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  • Behind the Scenes at Habits: Susan Durkin

     

    While some of us are scouting out Paris Fashion week, we thought we’d take this chance to introduce you to one of our favorite Habits’ colleagues—Susan Durkin—who’s helping hold down the fort in Jackson. All it takes is a glance at Susan and you just know she’s cool. From her chic cropped hair, to her svelte figure (often adorned with scrapes from mountain biking), this is a woman who embodies Habits’ vision. For these reasons and more, we recently made Susan our customer liaison. Susan’s new role involves knowing each of our devoted customer’s style, so that when a piece comes in that looks just like you—expect a quick call or email from Susan alerting you to it.

    Susan hails from Charleston, South Carolina, but like so many people in Jackson, she came out for a visit and knew in an instant that this small, mountainous outdoorsy town was where she had to be. That was 20 years ago. In the intervening years, she’s become a mountain-biking addict come summer, and a snow-worshipping skier of all types come winter. A former elementary school and now pre-school teacher, Susan has worked at Habits for the past five years. You’ll find her here virtually every weekend. During the week, Susan is busy corralling young ones as a Montessori pre-school teacher. Trust us, with that kind of background, this is a woman with patience. Nothing fazes her. When pressed for her favorite Habits’ designers, Susan confesses a deep love for VisVim, Sessun, Chimala jeans and Phillipe Model sneakers. “But I love it all!” she laughs.

     

  • Lean In

     

    Most perfumes are made by giant conglomerates, are filled with chemicals and make everyone smell alike. Not for us. But then we learned of small niche perfumers, and we were instantly seduced. These tiny, under-the-radar perfumeries craft beautiful scents from natural ingredients. There are many of these new small batch perfumers (and all of them seem to reside in Brooklyn for some reason), but at Habits, our favorites are MCMC, Nova, and CB I Hate Perfume

                Don’t expect your grandmother’s Chanel #5. These are unisex, earthy, musky, pheromone-triggering scents that are as complex and layered as fine wine. Take NOVA’s Beige perfume, which they describe as  “like the incense, balsamic air of ancient woods”. Or CB I hate Perfume’s, At The Beach, which triggers memories for me of summer heat, chlorine-filled swimming pools, and spicy sweat. We also love MCMC’s Hunter, which was inspired by a guitar-playing, Vermont-dwelling friend of perfumer Anne McClain.

                Best of all, these perfumes smell different on everyone, and change and grow the longer they stay on your skin. These are subtle scents that make you want to linger and get closer. 

     For more information, check out these links about small batch perfumeries:

    Refinery 29's Fresh Fragrances

    NY Times "Six Perfumers Describe the One They Love, Through Smell"

    Martha Stewart's Stand Out With a Small Batch

    Fashionista's Five Under the Radar Perfumes You Need to Know About

     

  • Visvim

    At the annual Jackson Hole Elkfest antler auction. Visvim indigo patch down shirt with a dress from Place National, Aesa necklace. Boots are model’s own. 

    Here at Habits, we’re always looking for artists who utilize clothing as their medium. Cult designer Hiroki Nakamura’s brand Visvim embodies this ethos. The New York Times in its profile of Nakamura wrote: “Inspired by the rugged narrative of the old West, the earthiness of Native American crafts, the simplicity of Zen and the utilitarian beauty of old combat gear, Nakamura…(produces) items of extraordinary beauty and permanence… “His goal, he says, ‘‘is to create future vintage.’’

     

    Visvim Kham robe coat with Place Nationale dress

    The old West? Future vintage? What could be more Jackson? We’ve been obsessively following Visvim for at least a decade now, drumming our fingers, waiting for them to introduce a women’s line. A few years ago our prayers were answered. The collection, co-designed by his like-minded wife, Kelsi, features women’s versions of his visionary men’s wares, including the trademark gorgeous sneaker/moccasins—and our favorite—a dress crafted entirely of antique handkerchiefs from Nakamura’s own collection. And, we are proud to say, we are among the select shops in the country to carry the women’s line. So come witness—and touch and try on—these extraordinary works of art. And good news; new Visvim is arriving for spring in February!

    Here is a blog with more information on Visvim, 
    and if you want to read the philosophy of Hiroki Nakamura himself.
    Visvim, Wild West Dress made from Hiroki’s personal collection of vintage handkerchiefs. Visvim zip hoodie and Roland Joggers. 
    Visvim Duke Pow Wow shirt. 
    Wild West Dress
    Roland Joggers with Goodyear Rubber soles. 
    Visvim wool dress made from Harris Tweed with Apolis tote, R13 jeans, and Common Projects shoes. 

    Visvim Duke shirt 

     

  • Magnolia Pearl

     

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    Magnolia Pearl blouse and jacket, Knits by Dawn cashmere beanie, Moussy jeans

     

    Amidst the crystalline beauty of a Jackson January, the ethereal romance of Magnolia Pearl’s linen, silk and lace dresses, jackets, and blouses feels just right.

    We love this line both for its extraordinary detailing—cloth covered buttons, pin-tucked shoulders and dainty embroidery—as well as for its airy femininity. It serves as a ladylike counterpoint to more androgynous pieces such as Moussy jeans (more on these beauties in a later post) and an Ottod’Ame wool blend coat. Case in point, one of our Habits ladies paired her Magnolia Pearl wares with her own Timberland boots for the ideal combination of the sublime with the practical.

     

     

    Knits by Dawn merino wool hat, Private 0204 hand-washed cashmere scarf, Satorisan shoes

     

    Magnolia Pearl jacket, Private 0204 scarf

     

    Knits by Dawn beanie, Josi Faye scarf, Magnolia Pearl coat and dress, Lena Skadegard pearl bracelet

     

    Knits by Dawn beanie, Private 0204 hand-washed cashmere scarf, Magnolia Pearl coat and dress (Taken on location at Flower Hardware, Jackson)

     

    Magnolia Pearl jacket, Private 0204 hand-washed cashmere scarf
  • Gift Guide 2, Jewels.

    Jewelry is always a good idea.  Especially this time of year.  Trends come and go, but a thoughtful gift  becomes a keepsake.  I love a statement piece, but what I love is the pieces that I never take off, that feel a part of me.

    For something a bit more intimate, the "Protect Me" and "Fly Together" necklaces and  bracelets, from Hortense, are perfect.  They're like the  pieces I never take off , a gold and diamond disc from Polly Wales, a gold warrior necklace from Communion by Joy, and a Scosha bracelet, Hortense thread bracelet and thread bracelet I picked up at a jewelry shop in Paris.  

     But, If you want to make a statement, I love Lena Skadegard's long pearl and gemstone necklaces,  Marie Chamorel's chokers, and brass cuffs from Crescioni and K/LLer.

    For the not so dainty ones in your life, Scosha's  waxed braided bracelets are meant to be worn all the time, a constant reminder of the giver. I gifted them to my children and they never take them off.  I hope every time they look at it, they think of me and how much I love them. 

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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