The former Creative Director for Antoinette in Montecito began her career in 1984 where she honed her skills merchandising and selling European designer clothing including the most important collections of the day. Working with the Versace and Dolce & Gabbana collections of the 1980's to the current fashion houses of Etro, Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela and more, Laura has been dressing stylish women, and introducing premier designers to Santa Barbara for over 25 years.
Another contributor at Allora by Laura is Laura's daughter Taylorjane. Taylorjane (aka TJ) is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles based design college, FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). With a degree in Visual Communications, TJ brings quite a polished understanding of both the fashion forward looks as well as the classic European sihlouettes that will grace the store. Her impressive resume includes opening the Personal Shopping Studio for the recent TOPSHOP flagship store located in The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles.
Designing for 50 years, the Rubinacci collection has been a not- to-be-missed shopping destination throughout Italy and now the U.S. Amina Rubinacci is the founder of the "Maison" founded in Naples in the 1970's. It has become one the most important Italian fashion houses. Paris defines Amina Rubinacci "The queen of wool". From Christian Dior to Saint Laurent all of the most important French stylists recognize her elegance and ease of wear of the woolen garments Amina Rubinacci produces.
Born in Zimbabwe in 1960, Peter Cohen has been designing under his own label for twenty-five years. A seasoned minimalist, Cohen believes that fashion is most suitable if it can reflect the familiar and the refined, allowing one to feel comfortable in situations commonplace and fantastical. Known for his passion for deluxe fabrics and his strongly held design principles of restraint, longevity and relaxed sensuousness, the Los Angeles based designer remains ever-more interested in crafting clothes that can solicit interest rather than attention.
"My work is always about evoking a certain emotion to the viewer, to create a feeling, a mood, to tell a story."
Born in Massachusetts, Sally Lapointe graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in apparel design. After graduation in 2006, she moved to New York City to start her line of women's READY-TO-WEAR, which is now in its fifth season.
Celebrity fans of the brand include: Rihanna, Julianne Hough, Allessandra Ambrosio, Brooklyn Decker, Carrie Underwood, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga.
Recently Lapointe was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2013.
Italian shoe label Vivini Tapeet is part of the Vicini S.p.A. group of companies, which was founded by designer Giuseppe Zanotti. In the design and manufacture of their products, Italian flair meets unconventional design, and they bring high-quality materials, bold colors and patterns to the table. The result is luxury women's shoes that are comfortable, yet stand out and make a statement.
Over the last 5 decades, Americans traveling through Europe's most famous shopping districts have been inspired by the Borbonese look and their collaborations with the most important designers of the day. Today the collection has found an important following with the European fashion set. From the stylists at Italian Vogue to the latest catwalk super models, the streets of Milan and Paris showcase Borbonese's leadership in the luxury accessories sector. In Milan, the Via della Spiga boutique beautifully represents the company's heritage and houses the ready to wear collections as well as the famed handbags and accessories.
Since 1990, this Italian fashion brand has quietly attracted well-heeled European doyennes with designer Manuela Arcari's anonymously wearable, androgynous-leaning clothes. In a bid to go global, the company made its New York fashion week debut last Spring. For Fall '13—which marked Hache's second stateside show. Admitting she loves menswear on a woman, Arcari (who also designs Hache's Milan-based sister label Ter et Bantine) showed a minimalist take on the nineties with patchwork shirtdresses, voluminous trousers, and crisp poplin oxfords—a wink to the company's roots as a shirtmaker.
Free Lance was founded in 1980 and since then has become a benchmark for beautiful shoes. The collection is designed by Guy and Yvon Rautureau, fourth-generation bootmakers since 1870, then manufactured from exceptional leather using traditional methods in La Gaubretière in the French region of Vendée. This attention to detail and quality results in limited-edition boots of all styles that truly stand out from the crowd. Free Lance is a brand of shoe beloved of fashion writers and now distributed from New York to Tokyo in only the best stores.
THVM stands for This Here Very Moment. Based in Los Angeles, CA, the offices of THVM are housed in a century old factory that is home to a collective of artists, designers and musicians. The collective group works side by side, each in their own disciplines, and shares insight into the creative process. THVM hosts events that showcase local artists and performers and opens it's studios to the public on a regular basis.
