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11
Aug
16

.Lumber Rain – Poppy von Frohlich

I present once more one of my favorite small American (and local) makers of clothing made in the USA. This new product is a raincoat called .Lumbar Rain by Poppy Von Frohlich.

Source: .Lumber Rain – Poppy von Frohlich

.Lumbar Rain

PVF rain coat

  • I finally made a rain coat! Waxed cotton canvas is the earth friendly option when it comes to rain gear.  Lumber Rain is designed to make you look rad while battling the rain.

    Large boxed pockets set at an angle for comfort but not so angled that your stuff falls out,  my large signature hood with a leather drawstring, western style front yoke, back rain flap, curved hem (a little longer in the back), antigued copper snaps, and french seams. (better pictures coming, these are temporary photos)

    I designed the coat to have enough room for two medium/light weight layers or one medium/thick layer.  Bust shaping is from a narrow front side panel and a larger armhole.

    To clean a waxed cotton coat you brush off dirt with a soft brush, if you get a lot of use out of it you can rinse it off with a hose and if you get a lot, a lot of use out of it you may need to reapply wax in the areas that get a lot of rubs.  The coat cannot be washed in a machine nor can it be dry-cleaned.

    A key characteristic of waxed cotton is that it shows its creases, called crooking.  It is a desired look when buying waxed cotton.  Expect to see crooking in the coat and show it off with pride because wearing waxed cotton is cool and responsible.  The whiskey color and the moss show the crooking more than the black does.

    Are you new to waxed cotton?  Are you a tiny bit skeptical?  I completely understand.  This coat can be worn as a normal canvas coat on non-rainy days but it has the added bonus of having water resistant properties for those rainy days, water does not penetrate the cotton fiber, it simply beads up and rolls off.  Waxed cotton can sound funny to someone who hasn’t worn it before so I am offering exchange, store credit or refunds.  I think once you try it on you will be very happy with it, but in case you discover it is not right for you we can figure out which return policy is best for you. This offer is good for coats that have not been worn outside, coats that were only tried on and worn around the house for twenty minutes or so.

    PVF Lumbar

    This is a pre-order, Shipping is scheduled for September 22nd

    made in Northern California, USA!!!

 

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27
Feb
16

.Mox – Poppy von Frohlich

Mox by Poppy Von Frohlich

Poppy Von Frohlich has done it again. A great new idea – Moccasins just for women and made in the USA. I have loved her previous coats and tops with the unique stylish and classic looks. The business model of Poppy Von Frohlich is a real throwback to way things used to be. In this business plan, one produces a limited number of garments, the garments are only in a certain number of sizes, the garments are pre-ordered (pre-paid) and then the garments are delivered to you. All made in the USA. And there is no waste. And there are of impeccable quality. Obviously, it would be quite unlikely that you show up to a gala wearing an original Poppy Von Frohich, and you see somebody else wearing the exact same thing. One thing more,  with the .Mox moccasins, they are eco-friendly: the soles are made out of recycled motorcycle tires. Plus, there are three different fashionable colors to choose from: berry, black and rust. Great idea. I bet these moccasins would last a lifetime – as long as your dog does not get a hold of them.

Link: .Mox – Poppy von Frohlich

Moccasins made by Poppy Von Frolich

Moccasins made by Poppy Von Frohlich

I am making moccasins!!!   Made in Northern California by me and my small team.  I developed this pattern through trial and error, I developed the technique by studying other moccasins, meetings with a high end boot maker and by making a million samples.  My moccasins have a v toe shape with matching fringe and a tie.  They are soft, they are comfortable, they hug the foot perfectly, they have a 1/2″ cushion and best of all they are made here in Northern California!  I call my moccasins Mox.

.Mox Berry color

.Mox Berry color

 

Materials:  shoe is suede, the sole is recycled motorcycle tube adhered to hard saddle leather, the insole is a layer of suede and a thick cushion of bison leather.  The 4 layers together create a 1/2″ cushion!

