The Style Edit: Three Date Looks to Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This day dedicated to celebrating love is also the perfect opportunity to rekindle romance, friendships or just to take the time to enjoy a nice date night with the one you love.

Below are a couple of perfect date outfits to sweeten up your Valentine's Day with some of our top trends this season!

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This polished look gets the special treatment with the addition of feminine accessories. A statement necklace, a dainty bracelet and stacked rings give the perfect finishing touch.

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Blush tones are making a huge splash this season! This look exudes romance, whimsy and all-out femininity!

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This passionate wine color story is the perfect way to embrace the Pantone Color of the Year--Marsala.

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Glance Spotlight: Must-Have Dresses

No woman's closet is ever quite complete without the perfect dress for every occasion. Whether it's cocktail dresses for nights out on the town or tailored, classic shift dresses for the office, the right dress adds just the right feminine touch to any occasion. Click below to see a few of our current favorites!

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Zappos LEAF Team Treks to Timbuk2

In mid-January, the Zappos LEAF team traveled to the Mission District of San Francisco to spend an exciting day at the Timbuk2 headquarters. Since 1989, Timbuk2 has been making some of the finest messenger bags, luggage and laptop bags on the market. The Zappos LEAF team was invited to visit the Timbuk2 office and factory to see first hand what makes these bags so unique and eco-friendly.

It’s all about the company culture. Timbuk2 was founded by a hardcore bike enthusiast, Rob Honeycutt, who started sewing his own bags in his garage. Twenty-five years later, the Timbuk2 crew is still making world-class bags inside a warehouse in the Mission District. Guided by their mission, To inspire urban mobility, enable individuality, and promote responsibility – we saw first hand that this company maintains the passion for quality and innovation by staying true to its roots and community.

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The Timbuk2 office feels like a startup. The renovated warehouse has high loft ceilings, natural light and an open office floor plan. Teams sit in little clusters of desks across two floors. The employees on the upper floor need only to look over the handrail to see the teams below.  There are no offices or doors. CEO Patti Cazzato sits right next to everyone else. At times the office was eerily quiet while everyone was engrossed in his/her work, and at other times the office was vibrant, energetic and loud. The open office design was very familiar to the Zappos crew. At Zappos HQ in Las Vegas, our 1,500 employees sit in an open office as well. Read why we think open offices work for us here.

Timbuk2 has not forgotten its roots in the biking community. Just like the bike messengers of San Francisco, many of the Timbuk2 employees ride their bike to work each day. There is ample indoor bike parking inside the warehouse and a shower for sweaty commuters. Timbuk2 recently launched bike sharing in its San Francisco and Seattle retail stores. Customers can checkout a bike, bag, helmet and lock for the day by simply leaving their driver’s license and credit card with the store clerk. The bike-sharing program has been very successful and is a great fit for a company founded on bike transportation. The Zappos team took home lots of great ideas for starting our own employee and/or customer bike-sharing program in downtown Las Vegas.

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What’s really cool is that 40% of Timbuk2 bags are made right in their San Francisco warehouse, including 100% of the custom bags that you can design and order on Timbuk2.com. Custom-design bags are made in just minutes!

I had the amazing opportunity to design a custom messenger bag and then watch it get made right before my eyes. But the coolest part is the zero-waste philosophy of “Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine” First, the fabrics are cut perfectly to leave very little scrap material. The small amounts of scraps are recycled with Terracycle. Additionally, the Timbuk2 Lifecycle program encourages their customers to send the bags back to them for repair. If a bag cannot be repaired, Timbuk2 will recycle it AND send the customer a 20% coupon off his/her next bag. How cool!

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After an amazing day in the warehouse, the LEAF team and Timbuk2 team went out to the local bar to unwind and recap the day’s events. We talked about how our two companies – one twenty-five years old, the other fifteen years old – felt as young, passionate and determined as ever. We found so many similarities between the Zappos and Timbuk2 cultures – it’s like our companies were cut from the same cloth!

Check out more awesome news from LEAF at Zappos.com/LEED, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_leaf

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New Brand Spotlight: Aidan Mattox

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Aidan Mattox is a line of contemporary eveningwear, cocktail dresses and special occasion dresses that’s all about capturing that “red carpet” glamour with a dash of modern elegance. Featuring fine fabrics, novelty embellishments and fashion-forward silhouettes, Aidan Mattox dresses and gowns are designed with the modern woman in mind.

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All Eyes on the Bride!

There’s a lot that goes into planning a beautiful and memorable wedding day, but really, it’s all about the bride! The bride’s look sets the overall tone of the entire wedding party and wedding theme. From traditional to vintage to bohemian, there are many ways to express your personal style on the biggest day of your life.

Below are two examples of fabulous bridal looks, one classic & glamorous, the other vintage-inspired and timeless.

Classic Bridal Look

Vintage-Inspired Bridal Look

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SJP The Footwear Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker

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We all know her as the eternally-stylish Carrie Bradshaw, but Sarah Jessica Parker is truly a fashion icon all her own. Her innate and enviably chic sense of style has been the subject of much inspiration for fashion editors, style mavens and high-heel fanatics all over the globe.

Incorporating her iconic city-chic style and fashion expertise, the SJP Collection of fine Italian-made footwear and handbags is every shoe lover’s dream come true!

The SJP Collection is near and dear to the actress’ heart, with every shoe and handbag named after a particular style influence from her life. 

With such an impressive lineup of pumps, sandals & flats, the SJP Collection just might make you feel like strutting down some posh NYC street, ready to take on any soirée or dinner date with timeless, envy-worthy style!

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Sweet Accessories for Your Sweetie

Roses are red, violets are blue…but sometimes you need something more than the regular ol’ roses-and-chocolates gift on Valentine’s Day! Whether it’s your soul mate or your BFF, Valentine's Day is a great excuse to celebrate the ones you love and show them how much you care. And what’s more thoughtful than a gift that lasts more than a few days? (Sorry, roses!)

We’re not saying flowers aren’t great, but these highly giftable accessories are perfect for surprising that special person (or special people) in your life with an anything-but-garden-variety gift on Valentine's Day!

Below are a few easy gift ideas they’re sure to adore.

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For Her:

1. COACH Heart Crossgrain Zip Case

2. Betsey Johnson Cashmere/Silk Real Pashmina

3. Alex and Ani Charm Bangle Bracelet

4. Dogeared Infinite Love Necklace

5. GUESS Hearts Watch

6. Betsey Johnson Kiss and Tell Bow Beanie

 

For Him:

1. Lacoste Montreal Watch

2. Scotch & Soda Wooly Patterned Tie

3. Calvin Klein Underwear ck one® Boxer Brief

4. Fossil Ingram Traveler Wallet

5. Filson Original Briefcase

6. Maui Jim Hawaiian Time Sunglasses


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New Brand Spotlight: Proenza Schouler

In spring/summer 2003, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez launched Proenza Schouler, and the fashion world instantly took notice. Hailed as the “future of fashion”, the luxury brand rose to international fame thanks to their imaginative designs and fashion-forward yet wearable aesthetic.

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The duo behind Proenza Schouler (the moniker combines both their mothers’ maiden names) met while studying at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. After teaming up to create their senior collection, Jack and Lazaro launched their own independent label which has since received a series of distinguished awards and accolades from the fashion world. 

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The Proenza Schouler swimwear and scarves collection available at Zappos Couture is just in time for resort season and transitioning into the spring and summer months!

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