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Wherever Jenny Hill goes, she\u2019s on the hunt. Whether down the street to a local shop, exploring an antiques store or estate sale, browsing in cities across America and even abroad, Hill is always looking for eye-catching, colorful, high-quality fabrics just waiting to become statement neckties and pocket squares for her creative line of accessories, Lonesome Traveler.

\u201cChoosing the fabric is the most creative and fun part of the process in making my line of Lonesome Traveler products,\u201d Hill says. \u201cEach season I search for patterns and colors that are timeless as well as bold. Many are vintage, and others are newer fabrics that I find either here in St. Louis or throughout my travels.\u201d

Whether her goods are made with vintage or new fabrics, Hill seeks out natural fibers, tending to prefer cotton and linen, and because some fabrics are available only in limited quantities, her stock changes as she replaces older fabrics with new finds. \u201cI have worked with silk \u2013 and can upon custom request \u2013 but cotton and linen lend to the more casual and rustic look that Lonesome Traveler embodies,\u201d she says. Although quality is a concern, Hill relies heavily on her instincts, selecting patterns that catch her eye, including florals, stripes, plaid, gingham and ikat in a wide range of colors. Some items even feature animal designs such as white-tailed deer and horses.

Hill established Lonesome Traveler when she moved to Dallas for a year with her fianc\u00e9 in 2014. \u201cWe knew it was a one-year contract and that we would be moving again, and I wanted to start a project that I could take with me when we moved,\u201d she says. Hill had been working in the fitness industry as a trainer and decided that it was a good time to explore a more creative pursuit, so while also working at a vegan diner in Dallas, she taught herself to make neckties on her off days. \u201cI always wanted Lonesome Traveler to be a business, rather than a hobby, as I\u2019ve always preferred being self-employed,\u201d she continues. A website and a few craft shows later, Lonesome Traveler was officially up and running.

Hill took the name Lonesome Traveler from the Jack Kerouac book of the same title. He\u2019s one of her favorite authors, and Lonesome Traveler explores themes involving new beginnings and self-discovery, both of which resonate with Hill. Yet, she points out that although she has lived in a number of cities, she tends to surround herself with friends, so the name of her business is also a somewhat wry commentary on her own social nature.

Hill taught herself to sew as a teenager before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and majoring in interior design, which required the study of color theory and drafting.

\u201cMaking neckties really ties together my ability to sew and my technical skills I learned on the drafting table,\u201d Hill says. \u201cI have always loved d\u00e9cor, fashion and design, especially menswear. Menswear has always been more constrained than womenswear, and I enjoy seeing how people push those boundaries. One pleasant surprise I\u2019ve found is that a good portion of my neckties are being bought and worn by women, both for everyday wear and especially for weddings.\u201d

Outfitting wedding parties has become a specialty for Hill, who began filling large, custom orders in response to customer interest. \u201cWedding orders are my absolute favorite orders to do,\u201d Hill says. \u201cClients are beyond excited to wear the neckties and give them as gifts to their groomsmen. Plus, I always get to see amazing photos in the end, and it makes me feel so proud that people want to include my neckties on their big days.\u201d

Bold florals are the most popular wedding patterns, such as the summery Capulet\u2019s Garden\u2019s sage, pink and cream floral pattern that pairs with either chambray, black or navy suits. In addition to neckties, Hill offers complementary accessories that are also popular groomsmen gifts, including monogrammed tie clips, cuff links and pocket squares.

\u201cThe cuff links were a solution for my wedding orders, as they are fabric to match the neckties,\u201d Hill says. \u201cThe tie clips are brass and leather with either single-letter or full monograms, which I dye and stamp in-house. I originally looked into outsourcing the tie clips, but by making them in-house, I can control the lead time for monogrammed products, which I try to keep under three days, as well as the quality. Also, I find it so fun to mix leatherwork into my normal routine of sewing.\u201d

Clients interested in custom wedding packages meet with Hill in her studio or at a fabric store, where they collaborate on choosing color, pattern and material. \u201cI try to do as much custom fabrics for weddings as possible because I find the grooms want to be just as unique as the brides,\u201d she says.

