Wedding dress designer moves showroom back to Cumberland County; business expands alteration offerings

A fashion designer that specializes in wedding dresses is moving her business back to Mechanicsburg.

Sheila Kauffman is bringing her business, Sheila Frank back to her original brick-and-mortar location at 50. W Main St. The showroom and studio is expected to open on Jan. 16 with a grand opening celebration likely in the spring.

The move back to Mechanicsburg follows a two year move to Union Street in Millersburg.

More than a decade ago, Kauffman launched her own line of clothing, Sheila Frank, with a focus on swimwear and ready-to-wear clothing. Frank is Kauffman’s maiden name. After sever years in business, she opened the showroom in Mechanicsburg in 2016 and introduced a bridal collection at the time.

Kauffman’s wedding dress collections are sold in her boutique, boutiques across the country and online. Kauffman also designs custom wedding dresses including bespoke wedding dresses.

Kauffman previously did bridal alterations but she is now doing general alterations as well for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing.

The property is currently being renovated. The boutique will be in the front of the store while the studio will be in the back of the property.

“I’m especially excited for 2021,” Kauffman said. “We are offering services and solutions that are limited in central PA. If 2020 has taught me anything, it certainly is that local small businesses are what keep this economy going. I am excited to work with the local clientele.”

Kauffman is currently accepting appointments now for the coming 2021 wedding season.

Due to COVID-19, the store will be open by appointment only during the following hours: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Customers are also asked schedule in advance so that business can follow CDC guidelines and ensure a safe and clean space for each customer. To schedule you an appointment call or send a text to 717-516-0901 or send an e-mail [email protected]

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From Fashion Buyer To Luxury Womenswear Fashion Designer, London Based Designer Laboni Saha Talks Her Journey And Sustainability

Laboni Saha founded her own fashion brand L Saha, in 2014 in England’s capital city. The brand is a true-luxury womenswear label, creating timeless collections that follow holistic, eco-friendly, and pro-people principles. While Laboni has had much success in dressing her notable clients, which include royal families, she is not driven by who wears her designs as much as she is driven by showcasing the value of her collections.

With a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and a master’s in Fashion Business Management, she had a successful career in fashion buying first, which gave her an understanding of the fast paced and ephemeral nature of trend driven fashion. “I was aware of the importance of business knowledge, in order to launch a brand,” she notes. “The pathway for my MA degree and my career in buying were all planned as they were to equip me with the right knowledge and skillset required for the launch of L Saha, which was my ultimate goal while starting out my career.”

“Following the path of sustainability should not be an exception but the norm.”

When she took the plunge to dive into creating her own brand, Laboni knew she wanted to create a brand that was sustainable, ethical, and transparent to create timeless pieces, done under exceptional craftsmanship with fair policies. The fashion industry is known as the second most unsustainable industry and Laboni knew she didn’t want to be a part of this statistic. “We believe in taking the path that ensures a safe and secure future of the planet and the generations to come. It is a win-win in multiple ways. When we do things right, everyone wins, from the farmers who grow the crops for our textiles, to the customer and the shops that finished garments. I believe we cannot burn our home (planet Earth) in the quest to make profits but sadly, that has been the case for many decades.”

Launching L Saha

“I have always wanted to start my own label since my early student years in 2007,” says Laboni. “I worked as a buyer to build a commercial acumen that is necessary for all creatives, especially if launching their own business. I saw a prominent gap in the market when it came to brands offering ‘Sustainable Luxury’ products (back in 2014), and I felt there would be no better time to launch L Saha as the market had a latent demand for ‘desirable’ sustainable products.”

We all know the craftsmanship and couture designs that have come out of India. From the rich deep colors, it’s a fashion connoisseur’s ultimate paradise, and this is where Laboni originally comes from. Without a doubt her homeland has inspired her as a designer. “My Indian heritage definitely influences my approach in life and

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Jewelry Designer Jean Prounis Stays Calm With This $19 Home Scent

In the head-spinning age of multistep skin-care routines and mic-drop makeup launches, The One is a space for minimalists to sound off on the single beauty product that’s found a longtime spot in their carefully curated routines.

