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In the past decade, online shopping has seen explosive growth, from its humble beginnings as mere convenience to becoming an essential component of everyday life. Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses are uniquely positioned in this market, straddling the seemingly polarized industries of medicine and fashion \u2013 people may be leery of ordering medical devices online, to be sure, but on the other hand, more robust and affordable frame selections from online retailers combined with low costs and that je ne sais quoi that showcases the wearer\u2019s personality to sweeten the deal. After all, most people who wear glasses need them to meet three essential components: one, improve vision; two, look good; and three, not break the bank.

The family behind venerable St. Louis institution Erker\u2019s Fine Eyewear, the oldest optical company in the country (founded in 1879), has taken note of these shifting sands and is focusing on bringing a brand to St. Louis that will compete with mail-order prescription eyewear companies such as Zenni Optical and Warby Parker. The brand, Copper Hinge, is led by brothers Jack Erker III and Tony Erker, who represent the fifth generation of Erkers in \u201cthe business,\u201d and is tentatively slated to open in late April or early May. Copper Hinge will feature a storefront and factory in the Delmar Loop, with eyeglass manufacturing taking place behind a glass wall, similar to the Fitz\u2019s bottling space down the street.

\u201cIt\u2019s been a dream of mine to make frames in the U.S.,\u201d Jack says. Only a small handful of U.S.-based eyewear-manufacturing companies exist; most utilize factories in Europe and Asia. With all their manufacturing done at the flagship University City store, Copper Hinge will have the ability to produce small-batch eyewear including limited-edition bronze frames. Such limited-edition batches will include runs of 50 frames, each numbered one to 50. \u201cIt\u2019s more special that way,\u201d Jack says. \u201cIf you have a frame with a story and a concept behind each, it makes it something different.\u201d Small-batch manufacturing also opens the door for Copper Hinge to offer consumers a wider range of shapes and sizes, including frames adjusted to a low-bridge fit.

Comparatively, most stateside eyewear retailers, including the well-known online shops, have to buy 500 to 600 of a certain model in order for their overseas factory to put the frames into production. Labor and machinery costs are the most prohibitive for U.S.-based manufacturing \u2013 a typical pair of glasses might require up to 50 or 60 carefully monitored machines to create from start to finish. Through research and innovation, Jack and Tony were able to track down and build multifunctional machines to do multiple tasks and streamline their production process, bringing the number of machines used down to about 20, many with automated operation to \u201cset it and forget it,\u201d so to speak.

The manufacturing process begins with designs created by Jack and Tony, who have been designing frames for the family business the entirety of their professional careers. \u201cWe\u2019ve been designing frames for 16 years \u2013 we just got back from Milan, and we see where trends are going and coming,\u201d Tony says. \u201cWe take inspiration for what\u2019s going on over there and evolve it for the American market.\u201d

\u201cThe neat thing about being in the U.S., [and] St. Louis for sure, you can see trends happening before they get here,\u201d Jack says. \u201cThree years ago, we started seeing round frames in Hong Kong and Japan. We saw the big plastic frames coming out of Europe 10 or 11 years ago. It starts in Europe, goes to New York, LA, and it gets to St. Louis. It may be years later \u2013 and you don\u2019t want to overshoot it.\u201d

Their storefront is in an ideal location, generationally speaking, to test out these up-and-coming styles. \u201cThat\u2019s why we picked this neighborhood \u2013 we grew up in U City, we know this area, we love this area and people get it,\u201d Tony says.

After the frames are designed, large sheets of Italian acetate are hand-cut to the appropriate size. \u201c[The company we source from] has been making acetate for more than 200 years \u2013 there\u2019s no acetate company in the U.S. to buy from, otherwise we\u2019d source from here,\u201d Jack says. The acetate plates, which will become the front of the frames, are loaded into an automated, high-frequency machine that adds the nose bump to the frames. A few years ago, just this step of the process would require five machines; Copper Hinge technology brings it down to just one. Another machine laminates in two crystal pieces for the nose bridge, and the plates are loaded into another machine equipped with multiple shapes and sizes of drill bits, which are responsible for cutting out the shape of the frames.

