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You Can’t Fake Fashion Launches with a Bang

Is there anything more fun than collaborating with 90 Top Designers to make a cool bag? Throwing the party to celebrate that collaboration! On Monday night, both Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of the Council Designers of America (CFDA) and Devin Wenig, President of eBay Marketplaces, gathered around a “who’s who” in Fashion to toast to ”original design”. The campaign You Can’t Fake Fashion (launched the same day) aims at stopping counterfeit dead in its tracks. After dinner, it was my turn to take the floor by manning the turntables and… [MORE] getting the party bouncing with a bevy of hip guests bopping their heads up and down including Mara Hoffman, Pamela Love, Cushnie et Ochs, Rebecca Minkoff, Ruffian, and Steven Alan —  the list goes on and on. The bags (all on display) began to get ogled by party goers ready to take their bids. If you want to jump in the game, take a look at the entire YCFF collection here, and begin your bidding. The original tote is also available for $50. You have 5 more days to select the bag you love. Read more on eBay.

(Photo: 1.Carly Cushnie, Pamela Love, Mara Hoffman, CFDA’s Kelly McCauley . 2. eBay President Devin Wenig, CFDA CEO Steven Kolb 3. Nike’s Heron Preston and The Inside Source’s Jauretsi 4. Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian 5. Rebecca Taylor, Steven Alan, Devin Wenig, and Rebecca Minkoff. Text by Jauretsi. All Photos by Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com)

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Clare Vivier’s Holiday Essentials 

We’re always obsessing over Clare’s selection of bags (sold at Steven Alan stores). Currently, she’s gaining lots of street cred for her strong, chic cuts and colors, along with respect for her strict adherence to ethical manufacturing. The Inside Source asked the bag master what “5 Essential Items” she carried this holiday. Having just returned from freezing Minnesota, her fav picks were: 

1. “This may be horribly obvious for everyone, but I’m gonna say it — my iPhone 5!” (available on eBay

2. “Steven Alan cashmere beanie or an Alpaca fur hat.” 

3. “RODIN olio lusso Lip Balm.” (available on eBay

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4. “Josie Maran’s Color Stick for cheeks in Rosey.”

5. “L.L. Bean Duck Boots.”

If you happened to fall in love with any of the bags seen above, visit clarevivier.com and order one of these four: (1) La Pochette for $145 (2) Flat Clutch for $143 (3) Canvas Weekender for $363 (4) Petit Messenger Sac ($253). Did we mention some of her bags can be monogrammed too? 

(Photo: Courtesy of ClareVivier.com. Text by Jauretsi)

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Postcards from China: Steven Alan
Steven Alan was recently in China to celebrate eBay’s launch out there. We asked him to pinpoint a new obsession he was inspired by. He tipped us off to this very cool traditional Chinese teapot. It’s an antique Chinese pewter Yixing teapot with jade signage. Following his lead, we’re now scouring eBay for more antique teapots, which make the cutest home adornments. We’d also like to remind you that the Steven Alan eBay Holiday Collective bags are in short supply, but still available for a limited time only. Take one for yourself and for a friend this Christmas. 
(Photo: Courtesy of eBay. Text by Jauretsi) 

Postcards from China: Steven Alan

Steven Alan was recently in China to celebrate eBay’s launch out there. We asked him to pinpoint a new obsession he was inspired by. He tipped us off to this very cool traditional Chinese teapot. It’s an antique Chinese pewter Yixing teapot with jade signage. Following his lead, we’re now scouring eBay for more antique teapots, which make the cutest home adornments. We’d also like to remind you that the Steven Alan eBay Holiday Collective bags are in short supply, but still available for a limited time only. Take one for yourself and for a friend this Christmas. 