This fall, Hill will introduce a line of aprons and smocks in natural linen or indigo dyed in two different patterns. Besides ordering online or making an appointment to shop Hill\u2019s local studio, those intrigued by Lonesome Traveler products can find them in the St. Louis area at Urban Matter, Union Studio, Ruby Francis and May\u2019s Place. She also shares via Instagram (@lonesome_traveler) a lot of vintage and unique neckties, which are always for sale upon inquiry. Prices range from $15 to $62, depending on the product.

Lonesome Traveler | 1211 Childress Ave., St. Louis | 847-452-1478 | ltoutpost.com

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Camille Moore, owner, metalsmith and designer at Rebel + Ruse, began to make jewelry in 2012 while on an Air Force deployment to South Korea. Moore made pieces for her own use, but the jewelry caught the eye of friends and family who began requesting custom items of their own. After leaving the military in 2015 to attend graduate school full time, Moore began to build the Rebel + Ruse brand, creating unique rings, necklaces and cuffs from recycled sterling silver, using traditional metalsmithing techniques and stones handpicked from southwestern lapidary artists.

Where/how did you learn metalsmithing? Is there a difference between traditional metalsmithing techniques and modern?

I took a couple metalsmithing lessons through Craft Alliance and St. Louis Community College to learn the basics, but for the most part, I\u2019m self-taught. I\u2019m constantly researching techniques and working to advance my skill set, but I\u2019m more inspired by the traditional/revitalist side of the craft overall. Traditional metalsmithing techniques refer to the processes of fusing and soldering metal by hand, chasing and repouss\u00e9, etc. More contemporary techniques include practices like enameling, or fusing layers of \u201cglass\u201d onto metal, similar to glazing in ceramics. I\u2019d love to explore more contemporary and specialist techniques, but for now I\u2019m focused on perfecting the basics.

How is the sterling silver recycled/sustainable?

Sustainable means the products are made with reclaimed/recycled metal or with third-party certified, ethically mined metal. Jewelers can send their \u201cscrap\u201d silver to silver suppliers to be recycled for future use. Unmined silver can be reclaimed from old jewelry, computer parts, etc., then recycled into new jewelry. I only purchase my silver through companies that offer post-consumer or recycled options and whose silver is mined sustainably \u2013 mining that attempts to reduce the environmental impact and improve working conditions for miners. Sterling silver as a precious metal can be continuously recycled with minimal loss in quality, and it\u2019s important for me to use eco-friendly materials in my work.

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Where did you find your stone sources? What can you tell us about these lapidary artists?

My sources took a bit of research, trial and error, to find. I\u2019ve developed a good working relationship with several lapidary artists from Arizona and Nevada who cut and treat the stones themselves. These artists are often jewelers who learn lapidary skills for their work and supply stones to fellow jewelers. For me, it\u2019s important to find the best-quality turquoise possible at reasonable prices for my customers. I try to source turquoise that\u2019s as close to natural as possible, and I only purchase American-mined stones. Natural turquoise is a stone that hasn\u2019t been altered in any way but isn\u2019t the most ideal for jewelry; it can easily crack, crumble and lose color over time. The stones I purchase, and most stones on the market, have been stabilized and sometimes enhanced, or chemically/electrically treated color preservation and hardening. This treatment translates to extended wear without deterioration. The amount of material a specific mine produces and the extent of treatment dictate how much each stone costs. I never use synthetic, imitation or lab-grown stones, however. I source my turquoise stones directly from lapidary artists to ensure I receive high-quality product from a reliable source.

Where do you get your style inspiration?

Since my own personal style is so eclectic, I\u2019d say I gather inspiration from infinite sources. My mood, my supplies and the specific stone I\u2019m working with often dictate a piece\u2019s direction. As far as design, my pieces range from minimalistic, simple bands to ornate turquoise pieces in a pastiche of traditional Native American jewelry. I\u2019m inspired by art, fashion, nature \u2013 anything I find beauty in can be translated into jewelry design. I create things that I\u2019d like to wear, and I don\u2019t like to limit myself to one specific style.

What kinds of custom orders have you received in the past? Or what is your creative process for custom orders?

Custom orders are often done to re-create previously sold design in a specific size for a buyer. My favorite customs, however, are the ones completely inspired by the buyer. I\u2019ll sometimes have a commissioner come to me with a specific stone or design idea they wish to bring to life. I love this because it\u2019s a chance for me to design something in a way I otherwise wouldn\u2019t have, and I always learn something new.

