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Designer Spotlight: Qi

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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ongoing Designer Spotlight series highlights our favorite boutique designers. Just like we love to know the stories of the online boutiques we’re buying from, we are equally interested in the stories behind the items they’ve chosen to carry. So the next time someone says, “where did you get that?!” you’ll have your very own story to tell! Now, let us introduce you to Qi, available at Duchess Boutique in Newton, MA.

With its roots firmly planted in the fashion-forward knits and cashmere sweaters the brand Qi has quickly expanded to an extensive line of comfortable yet chic separates. After searching far and wide (literally: they went everywhere from Italy to inner Mongolia) for the best materials, Qi was finally ready put its premium materials into the hands of innovative designers.

Qi Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater

Qi Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater

Although we don’t need another reason to love their modern designs, Qi emphasizes giving back to the community and maintains a strict focus on corporate social responsibility: “Our use of cashmere promotes environmental health by using cashmere, a renewable resource that ensures profitability for farmers, in an efficient and eco-friendly way. While reducing our carbon hoofprint, we also lend our support to non-profit organizations, such as the Advocates For the Children of New York and the National Wildlife Federation, in their efforts to create a better world.”

What’s better than that? Treating yourself while feeling good about it is the only way to self-indulge (the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get from purchasing from a small business like our Local Hem boutiques is an added bonus!), so go ahead- have a browse!

Designer Spotlight: Jude Connally

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our newest designer: Jude Connally. Carried by Duchess Boutique of Newton, MA, Jude Connally is a line of colorful prints and comfortable cuts that aims to make “everyday dressing for women easy, expressive and fun.” What’s not to love there?

Equally as important, the entire line is American-made and does not need to be dry-cleaned (just wash and wear!). You’ve got to see the collection for yourself though, so click over to see our first two pieces: Jude Connally “Babe” Dress in Lattice Geo Navy Pink and the Jude Connally Michelle Dress in Deco Geo Navy. Both are perfect for work and play and would look killer with a pair of pumps or knee-high boots. Perfect for the busy ladies who need their wardrobe to multitask, yet still be low maintenance – this line is for you!

Jude Connally Babe Michelle Geo Print Dress

Prairie Underground: From High School Besties To Leaders In Sustainable Fashion

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

We can’t keep our love for Prairie Underground under wraps (or, should we say, under hoodies) over here. First and foremost, we love the flattering cuts, gorgeous array of colors and interesting shapes. Beyond that though, there’s plenty more to sing about including their locally made goods, sustainable materials and commitment to doing things the “right” way, both for their loyal customers and the planet.

Seattle Magazine has duly taken note and published an appropriately flattering spotlight on Camilla Eckersley and Davora Lindner, high school best friends and the founders of Prairie Underground. You can read the article below, and click over to Local Hem for our complete collection of Prairie Underground Hoodie and Cloak Jackets from Helena’s Boutique. Way to go, PrU girls!

prairie underground seattle magazine

via Seattle Magazine

We Are Loving Prairie Underground Cloak Hoodies!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Looking for the perfect cover up for the summer? We are in love with this Summer 2013 Prairie Underground Short Cloak Hoodie in Cyan from Helena’s Boutique in Arlinton, MA! This color is perfect for summer and wears well for summer weekends and vacations…or “staycations”. The structure of this hooded sweatshirt gives it style!  I would throw this jacket on over any outfit! Looks cute with casual summer dresses, pants and even skirts. I love the way Prairie Underground styled the jacket with a pair of ruched legging pants. Like PrU’s other pieces, comfort and style are the two main elements that define this sweatshirt.

Never heard of Prairie Underground? Their clothing is made and designed in Seattle, WA and made from all organic cotton. Just another reason to love this company!

Helena’s in Arlington, MA has this color along with other fabulous colors which are all available on Local Hem!

Keepin’ It Cool With CP Shades!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

As a fellow lover of the summer season, I feel the need to express why every fashionista must own at least one tunic from CP Shades! This particular CP Shades Beachy Tunic from She Boutique comes in a calming, ocean shade of blue.

Perfect for the globe trotter, this piece is so versatile. Offering full-coverage, yet still feeling cool on the body, this is one piece that will never need to be ironed or steamed. Just roll the tunic up and toss into your luggage – I just love how easy this piece is! Wear CP Shades tunics alone as a dress or as a top with a pair of leggings. After Labor Day, wear it with jeans and a cute pair of boots: my favorite way to wear my CP Shades!

CP Shades Beachy Tunic

Designer Spotlight: White + Warren Cashmere Sweaters

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Our ongoing Designer Spotlight series highlights our favorite boutique designers. Just like we love to know the stories of the online boutiques we’re buying from, we are equally interested in the stories behind the items they’ve chosen to carry.  So the next time someone says, “where did you get that?!” you’ll have your very own story to tell! Now, let us introduce you to White + Warren, available at Duchess Boutique in Newton, MA.

White + Warren, carried by our online boutique Duchess of Newton, MA, was founded 15 years ago with designs “to make cashmere accessible, affordable and an integral part of every women’s wardrobe.” This line of knitwear “realizes trend and redefines classic” with its cashmere. A darling of celebrities and editors, it’s not unusual to see this brand’s pieces on stars like Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Keri Russell and Blake Lively. Local Hem now carries a varied selection of this line’s iconic cashmere sweaters, just in time for the winter chill to roll in!

white and warren cashmere sweaters

Pictured Above (L to R): White + Warren Basket Weave Hi Lo Cashmere Drapeneck Sweater, White + Warren Side Slit Open Cashmere Cardigan, White + Warren Hi Lo Cable Open Cashmere Cardi, White + Warren Shawl Collar Open Cashmere Cardigan.

