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The Fashion Spot featuring KULE Take Out cashmere sweater

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Sweater Weather Is Here! Here Are Some You’ll Want To Live In by Sharon Feiereisen

Hello, sweater weather! We didn’t think we’d love you, but with the right items in our shopping cart the tides have shifted.

While right means different things to different people, for the most part, sweaters are something worth investing in and not following trends. Chunky collars, slouchy silhouettes, thick cable knit, stripes and cashmere are among the easy-to-wear sweater signatures that work well for most people year-after-year.

Click through our slideshow to find some seriously great sweaters that will last you many winters to come (no Black AMEX required).

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Kule’s signature upbeat print now in 100% cashmere.

The Take Out Sweater, $298 at Kule

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YOLO Journal featuring Nikki Kule packing tips

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Designer Nikki Kule’s packing tips, a deep dive into the Azores, and a design-focused Dispatch from São Paulo

HOW I PACK

By Nikki Kule 

Nikki with her go-to luggage (left), Some of Nikki’s travel necessities include a Kule tote and half-zip, Joanna Czech wipes, LV x Kusama pouches, Apple headphones, The Row sunglasses, Mature Ha hat, and an Organic by John Patrick cashmere scarf (right)

Nikki’s eponymous fashion brand Kule is the perfect synthesis of uptown-downtown NYC—classic pieces with a a playful, often colorful twist. I met her through my close friend and Yolo contributor Dewey Nicks, and I’m so happy that she agreed to share her pro packing tips here–I’m copying her workout gear solution immediately! -Y.E. 

Go-to luggage? 

My favorite suitcase is the RIMOWA Trunk luggage, which I do check. I used to compete with myself to see if I could live off of a carry-on. I love to shop when I travel, so this never works out for me. I now know myself well enough to know that I need to check a suitcase.

How do you approach the basics?

Packing is hard. It takes time. I have to think about how many days I’ll be away and try to bring ½ basics and ½ fun, so that I’m still inspired and excited to get dressed. I usually pack a little more within a color story when traveling to cities. When it’s a beach vacation, I pack fun patterns, prints (stripes) and some basics. On the plane, I like to look put together. I usually wear layers. I love to wear versatile and super comfortable pants, usually with stretch—I love the new brand High Sport, which are perfect for traveling.

Michael Kors blazer, Gucci flower pin, Saint Laurent sandals, High Sport pants, The Row bag (Left). Loewe bag, K. Jacques sandals, Mature Ha hat, Mikoh caftan, Eres swimsuit, The Row sunglasses, Lancaster sunscreen (Right).

Are you a roller or a folder?

I’m a half and half. I roll to fill the grooves of the luggage so that I create a flat surface. It’s really like baking a cake.

Any other packing tricks or hacks? 

In summer, I can fit a lot more. When packing for colder situations, I have to choose a couple of sweaters and make sure those items could work together with other things. It’s such a science. I love blazers that you can wear as jackets. I try not to pack too many shoes. I try to limit them, because they take up so much room. I would rather have fun clothes than fun shoes. My biggest issue is that I love to run when I travel, so I always have the dilemma of workout gear (running shoes). I strive to find the lightest workout clothes. I’m obsessed with Tracksmith—they make the lightest jacket ever—it could fit in my wallet. And I cannot skimp on the sneakers—I wear these from Brook’s Running, and I have been wearing Brooks for years. 

What’s your shoe strategy? 

I love K. Jacques sandals for warm weather—they pack completely flat, are super comfortable, and are versatile but not boring. For colder locations, I pack a pair of loafers and a nice pair of sneakers, like my Spalwarts

How do you think about accessories? 

I’m not really an accessories person, so I don’t have to think about it too much :). I do love a black or white flower pin to take a blazer into the evening. 

Do you have a great travel hat? 

Yes, I do! I have this hat that was given to me as a gift by Michael Kors and Lance LePere. It’s a raffia hat that completely flattens. It’s genius.

Mature Ha hat (left), Nikki in her favorite travel hat (right)

What’s always in your Dopp kit/toiletry bag? 

I’m not a huge product person, but I always use Shiseido sunscreen moisturizer with SPF. I stocked up on eBay because it’s discontinued now! I also love the Barbara Sturm face wash and the glow drops. I love to travel with makeup-removing wipes for quick refreshment throughout the trip. I use them on my face on the airplane so that I land feeling refreshed. I’m careful not to buy makeup with glass/heavy packaging. Pro-tip: get those samples at the counter!