Jean Prounis may be best known for her hand-wrought, 22-karat jewelry designs, but lately she’s turned her signature Greco-Roman-meets-Art Deco touch to adornments for the home. “I’d always wanted to do [an interiors collection], but it’s been marinating more while in lockdown,” the 27-year-old says over the phone from her top floor West Village apartment. Though she’s considered coasters and candle holders—and is even working on a forthcoming mirror—her first order of business was a brass incense holder (weighty enough to double as a paperweight), which she now fills with Shoyeido’s River Path incense. 

The incense burning in Prounis’s new holder, next to a matchbook from her great-grandfather’s 1940s nightclub, Versailles.Photo: Courtesy of Jean Prounis

“I really fell for the scent,” she recalls of the warm cinnamon and frankincense blend, which she first encountered at Alder & Co.’s Germantown, New York boutique—but she quickly realized that the russet-colored sticks offered her much more than just a pleasing aroma. “It’s a trigger to my brain to calm down,” says Prounis, who lights up the meditative Japanese incense early in the morning before she sets to work, or anytime she needs to slow down, be it while putting a kettle on the stove or washing her face. “It’s really brought some type of a grounding presence into my life these days.” 

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Best Amazon Cyber Monday 2020 Deals Still Available on Designer and Fine Jewelry

Cyber Monday is gone, but Amazon’s Cyber Monday Sale is still here and chock-full of deep discounts and markdowns on our favorite brands!

Wanting pretty baubles doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Jewelry deals are happening at the Amazon Sale. Enjoy up to 62% off jewelry and accessories from Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand, Kendra Scott and other luxury brands.

Right now, shop markdowns on various styles of bracelets, necklaces and earrings that’ll elevate any jewelry collection. They make for a great birthday gift or a little treat for yourself. 

The Amazon Cyber Monday sale is a great opportunity to shop white hot sales and fashion deals from loads of brands that offer a discount of up to 80% off. Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Frye, Vera Bradley, Levi’s, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Skechers, Soludos, Superga, Eddie Bauer, Adidas, American Apparel and Tory Burch are among the retailer brand names that are part of the Amazon Cyber Monday event.

We’re still seeing major deals, markdowns and discounts roll out across fashion categories from the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, including travel gear, designer handbags, designer dresses, sandals, sneakers, designer sunglasses, activewear, swimwear, men’s clothing, shoes, diamonds, deals under $50 and designer backpacks.

With their new gift guide section, Amazon has made it incredibly easy to shop for all kinds of gifts under $50 (as well as gifts under $10, gifts under $30, gifts under $100 and gifts under $200). In this pretty-budget-friendly price range, you’ll find every kind of gift imaginable for your loved ones, including games, books, gadgets, decor, beauty products, kitchenware, herb garden kits, toys and more.

Whether it’s for holiday gifts, birthday presents, gifts for teens, office gifts, stocking stuffers, secret santa or any other special occasion, we rounded up a bunch of items at great prices. Whether you are shopping for that special someone, or scooping up Christmas presents for friends, family or a coworker, tons of great gift items are just a click away.

Plus, be sure to sign into your Amazon Prime account as Amazon Prime members get free two-day shipping on select items. 

Check out ET Style’s top jewelry deal picks from the Amazon Cyber Monday sale. 

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5 tips to add style right now to your home: Start with something you love, says Portland designer

Even if we can’t invite family and friends over for the holidays, we still want our homes to sparkle. In this continuing series, we asked a style professional for advice.

Designer Ann McCulloch has been working with clients for 25 years to make rooms in their house reflect their tastes, desires and lifestyle.

The owner of Ann McCulloch Studio has a furniture, lighting and home goods shop in Uptown Shopping Center at 2351 N.W. Westover Road in Portland that showcases hard-to-find brands such as Currey and Company and Made Goods.

Also available are Legends of Asia ceramics, Kazi Goods baskets and Pom Pom at Home linens, as well as a selection of vintage pieces.

“My goal is to be able to assist customers who are looking for unique furniture and items for their home without them having to hire a designer,” says McCulloch.

