Category Archives: Fashion

Slow Fashion

More and more, as we talk about climate control and ways to ensure that the environment is protected, fashion becomes a part of that conversation. I discovered this video and was completely inspired by the pioneers that are featured in it. We all need to rethink how we mass consume everything, from our food to our fashion. There are some very interesting, innovative, and disruptive technologies in this video.

I hope they inspire you to think differently as they did for me.




Shedding Winter

It’s hard to believe that some parts of the country are still shedding the signs of winter, but there is one sure-fire way to feel better about any delays…go shopping for Spring!
Here are some ideas to get you started for May…
Overalls are back. You can accessorize these with a T-shirt and for those of you that are daring, nothing at all.
 (First Photo Source) (Second – @boisociety Model @Renegades
Photo by @salimimima)
Leather Casing Bracelet- Silver Plated (Shopping)
A good high-top would be great with either long-pant overalls or short-pant overalls. Here’s a nice basic black pair from Common Projects
(PB NOTE -We will begin with my Favorite!)


The origins of the word “cocktail” are lost to history, but the first definition we find in print comes from an 1806 newspaper from upstate New York. A cocktail is called “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…” Over the course of the 19th century, the cocktail picked up a number of additions and refinements: liqueurs, fortified wines, various bits of garnish, et cetera. Eventually, some drinkers came to prefer a simpler form of cocktail, the type their grandfathers might have enjoyed, and so they’d ask the bartender to make them an “old-fashioned” cocktail, of booze, sugar muddled into water to form a syrup, and bitters. (Source)

(PB NOTE: using flavored bitters can really spice up this traditional cocktail as well as trying different types of citrus)



It’s time to get rid of the wear and tear of winter with a good hand cream. (Men’s Society)


Bamboo Bike Wall Clock made of reclaimed bike parts

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(Buy at Uncommon Goods)

(PB NOTE: I reread this wonderful novel almost every year. Now go see the show!)
8pm at Circle in the Square Theatre, $75+
Three things: It’s our favorite Tony-winning, smash hit queer musical; it’s based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir; and it’s a must-see! Fun Home showcases music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, direction by Sam Gold, and stars Judy Kuhn, Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Lauren Patten and Gabriella Pizzolo, along with a wonderful supporting cast. Thru Oct 9. (Source

Reinventing Menswear

Saint Harridan

Reinventing Menswear for Masculine Women and Trans Men

“We’re saying that masculinity is an equal opportunity aesthetic.”

Menswear-inspired fashion for women isn’t exactly new, but masculine-presenting women and trans men still have a hell of a time finding cool threads.

“It’s been part of my story my whole life,” says Mary Going, the owner of Saint Harridan, a clothing company that caters to butch women and trans men. “Standing in the closet when I’m supposed to be getting ready for my kid’s concert at school or somebody else’s wedding, and just hating what my options were.”

Saint Harridan founder and CEO Mary Going

Courtesy of Mary Going/Saint Harridan

“I’ve had a lot of experiences just feeling uncomfortable in my clothing,” she adds.

For Going, the tipping point came in 2008, when she had a suit custom-made for her wedding. It wasn’t just the experience of having garments tailored specifically for her, but the feeling of finally wearing a suit that not only fit her body, but looked the way she wanted it to.

So, in 2012, Going launched a crowdfunding campaign for her own label, one that would specialize in clothes for women like herself, as well as trans men looking for high-quality duds.

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Saint Harridan

In a way, Saint Harridan is a reaction against how mainstream fashion has consciously feminized menswear pieces for cisgender women.

“What we’re doing is saying, ’I’m being masculine,’” Going explains. “We aren’t making a menswear-inspired suit for a woman; we’re making a suit for a woman’s body and it’s highly masculine. You could wear heels with it if you want to, but that’s not our intention. We’re very intentionally masculine. We’re saying that masculinity is an equal opportunity aesthetic.”

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Saint Harridan

Conscious of the limits of gendered language, Going is quick to put air quotes around terms like “women” and “men,” “male” and “female.” The name Saint Harridan itself is a comment on those limits: “If we were to use words like ’stud’ or ’butch,’ we would inevitably represent some people, but leave others out,” Going explains on the company’s website.

“We looked for a word that could expand our options. A ’saint,’ among its many other definitions, is a founder, sponsor or patron of a movement.” As for “Harridan,” Going has reclaiming the word, which means a mannish old woman, and was used as a slur not long ago “to keep women from venturing too far from societal expectations.”

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But to re-envision classic men’s garments for female bodies, Going and her team’s task was more complicated than they expected.

“The suit was definitely the hardest thing, because it’s so highly constructed,” Going says. “But all the garments we put through the same process of looking at what works and what doesn’t work, ways to improve the fit.”