How has the response been so far since you opened up shop?

The response has been really positive and humbling since opening in January this year. I\u2019ve gotten to collaborate with other St. Louis makers on photo shoots ranging from wedding collections to children\u2019s wear, even hairstyle art. The best part of creating my business has been meeting other makers in the community. I\u2019m humbled at the support I\u2019ve seen from my family, friends and community.

What kinds of shops carry your products?

Right now my pieces retail at Ruby Francis clothing on Cherokee, May\u2019s Place antiques and vintage on Ivanhoe, and Urban Matter home accessories and gifts boutique in south St. Louis. I\u2019m also a resident artist at MindScape Gallery in Chesterfield Mall and retail at Muse Clothing in Columbia, Missouri.

Rebel + Ruse |\u00a0rebelandruse.com |\u00a0rebelandruse@gmail.com

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Back-to-school time: how appropriate that loafers are back in style! (Kids \u2013 \u201cjk!\u201d) But clearly, these aren\u2019t your classic penny loafers. And whether in patent, animal print or metallic, they make this prep classic a big step in the right direction for anyone seeking to look stylish this fall.

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Few things in the fashion world fire more excitement than the arrival in stores of fall collections \u2013 and this year, the season that traditionally graces our closets with richness and warmth has inspired LN to share our top-five favorite trends.

Ladue News wishes to thank:

Model Rimante Ivoskaite of West Model Management

Hair stylist and makeup artist Brady Keenan

Shot on location at Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance, Missouri. Visit chandlerhillvineyards.com to learn more about the local winery.

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Although florals are always a hit for fall, we\u2019re seeing rose prints in particular all over boutiques this year. This vintage-inspired print looks particularly fresh on this \u201cfit and flare\u201d dress.

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\"091616_BeautyBuzz\"
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Do you ever hit the snooze button a few too many times, and then awake in a panic? You\u2019re not alone! If you are crunched for time, but still need to look presentable, let LN counsel you on doing just that \u2013 even when you don\u2019t have time for a cup of coffee before work.

Follow these six steps to achieve a fresh, eye-catching appearance:

1.\u2002Wash your face with cold water. Although the thought of it isn\u2019t ideal, especially during winter, cold water will help wake you and make you feel refreshed.

2.\u2002Apply an undereye cream infused with caffeine. The caffeine will help combat puffy undereyes, which can make you appear more tired than you truly are.

3.\u2002If you have dark undereye circles, apply a high-coverage concealer. Less isn\u2019t more here, by the way. Add a little concealer to your eyelids as well, to cover any veins on your lids that might make you look tired. And don\u2019t forget to set your eyes with powder; you don\u2019t want your concealer to move throughout the day, revealing your dark circles.

4.\u2002Apply bronzer and blush. A little bit of bronzing to your cheekbones goes a long way. Make sure you apply a pink blush to the apples of your cheeks, as the blush will brighten your face, giving you a more-polished look. Also, if you have time, add a highlighter to the top of your cheekbones; dewy skin gives a fresher look to the face.

5.\u2002Use a shimmery eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. The light will reflect off the shimmer, making your eyes look bigger.

6.\u2002Apply mascara! This is one of the most helpful tips that will make you look awake, alert and ready to conquer the day!

After completing these six steps, only you will really know how many hours of sleep you got the night before. When you\u2019re tired, you don\u2019t have to let your face show it! [LN dingbat]

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\u2019Tis the season: Pass that pigskin! Few things in life match the fun of hitting a Mizzou football game on a crisp fall day sporting, say, booties and a scarf in prideful black and gold \u2013 so go Tigerish!

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You might think of fashion design and economic development as apples and oranges, but for Eric Johnson, executive director of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, they\u2019re two sides of the same coin. With the fund\u2019s collective goal of mutual growth, Johnson hopes the symbiotic relationship of these two pursuits will \u201ccreate a great renaissance\u201d in Downtown St. Louis.

