Fashion Show Success

The Leigh's team that made it all happen.  l-r: Leslie Krumpschmid, Lesley Goebel, Kaitlyn Stone, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Lauren Beattie
The Leigh’s team that made it all happen…you’re the BEST! l-r:
Leslie Krumpschmid, Lesley Goebel, Kaitlyn Stone, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Lauren Beattie
The red carpet is out and ready for our VIP guests.
Guests decide what silent auction items to bid on.
Leigh’s Glam Station with Laura Mercier makeup artists was a favorite of guests.
Scott and Rebecca Wierda have a fun photo opt in front of the step and repeat.
Some of our littlest models (dressed by Snapdragon Boutique) are ready for the runway.
This darling model was a crowd favorite when she started blowing kisses!
Becky Afendoulis Trierweiler rocked this beautiful maxi by Marchesa Voyage
A sell out crowd at the Goei Center…of course!
Our models stop the show for a “selfie”…..who says only Ellen at The Oscars can have all the fun!
Grand Rapids City Commissioner Walt Gutowski looks quite dapper in his clothing from Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store.
Saralyn Coupe stylishly wears Veronica Beard down the runway.
Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Patricia Barker is on point with her Yigal Azrouel suit.
Maeve McInerney and Tim Pietryga are the grand finale and close the show!

What an amazing night Leigh’s had partnering with The Dwelling Place for There’s No Place Like Home Fashion Show. Leigh’s, Fitzgerald’s Men’s Store and Snapdragon Boutique (children’s clothing) styled community leaders (our volunteer models) to raise funds for two important housing communities for women and children who are either homeless or victims of domestic abuse….Liz’s House and The Bridge Street Place. Leigh’s is committed to assisting organizations whose mission is to provide services to women and children and we couldn’t be more proud of being a part of this great event. Thank you to everyone involved in this event and to all our guests who attended…you made this evening such a success!


New York Fashion Week

Time Square
Time Square…we’re back!
Cushnie et Ochs high waisted pant with cut out knit top
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs
Cushnie et Ochs inspiration board for Spring '14 collection
Cushnie et Ochs inspiration board for Spring ’14 collection
Creative ways to get to your next appointment when you can't find a cab!
Creative ways to get to your next appointment when you can’t find a cab!
Betsy and Caroline (not pictured) at Lela Rose are our restaurant directors!
Betsy and Caroline (not pictured) at Lela Rose are our restaurant experts!
Rebecca and Deb at ABC Kitchen....their cosmos were just as tasty as the food!
Rebecca and Deb at ABC Kitchen….the cosmos were just as tasty as the food!
Big Gay Ice Cream
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop!
"The Glob"
“The American Glob” No, you really can’t have just one bite!
Oooh...ahhhh...Starbucks Gold Card!
Oooh…ahhhh…Starbucks Gold Card!

Sometimes I just can’t believe that I am New York looking at the next season when the current season is just beginning! I love giving you glimpses into our market trips and this Fashion Week is no exception. You have been loving what we have in store right now for fall (thank you for being so supportive of our local business) and you will be over-the-moon for the spring ’14 fashion we are hand-selecting right now for you!
As you know, I like to highlight a few experiences of our trip and one that I couldn’t wait to blog about was the inspiration for Cushnie et Ochs spring ’14 collection. Designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs always push past the norm in inspiration and this season held true with their focus being the straitjacket. The model came out in these sophisticated, edgy looks that are so striking and then their sales director lead us to the inspiration board. I had to take a picture to show you (peek at it a second). You actually can see in the looks the similarities to the straitjacket. Would you ever in a million years think that such luxuriously modern pieces could have been derived from an association with an ugly  medical garment that is meant to constrain and bind ? Carly and Michelle are truly creative and talented designers that continue to get accolades from CFDA and dress celebrities such as Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez and even First Lady Michelle Obama!
We are creatures of habit and after a day of back-to-back appointments, we always like to conclude with dinner at a great local restaurant. Our Lela Rose reps take great care of us in this category (and with their exceptional collection) and always recommend yummy restaurants that are in their neighborhoods. In fact, when we walked in the showroom, Betsy had a list all ready for us…we just love her!  ABC Kitchen in Union Square was the must-dine-at winner for the evening with its local organic environmentally conscious food offering. Here’s the link: We waited close to two hours for a table. And after getting up at 3:30am to catch our flight that morning, I wasn’t sure it would be worth the wait, fortunately, I was wrong. I would wait three hours if necessary….it was soooooo goooood!  They also recommended we go for ice cream to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (you would only know about this ice cream place if you’re a local). So, we made the pilgrimage to have ice cream and both ordered the American Glob…ice cream rolled in pretzels and sea salt and then dipped in chocolate. I thought I might have to wear sweat pants the next day I was so full, but I couldn’t stop eating it. It was nothing fancy, but it was INCREDIBLE! It is a must for you, put it on your list now…you will be sending me gifts of thanks later!

