This season, say “forget you” to junk and focus on gifts that will last

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Did you know smart phones are designed to be replaced every couple years or so? Think about it. They release new phone models every year with the hope that we as consumers will replace our old models with the new ones. This is a real thing and it’s called planned obsolescence. A policy of doing business where the design of the product has its obsolescence built in, meaning the product will be obsolete (not usable, neither in form nor function) before long. This principle pervades many companies in many industries, even fashion! Crazy, right?

Now we don’t want to bore you (or enrage you for that matter) with economic policies such as this. We simply want to open your eyes to the fact that this happens, and it happens a lot. At some point in your life you’ve come across a pair of cheaply made boots or purses that fell apart in a flash, no? Or maybe those same boots or purses even went out of style too quickly. That’s not by accident.

In an age where products in both fashion and technology are intentionally built to be replaced within a matter of years we at The Stockist have always aimed at securing the highest quality, long-lasting brands in our store. To stock brilliantly made products is an honor. In fact, that’s one of the tenets we were founded on.

Take Red Wing for example: they’re a proud and iconic brand that we carry in store. And they got that way by producing quality bootwear for over a hundred years. After you’ve worn your Red Wings every day for years on end, and after countless summer camping trips and myriad winter hiking excursions along the way you can rest easy knowing that even if your boots are starting to show a little wear and tear just send them off to Red Wing, Minnesota for careful restoration.

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Then we’ve got Baggu, a fast-growing bag and accessory brand – based out of San Francisco and Brooklyn – known for its simple, timeless aesthetic. And believe it or not it all began with one bag back in 2007: a classic, clean nylon tote styled after a plain ol’ grocery bag.

What do they have now? They’ve got everything from leather purses, clutches and backpacks to ripstop nylon and canvas versions of the very same. Simple designs and quality construction ensures Baggu bags stand the test of time both in fashion and durability.

We’re in the thick of the holidays. We know it’s easy to get caught in the mindset of buying a gift just to buy a gift. But think about it for a minute first. If we purchase well-made, environmentally friendly products then that puts these kinds of products in higher demand. Simply put when you’re gifting this season, take your time, and get to know the brand you’re courting. Or in other words opt for a bag o’quality, not a bag o’junk.

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Another brand you’ll want to know is Aesop, a company with a firm focus on skin, hair and body care. While products like these aren’t built to last, at least not in the same way as a pair of boots should, they still last. (C’mon, we’re talking balms and conditioners here; they have to run out someday.)

Still Aesop is a brand built on sustainability and the importance of self-care. More than that they listen to you. Many times over they’ve developed new products for skin, hair and body simply out of genuine response to their customer’s needs. In other words, they do their research people. What’s safe. What’s effective. What’s needed. These are all important objectives for them in the development of their complete body care line. If you throw an Aesop product in someone’s stocking they’ll know you really, really care about them.

Wow, does time have a tendency to creep up on us or what. It feels like we just barely laid out our 2016 summer collection but here we are talking about the holidays. Before we know it it’ll be spring. But that Baggu purse or those Red Wing boots you got your bae for the holidays will still be in tip-top shape. And your skin and hair and your dog’s fur (we sell Aesop wash for your animals, too) from those stocking stuffers you got will be marvelously lush for the oncoming warm.

There are plenty more brands in store that equal the caliber of the ones described above, too. Though it’s nearly impossible to sufficiently describe the greatness of all the wonderful brands we carry in one blog post. It’s honestly better to just come in and explore the shop yourself, to see the quality gifting possibilities right in front of your very eyes.

Oh and to put a little spring in your step this holiday season we’re putting on a festive party/pop-up trunk show this Saturday, December 17th. You’ll get 10% off throughout the store plus there will be delicious food to eat and tasty drinks to imbibe. So come mingle and celebrate. And remember that Helen, Brett and the rest of the team are always here to help you pick out a gift that will last.

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Three choice tips for finding the perfect winter outerwear plus what’s new in store

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For some people winter means a few months of bearing the cold until spring pops up again. For others winter means fashion. We fall in the latter category. Why shiver from November to March when you can clothe yourself warmly – and in style? Perhaps if you change your mindset, the winter won’t be a barren landscape. Instead it will open up into a winter wonderland where your closet becomes your sanctuary and the snow-laden streets become your runway.

If you’re anything like us you find it difficult to pick the jacket that’s just right for you. We don’t mean that somehow, somewhere right off the factory line there’s a jacket with your name emblazoned in bold across the breast pocket. What we mean is it takes a while to find a brand you like, to find a fit you like, all the while snagging one that’s en vogue, too.

This goes for both men and women. Ladies…guys struggle with this, too. They don’t want to be walking around with a jacket that’s too big, too small or even so last season. Really, it can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Focus on these three tips and you’ll be golden…and warm…and fashionable.