Specifically, he\u2019s referring to the stretch of Washington Avenue that acted as a fashion design and manufacturing hub: From the late 19th century to the mid-20th, \u201cWash Ave.\u201d was a bustling fashion corridor, spanning 15 city blocks at the height of its glory days, second only to New York in its number of manufacturers and dry-goods companies. The district was home to once-powerful brands such as Knickerbocker, Bee Hat, Fashion Square, Kitty Kay Gloves and International Shoe.

Historians have different takes regarding why the city\u2019s fashion industry fell away, but toward the end of World War II, it did just that. Lucky for style-savvy St. Louisans, investors are finally moving the industry forward again \u2013 and Johnson is one of those visionaries. Before moving back to his hometown, Johnson spent eight years in New York City as the vice president and divisional chief of staff for its Economic Development Corporation, where he oversaw the metropolis\u2019 complete portfolio of fashion and retail initiatives \u2013 in all, more than $20 million in funding. His nickname in New York was \u201cfashion czar,\u201d and it\u2019s this tenacity, expertise and vision that led him to establish the Saint Louis Fashion Fund two years ago as a nonprofit organization.

The overall mission of the fund is to work with and help bolster the fashion industry in St. Louis, through school outreach, collaboration with arts and cultural organizations throughout the city, and a number of various other projects, the capstone of which is the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator.

Similar to artist-in-residence programs, the incubator is a fashion-focused, two-year immersive program for six existing up-and-coming designers across men\u2019s, women\u2019s and children\u2019s clothing, accessories and footwear. The program, which is attracting attention from across the country, allows designers to hone in on their craft by providing private studios and idea-sharing space in the incubator\u2019s City Museum-adjacent headquarters on Washington Avenue. They also have access to state-of-the-art tools, networking connections and guidance to accelerate their businesses to the next level. To help spread the word for the burgeoning program, Johnson embarked on a five-city tour to meet with designers based in Detroit; Nashville, Tennessee; Minneapolis; Chicago; and Dallas.

\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of great design and fashion taking place in these cities, but it flies under the radar,\u201d Johnson says. \u201cYou have individual designers who have been able to, quite frankly, survive outside of the mainstream [fashion centers such as Los Angeles and New York City]. In coming to St. Louis, with our connections and the beautiful studio space and mentorship they\u2019ll be receiving, our hope will be providing them the tools to succeed, and they\u2019ll be able to add to the vibrancy of St. Louis and embrace the opportunity that is before them.\u201d

The incubator\u2019s selection panel, comprised of six top fashion industry professionals,\u00a0received more than 40 applications in July from designers hailing from 16 cities across 11 states, representing fashion design work happening from coast to coast. Aside from the artistic element of fashion design, the panel specifically looked at each brand\u2019s existing business fundamentals and accounts.

\u201cWhat we\u2019re looking for is fashion, economic development, business \u2013 we\u2019re looking for the artistry and creative potential, with the business [skills] to back it up,\u201d Johnson says.

Of the 40 applications, the panel culled the group down to 13 designers who met with the panel in New York, where the group was narrowed down to form the inaugural class of six that will be working in the fund\u2019s incubator space for the next two years. Womenswear designers form the majority of this year\u2019s artists, including Agnes Hamerlik of Hamerlik, Reuben Reuel Riddick of Demestik by Reuben Reuel, Donald Charles Smith Brame II of Smith II, Emily Koplar of Wai Ming and Audra Noyes of AUDRA. One handbag designer also made the cut: Allison Mitchell of Allison Mitchell Handbags.

Johnson is involved in a similar fashion incubator program with the Council of Fashion Designers of America in New York City and is quick to point out that St. Louis\u2019 incubator falls within the pyramid of that council.

\u201cIt\u2019s at the top of the pyramid in terms of incubator programs at the national level,\u201d he says. \u201cI don\u2019t necessarily want to compete \u2013 I want to create reasons to come to St. Louis, a new hub of activity that represents what\u2019s happening outside of those [major fashion] centers.

\u201cThere are literally thousands of brands being developed every day \u2013 to have some of those best companies located here really represents a new storyline.\u201d

With the six designers now selected, Johnson and the fund\u2019s board of directors are able to turn their attention back to the development of the Washington Avenue incubator space. They\u2019ve surpassed the halfway point of the $2 million in capital they hope to raise through the generous support of civic funders, private foundations, family foundations and private donors.

