We’re Ready to Grow!

We recently launched our crowdfunding campaign on StartEngine, the nation’s leading equity crowdfunding platform. Now we can offer our customers the opportunity to invest in our vision of eco-friendly, size-inclusive and affordable women’s apparel.

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That’s right, you can invest in a company committed to creating comfortable and sustainable clothing that transforms the way women feel. Learn more here about Stella Carakasi’s mission.

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We’re pleased to share with the public an opportunity to invest in our vision of eco-friendly, size-inclusive and affordable women’s apparel. We’re proud to utilize a trusted brand like StartEngine to educate the public about our company and the opportunities presented by Regulation CF.

Steven Boutrous, CEO and Co-Founder

Individuals interested in the Stella Carakasi DTC, Inc. equity crowdfunding campaign can find more information by visiting: www.startengine.com/stellacarakasi.

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Feeling Left Out of the Fashion Conversation?

The average American woman is a size 16. But, many trendy brands across the board only offer sizes up to 12 or 14. Fashion brands that offer sizes beyond 12 and 14 often limit their selection to BASIC and BOXY styles. This means that an entire cross-section of our population has been ignored and, quite frankly, shut out of the fashion conversation. 

 

At Stella Carakasi, we’re here to change that. We’re bridging the size gap by creatively engineering every style in our collection to fit beautifully on women size XS-XL (sizes 2 to 16). We want our customers to have the freedom to shop our entire collection.

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We have an in-house team of highly trained technical designers drafting patterns and sewing proto-types under Stella’s direction. Each garment goes through an extensive development process to ensure that it is constructed with longevity in mind and that the fit meets our standards.

 

Stella Carakasi creates luxurious, smart, and affordable designer wear for women who strive to live well, consume responsibly and believe in feeling comfortable and stylish no matter her age, shape or size.

We invite you to explore the Stella Carakasi collection today! Sign up here to receive our emails and be the first to know about new releases, styling tips and special events. (Plus get 10% off your first order!)

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“Keep Up the Chic” When Temps Drop 

During winter months, shoppers are seeking advice on how to beat the chill without sacrificing style. Here at Stella Carakasi, our stylists direct customers to our Peruvian Alpaca collection; the perfect starting point when building a fashionable and functional winter wardrobe. 

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Stella Carakasi has a particular knack for creating stunning designs that also meet women’s everyday needs. On a trip to Peru, Stella was inspired to create a collection of superbly tailored coats and sublimely soft sweaters after learning about the amazing properties of alpaca. 

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Alpaca is one of nature’s softest and most luxurious fibers and has some surprisingly advanced technological attributes:

  • Naturally insulating qualities that allow your body to regulate its temperature
  • Retains body heat in cold climates and allows breathability in warmer climates.
  • Alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin and therefore is hypoallergenic and does not itch

 

Sourced from small-scale ranchers in the Peruvian Andes and woven by family-owned artisan mills, our expertly tailored collection of luxury alpaca designer wear is made in limited quantities to ensure the highest production standard and eliminate excess waste.

 

Need some winter-chic inspo? Shop Looks We Love to get head-to-toe outfits put together by Stella’s top stylists. 

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Fall Trend Report: Cue The Color

This season the runway embraced ’80s opulence in the form of bold color, strong silhouettes, and dramatic combinations. We’ve taken some cues from the runway and infused our latest fall capsule release with luxe fabrics, statement colors and refined details. 

Check out our stylists’ tips for rocking this season’s trending colors:

A Punch Of Pink

Fuchsia…a fresh, unique, unexpected vibrant shade of pink that takes your color game to the next level. We are loving this statement color for its bold beauty and ability to go from desk to dusk with confidence.
Pro tip: Pair fuchsia with denim by day and jet black by night for an ultra-feminine look that packs a punch.

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Out Of The Blue

Aquarius…wake up your wardrobe with the brilliance of electric blue. We’re obsessed with the dynamic energy of aquarius because it looks fabulous on all skin tones and plays well with the colors you already have in your closet.
Pro tip: This color can be worn year round so it’s a great opportunity to splurge on a statement piece that you’ll wear season after season.

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It’s All In Black And White

Black & White…these endlessly sophisticated classic colors are tried and true neutrals that mix and match effortlessly.  Pop them with bold tones or shades of grey…no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Pro tip: Take advantage of their versatility and experiment with texture and pattern, even pairing prints with stripes!

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Our takeaway? Bold color, stripes, and unexpected combinations rule! We’ve created a collection of Looks We Love to show you how we’re wearing this season’s hottest color trends. Need a little help deciding which size is best for you or how to put a look together? Ask us! Click here to send us an email.

