“THE AQUA & LIGHT TAN SAFARI SHIRT”

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……………….The SAFARI SHIRT, A214117, is back and ready for ordering!……………At the beginning of each spring/summer season there is great anticipation about what the new colors in the safari shirt will be. The suggestions were tallied and I made my decision. I hope you understand that not all of the colors you suggested can be chosen….so I made the decision, not only on all of your suggestions, but what is “in the air”….fashion wise…………One of the colors that received the most votes was AQUA…..This is a color that I introduced first as a Whisper Knit, and it sold out immediately. Since then it has been one of my most popular colors, and I have used it for many things….. from more Whisper Knit sweaters to a Crepe jacket and pant,A253576 [a very European look with the Aqua shirt] Denim pants, A252357, a Linea Leisure Hoodie,A262064….my personal favorite of all the colors, and the Lace, and now the BOHO skirt too! ………The skirts should be avail in March……..LIGHT TAN is also a new color being introduced in the Safari shirt, and later in the season….the BOHO skirt will also be avail with the Aqua! The new Light Tan is a great match to the slim ponte pant in Light Khaki…. that has sold out and many of you love…….It also blends beautifully with the new L.L crop pant with the cuffed bottom, A273859…………….For my newest Linea Ladies who may not be familiar with this shirt…..a little history…..The Safari shirt is a very classic shirt that I introduced about four or five years ago. It has a classic shirt collar and stand, roll up sleeves with tabs, and two front pockets with flaps. It has a placket button front and side slits……So what gives this shirt an edge? First it is the fabric. I chose a sheer crinkle georgette [the same fabric as the Boho skirt] This is an easy care fabric….easy to pack and one of the airest, coolest shirts you will put on your bodies when the summer heat and humidity sets in………The BUTTONS are REAL ABALONE SHELL. I doubt very much that you will see many shirts offered at QVC, or in retail stores for that matter, with real shell buttons outside of very expensive designer shirts. For some shirt colors I have chosen to use the back side of the shell for a sportier look, and some will be on the smooth side dyed to match…….The sleeve has a 3/4 length and is finished with a straight bottom….no cuff…………Due to the fact that the fabric is sheer….I have also provided a separate tank shell in a faux crepe de Chine. As an added detail I have provided a lingerie thread strap with a snap on the inside of the tank straps. This may seem inconsequential, but it is HAND WORK, and takes time to do….and time is money. This “minor” detail could have easily been left off, but it is these details that separates my clothes from all the others. This may or may not matter to you, but it is a sign of QUALITY………………………..enjoy………………………..much Love…………………………Louis

“THE AQUA SAFARI SHIRT CON’T”

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…………………This is a multi purpose shirt, and is appropriate for for every occasion and life style………As I mentioned above….wear it with my White or Aqua jeans for a very pulled together casual look or for a spring or summer affair….the LACE SKIRT above, A252347, would be a wonderfully unique and special choice. Lace is more popular then ever! especially in skirts!!…………………………

…………………………………………………enjoy……………………………….much Love………………………..Louis

“THE PERFECT PINK SAFARI SHIRT”

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…………………..PERFECTLY PINK……………….Have you noticed how many collections have added a PINK to their assortments?!……A story I have told many times is the one when I first suggested doing a Pink for QVC…..I was looked at with aghast……..only baby girls wore pink!……I assured the buyer at the time that I had done pink many times for Anne Klein and Anne Klein ll, and it was always a very successful color…..OK…we will give it a try was the response I got……The rest is history! Since then is has become a very popular color, of course the names have been changed….pink, blush, rose etc etc. It’s even the color of the month!….. Since then I have done many sweaters, a cotton knit dress, denim pieces, skirts, pants and even a coat in this very flattering SOPHISTICATED color. As you can see above the P. Pink was also added to the Pebble Crepe top [almost completely sold out], and the Boho skirt this season……….Also coming this month will be the faux PINK QUARTZ NECKLACE and EARRING SET…….a truly beautiful set…………………..enjoy…………………….much Love……….. Louis

“THE BLACK SAFARI SHIRT”

