Things I bought, things I want

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I’m back in Sag Harbor after spending just short of a week in the city, during which I took care of a bit of business, saw some people I care about, and—most importantly—was pleased to observe that Manhattan, while hobbled in some ways, is anything but defeated, contrary to popular reports. I also did just a tiny bit of shopping with my friend Maureen one afternoon. She wanted to drop by Clare V for a new passport case—not something anyone needs at this precise moment, but she was craving one, and who am I to judge—and I walked out with this bag, their double Sac Bretelle. You can’t really see it here, but the bag is actually two identical bags attached to one another: I’m using one side for keys, wallet, etc, and the second bag for hand sanitizer, masks, and the like. It fits a ton and doesn’t look like it, which only makes it better.

I’m wearing it with this checkerboard strap, which has a certain Vans-esque appeal.

I did not purchase—but very much desire—these Zero+Maria Cornejo sweatpants, which look about as well-tailored as a pair of sweatpants can be, and come in grey and black too, though I’m partial to this really good blue.

Instead, I went for these jogger pants, which are T-shirt thin, rather magically flattering, and well-priced.

This cashmere polo sweater is giving off serious The Talented Mr Ripley vibes.

When I first saw this cargo jacket and decided to include it in this post, it was available in all sizes, but it’s selling out fast. I love the big front pockets and worn-in wash.

As I mentioned recently, I am a wireless bra convert, and this one from Negative Underwear is next on my list of things to buy: it looks light as air, and I dig the slate grey hue, which is a delightful change from my usual black.

And speaking of black, I’m quite enamored of these jeans from Agolde.  They’re nicely pre-weathered, but don’t look too beaten up.

I also crave this straight leg pair from Ayr,  which is available in various inseam measurements, so if you don’t want them cropped (I, of course, do) then you don’t have to have them that way.

And while we’re on the topic of jeans, I am crazy for this white wide-legged pair.

Please excuse the writing on this picture: Uniqlo makes it impossible to lift images without it showing. But anyway, I am mad for this sharp jacket, which has a certain very French appeal.

 

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    CynthiaE
    15 Sep 2020
    1:18pm

    Kim, any details on the fantastic Vive la Revolution sweatshirt in the first pic? Thanks!

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      Holly
      15 Sep 2020
      3:20pm

      The ClaireV website has lots of Vive La Resistance merch (including that sweatshirt in thr first photo).

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    JB
    15 Sep 2020
    7:26am

    Hi can you link source for cashmere polo sweater … it’s linked to your podcast. Thanks

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    Lisa
    24 Sep 2020
    9:53pm

    I pulled the trigger on that Uniqlo collab denim jacket and just got it today. As you would say, Kim, it is “aces”!!! Buying it in white too! Such a great cut and incredibly comfortable and $57??

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    Eloise
    15 Sep 2020
    6:41pm

    If you buy the Alternate Apparel joggers w/an AmEx card (or at least an AnEx Blue – but probably all AmEx cards), even via PayPal, you’ll get a $5 statement credit – apparently the company qualifes as a small merchant as defined in AmEx’s “Shop Small” promotion which runs through (maybe 9/20). Also, if anyone is up for buying more comfy AA gear, AmEx (again at least AmEx Blue) has a buy $100 or more from Alternate Apparel get $30 statement credit offer good thru 10/1 – you just have to logon to AmEx and link the deal to your card. I stuck w/one pair of joggers, though.

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    Candy
    15 Sep 2020
    1:44pm

    Sadly, my size is sold out in the black joggers, but glad to know about the alternative apparel site. And that Uniqlo denim jacket is so sharp. I bought an earlier Ines/Uniqlo jacket in off-white a couple years back that you had recommended and have gotten so much use from it. The quality is amazing for the price.

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      Jenny
      15 Sep 2020
      2:43pm

      Dearborn denim has supima cotton black joggers. I haven’t tried them myself but generally like Dearborn Denim as a company. I’ve found they run small, or rather, they are accurately sized. Eg, my actual waist size is about 31 inches, but in most jeans I’m a 28. In Dearborn I’m a 30.

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    Tahe Z
    15 Sep 2020
    1:45pm

    Cautionary tale about the Clare V. purse: I have a Bretelle bag, too, and twice, one of the loops busted. I tried to pack light and even carry it under my arm and in my hand, but it still broke. I had it repaired the first time but I haven’t gotten around to having it fixed again so until then, I carry it full time as a clutch. Still, I love love love Clare V. and wish I could go on a spending spree on her site!

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      Naomi
      16 Sep 2020
      1:36pm

      I own a similar bag made by Ghurka called the Match that’s been my go-to crossbody since 2014 or so. The price has gone up a bit since I got mine, but the leather is gorgeous and just seems to get better with age (like handbags made by Frank Clegg and Lotuff Leather).

