Monday, September 30, 2013


Samantha +Patrick Pleet-middle

254 Wolverine Store, Elizabeth Street, NYC

cute headpieces-collab w/ Hannah Metz
We felt like we stepped into a 21st century "Friends" episode when we checked out the Spring 2014 apparel and footwear collection by Brooklyn based designer Samantha Pleet-hosted by the soon to open Wolverine Store.

By the time we got there-during a busy NYFW---it was buzzing and packed with Pleet's friends and collaborators, gathered to celebrate a truly adorable collection of feminine frocks and separates-... inspired by a paradise lush Arcadia- and Darwin's journals recounting jaunts to exotic locales.
Token Dress

A short film directed by Maximilla Lukacs and Sarah Sophie Flicker -that was refreshingly not sophisticated slick-kinda gave onlookers the MO of the collection-a "female explorer's journey to a mythical island paradise"...with a do I  stay or do I go-or is it just the adventure desired- theme going on---though we didn't get so deep with thought. We were just checking out the clothes.
Eternal Dress

Saber Dress

Pretty tropical prints and faded fabrics cut into somewhat loose silhouettes that flatter all body types---all really well done- nice easy pieces to dress up or down.
Scout Dress
Outpost Jacket
Leaf shorts-comes with a matching tank

We were already familiar with the terrific Samantha Pleet Wolverine 1000 Mile women's shoe collection (the complete Spring review in another post-our Fall 2013 review)...but apparently this designer is more known-at least initially-for her whimsical fashion efforts.
Samantha Pleet - Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection ($215-$255) 
Clearly Pleet's great sense of color, vintage inspirations infused with a hip modern sensibility and up to date fits---that we see season after season (four) in the Wolverine footwear collab-is what attracted the shoe company to this East Coast talent to begin with. 

A week (just about) later-we returned to this retail bricks and mortar-the first Wolverine Wolverine (brand -not corporation) stand-alone store-to check out  the carefully curated merchandise that was selected to sell-alongside the company's lifestyle shoe collections for men and women.
Thoughts---this will become a destination for hip  and classic attire---with a solid American heritage stamp on everything. Including the store-pulled together super fast by Brooklyn Dry Goods folks-who also offer up their comfy tees here too. Other great brands hanging about-weather durable-iconic Filson jackets, Tanner Goods' belts-from Portland, Oregon, and selvage denim from SF's Tellason. 
In front-Samantha Pleet-1000 Mile Earhart boots-unlined -upper =Horween Chromexcel® leather-Made in the USA!

The back room-had some great prints of older advertisements of this heritage brand.

INFO: Samantha Pleet
         Wolverine 1000 Mile