5 inches high on the leg, above the ankle and below the calf. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$150.00

SEBMarketBK upcycled floral wristlet

Hand painted floral wristlet with patches, pearls and rhinestones. Double sided, with two zippered compartments to hold cash, cards, bus passes, parking validation tickets, movie and concert tickets, cash and a zippered pocket for change. Black on black interiors, bright brass hardware. Detachable wrist strap. Measures 7.5 inches long, 4 inches high, 1.5 inches wide *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$60.00

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The Crown Jewel

Gold leather lip shaped clutch from Crown Lewis.

I have loved thrift shopping since I was twelve and surviving on a tiny little allowance. I figured out pretty quickly that I could not dress myself adequately on $10 per week (even though I had no bills, I paid no rent, and I was lucky that my mom gave me anything.It’s so easy to be grand on other people’s money!). I would go over to the salvation army and hunt for 50 cent bargains. That’s how I first learned about how much currency clothing, even second hand castoffs, can have. I really wish that I had some of those 50s housedresses and beaded cardigans now! You can’t find that stuff cheap anymore.

Anyway.

I was out looking for online merchandise when I found this big, cushy gold leather clutch with wrist handle. It looked so opulent and felt buttery soft. The gold color is even throughout with no fading. It’s vaguely lip shaped, with a dip at the top mimicking a cupid’s bow. The interior is lined with rich, silky black fabric, and features gold leather piping. I wasn’t familiar with the logo, a gold crown above the name Lewis, so I researched it as soon as I got home from trawling for treasure.

I did a quick google search and found out that this particular manufacturer was in business during the uber stylish period from the 1940s-1960s. So this is that type of bag that you would have seen a Joan wearing to dinner in her figure hugging sheath dress and kidskin gloves. I also found out that I am currently the only one with this bag for sale.

What Would Joan Do?

This is 60s inspired Taylor sheath dress with self belt would work perfectly with the Crown Lewis bag and these ladylike Enzo Angiolini cutout t-straps have gold accents that would would work with that period’s matchy-matchy look with accessories. I would wear these with old fashioned drop earrings, and a dainty lady watch. (I thought the filter would make this look more like an image from the past. It’s kind of gaudy. Sorry.)

The hot girl version.

I decided to bring the bag into hi-def modern reality with this ruched strapless animal print dress, punk rock denim jacket and open toe espadrilles. Big 80s style fake jewels throw it back to the society lady archetype that it was probably designed for with a sarcastic wink. That gold! I read on one of the vintage blogs that each Crown Lewis bag would come with a comb and mirror… the better to touch up your lipstick and lace front, my dear!

These are the two blogs that I found the vintage information on:

Lazy Girl Designs, Vintage Dancer. Both seem like great resources if you’re into vintage.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Crown Lewis vintage gold leather clutch with wristband

Vintage Crown Lewis gold leather clutch. Butter soft gold leather clutch with black satin lining. Zips open at the top, 3 pockets, on zippered pocket. Gold leather wrist strap. Minimalist, has twisted knots on both sides. Very little wear for such an old item. 50s/60s vintage from Lewis purses. Measures 20 inches long and 8 inches high. *price includes shipping. *United States only.

$85.00

Taylor sheath dress with self belt, size 2

Aqua sheath dress, 60s style. Features tie belt at the waist with brass grommets. Cap sleeves. Fully lined. Thick rayon, nylon, spandex material. 34 inches from shoulder to hem. 17.5 inches from armpit to armpit, 15 inches across waist. *Shipping is included in price. *United States only.

$60.00

Enzo Angiolini t-strap pumps, size10

Caramel and gold pumps with cutouts and a 4 inch heel. Brand new, never worn, and they come with the original box. *Price includes shipping.*United States only.