The frames are loaded for polishing into wooden tumblers, each filled with a different material for various finishes. This part of the manufacturing adds to the Copper Hinge magic: Small batches will be finished with different materials sourced around

the country \u2013 seashells and sand from Tony\u2019s annual family vacation to Cape Cod, for instance. On our visit, frames were tumbling with wood chips from an old whiskey barrel from neighboring barbecue joint Salt + Smoke, owned by Erker family friend Tom Schmidt.

Rather than a company name or logo emblazoned on the frames, each pair will be finished with a special-patent eponymous copper hinge, a unique feature in the eyewear industry, which is dominated by silver and gold hinges. \u201cYou want to say the brand without saying the brand,\u201d Tony says. \u201cYou look at Christian Louboutin shoes with the red sole \u2013 everyone knows who it is.\u201d

Online, Copper Hinge shoppers will have the opportunity to choose five frames with clear plastic lenses, which will be shipped to their door to try on for free. Once their frame is selected, they\u2019ll return the test frames and order their specific prescription online. Measurements, such as pupillary distance, will be done online using an interactive program on the Copper Hinge website. Both sunglasses and eyeglasses will be available for purchase, with customization options such as laser engraving on the temples of the frames. Start to finish, a pair of glasses will take about a week to complete. Pricing will be similar to comparable sites, with glasses beginning at $95. A lot of thought went into the Copper Hinge shipping and packaging, with all boxes and packing pieces made from recycled materials.

The Copper Hinge storefront will house a full retail operation with an optometrist office, and eye exams will be available in-house. Color jars on store shelves give customers a chance to choose the color of dye for their own crystal frames, with Jack and Tony planning to offer seasonal colors like brights for summer and warm shades for fall and winter. Adjustments and fittings will be done in-house, and customers can also come in to try on sample frames to skip the online process.

Overall, Copper Hinge aims to bring an elevated, more specialized eyewear experience to shoppers, both online and in-store. \u201cIt\u2019s more than just putting your prescription into a computer and getting a pair of glasses,\u201d Tony says. \u201cWe are optical people: We are able to craft it a little better than an online experience. But we also see where online is going \u2013 it\u2019s more about marrying the two together, finding what retail looks like down the road for us. This is why we\u2019ve been in business for 138 years \u2013 we see trends and make the change.\u201d

Copper Hinge, 6513 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314-997-0002, copperhinge.com

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Jack III, left, and Tony Erker

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Spring\u2019s official arrival should spur style-conscious ladies everywhere to update their wardrobes and makeup alike \u2013 and certain items should grace every woman\u2019s closet and cosmetics collection now that Old Man Winter\u2019s split.

Consider these fashion must-haves:

Ruffle detail top. With ruffles \u201cin\u201d this season, such romantic detailing will be proliferating in shops everywhere. Ruffles on a shirt, sweater or both make perfect additions to any lady\u2019s closet. Accentuate a pair of jeans and neutral sandals with something ruffled, and you\u2019ll be dressed for spring success.

White jeans. White jeans have been making a strong showing this season, so if you don\u2019t already own a pair, head to the nearest boutique now! White denim, whether paired with solids or patterns, instantly \u201cdresses up\u201d any outfit.

Turquoise jewelry. Whether with a statement necklace or earrings, use turquoise jewelry to boost the verve of everything vernal. Turquoise not only adds a pop of color to a woman\u2019s outfit but also focuses attention on her face.

And speaking of the face, consider these makeup must-haves:

Bronzer. If you don\u2019t own a good bronzer that gives your skin a sun-kissed glow, invest in one now! Springtime cosmetic trends depend on bronze loveliness.

Pink blush. Spring makes the best time to experiment with pops of pink on the cheeks. Instead of rosy shades of blush, though, opt for peony pink \u2013 a shade also amenable to the summer.

Neutral Lip Gloss. Glossy lips? Always trendy, but especially popular this spring. Add a neutral lip gloss over lipstick to increase shine without distorting color, capiche?

OK, ladies, now that you\u2019ve got these handy fashion and cosmetic tips, feel free to spring into action by visiting the nearest couturier or cosmetics counter!

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Austin, Texas, epitomizes cowgirl-meets-boho chic. With Austin\u2019s unparalleled live music scene, plethora of trendy restaurants and boutiques, and hip startup entrepreneurs, style radiates from everywhere in the metropolis.

