Hey There. :)

Hey There. :)

Time Travel.

We washed our vintage RV today, inside and out. Ready to hit the road! To be more specific- our 1977 GMC Palm Beach motorhome, and I paid someone else to do the washing. So when I say we, it was my idea.

It took me 5 years to find this "Barbie Mobile" in such perfect condition and I made my husband fly to Iowa and drive it 2,014 miles home.  The reality is we rarely have time to go out in it. I have so many fantasies of adventures, so many places and people to see. For now it's a weekend here and there to local places but not giving up on my cross-country road trip dream. :)

Thinking on my next outing I will for sure be wearing my new  lemon-lime Rowan tunic. Isn't it perfect?

Entertaining.

Cotton canvas aprons are here in four of my favorite prints. Great for men and women. Backyard BBQ time!

Last weekend we all wore them while we prepared dinner for our guests at my brother's cabin.  :)

These make a great host/hostess gift!
Keep a couple on hand and you'll be so happy to share with your friends. 

Better than Ever.

Our little cropped Audrey pant is back in stock and better than ever! I added pockets- wooohooo!!
I wear mine all the time. Lots of you do too, so if yours need to be replaced (Kathy V. this to you) they have arrived!

Chill Solution.

I just made a small batch of the most lovely cardigans. This sheer wool sweater is just what you need when the air cools down on a summer evening. 

So long til next time! xo Lesley
June 17, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Hello Summer!

Hello Summer!

20% OFF the Gina dresses in all three new colors!
Enter GINASOLID in the promo code box during checkout.

Woohoo! This little cotton basic is such a great summertime dress. Happy to offer it at a promotion price through next Wednesday, June 16th! I can't even believe we are almost to the middle of June. 

This faux wrap cotton dress is a customer favorite so give it a try. It's a good one!

New to Nora.

I just picked these Nora pants up at the factory. I love navy for summer so it's hard to choose which ones I like best. The navy and white Foxcroft print leans to the preppy side and Shell Flower has a funky-vintage vibe. My style kinda lands in both camps. :)

Shipping.

I just want to explain what's up with shipping. 

As many of you know, we ship with USPS. I really do want to support the US Postal Service— they are essential. Yes, they have increased their rates, substantially. Yes, we will to continue to offer you free shipping.

Returns: We can give free returns on full-priced items only. For items on sale or promotion we are not offering free returns. Thank you for understanding. 

When you email us at hello@lesleyevers.com you are reaching out to Laura, my customer care employee and friend. Please remember we are a very small team and she really will do everything she can to make you happy.

This month Laura and her family are moving from Oakland CA to Castle Rock, Colorado. She will continue to do the work remotely, thankfully. Replacing her would make me cry! 

So... if she doesn't reply same day, just be patient. I promise she will get back to you. She's the best! 

Laura and her family below. :)
June 10, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Ready for Summer.

Ready for Summer.

Sunny Days Ahead

This little skort is so great for warm weather. Wear it to hike, golf, whatever you like! With a built-in pocket in the legging you can stash this or that under your skirt. More flattering than shorts, and more coverage than a mini skirt, this piece is just in time for summer. 

 

NEW Suzi tees. 

We just restocked all the prints and added two new textiles so Suzi ready for summer. Are you?

Brooklyn in Black.

Some days jeans and a black top are all you need on an already colorful day. Brand new. I love mine. All sizes are stocked!

For Locals: Vintage Eyewear.

Allyn Scura Eyewear POP-UP is back this Friday and Saturday- yay!  Curtis and I buy all our glasses from them.  Not only do they have tons of fun vintage frames but they are just good folks.

Come by my shop on College Avenue to choose from hundreds and hundreds of super cool frames. Bring your prescription and Allyn Scura will customize your frames however you choose- readers, progressives, tinted- you name it. Every time I look I find a new treasure!

Friday May 21, 11-4pm
Saturday May 22, 11-4pm

5709 College Avenue, Oakland
510-595-7600

May 20, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Friends and Frocks

Friends and Frocks

 

Fundraising Fun.