Quality matters

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This is perhaps priority numero uno when buying a jacket. A lot of us have no doubt locked eyes with a coat we love from across the room but once you get up close you see that it will barely last a few washes, maybe barely a season.

A good marker for finding quality outerwear is both in brand and material. When in doubt, always remember that Helen and Brett and the rest of our helpful staff are in store to make sure you stay warm on top of looking good. Just ask us. Other than that, be sure to check the tags. See if cheap acrylics make up the bulk of materials. If they do, steer clear.

Save room for layering

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You bought that sleek jacket as bespoke as possible but you can’t fit even a thin sweater underneath. What’s the point if you can’t layer in the middle of winter? Now you’re going to freeze your butt off in subzero temps because you couldn’t do without that ultra form-fitting jacket. Trust us, people will notice your uncontrollable shivering long before they notice your fashion sense.

There’s a way to be warm, comfortable and timeless. Make sure there’s some wiggle room not only in the torso but in the arms as well. Nothing is worse than having your layers twist and turn underneath your coat until once you get home and you’re nothing but a giant Chinese finger trap.

Warmth>Fads

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This last tip kind of completes the two we already outlined above. Give in to quality, save room for layers, and lastly make sure that the outerwear you buy is going to be warm enough – layers and all – right out the door.

Easier said than done seeing as how we’re not in thick of winter yet. But use your best judgment. Feel the fabric and feel the consistency, if you think you can brave the coldest of days in your hometown then you’re set. (Luckily we have outerwear that addresses all the above concerns plus is guaranteed to stay timeless and fashionable for years to come.)

Now to what’s new in store this season. We’re introducing Snow Peak outerwear to the shop, a Japanese lifestyle clothing line dating back to 1958. Interestingly enough, an accomplished mountaineer created the brand – so you know it’s good.

The brand’s primary aim is to “seek harmony between people and nature…to manufacture with such high quality standards that you’ll pass them on to the next generation like a great wrist watch.” Excited? We are! (In fact, get excited for spring already, too, because we’ll be doing a shop in shop with Snow Peak for the sole purpose of giving you a refreshing take on camping and the outdoor lifestyle.)

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Next up we’ve got Nau where being better exists more than just in their outerwear, it’s their philosophy, too. They’re a brand bent on sustainability. They examine the environmental impact of every fabric they choose as well as everything that goes into the final product, often using recycled materials along the way. Not only that they make certain every last stitch will stand the test of time.

Sorry fellas, the Nau pieces we have in store this season are only for women. Don’t fret though. All our other great brands – in addition to Snow Peak – are still in shop. Come in to see what’s new in Penfield, Filson and Dark Seas.

And remember, stay warm out there, friends.

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What time is it? It’s two-year celebration time at our new-ish shop location featuring a Nixon sale.

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You’re rushing around trying to get ready for that important interview you really don’t want to mess up, or that super special night out on the town with your friends you haven’t seen in a while or even that holiday work party you’ve been looking forward to (yes, the holidays are right around the corner).

Before you head out the door you check yourself in the mirror. Everything appears to be looking good but something’s still amiss. What is it? What could you be forgetting from your seemingly immaculate outfit? Think. What’s the one accessory that could absolutely complete your look? Does your wrist seem a little bare? Ah-ha! A watch.

Setting aside its utilitarian nature, what a watch says, nay, shouts is I am fashionable! Forget all the tech companies shelling out their monochromatic smart watches. Snagging a watch that’s all your own is something that will never go out of style. It adds personalization to your character. It exemplifies your undying commitment to quality workmanship in your everyday wear. It shows your want to hold on to something real and tangible in this increasingly digital age.

You see timepieces are perennial, both in fashion and in history. Name a time in the last 500 years when watches weren’t worn for both form and function. You can’t, can you? If you find the right one it will last a lifetime. Beyond that, too – it can span generations if you’d like. You can pass it on to your kids and in turn they can pass it on to their kids.

Watches truly signify something that cell phones, tablets and computers never can, style and nostalgia. And let’s be honest, watches are not designed for planned obsolescence (look it up) as the technology of today often is – so you’re guaranteed tried-and-true craftsmanship that will last you for years to come.

Nixon tops the list when it comes to quality. They’ve been making custom watches since the late 90s with a supreme focus on style. In fact, the founders started the company after an unsuccessful attempt at finding a watch for themselves that accurately reflected their individual styles. So you can see that there’s a heavy bent on creating a master timepiece that doubles as a fashion statement – not to mention it’s designed for the active lifestyle in mind.

