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Fashion Find! This week I’m sporting my new tops from LABEL+thread, a luxury knitwear collection. The designers of LABEL+thread, Catrin Grote and Theresa Robinson, have over 25 years of design experience with brands like Banana Republic and A/X Armani Exchange. And they are also moms who have four children between the two of them. So they “get” how fashion needs to function in my world.

I’m wearing the Button Shoulder Boat Neck ($205) in mint/grey. The fine merino wool sweater is perfect for spring and summer. I paired it with Ralph Lauren jeans and boots and a vintage belt I found in Brazil last year. It’s a look I can wear to school, informal meetings and to casual dinners. I like the trim fit of the sweater–it’s perfect for layering under a blazer.

It’s really all about the details. I love this unexpected twist at the shoulder–a pop of fuchsia on the buttons! This collection falls into the definition of refined casual. I love this versatile top and think it can tolerate heavy rotation in my wardrobe.

LABEL+thread, believes in purity of design and material. LABEL+thread speaks to the lives of busy women that need clothing that is versatile and sophisticated. I was able to score an interview with Catrin one of the Founders. Catrin spent 10 years at Banana Republic and J.Crew before she had, “A desire to break away from the corporate world and try a hand at what I always wanted.”

Catrin and her partner collaborate on everything. Right now they are marketing their third collection. Here are a few of my questions.

Nicole: What draws you to knits?

Catrin: The comfort factor and the versatility, the fact that you can take it with you anywhere. I probably have more sweaters that most people. And knits pack easily. The long range plan is to make this a lifestyle brand cautiously. We are trying to find an identity. We are adding knits.

N: What about this collection speaks to a stylish mom?

C: It’??s clothes that work for me, I like to think of myself as a stylish mom. I wouldn’??t put anything in this collection that I would not wear.

N: How do you set the brand apart?

C: The ‘??surprises’? evolve from season to season. It’??s an incomplete stripe here or a unexpected lining there. Hot pink is our trademark

N: Tell me about how you decided to work in this casual chic price range?

C: These are difficult times. We feel like our sweet spot is $250-$350…$450 tops–that is the pain threshhold.

N: Any tips for taking care of knits?

C: The classic complaint in cashmere is pilling. It starts pilling really soon and it doesn’??t look nice. The best way to care for it to hand wash. Dry cleaning will only add chemicals to it. Same goes for cotton–dry cleaning isn’t a great idea. Don’??t tumble dry. Flat dry afterwards.

N: Where do you go to get inspired?

C: I am very moved by raw materials. Watching shows is less inspiring than seeing as many kinds of yarn suppliers, or swatches. I look around my studio and see stacks and stacks of yarn cards and swatches…that’s inspiring.

To keep up on all the news from LABEL + thread you can follow them on Facebook here and
on Twitter: @labelandthread

Win it! LABEL+thread is giving away a $185 e-giftcard to one lucky fashionista.  To enter visit www.labelandthread.com and do some virtual window shopping. Link up you fashion post for the week and please also leave a comment below with your favorite item from the LABEL + thread line.



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Nicole Feliciano is the Founder & Editor of Momtrends. Prior to launching Momtrends, she was a fashion executive at Ralph Lauren. Now her mission is bringing style to fashion-starved moms everywhere. Nicole is a lifestyle expert, spokesperson and lover of all things social media. Follow her on twitter @momtrends
  • http://yummymummysgalore.blogspot.com Rachel

    that is such a gorgeous jumper, wand what a great fit on you. also i am loving(!!) those boots!!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      The boots I adore. They are from last spring and look v. Cute with skirts too.

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  • http://raisingthreesavvyladies.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/bryant-park-fashion/ Kerri

    Love the boatneck top. It looks super comfy for a warm spring day.

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Its perfect for those 60/70 days.

  • http://fashionbyalicia.blogspot.com Fashion By Alicia

    Great details on the top!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Isn’t the hot pink fun!

  • http://www.musingsofahousewife.com Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}

    LOVE that sweater!

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      I could definitely see you in this line JoLyne-

  • http://aspiringnewmoms.blogspot.com Aspiring New Moms

    Love that striped t-shirt dress in black and white. I also love your striped top, Nicole! Thanks for the link-up and giveaway.

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Glad you could stop by.

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  • http://staycationmama.blogspot.com Missa

    I’m diggin’ the luxe henley. http://labelandthread.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=86 I don’t have enough basics so I’m very excited to learn about this brand.

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      This will become my new go to top. Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.tanvii.com Tanvi

    You look casual chic. Love the stripes! :)

    ‘?? © tanvii.com ‘??

    • http://momtrends.com Nicole

      Thanks Tanvii.

  • http://www.kirstinmarie.com Kirstin Marie

    I LOVE your boots. This is a great outfit. Your sweater is really cute! I have one very similar that’s a favorite.

    • http://www.momtrends.com/ Nicole Feliciano

      Thank you–who says horizontal stripes are a no-no!

  • http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com Bonnie

    I really love the little details in the top. It’s super cute!