Some of the changes were obvious—reducing the length of the jacket, lowering the rise on the pants—while others were less apparent. Differences in men’s and women’s posture, how they walk, the way they hold their arms when standing—all affected construction.

Saint Harridan

The result is a line of masculine clothing cut for bodies that traditional menswear companies have never considered.

All Saint Harridan’s suits are custom-made, starting at $1,200, and require an in-person fitting at the brand’s Oakland flagship store. But customers can order a number of ready-to-wear dress and casual shirts online, as well as pocket squares, bowties, tie clips and other accessories.

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Going hopes to eventually offer more ready-to-wear pieces, including pants, jackets and full suits.

But Saint Harridan isn’t just the story of a particular niche company—it’s also the story of a way of doing business. “I actually kept hoping someone else would start this business!” Going admits with a laugh.

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She was no fashion expert going in, although a six-month sartorial boot camp overseen by fashion blogger Sheree L. Ross helped Going get her bearings. Her real strength was in recognizing a need the market wasn’t meeting.

“That’s what I bring to the table—thinking, ’What about this could change to make it more efficient, more cost effective?’”


Saint Harridan

To that end, Saint Harridan is completely crowd-funded: Garments are preordered before going into production (to reduce waste) and are usually made in small batches. Essentially, Going has done for Saint Harridan’s business model what she did for its garments: deconstructed and reinvented it to work for people like her.

There’s an Audre Lorde quote on the front door of Saint Harridan’s flagship store in Oakland: “The master’s tools will not dismantle the master’s house.” As the costume of those in power, men’s suits and ties are in a sense “the master’s tools,” but Going is quite literally dismantling and reassembling them to empower people like her.

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Saint Harridan

“Blurring the line between the binary sexes is incredibly important,” she says, and can have an impact beyond just fashion.

“We have to work within the context of where we are. When I’m in South Carolina and I’m walking through the airport [in a Saint Harridan suit] I am making a very big statement.”

And a mighty stylish one, too.

You can shop Saint Harridan online or at their flagship store in Oakland, California

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Fashion and Interactive Come Together

What Is SXSW Interactive and Why Is Fashion Suddenly All Over It?


South by Southwest can be two very different things. It can be a midnight show in a crowded bar by a band no one’s ever heard but that blows the audience’s collective mind and is signed to Vice Records by the weekend (honestly, I don’t really know how record deals work in Our Streaming Age; just ride with me here).

SXSW can also be a daytime panel in a conference center with three nicely-paid white men discussing optimizing #content for messaging apps in order to #connect with Gen Z in a #native way.

The former is Music, which is cool (bar shows, bands, Fader Fort!), and the latter is Interactive, which is…incredibly square (Austin Convention Center, panels, Facebook’s Public Policy happy hour!). Somewhere in the middle is Film, completing the three prongs that make up the festival, which kicks off today, March 11.

It’s likely that you, valued consumer of fashion media and most likely fashion products, will hear more about Interactive than ever before. But why would fashion brands and publications, entities deeply invested in all things cool, throw their weight behind Interactive instead of Music or Film?

This is what the panel rooms look like and, oh, there’s Karlie Kloss. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW

“Music has always had an outsized influence on fashion, but technology has taken over as a source of inspiration,” Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider explains when I ask why the magazine doesn’t funnel its efforts — dollars, talent, PR, etc. — into an event during Music. “We are proud to have been the first women’s fashion magazine to have participated in SXSWi. The whole festival is filled with the creative, curious, entrepreneurial women Marie Claire speaks to.”

Neiman Marcus was another visitor from Planet Fashion that honed in on the festival’s female patrons early on. “We noticed [Interactive] attendees had become increasingly more sophisticated and more gender-diverse, yet fashion brands were not focused here,” says Neiman’s chief marketing officer Wanda Gierhart. The high-end department store began its relationship with Interactive in 2013, offering a space with refreshments, a beauty bar, and yoga classes. “We created a focal point for women of substance and style.”

In 2015, fashion earned its very own official slice of SXSWi, called SXstyle. It’s nestled within Interactive’s “Convergence Track,” which offers programming for industries like food (SouthBites), sports (SXsports), comedy, and more.

“SXstyle broadens the conversation overall at the event,” Kelly Krause, SXSW’s head of Interactive press, explains of the festival’s interest in backing the three-day series. She tells me that the segment began as an informal fashion-tech meet-up back in 2010. “There was such a strong turn out, with so much excitement and curiosity,” she recalls. This led to similar gatherings in the following years, and by summer 2014, “style and tech” was added as an official category for panel proposals.

Technology has taken over as a source of inspiration.