Designer Spotlight: Peg + Dick Fine Art Collectibles

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Our ongoing Designer Spotlight series highlights our favorite boutique designers. Just like we love to know the stories of the online boutiques we’re buying from, we are equally interested in the stories behind the items they’ve chosen to carry. So the next time someone says, “where did you get that?!” you’ll have your very own story to tell! Now, let us introduce you to Peg + Dick, available at She Boutique in Marblehead, MA.

peg and dick tabletop art

The woman behind Peg + Dick, Karen Cappotto, is a Provincetown painter, originally from Syracuse, NY who, after years of study at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Oxford University in England, took a soul-searching journey to her parents countries of origin: Ireland and Italy. Along the way, she picked up a new found appreciation for her parents’ lineage and upon returning to the States, was inspired to create Peg + Dick (named, of course, after her parents). A brand that she has called “a suitable tribute to the age that her parents helped shape.”

Karen’s art involves taking vintage materials and “reworking the elements to create a new meaning.” A meaning that becomes clear upon seeing her work. Our online boutique is pleased to have Peg + Dick as the first installment of our “For The Home” category. There you’ll find their tabletop collection of decoupaged plated and dishes. Whether it’s exotic birds, nautical flags or funky florals, you’ll find something unique to love about every piece in this collection.

Designer Spotlight: The Ropes Maine

Friday, June 22nd, 2012


Our ongoing Designer Spotlig
ht series highlights our favorite boutique designers. Just like we love to know the stories of the online boutiques we’re buying from, we are equally interested in the stories behind the items they’ve chosen to carry. So the next time someone says, “where did you get that?!” you’ll have your very own story to tell! Now, let us introduce you to The Ropes Maine, available at The Closet Boutique in Kennebunk, ME.

Ahoy Matey! Feeling nautical? Whether you are a sailor or prefer to remain landlocked, anyone can find appreciate a little taste of the ocean with bracelets made by The Ropes Maine.

Maine-based designer Shana Aldrich Ready graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, and later embarked on a career designing in Boston and New York City. Ready eventually realized there was no place like home and eventually returned to her native Maine. Taking inspiration from visits to the beach with her son, she began to experiment jewelry making with marine hardware and ropes. True to its roots, the line is still produced in Maine today.

These colorful bracelets have been featured in The Hamptons magazine, Elle.com, LuLu Magazine, and the Atlantic-Pacific blog (one of my favorites!).

The Ropes Maine bracelets are great trend pieces, as they boast neon colors (I have been trying to brainstorm ways to fit neons into my closet!) and are ideal for bracelet layering (be creative!).

- Cara

Designer Spotlight: Diane Von Furstenberg

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Our ongoing Designer Spotlight series highlights our favorite boutique designers. Just like we love to know the stories of the online boutiques we’re buying from, we are equally interested in the stories behind the items they’ve chosen to carry.  So the next time someone says, “where did you get that?!” you’ll have your very own story to tell! Now, let us introduce you to Diane Von Furstenberg, available at Encounter Boutique in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In 1970, Diane, Princess of Fürstenberg (seriously, once-upon-a-time DVF was married to a prince named Egon), took a $30,000 investment and began designing women’s clothes. She said, “The minute I knew I was about to be Egon’s wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.”

dvf wrap dress

image on left via urban1972.com

Just four years later she had created the now-ubiquitous signature wrap dress (see DVF’s New Jeanne Wrap Dress and New Julian Wrap Dress for examples) that came to symbolize independence of the modern women in the 70s. Known for its signature lines and bold colors and patterns, Diane describes each piece as being designed for the ‘woman who loves being a woman.’

Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Wrap Dress

Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Wrap Dress

As a board member of Vital Voices, Diane commits herself to empowering women.  Her designs and commitments to the female community encourage women across the world to achieve all of their goals. Diane Von Furstenberg redefines what it is to be a role model to the modern woman, and for that we love her and her designs!

- Bridget

Designer Spotlight: Free People

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Our ongoing Designer Spotlight series highlights our favorite boutique designers. Just like we love to know the stories of the online boutiques we’re buying from, we are equally interested in the stories behind the items they’ve chosen to carry.  So the next time someone says, “where did you get that?!” you’ll have your very own story to tell! Now, let us introduce you to Free People, available at She Boutique in Marblehead, MA.

If there is any brand that exudes femininity, it’s Free People.  It’s lace touches, feminine details and soft designs will make anyone feel girly. We may all know Free People, but most have never heard its story.  Dick Hayne opened his first store in the 1970s in West Philadelphia, PA.  Upon opening up a second location, the named changed to Urban Outfitters (sound familiar?).  As Urban Outfitters’ private label division grew, it took on many personalities: Bulldog, Ecote, Cooperative, Anthropologie, until 1984, when it became the Free People you know today.

free people lace tunic miles of lace dress

Who do they design for now?  Their designs cater to “a 26-year-old girl, smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of her being, free and adventurous, sweet to tough to tomboy to romantic. A girl who likes to keep busy and push life to its limits, with traveling and hanging out and everything in between. Who loves Donovan as much as she loves The Dears, and can’t resist petting any dog that passes her by on the street.”

Sound like you?  We thought so too!  Free People gives every female freedom in the clothes they wear, so check out Local Hem’s online boutiques collection of Free People items today!

- Bridget