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The Quality of Cashmere…

So much luxury from such a little goat!

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We can thank the Capra Hircus Laniger goat for giving us the incredibly soft, supple, sought-after fiber, cashmere. For over 10,000 years, this remarkable goat has been present in Central Asia, and is still thriving in the remote regions of the inhospitable uplands of Inner and Outer Mongolia, Afghanistan, and Iran.  The extreme weather conditions and the Cashmere Goat - Selvege magazinescarcity of water and vegetation on this arid countryside have forced these particular goats to adapt and survive on very little. It’s OK. They like it.

The extreme changes in temperature between day and night as well as the brutal harsh winters (sometimes 45 degrees below zero!) require the goats to grow a unique coat, providing warmth and protection. The long course outer hairs are the guard hairs. The underfleece, the fine soft silky hairs, six times finer than human hair, is called the duvet, pashm, or cashmere.  The colder the climate, the finer and warmer the undercoat.

In early spring when the goats moult, the Himalayan farmers comb the fine woolen undercoat from the neck and chest of goat, painstakingly separating the guard hairs from the sumptuous cashmere fibers. This de-hairing process is usually done mechanically but in some regions this process is still done by hand.

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FOR THE LOVE OF SNAKES…

…who thought up this latest trend!?!

I am petrified of snakes and the mere sight of one in a magazine or heaven forbid, real life, sends chills up and down my spine.  However, snakeskin–particularly python–is the latest animal kingdom pattern exciting the fashion industry this season and has slithered onto the pages of every fashion magazine and every product imaginable.

Snakeskin texture and colors certainly add dramatic interest ranging from playful to sophisticated.

Python Print and Snakeskin Fashion Trend

(Black python belt by Fashion Addict, Natural snake print handbag by Prada, Python black printer tights by Foot Traffic, Python print silk dress by Lanvin, Snakeskin bangle bracelets by UO, and Gray python vamp pumps by Christian Louboutin.)

They certainly make a “striking” fashion statement!

We have been selling snakeskin prints for years and yes, we jumped on the python design wagon this season and designed a new dramatic tight and footless tight that will crawl right up your legs.

Let us know what you think about the python fashion frenzy this season.

Has it slithered into your wardrobe this year? Will you be wearing our new python tights and footless tights?

Bamboo –zle! The game with only one answer….

  • What fiber is 4 times more absorbent than cotton?
  • What is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and can grow up to 4 feet a day?
  • BambooWhat plant is disease and pest resistant and can grow without fertilizers?
  • What natural fiber contains a substance that kills bacteria and disease?
  • What material dries twice as fast as cotton?
  • What plant is sustainable, renewable, and self replenishing?
  • What plant releases 35% more oxygen into the air than trees?
  • What material wicks moisture from the skin in the summer and provides insulation in the winter?
  • What material resists odor retention?
  • What material offers natural UV protection, cutting out 98% of UV rays?
  • What plant offers the highest per acre yield, requires no irrigation, and low impact harvesting?

If you answered BAMBOO to these questions you are a winner!
Bamboo is rapidly becoming one of the most popular fibers and can be found in towels, bedding, clothes, hospital gowns, socks and athletic wear. Because it has a luxurious, soft feel, it is often compared to silk and cashmere, but with the practicality of other washable and dryable fabrics. Since adding bamboo to our line five years ago, we have had an incredible response. We suggest you try our expanded line of bamboo tight, leggings, ankle socks (men’s and women’s) and crew socks (men’s and women’s).
Try Bamboo….you’ll love it and so will the environment!

Boot-i-licious cowboy boots for spring! Yee-Ha!

I do not pretend to know much about cowboy boots but I know I want a pair. A couple years ago I sold my red snakeskin boots that I bought in Aspen in a garage sale and have kicked myself ever since. I am now on the hunt for something that makes me smile—and fits my big feet, of course!

Every time I see women on the street with cowboy boots I love the look.

As the weather gets warmer, women of all ages are sporting their inner cowgirl and trading in their Uggs for fun cowboy boots.  I love it.

I am learning what to consider when buying cowboy boots. When searching on line, I found this great article, not to mention this great photo.

Check out “Guide to Choosing Cowboy Boots” www.fibers.com.

Although these seem like logical points it is always good to be reminded of what you need to consider when buying a pair of boots.

Here are 4 things I suggest you consider before your purchase…

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2011 Fashion Colors- What’s New?

Color is personal.  We each have a color that we go to when we want to feel great. It is a color that we love, and you will see it in your wardrobe every season. But we each love to see what colors are forecast for the coming season. After all, we need change and we want to know how we can add new colors to our current wardrobe without throwing out our current favorites.
Honeysuckle InspirationWe turn to the Pantone Color Institute because they are the most widely recognized global authority on color.  They uncover what the most important seasonal color trends are in fashion by finding out what hues have provided inspiration to the designers of NY Fashion Week. Their report is used as a reference tool for those connected to fashion, retail, and the media. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Institute, and her team make their choices based on current events, psychology, economics, consumer behavior and socioeconomic issues.

“We look around not only at what’s happening in the news and the socioeconomic issues of today. With so much going on and people still very concerned with losing their jobs, we chose a color we felt would be energy-provoking and uplifting.”

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Why Merino Wool?

Merino WoolThe holidays are behind us and hopefully we are all doing our best to stay warm and prepare ourselves for the cold winter that still lurks ahead. Staying warm is a must but of course, we do not want to sacrifice fashion!  Merino wool is an excellent solution for your winter wardrobe.

So why Merino wool?
Merino is a type of sMerino Sheepheep that is bred predominantly for its luxurious, soft fleece. Spain was most noted for its fine wool, particularly between the 12th and 16th centuries. Merino sheep have their origins in North Africa and the foundation flocks were most likely introduced into Spain at the end of the 12th century.  Spain controlled the wool market for centuries, banning the export of their prized sheep. The breed was named Merino after the royal sheep inspectors, ‘los Merinos.’

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LONG, LEAN, and LEGGY

Monochromatic DressingAs I pour through fashion magazines and watch all of the beautiful models on television, I longingly admire their tiny waists and long leggy looks. Although most of us don’t live on carrots and lettuce and aren’t six feet tall, there are some fashion tricks that the professionals use to achieve the long leggy look.
At Chico’s they call it “column” dressing. That is, dressing in monochromatic colors from head to toe.  You match your top to your pants or skirt and then match your tights to the rest of the outfit. It creates a continuous column of color, and interest is added through using different textures and great scarves and jewelry. And you don’t stop there.

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Naturally beautiful…

Camouflage Leggings.

All natural in camouflage leggings!

One of the biggest trends that we noticed at the 2010 fashion shows is the beautiful combination of natural colors, natural textures, and natural fibers.

This year at Foot Traffic, we encourage you to try our wonderful legwear collection for fall 2010.  We have always used the finest quality of cotton with just the right amount of spandex to give you the perfect fit in all of our formats including tights, leggings, thigh highs, knee highs and socks.

We also offer our softest bamboo legwear that you must try. You won’t believe how comfortable they are!

And of course, see our new luxurious merino wool collection. You must try them to understand why we are so excited about this new material for our fall and winter collection.

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