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Monthly Archives: March 2010

  • Patent & Pearlized + Crystal & Sheer

      

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Patent is the newest in color and continues as a main stay for Spring/Summer accessories and RTW. Tissue weight patent is the newest news for RTW applications. Pearlized leather and metals are a softer, more contemporary expression of shine. Crystal takes its cue from opulent chandeliers. Tear drop to princess cut crystals become necklaces to bag closures...shoe studding to fabrics. Crystal embellishment is the new "necklace" for the handbag. For evening and day, sheer layers continue to create romantic to nomadic looks this season. Matte and shine sheers create subtle style head to toe.

  • Must Have Mixes from the Fashion Capitals: Paris, London, and Milan

    Looking to personalize your look this season? Think about layering in unexpected ways. Add a contemporary flair to timeless classics by remixing and breaking old fashion rules. Consider combining...  

     

      

        

        

           

     

     

       

     

     

     

     

     

      

    See more Vivienne Westwood     

       

      

     *Fashion Hint: When you mix mediums within a color family, the look is more sophisticated.

      

     

  • With Love from the Fashion Capitals: Paris, London, and Milan

    I saw hearts and "love" as seasonal direction beyond Valentine's Day...

     Merci Boutique; Gilli "Love" Handbags; Maison de Vacances Love Pillows; Laduree Macaroons

     

     Below are the links to some of my favorite heart merchandise this season:

    Jonathan Adler Heart Keychain

    Maison de Vacances Love Pillows

    Lucky Jeans Heart Flats 

    Urban Outfitters Heart Speakers

     

  • Euro Friends of Scout

    Every year I make two trips to Europe to travel to the major fashion cities: Paris, London, and Milan in search of new inspiration for our bags as well as color and trend directions in the fashion world. This year I couldn't help but notice the number of Dachshunds on the streets of Milan and in the windows of my favorite boutiques.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Below is the window of one of my favorite stores in Paris, Colette.

     
     
    A Dachshund Gilli Handbag
    Check out more Gilli at www.gilli.com
  • What's Behind the Bag?

    It's been my favorite name ever since I read To Kill a Mockingbird. We considered naming our daughter Scout until Demi Moore named her daughter Scout. So we switched gears and named our Dachshund, Scout.

    My mother always said, "We know that God has a sense of humor because he created the Dachshund. Dachshunds are characters." They're unexpected, very clever, and very smart. We loved the idea of taking this image and making it iconic in the sense that it's a dog wagging its tail--who doesn't love that? It makes you happy, makes you laugh, and makes you feel good.

     

     

    The actual label evolved from the idea that black and white is timeless and ageless--something that works up and down and sideways. I also love what pinking shears do to fabric. They give it that funky little jagged edge, which is complemented by the classic, faux top stitching. Now there's a whimsical spin on something that's truly functional, fashionable, and fun.

  • Hello, Scout Bags

    The Scout Bag was designed to fill a void in the tote market— offering style, function, and affordability in one bag with multi-uses. My husband Ben and I noticed a unique material being used by Chinese street vendors to store their goods, which remained relatively untapped in the design world.   I had come across it twice before, both times during the ‘80s in Soho, NYC—the shopping bag from Dianne B, which became my favorite tote for the summer and the other from a company called   Wolfman-Gold & Good, a high end home goods store in Soho. The bag was patterned in an exaggerated gray and white check and became the perfect schlep bag for travel.

    Sketch of the Original Deano

    Not long after, while working as a color and trend forecaster in New York, I traveled overseas for a color meeting with Interstoff Asia in Milan. I was on my way back to the hotel before getting on my flight to leave, and I walked by Helmut Lang and saw the plaid Chinese vendor bag in the window with a true leather bottom and a Helmut Lang insignia on the side. I was thrilled to find a bag at the upper end of the fashion market and bought it for $450. I called Ben with the news, and the Scout bag was born.

    The First Original Deano

    Having purchased these bags at the highest end of the market and at the very bottom end of the market, we knew there was a need for a middle ground  —  the same fabric was being used but in different styles and with different detailing.  In the states, consumers like to have proof that whatever they are buying into is going to be around for a while.  There are very few outliers in the fashion world outside of New York and L.A. so when trends appear on the street and in the designer shops at the same time, these looks are likely to meet in the middle and become directional and very commercial in the market.

    Original Scout Tote The First Scout Patterns
  • about the blog

    Get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Deb Johns, stylist and co-founder of SCOUT. With nearly four decades of experience in the fashion world, her refined eye and creative vision drives the brand.

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    Megan Principe, SCOUT’s social media extraordinaire, works alongside Deb to create blog posts that tell a story and speak to the inspiration surrounding us all. From trends to travel, find your daily lifestyle fix here.

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