Her projects range from subtle to rooms that make a statement.

At a client’s beach house, the goal was to create a contemplative area focused on the ocean view in a window-laden section of the great room as well as a seating near the fireplace devoted to conversation and watching TV. Sectionals upholstered in ocean-inspired blue stripes tie the areas together.

Here are Ann McCulloch’s five tips to making a home attractive, inviting and ready for a fresh new year:

Great design starts with a great floor plan. Create distinct areas for social interaction, work, cooking, dining, play and relaxing, and make sure that the circulation between them transitions easily.

She designed an elegant, efficient home office with a built-in bookcase to have areas within the floor plan dedicated to specific tasks.

Fall in love with something and let it lead the design. A family heirloom can create a focal point in a room and the rest of the elements can complement it.

A laundry room’s color scheme in another project was inspired by wild wallpaper the client requested. All materials and colors in the room were designed around the wallpaper.

Lighting is so important. First, determine the natural light source and make sure you are making the most of it. Next, make sure the ambient lighting in the room is sufficient, which means getting some light bouncing off the ceiling and walls. Lastly, make sure you have great task lighting such as a good reading light next to a chair or bed, and under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen.

In one master bedroom project, she selected a large drum shade that throws light on the vaulted ceiling, creating beautiful ambient light.

Don’t be afraid of color. Select both neutral and accent colors you love and use them throughout to unify your home.

A vignette in Ann McCulloch Studio & Shop reflects her approach to colors: A banquette upholstered in bold blue fabric and accented with patterned pillows fronts a neutral dining table.

Mix patterns to make a space more interesting. The designer likes to use a floral, a geometric and a stripe in coordinating colors and textures.

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Best Amazon Cyber Monday 2020 Deals on Designer and Fine Jewelry

Cyber Monday is here and Amazon’s Cyber Monday Sale chock-full of deep discounts and markdowns on our favorite brands!

Wanting pretty baubles doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Jewelry deals are happening at the Amazon Sale. Enjoy up to 62% off jewelry and accessories from Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand, Kendra Scott and other luxury brands.

Right now, shop markdowns on various styles of bracelets, necklaces and earrings that’ll elevate any jewelry collection. They make for a great birthday gift or a little treat for yourself. 

The Amazon Cyber Monday sale is a great opportunity to shop white hot sales and fashion deals from loads of brands that offer a discount of up to 80% off. Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Frye, Vera Bradley, Levi’s, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Skechers, Soludos, Superga, Eddie Bauer, Adidas, American Apparel and Tory Burch are among the retailer brand names that are part of the Amazon Cyber Monday event.

We’re still seeing major deals, markdowns and discounts roll out across fashion categories from the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, including travel gear, designer handbags, designer dresses, sandals, sneakers, designer sunglasses, activewear, swimwear, men’s clothing, shoes, diamonds, deals under $50 and designer backpacks.

With their new gift guide section, Amazon has made it incredibly easy to shop for all kinds of gifts under $50 (as well as gifts under $10, gifts under $30, gifts under $100 and gifts under $200). In this pretty-budget-friendly price range, you’ll find every kind of gift imaginable for your loved ones, including games, books, gadgets, decor, beauty products, kitchenware, herb garden kits, toys and more.

Whether it’s for holiday gifts, birthday presents, gifts for teens, office gifts, stocking stuffers, secret santa or any other special occasion, we rounded up a bunch of items at great prices. Whether you are shopping for that special someone, or scooping up Christmas presents for friends, family or a coworker, tons of great gift items are just a click away.

Plus, be sure to sign into your Amazon Prime account as Amazon Prime members get free two-day shipping on select items. 

Check out ET Style’s top jewelry deal picks from the Amazon Cyber Monday sale. 

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Fashion designer Jason Brown emerges as musician Firefly

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Jason Brown is a chameleon with a spiritual core.

The Penobscot jeweler and designer operates the Bangor fashion studio Decontie & Brown with his wife, Donna Decontie-Brown. For more than two decades, they have designed and created haute couture clothes, accessories and jewelry that draw inspiration from their Penobscot heritage and sit firmly at the center of contemporary culture. Their work represents the duality of their world – rooted in tradition but fully modern.

