Much to my surprise, I received an email last week inviting me to an event co-hosted by Seychelles and WESC Clothing Co. My first industry event as a blogger!!! I was apprehensive and excited. What should I wear? What questions do I ask? Should I even ask questions? These were the thoughts running through my brain as the days grew closer to the event. In the end I just decided it would be best to play it by ear.
I invited Arash to the event. I figured it would be great for him to mingle with this crowd since he is, after all, starting his T-shirt company. The event was held at the Seychelles offices/showroom in El Segundo. When we arrived, the place was already packed and alive with energy. A small bar and lounge was set up in the front so people can mingle. They also had manicure stations provided by O.P.I. and a makeup station provided by Smashbox Studios. Seychelles, BC Footwear and WESC Clothing Co. were offering select merchandise for sale as well as a preview of their respective fall lines.
Arash and I looked around for a while. We browsed the racks and my eye instantly went to the only leather jacket on the rack. I almost didn't want to let go and at the same time I didn't want to ask how much it was. After about a few minutes, I walked away from it and decided to check out the fall offering from Seychelles. I have to say, I was quite impressed. They have quite a few shoes that I actually wished was available for purchase. Knowing the brand, their shoes are quite comfortable and still affordable (a winning combo in my book). I took pictures of a few styles but I was told I couldn't post them (boo! but the shoe model was really nice). Oh well, at least I know which ones I want for the fall season. I wonder if they take pre-orders.
On to the BC Footwear fall preview... BC is not quite my style. It's a little too young for my taste but they do have some interesting shoes to offer. One that caught Arash's eye is a line of custom designed sneakers by artists who have worked on shows such as Family Guy and The Simpsons. Like I said, not my style but I can see how they appeal to sneaker afficionados.
After mulling around for a bit, I went back to 'visit' the leather jacket. *GASP*, someone else has it!!! It's Dylan from Desperate Housewives (so hot!!!). At this point, I'm totally kicking myself in the butt for not taking it when I first saw it. I decided to walk away from there when my eyes landed on a pair of shorts. I checked if my size was available and went to try them on when I heard someone mention "Elaine". I paused and introduced myself since she did invite me to the event. She graciously waited while I tried on the shorts (which fit perfectly) and gave me and Arash a tour of the place.
After the tour, I tried on some shoes and decided on a pair of black wedges (I so lack black casual shoes). Arash wanted me to try on some floral heels and I obliged but they were much to flowery for me. I went to pay for mygoodies and asked how much the leather jacket was (there was one on the mannequin). They told me it was $235 and it usually retails for over $600 and it's the last one in the country. Sold! Well, I tried it on first and the stars must've been on my side today because it fit. Yay!
What a fun afternoon. Thanks again for inviting me Elaine!!!
Front & back shots of the leather jacket. It's actually darker in person.
Front and back shots of the high-waisted denim shorts.
Black wedges from the S/S 08 collection.
Did I mention that everyone was super nice? Well, they were...much to my surprise. I always imagined that people in the fashion industry are snooty, judgmental and mean. Maybe that's just retail industry...
**Note: I worked in the retail industry for a little over four years when I was in college and people were snooty, judgmental and mean.