Currently undergoing renovations led by innovative St. Louis design firm Arcturis (which was founded by fund board member Pat Whitaker), the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator space is set to open the first week of January.

\u201cWe\u2019re sitting in the nexus of where there will be a lot of activity in retail,\u201d Johnson says. \u201cWe want this to be a place for other designers and artisans of St. Louis to have a real retail presence.\u201d Rather than creating a showroom for the six incubator designers, Johnson envisions it as a bustling retail hub, sparking a new kind of Downtown garment district.

In addition to the retail space, the storefront and studio at 1533 Washington Ave. will offer private studio space and an area for light manufacturing (sewing machines and cutting tables for prototypes and samples) for the class of six designers. The incubator is also exploring partnerships with local manufacturers to keep full-scale manufacturing close to home for the designers.

\u201cIf you\u2019re in St. Louis, you know about the deep, artistic cultural resources and attributes or opportunities that exist here, but [the city is] not really known for these things outside of St. Louis. I\u2019d like the incubator to be part of that story \u2013 to recast the image of St. Louis overall.\u201d

Saint Louis Fashion Fund, saintlouisfashionfund.org

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A hat of one sort or another has numbered among the hottest accessories of the last few seasons, and right now, we\u2019re seeing a wave of \u201crefined\u201d cowboy hats. Sporting a brim wider than that of a fedora but more polish than a typical 10-gallon topper, this style makes a perfect way to turn any outfit \u00fcber-cool.

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Rebel queens rocked the runway recently, displaying textured locks and glittering eye makeup. Make this daring fall trend as wearable as your favorite jacket with these killer products:

1. Master festival hair with Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry. The part-mousse, part-salt-spray concoction combines to create brilliant texture and volume. Available for $31 at Sephora (sephora.com).

2. The edgy factor of the glam rocker\u2019s look centers on making the eyes impactful. Peacock green definitely deserves the spotlight this season. Swipe The Est\u00e9e Edit by Est\u00e9e Lauder Metallishadow\u2019s cr\u00e8me in AquaNova across the inner and outer corners of your lids up to the crease. Fill in the center with the shimmery powder, and blend into the inner corner to create a fiercely metallic smoky eye. Available for $25 at Sephora.

3. For a subdued ferocity, choose The Est\u00e9e Edit by Est\u00e9e Lauder Metallishadow Cr\u00e8me + Powder in Scarlet Eclipse to create a bronzed effect. Top off with a stroke of Marc Jacobs Fineliner Ultra Skinny Gel Eye Crayon in Code Blue or Co(Vert), drawing a line from the center of your eye and thickening it at the outer corner. Metallishadow for $25 at Sephora; Eye Crayon available for $24 at Neiman Marcus (neimanmarcus.com).

4. When you\u2019re ready to hit the road with the band, toss your makeup essentials in a bag as bold as your look. The Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection features the showstopping Kaleidescape Escapader in an eye-catching Amazonian print, allowing you to spend more time rockin\u2019 the scene. Available for $20 at Sephora.

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Tucked away in a beautiful historic building in the heart of Lafayette Square\u2019s hottest stretch of Park Avenue, Rafael Ad\u00f3n\u2019s unassuming storefront can be easy to miss, marked only with a sign that resembles an element on the periodic table. Thick with the aromas of buttery leather and essential oils, the shop might be scant in square footage, but it\u2019s mammoth in its display of vision and innovation, steeped in four generations of collaborative family history and creativity.

Founder, owner, maker and wearer of all manner of hats, Rafael Ad\u00f3n C\u00f3rdova \u2013 known to his friends, customers and students as Ralph \u2013 houses his two brands in this atelier, under the Rafael Ad\u00f3n umbrella: The first, Verdura Botanica, is an ever-expanding line of luxury artisanal skin and lifestyle wellness products, including soaps, candles and lotions. It was established by C\u00f3rdova\u2019s family in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, in 1999, blending indigenous plants and botanicals in exclusive formulations that have been in the family for more than 100 years \u2013 C\u00f3rdova\u2019s grandmother and great-grandmother were respected and beloved curanderas (healers), who believed in using plant and botanical essences to bring balance and wellness to their skin, lives and world.