Music is in the mix now, as well. Brown has created a performance persona known as Firefly, a stage name that he uses to present traditional drum-and-vocal music that looks and sounds modern with the heavy influence of Prince and pop culture in general. He will make his national debut as Firefly at 4 p.m. Monday, when the Kennedy Center’s new online series, “Arts Across America,” spotlights artists of color from Maine. In addition to Firefly, who will open the prerecorded program, the Kennedy Center also will feature the spoken-word artist Atiim Chenzira and poet Maya Williams. The Kennedy Center will present the performances on Facebook Live, YouTube and through its website.

Firefly emerged from the pandemic.

“COVID in a weird sort of way forced this all to happen, forced me down this path. Up until this point, everything had been 120 percent Decontie & Brown,” he said. “That is not to say Decontie & Brown has gone away. It hasn’t. But I am super creative, and I don’t like to stay in a box. Creativity is the gift of my creator.”

As a design studio, Decontie & Brown made its living on the road. The couple traveled to art and fashion shows across the country to promote and sell their lapidary and textile designs inspired by their tribal heritage. When the pandemic shut things down, they hunkered down at home in Bangor. With no markets or runway shows to attend, the couple began creating their own content and hosting live events on social media in their home to keep the work of Decontie & Brown relevant and fresh in people’s minds.

They had fun doing it, and upped the production values. Soon enough, they had a studio with lights and lasers. The content evolved, and Firefly was hatched. Music, which had been in the background of Brown’s life, became front and center. He took what had been a hobby and turned it into a mission. He sees music as part of his natural pathway through life.

“Going forward, I think Firefly is going to be a huge part of my creative life. It feels like a culmination of everything leading up to this point. The jewelry led to fashion, the fashion led to runway shows, which led me to feel compelled to create our own runway music,” he said.

As Firefly, he performs traditional hand drum, shaker and vocal songs, along with modern compositions. His stage presence involves colorful

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North Bergen fashion designer donates 405 masks to county school district

When the coronavirus put a North Bergen-based designer’s plan to launch her own line on hold, she channeled her passion for fashion into a burgeoning face covering business.

Last week Pilar Posada, founder of FacecoverUS, donated 405 masks to the Hudson County Schools of Technology for teachers, faculty and staff district wide.

To date, the company has distributed over 5,000 free face masks to frontline workers and other local organizations.

“We started at the beginning of the pandemic making masks for local charities,” Posada said. “Quickly once a family member finds out you can make a mask everyone starts messaging you for some and it just grew and grew to the point where we couldn’t keep up.

“We quickly threw up the Shopify site and wanted to keep our commitment to donating to local charities and give donations to the community. Shortly after that, we decided we would donate one for every three sold and because of our customers we’re able to make donations like this.”

The donation of masks, which have three layers with an adjustable ear strap and nose wire, is arriving at the right time. Like the rest of the state, Hudson County is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19. Jersey City reported 118 new cases Thursday, while Hudson County reported 578 new cases on Nov. 25.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, our top priority at the Hudson County Schools of Technology has been to keep our students, faculty and staff safe during these trying times,” Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez said. The generous donation from a local small business is a tremendous act of kindness — one that will help those who step onto our campuses to stay healthy. “

Accepting the donations on behalf of the district were John Shinnick, HCST’s school safety specialist, Dr. Joseph Giammarella, principal of High Tech High School and William Mattei, vice principal of County Prep High School.

“Despite the challenges small businesses have faced over the past several months, it is remarkable to see people like FacecoversUs continue to find ways to support local frontline workers, including the teachers at High Tech High School,” Giammarella said.

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This Year’s Black Friday Designer Fashion Sales May Not Be What You Think.

Fashion designers and luxury retailers have always had a complicated relationship with Black Friday.

The super sale extravaganza doesn’t always fit right (no pun intended) with companies that make $890 shoes and $3,700 dresses. The pandemic only focused the issue: It wreaked havoc on supply chains and delayed the delivery of many items, potentially telescoping the amount of time products would remain on shelves at full price before the holiday sales begin.