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Seeking synergy of the mind and body, PALM Health introduces St. Louis to an innovative solution for finding a balanced lifestyle through curative practices. \u201cPALM stands for \u2018personalized advanced lifestyle medicine,\u2019\u201d Dr. Lauren Munsch Dal Farra, founder and CEO of PALM Health, explains. \u201cThrough personalization, we provide proactive care, customized solutions and comprehensive support across time. \u2018Advanced\u2019 means we include state-of-the-art therapies and technology to prevent, uncover and treat root causes of illness. Within the \u2018Lifestyle\u2019 component, we seek to balance all aspects of a person\u2019s health and wellness through daily access to [an ultramodern] healing environment, which includes a fitness center and studio, a healthy caf\u00e9 and a spa.\u201d

This thoughtful approach to understanding clients\u2019 unique needs extends to medicinal practices as well, Munsch Dal Farra notes. \u201cMedical services also are provided by a team of multidisciplinary wellness experts who work together to address each person\u2019s health and improve quality of life,\u201d she says. \u201cWe\u2019re located at the former Busch\u2019s Grove, in the heart of Ladue, inside a beautiful facility. Under one roof, we [offer] a comprehensive range of lifestyle, naturopathic, preventative and medical services designed to transform your life.\u201d

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Clients\u2019 needs are managed through cutting-edge scientific methodologies, often incorporating natural resources, to better benefit the body. \u201cOne of our more popular services is the Himalayan salt room, which utilizes micro-ionized salt particles people inhale inside a beautiful room. People report it promotes relaxation, reduces inflammation and mucus in the lungs, helps with asthma and more,\u201d Munsch Dal Farra says. \u201cOur cryo-sauna rejuvenation cold therapy provides anti-inflammation properties for the joints and musculoskeletal system. It improves mood and energy by releasing endorphins. Many athletes and professional sport therapies use this to help with injury treatment.\u201d

For PALM Health, treatments involve deeper analysis to better understand how and what affects a person for more effective care and long-term health. \u201cWe\u2019ve taken the concept of a full-service wellness center to a whole new level,\u201d says Munsch Dal Farra. \u201cWe take time to get to know your history, lifestyle preferences and practices. We go beyond prescribing the latest pill or procedure to solve problems. Based on the best science available, we address your overall health risks and the real root causes of illnesses, with the goal of maximizing your well-being.\u201d

PALM Health, 9160 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-801-8898, palmhealth.com

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As a professional photographer, Lisa Dolan is known for helping couples glow in their wedding photos. Now she\u2019s doing the same through her natural skin care line.

With Lark Skincare, Dolan helps her clients draw out their inner beauty by enhancing their outer beauty with products that aren\u2019t harsh or harmful. Inspired by her own frustration with products that contain an array of chemicals, Dolan made it her mission to create something she herself wouldn\u2019t hesitate to use \u2013 especially once she became pregnant.

\u201cI was really concerned with ingredients and what I was putting on my skin, what was going into my bloodstream,\u201d Dolan says. \u201cI started to make my own stuff because I couldn\u2019t really find exactly what I was looking for.\u201d

Dolan has photographed hundreds of couples and individuals through Lisa Dolan Photography, her photography business. Although that enterprise continues, Lark Skincare represents a return to her beauty roots. An Ellisville native, she originally went to cosmetology school after graduating high school early, working in makeup and hair on and off for about 13 years and laying the foundation for Lark Skincare, which opened in 2016 and is now operated out of a studio in her Webster Groves home.

\u201cMost of the formulations I\u2019ve come up with, I\u2019ve just done on my own with ingredients that I know work really well,\u201d Dolan says. \u201cI started using things on my clients and on myself, figuring out what works well and going with it.\u201d

Organic ingredients are what work best for Dolan, and she says that they make up about 90 percent of what goes into her products. She researches her ingredients through the Environmental Working Group\u2019s Skin Deep cosmetics database and performs her own pH testing to ensure that everything is safe.

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\u201cMost of our products only have about five or six ingredients, so everything\u2019s really simple,\u201d Dolan says. \u201cI call it \u2018skin care for the minimalist\u2019 because it\u2019s multifunctional: Everything\u2019s simple, the ingredients are simple, it\u2019s easy to read. Sometimes you get other products, and there are 400 ingredients, and you don\u2019t know what any of them actually mean.\u201d

Lark Skincare features a number of products that are safe for people of all ages and all skin types. From mint-honey lip balm and Himalayan salt and coconut body scrub to matcha-arrowroot clay masks, Lark offers something for everyone. Dolan is especially proud of her beauty balm, a multipurpose cream that she recently launched.