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……………………….Also making a return this month…………….the BLACK SAFARI SHIRT……….Really who can’t use a wonderful sheer black shirt??? Even those that find black too harsh can wear this due to the sheerness and softness of the fabric…..For the black I have chosen to use the natural side of the Abalone shell which I felt gave the black a lift and made it a bit more casual.. There are so many ways to wear a black shirt…..casually or dressy….I have chosen the TEXTURED KNIT WHITE SKIRT, A265623, which has GREAT reviews, and the WHITE WATERFALL NECKLACE and EARRING set, J321804………I love the textures of the crinkled georgette the textured knit of the skirt and the many hanging shiny beads. A sliver of a black patent belt finishes it off………………

………………………………………………………..enjoy………………………………much Love……………………………..Louis

“THE FINEST HOURS”

Hi everyone …….Jac and I are still here in PA, and last night we went to the movies to see “The Finest Hours”. It stars Chis Pine. We absolutely LOVED it!….Jac informed me that the movie only got 2 1/2 stars, and the reviews weren’t good. Actually, the action scenes out at sea were highly acclaimed, and frankly I am surprised this movie wasn’t nominated for an Acadmy Award for the special effects which were incredible…..What the critics didn’t like was Chris Pine’s performance. Jac and I agreed that EVERYTHING the critics didn’t like we did. This is a true story that took place in the winter of 1952. If anyone knows older New Englanders, they would know they are somewhat old school, and keep their business to themselves and their emotions. We felt Pine’s portrayal of this hero was very real and true to who and how these people would have behaved and acted at that time. Since this is a true story and many of the people involved are still alive, I am sure research was done on the character of the people portrayed. We seldom make our decisions to see a movie or not by critics reviews. If we did we would have missed some wonderful movies. That said we highly recommend this movie, and decide for yourselves how many stars it deserves. I’m sure you all will enjoy it.

“THE NAVY JACKET”

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……..Every season, with each monthly group, I try to give you what I think is an exceptional JACKET……….Let me say, even though you can’t really see from the pictures, this jacket has the same attention to detail as the TRENCH COAT from this past fall…………….This is a DOUBLE BREASTED TRENCH COTTON JACKET……A273861…..It is loaded with details and special treatments….some obvious…some not so…..The fabric is 97% cotton and 3% spandex in a fine twill weave….It is approx. 29 inches to the center front for a size SMALL….The details….starting from the top. It has a classic trench collar with a trench stand….however the stand has MULTI ROWS OF TOP STITCHES……one of those subtle details that you don’t notice off hand, but helps keep the collar to stand properly. The jacket has working EPAULETS…..notice how I have the sleeves of the RED/NAVY STRIPE SAILOR SWEATER, A265576 attached to the jacket so it doesn’t slide off. The sleeve is a RAGLAND which ends at the bottom with a strap. The strap has strap loops attached to the sleeve and the strap has a metal buckle and grommets. In the case of this navy jacket …they are Gunmetal….There is a single TRENCH FLAP on the right side of the jacket…..away from where the jacket buttons……The BODY of  of the jacket has an “A” LINE SHAPE….not a swing. The back of the jacket has a yoke, and from that yoke a BOX PLEAT…..details….details…..details………One of my most favorite details is located at the bottom of the jacket. Instead of a straight across hem….a very easy and normal way to finish the bottom…..I have chosen to make the bottom curved. To do this well takes a  special  treatment. The entire bottom of the jacket has a separate facing which gives the bottom structure and keeps the jacket from collapsing in. Again this , like the PEBBLE CREPE top, is a much more costly and time consuming and exacting operation. Believe me …my manufacturer and the factory that made these jackets would have much preferred a simple turn back and stitch straight hem, but that’s what separates my clothes from all of the others…..I don’t cut corners. Of course there are the mandatory pockets, and the jacket is FULLY LINED…..The jacket will be avail from XXS through 3X. I think you will be fine with the size you bought you trench in or your normal Linea jacket size. I would not IMHO buy this jacket too small. I prefer it bigger than smaller. Again, IMHO it looks more lush when it’s roomier, but that is a matter of personal taste…….This is one heck of a jacket and I know you will love it!……………..enjoy…………………much Love…………………..Louis