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • http://style-delights.blogspot.com/ Jyoti (Style-Delights)

    Wow, such a chic blouse! Love this brand! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

  • http://style-delights.blogspot.com/ Jyoti (Style-Delights)

    I am a cardigan girl – and Label + Thread pima cotton ribbed cardigan seems so versatile – all year long! That is one piece I really loved at L+t shop! Fingers crossed for the giveaway- If I won, that is the piece I am getting:-)
    Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

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  • http://shopfreak14.blogspot.com shopfreak

    Love the striped merino crew..thanks for the chance to win!

  • http://www.talkingwithtami.com tami

    You are looking great girly!

  • http://www.fortheloveof.net Andrea Howe

    The tape yarn tunic is gorgeous! I’d definitely get a lot of use out of that!

  • http://gracefully50.com Jeannie

    What a super cute top!! Yes, the details!!
    Love the look!! The boots are darn nice, too!

  • http://thefrugalistadiaries.blogspot.com megan, the frugalista diaries

    Love the detailing Nicole!

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  • http://www.watchoutforthewoestmans.blogspot.com Doranda

    I like the Luxe Coverstitch Cardigan | Grey/white. It looks like the perfect cardigan that will go with anything. Thanks for hosting!

  • http://www.bravoerunway.com bravoerunway

    Thank you for introducing us to this brand and the details are absolutely amazing. Hope you had a nice mother’s day!

  • http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com Kristin

    You look amazing! Those boots…LOVE!

  • http://sheaccessorizeswell.blogspot.com Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

    The Shirred Neck cardigan in coral is just beautiful!

  • http://www.flatstoflipflops.com Ashley

    Love the Luxe Striped Cardigan! Crossing my fingers!
    Ashley:)

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  • http://fashionista-next-door.com Eboni

    Love, love, love your boots! So cute!

  • Rochel S

    I love the Ribbed Cotton Cardigan in the Mint color. Its my favorite color! And i like the sweater you are wearing too!

  • http://www.gray-skies.blogspot.com/ Stacey

    Your sweater is beautiful! I also love the striped cotton scoop sweater – I’m a sucker for anything with stripes :)

  • http://www.oksanalikesit.blogspot.com/ oksana

    Love your look! Tres chic!

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  • http://glamamom.com Glamamom

    I love the mint color sweater you chose. They really have fabulous stuff.

  • http://theforgestyle.blogspot.com Sophie

    lovely boots and thanks for hosting again :)

  • http://delayedmissives.com Alex Elizabeth

    I love the buttons! I’m a sucker for unexpected little things like that.

  • http://www.thirtysomethingfashion.com Carly

    Great staple for the wardrobe…modern and trendy but in a way that is wearable for a years to come. LOVE the button detail…that is my motto..its all in the details:)
    Happy week to you and hope you had a lovely Mothers Day.
    C

  • http://www.seasonalcoloranalysis.net Jeanine @ Seasonal Color Analysis

    Beautiful sweater, and I love knits, but I could never afford to spend that much money on one. And I want my knits to be machine washable. On the other hand, I guess if I were rich enough to buy my clothes from there, I’d be rich enough to hire someone to do my laundry!

  • Natalie Shmigelsky

    Absolutely LOVE the Luxe Henley | Green/oatmeal! SOO gorgeous! nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

  • http://rufflesandtruffles.com Katie

    Oh wow – LOVE so many items from LABEL + thread! The striped t shirt dress is my favorite though!

  • http://bittyandbunny.blogspot.com kym

    i’m loving the tape yarn tunic and the striped twist scrunch scarf. oh, and your sweater is pretty gorgeous too! thanks for hosting today’s link up and the giveaway!!

  • http://www.stylementor.us Rachel {Raw-kul}

    LOVE the boots and that watch is yummy! I too am inspired by raw ingredients. :-)

  • jodi adams

    love the button shoulder boat neck

  • http://www.expressive-style.blogspot.com Carrie Teal

    You are so right about the details, I love those buttons with the pink thread. Adorable!

  • http://ifiwereabritgirl.blogspot.com/ Tia

    Super cute outfit! Riding boots are AMAZING!!!

  • http://www.curvyeveryday.com Curvy Everyday

    It is all about the details. I love those boots!

  • http://www.styleagent909.blogspot.com Sheila

    I like the knitted tank tops shown in gray and white.

  • http://havebreakfastwithtiffany.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    You’re so cute, Nicole! I love that color on you.

    I really like the Shirred Neck Cardigan on their website!

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  • http://www.mommydelicious.com/ Alicia @MommyDelicious

    Okay, 1) I love that belt. And 2) What a great sweater! The detail on the shoulder is great and I’m already thinking of things I can pair with the sweater.

  • http://kristinsveranda.com/vignettes Kristin

    Thanks for hosting! Oh gosh…so many cute things on their site. Even though we’re headed into summer here, that Luxe Turtleneck is screaming my name, and promising so many cozy nights by the fire :-)

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  • http://theotherpocket.blogspot.com Stacey

    I love the cashmere sweater!

  • Jill M

    I loved the Tape Yarn Tunic!