Laura Delman https://lauradelman.com Based in Brooklyn & ethically produced in New York. Unexpected, yet eminently wearable, collection for women. Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:40:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://lauradelman.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-Laura-Delman-Logo-Icon-512-1-32x32.png Laura Delman https://lauradelman.com 32 32 What do you bring? https://lauradelman.com/what-do-you-bring/ https://lauradelman.com/what-do-you-bring/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 21:33:02 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1698

WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THIS WORLD?

Laura was touched to be selected for the “What Do You Bring To This World” event. Traffic Stops Where Love Begins hosted the fundraising event highlighting 20 extraordinary women from the Chicago area whose lives and work are transforming their communities. These women are seekers of justice and through their advocacy work and artistic endeavors, have shown their commitment to improving the life condition of those in need.

The event featured custom portraits of the 20 women, performances by young women and men who have survived and escaped trafficking, keynote speaker Ruchira Gupta, Founder of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, and an auction to raise funding.

Laura with Gloria Araya, Founder & Executive Director, Traffic Stops Where Love Begins

Portrait of Laura in her signature collar blouse.

Traffic Stops Where Love Begins believes freedom is a human right and are committed to ending modern-day slavery and human trafficking. We wish to see every woman, man, and child in the world free to thrive. We create awareness campaigns, and art and music events to educate the public on this issue and we provide support to organizations that share common purposes and qualify as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations.

More than 20 million people worldwide are working as modern-day slaves and generating billions of dollars worth of illegal profits annually. Human Trafficking, a form of Modern-Day Slavery, is a $150 billion dollar industry and the fastest growing criminal enterprise globally. While a global concern, the epidemic is close to home as O’Hare International airport is considered a “highly used transit location by traffickers to transport men, women, young girls and children and disperse them as needed to other cities and states”. (Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 10/11/17)

We work in partnership with Apne Aap Women Worldwide and support their program and mission to care for and empower at-risk girls, women and survivors of sex trafficking.

For more information, visit their website: https://www.trafficstopswherelovebegins.org  and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrafficStopsWhereLoveBegins/

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Silver Linings https://lauradelman.com/silver-linings/ https://lauradelman.com/silver-linings/#respond Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:00:58 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1675

SILVER LININGS

Michigan Avenue Magazine’s signature summer event is Ashore Thing. The annual event is held at Chicago’s Navy Pier to send off the sailors in style as they leave Chicago on their way to Mackinac Island. The Race to Mackinac is hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club and is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world.

The Ashore Thing event is usually held outdoors, at the end of the pier. Grandstands are setup for viewing the boats as they leave, and various sponsor tents dot the area. Michigan Avenue Magazine sets up a VIP tent complete with bar, food, and music. This time of year is typically picture perfect, and the outdoor setting makes for a festive party setting. Except this year. When we arrived to set up the Laura Delman tent, we were met with 50 degree weather and high winds that blew the rain horizontally.

Fortunately, the Michigan Avenue and the Laura Delman teams are resilient. The decision was soon made to move the entire event (expect the sailboats!) into the adjacent ballroom. Within minutes, booths and bars and food tables were all inside and the party began.

The group shown at the top of this blog is of my friends who volunteered to model Laura Delman fashions. They are the picture of resilience. Not only did they model, they cheerfully helped move tables, set up and re-setup the booth; and smiled through it all. They see the silver lining in any situation even though, like me, they’ve faced seemingly unbearable heartaches. They have chosen lives of grace and gratitude.

One has a 19-year old son who has both Downs Syndrome and Autism. This challenge has connected her with opportunities she never expected. It has opened her heart to accept all and give back to those who are struggling. She knows the amazing impact of a kind word. Another suffered a ruptured disk last year and was in extreme pain for months. Divorced and handling a career change, she was able to rehab quickly from her injury to enjoy a vacation with her daughter who was leaving for medical school. Another is facing domestic violence. She’s finding the strength and courage to resist and make a new life for herself. Others have persisted through divorce, breast cancer, and loss of dearly loved ones.

All of them realize that life is full of joy and sadness, pleasure and pain, unrest and peace. They have chosen to maintain kind spirits, generous hearts, and joyful souls. This is what the Laura Delman brand embodies. That’s why it’s no surprise that in spite of… or in light of… the windy and rainy weather, they all maintained a positive outlook and saw the silver lining in the day. That’s RESILIENCE. We met so many wonderful people throughout the day, including Irika Sargent, news anchor at Channel 2 News. And yes, we sold some clothes.

After we packed up and as we drove away from the pier, life hit us again with sorrow. Emergency vehicles, with sirens blaring, raced down the pier. We found out later on the news that tragically, Jon Santarelli, a crew member on one of the racing boats, was swept overboard by a high wave about 4 miles from the pier. Unfortunately his lifejacket failed to automatically inflate. The high seas, wind and rain prevented nearby boats from finding him. Many boats abandoned the race to turn around and search. His body was recovered several days later. He was a passionate, seasoned sailor and well-respected within the close-knit sailing community. Our hearts go out to his family. We pray for peace and comfort for them and his fellow sailors.

