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History of Sergio Rossi

Pop culture fashion designers and fashion shoe designers are in high demand right now. Even when the economy seems to be taking a turn for the worse, consumers still want quality, designer footwear that makes them look fabulous. One of the most popular designers of this generation is Sergio Rossi. This designer’s work has been inspiring shoe fashion trends since the 1950s, and continues to this day to be a leading designer in the United States and abroad.

Sergio Rossi – Background
Sergio Rossi is an Italian shoe designer and fashion designer who specializes in men’s shoes, women’s shoes and women’s handbags. His lines typically have included boots, booties, flats, sandals, platforms and pumps.

Sergio Rossi began his shoe fashion training working by his father’s side in Romagna back in the 1950s. Rossi’s shoe design education continued when he spent a couple of years in Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world. Once Rossi had a good understanding of how the shoe fashion world worked, he launched his own line of shoes in Bologna in 1966. This first line of designer shoes graced many shops in Bologna and helped to establish the Sergio Rossi label as a quality designer product. While the Sergio Rossi label is well-known and respected, this designer’s collection is probably best known for its collaboration works in the 1970s with Gianni Versace and in the 1990s with Dolce & Gabbana.

Sergio Rossi – The Company
The first Sergio Rossi boutiques opened in the town of Ancor. However, by the 1980s, this boutique exploded and numerous chains were opened throughout the world. In 1999 the Gucci Group bought the Sergio Rossi Company and further expanded the line and boutique chain. By 2007, there were more than 40 Sergio Rossi stores located around the globe, with six in the United States alone. There are Sergio Rossi stores in New York, Costa Mesa, Bar Harbour, Waikiki, Beverly Hills and Boston. Today the Sergio Rossi label is owned by the French company PPR. All of these stores, as well as the Sergio Rossi international boutiques, carry the latest lines offered by the Sergio Rossi label include seasonal collections and bridal collections.

Clothing Sizes and You: Taller than Average

When I was a teen, people used to call me Wonder Woman. Why? I was so tall that I towered over almost every kid my age. Of course, at the time, I didn’t like it. I wanted to fit in. Fortunately, I got over it as I aged, but the only thing that still bothers me is finding clothes.

Tops, pants, skirts and stockings tend to come up short when it comes to tall women, because fashion designers make clothes to fit the average-sized gal. If you happen to be a few inches taller than most females, you’re out of luck. As a result, you have to look for certain things when you buy clothes. Here’s what to watch for:

Pants and skirts with the words “tall” on the tags. They are specially designed to fit people with longer legs or torsos.

• Stockings with the words “queen” on them. Even if you aren’t queen-sized, the leg room with cover all of your legs.

• Tops that fall to the waist or below. A current trend that is great for tall people is tunics . They are sure to cover all of your middle area so when you reach up at work, no one will see your stomach area.

These kinds of clothing fit tall women best because they hang well on a long body. It’s basically what I’ve figured out through the years. Pretty good for girl who was once associated with a woman running around in a bright bathing suit.

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Skateboarder of the Week: Adam Taylor

Pro skateboarder Adam Taylor, 19, says it’s cool that fans have started to recognize him as among the world’s top 10.

One day he may have company. His brother Dylan, 14, and his sister Leah, 12, are up-and-coming amateur skateboarders .

“My brother is pretty good,” Adam told an interviewer. “My sister skates good too. She’s only 12, but she can skate vert pretty well for a girl.”

Adam likes vert, too, which no doubt has influenced Dylan and Leah.

“It’s unusual for most people” to prefer vert skateboarding, Adam notes, “but I like riding the transition more than the street with the rails, the ledges and stairs.”

The Taylor Trio got started in Cocoa Beach, Fla., when a 9-year-old Adam received a skateboard for Easter. (Shouldn’t we all get skateboards on Easter, much less Christmas?) Adam fell in love with the board, and his younger siblings soon followed suit. They enjoy supportive parents, Toby and Lisa Taylor, who were into surfing as kids and understand how it feels to have a board under one’s feet.

Recently, the family moved to San Diego just to be closer to the sport’s major scene. This shows how important skateboarding has become for them.

Toby Taylor remembers one of the first times that Adam appeared on national television, as part of a CBS telecast.

“Just to see your kid being interviewed on TV and be able to look into a camera and say that he’s living his dream … it’s pretty emotional for me,” Toby Taylor says. “Adam’s knows what he wants to do and what he has to do to get there, and it’s the same with Dylan and Leah. It’s been a lot of work for my wife and I too, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Dylan says, “I always try to beat my brother, and that helps me push harder and harder. Right now I’m after doing a 540, which for me is really the next step towards being able to go pro and really chase after my brother and the rest of the guys.”

Although she is youngest, Leah may best sum up the Taylor family’s feelings: “It’s fun to skate with my brothers because they help me a lot, and it helps us all be together as a family. I love that we get to do things like this together, travel together, and just be with each other doing this. It’s really cool. I feel so lucky.”

The family has started a small business, Timeline Skateboards. Adam keeps a blog at


Making Pregnancy Easier: Managing Medication During Pregnancy

The rules for a healthy pregnancy have changed a lot over the years. I discussed this with a friend who’s old enough to be my mother once, and she said that during her pregnancy her doctor’s advice was diet pills to keep her weight down and a cocktail every night so she remained calm! (In case you’re worried she only had one child and that one turned out to be fine, thank goodness.)