Met\u00e1forros, C\u00f3rdova\u2019s second and most-recent endeavor, came into being three years ago when a fruitless search for a new leather book bag for his day job as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis\u2019 (UMSL) college of education led C\u00f3rdova to try his hand at crafting his own. His attempt was successful, and it sparked a passion to tie that creative process with his educational background. A new arm of business was born, drawing in the \u201celements\u201d theme in his brand, which is rooted in the two elements ever-present around us: form and function.

Often, C\u00f3rdova notes, individuals have a lifestyle with day-to-day demands that can\u2019t be captured by a utility bag straight off the showroom floor. Although C\u00f3rdova does have Met\u00e1forros bags premade on his sales floor, made-to-order custom pieces handcrafted in collaboration with individual clients are the bulk of his Met\u00e1forros business.

With a background as an educational ethnographer, C\u00f3rdova has a natural curiosity for finding out more about a person\u2019s background and origin. The process begins with an interview for him to get the lowdown on a client\u2019s everyday habits \u2013 uses for the bag, items that go in it, travel frequency and how he or she handles the bag at the airport, occupation, family structure \u2013 no stone is left unturned.

A physical sketch of the bag is made during the interview, which C\u00f3rdova then turns into digital renderings on an iPad watercolor sketch app. From there, the client weighs in and adds critiques, then C\u00f3rdova creates a paper pattern for the bag \u2013 everything, from the base and side panels to the smallest handle holders, is cut out in the actual dimensions for the client. \u201cThe conversation of making it together doesn\u2019t end at the beginning of the interview,\u201d C\u00f3rdova explains. \u201cIt goes along with the development of the bag.\u201d

And although the client has the reins throughout the creative process, C\u00f3rdova always keeps overarching factors that ensure the highest standard of quality and usability for his pieces in his mind, following his theme of form and function: impeccable craftsmanship, timeless design and the highest functionality.

Once patterns are approved, C\u00f3rdova asks the client to select the leathers for his or her bag, some of which he sources from Pittards of London, a stalwart in the leather dressing business for nearly two centuries. Each element of the pattern is drawn on the hide, then the entire project gets stitched together, hand-cranked stitch by stitch on C\u00f3rdova\u2019s heavy-duty Consew machine, and the customer\u2019s selected hardware is installed to add color or embellishment.

Although C\u00f3rdova\u2019s services are thorough and extensive, his average turnaround time, incredibly, is one day, once design, fabric and hardware are finalized. The price depends on the scope of the project: A hip bag might run anywhere from $180 to $280, whereas a large tote can cost from $500 to $1,200.

Despite the one-on-one nature of the Met\u00e1forros custom collaborations, the Rafael Ad\u00f3n brand is, as a whole, truly a family business that hearkens back to generations of C\u00f3rdova\u2019s Mexican-American heritage. Ingredients for Verdura Botanica products are sourced both in Santa Barbara and St. Louis; for example, C\u00f3rdova recently spent two weeks at his parents\u2019 California ranch to hand-harvest sun-dried kelp to use in Verdura Botanica\u2019s signature all-natural soaps. All the soap is manufactured in the \u201cfactory\u201d back room of the Rafael Ad\u00f3n space, with C\u00f3rdova\u2019s entire family converging in town once a year for what he calls \u201ca big soap-making extravaganza.\u201d Setting up the store interior was also a family collaboration: C\u00f3rdova\u2019s parents designed and constructed sturdy shelving linked by a thick, knotted rope suspended from the ceiling, and C\u00f3rdova\u2019s husband, Jeff Brierly, crafted an enormous display trunk for the ever-growing Verdura Botanica line. Brierly, the creative director at creative agency Verb Editorial, also provides his expertise in product design, branding and packaging for the business.

The cultural significance and ultimate importance of family, despite the geographic distance from his own, is part of C\u00f3rdova\u2019s very life breath.

\u201cI don\u2019t view what I do as a transaction; I really view it as building a relationship with my clients,\u201d he says. \u201cI view them as a member of my family \u2013 I hope they see me as a member of their family who cares about this thing that we made together \u2013 that\u2019s a lot of fun.\u201d

Rafael Ad\u00f3n and Met\u00e1forros, 1901 Park Ave., St. Louis, 314-621-3784, rafaeladon.com

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As we speed toward the start of fall, one of today\u2019s most popular fashion trends constitutes a throwback to yesterday \u2013 in specific, to the \u201970s. With its wide-legged jeans, peasant blouses and abundant fringe, this retro look again feels new and fresh.

