Fall 2014 Inspiration: A GORGEOUS WRECK

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Coclico’s Fall 2014 Collection celebrates the moody melodrama of shifting seasons in windswept seascapes. Our muse, draped in a heavy cable knit cardigan and lounging against a moored boat, sings to no one but is heard by all. Her forceful yet soft voice encapsulates the strength of her spirit, as self -assured in her shifting whims as the landscape around her.

 

 

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We address her intense practicality with simplicity and utility in our silhouettes, while also looking to leather textures to reference netting and the ripples of the ocean’s current. In layering these textured leathers, there is a note of warmth and romance. Coclico’s Fall 2014 collection stands firm to the challenges of winter ahead

 
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Line drawings of the ocean influenced our material selection. Our leathers feature three dimensional ridges, cubes, and etchings bringing to life the tactility of the seascape we so admire.

 

 

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Color inspiration was pulled from the work of New Zealand based photographer Andrew Smith of Cuba Gallery.  Using Smith’s imagery as a guide we sought to infuse color into the collection in a way that remained wearable and timeless.We sourced a deep, moody navy blue, murky sea greens and a range of grey hues that act as neutrals highlighted by pops of teal and sea foam-inspired winter whites.

 

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See our Fall Winter 2014 collection here. New arrivals will be added every week through September.

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ON OUR MIND: Climate Change


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This sobering article from the New York Times reporting on the findings from the UN Scientific Panel is a must read.

Sometimes we feel helplessly small among the 7+ billion on this earth; but its worth reminding ourselves that all individual contributions add up and the more we integrate environmental responsibility into our lifestyles the more of an example is set for our communities and children.  By continuing to be conscious daily, and to ensure that on election days we support politicians who recognize that this is the defining issue of the age, we can be part of the solution.  

“There are those who say we can’t afford to act,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.  ”But waiting is truly unaffordable.  The costs of inaction are catastrophic.”

 

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ON LOCATION with Fashion Curator Laura Camerlengo

At Coclico, we are interested in fashions that last. Materials are considered for their strength, comfort, and utility and are fastened by expert craftsmen with an eye for detail. We do this so that with the right care you can wear your shoes day-after-day for years. I recently met with another woman obsessed with clothes that stand the test of time, the curator of Costumes and Textiles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and editor of Style, She Wrote, Laura Camerleno.   As we toured Philadelphia’s Old City together Laura let me in on her personal and professional take on archive worthy style.

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What makes for fashion that is worthy of the archive? Our collection consists of fashions that have been seen on recent designer runways that have been donated to the Museum as well as more rarified items with interesting family histories. In fact, the skirt that was the subject of a very famous Matisse painting was recently discovered in the family attic. That was a very exciting acquisition.

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Above left: Woman in Blue, 1937, Henri Matisse; Right: Woman’s Skirt depicted in “The Large Blue Dress”, Made and modelled by Lydia Delectorskaya, 1937

What are your personal style-guidelines or rules of thumb? I believe in dressing for one’s shape and in clothes fitting properly. I’ve become much more rigid on the latter rule of thumb over the years. But I suppose that’s bound to happen when you spend your days styling mannequins to the nth degree for exhibitions!

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Who are your fashion icons? I adore Audrey Hepburn. I’ve enjoyed her movies and her style since I was a teenager. Whether she was wearing a Givenchy gown or a simple shirtwaist, she always carried herself and her clothes beautifully.

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Totally with you! We love Audry too. Now that it is finally warming up, what are 5 things you are loving for spring? I always love trench coat dresses and lightweight scarves in the spring. This season, cut-out ankle booties, like Coclico’s Farlen booties, drawstring leather bags, and crop top/skirt or short sets are also on my wish list. I also just finished reading Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. The book really made an impression on me and on how I intend to shop, so much so that I logged onto Cline’s website to review her ethical designer shopping list. I’m not sure if you are aware, but Coclico made her cut!   Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 8.05.55 AM

Left: 1. Band of Outsiders Trench Dress 2. Joie Mabel Bucket Bag 3. Coclico Farlen Heels. Right: 1. Whistles Juno Flamingo Feather Print Copped Silk Shirt and Skirt 2. Graf Lantz 3. Jules Smith Americana 4. Erickson Beaman 5. Wildfox 6. Coclico Jaqen Wedges

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Do you wear Coclico? Yes! The Opal booties are my favorites; I’ve worn them non-stop this winter. They’re super comfortable and pair well with most of my cold-weather wardrobe.

What’s on the horizon? A professional goal has always been to organize a show featuring the work of one of today’s emerging fashion talents. I’m delighted to say that this project is actually going to be realized. I can’t reveal the details yet, but stay tuned! Update: Laura’s newest show Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly debuts this month.

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We Heart Son Catiu Olive Oil

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What do Organic Olive Oil and Coclico have in common?  More than you’d think!  And its all thanks to one man, Esteban Ballester.

Estaban is the gregarious owner  of the small Mallorcan shoe factory that produces each and every pair of our eco-friendly and ethically made collection.  His passion for shoemaking is matched by his passion for his island home’s other famous export, Olive Oil.

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Olive Oil had been a popular export of Mallorca since as early as the 15th century.   It is estimated that 90% of the trees on the island are over 500 years old.  Arbequina and Picual are the most plentiful varieties, the aromatic properties of these ancient trees contribute to the unique characteristics that distinguish the oils of the region.

Esteban’s interest in organic olive oil started 34 years ago at home, where he sought to make the most of the 600 ancient trees in his garden.   He began making small batches by hand in his kitchen in a wooden press.  Today Estaban farm’s more than 2000 trees and has his own label of organic extra-virgin good stuff, called Son Catiu.

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Making sure nothing goes to waste, Esteban uses the pits of the olives to fuel the heating and cooling of his business.  A practice that we can certainly get behind!  He has made a personal lifestyle commitment to keeping a small footprint.  His garden, replete with veggies, citrus fruits and egg laying chickens, stocks his pantry as well as supplies his restaurant. We feel a certain comfort knowing that while we’re often 4000 miles away from our factory, we have a Spanish partner that is  overtly conscientious of values we hold dear.

In addition to the Coclico factory, Esteban owns a local restaurant, and since 2008 an olive treatment center.  The center is replete with the most modern technologies that produce and bottle a pure organic oil.  From this facility he produces Son Catiu, as well as servicing local growers from all over the island looking to make any size batch of home brew.

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Esteban loads us up with his three varieties of extra-virgin oil to bring home from our visits.  Pop into our Nolita store any day of the week if you want to give it a try!

 

 

 

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Coclico Sample Sale is Around the Corner

Coclico is hosting a two-day sample sale on January 17 & 18 at our Showroom in Soho. Prices on beautiful, hand-crafted shoes will be marked-down up to 70%-off with most styles going for below $200.  The selection will range from fall boots and wedges to spring sandals and heels.  Below are just a few of the beautiful styles that will be up for grabs.  We hope to see you there! Location: 670 Broadway, Suite 502 Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m on Friday and 11:00 a. m 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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Capote Ankle Bootie will be $179 instead of $465.00

 

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Lupe caramel high-heel sandals will be $179 instead of $445.00

 

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Hutton Leather Wedge with 1” platform will be $179 instead of $445.00

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Danno Espadrille Wedge is linen covered with jute trim and will be $159 instead of $350.00

 

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