When it comes to fashion, everyone wants to create a look that reflects their own style and personality. We want designs and fabrics that are comfortable and colors that make us look great.
This fall, nothing makes a bolder fashion statement than the color red. It is a power color that women can incorporate into their wardrobe in a dress, skirt, sweater or coat. As an accent color, it will look great as a vest, scarf, purse or pair of shoes. For men, a red sweater, T-shirt, long sleeve polo, or tie are excellent choices. You’ll also see the color brown making the fashion scene big this fall and be a main contender as a staple wardrobe color. Many say it’s the new black.
Accessories making the ladies’ fashion scene this season includes the clutch purse and the wider belt. The clutch purse will appear in sophisticated designs for daytime and soft, elegant designs for the evening. Ladies, the wider belt is appearing over longer jackets and coats making it an attractive addition to your wardrobe. And, boots are back big with beaded embellishments and accents in unique styles.
Many retro looks are being shown in hats, patterns and handbags. Western styles are stealing the scene with fashionable designs that include leather vests, fringe boots and cowhide prints. Plaids are big and will be found in dresses, vests, shirts and accessories. Not to be overlooked are the mid-calf skirts which are more flowing and versatile to take you from office to evening.
Men will love dressing in unconstructed overshirts. Narrow pant legs are still a hit. And pairing a fashionable sports coat with a great pair of denim jeans will always be a classic, dressy-casual look.
An extensive selection of timeless European styles, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service are what you’ll find at The Clotherie, an award-winning men’s specialty store located in the Biltmore Fashion Park. Founded in 1969 by Jackson LaBaer, a successful attorney who left his law practice to pursue his passion, he was responsible for bringing men’s and women’s European fashion to Arizona.
Sportswear director Tom Simon is no stranger to fashion, having owned his own clothing store for 20 years before joining The Clotherie team. Tom believes the variety of styles, the quality designer brands and ongoing attention they provide their clients have earned them a stellar reputation they’ve maintained with their existing clients and in reaching younger professionals.
“The Clotherie offers old-school service with modern styles and designs,” Tom says. “We have an assortment of fall lines which includes jackets that are lighter weight and unconstructed to be worn as an overshirt or a layering piece.”
The well-dressed man can be assured of finding a wide selection of clothing from international brands for leisure wear, sportswear, business attire and formal wear. The Clotherie has been one of the Valley’s top retailers of Eton shirts from Sweden for the past 24 years. Eton shirts are made from the finest cotton which gives them a wrinkle-resistant, easy care and long- lasting tailored fit.
A large offering of quality labels are found and include Canali clothing; Ermenegildo Zegna sportswear; Samuelson suits and sports coats; Zanella fine dress and casual pants; L.B.M. unconstructed sports coats; AG jeans and cotton pants; Eton dress and casual shirts, ties and pocket squares; Voglioli Italian casual dresswear; Rhone athleisure wear and Reigning Champ athleisure wear.
Clothing director Tom Allen assures The Clotherie has the best selection of suits, sports coats and furnishings. Wardrobe consultants Joe Tiseo and Kyle Forbis are dedicated to assisting clients no matter their wardrobe needs. Their objective is to create a wardrobe that reflects their client’s lifestyle while maintaining an individual look. Whether the need is athleisure for casual wear, elegant sportswear, classic business wear, travel wear, formal wear or footwear, this specialty men’s store can accommodate the need. Plus, tailor John Antoniadis is available to ensure the right fit, no matter one’s shape or size.
LaBaer’s vision and legacy were continued by Greg Eveloff, whose leadership contributed to the growth of the business by adding more international labels and extending the personalized touch. The Clothier is now part of Retail One, a high-end consulting firm dedicated to continuing the standards of service and quality apparel that has always been part of The Clotherie.
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Road, Suite 169
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Loop Jean Company
It’s all about comfort at Loop Jean Company located at The Shops at Gainey Village, and, despite being open only 10 months, it has already become the denim destination in the Valley for premium jeans that offer a comfortable fit for both men and women of all ages. The concept was created by husband and wife team Ted and Tamara Greve, who opened their first Loop Jean Company in Tucson 10 years ago. They created their business with this mission: Your destination for the world’s most sought-after brands for men and women, expertly fit by one of our specialists to ensure the most flattering jean possible.
Currently, there are more than 15 brands of denim which range from skinny to bootcut for women, slim to relaxed for men and everything in between. Popular brands include Paige, Rag & Bone, AG and Citizens of Humanity.
