Brand Spotlight: Sézane
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Welcome to a new series called Brand Spotlight where I highlight a brand that I particularly love. I want to note that this post is NOT sponsored and I intend to keep it that way. I want to ensure everyone that the brands I spotlight are ones I truly enjoy and not because I am paid to do so. That said, I do use affiliate links so if you like what you see, feel free to click and shop and I’ll earn a few cents at no cost to you.
I’m kicking off the series with a brand that I’m sure comes as no surprise if you’ve been following me for a while - Sézane!
I first discovered Sézane when they had a collaboration with Madewell. I remember thinking that every single item in that collab was perfect so I headed over to Sézane’s website where I fell in love. If you’re into classic French styles with a retro flair, Sézane may also be the brand for you! Don’t believe me? Let me show you a few scenes from last Friday featuring Sézane:
I work from home on Fridays. It’s tempting to stay in my pajamas all day but I always make sure to get dressed so I feel productive. I wore my Sézane Gloria dress because I knew my boyfriend was planning a special date night. I headed to the roof after I finished my work where Brian was grilling a few andouille sausages for dinner. We had a bottle of champagne and some Campari. A perfect way to end the work week!
The Sézane Gloria dress is old and is no longer being sold but you can definitely still find it on Poshmark. I wanted to feature this dress because it’s such a classic example of the quality of Sézane pieces. I know it looks like separates but it’s actually a dress. The top is a delicate crochet with a soft fabric lining with a gorgeous skirt bottom in the most beautiful shade of red. The back of the top has a button closure that shows the attention to detail that Sézane is known for. It’s gold with a delicate design. It’s the perfect summer dress!
Last Friday we also had tickets to see the last play of the season at the DC Shakespeare Theater. We saw The Oresteia, based on the Greek trilogy written by Aeschylus in around 500 BC. The play was centered on the idea of justice for crimes - is justice the same thing as vengeance and who is truly deserving of justice? The victim, the guilty, society in general or all of the above? The Shakespeare Theater Company always has great productions and The Oresteia was no exception. It was a great play to end the season!
This skirt may seem familiar and that’s because I wore it on the blog before. I love pleated midi skirts as I find them super versatile - you can dress them up and down! I love the Sézane Dino skirt for it’s gorgeous silky material (though it is made of polyester). I have it in the color ‘Champagne’ and I’ve found it to be really versatile as well. I also bought this on Poshmark for cheap because it had subtle oil stains on them. I took it to a dry cleaners and they managed to get it off so I now have a perfectly new Sézane skirt!
Also featured in this outfit are my Sézane Claude bag with scarf accessory. The bag was a gift from my aunt this year and it came with a gift from Sézane - the gorgeous red and green scarf. I LOVE this bag! It’s made of real leather so it smelled divine when I first got it. The classic saddlebag design is perfect for all occasions, and the color is versatile as well. One thing I will say about this bag is that the leather is super soft and it gets nicks and scratches on it rather easily. At first it annoyed me and I was really precious with the bag, but now, I really like how it looks a bit scratched. It gives the leather a weathered look that I really love. It’s a great bag that I know will last a long time.
Finally with the shoes - I’m wearing my Sézane Low Palermo Babies. Recently, I have finally accepted that I just hate wearing sky high heels. As much as I love the way they make my legs and outfits look, I have a hard time walking in them. I do, however, still like low block heels and these shoes definitely fit the bill. On top of the perfect heel height, they’re also made of real leather, hand made in Italy. They have the most gorgeous scalloping details that add an extra bit of femininity to all outfits I wear them with. This outfit is the epitome of my love for Sézane!
more About Sézane
I feature this particular brand because not only are their pieces extremely well-made, they’ve made a commitment to sustainability as well. They have a whole page on their website all about it but to summarize, they’re the epitome of slow fashion. Their pieces are definitely on the more expensive side (at least to me) but each piece of theirs I own, I know I’ll be wearing for years to come. They’re also quite good about their production model - nothing goes to waste as they create smaller volumes of products which is both good and bad as a consumer - things sell out rather quickly because they only make small batches of them. They also don’t have sales which may not sound great if you’re looking for a deal, but it’s a much more sustainable model. Still, if you want to own a Sézane piece at a discount, definitely head to Poshmark. They’ve also made a lot of strides in their leather tanning process. In 2018, a third of their leather products including bags and shoes were tanned using a vegetable tanning process which is much less environmentally impactful than the traditional method. Their goal for 2019 is for 75% of their leathers to be tanned this way. I’m a fan of progress over perfection so this is alright with me as their going in the right direction. They also have a great denim recycling program, they use sustainable textiles, and reduced wasteful plastics in their packaging. If sustainable fashion is important to you, Sézane is a great starting place!
Have you ever purchased anything from Sézane? What has your experience been like? Do you like them? Let me know in the comments below!