7. The Design Republik
If practicality is a cornerstone of adulthood for you, look no further than The Design Republik. The Australian-based company releases a full outfit once a month to take the legwork out of styling. Everything is built on classic basics, with the ultimate goal being a perfectly rounded-out wardrobe.
When it comes to basics, I do a lot of my shopping at Zara, but there’s nothing worse than wearing something and then seeing someone else wearing that exact same piece – and this is a common problem with Zara. Not to mention that I feel uncomfortable wearing something that’s an obvious designer knockoff. While there are a ton of great brands that make cozy basics – Vince,Theory, etc. – these tend to be, relatively speaking, expensive.
The Design Republik is a new alternative. What got me hooked on the line is that they release a new outfit every month. This is limited edition and retails for $350, but you can buy the pieces individually. Each month the outfit launched bears in mind those from previous months, meaning that if you stay loyal to the brand, you’ll have an easy time mixing and matching and will be able to cut down on “wardrobe holes.” I’m the first to admit I have zero brand loyalty, so I could never commit to ordering an outfit every month, but the site is a goldmine for everyday, well-priced basics made from good quality fabrics (at least they feel great and so far have withstood washing well). Pieces also tend to have interesting little details to elevate them from simple, neutral-toned separates. And they have menswear too! Activewear is launching soon, which I’m most excited about since I live in my gym clothes by day and could use a break from the neon and sheer-paneled overkill we see everywhere.
15 December 2015
Rejoice! You’re not dating a fuccboi! In fact, you’re dating a gentleman, a good listener, a man who texts you back within minutes. The term “ghosting” isn’t even in his vocabulary, and he’s repelled by the idea of “Netflix and chill”—it just seems so unimaginative and, well . . . basic. He makes you laugh and has varying interests that surpass the appeal of Xbox. You’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop for weeks now, but he seems kind of legit: He even has a high Uber rating. Who is this newfound phenomenon you now call your boyfriend? And how exactly do you gift him for the impending holidays? Sure, you’ve been spending every weekend at his house and know how he takes his coffee, but you’re just scratching the surface when it comes to his taste level.
Rather than being intimidated by the significance of your first holiday together and overthinking “what it all means,” Vogue.com Market Editor Chelsea Zalopanysuggests you remain cheeky, clever, and lighthearted. “I think you can still be thoughtful and reference little inside jokes or the little bit that you do know about him, but you don’t have to get one serious gift for a guy you’re just starting to date.” So, for instance, if bae is a bit of a gym rat, why not show you think of him as the champ with the Shinola + Sleepy Jones Muhammad Ali robe? He can hang it in your bathroom. Or gift the hot and nice nerd (yes, they exist!) a Homido virtual reality headset—after all, he’s totally shifted your perspective on men. And for the guy who constantly keeps you laughing, why not surprise him with an Aruliden underwater landscape fish bowl with a little goldfish swimming inside? You’re sure to get a good chuckle from him as you raise the little fella together. After all, he’s bound to be around for a while . . .
15 December 2015
19 August 2015
Consider us cliché, but there is an undeniable allure about Paris that we can’t resist.
Walks along the Seine, hot chocolate and pastries at Angelina’s, mindless strolls through the Louvre — there’s something about the setting that makes us fall in love with the city of love over and over again.
In fact, the effortless, inevitably elegant Parisian style is part of what inspired the classic shapes and silhouettes of The Design Republik’s luxuriously minimalist aesthetic.
In a way, it seems, we’ll always have Paris.
18 August 2015
We love mornings.
Sun rising through windows, coffee dripping into sizzling pots, pancakes on the stove — a few moments of sanity in advance of the onslaught of reality is all it takes to turn a prospectively bad day into a bearable one.
That’s why it’s part of our mission to leave your mornings unmarred by burdens of the sartorial sort.
More time for pancakes, less time for panicking. #moretimelessfuss
As if the thought alone wasn’t incentive enough….
Makes 8 servings
17 August 2015
There is nothing quite like the feeling of a season changing.
From the rolling in of winter, to the start of spring — the onset of summer to the settling in of fall — the physical feeling that is subtle switch in temperatures and the overall shift in nature is without compare.
Our goal is not to fight those changes — but to embrace them. By providing transitional, practical, beautiful, options, we seamlessly merge seasons by offering timeless, wearable designs, fabrics and shapes.
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall for TDR.
21 July 2015
It’s one thing to know where some of your clothes are coming from. It’s another thing to know where all of them are.
With our curated outfits, sustainability is as effortless as style.
Cashmere from Mongolia and Xinjiang, semi-worsted merino wool from Australian & New Zealand, silk straight from China, denim culled from Japan and Turkey, and fair trade organic cotton — every item is consciously and intentionally sourced.
We’re always aware of how we can minimise our environmental impact and maximise our social one at each stage of the creation process.
From offsetting our carbon footprint through donations to environmental charities to working with our denim factory to help provide community teachers in rural areas, we’re committed to our staff, manufacturers, and, of course, the Earth.
#consciouscuratedoutfitting #bettertogether #TheDesignRepublik
20 July 2015
We’re all for independence.
Being centered with oneself.
But some things are unquestionably, inarguably, and interminably #bettertogether.
It’s the heart of what we do. Pairing, coupling, curating companions.
Wool and leather.
Cotton and cashmere.
Denim and denim.
So, like each of our carefully coordinated pieces - here’s to knowing when you’ve met your match.
#bettertogether #curatedoutfitting #TheDesignRepublik
18 July 2015
Not a site for sore eyes.
The clash between colours that should coincide can defeat the purpose of a monochrome look — but we’re here to help.
With a cohesive palette of Pantone neutrals, you can rest assured your whites will work together and your blacks won’t clash.
Authentically effortless designs for a wearable wardrobe. It’s what we do.