Toppings

It’s a wrap: “Soft, Sculptured, Sheer, Smart”

MOIMOI scarves, in colors for every season, wrapped up in one luxurious accessory.

“Eye Popping”

Armed with forty five years of fashion and textile experience, fashion guru sisters Calli Saitowitz and Moira Morris, have collaborated to design the perfect scarf. The lightness, comfort, and feel of this seductive “neck candy” from fine cashmere infused with silk, drapes smoothly around your neck or wraps gently across your shoulders.

Color: “The Balance of Bold and Bright – Subtle and Soft”

The unique color combinations are carefully chosen to compliment and brighten any outfit, update a look, and add a touch of style as this wrap becomes a fashion staple in your wardrobe. These scarves become an inseparable part of your complete look.

“Walks of Art, anyone?”

These two fashion divas have tapped into the world of art, collaborating with renowned, remarkable artist, John Ross Palmer. MOIMOI brings his “Equestrian Series” to life on three distinct hand printed scarves that will awaken and delight your fashion senses. These are presently available exclusively at BB1 Classic and John Ross Palmer Art Gallery. These iconic displays of elegant women’s cashmere scarves will capture your imagination and keep you returning for more.

Details: The Essence of the Season

Luxurious cashmere for day and night. Ladylike, spot-on, chic animal prints with fur or suede trim lend classic pieces a novel twist. Vivid, Floral, Mixed – Prints add Pop! Stripes and plaid feature distinctive original JRP art elements, making this your own unique piece.

Inspirations: “From Fashion Fusions to Feminine and Futuristic”

Hints of bygone eras, Feminine, Sharp, Rock, Extreme, minimalist to bold, and Innovative. MOIMOI meets today’s Life Style – your life style. Come design with us!

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Zip It

It’s summer, no disputing the fact. It’s hot, and we are all thinking of an escape. For those who can, it’s great, and then for those who dream, that’s great too. You never know when that next trip is going to hit.

Regardless of the weather and the trip, we have one hot certainty – a great new hot item. The idea is not totally new. Zips have been around and have been used in many different creative ways, but Ghostzip Bags, Hand Made in Italy from ISO 9001 zippers, have won the day (at least for me, anyway, and for others who own one or two of these ingenious bags conceived by three friends).

This trend takes me back at least 34 years, when a brand called LeSac hit the stores. It became an American icon and is still sold in many countries around the world today. I loved my LeSac. My collection started with a cosmetic purse until finally I owned the tote!

Ghostzip bags, have the same lightweight functionality, fabric, and hardware – only add high performance zippers. Feel secure in knowing you can load 65 pounds (32kg) and the bag is not going to break!

So not only is this a great travel bag – remember the days we stuffed our shoes into bags to save space? Well now you can unzip the entire bag and stuff it into your shoe. And yes, the zippers are fully washable!

The bags come in many different shapes, colors, and styles: totes, high tech bags for laptops and iPads, some can even be worn as messenger or backpack if you need to free your hands. The small messenger bags can be worn not only hands-free, but around your waist as a fanny pack for greater security, especially when traveling. Smaller fanny packs, cell phone bags, and many different accessories  all have a unique clip that can be attached to your bigger bag  to keep you organized at all times. Shoulder straps can be attached or detached. All bags can be hand held.

Besides the Daily line, the Elegance line is a favorite. These are made with metallic zippers, metallic or solid fabric and colors. They add an updated lifestyle look and make a great dinner or cocktail party purse.

What’s best is the price is right – Italian quality and style that sell for under a $100 up to $200. Need a gift? Your graduate, mom, sister, aunt, or friend will love you, and you will love yourself for your own personal addition to the many bags and purses you already own.

Don’t want or need a bag, try Ghostzip‘s contemporary furniture or a cool wine bag for that great bottle of red!

Wondering where all this is available? Shop BB1 Classic online or visit our brick and mortar store for this fun discovery.

From “The Chic Sheet” by Roz Pactor

Chiara Colombi, Roz Pactor, Laura Bernardi

The afternoon stop-by at BB1 Classic in Uptown Park was intended for me to have a quick taste of Italy……antipasto and prosecco, provided by Tony’s restaurant, and to meet these (2) women from Milan, Italy that had recently relocated to the states, Houston specifically, that Calli Saitowitz assured me brought a “bag of wares” that I had to see. Such a lover of Italy am I that I am always amazed to meet anyone that could actually leave that country for Texas, but they had their reasons and most importantly brought with them a hot new concept in bag making, manufactured totally in Italy……the zip bag, made by Ghostzip.

Three friends from Milan had an idea: a zipper that once done became a bag of many sizes, shapes and colors and other novelty items such wine canisters (this is Italy, so a must, right!) and even large bean bag chairs. The concept must be seen to totally grasp it, but imagine someone handing you a handful of connected zippers that when you zip them they take the shape of a clutch bag, a tote, a cellphone holder…..are you getting it yet? What also makes it so great for travel is that when you want to pack it or wash it, you can just unzip it and the space needed diminishes greatly. Once you’ve seen it and experienced it you will see why this relatively new concept, only in the U.S. since March of this year (2012) and in Italy since 2009, that is surprisingly affordable, took off like a hot panini when introduced to a trade show in Milan and immediately sold enough zips to make over two thousand bags!

Presenting these bags at BB1 in Uptown Park last Thursday, where you can find the entire collection exclusively in Houston, were Laura Bernardi, Global Brand Manager for GhostZip (trademarked name for products) and Chiara Colombi, Professor of Fashion Design at Politecnico di Milano. This Trend Researcher and Fashion Consultant for the brand presented the trends of summer from Italy and showed how these bags are so trend and color right for the upcoming season. Both of these entertaining ladies were very helpful and added that touch of Italy that made the experience so special to me.

The following are some highlights of the many items that are available, modeled by Miss Texas, Anna Rodriquez. You must stop in BB1 and try them for yourself and visit their website, www.ghostzipusa.com.