Isabel Marant Spring 2014

Lace and leather, ruffles and studs, black and white, frothy and structured, sugar and spice, tough and nice . . . Isabel Marant played with contrasts for spring, once again proving she is a pro at mastering the bohemian-rock ‘n’ roll look, from head-to-shoe. And until we can get our paws on a pair of slouchy leather pants and grommeted sandal booties, her long awaited collaboration with H&M, which debuts on November 14th, will keep us plenty satisfied.

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Sweet Tooth: Casa de Chocolates

Not only is the San Francisco Bay Area known for it’s natural beauty and entrepreneurial spirit, it’s also recognized for pioneering the organic food movement and producing a plethora of amazing artisanal food products. Banana Republic has been part of this progressive community for 35 years and in continuing the celebration of their anniversary, we are concluding our series with the duo behind a unique chocolate shop in Berkeley, CA called Casa de Chocolates.

Who is Casa de Chocolates: Casa de Chocolates was co-founded by us, Arcelia Gallardo and Amelia Gonzalez, in 2011. Arcelia (pictured on the right) has long been fascinated with the history of chocolate from the Olmecs first drinking it to the Spanish keeping it a secret for a century to all that Europe has done to it since then. She started making chocolate out of her home while selling online and she eventually approached me, Amelia (pictured on the left), to invest to create a production facility and retail location. We both share the same desire to combine the legacies of our Mesoamerican ancestors with our passion for Latino culture, arts and fine chocolates and desserts. We draw inspiration from traditional chocolates, desserts, flavors and images of Mexico, Central America and South America.

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