.Mox Rust color

.Mox Rust color

 

Sizing:  I am offering them in whole sizes 5-10.  If you are a half size please order down, example 7.5 order a 7.  The suede is soft and will stretch the half size.

 .Mox - Berry

.Mox – Berry

Poppy von Frohlich loosely translate into ‘From happy California’, Frohlich also happens to be my maiden name and is ‘happy’ in German.  Poppy is the California state flower and is also what we call our beloved grandfather.  Put it all together and you have PvF.

.Mox Black

.Mox Black

Everything is made in the San Francisco Bay Area.

PrintMake sure you order them now before they are gone, because once they are gone, they are gone: Poppy Von Frohlich .Mox.

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The Modern Way Clothing is Made

As I mentioned the Poppy Von Frohlich has a low volume, high quality and low waste method of delivering its apparel. This is such a contrast to the “modern” method of delivering clothing which goes like this: a giant corporation goes overseas and bargains with numerous foreign manufacturing mills to make hundreds of thousands of garments at the cheapest price possible. These manufacturing mills, with such a low profit margin, then hire children and laborers who have been brought into country with a giant debt (the slave laborers) who get overworked in dangerous and hazardous conditions (and obviously without any benefits). These thousands of of tons of garments are brought over from China, India and Bangladesh in giant ships like the CMA GBM Benjamin Franklin, shipped halfway across the world, (without any import taxes placed on them, thanks Free Trade Treaties which have caused the elimination of US manufacturing jobs) and then, dumped onto our shores where they eventually fill up our landfills with their formaldehyde impregnated wrinkle-free, cheap and terribly-made clothing. Why do we shop like this? This craziness must stop.

CMA GBM Benjamin Franklin going under the Golden Gate Bridge

CMA GBM Benjamin Franklin going under the Golden Gate Bridge

Another view because it is just so hard to see how big this ship is - bringing your cheap Chinese imports to you.

Another view because it is just so hard to see how big this ship is – bringing your cheap Chinese imports to you.

 

 

 

14
Dec
15

.Star of Alaska – Poppy von Frohlich

Here is the newest offering from Poppy Von Frolich called Star of Alaska. Poppy Von Frolich makes only a small amount of coats. You have to pre-order the item, then they will make it and ship it to you. It was the way it used to be done, except you didn’t order it on the internet.

Link to Poppy Von Frolich’s website: Star of Alaska – Poppy von Frohlich

Star of Alaska

  • Star of Alaska is named and inspired after a historical ship that now rests in the San Francisco Bay in the Maritime Museum.  The ship, originally named Balclutha, has a rich story to tell; some of her cargo in the 1800’s included Scotch Whisky, wool, salmon and lumber.  I fantasized about her story to create my own Star of Alaska.

    Star of Alaska

    Star of Alaska

     

    Star of Alaska is a fitted overcoat with a voluptuous hood.  The large hood is interlined with cotton batting for extra body and it has a wide facing that folds back on itself so you can wear the hood large or more compact.  The front yoke has three deer horn toggles and the remaining of the front closes with hidden snaps.  There are front welt pockets and flat side hip pockets.  The subtle feminine shaping is accomplished by using narrow side panels and front and back yokes.  My goal was to create a classic toggle coat vibe with a Poppy von Frohlich twist.

    Extra details: flannel backed satin lining for extra warmth, soft leather for the toggle tabs and deer horn toggles.  I use classic tailoring techniques on the inside for a high quality polished look.

    Fit details: The coat has enough ease for a mid-weight sweater underneath, mid-thigh hem length, tailored sleeves and a large hood that folds back if you prefer a compact hood.

    Scottish plaid is cashmere!  So soft and luxurious.  The grey/blue plaid is 100% Italian wool.  Both fabrics are the highest quality wool coating.  The coats are dry clean only.

    Ordering details: There are two plaids available, cashmere scottish plaid and grey/blue italian wool.  I have a small amount of each fabric, after you place your order I will email you to get your size 0-14.

    Made in Sebastopol, California!  Made in USA!