“It used to cater to a very niche audience,” InStyle editorial director Ariel Foxman says of SXSWi. “But now, especially for fashion and retail, technology is a common mover.” The magazine will host a discussion between Foxman and actress Kerry Washington on Sunday, centered around social media and personal branding. It’s fashion, it’s technology, but it’s hardly what comes to mind when one hears “fashion-tech.” Regardless, a presence at the technology portion of the festival has grown to communicate relevancy. “It’s important for us to remain on the pulse of what’s happening in our space,” Foxman continues. “It’s imperative for growth.”

Events like InStyle’s Kerry Washington chat and Marie Claire’s conversation with the Broad City girls are easy bait for ‘grams, Snaps, and live tweets that will reach an audience far beyond those in the room who shelled out $1,295 for an Interactive badge. “We’ll build on content from my conversation with Kerry for digital and social after the panel,” Foxman adds. Panels like “Self Sells: How Glossier Is Delivering Beauty IRL” with Glossier founder Emily Weiss and “Acceptance Revolution: Fashion’s New Body” with model Ashley Graham and Yahoo Style editor-in-chief Joe Zee are similarly sharable.

That’s not to discount the healthy dose of nitty-gritty biz talks — like “How Virtual Reality Will Change Fashion” or “The Inner Sanctum: Tech In the Fitting Room” — which are a little more “pure” Interactive.

“The gap between art, fashion, design and areas that some might consider ‘nerdy,’ such as computer engineering and coding, is swiftly narrowing,” says Refinery29 co-founder and executive creative director Piera Gelardi. “I love seeing these once seemingly incongruous industries mesh together more and more.” The panel she’s moderating will bring together model Coco Rocha, Google’s Kate Parker, and fashion technologist Madison Maxey to discuss the relationship between science and art.

But let’s be real. Panels are what you do during the day. Then there are the parties.

Photo opps at the 2015 SXstyle Closing Party, presented by Nylon and Original Penguin. Photo: by Natalie Cass/Getty Images for NYLON

Refinery29 and Neiman Marcus are throwing one Friday night (DJed by Hannah Bronfman, no less). It’s the opening of their “School of Self Expression,” a temporary gallery space open to the public with events and activities geared toward “expressing” (ideally, on social media, with the correct hashtag attached).

“Creating live experiences is a huge part of how we express ourselves as a brand at Refinery29,” explains Gelardi. “It allows us to interact with our audience in an immersive way, tell our and our partners’ stories, and truly bring our mission to life IRL.”

Neiman Marcus, the partner in this instance, benefits by having a direct line to an attractive audience — one that’s young, female, and plugged-in. “SXSW helps us bring our brand to the next generation,” Gierhart says. That next generation includes the “91 percent of R29 users who consider themselves early tech adopters,” who according to Geraldi, “also agree they are on the cutting edge of fashion.”

“Tech is dramatically changing the business of fashion. It’s only natural that the industry has become more curious.”

It’s this confluence of interests that makes Interactive prime to blow up in the fashion space this year. “Tech” is no longer dorky and shunned, nor is it scary and overwhelming. It’s “dramatically changing the business of fashion,” says Fulenwider. “It’s only natural that the industry has become more and more curious.”

As it stands, SXSWi is the only place these two worlds naturally come together. It’s still awkward when a tech company tries to infiltrate fashion week, and let me tell you from personal experience: the Consumer Electronics Show is in no fashion world magnet (also the parties aren’t good, even though it’s Vegas).

“SXstyle sparks conversation and energy,” Krause says, “and people can truly network — not just rub elbows.” Fulenwider agrees, emphasizing that “the importance of live events and the in-person exchange of ideas has only grown as the world grows more and more digital.” Of course, it doesn’t suck to exchange ideas in 70-degree Austin, Texas with brand-sponsored happy hours that start at 11 a.m. daily. “SXSW combines music, film, and tech, and this is a beyond fruitful combination,” says Fulenwider. “Then there’s the barbecue.”

Article Source Racked



Queer Style at SXSW

As an Austinite I always look forward to the variety of amazing events that this city holds throughout the year.  One of the biggest and most world renowned is SXSW.

This year dapperQ, the leading style website for masculine presenting women and trans* identified individuals, will host a panel that will explore queer style as an enigmatic art form that is the new fashion frontier and examine queer style as visual activism that creates positive social change.

Friday, March 11
3:30PM – 4:30PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Continental 1-2
301 E 5th ST

If you are here (and have a badge) check out the next revolution in menswear and MOC clothing.


Photo Credit: Bex Wade




Well, as we near the end of yet another year, I would like to thank all of the Preppybaba-ites for a fantastic 2015.

May your 2016 be cheery and bright, and until then…



Here are some holiday look ideas to get you through the next week.











All photos courtesy of Google!



I went to see the new James Bond movie SPECTRE. They should call have just called it 00-tight pants.