Store manager Jordyn Coty has been with the company seven years. She definitely knows her jeans, having dozens in her wardrobe so she can share from experience about the stretch, color retention and overall wear. Jordyn’s objective is to help every customer find a perfect fitting jean they’ll love wearing. She starts by concentrating on the fit; the length and color come next.
“Everyone deserves a great fitting, premium jean tailored to their body,” Jordyn shares. “My job is matching the jean to their body shape.”
Loop Jean Company carries a large collection and exclusive styles from Robert Graham. Other men’s designer brands include Mizzen & Main, which has performance material with some stretch and is easy to pack and wear. There is a selection of Black House Academy T-shirts and button long-sleeve shirts. This winter they’re introducing Rag & Bone denim shirts, T-shirts and sweaters. To complete the look, Loop offers quality shoes from Cole Haan, OluKai and Two24 by Ariat for men and women, plus boots from Wolverine’s Thousand Mile Collection for men.
On the ladies’ side, you’ll also find designer brands for shirts, sweaters, dresses, shoes and boots by Rails, Wilt, Heather and Equipment to name a few. Unique accessories include wax seal talismans from Pyrrha, Shinola watches, beautiful artisan silver buckles and a variety of leather belt straps.
“Fashion trends for the fall are hand-sewn pearls on denim, brocade floral print designs and black on black embroidery, which you’ll find among the store’s new arrivals,” Jordyn says.
In-house alterations complete the fit for every body type. Most inseams are 34 inches or longer, and the complimentary hemming includes removing the existing hem and creating a new one, so the jean lays just right. Other alterations include waist adjustments, leg tapering and jean patching to extend the longevity of your favorite pair. Loop Jean Company’s detailed customer service includes special orders at no additional charge.
Loop Jean Company
8877 N. Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Ritzy Rags and Shoes
A stylish women’s boutique located at The Shops at Gainey Village has developed into one of the leading fashion venues in the Valley with its assortment of woman’s clothing, accessories and fashionable shoes. Owner Craig Marsh relocated from Chicago where he began his career in fashion at Neiman Marcus and Marshall Fields. He moved to the Valley in 1987 and opened the Spin Art stores.
Ritzy Rags is known for its timeless designs and current fashions offering styles from solids to ritzy, soft to bold that fit well and offer wonderful fabrics in a variety of sizes. The boutique is the fifth-largest retailer in the world for Canadian fashion designer Frank Lyman who designs and manufactures his line in Montreal, Canada. The Frank Lyman look is extremely popular for offering fabrics that are always soft, colorful and comfortable. He has an incredible vision for fashion. His focus this fall is on bomber jackets, tops with bell sleeves and tops with rhinestone zippers. What he does best is putting different fabrics together for a unique look and outstanding fit. A wide range of sizes, 2-16, are available and sizes 18-22 can be special ordered.
Other recognizable Canadian lines you’ll find are Michael Tyler, Tribal, Orly and Alison Sheri to name a few. Plus, there are large selections from top clothing designers Alberto Makali, FDJ French Dressing, Mesmerize, Tango Mango and Impulse.
Every woman loves to accessorize their outfit, and at Ritzy Rags you’ll find a fabulous collection of accessories that include Mariana Jewelry that is made in Israel using Swarovski crystal and sterling silver. There are also beautiful Jimmy Crystal items, manufactured in New York, using Swarovski crystal in sunglasses, reading glasses and earrings. There are also unique purses that have beautiful designs and crystals from designer Mary Frances and others.
Craig has a keen eye for fashion and detail. One of his main focuses is comfort without compromising style, and he works closely with some of the manufacturers to offer styles he knows will appeal to his clientele. This has helped Ritzy Rags and Shoes gain the reputation for having a great selection of comfortable, fashionable shoes and fun sandals. The lines carried are Mephisto, Beautifeel, Onex, Donald J Pliner, Eric Michael, and more. This fall’s emphasis is lower heels in suede and colored ankle boots. There is an array of unique styles, from sophisticated to artsy, with many being adjustable, ranging in sizes from 5-12, narrow to wide.
With more than 40-plus years in the industry, Craig prides himself on offering “top-notch” customer service that has proven to be the key to maintaining a loyal client base in the thousands during his 30 years in the Valley.
“I’ve built my store on selections, style and service”, he says. “If we don’t have an item, we will get it for you at no extra charge.”
Ritzy Rags and Shoes
The Shops at Gainey Village
8787 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253