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Although many women strive for long, voluminous eyelashes, curling and applying multiple layers of mascara each morning can be tedious and take time. Luckily, to achieve the perfect long-lash look without surrendering precious Z\u2019s, you have help: eyelash extensions.

For such extensions, technicians apply a synthetic, silk or mink lash to your natural lashes, with one false lash applied to every real lash. That can take a while initially, but it\u2019s well worth the wait. Here LN presents a primer on getting and maintaining extensions.

The Process

After researching reputable lash salons, book an appointment for a consultation at one. In it, discuss what look you want to achieve with your extensions. Because extensions differ in length and width, make sure you specify whether you want a natural or more \u201cdramatic\u201d look.

Once that\u2019s determined, your appointment begins in earnest. While you recline at the salon, the lash technician cleans and preps your natural lashes for extension application. That process can take time \u2013 perhaps two to three hours initially. Since you\u2019re reclining with your eyes closed for that long, I recommend napping \u2013 you might as well!

Once complete, your new thick, full lashes should make you want to return again and again!

Tips and Tricks

Follow these eight pieces of advice to extend your extensions\u2019 lifespan:

1.\u2002Don\u2019t wet your lashes till 24 hours after your appointment.

2.\u2002Schedule an eyelash fill every three or four weeks. (And breathe easy: Filling appointments take roughly an hour, instead of two to three hours.)

3.\u2002Use the spoolie brush provided by your technician to brush your lashes after you shower.

4.\u2002Avoid using oil-based products on your lashes. They loosen extensions\u2019 glue, making your luxurious lashes fall out faster.

5.\u2002Although mascara\u2019s allowed, recognize it does shorten lashes\u2019 lifespan.

6.\u2002Try to sleep on your back; sleeping on your side can bend and twist your extensions, making them prone to fall out.

7.\u2002Extensions shed just like your natural lashes, so if shedding occurs, don\u2019t be concerned.

8.\u2002Don\u2019t pull or tug on your lashes. Doing so can damage your real lashes if you pull out your extensions.

The most important thing? Enjoy your extensions! When you wake, wash your face, apply a little concealer and be on your way. Extensions not only look beautiful, but also make you feel as if you don\u2019t need any eye makeup. If you take care of them, you\u2019ll be hooked for life!

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Ditto Family Resale is a nonprofit started by a group of local Christian schools in 2011. Profits go directly to these schools to offset rising tuition costs and assist families who could otherwise not afford a private Christian education. Member schools include Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy, Kirk Day School, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School and Westminster Christian Academy.

Ditto is a resale store for the entire family. Store manager Deborah Shields says, \u201cThere\u2019s something for everyone.\u201d

She adds that the store\u2019s 11,000-square-foot showroom features new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids, jewelry, home goods, decorative items, furniture, linens, books, toys and more.

\u201cEverything in our store is donated,\u201d Shields says. \u201cWe get a wide variety of items, including many that are one-of-a-kind. Every day there are new treasures!\u201d

Ditto has a small paid staff, but to keep operating costs low, they rely on a steady stream of volunteers to assist with receiving and processing donations. Volunteers include parents, grandparents and students from the eight member schools, as well as loyal volunteers in the community.

Shields says this year Ditto was able to give $105,000 to the member schools. An additional $1,000 will be donated to a local public school yet to be named.

\u201cKeeping with St. Louis education, we want to support our public schools too,\u201d Shields says.

The store accepts donations every day during business hours (Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) No appointment necessary. Items Ditto can\u2019t sell are donated to other charities so that nothing goes to waste. Ditto also offers complimentary pickups for furniture donations the second Saturday of every month.

To learn more about Ditto, visit dittostl.com, \u00a0call 314-394-2026 or stop by at 10027 Manchester Road.

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In our post-Mad Men world, men\u2019s stylist services have become more widespread than ever. Subscription clothiers deliver boxes full of curated shirts, pants and accessories straight to your door, but more often than not, filling out an online profile of style preferences cannot replace a tailored-to-you look befitting today\u2019s dapper gentleman.

