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Margherita Kids by Missoni

Orange County based Neige, an upscale children’s line by Adrienne Catrina, just partnered with Margherita Missoni, the granddaughter of Missoni's founding father, to help her create a dream brand, Margherita Kids.

Together, they collaborated in choosing colors, designs, and production.

Because of Adrienne’s influence, new customers for Margherita Kids can expect the same amazing quality, fit and design that they are used to with Neige. 

As featured in Vogue, Margherita Kids launched exclusively in the United States at select Nordsrom such as South Coast Plaza for its spring/summer 2015 collection.

The 70-piece collection for boys and girls up to age seven features Batik-inspired prints, seersucker, color block stripes, dots and mix and match prints. Choose from sleeveless cotton dresses, shift dresses, tiered cotton skirts, linen and cotton shorts, t-shirts, cotton bubble bloomers, colorblock cardigans and more.

Nordstrom is at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa.

Local and International: Coast Modern

On the hunt for something different?  Stop by the new Coast Modern in Seal Beach that offers curated local and international goods, as well as men’s and women’s clothing and homewares. Bryce and Cecilia Cole, a creative design couple, shine a light on indie fashion brands and local artisans. They feature a local sailmaker who handcrafts bags, to a bookbinder who makes quality leather goods.

The husband and wife team have designed for various fashion brands in the contemporary and action sports arenas. Seven years ago they launched Common Thread, a multi-source apparel design and manufacturing agency where they continue to work with many brands.

 ”We believe in good design for better living and we’re inspired by architecture, textiles, graphic art and simple pure design,” Bryce said.  

Coast Modern offers an eclectic mix of quality items such as clothing, jewelry, eyewear, shoes, books, cards and linens. 

This season’s women’s designers include: Knot Sisters, Maison Du Soir, Closed Denim, Bridge & Burn, K-Way,  Raven+Lily and Bijoux B Jewelry. 

Men’s designers include: Almond, Aloha Sunday, Railcar Fine Goods, Rhythm and their own house brand Unidas.

 Homewares include: Woolrich, Half Light Bindery, Topo Designs, Eames Office, Swell, M&U Co., Hedley & Bennett, and Books by Hennessey & Ingalls as well as Tashen, and more.

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Coast Modern is at 219 Main St. in Seal Beach

Affordable Art Idea: WAX Posters

We just found out about Wax Poster, an affordable art idea with great images of California and they are affordable: $60 (including shipping).

Wax Poster just released its exclusive suite of first edition posters from: Ai Weiwei, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, LeRoy Grannis, Hugh Holland and Matthew Porter, as well as Leroy Grannis coming soon.

Wax Poster says it, "proudly celebrates the misfits, the misanthropes, the outsiders, the outcasts, the young, and the old." Works are from an international selection of influential artists in a variety of genres and mediums.

All posters are printed in California with only the finest archival paper stock and highest quality fade-resistant inks.

Wax Posters cost $59.95 each. You can purchase online here.

Pictured above Duke contest finalists, Sunset Beach, 1968 by Leroy Grannis.

MAST, The Must Handbag

The must have line of handbags is Mast, a locally sourced collection of handmade, unisex handbags and micro-luggage. It’s now is at one of our favorite boutiques in Orange County, Michael Nusskern boutique in Newport Beach.

Mast just debuted “Nightswim” a collection inspired by the jetsetter who values quality yet craves versatility.

Featuring shades of bone and onyx complete with a Mast’s signature Palm print, the latest release of handbags, backpacks, and micro-luggage range in price from $185 to $250.

You can view the complete collection and shop online at

Get Your Hippie Glam On

Get in on the newest conscious apparel brand that’s debuting just in time for festival season and beach weather, LA based clover cloth will be launching Wednesday, April 1. You can pre-order online now (until April 1) and take 15% off your first order when you use HIPPIEGLAM code and get free shipping after $75. 

clover cloth’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection features tanks and tees with bold messaging, bright colors and gold embellished designs that are ideal for the beach, yoga, or even to work under a blazer, or out at night. clover cloth was designed for the style-savvy girl in mind who wants to spread love, do good and look good.

Designed and made in SoCal, clover cloth's cuts are made with 100% organic, fair trade cotton, grown using sustainable irrigation systems and manufactured by employees making twice the minimum wage. Every clover cloth purchase plants a tree and each season’s limited edition design supports a specific social cause.

With its ongoing partnership with Trees for the Future, the sale of every clover cloth tee or tank will plant one tree in Africa, providing a substantial oxygen supply and directly benefiting local communities devastated by deforestation and unproductive farming conditions. 25% of the proceeds from the sale of this season’s limited edition “Free Everyone” design will be donated to Save Elephant Foundation, a non–profit organization dedicated to stopping elephant trafficking, slavery and abuse in Thailand.

Take A Stance For Your Feet

San Clemente based Stance makes the most out of the mundane, they design hundred of premium socks to add some fun and color to your feet. Choose from NBA styles, punk rock, reggae inspired, hip-hop themed, psychedelic, artsy, holiday and collaboration designs with athletes, musicians, artists, skate legends and more.

Its latest collaboration for the Spring ‘15 collection is with the cult Comedy Central TV show Workaholics. The collection of three mix and match socks feature the show's infamous characters and popular taglines (Let's Get Weird!, Fur Sure! and Fully Torqued!). Now, you can discreetly sport a bit of rebellion at work, without risking your job.

Stance are hands down the best in fit, premium materials and designs. Who else offers hundred of fashion forward to slightly conservative styles including dress socks, cashmere, boot socks, snow, and golf socks? For about $20 or less, your feet will be covered in style and comfort.

You can find Stance online or at Surfside Sports, Nordstrom, Tillys, Moonlight Graham, PacSun, Seed Peoples Market, Jacks, Foot Locker, Eilatan and many more shops.

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