On our last trip we had our flight home cancelled.  This trip we continued the trend…ugh…I guess we are consistent if you want to look at it that way.  Our flight was cancelled due to weather and we couldn’t get a flight until the following night!!!  I swear I am jinxed!  Fortunately, Deb Clark our merchandise manager was also in market and so we joined her for her appointments…atleast we were productive during our misfortune!

Lots of time in market creates the need for caffeine and quick food during the day….our favorite choice while in the city is Starbucks.(Venti China Green Tips tea, please!)  Today at home when I was opening mail, there it was…..the Starbucks gold card.  I never even knew this secret club existed, but I’m feeling kinda cool and that this is the moment in which I have “arrived”…ha!  Who would have known being in the fashion business would have these type of perks!

Hot Party!

hotpartyteamhpphoto 1 hpphoto 2hpphoto 3 hpphoto 4Pic 1: Leigh’s SUPER team l-r:  Judy North, Lesley Goebel, Pat Klimas-Reinhardt, Katie Oostema, Deb Clark Pic 2: Patrick Plank…the SUPER creative mind behind our Hot Party Superman theme! Pic 3 SUPER sassy Clark Kents :  Stacey Lewis and Giovanna Reilly Pic 4: Our SUPER DJ Adrian Butler aka SUPERMAN Pic 5:  Our SUPER cool Tom Ford eyewear rep Bill Selman with Leigh’s Pat Klimas-Reinhardt.

Our Hot Party was hotter than ever this past week, in fact, it was SUPER HOT!  Patrick set the theme of our party around the upcoming Superman movie Man of Steel.   Our Leigh’s team was sporting Clark Kent press badges and glasses and, of course, Superman tees.  How SUPER fun was that?!  Thanks for being a part of our event and all the SUPER fun things we had in store for you.  As you know, we think our customers are SUPER incredible!!

Commitment to Community

pho0Pic 1: Team Leigh’s on site at the Goei Center for the Dwelling Place Fashion Show. Back row l-r: Leslie Krumpschmid, Jacob Cochran, Lesley Goebel, Abi Devins Front row l-r: Deb Clark, Kelly Brown, Rebecca Wierda

pho1 pho2 Pic 2: Look at this beautiful aspiring model in a darling dress from Snapdragon Boutique…she’s a fashion girl! Pic 3: Michelle Hoexum wears this Ralph Lauren Black Label dress with ease.

pho3 Pic 4: Dr. Denise Logan….so glamorous!

pho4 Pic 5: Joan Secchia in RED Valentino.

pho5Pic 6: Amanda DeLong rocks out this great little sequin dress and leather jacket by Rachel Zoe.

Kate Spade event at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

photo2 Pic 6: Leigh’s fabulous creative director Patrick Plank introduced the Kendall student fashion show.

photo3Pic 7: This was a sold out event!

photo4 photo5Pic 8 & 9: What amazing designs these students created!

photo8Pic 10: Dionne Afihene and Layla Jones….so cool.

photo6Pic 11: Getting ready for the guest speaker from Kate Spade!

photo7Pic 12: Our Kate Spade display at the event compliments of our talented Patrick!

Wow, what a busy week it was at Leigh’s. You are so supportive of our store and we appreciate that with the many choices you have for shopping that you choose to shop locally at Leigh’s. In return, we have always made a commitment to give back to our community. Wednesday evening we had two wonderful events we were involved with.

First, we partnered with Fitzgerald’s men store and Snapdragon children’s boutique for The Dwelling Place “Where Fashion Meets Art” fashion show held at the Goei Center. This event raises money for two of Dwelling Place’s housing communities: Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place. This housing is made available to women and children in need. We enjoyed working with our guest models (leaders in our community) to style them in the hottest fashion trends of the season. We are proud to assist in this event for such a worthwhile cause.