\u201cIt took me three years of messing around and trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to make it,\u201d Dolan says with a laugh. \u201cYou can use it as a facial cleanser, as a makeup remover, as a conditioner, as a body lotion. It\u2019s a product I take with me when I travel so I don\u2019t have to bring anything else.

\u201cWe did an event a couple of weeks ago with a bunch of people, and they loved [the beauty balm]!\u201d Dolan continues. \u201cThey\u2019d never used anything like that, and it was so cool for them to see just one product filling the role of all these other products and making their skin feel 100 times better.\u201d

Safety is a big benefit to Lark\u2019s all-natural ingredients, particularly for clients who have children or pets.

\u201cWe have a coconut scrub that\u2019s completely edible \u2013 you could put it on something and eat it if you wanted to,\u201d Dolan says. \u201cOne of my sons was like, \u2018I just tasted it once in the shower!\u2019\u201d

Dolan says that spending years developing just one product isn\u2019t unusual. She experiments in her studio, mixing quality ingredients until she finds the effects and consistency she\u2019s after. For her, everything in the Lark Skincare line must be absolutely perfect before it\u2019s released.

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\u201cMy dream is to make an all-natural deodorant, but that is the biggest thorn in my side,\u201d she says. \u201cI cannot get the consistency to work with the ingredients that I want. Baking soda and arrowroot powder are two really, really great natural ingredients [for deodorant], but they\u2019re both powders, so if you try and mix them with an oil, they tend to separate. Getting the consistency right is really difficult.\u201d

Despite the time commitment to developing quality products, Dolan insists that helping clients take care of their bodies without harsh chemicals is worth the work. Currently offering Lark Skincare at larkskinco.com, on Etsy and at local events, Dolan says that she\u2019s looking at options for opening a storefront in the Webster Groves area. Her biggest goal is to raise awareness for and donate proceeds to rectal cancer research in honor of her mother, who passed away from the disease. Dolan says that by minimizing the number of ingredients in products and increasing the natural elements, clients can begin reversing the link between products and cancer.

\u201cI want them to feel a sense of relief,\u201d Dolan says. \u201cI want them to feel safe with the products they\u2019re using, and I want them to feel like they don\u2019t have to buy a million products to get the same result. That\u2019s my biggest goal.\u201d

Lark Skincare, larkskinco.com

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As if we ladies couldn\u2019t fancy flowers any more, now sprouting are spring must-haves: floral-printed bags. Use one of these botanical beauties to rock head-to-toe color and add a bloom to any outfit!

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His-and-Her Getaway Goodies

Two tickets to paradise, coming right up! When you\u2019re ready to make a quick getaway with your significant other, simplify the packing process so you can maximize your time away. These unisex products prove that you and your better half actually can get away with sharing a toiletry bag and still have plenty of room left for souvenirs. All that\u2019s left to do now is book that trip!

1. Fall under TSA guidelines with little to no trouble when you pack Herbivore\u2019s Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap. It keeps you and yours squeaky clean with a centuries-old formula that draws out impurities and deeply cleanses. Available for $12 at Herbivore (herbivorebotanicals.com).

2. Capture a tactfully disheveled appearance for hair that is at once undone and stylish. Bumble and bumble\u2019s Bb. Texture Hair (Un)Dressing Creme does the trick by creating a tousled look that provides hold and movement for both ladies and gents, saving you on prep time each day. Available for $14 at Sephora (sephora.com).

3. High altitudes in a plane are quick to dehydrate skin as much as a sunny day spent on the beach can. Come prepared with (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm, a soothing lip gel that treats and protects lips, minus the high gloss. Available for $14 at (MALIN+GOETZ) (malinandgoetz.com).

4. Long flights, sleepless nights \u2026 whatever traveling throws at you, Sunday Riley\u2019s Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream instantly calms and revivifies skin, giving you a refreshed appearance so you\u2019re picture-ready in a snap. Available for $65 at Sephora.

