I don't know about you, but I always find it challenging to buy gifts during the holiday season. I can't be the only one. Instead of resorting to panic-buying and supporting fast-fashion, giant corporate companies, and excess waste, I've put together a holiday gift guide featuring some of my favorite fashion brands. This way, you can be more thoughtful this holiday season and support sophisticated small businesses like mine and many others! As you know, I'm always conscious about supporting small businesses, and it's crucial to maintain that mindset during this rushed season. You might just fill your own closet while you’re at it.
Throughout my journey in this industry, I've met incredible entrepreneurs. I've thoughtfully selected four of my favorites to share with you - all pair perfectly with my brand. These stylish and savvy gifts will complement each other flawlessly, covering everyone on your list… even yourself!
Ready for number 1? It's a women-owned small business. Woohoo! I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing mother-daughter duo last year in a business class we took together. They work hard and passionately, creating high-quality products - luxury Italian leather handbags and accessories, to be exact. Their bags are unique, combining form, function, beauty, luxury, durability, practicality, and a reasonable price point. I've linked my favorite right here. If you love camo print as much as I do, this stylish bag is your new everyday neutral. It makes the perfect city workmate or sophisticated travel bag and pairs perfectly with all your favorite APD pieces, especially our Asymmetric Trench Coatthat is one size fits all and looks great on any body type (also great for travel). Throw one of our Lightweight Incidental Bags in your new tote to be ready for anything. S+H is also offering $175 off this tote right now! Bonus: It’s handcrafted in NYC! Any woman on your list would be thrilled to get this versatile and practical bag as a gift. Check it out here: Highland Large Tote in Camo. And please give my friends a follow on IG @shhandbags and check out their enlightening blog.
Now let’s dive into number 2. You’re going to love this brand! They have clothing for everyone in your family (especially all you pickleball, tennis, and golf devotees) and one item in particular pairs perfectly with one of APD’s new items! Everyone is loving our new Sheer Mesh Peplum Tops (available in 4 colors)that are now available for preorder. They are so easy and versatile to wear, from day to night. Sophisticated, flirty, and easy to size because of their loose stretchy fit and forgiving shape - pair them with a little cami underneath or really any shirt you prefer, but my favorite? A cute little bralette or the perfect sports bra! Lucky for you, I know just where to find one! Meet inPhorm: a brand with an eco-conscious pedigree. inPhorm is an international active and lifestyle brand committed to sustainable production. They empower their athletic consumers to make eco-forward choices that benefit the earth. Their name is a nod to their customers' passion for sports and fitness, as well as their “informed” commitment to preserving the environment. Their design studio is in NYC where Saad Hajidin, a seasoned fashion executive with over 25 years of industry experience, works his magic. He has worked with renowned names like Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Saad's passion for eco-friendly fashion is the driving force behind his innovative approach. Here’s a link to all their bras but scroll down to their stylish Eyelet Mesh Seamless Bra (offered in classic black and white) – it’s our favorite! Don't forget to explore the rest of their site for chic and conscious athletic clothes. Give them a follow on Instagram for updates and inspiration.
Ready for more? Number 3 is one of our favorites! The owner of this company is genuine, charismatic, passionate, and talented. Her designs have graced the pages of Glamour, Time, and Refinery29, and the best part? They're all made in LA! As you know, APD loves supporting companies that produce domestically, just like us. We love Tracy, and you will too! Tracy's commitment to inclusivity and sustainability shines through while she offers the cutest accessories, candles, skincare products, and more for all the savvy fashionistas on your list, and the most stylish plus-sized line you’ve ever seen! Her chunky gold accessories paired with our silk kimonos
will have anyone on your list looking like a celebrity. They’re one size fits all and so easy to gift. Tracy herself shares these touching words: "I'm just like you. For most of my life, I followed fashion, reading Vogue, Bazaar, all the fashion magazines, dreaming of the day I'd have a real-life item from Dior hanging in my closet. But by the time I could afford those items, I couldn't fit them. A lifetime of shopping with girlfriends left me never finding anything in my size. That's why I created Sante Grace. Let's make a change in the fashion industry. Let's support making women feel good about themselves rather than crying in fitting rooms. Let's drape ourselves in beautiful and sustainable fabrics. Let's pay sewers a living wage. There's no reason someone who works a 60-hour week shouldn't be able to support themselves. Let's love life and fashion. Thank you for your support. Tracy Christian." Give her a follow and explore the rest of her site to find the most up-to-date and down-to-earth fashion blog and the perfect gift for that curvy, confident city woman on your list! Use this link to shop and enter code AMYPAGEDEBLASIO at checkout for 15% OFF!
Lastly, these are a must-have and the perfect stocking stuffer! I feel like the holidays don't even happen unless I'm gifted a pair of socks. Who doesn't love luxury socks? Every sophisticated man on your list deserves "elegance woven in fine yarns." These socks are crafted of the finest, eco-friendly cotton by elite Italian artisans. Ethicrue takes yarn selection seriously, ensuring unmatched comfort, style, and sophistication with each step. Their commitment to quality ensures that every step you take in Ethicrue socks is one of unmatched comfort, style, and sophistication. They have numerous sustainability and conscious certifications, making it easy to be proud to wear these puppies time and time again, especially because they promise to look and feel as good as new wash after wash! I call that a win! I’m sure any man that would love these socks would also love an APD cabana set like this one: Button-Down Shirt in Black Linen.Every man expects a shirt and socks for the holidays. Step up your gift-giving game now. Also check out their IG for sophisticated inspo for “gentlemen dedicated to timeless fashion and conscious choices.”
Please remember that APD also has great gifts for everyone on your list and that we still have many items marked down for the holidays. Our Lightweight Incidental Bags, No-Waste Scrunchies, and hats are great stocking stuffers for both men and women. You can find those in our accessories section, and we also have all new No-Waste Tote Bags, scarves, hoodies, tees, and tanks available!
Thanks for tuning in to my first-ever Holiday Gift Guide! You’re going to be everyone’s favorite after this holiday season. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I can't wait to hear how you make out!