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Flashback some years earlier to the 90s and you’ve got two young bucks – Chad DiNenna and Andy Laats (the founders of Nixon) – taking on an old industry in a new digital age. What provoked them to do so? They simply had a fascination with well-crafted watches. They left their comfortable jobs behind to take on an ostensibly insurmountable adventure. What they accomplished was amazing.

Starting out with the idea that they wanted a stylish and intimate yet affordable watch that stood the test of time (no pun intended) in regards to durability, they eventually created a humble empire. And the sole guiding principle? You guessed it, form and function. They wanted a watch that could suffer the ocean waves yet could still dance the night away hours later.

And the founders didn’t go it alone, either. They had the likes of pro-skater Tony Hawk, and pro-surfers Rob Machado and Lisa Andersen to help along the way. Because Nixon represents that active lifestyle, they wanted active individuals to guide their design.

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One of their ambassadors, Olympic snowboarder Todd Richards, even said to them that a watch doesn’t need to do much except, “Tell time, look cool, and not break.” It seems like simple words, but when it comes down to it that’s what everyone wants in a watch. So Nixon took that sage advice and ran with it.

Today, Nixon is in over 70 countries and they’ve since long-established themselves as a lifestyle watch brand. It’s respectable that these two humble guys built this monster of a brand simply because they wanted a functional, niche, fashionable watch. They’re still a small business at heart always craving to be the best on-the-move watch designers. Simply put, there’s a whole lot that goes into making a watch and Nixon nails it.

In honor of The Stockist’s second year at our new-ish spot we’re holding a Nixon Trunk Sale Show this Friday, the 7th of October (that’s just crazy, it’s October already!). You’ll get access to tons of best-selling watches at an up-to-20% discount in our shop (some exclusions apply). Plus there will be complimentary champagne and of course, great vibes. So go ahead and check out the flyer below for more details then feel free to pass the word along to your friends and family. We’re excited to see you!

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Red Wing boot history followed by a proud announcement you ladies will want to hear

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When we think of iconic brands Red Wing definitely tops the list. That’s not boasting, either. We suspect the fine men and women of Red Wing feel the same way. They know the work they produce is iconic. How could it not be? We’re not saying they’re braggarts by any means. We’re just saying they make quality footwear. They should be proud of where they work and the boots they fashion. They’ve been doing it for over a hundred years after all. If that’s not tried and true, we don’t know what is.

Yep, Red Wing’s story is old. The company itself dates back to 1905. Charles H. Beckman, a local shoe merchant, created the Red Wing Shoe Company along with 14 other investors. A few years later they opened up their first plant. It was in an old brick building in a small southern Minnesota town called, you guessed it, Red Wing.

The first boots were handmade with little machinery used. The cutting room floor was riddled with thick bits of leather all hand cut. (We can’t even begin to imagine the hand cramps those first shoe craftspeople endured.) To this day you can bet that each pair of Red Wing boots is handcrafted and no two are alike.

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Many different styles of boots have permeated the company’s history, too. Throughout the years many boots were created for a specific occupation. It all started with Oil King Boots in the 1920s (they were made for oil field workers). Then – in no specific order – came the Iron Rangers (for iron miners), the Harvesters (for wood harvesters), the Engineers (for railroad engineers) and the Blacksmiths (for blacksmiths, duh). All these boots had distinct designs for the conditions a worker would encounter in different occupations. Quite ingenious we say. Today these same boots are worn for the fashion they intrinsically exude as much as they’re worn for their practicality. It’s their Heritage collection.

In addition to all the sweat that’s built this brand over the years. There have been a lot of the same bloodlines, too. Some families have passed down the boot-making trade to their offspring and their offspring’s offspring resulting in as many as four generations that have worked for Red Wing Shoe Company. Just watch this brief tour of their factory to get a glimpse of the tradition that’s present in every boot, then come right on back.

You can tell that a lot of care goes into making each pair, can’t you? Buying Red Wings is truly an investment. A single pair of these handcrafted-in-the-USA boots will last you for years, even if you wear them every day. Give ‘em a good brush and throw some pine pitch and mink oil on them every now and then and you’re golden. Or your boots are golden rather. After you start seeing some wear and tear, simply send them on in to Red Wing for some careful restoration. You could wear the same pair for a lifetime if you really wanted. And as the years pass the boots only gain more character – all this coming from first-hand experience, of course.

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All you ladies will be happy to know that these same quality boots that men have primarily had the privilege of wearing for years are now available for you, too. That’s right. Red Wing Heritage has specifically brought female footwear to the foreground. You no longer have to buy smaller sized men’s Red Wings; you now have a collection all your own. (The boots are even designed to be lighter and more flexible so it takes less time to break them in – all the while being more comfortable.)

