personal style

Meet Alexis Casson, creator of “The Peculiar Kind” 
 Khafra Co. Style Story 

 It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good  style story !  Lucky for us, we’re back with a fantastic one!   Basic bio  –> She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, has a small Shih Tzu named Ellie Munkin Fat and can make a mean sweet potato pie. She wears many hats; Camera Operator, Editor, Photographer and she also dabbles in Graphic & Web design.   And we absolutely  love  her!   

 And not just because she let us  hang out with her for hours  while trying on vintage fur. 

 There’s really not enough that we could even say about Alexis to really let you all know just how much we love her around here.  So … we begged and pleaded and she graced us with a few answers about her style.   

   How would you describe your signature style?   “Ya’ll, I don’t have style.  My girlfriend says I dress like an asian woman. Is that PC? Probably not.  But I do have a love for big coats and jackets that drape like kimonos and I live for mandarin collars, oversized tees, boyfriend/mom jeans and flatforms (I’m short).”
        At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every moment of every day - for work or play. How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?   
“My profession actually encourages relaxed attire.”     “So I can pretty much wear what I want everyday. Usual day: docs/flatforms, vintage tee/sweatshirt and skinny rolled up jeans.”       At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously. What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without? Why? What makes them so special?   “That’s hard. I’m really not attached to anything. WOW!  I know one thing that’s not fashion related that I can’t live without and recently that’s  been my leather medicine pouch and healing stones.
      If I had to pick though… I actually just splurged on two leather Jackets from Scotch & Soda and I honestly don’t know what I was wearing before I had those beauties in my life.”    What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?   “I’d like to add more dresses and playsuits to my wardrobe. I plan on traveling to a lot of warm places and moving to the west coast. In my mind, any place where it’s warm calls for loose-fitting, one-piece flowing things. I’m so down for living a carefree black girl experience. ”
    At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce. What does that mean to you?   “Great question. I guess it means that after all is said and done, we wear what we want. What makes us feel comfortable and confident at the same damn time. ” 

  Check out a few pieces inspired by Alexis’ style on our   Facebook page  ! 
  And don’t forget to catch up on  The Peculiar Kind !   

 And while you’re at it, make sure to get familiar with  Alexis’ body of work.  

 Want more real style from real people?
 Check out more   STYLE STORIES.

Meet Alexis Casson, creator of “The Peculiar Kind”

Khafra Co. Style Story

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a good style story! Lucky for us, we’re back with a fantastic one!

Basic bio –> She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, has a small Shih Tzu named Ellie Munkin Fat and can make a mean sweet potato pie. She wears many hats; Camera Operator, Editor, Photographer and she also dabbles in Graphic & Web design.

And we absolutely love her! 

And not just because she let us hang out with her for hours while trying on vintage fur.

There’s really not enough that we could even say about Alexis to really let you all know just how much we love her around here. So … we begged and pleaded and she graced us with a few answers about her style.


How would you describe your signature style?

“Ya’ll, I don’t have style. My girlfriend says I dress like an asian woman. Is that PC? Probably not. But I do have a love for big coats and jackets that drape like kimonos and I live for mandarin collars, oversized tees, boyfriend/mom jeans and flatforms (I’m short).”

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At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every moment of every day - for work or play. How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?

“My profession actually encourages relaxed attire.”

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“So I can pretty much wear what I want everyday. Usual day: docs/flatforms, vintage tee/sweatshirt and skinny rolled up jeans.”

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At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously. What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without? Why? What makes them so special?

“That’s hard. I’m really not attached to anything. WOW! I know one thing that’s not fashion related that I can’t live without and recently that’s been my leather medicine pouch and healing stones.

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If I had to pick though… I actually just splurged on two leather Jackets from Scotch & Soda and I honestly don’t know what I was wearing before I had those beauties in my life.” 

What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?

“I’d like to add more dresses and playsuits to my wardrobe. I plan on traveling to a lot of warm places and moving to the west coast. In my mind, any place where it’s warm calls for loose-fitting, one-piece flowing things. I’m so down for living a carefree black girl experience. ”

At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce. What does that mean to you?

“Great question. I guess it means that after all is said and done, we wear what we want. What makes us feel comfortable and confident at the same damn time. ”


Check out a few pieces inspired by Alexis’ style on our Facebook page!


And don’t forget to catch up on The Peculiar Kind!

And while you’re at it, make sure to get familiar with Alexis’ body of work.

Want more real style from real people?
Check out more STYLE STORIES.

Introducing… Alfie  Fuller 

  …or 6  Pics  TIPS Proving We Should All Be Wearing Sequins Year-Round 
  
It’s not hard to figure out why we love actress and fashionista,   Alfie Fuller  .
  