Curtis and I get involved in a variety of fundraising ventures in the Bay Area, and an event last week was an extra special example.  Attendance was won at auction last year at a fundraiser for East Bay Agency for Children (EBAC). We donated a dress to each winner and my friends Sally and Monica pulled off the rest of the evening with beautiful cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a lovely sit down dinner.

Here are some photos from the party. I must say it was a little surreal to be at a party where every woman was is in one of my dresses. We had a lot of silly fun taking pictures.

To keep on giving to EBAC, thru Sunday, we are donating 20% of sales on each of the styles that were worn at the party. Scroll down to see each featured dress, modeled by the attendees. 

Susie in Amelia.

Susie wore one of the newest arrivals. I really think this little fit and flare dress was perfection on her. She wore yellow shoes and carried a grass green clutch. 

Katie in Willow.

When Katie came to pick out her dress she tried on a few pieces and quickly decided Willow was for her. The blues are so pretty on her. I was thrilled to see her in it. This dress is a favorite and she modeled it with ease. 

Me in Tilda.

I had no idea what I would wear until I got dressed that evening. I changed my mind at the last minute from my more causal Tegan and to this lovely Tilda. I love the box pleats on this dress. It's a a dress-up dress and I like that about it. 

Sarah in Sienna.

OK just wow! When I saw Sarah in this pink dress it just sang. Then to hear her say "This dress is just SO me!"  well that was music to my ears. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see women feeling so good in my dresses. 

Size availability is limited. 

Claire in Jackie.

Claire has been a customer of mine since the start! It was fun reminiscing about the dresses she has in her collection. She was the first to come and choose her dress for the party- and it was the Jackie, no question! I love this wrap dress on her! 

Libby in Colette.

Libby, Claire's daughter, is a newlywed and a nurse at SF General. She wore the Colette in the black and white Fern print. I mean, she's just adorable! .  

Laura in Sienna.

A show-stopper, right? I just loved looking across the gathering at Laura covered in yellow flowers. She was glowing.

Size availability is limited. 

Tamara in Colette.

Tamara has several Colette dresses. She told me that this print is one of her all time favorites. She even has it in the wrap dress also!  Tamara had us giggling all night. We had so much fun! 

 

May 15, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
It's All About Dresses.

It's All About Dresses.

Tegan: Just in or heading out?

The Tegan caftan is so comfortable. Wether I'm just in my house or heading out to take on the day I feel at ease in this dress. Sometimes if it's cold I just wear my Reese leggings underneath.

The other day I got a great image of my friend Natalie in the Navy Scoops Tegan walking through her kitchen while she didn't even realize I was taking her picture. I love a candid photo.

While I love Tegan, a caftan is not for everyone. So don't worry, there's more— keep scrolling. :)

GINA the Faux Wrap. 

I realize I say comfortable a lot but that's kind of what I do.  I make clothes that you look great in and feel great in.  Seriously, there have been nights when I pull by bra through the armhole and go to sleep in this dress. It's that COMFORTABLE! 

It's ready to ship in these two beautiful prints at a great price of $138. Don't miss out, they will go fast. Quantities are limited.

Second Chances.

These dresses sold out so fast we just had to make a few more. So, if you weren't quick enough the first time around, here's your second chance. Don't wait too long because third chances don't come very often. 

More Masks?? 

Yep, we still make masks! as long as they are needed, we will make the best masks we can for you. Want a custom 3-pack? Just order any 3-pack and WRITE IN the NOTES section of your order the mask prints that you want! We are happy to pull exactly what you like. :)
May 06, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Let's Talk Tops.

Let's Talk Tops.

This Just In..

This week we are bringing back some old friends. Some of
your favorites just how you loved them and others sporting new prints. Lots of customers have been asking for new tops so  I'm happy to show you some NEW and restocked pieces that we just got in!

Georgia is back in three great new prints. I love wearing my Georgia tops and am excited about having them in these fun prints. I love them all. 

Blue Honeycomb- above (me and my tiny car, the BEST for parking)
Orange Danish Flower- below
Magenta Primrose- after that

Britt Blazer is Back in Business Baby!

Just restocked the Britt blazers. I hate to disappoint customers when we sell out of their size. When I found a bit of leftover velour in the warehouse I knew I could make a few specific customers happy. Did you miss out last time? Use code BRITTPROMO for 20% off. CLICK HERE.

