August 23 2014

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For Those April Showers…


For Spring, the New York-based designers Monica Paolini and Sean Monahan of Sea were asked by Barneys Co-Op’s fashion director, Tomoko Ogura, to create a raincoat exclusively for the retailer. “We felt there was a void in the market for stylish, functional raincoats,” explains Ogura, who picked Sea along with a handful of her other favorite brands, like Isabel Marant, Rag & Bone, and 10 Crosby, for the project. Sea’s answer to the assignment, an Italian lace number, perfectly fits Ogura’s fashion-meets-function requirements. “We always sell lace well, so when Barneys asked us to develop a raincoat, we wanted to do something that was a bit more special than a standard raincoat,” Monahan tells “So we worked with the mill and came to this coated, sealed lace.” has a first look at the jacket ($495), here. The full range of raincoats from each brand is available now exclusively at Barneys.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A Sea Of Handbags


After designers Sean Monahan and Monica Paolini landed their New York-based contemporary women’s line, Sea, in stores, retailers like Barneys could hardly keep the label’s patterned silk sets and leopard-print pieces on the racks. This month, the duo gives us more to love with their new line of handbags.

“We wanted our bags to have the look our customers have come to expect from the ready-to-wear collection,” Monahan tells “Hopefully, they are quite functional, easy, but fun to wear, with a spirited and optimistic personality.”

The bags are all of those things; they are, like the clothes, slightly edgy yet at the same time feminine and sophisticated. There are 17 styles for all different functions, from clutches to hobos to messengers, in the same stretch printed canvas from the clothing line, bubble lamb, and calf leather. Our favorites, of course, are the leopard-print numbers, including the Penelope shoulder bag ($495) and the Mayfair shopper ($475).

Sea handbags will be available January 15 at The Tannery.

Photo: Courtesy of Sea

Under The Sea


There’s something in the water this season. The sea (and its denizens) proved a major inspiration to designers in Europe and gave rise to some seriously covetable accessories. On the runways at Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander McQueen, sea creatures had their day, from shark tooth pendant necklaces and seahorse wedges to starfish rings. Here, a few of’s top picks.

Photos: Jorge Herrera / Getty Images (Olympia); Gianni Pucci / (runway)