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MOVIE WE LIKE: The Eye Has To Travel

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is a celebration of one of the most influential women in fashion of the 20th Century. During her long reign as the “Empress of Fashion”, Diana Vreeland changed the face of the fashion and magazine industries.

Comprised of many interviews with influential designers and celebrities of today, coupled with footage of the late Vreeland herself, this documentary is an inspiring and affectionate portrait of an icon. Click here for the film’s website with more information and to find a showing near you!

Solestruck Interviews Ce Ce!

Ty McBride from Solestruck originally met Ce Ce when she showed her first line of skateboarder inspired vulcanized slip ons. Ty is running Solestruck at full speed and at the rate they are going, Solestruck is unstoppable! Here are some Q&A from the retailers’ recent blog post.

Solestruck writes: We love 80%20 around here, it’s perfect for Portland and fits our lifestyle around the office. What are the principle’s around the design and function of 80%20 that keep it fresh and on point?

Ce Ce says: I focus on the sweet spot of form and function- the perfect shoes that have the downtown edge, but also wearable to keep up with a very active lifestyle.

Solestruck writes: We see 80%20 selling to a very wide range of women, and shoppers. Is there really an age range who buys your collection?

Ce Ce says: Perhaps between 20-30. The brand has attracted a cult following with the “indie entrepreneur” movement, girls likely to have Tumblr blogs or stores on Etsy.

Solestruck writes: How many years has your brand been around- and when you first launched with customized slip-ons years ago, did you really see it turning into a full time lifestyle brand?

Ce Ce says: I started the brand in 2005- so it’s been seven years! The first 80%20 collection was inspired by girls who date skateboarders, and the hand painted slip-ons has a very Vans feel. However then I created the Original Hidden Wedge, and for me at least, this served as the padded bra of footwear!

Solestruck writes: What are the Top Five songs on repeat around the 80%20 HQ?

Ce Ce says:
Human League “The Things that Dreams are Made Of”
Washed Out “I Feel it All”
YACHT “Psychic City”
Juan MacLean “Happy House” (Prince Language Mix)
Empire of the Sun “We are the People”

Solestruck writes: Let’s say it’s 9 pm on a Friday and team Solestruck is on their way to meet you for dinner in NYC, where are we going?

Ce Ce says: Miss Lily’s, the hot Jamaican spot on Houston Street. Here’s a picture of our sales team at the restaurant.

To see the 80%20 shoes available at Solestruck, visit their shopping page here!

Plant-in City Designs our Showroom!

We were so inspired by Plant-in City’s architectural terrariums that we asked one of the artists (and CeCe’s great friend) Huy to collaborate with us on giving our showroom a boost! CeCe’s iPhone was on hand to document Huy’s process of building a 21st Century home for our shoes.

Huy works on hanging shelves from the ceiling.

Voila! Our shoes have a an awesome new hanging home!

Regarding Warhol

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has opened an incredible exhibit entitled “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.”  

“Regarding Warhol” examines the pivotal relationship between Warhol’s work and the changing climate of the art world. The exhibit juxtaposes 45 works of Warhol’s with 100 works from 60 different artists that were all inspired in some way by Warhol’s originals, showing the amazing and lasting effect Warhol had on culture and the world of art.

“Regarding Warhol:Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” is running now through December 31st at the Met. You can find out more info on the Met and the exhibit here!

Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help

Hurricane Sandy swept through this week and devastated much of the East Coast. If you live in the Tri-State area and are able to volunteer, you can do so through Occupy Sandy.

On their website is a list of supplies needed in the Rockaways. There are several drop-off points listed, as well as transportation options to get from Brooklyn to the Rockaways. If you would like to volunteer to help with the relief effort you can fill out a form here.

Hundreds of blood drives were cancelled because of Sandy, and as a result the New York/New Jersey area has a low supply. If you are able to donate blood, you can call 800-933-2566 or visit

If you aren’t able to offer time or supplies, the Red Cross is always there to help on your behalf. To donate, visit, call 800-Red-Cross or text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Every little bit counts.

DIY: Election Day Activities!

Election day is here! Regardless of whomever you do/do not support, why not invite some friends over to eat, drink, and be merry (or not so merry) while watching the poll results! We love the idea of red, white, and blue chocolate dipped strawberries.

You will need strawberries, white chocolate chips, and blue sprinkles.

Step One: Rinse berries and pat dry.
Step Two: Microwave chocolate chips (in a microwave safe bowl) for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.
Step Three: Dip 2/3 of each strawberry into the white chocolate
Step Four: Dip the bottom 1/3 of each strawberry into the blue sprinkles
Step Five: Chill for half hour, then enjoy!

If election live coverage has you biting your nails, you can always paint yours and your friends instead! Check out how to do an easy and fun patriotic manicure here, or create your own designs.

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