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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Retailer Spotlight | American Rag Compagnie

American Rag Cie is one of the premier boutiques in California.  Their philosophy is “there is more to living the good life than meets the eye. One needs a certain verve and appreciation for the simple luxuries. Fortunately, that kind of flair can be bought.”

At American Rag Compagnie, the specialty stores located in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, you will find everything you need to live the good life!  And it’s true!  Founder, Mark Werts and his buying team travel the world in pursuit of unique and exclusive merchandise to fill the American Rag stores.

We’ve been working with American Rag since 2006…wow how time flies!  They were one of the first boutiques to carry our graphic slip-on sneakers. 

Check out the latest 80%20 styles at American Rag’s two locations.

American Rag Cie – Los Angeles
150 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
p. (323) 935-3154

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 9pm
Sundays: 12pm to 7pm

American Rag Cie – Newport Beach
953 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
p. (949) 760-1510

Monday to Friday: 10am to 9pm
Saturdays: 10am to 7pm
Sundays: 11am to 6pm

If you’re not in California, check out their online store.

Spotted: Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge wears the Diva, Black Sequins!

Style blogger Christina Cardona of Trop Rouge has been seen around town in her Diva sneakers in Black Sequins.  We just love her ensemble, do you?

Originally from France, Christina currently resides in New York.   Her style is a mix of classic pieces with a prep flair and edge.  When she’s not blogging and sharing style inspiration, she’s pursuing acting.  Look out for Christina!

Check out Trop Rouge to see what she’s up to.
To find out where you can snag yourself a pair of Diva sneakers from our Holiday 2010 collection here.

Snowpocalypse 2010

Unless you live under a rock, you know that the Northeast was hit with a major blizzard yesterday.  We got almost two feet of snow in New York!  It really was a sight to be seen.  The wind was so strong setting the snow adrift that you could hardly see what was in front of you.

Photo by Ben Duchac

Swissmiss posted a timelapse video of the blizzard.  It’s really awesome.  Shot by Michael Black with a Canon DLSR on a tripod with a remote timer taking a photo every five minutes. Watch approximately 20 hours in 40 seconds!

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

Artist We Like | Aaron Feaver

Aaron Feaver is a photographer living in Los Angeles, California.  I first stumbled upon his work through the suggestion of a friend and became an instant fan.  I’ve purchased many of his prints via his Etsy store.

Check out Aaron’s portfolio here and even more photos at his Flickr page.

TIP:  Aaron Fever likes big photos, so the page might take a little longer to load but it’s worth the wait!

Refinery29 features the Adair Black!

How exciting!  We just love Refinery29 and are always happy to see our brand on their site.

The Adair Black is highlighted in Refinery29‘s feature “The Weatherproof Winter Boots You’re Looking For.”

Get a pair of our hidden wedge hiking boots at 80s Purple!  We promise you will be happy with this purchase.


Catherine is the newest member to the 80%20 team working closely with Ce Ce on product design and development.  She hails from Michigan, and had an adventure in Berlin for a few years before settling down in the Big Apple.  We listen to music all day long in the studio and we very much appreciate her Pandora selections; her knowledge of house music is also a plus.

We welcome Catherine to the 80%20 family and happily introduce her to you!  Meet Catherine!

Hometown: Whitefish Lake, Michigan
What do you do at 80%20: Assistant Designer; works on product design and development
Favorite 80%20 shoe: The Eliotte desert boot!

Dream vacation destination: Anywhere along the Indian Ocean coastline in Africa.
Favorite Thing about the Holidays: Winter recreation with family & friends, being fireside & eating!
Favorite Blog: Weird friends – a perfect balance of dogs and peculiar trinkets.
Essential Item in Your Winter Wardrobe: My boyfriend’s winter accessories, I steal them all the time.
Favorite Artist: Hanna Jonsdottir
New Year’s Resolution: Get back into meditation.
What trend do you want to come back? Mod boots.
What’s your favorite part about your hometown? The sunsets, nature, isolation, and boats.

SPOTTED: Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty wears the Nory Black!

Natalie is a model and fashion lover from Los Angeles.  Her style is a mix of vintage finds with designer pieces.  She’s been seen around town in her Nory, Black creepers!  Doesn’t she look great?

Check out her blog Natalie Off Duty for more images and style inspiration.

Fun fact: Dylana Suarez of Nana in Wonderland is Natalie’s sister!

Generationals | Victim of Trap

is the collaboration of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer.  On their second release, Trust EP, the shimmering hooks, girl-group choruses, and late-summer breeziness of their debut release Con Law remain intact in EP’s title track (“Trust”), but are joined by feedback loops, drum-machine beats, and abstractly dubbed-out, wobbling basslines throbbing organically in the mix.

We first fell in love with the Generationals with their track “When They Fight They Fight” but  “Victim of Trap” is quickly becoming a new favorite!

The band has just put the finishing touches on its sophomore full-length, titled Actor-Caster, the album will see the light of day on March 29, 2011 on Park The Van.

See the Generationals live:

01/11 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
01/12 Chicago, IL – Schubas / Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
01/13 Carbondale, IL – Hangar 9
01/14 New Orleans, LA – The Blue Nile
01/25 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
02/16 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe

Retailer Spotlight | Joan Shepp

Joan Shepp is one of the premier boutiques in Philadelphia with a very impressive shoe lounge carrying styles from Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Louboutin and even 80%20!

The boutique first opened in a Philly suburb in 1971 to later relocate to the Center City location on Rittenhouse Square in 1999.  They’ve been recognized as one of the country’s style leaders in a handful of publications like Harper’s Bazaar and Lucky Magazine.  What we love about Joan Shepp is the mix of luxury items to independent designers and vintage finds.   We’re very honored to be among the many brands at their brick and mortar location.

If you don’t live in Philadelphia, they have select brands and styles available at their online store.

Starting tomorrow through Sunday, December 19th, our dearest friend Shelly Bromfield is hosting a trunk show at the Joan Shepp store.
You’ll find our Diva shoe in black sequins, grey sequins, and black satin.  See photos here.

If you want to shop a look straight from the pages of the latest fashion editorials, we’re fairly certain that you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at Joan Shepp!

Joan Shepp
1616 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-2666

Fun fact: The Joan Shepp creative team have a wealth of fashion knowledge and some staffers have been part of the Shepp Family for 26 years!

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