The interaction with diverse creative minds feeds the design of the collection, resulting in fresh and progressive styles originating from exploration. The washes may derive from the subtle grain of a photograph or the finish of a sculptural installation. The cuts may be inspired by the angular crescendo of a musical score and the movement from an accompanied dance.
The core identity and inspiration for THVM is to share and celebrate the wonders, struggles, and beauty of the creative process.
As a collection, CHARLI was launched with the intention of offering urban essentials with contemporary silhouettes to bring a fashionable edit of jersey separates. From season to season CHARLI builds the signature day-to-night sense of chic that reflects the sensibility of the city where the collection was born, London. The collection maintains an easy-luxe aesthetic at its core, continuing to work with softly draped shades and knitwear as well as experimenting with high-end washing treatments and finishes.
From sweaters festooned with sweet bow details to sleek pencil skirts and 1960s-inspired shift dresses, Italian label D. Exterior epitomizes refined, feminine style. The company was founded in Brescia, Italy in 1986 by Nadia Zanola, in a building that once housed a family knitting workshop. But what started as a small enterprise has grown into a collection that is defined not only by the continuous production of fine knitwear, but also by impeccable tailoring, a rich color palette, and modern, classic silhouettes. To this day Zanola continues to design the collection, and all pieces are made exclusively in Italy.
Les Copains is one of the most well known and reliable names in ready to wear fashion in Italy and throughout the world. The brand name was created in the late '50s and takes its name from the title of a popular French radio show, "Salut Les Copains". Since its founding, Les Copains has always been considered a symbol of the “Made in Italy” tradition in terms of creativity, industrial technique and quality. The predominant element is knitwear; a symbol of style, glamour, freedom and excellence. Cashmere, above all else, remains Les Copains' first love even as the brand evolves through the years; contemporary and stylistically consistent through the use of technological innovations and special treatments of the material.
Italian cashmere company, Seletti Cashmere, has been producing premiere knitwear in exquisite designs for over 60 years. Creating two collections per year, Allora by Laura hand selects the best styles from both the men's collection as well as the women's collection. In addition to ready-to-wear, special orders are available in all weights of cashmere and a variety of rich colors.
Allora by Laura works with Jewelry designer Will Brown. Beautiful neclkaces and earrings in an array of colorful semi precious stones are available in the "Princess", "Goddess" and "Oceana" styles. Each piece within the collection is entirely unique. Worn with evening or everyday attire, the artisan quality and beauty shine next to silk, cottons, cashmere and denim. Cultures over the centuries have identified certain metaphysical properties associated with precious and semipresious stones. Will Brown tunes into this energy source as he designs. "The result is what you see in my line of jewelry. As I work with the stones and pearls or beads I begin to see a pattern emerge. It is most certainly fashion, but I feel that the stones carry a stong vibration to the wearer."
Working with partners in the US, Europe and Asia, Allora By Laura is able to source and produce luxury products that are the same textile and craftmanship of famous, international fashion house designs. Snake skin handbags, Mongolian cashmere scarves and small accessories are available in beautiful colors and designs and are a trademark of Laura's minimalist yet exciting mix of collections.
My fashion career actually began at the tender age of 5. Knowing instinctively – no one had taught me this – that knee socks looked proportionately much better on me than the ankle-sock silhouette. My kindergarten wardrobe was limited but absolutely controlled by my perception of what worked. As the years went by, these types of sartorial convictions (proportion, mono color, fabrications) positively served as statements of my individuality and personal style.
Today, I like to think that my career is a combination of my life's favorite experiences - my mother and grandmother's style, my quintessential "Southern California girl" upbringing during the most inspiring of decades - the 1960's and 70's. And, twenty nine years of working with the finest Italian and European fashion agents this side of New York influenced greatly my knowledge and passion for well designed and inspiring creations.
Knitwear in particular is my favorite category of dressing so my merchandise reflects this softer silhouette. The marriage of fine Italian clothing with a soulful California attitude could not provide a better foundation for luxurious everyday style.
My boutique is a space where I can interpret for myself and others just how to wear bias cut column dresses, cashmere wraps, retro jumpsuits or a leather jacket and boots. One of a kind couture items that most find just suitable for the "window" invites me to play with fashion - to appreciate beautiful things, to keep my interest piqued and my love for the industry constant.
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