A few things I love about this piece:
1. It is so soft and comfy!
2. It looks more taliored than a cardigan.
3. I throw it in the washer and dryer and it looks like new!
4. It's the perfect cotton layer that I need on a brisk morning.

New SUZI tees!

These colorful tees are really comfortable! 
I'm loving both prints. Blue is my favorite color but I cannot resist these yellow flowers.

Thank you to my dear friend Natalie! I texted her yesterday morning and she let me come right over take some photos. With vaccines I can visit friends to take photos and that feels so good! Sigh of relief!  I am sure everyone is as tired of seeing me as I am of posing for photos.  Love this beautiful lady. 

SUZI restock.

If you missed out on the Daisy tee, it's back in production. Place your pre-order and we will ship May 10th. And the Green Fern SUZI ships on Monday! 

For Mom.

It's not too late to get something out to your mom by Mother's Day and we've got lots to choose from. Please let us know if you are sending a gift. We will write a card and enclose it in the package for you.

Masks.

Want a custom 6-pack? Just order any 6-pack and WRITE IN the NOTES section of your order the mask prints that you want! We are happy to pull exactly what you like. :)
April 29, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Hello Mama!

Hello Mama!

I Love My Mom.

It was so nice having my mom in town for a couple of weeks.  She has not come to visit in more than a year. Like so many other families, the pandemic has kept us apart. Though my parents mostly raised us in Charlotte NC they grew up in Berkeley CA, so visiting me is in a way, coming home for her.  

Matching with my mom in my new Sienna dress- I love this pink and burgundy dress! Mom was happy to wear her version of the print in her Sloan skirt

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and I sure am fond of my mom! Here we are just happy to be together, being a little silly, wearing matching outfits and having lots of giggles. 

Celebrate your Mother!

We would love to help you celebrate your mom. Send her a gift— pajamas, a cute print tee, or even a dress! If you would like us to write a special note just let us know in the NOTES section of your order. We are happy to wrap up your presents. 

Just In.

And ready to ship! This cute dress is a great choice for Mother's Day. It's so cheerful!

I wore mine yesterday on a day trip to Sacramento. Curtis and I went to a celebration of life service for the husband of our aunt who passed away a couple of weeks ago at the age of 98.

Gregory Kondos was a renowned California artist, and a mentor and painting teacher to me. He never understood why I make dresses. He would say to me, "What are you doing that business for? You are a painter!"  His passion and talent for painting were a real inspiration. 

Just sharing a photo of him and one of his beautiful paintings. Sometimes there are just special people that really influence you— he was one of those. :)

Twinning.

In case you want to match your mom— here are a few suggestions. There are so many options. :)

Masks.

Want a custom 6-pack? Just order any 6-pack and WRITE IN the NOTES section of your order the mask prints that you want! We are happy to pull exactly what you like. :)
April 21, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Man oh man

Man oh man

New Friends.

One day, last year, while i was working in the store, this cute couple (above) came in to shop. While she was shopping he asked if i had ever considered doing a line for men. I said I had but so far had only made shirts for my family. We chatted for a while and he told me the story about his favorite shirt that he bought in Greece twenty years ago. He had loved the tunic to the point where it could no longer be worn without falling apart. It had been a few years since it was a viable but he couldn't get rid of his old friend. 

Next thing I know he brings it in and leaves it for me to consider making. :) He was very determined and apparently I was not the first person he had asked!

I reviewed the shirt and made a paper pattern. Next I cut out a sample, sewed it up in my yellow tulips and passed it to my son Will to test out. He loved it! We made slight modifications, and I sewed up another. And another. And now here it is, fresh from the factory, for the men in your life- all of mine are outfitted! 

When it came time to give the tunic a name, naturally I named it after my new friend Kenyon, the guy that brought in his favorite shirt and convinced me to make them! His wife Cynthia was already a customer, and now he is too. :)

I love this photo of Kenyon. He's so happy in his new shirt!

The Men in My Life.

At home I am surrounded by men: Curtis (husband), Chase (21 year old son), Will (18 year old son), Otis (brother) and Marc (Otis's partner). I can't tell you how many nights I've cooked for my 5 guys. 

