Friday, April 17, 2009

Style: Niche Apparel with Broad Appeal

Although my sister and I are full-blooded relatives, we couldn’t be more different in size and shape. I’m a big-boned 5’9” and she is a small-framed 5’4”. Needless to say, we have never been good clothing partners—not because we don’t share similar tastes, we simply don’t fit into the same styles.

…until we discovered Neesh by DAR.

Neesh by DAR has been around for about 10 years; “DAR” is the designer and manufacturer, Denise Allen Robinson. Denise has created beautiful, individual pieces that can be mixed and matched with almost anything—elegant enough for a night on the town or relaxed enough for a PTA meeting. As she describes her clothing, “every item features couture construction in a youthful, vintage yet modern look designed for a woman of any age.” Her skirt designs are particularly special—each one consists of unique patterns, colors, and fabrics. And, more importantly, they complement almost any shape and size.

Although Denise doesn’t offer online purchases (yet), you can find a boutique that sells her designs in almost each of the 50 states. In addition, Denise is affiliated with half a dozen retailers that sell her clothing online. Although my sister and I still don’t wear the same size, we can now easily sport the same skirt when it’s from the broad-niche, Neesh by DAR collection. Details:

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After becoming mothers, sisters Sarah Romine and Leah Weyandt wanted to marry the activities and interests that they experienced before motherhood with their new found lives with children. This was not always an easy task—traveling to obscure places, shopping at off-beat boutiques, and sipping lazy-afternoon cocktails doesn't always fit neatly with parenthood. Stemming from their frustration, they meticulously searched, and continue to search, for activities, establishments, and entertainment that they take pleasure in and their families benefit from. The result? Mod City Mom.

About Sarah

Sarah is a passionate cook, fashionista, writer, actor, and mother. Like all actors, she ended up working at many-a-restaurant to make ends meet and shopping at countless bargain boutiques to maintain her sense of personal style. Her culinary journey, love affair with fashion, and desire to remain true to herself after becoming a mother are the inspirations for this site. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago.

About Leah

A polymath wannabe, Leah loves books, films, music, cooking, and travel. After co-starting a writing and editing shop in 2002, Leah has spent her spare time frequenting her favorite cities, hangouts, and haunts. Her obsession with finding the new, innovative, and quirky is the impetus behind this site. Leah lives with her two sons and husband in North San Diego County.
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