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Logan Finerty & Adela Slovakova

Steve and Linda Finerty of St. Louis are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son, Logan William, to Adela, daughter of Tomas Slovak and Lenka Slovakova of Jesen\u00edk, Czech Republic. Grandparents of the future groom are the late Logan and Maxine Finerty, and the late William and Barbara MacCarthy.

The future groom graduated in 2005 from John Burroughs School. He earned his bachelor\u2019s degree in business at the University of Richmond in 2009. He is a senior advisor at Argent Capital Management and Moneta Group.

The bride-to-be graduated in 2013 from Lindenwood University, with a bachelor\u2019s degree in both international relations and political science. She also played tennis and continued on to earn her MBA. Adela works at SogoTrade in Chesterfield.

Logan first met Adela on her birthday in June 2015, and took her to the Saint Louis Zoo\u2019s Zoofari on one of their first dates. While at Boone Valley Golf Club, the couple came upon the Czech flag flying over the sixth hole. Logan proposed to Adela in her native language, pulling the ring from the cup . The couple plans to wed on July 8 in Jesen\u00edk, Czech Republic, with a party to follow in St. Louis in September. After honeymooning in Seychelles, they will reside in Clayton.

Douglas Munsch & Joy Hodge

Paul and Kathleen Munsch of Ladue are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Douglas, to Joy, daughter of Donald and Jane Hodge of Muscatine, Iowa.

The future groom graduated in 2005 from MICDS. He earned his bachelor\u2019s degree in philosophy from Santa Clara University in California. Douglas is a project developer for StraightUp Solar.

The bride-to-be earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in biology and environmental studies from Iowa State University. She currently is studying for her master\u2019s degree in environmental science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Joy is a project scientist for Trileaf.

The couple will be wed on May 20 at Strathalbyn Farms Club in Weldon Spring, Missouri, which overlooks the Missouri River Valley. The couple will reside in Webster Groves.

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There\u2019s electricity in Brittney Flamm\u2019s voice when she talks about the power that fashion creates.

\u201cI want people to feel confident in themselves,\u201d Flamm says. \u201cAs women, we can be so hard on ourselves and our body types. But sometimes you start trying on clothes and find things that work for your body, and it can instantly uplift your mood. I absolutely love that part about helping women.\u201d

Flamm indulges in her fairy godmother fashionista powers daily through Rustic Twine, her online boutique of feminine, boho-style clothing that lends itself to unlimited chic looks. With flowy fabrics and classic colors, Rustic Twine\u2019s wares are the foundations for classic outfits that are always in season.

Flamm, 23, caught the fashion bug at a young age, deciding in middle school that she and her best friend should open a boutique together one day.

\u201cTo be honest, through middle school and high school, I was a bit more of a tomboy, and my best friend was more girly, kind of punk \u2013 so our styles were completely different,\u201d Flamm says with a laugh. \u201cBut once I went to college, my style definitely started changing. I just kind of grew [to] love the bohemian style as well as casual chic clothing.\u201d

After studying fashion merchandising in college and taking a temporary corporate job to pay the bills, Flamm finally launched Rustic Twine in 2016, centered on the styles she grew to love in college.

\u201cThat whole time [working at my corporate job], I was just thinking about what I really wanted to do, which was start a boutique,\u201d Flamm says. \u201cSo I decided to start researching, and Google became my friend. And that was how I figured out basically how to get everything going.\u201d

The shop was founded online (shoprustictwine.com) and doesn\u2019t yet have its own storefront \u2013 Flamm\u2019s plan is to put down roots within three years \u2013 yet that doesn\u2019t mean Rustic Twine is for online shopping only. Flamm regularly teams with local boutiques and shopping collectives like Joy\u2019s Collective Market in St. Charles and takes part in small-vendor events at Roar in Webster Groves to chat with clients and give shoppers a chance to discover their new favorite outfits. Flamm\u2019s biggest advice: Try everything on because you never know what will make you feel fabulous.

\u201cThere\u2019s always a customer who picks up something, but they\u2019re unsure about it,\u201d says Flamm, who also offers fashion consultations. \u201cI tell them to just go try it on to see what it\u2019s like. And then they usually come out, and they love it!\u201d

Flamm\u2019s own style shines through in the selection at Rustic Twine. Models wear Flamm\u2019s dresses, vests and tops amid peaceful woods, showing the different ways that boho-chic outfits can be adapted for the outdoors. As for this year\u2019s fashion trends, Flamm sees florals, suede tanks, distressed T-shirts and the color white leading the way.