One recurring lesson is that we have no control over life’s events; other than our response to them. Rebirth and resilience are key to turning tragedy to precious gifts.  We are able, by going INSIDE, to move through the storm and bring light when it is the darkest.  We will carry on, hold one another, express gratitude and bring new life to the world; through our creative spirits.  Rebirth IS resilience.  Blessings for us all.

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Kim Jones https://lauradelman.com/kimjones/ https://lauradelman.com/kimjones/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:27:36 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1617

KIM JONES

Kim has been both a fashion AND personal inspiration to me. Born just weeks after the Tet Offensive in 1968, Kim barely escaped death in Vietnam. In the aftermath of the war, Saigon was transformed into a hell on earth. Fleeing the dictates of the cruel new government, Kim’s family left everything behind and risked their lives to escape in a frail river boat, crossing the wide deep waters of the China Sea. They eventually found their way to Malaysia, then a refugee camp outside Kuala Lumpur, and finally to San Diego. There they were met with helping hands and open hearts, but also were sometimes labeled as Gooks … and worse. Kim recounts the journey in her book, The Girl from Vietnam: One Girl’s Journey to Freedom. Once I sat down to read it, I simply couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it!

“In the face of the compassion-blunting political skirmishes which surround immigration today, here is a story straight from the heart of a wide-eyed ten-year-old girl, written by the wise hand of the woman that little girl became.”

Today, Kim is a powerful voice for the local artisans and designers that make South East Asian fashion so compelling, as well as a beacon for the best of international style. Her reputation as one of the most influential fashion voices in creative media productions within South East Asia has been embraced with a series of partnerships that include creative consultancy, art directing, styling, writing, modelling and ambassadorship roles. Tailored to a global audience, her work and achievements have been recognized with a series of magazine covers, features and awards. She counts Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Net-A-Porter, Farfetch and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as clients; her work and style being featured in the likes of Tatler, L’Officiel, The Coveteur, Who What Wear and The Sartorialist.

I’m awestruck by Kim’s incredible resilience and grace, and am eternally grateful for the influence she’s had on me and the Laura Delman brand. Read more about Kim:
Kimcamjones.com 
@kimcamjones

 

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Asymmetry https://lauradelman.com/asymmetry/ https://lauradelman.com/asymmetry/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:25:52 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1590

ASYMMETRY

I’m interested in things that are just a bit askew… a bit off… out of the ordinary.  It’s the things that are not exactly the same that make life interesting to me. We are all unique — with special characteristics and attributes particular to the gifts that celebrate our place in the universe. I see it everywhere — in nature, architecture, photography, art, measure, appearance, size, and feel.

As a Gemini, I can hold two opposing thoughts in my head at the same time. It makes life more exciting, intriguing and reliable since there’s very little that is authentically, exactly even and measured in appearance and fact.

So it comes naturally that one of the features intrinsic to my design aesthetic is asymmetry.  I love unequal and unbalanced treatment. Seams, necklines, hemlines, sleeves, and the features of all garments are all subject to interpretation that’s a bit “slanted”, if you will.  It’s the way I experience the world and I believe it’s a trait that strengthens my resilience.

Shown at left/above is my signature asymmetrical collar blouse in black and white crepe-de-chine from the Fall/Winter 2018 Collection. Model: Chelsea Naperstek  Photographed on location: The Sinclair   Photograph by: Thomas Northcut

Some of my favorite asymmetrical examples:


The Fiddler crab grows one big fake claw to intimidate predators. Now that’s a “fashion” statement! Photo by Tanya Detto.


The Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon is a masterpiece of late modern architecture that pushed engineering to new heights.


The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Katsushika Kokusai, is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world.

 

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Carla Fine https://lauradelman.com/carlafine/ https://lauradelman.com/carlafine/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:08:19 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1582

CARLA FINE

Carla has been on my mind — especially these past 10 days with the heartbreaking suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I first met Carla after reading her book, No Time to Say Goodbye. I sent an email to Carla expressing my gratitude and she replied with an invitation to meet for breakfast the next time I was in New York. We soon became close friends and I thank her for her guidance in my darkest of days dealing with the onslaught of my life sentence. I am indeed a Phoenix rising.

Suicide. Talking about it doesn’t cause more suicides or prolong the grief. It’s when we keep depression and suicide a deep, dark secret that it becomes worse. Carla Fine is working to change that. She brings suicide survival from the darkness into the light, speaking frankly and with compassion about the overwhelming feelings of confusion, guilt, sadness, shame, anger, and loneliness that are shared by all survivors.

Like me, Carla lost her husband to suicide. In No Time to Say Goodbye, she describes the most personal side of her story, as well as the stories of more than 60 people who lost sons and daughters, wives and husbands, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, friends and relatives to suicide. The life sentence for survivors is real, it’s harsh, it’s relentless. Carla helps people through the stages of grieving and see that they are not alone.