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Three Colors to Wear This Fall

A desire for tranquility, strength and optimism have inspired the color palette for our Pre-Fall 2018 capsule. We’ve taken the edge off by creating hues that work with most skin tones and look fantastic back to black.  The result is a collection of easy-to-wear pops of color that are not only re-energizing but have longevity.

Explore our key colors of the season:

A Dash of Saffron

Fabulously sophisticated when paired with confident neutrals like deep black, paper white or rich sable; Saffron is a spicy yellow with an exotic touch. Create a signature style or look by combining Saffron with unexpected colors. Experiment and have fun.

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A Pop of Pimento

Like the change in the color of autumn leaves, orange often represents the shift in seasons. This unexpected shade transforms the seasonal color story with a vibrant splash sure to wake up your wardrobe. A key statement color like Pimento helps round out a wardrobe that is both functional and on-point.

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Caper is the New Black

A versatile “neutral” with chameleon-like ability to transcend the seasons. This tranquil shade of a green has a grounding influence on so many other colors and works seamlessly back to denim and neutrals. Use Caper to up-level your color game.

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Celebrate shorter days, cooler weather and fresh directions. This fall, create your own story and style by rethinking timeless favorites and exploring new color and luxe textures. Everyone has a story to tell.

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4 Easy Steps to Transition Your Wardrobe From Summer to Fall

 

Create a Trans-Seasonal Wardrobe

Transitioning your clothes from one season to the next doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be the perfect opportunity to incorporate a more sustainable approach to your wardrobe while preparing for the change in season.  Here are some chic weatherproof suggestions to help build or to add to your transitional wardrobe.

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1. Reach for colors that work in summer and in fall.

Brights inherently make you think of a hot summer day by the pool, while muted jewel tones bring to mind crisp fall days. The next time you go shopping, choose hues that work in both worlds—hot and cold—like white, navy, denim or army green. These neutrals will help you build a versatile color palette to keep you looking chic even as the months change and temps drop.

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2. Don’t store every ‘summer’ piece.

Before you do a total seasonal switch out, think about some of the pieces you’ve been wearing and how they can transition to cooler weather and warmer tones.

In terms of what to store: Pack away anything that screams “summer” such as linen shorts, cotton dresses, bright summery prints, and flat sandals. Keep out anything made with silk or Tencel (blousesdresses, blazers) or in cotton (T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, lightweight sweaters) which can be worn all year around. As for shoes, feel free to keep your casual heeled sandals out—try wearing opaque tights with them under a fall skirt.

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3. Choose your splurges wisely.

Summer style is all about your entire outfit since every piece is visible, whereas during fall and winter coats and jackets take center stage. Consider investing in a well-fitting, stylish coat that can carry an entire outfit.

It’s worth splurging on a gorgeous piece that you know you’ll be wearing for seasons to come. Make it something classic like a statement that’ll never go out of style. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color either, while black is a serious investment piece, opting for a color that complements your skin tone automatically elevates your look.

4. Layer, layer, layer!

San Franciscans are layering experts. Within a single day in our city, you can experience a 45-degree foggy morning, to a 70-degree sunny afternoon, to a bone-chillingly cold (and windy) night. Opt for a few lighter pieces that you can layer on top of each other—and take on and off throughout the day.

It’s the perfect time to reassess your closet and even take a risk or two with your personal style. Shop Stella’s Pre-Fall Collection to find the perfect pieces to set the tone for this season.

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Stella Carakasi Flagship Store Is Turning One!

 

Located right here on fabulous Fourth Street in Berkeley, California and less than a mile from Stella’s design studio, the Stella Carakasi flagship store is a dream realized. After successfully launching her online store, Stella wanted to create a beautifully curated boutique that was more than just a showroom, but a creative space to collaborate with other artists, local designers and to connect with her customers.

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This past year has been an amazing journey for our entire team. We’ve launched two collections, staged fashion shows, collaborated with amazing female entrepreneurs and hosted incredible in-store events with local and non-profit organizations including: The Guild, Dress For Success, Watermark and The Berkeley School.

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At the heart of our store you will find our stylists, who are creative and customer focused.  They delight in exceeding shopper expectations and are passionate about helping women realize their personal style.

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Join us in-store July 7 and 8 as we celebrate our one year anniversary and enter a chance to win a $100 gift card! Can’t make it to Berkeley this weekend? No worries, we’ve pulled together our ultimate collection of Stella Carakasi’s top ten faves. Including flowing tunics, leggings made in San Francisco, lush pops of color and signature travel wear. Ready to start shopping?

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