\u201cI like to wear just a pair of distressed skinny jeans with either a simple white blouse or a tank, and you can throw a little cargo jacket over it,\u201d Flamm says. \u201cYou could even do white skinny jeans \u2013 which I know some people are afraid of \u2013 just try some on, and go from there.\u201d

And no outfit is complete without a good pair of shoes. Herself a footwear enthusiast \u2013 estimating she currently has 50 pairs, even after getting rid of quite a few \u2013 Flamm predicts that sandals with tassels and embellishments will be big this season. But with statement shoes, she suggests \u201cjust keeping your outfit a little bit simpler, maybe doing a colorful top with shorts and the sandals.\u201d

With its flowy fabrics and eye-catching silhouettes, Rustic Twine is set to outfit St. Louis women both for the runway and for everyday life. And Flamm\u2019s role in boosting her shoppers\u2019 confidence is what makes it all worthwhile.

\u201cIf [I] help them, they put on something and then they love it, they\u2019re instantly in a great mood for the rest of the day,\u201d she says, \u201cand that\u2019s always amazing to see.\u201d

Rustic Twine, shoprustictwine.com

Fashion Forecast

Flamm shares three of her favorite pieces sold at Rustic Twine, plus tips on how to style them.

Jenna Dress

\u201cFor a workday, I would style the Jenna dress with a denim jacket and some black or brown suede sandals. And then to take it out for dinner, you could simply take off the denim jacket and pair it with wedges.\u201d

Adalynne Top

\u201cDuring the day, you could pair [the Adalynne top] with denim or white shorts and sandals. And then at night, you could dress it up with a dark pair of skinny jeans and a great pair of heels.\u201d

Brecklynn Maxi Dress

\u201cThis is one of my absolute favorite pieces. I think when it comes to maxi dresses, people who believe that they\u2019re a little bit shorter feel like they can\u2019t wear them, but the truth is you absolutely can. A great way to do that is by taking the bottom of the maxi dress and putting it into a tie knot so that you can instantly take it up to your height level so that it\u2019s not dragging on the floor, and it looks supercute. The dress also looks great with hats.\u201d

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Photo by Tammi Camp of The Lovely Lens Photography

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Lace needn\u2019t be just for weddings and boudoirs, and this spring, it\u2019s become the fabric for fashion-forward femmes, adding texture and romance to any outfit. Whether as a subtle detail or throughout an entire dress, lace should allow you to add considerable interest to your look, ladies!

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Summer vacation. Ages away, right? Well, even in April, you may want to start planning what to pack for a relaxing extended getaway \u2013 which could cause stress if you have a lot to pack but limited space.

In that light, LN here presents a handy-dandy checklist of four beauty necessities for your suitcase on every vacation, whether you\u2019re hitting Cabo, the Caribbean or just Cairo, Illinois.

Makeup with SPF. If your face cream, primer, tinted moisturizer or foundation contains SPF (sun protection factor), bring it! Protecting your face from solar depredations whenever you\u2019re outside demands having some level of SPF in your makeup/skin care products \u2013 especially on vacay, when you\u2019re likely absorbing more rays than usual.

Eyeshadow palette. Consolidating makeup for trips greatly simplifies both vacation planning and packing. Make things easier for yourself by keeping all your eye makeup in one place, or bring a palette that contains a variety of shades for a variety of looks. Also, while on vacation, consider ditching eyeliner altogether \u2013 just use black or dark brown eyeshadow to accentuate your peepers.

Face mist. If you\u2019re vacationing somewhere warmer or less humid than the Lou, bring a facial mist to counter drying-related ravages. From Nordstrom, Sephora or some other retailer, buy a \u201ctravel-sized\u201d mist that can be stashed easily in a carry-on \u2013 thus permitting quick access when your skin needs extra hydration. Flaunting beautiful skin on a vacation demands caring for that skin \u2013 so make sure to properly hydrate and moisturize it!