00-tight pants

I don’t believe I have ever seen a suit that fitted do so much action and still look so amazing!

My hat’s off to the costume designer Jany Temime,

Jany Temime

but of course the Daniel Craig – James Bond we know and love would be nothing, as far as his sartorial expression, without my all-time favorite suit maker, Tom Ford.


Not only does Tom look spectacular in the suits he designs but he will make you look spectacular too (budget allowing!)

sheree a.k.a. preppybaba

And by the way Tom, if you’re ever looking for a model for one of your ads give me a call. 🙂

Yes! There are suits, but the Spectre Bond also carries on the tradition of the Blouson seen on many of his predecessors. Tom gives us a handsome, all-purpose black one.


I just bought a version (Champion from Target) that will keep me just as warm while I ski the slopes and drink hot-toddies (in truth I don’t ski but I do drink so that’s half the battle right there!)

My Jacket

Though Daniel Craig is not my number one James (that would be Pierce Brosnan – I do like a little, okay a lot, of camp).

Pierce Bronson

Mr. Craig does bring to the franchise everything that a masculine dressing human would want to convey when looking their best.



From the Tom Ford Spectre Collection

I won’t spoil anything for those of you who haven’t yet seen the movie. But I will say it was an enjoyable time.

There are three things that I always love about a Bond movie: the clothes…

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL.

the gadgets…


and the cars.


Bond and car

The downside is always the misogyny, which to its credit is less.  And as the search for a new Bond may be eminent I’m going to go ahead and cast my vote!

Idris Elba!

Idris Elba

He would be everything and more!



Photo’s courtesy of Google Search


So I got this catalog in the mail yesterday and it really caught my eye.  Not because of the clothes, per se, there is nothing at first glance that is particularly revolutionary between its pages, in fact you can find just about every style they offer in many catalogs and stores where you go to buy well-made casual menswear. What I liked about it was how it made me feel. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a catalog that made me actually want to peruse it.


It is a subtle but definite step into the direction of making flannel, khaki’s, Chukka boots and leather jackets a little more modern, yet keeping it rugged.


There is a sense of whimsy about it and the clothes really fit the brand.  The whole of it evokes camping or being in the woods in the winter. Or even yet, being a well dressed-down hipster.

Brown Jacket


In looking on the website, because I honestly thought this was a spin-off company from a larger retailer trying to appeal to a hipper audience, I didn’t find much that made it personal to the founder Matt Cooper. But the designs are true to his design muse.



Like the name insinuates, he likes polished carbon and rough cobalt.  Matt’s intention is to “design unique details into the clothing that will enhance your individual style”.



The quality of their product looks good overall and they do a fine job of offering a nice variety of categories, though very curated.




All photos courtesy of Carbon2Cobalt website

Understanding the Shoe

I couldn’t have said it better myself.



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Saint Harridan gets Silicon Valley Seed Money

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Mr. Mary Going and his incredible crew of “Saints” for this amazing accomplishment. A lot of hard work has been put into this visionary company to get it where it is today.  This opportunity will take this vision and style innovation for woman and trans who love masculine fashion to a whole new level.

Here’s the announcement:


Saint Harridan has been accepted into Batch 14 of 500 Startups, the Silicon Valley seed fund & accelerator founded by alums of PayPal & Google.

When we applied to the program, we explained that masculine women and transmen have been largely dismissed by mainstream clothiers. They must think we’re on to something. Over 1,000 companies from around the world apply to each cohort, and only 30-35 are accepted, making 500 Startups statistically more difficult to get into than Harvard.

As you know, our team spent 2014 creating “Pop-Up​ ​Shops​.​” We traveled to 15 U​S​ cities, and have personally measured, ​chatted with, and listened to the stories of around 2,000 of you. You ​keep telling us you love our suits for special occasions, but what you really need​ is​ a pair of pants and a shirt to wear in your regular life. ​(​”I need a pair of​ ​pants​​ ​with pockets that ​aren’t skin tight or curvy​!​” -Cal Light, a regular at our​ ​shop in Oakland, California.​)​

Based on these​ ​conversations​ with you​,​ ​​​we ​are ready to ​add everyday wear t​o our line​​.​

That’s where 500 Startups comes in. 500 Startups is a four-month accelerator program that offers ​hot startups a leg-up in ​rapid ​grow​th.​ We started with 500 Startups on July 14 and will be working at their incubator space in San Francisco for the next four months​. (Our ​Oakland Flagship store ​is still open ​on Fridays and Saturdays.​)​

Long story short: 
Expect us to be announcing a lot of new, interesting, cool things over the next few months.

Thanks for rooting for us as we root for you!

Geeking out,
Saint Harridan Team

PS: If you want to bump along with us on our journey, you can follow Mary on twitter @mgogoing​.



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