October 28, 2014 Fully Coated

by style contributor, Julie

No body is perfect, but with the changing of the leaves also comes the change of the garb! And there is no more exciting and figure-flattering time to dress one’s self than when the mercury gets heavy in those thermometers. More clothes means more ways to give the illusion that your frame is fit for runways around the world…or at least that runway from your car to your office and back again. Some of us however, might be unsure of how to properly pick winter’s wardrobe essential: the COAT!

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Savoie Shearling Coat $3,500

Straight and Statuesque: Boyish, no! A straight body can be utterly statuesque if styled right. Pick a coat that features a nipped in waist or break out the belt. And don’t be afraid to go long and add some length!

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Opera Coat $798

Full Figured Phenoms: Don’t cover your curves in massive amounts of heavy fabric! Take it to the tailor and consider that fitted is most flattering. Pick a coat that compliments your curves and hugs your lines.

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Swallowtail Coat $498

The Perfect Pear: When you want to embrace your haute hippiness, it’s always nice to see double! A deliciously styled double-breasted coat will put the emphasis on all the right places.

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Marlborough Coat $498

Get Busted: Hourglass figures are sought after, but dressing said silhouette can cause some tension on those buttons! Keep them from hanging on by a thread and pick a snug NOT suffocating style in a solid color.

Now that you know how to flatter your figure for the upcoming freezing temps, go into your closet and give yourself a proper coat check! We promise you’ll look wonderfully warm this winter.

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October 9, 2014 Made in Peru. . . and Turkey and India and the USA

Our customers often ask if our products are made in Peru. The answer is yes, the great majority of our collection is in fact made in Peru, including all of our luxury fibre knitwear and pima jersey pieces.

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Geneviève Dress $359,  Josephine Slip Dress $399

Some select pieces of our collection are made in other parts of the world. India, for example, is renowned for its intricate beadwork and China for its superior silk dresses.

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Savoie Shearling Coat $3,500,  Film Noir Trench $650

We source our leathers and shearling in Turkey and Romania, and our jeans are made in Morocco and New York.

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Manisa Cardigan $398

In short, we make our collection where it is best made. And most of the time that is in Peru.

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October 1, 2014 PC’s Signature Details

Design is in the details. At Peruvian Connection, buttons are antiqued and linings are decorated with a surprise of color and pattern. Pieces from the collection showcase timeless elegance, luxury fibers and impeccable design, finished with the little touches to make them truly special.

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PC’s signature print lining pairs the romance of a Tibetan floral with the ethnographic striping of a Peruvian Q’ero manta.

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Buttons are antiqued to complement garment-dyed twills and contrast topstitching.

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Colors, patterns, and fibers explore a world of textile traditions, beginning with the heart of our brand, the awe-inspiring textiles of Peru. Peruvian Connection’s signature ribbon echoes Andean weaving and may be found on the trim of an inside coat pocket or pant waist, adding the finishing touch to your one-of-a-kind wardrobe staple.

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September 26, 2014 World Piece

This fall we’re finding design houses and clothiers across the globe have sprinkled their collections with more than a little dusting of wanderlust. From glossy Vogue spreads of Blake Lively engulfed in Native American-inspired oversized ponchos and leathery fringe, to editorials erupting with pictures and pieces that scream Haute Heritage. From sea to shining sea, this season’s about the global tie that binds and the history that’s made us.

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 Bedouin Coat $575;  design sketches, yarn balls and the inspiration piece, a Middle Eastern shawl. 

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Patabamba Dress $218; a palette of yarns and Peruvian handweaving.

Peruvian Connection is not new to this nomadic nuance, after all our roots lie firmly in anthropology. Bougie bohemian has been our badge of honor since our inception. With our 2014 Fall and Holiday collections, however, we’re particularly proud of the ethnographic inspiration each piece evokes, drawing from our travels and the people we have the pleasure to encounter. Prints and patterns pulled from the art of places passports can’t gain you access, and colors of rich deep sunsets that make your soul feel warm and your heart feel full. Our aim is to always give our clients a “no-suitcase-needed” trip around the world. No pomp, no circumstance, just a first-class ticket to the world in which we live, one breathtakingly tailored alpaca piece and handcrafted hemline at a time.

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A sampling of the textile collection of a PC designer, including a Turkish kilim, Uzbek Suzani,
Indonesian ikat, and Peruvian backstrap woven belt.

 

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September 19, 2014 Wardrobe Essentials: The Tunic

by PC designer, Karen

The garment that today we call a tunic has an ancient origin. The garment originally called a tunic was derived from the Greek chiton, a simple square or rectangular piece of fabric pinned or sewn at one shoulder and gathered at the waist with a girdle or belt.

These were adopted and called Tunica by the Romans around 300BCE. The length, fit and ornamentation of the garment that was worn by men and women alike was dependent on the wearer’s standing in society. The tunic continued to be the basic garment of both sexes throughout the Byzantine period and into the early Middle Ages, by which time they all were decorated with some form of embroidery or braid at the neck, hem and cuffs.

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Tunics of ancient Rome and Greece

The waist-length jackets worn by British soldiers since Napoleonic times provided little protection in the dreadful winter conflict of the Crimean War of 1854, that they were lengthened to mid thigh to provide better protection.  Thereafter they were called tunics, after the tunica of those valiant ancient Roman soldiers.

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Heavy Brigade Rough-rider of the 5th Dragoon Guards, after the 1856 Battle of Balaklava in the Crimea

At Peruvian Connection there is nothing we love so much as a great story, especially one that links the textiles, fabrics and garments we love back to their origins. We knew there had to be a reason why we loved and reached for our tunic styles so much!

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Layering garments of different lengths is this season’s most modern way to wear our tunics.
(Above: Deco Plaid Shirtdress $249, Edo Cardigan $159, Elson Cropped Pants $159)

We love them now not so much for the extra warmth, but still for the same reason: it covers our derriere.  Also, because at the end of summer, it is a transition piece that can be worn alone as a dress and also increasingly layered  - as chilly evenings start and nights grow longer –  over pants or skirts.   And because there is a tunic that is perfectly flattering for everyone, they are the easy pieces we reach for on a daily basis at PC.

Below is our quick primer to help you decide on the most flattering tunic for your gorgeous body:

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Choose empire waists or hip details, avoid clingy fabrics. V-necks draw attention up to your face. Dark colors are best.

Petra Top $59, San Cristobal Tunic $79, San Bartolo Tunic $199

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Keep away from shapeless silhouettes. Open necklines and 3/4 sleeves show collar bones and wrists.
Shorter length tunics are best. Choose small scale patterns.

L’Automne Tunic $110, Chevron Lace Pullover $149, Medina Tunic $159

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Choose tailored or more fitted shapes. V-necks will play up your bust.

Winter Garden Top $89, MacDougal Henley $139, Caribe Tunic $159

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Choose slight A-line shapes, longer lengths with asymmetric hems and side vents. Wider necks broaden shoulders.

Shadow Lace Tee $79, Eloise Tunic $110, Etienne Top $59

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Choose styles with 3-D details and ruching to enhance curves.

Gossamer Tunic $99, Charlotte Pullover $169, Artist Tunic $229

If you get the chance to visit one of our stores, one of our wonderful associates can help you decide on other tunic styles to flatter your body type.

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