A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: WIB presents WhatWeWearWhere

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Wear Where will you be tonight? Join Brown Women in Business (WIB) at 8 p.m. in Kassar for an event hosted by a mother-daughter duo. Kelley Harrison ’13 and her mother, Kathy, co-founded the fashion app and wardrobe guide WhatWeWearWhere!

Wait, what does your startup WhatWeWearWhere do? Basically, it’s an Instagram for those who never know what to wear, curated by those who always know what to wear.

WhatWeWearWhere allows you to see what people are actually wearing at different colleges, workplaces, restaurants, and events and where they bought their outfits. Yeah, you can even see what people wear to The Whiskey Republic because, well, you probably forgot. More popular categories include “Brown University,” “financial analyst,” “charity event,” “wedding,” and “4th of July.” If you’re really struggling, there’s even an “at home” category. Basically, anyone can share photos of their unique style and see what others are wearing.

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Alums who do cool things: Sari Azout ’10 and Bib+Tuck

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Sari Azout ’10, a Colombian-born former International Relations concentrator, always had an eye for business and trends in the market. After graduating from Brown in 2010, she moved to New York City with a couple childhood friends and worked as a trader for a bank. As a way to save time and money while always looking good, she and her roommates began trading clothes and soon became addicted to the revolving closet.

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They would freely bib (give) and tuck (take), establishing a new type of barter that required no more than a mutually beneficial exchange of clothes. Sari and her partners soon decided to bring this new means of “shopping without spending” to the world, thus creating Bib + Tuck. You may recognize the name; the company recently collaborated with Fashion@Brown for their clothing swap. In 2011, even before it launched, the company was Vogue approved, solidifying it as a bona fide fashion novelty.

Sari took some time out of her busy schedule to tell BlogDH all about the company, fashion, and her time at Brown. Check out the interview and an exclusive promo code after the jump:

 

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Art School(ed): 5 reasons you should keep an eye on Eckhaus Latta

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Eckhaus Latta, a New York-based label created by designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta, piqued the interest of clotheshorses and journalists alike after their first traditional runway show (of their fifth collection) at The Standard Hotel during the recent New York Fashion Week. Transcendent, quick-witted, and visceral, Eckhaus Latta redefines fashion’s limits. The designers behind Eckhaus Latta, still just 26, have thrown themselves head first into the fashion world and expanded the capacities of a tired (and often market-driven) medium. Here’s why you should keep an eye on Eckhaus Latta, as this design duo churns fabric masterpieces out of their Chinatown studio, after the jump: Continue Reading


Student group spotlight: Fashion at Brown (F@B)

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Ever wonder why it seems like all the fashionistas hang out together? No, they’re not all just lost RISD students. It’s because students interested in fashion are coming together through their involvement in Fashion at Brown (aka F@B). According to its mission statement, F@B “is dedicated to bringing a fashion outlet to Brown students interested in all different aspects of the fashion world.” Aside from being the primary fashion outlet on campus—and, more generally, from making the campus a better-looking place—F@B  promotes local businesses and student artists. In case there’s a little Andrea Sachs post-new-Chanel-boots hidden inside of you, F@B is the best place to relish in style.

Opposite its Fashion Week in the spring, the group typically has a photo shoot in the fall to celebrate art and clothes. This year it took its shoots to a whole new level by shooting in the The Steel Yard. The local space usually serves as a place for metal working classes and workshops, music festivals, and at-risk youth programs, but in the hands of F@B, it became a unique ground for snapping chic looks. (See a video of the shoot after the jump.)


Students who do cool things: Danny Sobor ’15, artist and creator of Milk Supply Co.

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Danny Sobor ’15 has pioneered several art ventures on campus. But for his 21st birthday he decided to go above and beyond anything he’s done in the past by founding a new company, Milk Supply Co. We picked his brain on this unique new clothing line, whose first collection just dropped this Thursday.

BlogDailyHerald: What exactly is Milk Supply Co.?

Danny Sobor ’15: Milk Supply Co. is a psychedelic street wear and design company, Providence-based but Chicago-inspired. It’s really based on the people and experiences I grew up with for the first 18 years of my life. I also came back home for the first time in two years this summer and being back home really made me reevaluate things and this was me looking back on where I grew up and trying to visually represent it. Another inspiration was a good friend of mine, Miles, who died after a five-year bout with brain cancer last January. His passing inspired me to do something with my time.

BlogDH: You said that it was a “psychedelic company,” could you elaborate more on that?

Danny: [Laughs] Sorry mom. The PC version is that it is inspired by conscious alteration. Being the same person, but you know seeing the world a little differently. We used to trip and just experience the city [Chicago] and walk around the city and I think that has heavily influenced the way I draw. The patterns I draw I feel like I’ve seen tripping, and then see them continually coming around in the world. In Native American art, in Japanese art, and other forms.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Andy Hunt ’04 on Warby Parker

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Now that we’re knee deep in finals commotion wouldn’t it be nice to take a break and hear a wildly successful Brown alumnus talk about his eyeglass business? Of course it would! Andy Hunt ’04 will be leading a discussion in Petteruti Lounge tonight at 6:30 p.m.on his various experiences as an entrepreneur. His coolest role is undoubtedly that of co-founder of Warby Parker, an online eyeglass company that emphasizes retro frames (think Don Draper/Truman Capote/Gatsby swag) and affordable prices. If you’re looking for another good study break today, take a minute (or an hour) perusing the company’s many styles. Glasses porn may not be a thing, but this site comes close enough. While the specs surely attract the young adult crowd, they’re also familiar enough to appeal to just about anybody, which is probably why the business recently expanded with its first brick and mortar location. As the talk is sponsored by Brown and RISD entrepreneurship groups, Hunt will surely have plenty of advice for how to get a promising concept off the ground. If you need further proof that your 20-page final research paper on [_insert esoteric topic here_] means nothing, be sure not to miss this cool thing. Once more: Today (Tuesday, May 7) in Petteruti at 6:30.

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