Carla is the author or coauthor of eight other books, including Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss, written with Dr. Michael Myers, one of the leading clinicians in the field of suicide. She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including Oprah Winfrey, Court TV, Fox News, and New York One. She is currently working on a book about women and resilience, a topic near and dear to my heart.

With each new report of a suicide, we are reminded so shockingly again of the silent pain people often suffer alone. The pain from those suffering from depression who die by suicide does not go away – it only transfers to the loved ones they leave behind. Reach out to those you love. Ask questions. Hug them and give them unconditional love. Always know there is help both to prevent it and provide support for survivors:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741

Suicide Survivor Support: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Pockets https://lauradelman.com/pockets/ https://lauradelman.com/pockets/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:07:41 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1573

POCKETS

Why do I favor pockets? They are fun, practical, mysterious, handy and interesting.

I can go out and carry an ATM card, phone, lipstick and go. Don’t have to worry about a purse to keep track of while I’m socializing, doing deals and dancing the days and nights away.  Just like you can’t leave your drink alone.

The history of pockets intrigues and amuses me. Now. According to some pocket history written by Chelsea Summer in September, 2016, pockets were classically included in men’s clothing so they could carry things they needed because they were “busy doing things” whereas women were “busy being looked at.”  And still, we persisted.

More importantly, the less we could carry, the less freedom we had, in particular to navigate public spaces. Writing for The Spectator in 2011, Paul Johnson offers, with wit, a 1954 Dior note that “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration.  I quote “It’s not a giant leap to see how pockets, or the lack thereof, reinforce sexist ideas of gender.” 

Things change.  Times change.  Time’s up.

What have you got in your pockets? I’ll never tell.

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Amanda Munz https://lauradelman.com/amanda-munz/ https://lauradelman.com/amanda-munz/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:37:18 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=1521

THE FASHION FOUNDATION

I’m constantly amazed by the resilient women that appear in my life! One of them is Amanda Munz, who founded a nonprofit organization that provides school supplies for underprivileged students in the New York City area. Amanda’s “a-ha” moment came when she was just about to graduate from The Fashion Institute of Technology. She was interning for some of the top designers and saw a disturbing trend in the industry — fashion samples and overproduced products being thrown in the garbage. Something stirred inside her and she followed her passion: the idea was to get designers to donate excess inventory, sell the products, buy school supplies and donate them to local schools. 

So Amanda switched gears (a rebirth if you will), and learned what it took to create and run a nonprofit. She founded The Fashion Foundation in 2014 at the ripe age of 24, and hasn’t looked back! The organization has partnered and received donations from such designers as Calvin Klein, Vera De Nero, Mac Duggal, and Aimee Lynn Apparel to name a few. We’re pleased to be a part of Amanda’s mission by donating extra Laura Delman samples. The fashions are sold on her website: thefashionfoundation.org and in pop-up showrooms in donated spaces in New York City. 

Not only did Amanda experience a “rebirth” by following her passion, the fashions themselves are “reborn” as school supplies for needy children. As Amanda says, “The beauty of The Fashion Foundation is that a little goes a long way. You can buy a $5 shirt on our website and feel good knowing that shirt just provided a new backpack to a student.”

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Michigan Ave Magazine https://lauradelman.com/michigan-avenue-magazine/ https://lauradelman.com/michigan-avenue-magazine/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:33:27 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=396

While my studio is in New York City, Chicago is where I was born and have lived my entire adult life. Chicago has been called the “Windy City,” “Second City,” “My Kind of Town, the “City of Big Shoulders,” and “The City that Works” among others. But I like “The City that Works” most because of the resilience and hard-working attitude it conveys. After all, Chicago is the city that rebuilt itself after the “Great Chicago Fire” in 1871.  The fire destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. In the days and weeks that followed, donations poured in from around the country and abroad. New York City alone gave more than $450,000 in clothing and provisions to help Chicago rebuild. And the “Big Shoulders” of Chicago got to the work of rebuilding.

I too have had to rise from the ashes of a tragedy. I’m inspired by examples of resilience all around me every day and am exhilarated as I walk down magnificent Michigan Avenue, and past the old Water Tower that survived the Great Chicago Fire — much like I have survived a “fire.”

Rebuilding my personal life has come full circle and back to my hometown. I’m proud to announce our partnerhsip with Michigan Avenue Magazine where I can showcase my fashions in “My Kind of Town.”

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Tuxedo 2018 https://lauradelman.com/tuxedo-2018/ https://lauradelman.com/tuxedo-2018/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:31:45 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=391

Tuxedo 2018 ?????? #ootdfashion #tuxedojacket #lesmoking

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Can We Suggest? https://lauradelman.com/can-we-suggest/ https://lauradelman.com/can-we-suggest/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:28:16 +0000 https://lauradelman.com/?p=387

Can we suggest our burgundy sparkle top worn with our cranberry red slim pant for your upcoming Holiday Soiree. #holidaychic #ootd #lookbook #soireediaries #madeinnewyork

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