“THE RED JACKET

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……………………RED RED RED…..If you have always wanted a RED jacket this is IT!…..Worn with my NAVY short sleeve mock neck whisper knit, A251584, and a vintage Linea white cotton skirt……you couldn’t possibly look smarter or more modern than this. The buckles on the Red jacket are GOLD…so all of your Linea Gold Jewelry will look wonderful against this red, white and navy combination……….The SCHOOL OF FISH, J, necklace is a must. It will be retired when it is sold out, so don’t let this wonderful collectors piece swim away forever………………………………….

………………………………..enjoy……………….much Love…………………………..Louis

“THE WHITE JACKET”

Feb 2016

…………………..There is nothing more glamours and there will never be anything more glamours than a WHITE JACKET or COAT……….What is their left to say….If you love the look of big white shirts or just anything in white than this is for you. Don’t forget it is washable…….Some will only want to dry clean it, but there is an alternative…..you can wash it yourself and then bring it to the dry cleaners for a professional PRESS ONLY…..If the jackets I have shown you on the form look big…that is because I normally order my samples in an xxs or xs which is the form size, but Jac likes these kinds of jackets on the big side….that’s her personal taste….. so this time I ordered size SMALL samples…..There are some advantages of having a designer as a husband!……LOL. If there are grammar and spelling mistakes….forgive me…..I am rushing to get these sneak peeks out, and have no time to check what I have typed, not one of my best skills!!   We are literally out the door on our way to PA for my AM Style appearance tomorrow morning as soon as this is posted!………………………..enjoy……….much Love………………. Louis

“THE PETUNIA HOODED PULL-OVER”

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……………………Coming on my Feb 2nd show will be this new…..PULL-OVER HOODIE…….A273299……..It is a NEW fabric for my Linea Ladies……a combination of 61% polyester and 39% rayon. It is a wonderful seasonal knitted fabric that will take you from spring through the fall. Of course where the weather is more temperate this is a year long top. It has a very SILKY SMOOTH touch so it is very comfortable against the skin. It is 29 1/2 inches long for the XXS, so it is definitely a longer tunic For my very petite ladies it could even double as a summer dress. It will always work over a pair of leggings…….Actually it IS perfect over the Linea Leisure slim pant/legging in black, above, A267868. To get a longer wearing period I would suggest you layer the top with a long sleeve top for when it is really chilly……then your mock neck WK tank, A233947, shown above for when the temps start to rise………This is an easy relaxed fit….but not over sized….just easy. It has a drop shoulder. There are side slits for added comfort. There is a front KANGAROO POCKET, but there is no bulk……The top has an interesting and unusual neckline. The hood goes into a “U” neckline instead of the expected “V”….This is very flattering and immediately draws the attention to the face…It is the MESH TRIMS that really give this top that “designer” look. Notice how the trims are on the pocket edges and follow the edge of the hood straight down into the U neckline. What I particularly like is that the seam going down the center of the HOOD is also trimmed in the mesh on the inside so when the hood is worn down, which will probably be 99.9% of the time, it has a wonderfully graphic finish……Even the back neckline is trimmed in the mesh……..The color above is called……..PETUNIA……it makes me long for spring, which I like to think isn’t too too far away!…………………………………………….enjoy………………………..much Love………………………….Louis

“THE BLUE HOODED PULL-OVER”

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……………………BLUE…..is the second color being offered in this HOODIE pull-over…….It is trimmed in NAVY MESH. The HEATHER effect of the fabric gives it a med. wash denim look, and the navy trims give a nice accent……The top works over a short skirt, a skort, shorts, Carpi pants, crops, leggings and long pants…..perfect over your white jeans. Layer it over the WK mock tank in white, A233947, or just a simple cotton s/s white cotton Tee……………….This top is a fun take on a pull over hoodie……decidedly casual, but with FLARE!………………….enjoy….much Love…….Louis