Author: Brass

Behind The Scenes: Selfie Sunday

On Sunday, March 20th, Brass invited 10 customers to participate in Selfie Sunday: a professional photo shoot featuring real women. We were overwhelmed with the response. All 10 spots were claimed within hours of announcing the event. We wrapped the day feeling like this was one of the coolest, most inspired things that we have done since launching Brass. A big thank you goes to Lara, Kathy, and Rachel who made this happen and of course, to all of our beautiful models. Below is an account of the event by one of our gorgeous models and customers, Alexandra Mandzak.  The term “Selfie Sunday” might spark self-indulgent images of brunch and mimosas with the girlfriends, or perhaps being cozy on the couch, reading the day away. Maybe your way of treating yourself is to sleep late and spend the rest of the day in bed. My version of “Selfie Sunday” was a bit different. It was a day devoted not to the selfie but to the self as a whole—and the importance of making that self …

Jessica Sutton Maniatis

Jessica Sutton Maniatis is the founder and creative director of JSGD, a boutique graphic design agency focused on building brand identity through functional beauty and collaboration. Jessica launched her company in 2008 and since then has worked with more than 200 clients. Watch the video below to learn  why and how she started her own firm. The Tunic | Featuring Jessica Sutton Maniatis from Brass on Vimeo.

Beth Vollmer Marullo

Beth Vollmer Marullo spent 8 years on active duty in the U.S. Army. After touring in Iraq and Afghanistan, she now serves as a Major in the Army Reserves. Beth talked with us about her deployments and about the highly visible and impactful role women play in our armed forces. Beth is wearing the Band Dress.

Alice Saunders

Alice Saunders is the founder of Forestbound Bags based in Somerville, MA. Inspired by history and the idea of “where something has been”, Alice hand-makes beautiful bags from salvaged textiles discovered at flea markets, barn sales and antique stores. Each bag is beautifully crafted, thoughtfully designed and made to honor the people and things that came before us. Alice is wearing the T-Shirt Dress.

Accessories with Substance

It can be emotionally taxing to dig through your closet, sort your clothes, and begin to build your perfect capsule wardrobe. But once you get started, you may find that you want to apply the same principles and philosophy to all your belongings, including accessories. Most capsule wardrobes do not include shoes, bags, jewelry, scarves, and belts. These items are not typically counted towards your 20-30 pieces of clothing. However, it is difficult to experience the freedom that comes from a capsule wardrobe if you still own mountains of shoes and bags. We believe in cultivating a selection of accessories with substance. If you’re ready to cull through your accessories, consider the following 3 thoughts when determining what to keep and what to discard. 1. Style Most capsule wardrobes are filled with black, white, gray, and navy because these are the easiest colors to mix and match. Think of your accessories as an opportunity to include some color and express your style. They accentuate a capsule wardrobe and serve as little pieces of punctuation. Whether your style is preppy, boho, tomboy, or …

4 Steps to Starting Your Capsule Wardrobe

We’ve talked about the history of the capsule wardrobe and we’ve discussed the benefits of the creating a pared down closet. Now we’re ready to start the process of creating a capsule wardrobe that works for you! Just remember: this is a process. It probably took years to collect all the clothes you have in your closet. It will take a while to cull through that closet and begin creating the perfect capsule. Let’s get started! Step 1 | Pitch & Purge Take everything out of your closet or your dresser. We recommend, for your own sanity, to tackle one area first. Section out your wardrobe and the task will be more manageable. Place all of your items on your bed and begin by picking up the item on the top. We like to use Marie Kondo’s approach to “tidying up” and consider if that piece of clothing “sparks joy.” As Kondo writes: “When something sparks joy, you should feel a little thrill, as if the cells in your body are slowly rising. When you hold something …

The Purpose of a Capsule Wardrobe

Over the past year,  the term “capsule wardrobe” has become increasingly popular on blogs and Instagram. As we discussed in this post, the capsule wardrobe isn’t a new trend, but it has gained momentum recently. Women are interested more than ever in paring down their wardrobes and eliminating closet stress. The process of creating a capsule wardrobe allows you to evaluate what to get rid of, what to keep, and what items you might need to add to your closet. But before you begin this process, it is important to understand the philosophy behind it and how to apply it to your life. The Purpose The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is three-fold: 1) Save Energy: a curated closet reduces the anxiety and stress of getting dressed. The emotional fatigue created by wondering what to wear is eliminated. You will have more energy to focus on your family, friends, profession, and passions. 2) Save Time: A curated wardrobe allows you to get ready faster, pack for trips more quickly, do less laundry, and no longer …

A Brief History of the Capsule Wardrobe

The capsule wardrobe may seem like an innovative approach to getting dressed, but its beginnings date back to the 1970s. The recent rebirth of the capsule wardrobe is a testament to its relevance, no matter the decade. Let’s take a look back at its origins and the history behind it. The 1970s The term itself, capsule wardrobe, was coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s. From a young age, Faux was surrounded by high-quality fashion. Both her parents and grandparents were women’s tailors. She saw first hand that classic, well-fitting clothing can make you look beautiful and inspire confidence.  Her experience working in the advertising industry motivated her to help women dress as well as their male counter parts. In 1973 Faux opened Wardrobe, a boutique in the West End of London. Her primary mission was to help women develop style and confidence. She brought designers like Jil Sander to the UK and built a reputation with a minimalist, foundational aesthetic. In 1980, Faux pioneered the term capsule wardrobe. She started to define the parameters of the concept in her book Wardrobe: Develop Your Style & Confidence. As Faux states, “The basic …

Five Tips to Travel Light this Winter

I used to be a serious over-packer. It wasn’t until I started traveling  (and losing my checked luggage) that I realized what a hassle it was to over-pack.  You’re forced to check your luggage because you brought your largest suitcase.  You need to sort through your clothes and repack your suitcase over and over again to keep things neat.  You don’t wear half the things you bring.  Who needs all that?!  I realized I had to stop over-packing.  I bought a small rollerboard suitcase and decided not to check my luggage again. No matter trip length or destination. After some trial and error, I discovered the perfect formula for packing light.  I used my packing light strategy on a recent trip to Mexico.  I traveled between Christmas and New Years  for five days and nights.  With these five simple steps, I was completely prepared for my trip. Pro Tip:  Lay everything out on your bed or floor before you put it in your suitcase.  This way you can easily assess your packing, and edit as needed.  I always remove at least 2 items from …

Smita Jacob

Smita Jacob is Boston-based lifestyle photographer. She lives life doing what she loves: shooting food, fashion, and travel. Learn more about how she started taking photos and what travel experiences have inspired her most. You can find her work at