Between her hair and her skin and her   instagram   and her hair and her killer style and her hair … Well you get it.  She’s pretty much winning at life. 

  Lucky for us, she’s agreed to let us in on a few of her secrets.  You know.  Like … remaining incredibly poised and glam at all times … like toilet or theatre, bar or ballet, C-suite or C-store searching for the last pint of Ben & Jerry’s.  

 

  Or something close to that.  Anyways … you know how every holiday season, you pick up or pass over like 6 sequin pieces … or patent leather pieces … or glittery bedazzled pieces … or something that screams “PLEASE!  TAKE ME!  Wear me to a fancy holiday party  you’ll never get an invite to  …and then never wear me again!”  Come on … you know. 

 
Well Alfie’s shared a few absolutely divine looks with us … just for you … so you can end that “NO! I’ll never be fabulous enough to wear this outside of my house” feeling forever!
 

 
**And what has she taught us?**
 

 
 –  Never be afraid of **mixing and matching** .  Silver and gold?  It’s not just your [granny’s favorite gospel song]( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KwnJDE5fjY ).
 

 
–  When in doubt, **DO DENIM**.   It  works.  It tones down absolutely any amount of glam you add to it.  It says, “Yea … I put thought into this outfit.  But not too much.  Heck yea, I’m doing a lot.  But not the most.”
 



 
– Sometimes,  more is more .  Actually, all the time.  Never be afraid to take a shiny textured top and pair it with your favorite printed pant.  Same color palette?  All good.  Not sure?  Just go black.   We’d make a joke about never having to go back here … but …   It will not fail you.  
–  Layer. Layer. Layer.  Got a fancy bottom?  Tone it down with a couple loose-fitting tops.  Shining bright like a diamond above the waist?  Consider a skirt and opaque tights below.
  
–  Whatever you do, do you.  Whether you go full on glam goddess, or you keep it as simple as a sequin headband … just make sure your holiday pieces scream “GOOD GAWD, I’M FINE!” and not “GOOD LORD, I wish I wasn’t wearing my great aunt’s sapphire blue sequin sweat set.”
   
Work it out.  Don’t let it work you.   
And while you’re waiting for Alfie to come back around and show you more of her killer style … check out the pilot of her series, “Alfie Deals With F*cking Life.”
   

  

 look good.  live great.,
khafra. <3

Introducing… Alfie  Fuller

…or 6 Pics TIPS Proving We Should All Be Wearing Sequins Year-Round

It’s not hard to figure out why we love actress and fashionista, Alfie Fuller.

Between her hair and her skin and her instagram and her hair and her killer style and her hair … Well you get it. She’s pretty much winning at life.

Lucky for us, she’s agreed to let us in on a few of her secrets. You know. Like … remaining incredibly poised and glam at all times … like toilet or theatre, bar or ballet, C-suite or C-store searching for the last pint of Ben & Jerry’s.


Or something close to that. Anyways … you know how every holiday season, you pick up or pass over like 6 sequin pieces … or patent leather pieces … or glittery bedazzled pieces … or something that screams “PLEASE! TAKE ME! Wear me to a fancy holiday party you’ll never get an invite to …and then never wear me again!” Come on … you know.

Well Alfie’s shared a few absolutely divine looks with us … just for you … so you can end that “NO! I’ll never be fabulous enough to wear this outside of my house” feeling forever!

**And what has she taught us?**

Never be afraid of **mixing and matching**. Silver and gold? It’s not just your [granny’s favorite gospel song](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KwnJDE5fjY).

When in doubt, **DO DENIM**. It works. It tones down absolutely any amount of glam you add to it. It says, “Yea … I put thought into this outfit. But not too much. Heck yea, I’m doing a lot. But not the most.”

– Sometimes, more is more. Actually, all the time. Never be afraid to take a shiny textured top and pair it with your favorite printed pant. Same color palette? All good. Not sure? Just go black. We’d make a joke about never having to go back here … but … It will not fail you.

Layer. Layer. Layer. Got a fancy bottom? Tone it down with a couple loose-fitting tops. Shining bright like a diamond above the waist? Consider a skirt and opaque tights below.

Whatever you do, do you. Whether you go full on glam goddess, or you keep it as simple as a sequin headband … just make sure your holiday pieces scream “GOOD GAWD, I’M FINE!” and not “GOOD LORD, I wish I wasn’t wearing my great aunt’s sapphire blue sequin sweat set.”

Work it out. Don’t let it work you.

And while you’re waiting for Alfie to come back around and show you more of her killer style … check out the pilot of her series, “Alfie Deals With F*cking Life.”

look good. live great., khafra. <3

Siaira Shawn 

 Khafra Co. Style Story 

 We know you’ve been waiting for  more of these !     Come on, at least pretend like it.   So, this week, we have the wonderful Siaira Shawn discussing some of her signature style with us.  (Ok, so try not to just get stuck staring, K.  There are words below.) 
  