    *****this is a pre-order!******shipping is scheduled for January 13th 2016

  • .Star of Alaska
  • .Star of Alaska
  • .Star of Alaska
  • .Star of Alaska
  • .Star of Alaska
  • .Star of Alaska
07
Dec
13

Reminder: SF Made Holiday Gift Fair December 7 and 8, 2013

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair | SFMade. For two days vendors from San Francisco will be selling their wares at the Fort Mason Center on December 7th and 8th, 2013.

holiday Fair

All items of this Holiday Fair are locally made. The vendors are all local, including Poppy Von Frohlich, women’s coat maker, whom I profiled in my blog last year. Poppy Von Frohlich will also be showing purses and pillows. Many of the vendors can also be found on SFmade.org. This is re-post of my November 15th entry.

Poppy Von Frohlich pillow

Poppy Von Frohlich pillow

Poppy Von Frohlich tote/purse

Poppy Von Frohlich tote/purse

15
Nov
13

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair | SFMade

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair | SFMade. For two days vendors from San Francisco will be selling their wares at the Fort Mason Center on December 7th and 8th, 2013.

holiday Fair

All items of this Holiday Fair are locally made. The vendors are all local, including Poppy Von Frohlich, women’s coat maker, whom I profiled in my blog last year. Poppy Von Frohlich Von Frohlich will also be showing purses and pillows. Many of these vendors can also be found on sfmade.org.

Poppy Von Frohlich pillow

Poppy Von Frohlich pillow

Poppy Von Frohlich tote/purse

Poppy Von Frohlich tote/purse

29
Jan
13

Poppy von Frohlich – Wool Coats Made in the USA

North Coast Frost in Wool Herringbone by PVF

North Coast Frost in Wool Herringbone by PVF

Poppy von Frohlich. Poppy Van Frohlich is a very unique clothing company. Not only are their wool coats made in the United States (unique), they are made right here in the Bay Area, San Francisco (more unique), but then, they make a new coat design every six weeks (most unique). Wool Coats have been the traditional winter wear for hundreds of years and nothing looks smarter than a well designed wool coat. There may be more light weight and more water-resistant materials now, but none of those materials look nearly as sleek and classic than wool.

So this is how it works: Poppy Von Frohlich (PVF), not to be confused with DVF (Diane Von Furstenberg), designs a new coat (every six weeks) and sews samples of the coat. Then, they post that particular prototype coat on to their website. Once, on the website, they accept a limited number of orders, maybe one or two for each size, sizes typically run from 0 to 12. After they accept the orders, only then do they take them to the sewing factory and have them produced. It takes approximately six weeks to receive the coat after the order. After the order is made, that is it. If you didn’t get your order in on time, you are out of luck, there are no more.

This is somewhat reminiscent of another San Francisco clothing company, American Giant. They make a new design of a shirt or a sweatshirt every six weeks, however they do not wait for the entire order to be filled before sewing. The great thing about Poppy Von Frohlich is that you will be receiving a very fashionable, sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes- retro, high quality coat that nobody else will be wearing. Another plus with the PVF plan is that eliminates a lot of waste. In contrast, the imported coats are made in extremely high volumes, shipped all over the world, and probably half of them end up in landfills within a year or two. On a side note – this is quite similiar to the food production problem – where half of all our food that is produced is thrown away. Maybe this is the start of the new earth friendly trend to conserve our resources.

About Poppy Von Frohlich

Poppy Von Frohlich is a recent start up business starting in 2012. Trudy Hodges is the genius and local designer behind PVF. The wool coats are of amazing quality, made of Italian wool and lined with a fine cotton flannel or thick satin.

Urban Meadow in Black and White Tweed by PVF

Urban Meadow in Black and White Tweed by PVF

To visualize some of the PVF designs – go to the website and visit either the Archives or Coat Collections. Coats typically run in the $400 to 700 range. These coats will last a lifetime. To decide on what size you may fit you, there is a size chart on their website, and they recommend that you measure yourself as described in that section to best determine your size. To preview the up and coming designs, I recommend that you sign up on their website. I have just ordered the North Coast Frost in Herringbone Wool Coat for $470.




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