Monday, February 2, 2009



Words, Images Judith Ecochard

We discovered the feminine flirty garb by Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester, women surfers who found their clothing options limited UNTIL they started their own…while strolling the aisles of the Summer OR show last August.

One too cool surfboard latter…that’s a work of ART really----we were curious to see what was in store for Fall 2009…given the beachy vibe of the warm weather collection.

Well. Two Thumbs Up ladies.

Inspired by “urban hikes” the lineup is set to hit stores in July 2009…but we wanted to wear it now.

As usual, the separates are comfy, well made, in colors we want (Deep Sea Blue, Aubergine Purple, Glacier Gray, Chocolate Brown, Spruce Green, Black, Rose, Persimmon Orange etc.) and composed of stretchy soft textiles including organic fabrics and sustainable bamboo.


The High Points Collection (yup, we’re clever) has an updated side ruched long sleeve crew neck tee…that flatters all body types and is long enough (thank-you) for our low waist denim. The HP lineup also has a sueded stretch jersey tunic, hoodie, jacket and skirt at affordable price points $48-$78.

An everyday option cut from an organic fabric includes a Sunshine Pontelle Tee ($48) with an eye catching front placket and five faux pearl buttons. We like this top in the Rose Pink---a wonderful shade that works on all skin tones.

We also could see ourselves wearing the best selling Torfino V-Neck hoodie $58- (95% organic cotton/5% spandex)---and its new companion piece, the Torfino Raglan Crewneck ($52) everyday…

Cords seem to never go out of style, and Carve Design has an adorable 18 Wale Cord, Sun Valley Bootie Skirt-a slight A-line fit button close piece that’s lined with microfiber ($62).

The Sun Valley Sailor Pants- made from a slightly heavier cord, has a four button high front rise that manages to flatter…plus a 3% Spandex to keep the shape fitted, not saggy ($72).

Organic stretch French Terry (with a touch of Spandex)…is soft enough to sleep in. Carve Design uses this textile in a full, two way zipper, contrast color lined hood jacket-the Chamonix Jacket ($118)…a faux Chamonix Wrap Hoodie ($66), and a casual but not sloppy- medium rise snap and zip close Chamonix Pant ($62) that’s pumped up with side stripes down both legs.

Our top pic is the Merino Wool Wellington tunic ($118) with nice contrast hem details, flirty soft gatherings at the shoulder, a seamed waist with a removable tie…and a fit that hits mid thigh (to wear with leggings, bare legged or with pants).

Just perfect for days at the office or nights by the fire.