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    skb
    17 Sep 2020
    10:08pm

    I was just going to comment about how much I love those oxfords!! Amazing. Kim, would you do a post about oxfords? 😬 (if you haven’t already…)

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    Kim France
    15 Sep 2020
    8:25am

    Apologies for that, JB. Link fixed.

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    cw
    15 Sep 2020
    8:34am

    The ClaireV bag is Pandemic Perfect––in my opinion––I like the option of being able to keep things separate. And those blue joggers! What a great color!

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    Betsy P
    15 Sep 2020
    9:26am

    You are a psychic Kim. I have been stalking that Claire V bag for weeks wishing I knew someone who had it. In my cart now as we speak. One thing the pandemic has aught me is that I don’t need all the stuff I think I need. This smaller bag will be my test of that.

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    kimbersam
    15 Sep 2020
    9:30am

    Stores in Manhattan are open now? Good for them, retail is getting killed. In Los Angeles, it seems we are scattershot in terms of openings. My hair salon has open and closed twice now. The owner told me someone reported him even though he had the proper outdoor setup (I got a cut and color in 90-degree heat which was an experience), but now he’s all good and back indoors. Also–that bra is perfection and I am still thinking about the Rachel Comey sweatshirt from yesterday. although I think we are due for yet another heatwave 🙁

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      Viajera
      15 Sep 2020
      11:40am

      That’s very interesting, kimbersam. I’m glad you got your hair done. I am still avoiding enclosed spaces. (In fact a bit puzzled that everyone isn’t – it seems safer for everyone?) I wish I had an outdoor option. I know some people – perhaps many – are having their stylist cut them on the patio. I am just doing the home haircuts. There’s no one to see it. What I reeeeally need is to see my optometrist. And, I am worried about my dentist. How is he doing??? (I guess I could call and ask. Not due for cleaning yet.)

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    Christina
    15 Sep 2020
    9:42am

    Do those alternative apparel sweats run small? I bought a pair from them a while ago in my usual size and they were skin tight.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      15 Sep 2020
      6:11pm

      I bought the eco-fleece style and they were too small. I’ve had so-so luck with them in terms of quality.

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    Kim France
    15 Sep 2020
    10:07am

    They feel pretty true to size to me, Christina.

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    Eloise
    15 Sep 2020
    11:24am

    The joggers and Agolde jeans are sitting in my carts….

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    Mimi A.
    15 Sep 2020
    12:03pm

    I’ve always loved polos and polo sweaters, both snug and slouchy ones, and it seems they’re having a moment. Again. Perhaps they’d be worthy of a post of their own?
    Am I the only one who wishes Everlane (and every other site) would specify the lengths of tops and sweaters the way Shopbop does? I know I could probably get the information by calling or emailing, but I’m happier if I don’t have to take that extra step.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      15 Sep 2020
      6:13pm

      Everlane DOES, if you look at the size chart. The garment measurements are always listed, which I find pretty helpful.

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      kimbersam
      15 Sep 2020
      2:21pm

      Seconded, please.

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    Kim France
    15 Sep 2020
    12:18pm

    I’m thinking of doing a post on polo tops & sweaters, Mimi.

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      Mimi A.
      16 Sep 2020
      12:29pm

      Excellent! Maybe throw in some henleys? They’re kind of a polo without a collar and like men – a good one can be hard to find.

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    raclettelover
    15 Sep 2020
    12:42pm

    That Clare V bag reminds me of the large celine trio in size- for a fraction of the cost– the ability to have a thicker strap makes it more appealing than the trio

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      Carrie P
      15 Sep 2020
      1:00pm

      Yes, I was thinking the same… I don’t like the thin strap on the trio at all.

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    Ellie
    15 Sep 2020
    4:16pm

    Yes, yes, all well and good, but does anyone know the source of those fabulous brogued Oxfords on the model in the with black Agolde jeans? They look like Docs at first, but the sole is wrong.

    WFH means I haven’t worn anything other than slippers, Berks, and running shoes in six months, but I might really really need the perfect chunky black brogued Oxfords.

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      Kim France
      15 Sep 2020
      4:31pm

      They’re Marc Jacobs, Ellie, and they are sadly sold out, at least on Shopbop.

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      Mimi A.
      15 Sep 2020
      4:33pm

      If you click on “Shop the look” under the Agolde jeans photo you’ll see the oxfords are by Marc Jacobs, but they’re sold out on Shopbop, and everywhere else it seems.

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        Ellie
        18 Sep 2020
        1:18pm

        Thank you! But also, sniff :(. Guess I will just have to fall back on Fluevog’s new blue and teal patent leather oxfords, then.

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