Last weekend I asked Curtis, Otis and Marc to model for me so I could get some pics for the website. I had a great time taking their photos! Usually they are taking mine and it was great fun to swap places. Lots of laughs. It's so much better to be behind the camera than in front of it- I think we can all agree on that. 

New Brooklyns too!

Of course I wouldn't forget about all of you women! Just added these two prints to the tunic shirt for you as well. :)

Weekend Takeaways.

Last weekend I took this cute photo of my VW bus from the porch of Otis and Marc's cabin. I think it looks like a tiny toy. It just has the vibe that says, Hey- wanna be friends?

I made this little sketch from the spot where we hang out on the Russian River. Sometimes I like to make a little iPad drawing of places that I love. 

Til next time!

Just a little pic from our journey home with Mom in the backseat. She's been visiting for a couple of weeks from North Carolina. :) I'm in my Tegan caftan and Curtis is in his new Kenyon tunic.

xoxo Lesley

April 15, 2021 — Lesley Evers
Tags: menwear VW bus
Cover Yourself in Flowers

Cover Yourself in Flowers

Weekend Away.

I wore my new dress to my brother's cabin on the Russian river the other day. The weather was warm and surrounded by nature I felt a bit like a forest nymph in my yellow floral maxi dress.  It was a perfect opportunity to take few photos.

When not roaming by the river, practically speaking, I imagine this dress to be perfect for hosting a dinner party in my backyard. I can't wait to wear this maxi in the months to come as Curtis and I break in our new outdoor dining area.

Introducing CELINE..


A new take on the wide leg pant, Celine is soft and flowy and so darn comfortable you won't want to take them off.  Celine comes in two fun prints— Queens Garden Blue and Flower Charm Pink. Looking forward to seeing what you pick!

The Flower Charm Pink is graphic, vibrant pink and green color-way that goes perfectly with a simple black top. If you need a new black top, Bobbi in black works well with it.

Queen's Garden Blue is another favorite print of mine. I love the beautiful hues of periwinkle and light green on the black background.  

My NEW white Brooklyn tunic goes with these pants perfectly for a really fresh fun outfit. This piece is a must-have. 

For the Birds.

If you love birds, grab this little 2-pack of my bird prints. :)

My masks have triple layer protection and the inner filter fabric provides 95.1% protection against aerosol particles size: 0.3 microns and larger. Great way for you and your loved ones to stay safe.

Til Next Week.

This weekend I'll taking pictures of the new men's tunic that I'll be featuring next week. Time for the men in my life to step up and pose for pics! :) 

Thanks for reading to the end.
See you soon.

xoxo Lesley
April 08, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Better In A Caftan

Better In A Caftan

Tegan and Me

Before I introduce a new style to my line I make sure it's a good fit by putting it to task. I make a sample, wear it and wash it and wear it again. I want it to feel like an old friend. The poor thing does everything with me. From the factory to the grocery store and home to cook dinner. I'll even wear it up to the hills to walk my dogs.   

Yes, I have three dogs. It's a long story how this happened. Although I love them I do not recommend this many terriers.
My oldest dog, Dottie, has to stay on a leash because she's lost her hearing. I worry she might wander off and not hear me call her. Plus sometimes she just turns around to head home!

The latest style to make it into the collection is the Tegan caftan.  It's only been in my closet for a few weeks and already it's become my go-to piece. 

Here's what I think you will like about it:
  • Deep pockets
  • Shirt-tail hem with side slits
  • Linen/Rayon blend fabric with my textile
  • Machine washable
  • Cinch (or not) waist
  • Suitable for most everything
This is a limited small batch. 
Ships April 12th.

Flower Power.


I can't decide which of the prints i like the best. Tegan Pink Flower Power is a special one, but I love my Tegan Green Fern too.  Which will you choose! 

Just In.


We listen to the feedback from our customers and you love the Bobbi top so I've restocked the black and added some fun prints. See below for the new choices.

OOPS!