 
   How would you describe your signature style?  

 
“I would say I love to mix menswear pieces, with showing a little skin. The casual looks with semi-fancy stuff.”  

     “I also love patterns and print shirts.”   

     “
I think my hair and tattoos are my constant accessories.”
  

  At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every second of every day - for work or play.  How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?  

  “I always want to be cute, but comfortable. I work at a school during the week and there’s a slight dress code; I always have to consider that. On the weekends I can have more fun and be more naked. :-) I also perform, so depending on the show and the venue, I’ll dress it up for that and get more fancy.”
  

    “I also have to consider the weather living in NY.  It’s a state with real seasons.”  

    ”This spring has been up and down, so I always check the weather before I go outside. I also ride my bike so that determines fits too.” 

    
 At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously.  What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without?  Why?  What makes them so special?   

  &ldquo;Definitely always need a necklace; I have a really cool small globe that my grandma gave me ages ago. The continents are different types of  stones, its my favorite and it always ends up on different chains and joined with other pieces.”
   

    
“I also, have these Zara fitted black sweatpants I just love. The crotch is very slightly dropped and there’s really subtle, but cool stitching at the knees. They are comfy and I can dress them up and down. Lastly, I just got these awesome black leather sneakers by Vagabond. I have really really flat feet, so I’m always on the lookout for comfort and style and these give me both.&quot;  

   

  What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?  

 
“Dresses, joggers, and more shoes!” 

  At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce.  What does that mean to you?  

 I think it means doing you. Letting your style be one of the things that reflects who you are and what you do. And having fun with it! 

   

  
Check out more SIAIRA at [SiairaShawn.com]( http://www.siairashawn.com/ )!  It’s OK.  We know you were waiting for permission. 

 Want more real style from real people? CHECK OUT MORE  STYLE STORIES.

Siaira Shawn

Khafra Co. Style Story

We know you’ve been waiting for more of these!

Come on, at least pretend like it.
So, this week, we have the wonderful Siaira Shawn discussing some of her signature style with us. (Ok, so try not to just get stuck staring, K. There are words below.)


How would you describe your signature style?

“I would say I love to mix menswear pieces, with showing a little skin. The casual looks with semi-fancy stuff.” 

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“I also love patterns and print shirts.”

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“ I think my hair and tattoos are my constant accessories.”

At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every second of every day - for work or play. How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?

“I always want to be cute, but comfortable. I work at a school during the week and there’s a slight dress code; I always have to consider that. On the weekends I can have more fun and be more naked. :-) I also perform, so depending on the show and the venue, I’ll dress it up for that and get more fancy.”

image

“I also have to consider the weather living in NY. It’s a state with real seasons.”

image

”This spring has been up and down, so I always check the weather before I go outside. I also ride my bike so that determines fits too.”

image

At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously. What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without? Why? What makes them so special? 


“Definitely always need a necklace; I have a really cool small globe that my grandma gave me ages ago. The continents are different types of stones, its my favorite and it always ends up on different chains and joined with other pieces.”

image

“I also, have these Zara fitted black sweatpants I just love. The crotch is very slightly dropped and there’s really subtle, but cool stitching at the knees. They are comfy and I can dress them up and down. Lastly, I just got these awesome black leather sneakers by Vagabond. I have really really flat feet, so I’m always on the lookout for comfort and style and these give me both." 


What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?

“Dresses, joggers, and more shoes!”

At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce. What does that mean to you?

I think it means doing you. Letting your style be one of the things that reflects who you are and what you do. And having fun with it!

siaira


Check out more SIAIRA at [SiairaShawn.com](http://www.siairashawn.com/)! It’s OK. We know you were waiting for permission.

Want more real style from real people?
CHECK OUT MORE STYLE STORIES.

Hey There, Fancy Pants!

During my junior year of college, I was completely immersed in upping my GPA to correct my pretty unsuccessful sophomore year. And when I say, “completely immersed,” I mean that I was literally all about school. I was so all about school that I abandoned my sense of fashion and my sense of style, and I ended up wearing sweatpants to class every day. Every. Day. Really. I was brutally cognizant of how uncool (and unkempt…) I probably (like, 99.9% probably…) looked wearing sweatpants to all of my classes, but I didn’t worry about how I dressed. I worried about that one assignment or that one paper or that one professor I needed to talk to. But, I digress.