These days the rules can pretty much be summed up with the word “No.” No drinking and no smoking are obvious, but books like “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” will have you believe it’s not okay to ingest anything but wheatgrass toast. If you can handle that, fine, but some of us have health issues that need to be managed even during pregnancy. Here’s a quick guide to how to deal with them.

This is going to sound obvious, but call your doctor to check before taking any over-the-counter medication (if he or she isn’t available, and you need to know right away, a local pharmacist is a good resource.) There are things some of us take without thinking twice, like cold medicine or pain relievers, which could be dangerous to the baby. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is fine, but aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil) aren’t. Antihistamines (Benadryl) are okay but decongestants (Sudafed) aren’t, and the jury’s still out on cough suppressants. And don’t forget to check with your doctor again after the baby is born if you’re nursing . There’s a difference in what’s absorbed by the baby before she’s born, and what’s excreted in breast milk, so don’t assume anything.

With prescription medication, don’t forget to inform your other doctors of the pregnancy. For example, if you’re taking antidepressants, Paxil isn’t good for the baby but Prozac is okay Work with both doctors to find the right replacement.

Finally, be careful with medication substitutes like herbs, dietary supplements and teas. Some of these products are VERY dangerous to fetuses, even to the point of inducing miscarriages, so it’s best to check with your doctor before taking any such thing.

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Zapponian Of The Day, David L.!

David L., without you our computers would be a mess. Thanks for being such a wonderful tech support.

Here he is, the ever so strange, David L.!

I do apologize for this very strange Zapponian of the day interview. It won’t happen again – or at least I’ll try to not make a habit of it.

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Houseware Expo!

Nothing makes you want to cook more than a new set of kitchenware. Today at Zappos we hosted a Houseware Expo with several of the leading brands in kitchen cookware, appliances, cutlery, and glassware. Brands such as Mauviel , Emile Henry , Kuhn Rikon , Shun, Peugeot , Riedel, Demeyere, Terraillon , Aerogarden, Wenger, Staub , Twin, Rosle, Viking , as well as our Zappos exclusive brand Highburry were all here demonstrating the use and quality of their products. All of these brands will be available on our site in the coming months.

Happy Cooking!

Baby Boomers: Shoes for Arthritic Feet

Baby boomers who have worn improperly fit shoes or who have had careers for the past twenty years standing on their feet for hours may have arthritic feet. Baby boomers can take steps to ease the pain associated with arthritic feet by wearing the proper shoes.

What exactly should one look for when purchasing the proper shoes for arthritic feet? Shoes should have a wide-toe box and a comfortable heel. It is also important to replace shoes on a regular basis so that they serve the wearer well. Main considerations when purchasing proper shoes for arthritic feet include finding comfortable shoes that fit properly and do not cause swelling or inflammation. That being said, fit, quality and comfort are paramount.

There are a number of brands of proper shoes for arthritic feet designed for men and women that are attractive, comfortable and affordable including brands such as; Mephisto, Drew, Brooks and P.W. Minor.

With a reputation for making the perfect shoe, Mephisto is one of the top brands that offer proper shoes for arthritic feet. Some of the styles that are ideal for arthritic feet include the Mephisto Leda for Ladies , which is a lightweight sport shoe with a leather upper and durable outsole, which provides lightweight support. One of the top features of the Mephisto Leda is an anatomically designed, removable air-jet footbed created to absorb shock and promote air circulation. The retail price for the Mephisto Leda is $309.

An excellent choice for a proper shoe for arthritic feet is from Drew, one of the leaders in therapeutic comfort footwear. A great style for men is the Drew Albany Clog in Brown Leather . Recommended as a great, all day walking shoe and designed for comfort and flexibility. Its top features include round toes, full leather upper and linings, two removable insoles for a customized fit, a firm heel counter and padded collar to reduce foot slipping. Priced at $110, this is a great shoe for a life of comfort.


Importance of Clothing in Music: The Goth Look

Like many fashion trends, the Goth look comes out of the world of music. While the Goth music scene first came to life as a morbid off-shoot of punk in the late 1970s, it had its heyday in the 1980s with bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Cure and The Sisters of Mercy. While the Goth subculture continues to be alive and well today, with many of the original bands still recording even as new ones come in to the scene, where Goth has really left its mark is in fashion.

As with many fashion subcultures, Goth has something of uniform. Gothic fashion frequently involves elaborate outfits, usually but not exclusively, in black. All white outfits, deep reds and rich purples sometimes also enter into play. However, the general aesthetic is one of mourning, and styling is usually borrowed heavily from Victorian or Edwardian fashions. Although more recent fashion trends can also come into play including those of the 1940s and 50s. Luxurious fabrics such as velvet, silk and lace are often popular, and the look is often less revealing than other styles considered a part of youth fashion. Elaborate jewelry and makeup is common for both genders.

While the full Goth look still seems a bit over-the-top for many occasions, Goth has definitely gone mainstream and influenced many designers and lines including John Galliano, Betsy Johnson and Jean-Paul Gaultier . Additionally, as many of the original Goths have gotten older, they’ve developed “office Goth” or “stealth Goth” looks that adhere to parts of the Goth aesthetic, while also fitting in with the more mainstream parts of their lives. This trend has helped bring the Goth fashion statement to the rest of us.

Meanwhile Goth fashion, in and of itself, has split into many subgenres including the coquettish-elegant Gothic, or Lolita-elegant Gothic, an aristocratic look that is popular in Japan. There is also the graver look, which is a cross between Goth and rave fashions, and the techno Goth style, which incorporates futurism and technology into the trend.