(Photo: Courtesy of eBay. Text by Jauretsi) 

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Postcards from China: Steven Alan’s Morning
By Jauretsi 
Designer Steven Alan recently flew out to China for eBay’s big launch this month. Here’s the most awe-inspiring morning shot of Beijing from the man himself. When asked which Chinese phrase he mastered, Steven responded, “Thank you, I am full” or “謝謝,我飽了.” Remember, there’s only a few more Steven Alan-designed eBay Holiday Collective goodies left. Perfect stocking stuffers.
(Photo: Steven Alan Instagram at @salan212)

Postcards from China: Steven Alan’s Morning

By Jauretsi 

Designer Steven Alan recently flew out to China for eBay’s big launch this month. Here’s the most awe-inspiring morning shot of Beijing from the man himself. When asked which Chinese phrase he mastered, Steven responded, “Thank you, I am full” or “謝謝,我飽了.” Remember, there’s only a few more Steven Alan-designed eBay Holiday Collective goodies left. Perfect stocking stuffers.

(Photo: Steven Alan Instagram at @salan212)

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Katie Holmes Loves her Steven Alan Case

By Jauretsi 

The eBay Holiday Collection launched this past Monday and within only a few days, we’ve already spotted the lovely Katie Holmes strolling the streets of New York embracing her Limited Edition iPad case made by Steven Alan. His collection of practical items that carry your cash, camera, and computer is still available, but we can’t promise for much longer. Visit eBay’s Fashion Vault to snag one for yourself. 

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Grace Kelly Loved to Travel
By Jauretsi
Grace Kelly was the epitome of a jet-setter. Here she is, soaking the rays while filming To Catch a Thief on the luxurious shores of Monaco. If you’re living in cold parts of the US, it’s best to plot a warm trip for yourself and run for the sun this holiday season. Luckily, eBay’s Holiday Collection 2012, which is officially available today, offers an array of travel items, including Billy Reid’s set of sensible totes, bags, and jacket bags. The whole Billy Reid collection can be viewed here, along with additional recommended items for an island escape. To view individual photos of the entire collection, including pieces from our other six designers (Fallon, Chris Benz, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan, and Tibi), visit here. Get these limited edition items while they’re hot. We expect these very affordable pieces to disappear before you get on that airplane heading south. AVAILABLE NOW!
(Photo: FashGIF for The Inside Source)

Grace Kelly Loved to Travel

By Jauretsi

Grace Kelly was the epitome of a jet-setter. Here she is, soaking the rays while filming To Catch a Thief on the luxurious shores of Monaco. If you’re living in cold parts of the US, it’s best to plot a warm trip for yourself and run for the sun this holiday season. Luckily, eBay’s Holiday Collection 2012, which is officially available today, offers an array of travel items, including Billy Reid’s set of sensible totes, bags, and jacket bags. The whole Billy Reid collection can be viewed here, along with additional recommended items for an island escape. To view individual photos of the entire collection, including pieces from our other six designers (Fallon, Chris Benz, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan, and Tibi), visit here. Get these limited edition items while they’re hot. We expect these very affordable pieces to disappear before you get on that airplane heading south. AVAILABLE NOW!

(Photo: FashGIF for The Inside Source)

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Ideas to Put Under the Tree
By Jauretsi
As the countdown comes to a close for the release of our eBay Holiday Collection (available November 12th), we thought we’d let you cop a peek at some of the products created by our top seven designers. There’s a wide variety of goods — from clothes to jewelry to home decor. Take a look at all the products here, and start making your Christmas lists to be prepared for the starting gun this Monday. 
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eBay Holiday Collection: Steven Alan

By Jauretsi

Steven Alan is a tech junkie (aside from a brilliant menswear designer, of course). Steven is also one of seven designers who created a special limited edition gift collection for eBay to be released this November 12th. While managing his successful retail store and eponymous clothing line, Steven uses an iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, and laptop. We’re not kidding. When we asked him what products he wanted to create for this capsule collection, he imagined his own personal wish list. “The inspiration behind this collection is things I wanted that I couldn’t find,” he says with a knowing grin. We hope you feel the same way. To check out Steven’s items in advance, visit eBay’s Holiday Collection 2012