The point: I was shamelessly wearing sweatpants in public way, way too much. Sweatpants are supposed to be the go-to, “comfort” clothing you wear when you’re not feeling well or you’re going to the gym or you’re going to sleep and etc. – I was wearing sweatpants casually – the baggy, wide-legged, terribly unflattering type of sweatpants I wore in gym class in the 6th grade. Of course, now I see my error. But the sweatpants suffering appeared as a good memory for me when I reviewed many designers’ Fall/Winter 2014 collections at NYFW. Sweatpants are happening in a really good and really effortless way – for men and for women – and though these sweatpants aren’t at all nostalgic of the ones I wore during my junior year of college (or during 6th grade gym class), I like to believe that I was far, far ahead of the trend – and maybe I’m actually a trendsetter.

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Menswear has been teeming with sweatpants, and womenswear is borrowing the effortless style from the boys. My favorite, favorite looks for womenswear sweatpants come from Rebecca Minkoff’s F/W 2014 collection. She turns the volume up higher and higher by offering sweatpants in metallic silver, metallic gold, and vertical stripes. The silhouette for the metallic colors is a little baggy, but tapered through the leg and fitted at the ankle with (elastic, I assume) cuffs. The boldness of the metallic colors and the shape of the sweatpants is, I believe, a flawless marriage. And the vertical stripes? Slimming, and a smooth way of mixing prints into a wardrobe. I’m the biggest fan of Minkoff’s collection, and I believe that these sweatpants will be massively successful off of the runway.

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My next favorite look comes from J. Crew’s F/W 2014 collection. Black, tapered sweatpants with a type of sateen, silk finish are paired with a dark charcoal, menswear-inspired car coat, white button-down, and black bow tie. The look is finished with a feminine, gold-detailed heel, stunning red lips, and effortlessly and elegantly styled hair. All of the neutral colors work wonderfully together – the black, the charcoal, and the white – and they work seamlessly with the pop of gold to the feet and the pop of red to the lips. The style is completely smooth, and the menswear-inspired details really affirm how “borrowed from the boys” is actually borrowing from the boys – these designers are borrowing menswear looks and pulling them into womenswear with classic and feminine silhouettes and fits. It’s spirited, and it’s winning my heart more and more.

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If I wore metallic silver sweatpants to gym class in the 6th grade, I would have attracted a little attention (and a little attention is always good, right?). And if I wore J. Crew’s sweatpants to class all during my junior year of college, I have a feeling that I would have been anonymously deemed the most casually comfortable and the most successfully and intelligently dressed boy on campus. What I love about these styles is that you can dress them up and you can dress them down – they’re loud enough to make a statement, but the volume of the statement depends on how they’re worn – what they’re worn with. Metallic silver sweatpants can be completely casual if worn with a black, crewneck sweater and running sneakers (how about black and white Nike Flyknit sneakers?) or a neutral- and solid-colored oxford shoe. (But, let’s be brutally honest – metallic anything is always going to attract eyes, but that’s not a disadvantage – standing out is always an advantage!) And metallic silver sweatpants can be dressed up with a printed, cropped t-shirt and the highest heels in your wardrobe. There are countless ways to style these sweatpants, and I know I’ll be wearing them endlessly – dressing them up and dressing them down – next Fall and Winter.

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with <3,

Rudy.

Trend Warrior.

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everything.

sarazucker:

the gap has finally revealed its first collection under the helm of [semi-]new creative director rebekka bay and the change is obvious in the sleek and understated designs.

but we were prepared for this — back in december, bay clearly explained her goals, “i think gap has always been the greatest iconic american casualwear brand, and that’s really what i want it to be. i want to own super casual, iconic pieces and be the go-to brand for the wardrobe — almost like building blocks.” this first bay-branded collection certainly has me excited to see more. also, gimme dat tropical print bomber.

**POSSIBLY NSFW** but then that depends on where you work

We’ve been wanting to call this “The Day After” … for no real reason other than … well … itsarifitz spent most of the day after Valentine’s Day (which also happens to be her bday … everybody say “Happy birthday, Ari!”) editing it.

Also, because folks spend A LOT of time trying to create some dream of love or lust or intense desire for 24 hours only, 1 day a year … but we kind of want that the day after too … and then every day after that.  

And don’t we deserve it?

Lucky for us, we get to do all of that with some amazing creatives + even more amazing fashion … pretty much anytime we want it!

So here’s a “Few Days After Valentine’s Day” gift from us to you!  If you’re interested in any of the pieces, we’ve got some amazing shots coming from Meg Allen Studio this week!  Stay tuned!

And … fall in love or lust or intense desire … with something!

9 hours. 3 girls. 1 Elevator. 

Special thanks to JackLucy for providing the featured track, “Poison Me to Blend.”

This film was shot, directed, and edited by Ari Fitz.

Creative direction, hair/makeup/styling by khoLi. of Khafra Company.

Wardrobe provided by:

Danielle Wood Designs

Mercy Vintage

Queering Vintage

SandMaiden Sleepwear