$70.00

Gold animal print tube dress, size M

Gold animal print strapless ruched body on minidress from Forever 21. Has bra cups for support. Polyester spandex, fully lined. Pulls on easily, instant glam up. You’ll spend more time putting on your perfect winged eyeliner than getting into this dress. Measures 26 inches from top to hem. 16 inches across the chest. Waist is 11 1/2 inches. Hips are 16 across. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$40.00

SEB Market BK Upcycled Punk denim jacket, size

Re-worked, upcycled SEB Market BK denim jacket. Handpainted embellishment on back panel, cuffs painted with white and gold, sleeves are hand painted. Jacket is distressed and ripped in places with unfinished, fringey hem. Studs, safety pins and stars added for a more authentic punk feel. Embroidered red star patch on left arm. (Currently plain in the front, with distressing and rips. Pins in photo sold separately). Aged to look like a vintage, thrift store piece. Denim is soft and broken in, ready to rock. Measures 20 inches from shoulder to hem, 17 inches from armpit to armpit. 14 inches across the back. Sleeves are 24.5 inches long. *Shipping is included in price. *United States only.

$150.00

Brass and enamel heart pin

Dripping enamel heart pin, red with gold tone casing. Butterfly clasp back. Comes with re-usable gold lamé pouch. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$15.00

Handmade felt and acrylic jeweled chokers, One Size

Handmade ribbon and felt chokers. Big, over the top acrylic jewels add sparkle and glamor. Super lightweight, you'll barely feel it on. Choker covers about 6 inches, the ribbon is 11.5 inches on each side. 29 inches long altogether. *Specify diamond or smoke when ordering. **Shipping included. **United States only.

$25.00

Resin and plastic cuff with acryl;ic jewels, One Size

Instant glamification. Handmade black and silver stretch cuff is lightweight plastic and resin with sparkling oversized rhinestones. It's the kind of piece you end up grabbing more than the others because it goes with everything. Has that punk with a side of debutante thing going on. Fits comfortably on a 7 inch wrist. Comes wrapped in gold lamé pouch.🎁

$25.00

Wild Diva black tassel espadrills, size 10

Size 10 black faux leather espadrille wedges. Features Ankle strap with gold hardware and fringe on one side. 5.5 inches high. Rope edging around the upper and sole. So cute. Some wear on the soles, but not worn down. I wiped them down with soap and water, then wiped them off with alcohol, so they are ready to go. Great for summer, but can be worn with fishnets and colored tights in the colder months. *Shipping is included in the price. *United States only.

$38.00

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The Tattooed Shorts

Loox temporary tattoos looking sweet on sundrenched denim cutoffs.

I have been working on these shorts for a year.Technically. I got these jeans free from L.L. Bean (blogger perk) and one day decided to make cutoffs from them. Then I thought I would rehab the cutoffs, so I put them on my crafts trolley. Then I forgot about them, because I was working and somehow there was never any time or inspiration to finish my pile of design projects. It was sad. I wanted to do my thing, but coming home after work, I usually would just huddle in bed, watch netflix and try to go to sleep so I could go to work again. Working on my projects seemed to hard.

Lately I’ve been super inspired (might be because of exercising and better diet, I’m not so depressed), so I’ve been going through my project pile and finally finishing some things, like these cutoffs. I was on instagram and saw an ad for temporary tattoos, and I thought…’YES’!!!

It started with some dipdye bleaching until I had a variety of blues playing across the cotton fabric. Then I started applying the temporary tattoo, which was a few days of my life. First transferring the tattoo to the cloth, then treating it to make sure that the tattoo didn’t just peel off. Waiting for things to dry is sheer torture. But I love the way it looks! I put a few clear, acrylic jewels on the petals like water drops.

Being ocd and sewing on little pearls because little pearls are everything.

Studded, but in a sweet, feminine, Gucci kind of way.

Laid back, beach bum chic.

This awesome carp tattoo looks amazing on the back pockets, across from the gold lame lined distressed pocket. All you need to look summer blessed is a vintage t-shirt and some glitter slides. These shorts are hand painted, distressed and embellished. They’re badass in the most effortless way.

And they only took a year to make.

See you next time!

Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Handpainted,upcycled denim shorts with tattoos, size 6

Re-worked, upcycled SEB Market BK handpainted tattoo cutoffs have been bleached and temporary tattoos applied on the left front and left back pocket. Sequins, acrylic jewels, stars, studs and mini-pearls have been applied. Right side front and back pocket are slashed. Left back pocket is lined with gold lamé. Made of cotton, polyester and elastane. Rise is 10.25 inches. Waist is about 29. Jorts are 12 inches from waistband to hem. *Price includes shipping and handling. **United States customers only, no international shipping.