Enter Jim McGregor, a menswear personal shopper at Plaza Frontenac\u2019s Saks Fifth Avenue. As a 15-year personal-shopping veteran at high-end department stores, McGregor knows that even with the uptick in men\u2019s fashion interests, a correlating growth in men\u2019s penchant for shopping has not yet actualized. \u201cFor the majority of men, going to buy clothes and get fitted is like a trip to the dentist,\u201d McGregor says. \u201cBut it\u2019s really 95 percent anticipation and 5 percent reality.\u201d

The trick to a successful personal-shopper experience, McGregor says, is to keep the client comfortable so that the next trip doesn\u2019t carry any trepidation. The shopper begins by getting to know the customer through a thorough interview over a glass of wine, covering everything from work, family and travel to what he\u2019s comfortable wearing, what he\u2019s worn in the past, who he is, who he wants to become and how he wants to be perceived. From there, the stylist puts together a series of various options that fit the customer\u2019s specific lifestyle and needs.

Mindful of time constraints involving the customer\u2019s interest and availability, the interview and try-on process can be separated over several visits: McGregor will offer clients an opportunity to come back on their own time to try on his selections. The store also keeps detailed electronic files of what a client has purchased to make sure the suggestions at his next appointment are fresh and new.

Saks Fifth Avenue extends its tailoring services to its personal-shopping clients to ensure the best fit, even accepting clothes not purchased at Saks. For the personal shopper, it\u2019s more important to have clients look and feel their best.

For a made-from-scratch custom fit or for individuals with a unique body type, Saks Fifth Avenue has a made-to-measure service with clothing made specifically for each client in-house by tailors. Customers can pick out fabrics, linings and buttons, and clothing is made to their specific measurements. For regulars, the tailors keep a pattern on file, so customers are able to come in, select fabrics, pick their hardware (buttons, zippers, hook-and-eye closures) and be quickly on their way. \u201cWe really like fitting for people \u2013 if they have the patience for it,\u201d McGregor says.

One of McGregor\u2019s most memorable stories involves a doctor whose wife brought in her husband\u2019s favorite go-to blue blazer for repairs. \u201cHe has this miserable coat,\u201d McGregor recalls. \u201cHe\u2019s worn it out, but he wants it.\u201d McGregor and the Saks Fifth Avenue tailor both agreed the fabric was worn beyond repair and convinced the doctor to come in to get fitted for a custom replacement. This customer was enthralled with the result: a tailored blue blazer and pants with a custom skull-and-crossbones lining. \u201cHe had this real sense of humor \u2013 he loved it,\u201d McGregor says. \u201cIt\u2019s his new go-to outfit, and he still buys stuff from us.\u201d

The Saks Fifth Avenue personal-shopping experience has been around, at least at the eponymous flagship New York City location, since 1975. \u201cWe are one of the very few companies left in the nation that offers these types of services of this size,\u201d McGregor says.

As trends, tastes and times have changed, the common misconception is that people who employ personal-shopping services at luxury department stores are specifically the older set. McGregor says this simply isn\u2019t true, and says that because of an \u201coverall growth in consciousness of general appearance,\u201d men no longer want to cut corners in their fashion decisions \u2013 they want well-fitting, quality items.

Even the younger generations are following suit, so to speak, in the resurgence of quality over quantity. \u201cA lot of kids come to us when they\u2019re going to proms and graduating,\u201d McGregor says. \u201cThey want to wear suits and ties. I think they\u2019ve gotten over being sloppy \u2013 and I find it refreshing.\u201d

McGregor encourages his clients to carry themselves with purpose. \u201cPut your shoulders back, walk with a purpose, be conscious of what you\u2019re wearing,\u201d he says. \u201cYou plan your business \u2013 plan this.\u201d

Although clothes don\u2019t make the man, they certainly help. Personal style is more than the need to stay on top of the trend du jour, McGregor says \u2013 it\u2019s a state of mind: \u201cThat state of mind is changing [to ask], \u2018Who am I? Am I proud of myself? Am I worth it?\u2019 And they\u2019re saying, \u2018I am. I want to look better; I want to feel better; I want to be better.\u2019\u201d

Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314-567-9200, saksfifthavenue.com

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