On a plane, what essentials does your carry-on bag always contain? 

Face wipes—Joanna Czech makeup removing wipes. I always like to bring my favorite Kule cozy socks and the Apple AirPods Max wireless headphones, and I load up my iPad with tons of good TV shows, movies, and music. I am also always on the plane with Benadryl—you never know if you’ll need it (it’s happened before!).

Any wisdom on traveling with electronics? 

The chargers are getting harder and harder. With so many different Apple chargers, they’re no longer using USB, so you have to carry all the extras just in case. I keep them consolidated in a striped Baggu bag.

CFDA

CFDA featuring Nikki Kule on Antisemitism in Fashion

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We Need to Talk About Antisemitism by Sacha Brown and Marc Karimzadeh

“Antisemitism is a deadly hate crime.”

This is Marc Jacobs, speaking out against antisemitism in an October Instagram post, one of the few major American designers to acknowledge the alarming rise in attacks against Jews across America.

The data is indeed alarming. The Jewish community makes up for less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, yet, according to an FBI report, 63 percent of religious hate crimes target Jews.

Antisemitism has been on a steady rise in recent years, but the last two years in particular have seen record spikes, from physical harm to propaganda and vitriol spewed on social media platforms – from public figures including government representatives on both the far left and far right ends of the political spectrum – and organized groups such as the white supremacist Proud Boys and Goyim Defense League as well as extreme sects of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.

The CFDA has been closely monitoring the surge in antisemitism. We always stand up for communities facing bias and hate, and the CFDA stands with the Jewish community.

We won’t turn a blind eye to bigotry and want to contribute to the work being done to bring attention to antisemitism and ways to combat it.

In an industry revered for championing important social causes, the silence among our talents has been deafening, especially to those of us vulnerable to antisemitism, so we reached out to a selection of our designers and other fashion personalities to talk about antisemitism, and ways fashion can help fight it.

“I’m saddened and extremely alarmed by the dramatic rise in antisemitism and hate sentiment in general. It is of utmost importance that people feel accepted and welcomed regardless of their faith, race, sex, gender, or identity. Unfortunately, when we as a society make steps forward to eradicate hate, we often seem to slide backwards. So we have to make the choice every day to actively combat bigotry and hatred and show others that when you reject prejudice and fear, you invite understanding.”

– Michael Kors

WE HAVE TO MAKE THE CHOICE EVERY DAY TO ACTIVELY COMBAT BIGOTRY AND HATRED AND SHOW OTHERS THAT WHEN YOU REJECT PREJUDICE AND FEAR, YOU INVITE UNDERSTANDING.

“The antisemitism that the Jewish community faces has existed for thousands of years and continues today. This is unacceptable. The horrors of the Holocaust occurred less than 100 years ago, and somehow it feels like most of the world has already forgotten. It is not only our responsibility as Jews to stand up against antisemitism; we need all groups to do their part to stand up for us as well. The fact remains that one of the highest rate of hate crimes in the country is against Jews. We must all do our part to embrace tolerance instead of fear, education in place of ignorance, and love instead of hate.”

– Donna Karan

IT IS NOT ONLY OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS JEWS TO STAND UP AGAINST ANTISEMITISM; WE NEED ALL GROUPS TO DO THEIR PART TO STAND UP FOR US AS WELL.

“As a brand, we have been supporting equal rights for almost 40 years and working to highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance. It is shocking to me that in 2023, when so much progress has been made in certain areas, we are seeing a surge in antisemitism.  I have always believed that ‘being different is what we have in common,’ and I encourage others to look at everyone through that lens as well. The CFDA is amazing at bringing the fashion community together to speak up about social issues, and I am hopeful that together we can stand for strength and light in the face of so much hate and darkness.”

– Kenneth Cole

IT IS SHOCKING TO ME THAT IN 2023, WHEN SO MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN CERTAIN AREAS, WE ARE SEEING A SURGE IN ANTISEMITISM.

“As someone who lived through the Anschluss in the 1930s during the slaughter of millions of Jews, the specter is strong enough for me to recognize the similarities today and the horrifying possibilities of it happening again. The fashion business has to consciously promote inclusivity. Our industry needs to keep its arms open to ALL. What the Jewish people have historically experienced is representative of a breeding ground for all the hate that is targeting disenfranchised people. We must continually educate and appreciate the wonder of diversity.”