$125.00

Glitter shower shoes, size 7

Gold glitter double strap slides. Buckles are operational. Contoured soles for comfort, glitter for style. Brand new and never worn. 10 inches from the big toe to the heel. 3 1/2 across the widest part of the foot. *Price includes shipping and handling. **United States customers only, no international shipping.

$35.00

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The Class

For the Holiday assignment I did the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day using actual an actual Caribbean ice cream brand.

I was unexpectedly catapulted back into retail last year and I was bored. I was trying to think of a way to get a promotion while extending my job into something more creative, so I jumped on the Continuing Ed page at Fashion Institute of Technology‘s website to see if there was anything that I could turn into a bigger paycheck. I used to be a photographer, and have done some styling but I have no interest in doing photo shoots, so I had to find something that tied retail to art. Enter DE101 15A Prin D&E Dsgn – Small Scale Spring 2019 (a.k.a. Visual Merchandising)! I spent every Monday evening from February to May learning about why store displays look the way they look.

We had to build a foamcore shadowbox and every week there was a new assignment to create a contained display that expressed ideas and creativity without using words or being too obvious. This was the first assignment, white on white. Inspired by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

The next week was a black and white assignment where I painted sheets of paper with fast drying acrylic paint (neatly referencing the previous week’s cotton balls in the white on black paint splatters) and using these awesome Steve Madden Harpir boots. It’s amazing how much fun you can have being creative when you’re just taking one class and it’s not causing you to take out crippling loans!

This one was about selling health & beauty products, so I chose my fave perfume and did a presentation inspired by Magritte’s The Banquet, a painting that features a huge red sun. I feel like I could have done the roses on the side walls a little better, but I was trying to invoke a sort of 70s vibe, and infuse my presentation with the spirit of both disco and tango. So…yeah.

We did the holidays (my family is from Guyana and I live near Eastern Parkway so I just drew on my own Caribbean culture for this one.), accessories and famous personalities (can you guess who I did for my personality presentation?). We had to make everything in class so that the instructor could see our thought process, so it meant packing up my art supplies and lugging my big bag of foamcore box parts from Brooklyn to Manhattan,making a ritual out of stopping at the Starbucks across the street from school.

All about repetition…

For this one I painted the backdrop to evoke water, like the water you soak your feet in for pedicures. Blue is such a spa color to me. We had to take an element of the product and repeat it throughout the design. I sat in the class tracing a foot-shaped cardboard piece that came with some socks I bought. I just sat there cutting out construction paper feet and stamping them with a round sponge brush. Good times.

This was my final project. I was thinking to do something grand, but then I found out all we had to do was design a presentation with fruit as the product. We couldn’t cut the fruit, put holes in it, paint or carve it… I was a little disappointed, because I thought it would be something more sophisticated. I decided to make mine about lemons because I have an actual lemon plant that came out of a seed that I planted. Just pretend it’s a warm summer day and you’re relaxing and anticipating a tall, cool glass of lemonade form the giant lemons that came off of your tree.

I know, what a boring post!

What I took away from this class is that creativity never leaves you, and that having to build a presentation on the spot every Monday was a great exercise in discipline. I really like looking back at my shadowbox creations, and I can always use what I learned to improve my online stores or maybe go back to styling… Maybe. I’m definitely thinking of taking the large scale class where you dress mannequins. And I passed with an A, so I felt pretty darned accomplished.

Have you ever dreamed of doing something that was outside of your comfort zone, like taking an art class? Or learning javascript? Or cooking? What have you always wanted to learn?

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Red Bodysuit

This red bodysuit is the business.

SO! I was at a sale at this upscale store and I found this most gorgeous red bodysuit. The fabric feels and looks like crepe jersey, it’s beautifully sewn, and has a cutout that extends across the back to the sides. The color, a full tomato saucian red, is sizzling. It just doesn’t have any label, so I can’t tell the brand or designer.