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Christmas in July with our eBay Holiday Designers
By Jauretsi
This week, eBay finally revealed the new product freshly announced last week with a party for friends and family in the media and designer world. The exclusive eBay Holiday Collective event revealed product the room adorned with wooden reindeers, white lights, and clever displays. “We love Christmas in July!” gushed Ruffian, one of the Collective designers. We do too, so why not get into the cheer early? I was lucky enough to DJ the event spinning classics like Carla Thomas’ “Gee Whiz its Christmas” while the team of designers — Chris Benz, Tibi, Steven Alan, Ruffian, Billy Reid, Jonathan Adler and Fallon— worked the room and dipped into the Peppermint eclairs and Gingerbread Chocolate Macaroons from Dominique Ansel Bakery. It was a night of toasting glasses and [MORE] checking out fine goods. 
For just a few hours on Wednesday night, we all forgot about the summer heat wave sizzling outside the Fashion District doors. Speaking of supporting the Fashion District, you’ll be happy to know that 100% of our collection was created in the US. The Limited Edition exclusive Capsule Collection drops on eBay November 12, 2012, so set your watches. Til then, start making your wish lists! 
(Photo credit - Clockwise: Steven Alan, Chris Benz, Dana Lorenz for Fallon, Billy Reid, Amy Smilovic for Tibi, Jonathan Adler, Claude Morais and Brian Wolk for Ruffian. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency)

Christmas in July with our eBay Holiday Designers

By Jauretsi

This week, eBay finally revealed the new product freshly announced last week with a party for friends and family in the media and designer world. The exclusive eBay Holiday Collective event revealed product the room adorned with wooden reindeers, white lights, and clever displays. “We love Christmas in July!” gushed Ruffian, one of the Collective designers. We do too, so why not get into the cheer early? I was lucky enough to DJ the event spinning classics like Carla Thomas’ “Gee Whiz its Christmas” while the team of designers — Chris Benz, Tibi, Steven Alan, Ruffian, Billy Reid, Jonathan Adler and Fallon— worked the room and dipped into the Peppermint eclairs and Gingerbread Chocolate Macaroons from Dominique Ansel Bakery. It was a night of toasting glasses and [MORE] checking out fine goods. 

For just a few hours on Wednesday night, we all forgot about the summer heat wave sizzling outside the Fashion District doors. Speaking of supporting the Fashion District, you’ll be happy to know that 100% of our collection was created in the US. The Limited Edition exclusive Capsule Collection drops on eBay November 12, 2012, so set your watches. Til then, start making your wish lists! 

(Photo credit - Clockwise: Steven Alan, Chris Benz, Dana Lorenz for Fallon, Billy Reid, Amy Smilovic for Tibi, Jonathan Adler, Claude Morais and Brian Wolk for Ruffian. Photo by Billy Farrell Agency)

