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A Very Brassy Christmas

Now that we’re deep in the weeds of the holiday party stretch, we thought we’d take a second to show you how we’ve dressed for some recent festivities.  We’ve attended parties of all different levels of fanciness, and dressed up or down with a few simple accessory changes.  With some hope, these looks will give you inspiration for the second half of the holiday-partying season. Katie has attended 4 parties over the last 3 days.  Here’s how she styled her Brass dresses: Christmas Eve Brunch My family split up for Christmas this year.  My sister and her husband were with his side of the family, so we had a Christmas Eve brunch to exchange presents, drink mimosas and relax before the party hopping started.   I dressed the T-maxi down with a cozy pullover sweater and chunky scarf.  The T-maxi turned out to be the hero of my wardrobe this fall.  It’s just so versatile.  The sweater makes the dress super casual and perfect for a mid-morning look.  I paired it with brown ankle booties; I …

Mid Summer Progress Report

We know the dresses we’ve been showing you on facebook and instagram have been a tease.   Many of our friends and family have asked when they can finally get their hands on a Brass dress.  Well, the short answer is soon – hopefully by September.   But, there are a few things we need to take care of between now and then in order to get ready for launch.  Here’s a quick look at what’ll be happening at Brass over the next 8 weeks.  Finalize Salesman Samples We are on round 2 of samples with our factory.  We thrilled to see the quality of our first round of samples: the fit samples.  Fit samples are made to ensure the clothing is the correct size, shape and style. We’re now waiting for our salesman samples to arrive.  The salesman samples should be as close to the finished product as possible.  They are meant to come in the correct size, fabric and color.  They are the final step before placing our order with the factory.   Trip to China! Once the salesman samples are finalized, we will place …

Weekend Style | July 4th

Long, holiday weekends call for quick getaway trips. This past 4th of July weekend we had fun celebrating in Boston, on the Cape, and in Portsmouth, NH. As we round the bend to Friday, we’re #tbt-ing and looking back on last weekend. Here are a few photos: Can’t go wrong celebrating an American holiday with a classic RI brew. Learn how ‘Gansett makes a tall boy can here. Doesn’t get much more Revolutionary than the streets of Boston. Katie made her way down to the Cape to celebrate with friends and family. The Tank Maxi was super easy to pair with a little American flag flair. Freedom and fashion, unite! Oh, New England coastline, we really do love you. Sunset over the harbor in Portsmouth, NH. In December 1774, Paul Revere first rode from Boston to Portsmouth to warn of the arrival of the British. This was 3 months prior to his infamous ride in Massachusetts. Huzzah! The clouds and rain cleared and we were able to see some fireworks! Hope you all had a …

Style Points: Looking Beachy in the City

Who doesn’t want to spend their weekdays on the beach? No one. That’s who. Unfortunately, some one has to bring home the bacon. Alas, the majority of us are left to pinning photos of the beach while we sit in air-conditioned offices.  When you can’t sport your maxi to the beach, you can still wear it while sweating in the city. Here’s how we style the T-Shirt Maxi for a typical (casual) work day. We love pairing this dress with a pair of sneakers and simple back-pack. It’s sort of a “7th grade-chic” look. Grab the accessories here: Gap Denim Jacket, The Horse Watch, Fossil Leather Wrap Bracelet, Need Supply Backpack, Onitsuka Tiger Sneakers. If you are lucky enough to get to the beach, or at least in smelling distance of that sweet, salty air, we suggest you pair a maxi with a cute, straw tote. Here’s how we style the Tank Maxi for a beach-inspired work day. Let’s call this look “Urbanbeach”: a city-dweller who dreams of sand-filled afternoons. Get the accessories here: Stella and Dot Pendant, Levi’s Trucker …

Behind the Scenes: Our first photo shoot

If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen a few photos of our dresses popping up. We thought we’d also share some shots from behind-the-scenes of the shoot. The dresses used in this shoot are referred to as Fit Samples. This means they are the correct pattern, fit, and material, but are not the final colors. The final fabric for production must be milled and dyed. This process takes about 35 days. Once the factory has the final fabric, they will create our Pre-production Samples. These will be the final samples made before the order goes into full production.  We chose to do a photo shoot using our fit samples because we are so excited to show the dresses to our future customers. And we hope you are excited, too! We think women will enjoy seeing the silhouettes and getting a sense for what the final garments will look like. In the meantime, you can sign-up here to see all 5 dresses and the final color swatches. The Day of the …

5 Myths About Chinese Factories

In early 2013 over 1,000 people were killed in the devastating factory collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. The event left another 2,000 injured and even more wondering how the factory conditions could get to the point of collapse. This accident and other recent scandals — such as the discovery of deplorable working conditions at Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturer — have significantly influenced the American perception of overseas production and contributed to the rise of Ethical Consumerism in the US. It is incredibly important that we understand the conditions under which our clothing is made and we should be thankful that media outlets are shedding a light on these instances of dangerous working conditions. With this information we can all make better purchasing decisions that allow us to align our money with our values. However, with most media today, stories that shock and awe are the ones that are most shared and most read. The widely-publicized coverage of Rana Plaza and Foxconn has come to define the overseas manufacturing industry. In reality, the media is showing only a fraction of what foreign production is …

Here’s the Skinny on the Chubbie’s Business Model

I recently received an email from my significant other with this subject line: Can I wear these to your cousin’s wedding? Intrigued, I opened the email and saw this: “The Captain” Chubbies Short. It’s a classic, bro. To be fair, my cousin’s wedding is at a camp in the Berkshires, so it’s not totally out of line to wear shorts. But, these aren’t just any shorts. These areChubbies. And, yes, of course, my boyfriend can wear Chubbies to the wedding. I would never deny him the chance to show off his thighs while supporting a company that has masterfully crafted a brand that appeals to millions — literally millions — of men. There are many things to love about Chubbies. For one, they offer a shorter inseam (5.5”) than the average knee-length short. The brand itself has a laid back, far out and totally awesome attitude. They drink up life and encourage customers to do the same. They grew their Facebook following to over 500K when they offered everyone that “liked” them a free Chubbies koozie. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and …