Whomp whomp.

Which didn’t stop me from snapping it up. No label doesn’t mean low quality. Look how elegant it looks with this swanky Banana Republic circle skirt and Steve Madden glitter boots. For going to the store or casually doing laundry while a photographer snaps every move. Just a normal outfit…

Or you could do this kind of 80s’ish look with some split sided track shorts (and tube socks and shower slides for the win). The shorts are not for sale- I’m really loving them? They’re from C&C California, but I found them at Century 21.

Red crepe jersey cutout bodysuit, size XS

Measures 26 inches from shoulder to crotch. 13 inches from armpit to armpit, unstretched. Waist covers about 8 inches in front. Hips are 12 across, unstretched. Sleeves are 21 inches long. Cutout is 8 x 14. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$52.00

Banana Republic Circle Skirt, size 6

Looks like duchesse satin, made of nylon/spandex/elastane with a polyester lining. Slash pockets at each hip. Wear with a T-shirt and cardigan, sheer blouse, bodysuit, bandeau top, corset or tank top. As versatile as a pair of jeans. Great condition. Measures 25 inches from waist to hem. Waist is 14 inches across, no stretch. 24 inches across the hips. Skirt flares out to 40 inches at the hem. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$45.00

Steve Madden Harpir Booties, size 7.5

Rock star studded, glittery Steve Madden Harpir Booties in pewter. Sleek, pointed toe and 3 inch stiletto heel. From skirts to jeans, super wearable and versatile. Brand new, never worn. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$110.00

Art Deco style acrylic bracelet, OS

Handmade black and silver stretch cuff is lightweight plastic and resin with sparkling oversized rhinestones. Has that punk with a side of debutante thing going on. Fits comfortably on a 7 inch wrist. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$35.00

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That 70s Bag

Sexy 70s disco siren vibes (smell like a winner with Joy Forever by Jean Patou, a brilliant retro scent)

When I was a kid I was surrounded by women who had their stylistic business together. From my grandmother to my mom to my cousins, I had women around me who could teach Vogue a few lessons. I also had an Aunt in New Jersey who wore and sold vintage. Thanks to these style mavens, I can go blindly into a thrift store, hold my hand out, and have an awesome item fly into my hand like Mjolnir. In this instance, it was a sweet leather clutch bag with a bronze, abstract shaped snap on the front flap.

Clutch bags, like this delicious caramel colored one above, actually came into being in the 20s, so you’d probably see a flapper carrying one. All the better to emphasize that jazz age freedom exemplified by dresses that let women flail about doing the Charleston. This is probably what endeared the bag to the Studio 54 era fashionistas in the 70s and 80s. You could hold the bag under your arm while boogieing the night away.

This outfit samples both disco and punk to create a purely modern sex goddess look. The floral Almost Famous dress is ruched down the front with an asymmetrical hem, and reminds me of divas like Diana Ross or Donna Summer. I added a pair of Enzo Angiolini cutout t-strap pumps in caramel and gold for class (the disco era was heavily influenced by the 30s, so these would have been perfect!). Adding the American Rag rhinestone shouldered denim vest takes the look from discotheque to CBGB’s as quickly as a subway ride downtown.

Smokin’.

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Vintage 70s leather clutch

Caramel leather disco era clutch with snap closure. Zipper pocket inside and on the back of the purse.Measures 12 x 8 inches. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$65.00

Almost Famous floral dress in Dusty Rose, size XL

Measures 36 inches from shoulder to hem, 17.5 inches across the chest, 14 inches across the waist.Polyester, has some stretch. Brand new, never worn. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$34.99

American Rag denim vest, size M

Unfinished edges at armholes and hem,. Faceted rhinestones sparkle from the shoulders. Classic two pocket construction, two side pockets.100% cotton. Measures 19 inches from shoulder to hem, 17 inches from armpit to armpit. 15.5 inches at the waist. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$32.00

Enzi Angiolini t-strap pumps, size 10

Delicious round toed caramel and gold leather pumps with 4 inch heels. Never worn, still in box. Wear with jeans, pencil skirts, gaucho pants, etc. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$70.00

See you next time!

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