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eBay Holiday Capsule Collection Designers: Steven Alan
In our third installment of eBay Holiday Designers, we bring you Steven Alan, a New York staple with a loyal audience built over several years. Steven doesn’t do anything small. Just look at his first eBay purchase — a car! This holiday, Steven dives deep into product inspiration with his exclusive collection to be sold on eBay November 12, 2012, along with designers Ruffian and Billy Reid among others. Without further ado, meet Steven. 
Jauretsi: If you to had describe a day in the life of your customer, how would they spend the day ideally?
Steven Alan: I imagine my customer spends their days much like I spend mine. They love their work and work hard. They can’t pass up… [MORE] a trip to the farmers market, and stop at every flea market and estate sale they see on their weekend trips out of town.
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to become a designer?
Becoming a designer was somewhat accidental. When I opened my first store, I only sold women’s clothing. I wanted to expand into menswear but had a really hard time finding clothing that I wanted to wear, let alone carry in the store. My own label was born of necessity - the need to find clothing with the right proportions, made of high quality fabrics, no logos, etc. I started with shirting and people responded so well to that I began building the men’s line around that. The woman’s collection followed naturally. Women came into the store and basically demanded their own shirts.
Q: Did you have a specific “aha find” on eBay? What was the item?
My first purchase on eBay was a car! I just decided to dive right in. I bought a 1989 Volvo 240 stick shift with almost no miles on it. I had to fly to Pittsburg to pick it up…I am always scouring eBay for inspiration — vintage watches, cameras, and clothes.
Q: Top 3 favorite Holiday movies?
I’m Jewish, so for me Christmas movies are almost as much about the Chinese food as they are about the movie itself. Trading Places… I think that’s probably the best one. If you asked my son I’m sure he’d say Home Alone with Elf as a runner up.
Q: In terms of online searches, what do you recommend is the most savvy thing or genre to search for on eBay?
I love searching for dead stock clothing and shoes, antique cookware, and vintage.
Q: What is your favorite thing about 2012 so far?
I had a daughter in 2011, so she’s had a new trick every day this year. At SA, we’re revamping our website which is super exciting. It’s always fun to add new categories and work on refining and building on what we’ve done before.
Q: What is your “go to” get away spot for the holidays? What essential items do you pack in your bags on that escape end of the year?
We love going to Tulum in Mexico and Puerta Plata in the DR - warm, low key spots, that you can get to in under 4 hours - I’d like to say I just bring a hat, bathing suit, and flip flops, but I’m sure you would see through that. Unplugging is not a strong suit of mine so where I go, so goes my blackberry, iPhone, iPad, kindle, and laptop.

eBay Holiday Capsule Collection Designers: Steven Alan

In our third installment of eBay Holiday Designers, we bring you Steven Alan, a New York staple with a loyal audience built over several years. Steven doesn’t do anything small. Just look at his first eBay purchase — a car! This holiday, Steven dives deep into product inspiration with his exclusive collection to be sold on eBay November 12, 2012, along with designers Ruffian and Billy Reid among others. Without further ado, meet Steven. 

Jauretsi: If you to had describe a day in the life of your customer, how would they spend the day ideally?

Steven Alan: I imagine my customer spends their days much like I spend mine. They love their work and work hard. They can’t pass up… [MORE] a trip to the farmers market, and stop at every flea market and estate sale they see on their weekend trips out of town.

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to become a designer?

Becoming a designer was somewhat accidental. When I opened my first store, I only sold women’s clothing. I wanted to expand into menswear but had a really hard time finding clothing that I wanted to wear, let alone carry in the store. My own label was born of necessity - the need to find clothing with the right proportions, made of high quality fabrics, no logos, etc. I started with shirting and people responded so well to that I began building the men’s line around that. The woman’s collection followed naturally. Women came into the store and basically demanded their own shirts.

Q: Did you have a specific “aha find” on eBay? What was the item?

My first purchase on eBay was a car! I just decided to dive right in. I bought a 1989 Volvo 240 stick shift with almost no miles on it. I had to fly to Pittsburg to pick it up…I am always scouring eBay for inspiration — vintage watches, cameras, and clothes.

Q: Top 3 favorite Holiday movies?

I’m Jewish, so for me Christmas movies are almost as much about the Chinese food as they are about the movie itself. Trading Places… I think that’s probably the best one. If you asked my son I’m sure he’d say Home Alone with Elf as a runner up.

Q: In terms of online searches, what do you recommend is the most savvy thing or genre to search for on eBay?

I love searching for dead stock clothing and shoes, antique cookware, and vintage.

Q: What is your favorite thing about 2012 so far?

I had a daughter in 2011, so she’s had a new trick every day this year. At SA, we’re revamping our website which is super exciting. It’s always fun to add new categories and work on refining and building on what we’ve done before.

Q: What is your “go to” get away spot for the holidays? What essential items do you pack in your bags on that escape end of the year?

We love going to Tulum in Mexico and Puerta Plata in the DR - warm, low key spots, that you can get to in under 4 hours - I’d like to say I just bring a hat, bathing suit, and flip flops, but I’m sure you would see through that. Unplugging is not a strong suit of mine so where I go, so goes my blackberry, iPhone, iPad, kindle, and laptop.