Innovative, trendy, sexy rain wear from Terra New York. Two founders, Yurika Nakazono and Marie Saeki, have a truly diverse background and a passion for fashion. ”New York Called” sheds some light on the secret of success of the duo behind the label.
The City used to be a big part of my life. Going to college in the downtown, than working all over the Big Apple, the subway felt like the second home, and jay walking and running in-between the honking taxi cabs, maneuvering through the crowd was a normal part of my day. The lunch hour was used for relaxing in the park with the food picked up in the nearby deli or a small restaurant, then checking out the shops. The weekend was reserved for more time-consuming activities like visiting the museums, the concerts, etc. I felt the pulse of the City, its energy, its vibe. I’ve always worked with a diverse crowd. Being different was like being like everybody else. Having unique style, speaking with an accent, sharing your traditions and cultural preferences made you accepted. I was looking forward to dressing up for work, checking out new places, talking to my co-workers.
Going to the Billy Joel’s concert in the Garden brought back a lot of memories. The fellow Long Islander told stories about his first gig and how he wrote “Big Man on Mulberry Street”, made fun of his age, and took some major notes that he warned us he most likely would not take. The crowd went wild and refused to leave. So “the piano man” came back and rocked the Garden for another half hour. Nobody sat down for the rest of the show. The whole Garden was dancing and singing, as the maestro was putting the mic for the audience to sing, taking pictures with the fans, and throwing the mic stand into the band, where the other musicians caught it like some circus performers.
The trip also demonstrated the difference between the person used to the City (myself) versus the person who grew up on Long Island (my son). We almost missed the 11:40pm train home, because he was standing in the middle of the thousands-of-people crowd coming out of the concert, rushing to the train, waiting for them to part, so that he would walk to the train freely, while maintaining his personal space. At that time of the day, when the suburbs were long asleep, New York was as busy as the morning rush hour.
Living and working in Long Island for the past decade, I have to have a special occasion to go to the City. Soho is never on the list since the kids are not interested in the shopping and the art galleries; they want entertainment. My husband works in the area and has been bragging about how much the area changed since the last time (years) I’ve been there. So, with my younger son being away in a sleep-away camp, I’ve decided to use this opportunity to go. We took a train to Penn Station, then A train to Canal Street. There we were supposed to meet up with my husband, who was finishing up his client’s meeting.
The first store we entered was quite fruitful. Being slow on making clothing purchasing decisions, I bought a long coral skirt to go with the grey top I bought a few months ago, and white skinny jeans with scarf-type belt. I have no clue when I would wear these jeans. They seem the best fit for an Italy of Greece trip, or some fancy party on the beach or a yacht. Can somebody invite me? I also bought a black dress and a chain with a pink pendant to go with my new coral skirt in Top Shop. My son kept whining (that was not his idea of having fun) until he found a store with skeletons and dried insects. The assortment of scalps could make anyone’s day brighter, isn’t it?
We could not settle on the place for lunch, because based on my son, every restaurant we picked into was either too fancy or too small. I had to put my foot down on the issue. The small Italian place started us with the bread fresh- warm from the oven with the most delicious crust, and slightly salty butter. We swallowed it in no time, washing it off with the mineral water, then asked for more. We were full even before our entrees came out of the kitchen. Not a good idea, but we don’t really have a will-power when it comes to good bread.
The warm summer rain started and stopped while we checked out a couple of art galleries before splitting up. I went shoe shopping, while the men decided to hit Swiss Army and Leica stores. We drove home reminiscing about my first job on Union Square, and the places in the City we wanted to visit next.
The latest “rain” findings from Topshop in Soho.
The shopping mall in Canada, at least the one I visited, was full of vibrant colors, delicious smells and trendy shoppers. The new inventory screamed warmth, sun, cloudless sky, outdoors, blooming flowers, and turning-green trees.
The coming of spring was eminent, even though people were still wrapped in scarves. The weather was very generous yesterday, spoiling us with the hot, pleasant day; even the ice in the canal seemed to start moving, but today it decided to test our endurance once again. The temperature dropped below zero, proving that winter was not ready to give up just yet. The cold, nasty rain made pedestrians run for the shelter; the brutal wind swept right through the bones.
Shopping was the way to escape the bad weather and the melancholy that came with it. The stores in Canada are much quieter than in New York; I kept wondering how could they stay in business? There are more sales people than there are customers. It does not look like enough business even to cover the basic expenses.
Everything is clean and organized. Majority of shoppers, regardless of their age or social status have a very good taste and a sense of style. Even a homeless men hanging out in the food court was wearing a wool coat – old, but nicely tailored, with matching dark sneakers. He looked like a character from some fairy tale with his thick. gray, unruly hair and beard. Or may be like Albert Einstein on the picture with his tongue stuck out, but with the beard? Instead of traditional begging for food, he killed the time by reading a book.
Women are not afraid of wearing short skirts, funky slim pants, large jewelry, and bright accessories. Clothing for them is the reflection of their personality. They are making bold, unconventional choices, combining pieces that may not look like a good match at first. Their outfits are more about having fun and reflecting on their current mood, than following the current fashion trend.
I enjoyed strolling through the aisles, observing the shoppers and simply being greeted with“Bon jour Madam”.
Mulberry collaborates with Macintosh to create a limited collection of traditional British raincoat. Suberb craftsmanship and attention to details set these two companies apart from others. Raincoats are made in pastels and natural colors with a simple, clean silhouette and Mulberry signature flower buttons, creating very elegant, fresh look. Collection does not come out until January, but polka-dot style macintoshes will go on sale in Net-A-Porter.com on December 6.
June Sohn is new to the fashion scene, however many agree that her raincoat is “The one jacket you need in the city”. She uses very light fabric and no lining, yet her rainwear is water proof and functional. Clean, simple silhouette appeals to women of any age and social class.
Here is how designer talks about her inspiration: "I have been living in and out of NYC for over a decade and have been working in the city for some time. Every morning I take the subway and walk several blocks to the office. I sometimes enjoy my commute, but when the weather is not friendly, it is a really troublesome getting out in the wind or in the rain. The weather in NYC has been less predictable and I myself have been looking for a jacket or coat that I can depend on for many years. I saw many high performances outerwear in the specialty stores for serious outdoors but they were not for my everyday work clothes. As a designer working in the city, I needed a great look, more than just rain coat or wind break. I looked for outerwear that I can wear regardless of the destination but it was so hard and my patience ran out. I stopped to look and started to make one for myself. I worked as an outerwear designer for designer brand and had the knowledge and skill to make them. But this time I looked for different fabric and materials. I wanted to make outerwear that can protect me from wind or rain and also can be machine-washed at home. It was challenging from the beginning but very rewarding. I have designed several jackets and coats for myself and for others and they were sensational among the people who have tried them on. I started to get orders and that encouraged me to start my own brand, “JUNGWON.”
Bicycling has become a norm on the urban landscape. New York recently has started CityBike program, and in many big cities where parking is limited and expensive, and to drive one block takes longer than to walk, bike is the most convenient way of transportation. But what if it starts drizzling? Emma Jorn, Danish designer, came up with the perfect and quite glamorous solution to this problem.
Her rainwear collection consists of colorful jackets, ponchos and “dresses” with hoods, as well as covers for bicycle baskets. Her designs are simple, yet elegant; functional, yet feminine. Interesting silhouettes remind of abstract paintings, alien invasions and space suits with visor.