So back in May, designer Dries Van Noten and retailer Andrew Keith, now at Selfridge’s in London, convened a discussion over Zoom with other designers and chief executives to seize the moment to address long-needed change regarding when and how high-end clothes are delivered and discounted.

Yet here we are on Black Friday, and many of those signatories are conducting what look very much like sales as usual.

“Cyber Deals Up to 50% Off” blares a red banner on the Nordstrom site (Pete Nordstrom, co-president, signed the letter). There are also sales at Tory Burch, Bergdorf Goodman and the Webster, to name a few other brands whose executives were among the signatories.

So were the pledges of change a lot of style sound and fashion fury, signifying nothing? Is this corporate hypocrisy in a Santa costume?

Both Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman declined to comment on the question. However, independent boutiques and designers suggest it’s not quite discounts as usual this year. No brand or store wants to be the odd one out in a sea of slashed prices. But that does not mean these designer sales are exactly like the old designer sales.

Karen Murray, owner of New York boutique Fivestory, acknowledged that one of her colleagues did sign the Open Letter, because “the whole industry was hoping that things would slow down.” But, she said, she has to compete. And “as much as I wanted to hold off, in a world where others are extremely promotional, it is hard to stick to a nonpromotional schedule.”

However, she also pointed out that this year’s markdowns would be more limited in both depth and length than those in the more recent past. This time last year, for example, Black Friday was more like Black November, or Black November-Starting-in-October.

Now, “We try to follow the markdown cadence recommended by the brands and designers, but we watch the online sites like a hawk,” said Ms. Murray.

Mr. Van Noten, the designer, said he received no pushback when he asked his retail partners not to put his products on sale until after Christmas or New Year’s — though in all their bells and whistles around Black Friday, the stores didn’t exactly advertise it (or the other designers who would be exceptions to the

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Get 20 Per Cent Off Designer Menswear

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END’s Black Friday 2020 sale has dropped, and we’re gearing up for a wardrobe re-stock over here at Esquire.

The menswear e-tailer is giving customers 20 per cent off across both autumn/winter season and the current clearance. So, whether a newness obsessive (shame on you), staple shopper or all-round bargain hunter, rest assured there’s something for you in those vast –and very slow to load, we must warn you – sale pages.

If Black Friday conjures up images of people fighting over supermarket TVs, think again. Since travelling across the pond from the US a few years back, the sales day has exploded, and now even luxury brands are getting involved. Having overtaken Boxing Day as the biggest retail event of the year, Black Friday is the best time to stock up on wardrobe essentials, and perfectly timed if you plan to kit yourself out ahead of the festive season (Hefner-inspired robes it is, then).

Back in the day, true Black Friday commitment was camping out from 7am on Oxford Street, but there’s a smarter solution to Black Friday style shopping. The discounts are all the same online, which means you can bag them from the comfort of your sofa. It’s more convenient, obviously, but also easier to find the styles and sizes you actually want. No more passive-aggressively stock-piling in store.

Oh, and not to mention, the big elephant in the room (whisper it: pandemic) that prevents Londoners from actually entering non-essential shops. Wonder how that one’s gone down with the UK’s retail bigwigs this November…

Of course, at-home Black Friday browsing is not quite as relaxing as we’ve made it sound: you will need to come prepared. Buzzy items sell out fast, so remain laser focused and don’t let glittery new-ins distract you from those essential items. Get your head around it now, so you’re less overwhelmed once push comes to shove, with our helpful guide to navigating the Black Friday 2020 sales like a pro.

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What to expect from END’s Black Friday sale:

This year, END has dropped a blanket discount of 20 per cent off everything on the site (beware: some brands are excluded, the usual culprits as you can imagine). These are the best kind of deals, if you ask us, because there’s a chance to get new-season items at their cheapest. This one is applied automatically once you reach the checkout.

The brand is a big fan of full-price promos, but it also has a decent clearance sale available pretty much all year round. On Black Friday, it’s even better thanks to the extra discount – so if the new-season reductions aren’t quite doing it for you, you’re bound to find bargains at up to 70 per cent off in there. Be warned: you need to be prepared

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