It only makes sense, too. Women have had as much to do with Red Wing as men have since the very beginning. They’ve been on the production lines. They’ve toiled. They’ve sweat and bled. They’re filled with the very same grit that men are. There has been no behind-the-scenes for the fine women at Red Wing. They deserve to have Heritage boots crafted perfectly and precisely for them just as men have.

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To be sure these styles – for the most part – are the same styles present in the men’s line but some of them are actually reminiscent of the boots that Red Wing made for women almost a century ago. (See the above pictures for reference.) So you’ll definitely see a more feminine stylistic approach crafted into these boots.

And now for the news…

Without further ado we’re thrilled to announce that we proudly carry the new Red Wing Heritage lines for women both in-store and online. Take a gander at our collection, nay, your collection. Then feel free to come on in whenever you please (store hours of course) and try a pair on. We bet you’ll fall in love immediately. You’ll soon understand why your boyfriend, husband, brother, father, uncle, and every other man in your life has fallen in love time and again with their Red Wings.

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Blood, sweat and seven years later

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Wow. Seven years, can you believe it? That’s how long we’ve been around. None of it would’ve been possible without the ardent outpouring of support from patrons such as yourself. Our blood, sweat and tears – literally all of those things – built this shop. But who we are today is because of you; we’ve never forgotten that.

Not too much has changed, other than the change of names from Fresh to The Stockist. Oh, and the change of locations, from the south side of the street to the north side (we’re still in the 9th and 9th area, right across from the Tower Theatre). Truly, though, nothing else has changed. Our mission remains the same. We strive to stock quality goods and lifestyle essentials for an everyday purpose. We aim to be at the forefront of Salt Lake fashion. And most importantly, we go all out to be your local stockist open and ready to chat about style whenever you want.

At the risk of sounding self-absorbed (which we’re absolutely not), a lot of you out there probably know who we are. But we realize a lot of you probably don’t know the behind-the-scenes of where we come from and why our passion is, well, fashion. Introductions – as well as a bit of history – are in order then.

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Back up seven years to the day, July 14, 2009, and you’ll see the slightly younger, still fresh faces of the siblings Helen and Ian Wade. Now, there wasn’t any ribbon cutting, or champagne christening that day, but there were a lot of locals and loved ones, donning their toothy, supportive smiles. They were packed in our store ready for a fresh new take on fashion, hand-delivered to Salt Lake’s door. (We hope we delivered that day. More than that we hope we continue to deliver.)

Yep, doors officially opened that warm summer day and we haven’t looked back since. Still, that original location of ours held the same values as we hold today. We’re still bent on curating quality goods for the community in which we live. Except now we have triple the floor space to bring you triple the essentials.Even so, more changes, perhaps not so joyous, occurred. You probably know, with a heavy heart, the other half of the Wade siblings, Ian, moved to NYC. No need to fret at all. He’s happily off and away taking his very own bite out of that concrete jungle we call the Big Apple.

Meanwhile, back in ol’ Salt Lake City, Helen is still ever-present at the helm. She’s not exactly solo, either. Brett Devereaux quickly moved up the ladder and now helps curate the shop. You’ll see both of them at the store virtually every day. Why? Because they love fashion and because running a clothing and lifestyle shop is not only rewarding and worthwhile work, it can also be difficult and demanding at times as well.

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These two though, Helen and Brett, have always had a knack for pulling together immaculate collections of colors and patterns since before they graduated grade school, but cultivating the vibe, the energy, no…the spirit of this shop is a totally different ballgame. No complaints though. Never. Also, no backers, no corporations, and no secret gold keeps us afloat. Nope, we’re independently owned and proud of it. It’s all us – and you, of course. We feel confident by now that you can tell we care a whole hell of a lot about community as well as creating an environment where everyone with a penchant for quality fashion feels welcome. So come one, come all.

All that said, we’d be more than honored if you’d join us this Thursday, July 14th, 2016 from 6-9 PM for an event seven years in the making. It’s not solely our horn that we’ll be tooting, either. Both ourCaste (a “Goods for Life” clothing and lifestyle brand) and Norden (a heritage shop full of quality candles, planters, incense and ceramic goods) are standing proudly beside us to commemorate the bright summer sun beating on our backs as well as seven years total of full-on love for just about everyone who’s helped shape our community brand.

If you’re asking, yes, libations will be served. Plus, there will be music, and it will be danceable, so bring your shoes, or buy some from us if need be. Because guess what? There’s a sale celebrating this joyous anniversary and it’s under way now. Please find all the details you need in the flyer below, and it’d be more than kind of you to help spread the word. So go, disseminate the festive info. Then come strut, swing and sway right along with us.

Raise your glasses filled with whatever you please. Here’s to seven more years. Thank you, truly.

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