– Stan Herman

WHAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE HISTORICALLY EXPERIENCED IS REPRESENTATIVE OF A BREEDING GROUND FOR ALL THE HATE THAT IS TARGETING DISENFRANCHISED PEOPLE.

“I think the rise in hate crimes against Jews is utterly despicable but not surprising because the white supremacist movement over the last few years has felt empowered by Trump and other right-wing extremists. Jan 6th could not have spelled it out clearer. I’ve been Involved in U.S. politics for over 30 years and these times we are living in are the worst of the worst. Sadly, I have no idea what can be done to help other than just continue to speak out against hate of all kinds and vote for candidates who will do the same. The fashion industry has a big platform and can maybe help by educating young people about the rise in antisemitism and making them aware that it’s a real issue that needs attention.”

– Lisa Perry

THE FASHION INDUSTRY HAS A BIG PLATFORM AND CAN MAYBE HELP BY EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE RISE IN ANTISEMITISM AND MAKING THEM AWARE THAT IT’S A REAL ISSUE THAT NEEDS ATTENTION.

“In a time where diversity and inclusivity are pushed everywhere, it’s disheartening to see so much hate towards a people simply because they are Jewish. We have seen this movie played out through history – children and adults alike being physically and verbally attacked because they are Jewish. We are seeing it in our own backyard on a weekly basis. New York leads the country in antisemitic incidents, and it accounts for 58 percent of all religious hate crimes in the U.S. You rarely hear of a Jew being violent or committing hate crimes so to see antisemitism being normalized is very troubling.

The fashion industry is very opinionated and rightfully so, but rarely do we see people with a platform speaking out against antisemitism. There is absolutely no place for hate of any kind towards people because of their race or religion.

Stop giving people who spew hate a platform including everyone who thinks they’re an expert on the centuries-old conflict in the Middle East. Support your Jewish neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

Many people don’t realize the impact Jews have had on the fashion industry. Some of the biggest legends, not only in fashion but across all industries, are Jewish.

 Ariel and Shimon Ovadia

IN A TIME WHERE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY ARE PUSHED EVERYWHERE, IT’S DISHEARTENING TO SEE SO MUCH HATE TOWARDS A PEOPLE SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE JEWISH.

“It is obviously frightening – for myself, my community, and society at large. I hope we can take this moment to teach and learn about Jewish history and American Jewish experiences as they were and are, not as the hateful conspiracies portray them. I’d like to know, ’What’s been going through non-Jewish people’s minds?’ [Fashion can help]– the same way I would hope it fights any other hatred: by having people in the industry call it out as unacceptable and choose their partners accordingly.”

– Nikki Kule

I HOPE WE CAN TAKE THIS MOMENT TO TEACH AND LEARN ABOUT JEWISH HISTORY AND AMERICAN JEWISH EXPERIENCES AS THEY WERE AND ARE, NOT AS THE HATEFUL CONSPIRACIES PORTRAY THEM.

“Although it is devastating, this also strengthens our resolve to combat antisemitism and hate, and stand up for marginalized communities everywhere. We cannot let the antisemites, racists, and bigots win by accepting their extremism as part of the norm. It can’t be brushed aside. We must all push back on this rising tide of hate while we still have the opportunity to do so, and use our platforms is a great place to start. It’s important that those with large platforms – whether it be industry leaders, models, influencers, brands – speak out and call out hate whenever or wherever it arises. This includes anti-Black racism, anti-LGBTQ+ hate, and antisemitism. With the amount of reach some have via their social media platforms, they can do an unbelievable and invaluable amount of good with a mere post. Also, fashion companies and brands should make a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) workshops and training for their employees; including modules that deal with antisemitism. Many companies have already adopted DEI-focused training for their employees but some have neglected to include antisemitism as an area of focus. With incidents of antisemitic hate at all-time highs, it’s a no-brainer for companies to institute this sort of training to do their part in the fight against hate.”

– Hannah Bronfman, Activist, Angel Investor, Author, Founder of HBFIT & On-Camera Personality

IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THOSE WITH LARGE PLATFORMS – WHETHER IT BE INDUSTRY LEADERS, MODELS, INFLUENCERS, BRANDS – SPEAK OUT AND CALL OUT HATE WHENEVER OR WHEREVER IT ARISES.