I wrote about this Suzi tee (above) in the email last week and forgot to add it to the website! Click on image and now you really will go to the product page

And while I'm on the subject- it seems I can't get an email out without some kind of mistake or typo. I write them late at night so thank you for being understanding. I appreciate the gentle FYIs that some of you give me. :)

Skort Update.


I added solid black. Seems useful. :)

I know this skort looks short- but try it! It doesn't feel as short as it looks and with the built in shorts you will feel covered up. Bonus: there's a secret pocket on the right side of the shorts just under the skirt.

6-Pack.
 

My masks have triple layer protection and the inner filter fabric provides 95.1% protection against aerosol particles size: 0.3 microns and larger. Great way for you and your loved ones to stay safe.
April 02, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Hello Sunshine!

Hello Sunshine!

Bloom Seeker. 

I really enjoy driving through Sonoma County. The views are spectacular this time of year. The golden seas of blooming mustard and rivers of white daisies are something out of a dream.

Someday I want to live in the country. In case you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with florals! This cute set is just ready to ship in case you are too. :) 

Just In.

Fun prints are here for spring. I really hope wearing them brings you joy. Isn't that the whole point of it all?

Allyn is wearing the short sleeve tee in Green Fern. I'm wearing a sample caftan. (coming soon- I promise!)

Hey, just wondering... do I get some kind of cool credit because my friend rides a motorcyle? I think so. :)

Allyn and her husband Scott rode their vintage motorcycles to meet up with us in Forestville for the day. We all gathered at my brother's cabin.

These days I appreciate so much the simple things. Like a day spent with friends and family or delicious homemade black beans that Allyn brought me. Every little thing is something special after a year of lock down!

Coming Soon!

Available for pre-orders. Ships April 5th.

I am really excited about this top. This oversized linen tunic features a V-neck collar. Send out an easy and laid back vibe, California style!

Click image to see more photos. I think Allyn did a better job modeling it than me. We took turns in it-and the muddy prints from the dog that jumped on me at the beach don't even show!

New Masks.

I just refreshed our mask offering with some new prints and some favorites that were out of stock. :) 

New sets and singles are on the mask page. Check them out by clicking on the image above.

End of the Day.

Curtis (husband) is behind the camera. Will (our son) is hanging out of the front seat. Otis (brother) and Marc (his partner) are cleaning up the cabin. And Allyn and Scott are getting on their motorcycles as we all part ways. Everyone is basking in the goodness of a beautiful spring day well spent with family and friends.

Til next week! xoxo Lesley

March 29, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski
Spring Begins Tomorrow!

Spring Begins Tomorrow!

Loving Orange!

Orange just has a special brightness like no other color. It's my brother's favorite. This print includes a beautiful range of hues that orange has to offer- ENJOY!

I have new red lipstick thanks to a customer that brightened my day with a sweet gift last weekend (haven't had this color since my twenties!). Also sporting my new extra big vintage glasses. Yes, they are a risk but I'm going with it. :)

NEW Lottie Skort.

We have a new Lottie skort ready to ship in Flower Power Red! Just add a white tee and some flipflops.

I just don't wear shorts anymore, but skorts- yes! Much more flattering in my opinion. At least on me. Do you feel the same way?

Cutest Pajamas.

We've been selling loads of PJs with rave reviews. Stock is already running low so don't wait.

These 100% cotton pajamas are silky soft and very lightweight. I love mine and I know you will too. Dance around the house— you will look cute and know it!

Almost There!

Thrilled the end is in sight of this pandemic. I have not gotten the virus and I REALLY don't want to get it at the bitter end! 

This "Best of the Bay" mask-maker will be so happy to stop making them! Until then- stay safe!

Coming Soon.

We've been busy getting new things ready for the warm weather. I'm bundled up because we had some cold days this week—low 50s. Sometimes Curtis comes with me to the factories. I love being the passenger. :) 

These days I am focused on:
1) the new caftan dress
2) a really great linen tunic top
3) A TUNIC FOR MEN! — cannot 
wait to show it to you. I hope you can get the guys in your lives to wear them. My 19 year old surfer boy and 80 year old father-in-law wear the same one- ha! And I have pictures to prove. 

Til next week! xoxo Lesley

March 19, 2021 — Laura Pinkowski