Cream products. For tropical vacations potentially involving minimal makeup, pack a few cream makeup products. Because powders and extended sun mix poorly, try a bronzer, blush and highlighter for a bit more makeup coverage at the pool or beach. Cream products beautifully melt into skin for nice coverage and color without the feel of heavy makeup. Also, as noted, they won\u2019t cake on skin like powders.

OK! Checklist complete! On your next trip, whether just an overnighter or that longer, much-needed, getting-away-from-it-all summer excursion two months from now, give these products a shot!

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Imagine the perfectly worn-in leather bag. Be it a briefcase or a shoulder bag, the too-cool characters in movies always seem to sling exquisitely aged leather carryalls over their arms, as if to show they care about quality \u2013 but are simply too chic to shop anywhere you\u2019ve heard of. Such bags are timeless statement pieces growing better with age, yet so different from any purse or tote you could find at department stores.

That\u2019s because bags like that come from Sole Survivor.

Looking at a Sole Survivor bag means admiring the designer\u2019s craftsmanship, rather than the monogrammed initials that often result in a hefty price tag. And these leather accessories \u2013 ranging from bags to belts to bracelets \u2013 are designed and made by a family business located in Maplewood.

\u201cUpon seeing the store, most people know right away that there is something special here,\u201d says co-owner Kay Rye. \u201cOur store visitors seem to know instinctively that the goods are made here and that they will never, ever have to doubt whether our goods are real leather.\u201d She notes the smell of leather is noticeable even before you walk in.

\u201cSteve began working with leather in the \u201960s,\u201d Rye says of her husband, the original craftsman of the family. \u201cTimes were similar to today, with many people working creatively with their hands in a variety of mediums \u2013 he fell in love with leather and decided at that time to make it his life\u2019s work.\u201d In the late \u201970s, Rye joined the field \u201cas a direct result of meeting and dating Steve.\u201d

Before opening a brick-and-mortar shop, the Ryes \u2013 not yet parents \u2013 traveled around the country selling their leather goods. They settled down when they started a family, and opened a physical store in the Central West End in 1985.

\u201cMy natural interests are more toward the business end of things, so that made us a good fit,\u201d Rye says. \u201cToday, I\u2019m still responsible for everything business-related, and I keep my hands in the work as much as possible. I make a lot of belts, both ready to wear as well as custom for people who have special buckles. I also spend time making sculptural vessels out of leather.\u201d

The Ryes, both Illinois natives, have been doing business and living in St. Louis since 1985. After its launch in the Central West End, their business also spent a number of years in the Delmar Loop. The current location on Manchester Road occupies the heart of the main Maplewood strip.

\u201cWe noticed Maplewood many years ago and always thought about coming here,\u201d Rye says. \u201cOne day, we were strolling Manchester and noticed a little shop for rent. We looked at each other and knew what was coming next. It was a whirlwind, and within one month, we moved and opened up for business in Maplewood [in February 2015]. It\u2019s been the best decision of our career!\u201d

Over time, the Ryes\u2019 three children have all worked in or with the shop in some capacity, and their youngest, 29-year-old Annie, has worked with the company full time for 10 years, doing a combination of her own designs and stock pieces.

Sole Survivor has a few recurring customer favorites, Rye notes, like the drawstring Kate bag and the miniature Donna bag. \u201cBut the real specialty is our one-of-a-kind bags \u2013 Steve usually makes a collection of six to 10 bags two or three times a year,\u201d she says. \u201cThe starting point for these collections is the leather \u2013 it\u2019s always going to be something special like moose, bison, hair-on calf or something especially fine from Italy. Right now, he is working on a collection of elk-skin bags \u2013 with fringe. We haven\u2019t done fringe in years!\u201d

Most Sole Survivor leather comes from European tanneries, says Rye; she notes her and her husband\u2019s 40-plus years of experience when explaining that they\u2019re able to use their extensive knowledge of and experience with hides when working with vendors. \u201cWe\u2019ve developed relationships with our suppliers, who regularly send us samples and keep us up to date on new colors or processes,\u201d she says. \u201cFrom these sources, Sole Survivor selects leathers that best suit the particular needs of the styles, designs and quality goods produced daily in the workshop.\u201d

Products from Sole Survivor are on the higher end pricewise, without seeming needlessly expensive. Belts start in the mid-$50s and cuffs in the low $30s. Wallets and bags vary in price; the Clark Polished Edge Tri-Fold Wallet, for example, lists for $68, and leather satchels range in price from $225 to $395. Even a few unusual accessories \u2013 like holiday bells attached to decorative leather straps\u2013 are available at this local leather haven.