“It affects me hugely daily. As a mom, as a boss, as a Jewish grandchild of a Holocaust survivor. It makes me sick to my stomach and quite frankly, scared for the Jewish people’s safety. I keep thinking about my grandmother Sidia and what she would have said in these times, and how critical it is that we keep telling our story and fighting for our community. I’m not naive—I know antisemitism has been present always, but it feels as though the recent bouts are amplified via social media to new heights, and certain public figures give motivation and misinformation to those who may not have had any urge to act antisemitic in this way. This frustrates me endlessly, yet I know the Jewish people are strong and come together in force when under threat. I am very proud to be Jewish and to run a brand inspired by my grandmother, a true survivor.

The fashion industry has a timely opportunity to step up and be allies to its Jewish community. Firstly, by opening and normalizing the dialogue among teams, discussing people’s fears, realities, and showing that we are all human and bonded at the end of the day. Amplifying Jewish stories is critical, like the ones of Holocaust survivors, so our stories can’t get stifled and forgotten.

The fashion industry should choose very carefully whom they partner with and who will be the voice and face of their brands, ceasing relationships with those who are partaking in the hate. Antisemitism often creeps into the everyday. Figureheads and brands may not realize that criticism of Jewish people, culture, or Israel directly correlates to hate and violence against Jews overall. I think more education on antisemitism and lack of hesitation in calling it out is a big opportunity in the industry.”

– Erin Kleinberg, CEO and Co-Founder, Metier Creative, Founder and CEO, Sidia Brand

THE FASHION INDUSTRY SHOULD CHOOSE VERY CAREFULLY WHOM THEY PARTNER WITH AND WHO WILL BE THE VOICE AND FACE OF THEIR BRANDS, CEASING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE WHO ARE PARTAKING IN THE HATE.

“The surge in antisemitism and its recent mainstreaming in America is gravely alarming. The fashion industry, which is probably among the most diverse of any, cannot tolerate hate in any form. It must clearly, quickly, and unequivocally confront antisemitism whenever and from whomever, it comes.” –

 Lizzie Tisch, Founder of the LTD by Lizzie Tisch fashion and art curation consultancy

THE FASHION INDUSTRY, WHICH IS PROBABLY AMONG THE MOST DIVERSE OF ANY, CANNOT TOLERATE HATE IN ANY FORM.

“As the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors, I was raised to be proudly Jewish. What’s happening today is beyond alarming, and people who lead this harmful rhetoric have come out of the shadows in a way that is bold and dangerous. Antisemitism is now mainstream, and for the sake of everyone who lost ancestors at the hands of the Nazis, we can’t just sit by and hope someone else solves this for us. Watching this happen and doing nothing is unacceptable. The fashion industry has always been a guiding force in taking on important causes and issues. We have all held hands to support everything from HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer, Planned Parenthood, Diversity, and Equity Initiatives; the list goes on. Fighting antisemitism needs our collective muscle and attention. The industry comprises many Jewish thought-leaders, and historically, Jews have been at the forefront of fashion since the 1800s. We must be proud of our heritage and see our colleagues and peers stand up for us the same way we have always stood up for them. The world needs to see our industry’s solidarity against the cancer of antisemitism because it is cancer.”

 Aliza Licht, Founder of LEAVE YOUR MARK & Author of ON BRAND

THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE OUR INDUSTRY’S SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE CANCER OF ANTISEMITISM BECAUSE IT IS CANCER.

“The recent surge in antisemitism has been extremely terrifying. As the great-grandchild of Holocaust survivors and as a mom of three teenagers, I can’t help but imagine my kids enduring the horrors of that time; it may seem radically different but the Nazi era didn’t start with rounding up and gassing Jews; it began with stereotyping, cruel comic strips, and hateful rhetoric — just like we are seeing today.

The fashion industry can have a ZERO tolerance policy toward any designer who spews hate, whether sober, drunk, or insane (cough, cough: Kanye). I actually believe Galliano’s lame excuse that he was not sober is worse: In Vino Veritas. As with Mel Gibson or any other idiot igniting the fires of antisemitism, words have violent consequences and they need to have the oxygen of PR switched immediately OFF.”

 Jill Kargman, Writer & Actress

THE FASHION INDUSTRY CAN HAVE A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY TOWARD ANY DESIGNER WHO SPEWS HATE, WHETHER SOBER, DRUNK, OR INSANE.

