How to Spot…Lanvin Accessories

We’re adding a new little segment to HowFashionWorks called “How to Spot.” We thought about how easy it is  to eyeball a Louis Vuitton or Tory Burch piece because of their signature logos, but what about the brands that like to stay more discreet? In our inaugural “How to Spot” we point out a few ways to spot a Lanvin accessory.

Lanvin adds a whimsical touch to their handbags by weaving ribbon through the chain strap and finishing it with a bow and signature medallion keychain. Now that you know isn’t it easy to spot on these fashionable ladies?

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Lanvin also uses grosgrain to set their shoes apart. Whether it’s the fine trim on a pump or flat, the laces on an oxford, or a decorative bow on the side, the French fashion house is know for their love of grosgrain details.

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What’s So Great About…Pedro Garcia Shoes

Pedro Garcia is a family-run shoe brand that started in 1925 in Alicante, Spain. Today the third-generation of shoemakers, Pedro (the original Pedro’s grandson) and his sister Mila run the company. Eighty-nine people take part in the process of a Pedro Garcia shoe, ensuring that the wearer receives a finely crafted, thoughtful shoe that exhibits luxury in look and feel.

But what sets a pair of Pedro Garcia shoes apart from the rest is the cork sole.

Cork has many properties that make it attractive. It’s buoyancy, lightness, impermeability, and elasticity are the reasons we use cork with wine bottles. So really to take those features and add them to a shoe is quite  innovative and ingenious.

The cork sole, which is covered by a thin layer of leather, gives you a comfortable feel, the result of the cork fitting to your foot over time and becoming more and more comfortable with each wear. But don’t expect to stretch out your Pedro Garcia shoes. Cork works in such a way that while it will form to your foot is also has the capability to keep its original shape intact.

Sources Pedro Garcia and The Cork Institute of America

Runway to Everyday: Metal Cap-Toe Pumps

The classic pump gets stronger each season (studs, anyone?), so it’s only natural that Spring 2012 brought the addition of metal cap toes. We’re especially smitten with the pointed silhouettes Marc Jacobs sent down the Louis Vuitton runway — but the $1,000+ price is a little steep. Luckily, we found similar metal/metallic styles on some of our favorite shopping sites.

Everyday Styles: Topshop Lilac PumpASOS Black Pump, Topshop Neutral FlatVince Camuto Snake-Print Pump, Calvin Klein Yellow-Toe PumpASOS Floral Pump

Which pair is your favorite? (We’re especially partial to the floral print!)

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WTFashion: How do I wear a wedge sneaker?

Finally a sneaker worthy of our wardrobe! While we love a good Chuck Taylor or Keds tennis shoe, the wedge sneaker adds a chic touch with the same sporty ease. Working as the spot-on accent to help you achieve the current sporty motif, these sneakers are definitely a cool pick, dressing up jeans and a tee and keeping a skirt hip and effortless. While they look great in the magazines, how do we translate them to our wardrobe?  Here’s a look at some of our favorite (and simple) ways to incorporate the pumped up kicks into your look and a few suggestions for a pair of your own.

1. Britt 200 Wedge Sneakers

2. Ash Buckled Wedge Sneaker

3. See by Chloe Lace-Up Wedge Sneakers

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Style School: A Closer Look at Leather

We don’t have to tell you how influential leather is in your wardrobe. Just look at your shoes, handbag, belt or considering the trends your recent pencil skirt purchase. With that in mind, we thought we’d make you a leather connoisseur (or at least more knowledgable) with our quick leather guide.

Cowhide & Calfskin

Durable, flexible, more resistant to water, and comparatively cheaper than other leathers, cowhide is one of the more common leathers used in fashion. Not necessarily a luxurious item, but still worth your consideration, cowhide is an ideal option for everyday wear.

 In contrast, calfskin rivals lambskin in soft feel and has greater durability than the latter. While it has a tight finish, it boasts a soft, supple texture that will increase with wear and age, as does its elasticity which is why calfskin was first used for book binding. In contrast to the more mature skin of a cow, calfskin today is considered a luxury leather that is often used for gloves and wallets among other accessories.


Known as the softest and thinnest leather, lambskin has a suppleness that could be described as buttery to the touch. More fashionable than most leathers, lambskin can pull off a more formfitting look, but is also known to stretch out and reshape over time.


 Another soft and durable leather, pigskin is widely used across the board. While you are sure to find pigskin made into belts, shoes, handbags, jackets and trims, it’s the football that is most commonly associated with pigskin hence the expression, “toss the pigskin.”

While it is certainly supple and dense, pigskin can also stiffen over time and shrink.


Standing out for its insulating ability, deerskin offers more breathability than most leathers, keeping you warm when it’s cold and cool during warmer weather. Water-resistant and abrasion-resistant to an extent, deerskin is without a doubt a durable leather that will not only maintain its sharp look but also its soft, somewhat elastic feel.

 Considered one of the strongest leathers and also lightweight, deerskin is used in clothing, wallets, gloves, hats and slippers.


Softer than cowhide and tougher than sheepskin, goatskin is durable and comfortable. More textured than most leathers, goatskin stands out for its waterproof qualities and is commonly used for jackets, belts and even flasks.


Immediately recognizable by its quill texture, ostrich leather epitomizes luxury. The more quills on a piece of leather, the more opulent and desirable the skin. Since the center of the hide usually possesses the most quills, small accessories such as wallets, belts and handbags are most desirable—and therefore the most expensive.

Its durability, thick feel, and supple nature also make ostrich leather one of the most luxurious types of leather.

Snakeskin, Stingray & Crocodile

Exotic skins carry their own fashionable clout.

Easily recognizable, snakeskin is very delicate, and quite popular at the moment for its versatility.

Stingray has a grainy feel and is seeing a recent rise in popularity.

Considered of great value, crocodile is also superlatively strong and durable.

Images clockwise from top: From the Hermes: Leather Forever exhibit,; OurGoods Barter: Report; Artisan at Hermes Workshop,