While all of that was happening at the Goei Center, part of our team was at GRAM. There we partnered with Kendall College of Art & Design to sponsor AIGA West Michigan’s Kate Spade event which featured speaker Katia Kuthie, Kate Spade’s Director of Creative Services. Hosted at the Grand Rapids Art Museum it was also the perfect venue for a fashion show that showcased Kendall Fashion Design student’s fashion creations from materials that had former uses and identities. Look at the pictures I’ve included in this post….how crazy talented are these students?! As you know we exclusively carry Kate Spade handbags, apparel and shoes in West Michigan, so it was so exciting to be a part of this event!

Thanks to my entire Leigh’s team for all their efforts in the making of these two very successful events. And thanks to The Dwelling Place and AIGA for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your special evening.

Fashion’s Night Out Fun!

Pic 1: Our amazing Leigh’s team and friends! L-R: Katie Oostema, Adrian Butler, Rachel Douglas, Rachel Williams, Carlye Sutner, Rebecca Wierda, Patrick Plank, Deb Clark, Stacey Seewald, Jacob Cochran Pic 2:  Our creative mastermind – Patrick Plank.  Pic 3: Lesley Goebel and Giovanna Reilly roll out the red carpet for our guests.  Pic 4:  An Italian Party just isn’t complete with out a red Ferrari – compliments of Eileen DeVries!  Pic 5: Ebony Hoskins, Eileen DeVries & Carolyn King Pic 6: Makeup artists Rachel Williams & Rachel Douglas show the latest in fall makeup.  Pic 7:  Photo opt time!  Pic 8: Rebecca Wierda and Adrian Butler….our amazing DJ extraordinaire. Wonder who will win that bout?  Pic 9:  These lovely ladies were in search of Rachel Zoe’s collection….yes, we have it available exclusively in West Michigan.  Pic 10: Great crowd!  Pic 11:  And the limo pulls up with a group of fashionistas! Pic 12:  Thanks Harold Zeigler Grandville for providing these fabulous Italian Fiats for the evening.  Pic 13:  Very stylish!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Fashion’s Night Out “Very Italian” Party yesterday! And, it was a PARTY! Our attendance was the highest it’s ever been with everyone stepping out for the evening in great fashion and shopping for new fall favorites. The energy in our store was contagious and our Leigh’s team had a blast!  We appreciate you including Leigh’s in your FNO plans!

The Hot Item Of The Season

It’s crazy!  We do so much planning for all of the special things we are going to have in store for you during the holidays and then out-of-the-blue, we stumble upon a last-minute gift item that we think is a must-have for our customers.  What is it?  The retro handset that you use with your smartphone.  Here’s a picture of Lenny Kravitz on the streets of New York rockin’ out this hip item.  You know if Lenny has it…it’s cool.  How did we find it?  Deb Clark was in New York on a buying trip and one of the showrooms we work with gave it to her as a gift.  When she brought it to work,  it created so much conversation and smiles that we tracked it down so that you, our customer, could have this fun gift to give, too!  They come in all sorts of colors:  blue, pink, purple, red, orange, yellow – and they’re only $29! They have been flying out the door!  We love to always deliver great fashion and this is a great fashion accessory that is the hottest trend of the season!

Back From LA Market!

Did I tell you we were going to the LA market?  I’m sorry, I think I forgot to mention it in my blogging or on Facebook.  But….WE WENT TO THE LA MARKET!!!  Loved it!!  We have not traveled there before, but decided it was time to take a look at a new venue.  Deb Clark and I scoured the showrooms to find unique apparel and jewelry from LA designers….and success….so many great things!  I am beaming!  Deb is pictured  showing these great tops from an artist in LA who hand dyes each garment and uses the most amazing lace and eyelet – each piece is unique and special!  Yes, we ordered some for you!  Also, one of the showroom owners suggested we go to Manhattan Beach and check out all the little boutiques there and see what they are offering.  We had conversations with several of the owners.  It was fun to see some of the same brands we carry and get imput on other resources they would recommend.  We call this “research” – so thanks to all the boutique owners that assisted us in our studies.  Finally, our day would not have been complete without walking down to the pier to see the Pacific Ocean (Pic 2).  Absolutely breathtaking.  Did you know Manhattan Beach is known for its beach volleyball and the grand daddy of beach volleyball tournaments?  See all those things sticking up from the sand….those are the frame work for the volleyball nets.  I would have never known! Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t give you a restaurant recommendation for Manhattan Beach – Rock’N Fish   Deb and I split two entrees, mahi mahi tacos and blackened halibut.  I am just salivating thinking about it – total yum!  You know fashion is always my favorite, but food is right up there too!  I am so happy we took the journey out West.  I think you will love what we found….because, as always, we want to bring the very best fashion to you right here in West Michigan!