\u201cSomething else that sets Sole Survivor bags apart from even high-end bag-makers is that there is no compromise on hardware,\u201d Rye says. \u201cNo \u2018gold-toned\u2019 or \u2018silver-toned\u2019 metals here \u2013 just good solid brass, chrome or stainless steel.\u201d The shop defines itself as \u201cmaking original goods and timeless designs using the best of the most interesting leathers and quality hardware,\u201d and one visit will prove that the idea of quality is woven \u2013 and stitched and buckled and sewn \u2013 into every aspect of Sole Survivor.

Sole Survivor, 7312 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314-932-1475, solesurvivorleather.com

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A tunic probably constitutes the most versatile clement-weather item your wardrobe can include. Pair it with jeans, leggings or a swimsuit \u2013 or if you\u2019re daring, wear it all by itself! For this, though, we\u2019ll stick with jeans or a bikini!

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\"Allison
Allison Mitchell

When the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI) announced its inaugural class of designers, the list of talents included both locals and artists from across the country. The chosen six included accessory designer Allison Mitchell, the creator of a line of luxury clutches, purses and small accessories made from opulent hides. Ladue News recently caught up with the designer to learn more about her work, her St. Louis space and her experience with the SLFI.

How did you begin working with accessories?

I fell into this career path by accident. I wanted an oversized clutch, and I couldn\u2019t find anything that fit my vision, so I made one. Everyone who saw it wanted one, and when the demand for it went beyond family and friends to a buyer from a boutique in Dallas, I decided to launch a small collection of oversized calf-hair clutches to see if they created any traction.

Needless to say, the reaction from the Dallas market was beyond anything I could have imagined, and we sold out a couple of times over the first few months in business. I actually resisted fully delving into the demands of being an independent designer for a while, mostly because I already had a business \u2013 a digital marketing agency that I founded in Dallas \u2013 but also because I didn\u2019t consider myself a fashion designer. \u2026 I went for it, and thank goodness. I found that I had a natural knack for designing handbags that people loved and had never seen before.

\"Allison
Allison Mitchell bags

You work with such unique and unusual skins. What draws you to these hides instead of standard leather?

I have to see the materials in order to design a bag \u2013 the materials have always told me what to do, not the other way around. It\u2019s the unusual materials that speak to me, so that\u2019s probably why I use them. A side of nappa lambskin is beautiful in its own right, but when I look at it, I don\u2019t see the end result. That vision has to be there for me. \u2026 I see the entire bag in its finished state when I look at a skin or hide that inspires me, then I make a mini clay model of the bag with as much detail as possible so my manufacturer and I are completely on the same page. My office is full of tiny bag sculptures!

The linings of the bag are also unusual, yet clearly intentional. How are those selected?

It\u2019s all part of that vision I get when I look at a material that speaks to me. I just sort of know what the lining needs to be, and I go find it. I love thoughtful design and subtlety, and the surprise linings are like a little secret for the wearer.

Could you tell me a bit about your studio?

I design wherever I am and wherever my modeling clay is. My studio is located in the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator on Washington Avenue, and it doubles as my working headquarters as well as my creative space. I\u2019ve set it up to look like more of a showroom for my pieces and collections, with blown-up photos from my first lookbook on my wall and a little sitting area with a cowhide rug.

Who are you imagining when you create your designs?

I have to admit, I only design things that I would love to have in my own closet. I ask myself, \u201cIf you could have any bag to go with this outfit, what would it be?\u201d And then I make it. I love that!

Where are your items available?

We sell to many small boutiques around the country, including a store in Toronto and one in Tokyo. But all styles are always available on our website, and sometimes we even have secret sample sales online.

How did you get involved with the SLFI, and what has the experience been like so far?

They came to Dallas to recruit local designers. I was so blown away, and the opportunity came at such a perfect time. I knew I couldn't pass it up. The experience here has been totally life-changing. The amount of support, opportunity and direct connections with high-up industry professionals in New York are such a leg up for an emerging designer.

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