“I am a proud Jew and I openly wear a Jewish star every day. The rise in antisemitism – including physical harassment and killing of Jews – means every time I go out as a Jew into the world, I have to wonder whether someone will target me as a result. But no matter what comes our way, Jews have always survived, and I’ll never stop being proud of who I am.

Unfortunately, I think the fashion industry has been a bit silent on the topic which is disheartening when they’ve been so vocal about every other social issue. I think for starters, show solidarity with your Jewish peers and friends. If you see antisemitism, call it out. Include Jews in fashion campaigns and initiatives. Throughout the last 10 years I’ve seen fashion houses being called out for not being inclusive, and today, it’s more inclusive than ever yet still lacks Jews. I’m not saying include Jews in every single campaign, but I would like to see more and feel represented. Create initiatives that represent all minorities that face bigotry and hate crimes and through fashion we can unite all minorities to fight against the common enemy which is hate.”

 Moti Ankari, Content Creator

SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH YOUR JEWISH PEERS AND FRIENDS. IF YOU SEE ANTISEMITISM, CALL IT OUT.

“The fashion industry has an ethical and social responsibility to show the world how fashion can be a powerful tool in combating antisemitism. As a brand whose product does not discriminate, we champion diversity, inclusion and equality. We believe that fashion can be an agent of positive change in the world.”

– Jennifer Fisher

THE FASHION INDUSTRY HAS AN ETHICAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW THE WORLD HOW FASHION CAN BE A POWERFUL TOOL IN COMBATING ANTISEMITISM.

CFDA HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANTISEMITISM.

PLEASE HELP US AMPLIFY THE URGENCY IN FIGHTING IT.

The Strategist

the strategist featuring KULE warehouse sale 2023

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22 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Breville to Cuup by Sam Daly

Now that the New Year is here, many Strategist-approved brands are trying to clear out stock after the whirlwind that was the holiday season. Best Buy is hosting a massive three-day sale through Sunday night, and you’ll find a nice selection of small kitchen appliances on sale at Amazon. Urban Outfitters is offering half-off home décor, while you can find everything under the sun discounted over at Nordstrom for its half-yearly sale. Plus, Francophiles — or just fans of stripes — should know that Alex Mill and Kule are both having warehouse sales this weekend. As always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.

Kule The Rufus

Kule The Rufus $48 $95

now 49% off

For the deepest discounts you’ll see on Kule all year, the brand’s warehouse sale just launched last night. Don’t dillydally, though: Popular sizes are already starting to sell out.

$48 AT KULE

Kule The Women's Block Sock

Kule The Women’s Block Sock $15 $30

now 50% off

Half-off socks fit for the Ellsworth Kelly fan.

$15 AT KULE

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Here’s Exactly What To Gift Pet Parents Whose Fur Babies Are As Chic As They Are by Anna Buckman

Many of us have *that* one friend in our lives — the impossibly chic person whose pet is somehow just as stylish. They’re forever posting images of themselves and their furry friends in wildly cool outfits and accessories on Instagram, and they literally turn heads when they walk their pooches down the street. If you know one of these people, you know one of the best things to give them for the holidays is a present for their pet: A chic gift that will elevate their perfect style even further (and definitely make everyone more jealous of them than they already are).

Fortunately, the options in that arena are endless these days. Honestly, start searching and you’ll probably realize that there’s very little you can get for dogs and cats that you can’t get for yourself, so wide-ranging are the offerings. That said, there are definitely some brands and retailers with dog- and cat-wear that stand out from the pack — and that’s definitely where you should begin your shopping.

To help you out, TZR dug through many, many sites to find the best, most stylish pieces that any dog or cat parent would be proud for their fur baby to wear (and TBH, possibly even wear themselves). Here are our favorite pieces for gifting this season.

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KULE The Dog Moritz $45

You can quite literally twin with your dog with this KULE x Maxbone balaclava, which has a matching, human-sized counterpart.

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS: PART TWO

How is your holiday shopping going? I’m actually fairly on top of things for a change, but have found some new goodies, most from women-founded brands and friends of Flair. I would take them all.

My friend Nikki Kule makes the Jackie O-ish balaclava for all you who are ski bound or just live somewhere cold. This year I just might need one. Pair with oversized sunglasses.

The Moritz balaclava, $148