Lily Schlosser

black now, cream later

This winter, I’ve been wearing mostly black outfits. But this spring, it will be all about cream. Cream will also be dominating the newest Eli & Barry pieces…but more on that later. ;)

jacket – madewell

t-shirt – elizabeth suzann

jeans – madewell

boots – madewell (similar)

bag – vintage


Lily Schlosser

I’m excited to continue our discussion this week of all things Eli & Barry. You’ll remember my full rundown of the tunic 1 in cream here. Today, I’m talking about the Eli & Barry pullover 1 in duck cotton canvas and textured black cotton. Let’s go!

sizing: One Size ranging from 0-12.

fabric content: 100% duck cotton canvas sourced locally here in Denver. I love this material so much. It has amazing structure, a bit of drape and it softens beautifully over time. The black is also 100% cotton (sourced domestically) and has a great nubby texture.

styling: This style pairs with all the high-waisted pants. Throw it on with your vintage Levis, wide-legs, or skinny pants. Just add your favorite coat, wool beanie, handmade socks and ankle boots and you’re set for winter!

design process: confession: I’ve rarely come across a sweater that I actually end up wearing. Another confession: wool drives me NUTS. Well, actually, that has changed with a few recent handmade garments that I’ve finished (this coat and this pair of socks are both wool and don’t seem to be itchy.) Sweaters are tough because they don’t retain their shape and I find them hard to style. I wanted to design an alternative to a sweater. The heavier cotton of the pullover 1 provides some protection from the cold, but the silhouette is still sharp and sculptural. The sleeve cuff adds some interest and looks just as great scrunched or folded as it does undone. The three-quarter sleeve also allows for ease in movement. Can you tell I’m a believer?

shop the eli & barry tunic 1 in cotton canvas here and black cotton here

Lily Schlosser

I’m staring a new mini series on the blog today called “all about” where I’ll tell you in more detail about my clothing and jewelry line, Eli & Barry. Eli & Barry became a dream of mine over three years ago when I toured my family’s jewelry manufacturing company in Colorado Springs, Colorado. My grandfather had acquired the company with the hopes that jewelry production would never be outsourced to China. Boy, was he wrong. Many jewelry manufacturers outsource most if not all of their production outside the United States. With that reality weighing on me, I had the idea to start my own company with products made locally. It was a way to honor my grandfather’s original vision and create the type of company that I believe in: one with local production. Originally, all of my offerings were produced in house in the factory in Colorado Springs. Eventually, I learned how to make jewelry and, last year (2016), clothing. So most everything you see in my online store is made by me and, if it’s not made by me, it’s made in that small factory in the Springs. The name of that small factory is Elliott Barry, which inspired the name of my own business.

So with that quick little bio about how I began my business, I’m going to talk about the Eli & Barry tunic 1 in cream today!

sizing: One Size ranging from 00-16.

fabric content: 67% hemp, 33″ recycled poly. The hemp plant is considered sustainable for a number of reasons: it can grow in myriad of climates, it grows quickly and with little water and no pesticides are needed. The skin of hemp is tough, which makes a garment made from hemp sturdier. The recycled polyester in this garment is made from plastic water bottles. Although I don’t usually work with fabric blends, this sustainable and beautiful fabric changed my mind. One great thing about all of my clothes that I sell is that they’re machine washable!

styling: over skinny trousers, over wide-leg trousers, over jeans, under a leather jacket, and (when the weather warms up) alone with a pair of slide sandals.

design process: this style was one that I pulled together just days before we were going to be shooting Eli & Barry clothing. It came together quickly because it was such an intuitive and effortless shape for me. It’s a silhouette that works on a range of bodies and the styling possibilities are endless (see above). I originally had made a sample of this style in a silk crepe, but it felt a little one dimensional. I came across this fabric and knew it was a winner. It has a dreamy drape and a subtle woven texture that sort of brings the piece to life. Or is that the cunning woman that wears it? Hmmm. :) I finished this piece off with a “raw edge” look along the hem. It’s not a true raw edge because it’s finished with a type of stitch that will keep the fibers from unravelling during washes. I think it give a nice counter balance to the femininity of the fabric.

Purchase the Eli & Barry tunic 1 here.

Lily Schlosser

this kind of home

Ever since we discovered and purchased our first home, I’ve filled my Pinterest with images of beautiful interiors. After reaching a point of saturation that left me overwhelmed and wishing I had a bottomless budget to create a perfectly cohesive and Pinterest-worty space, I decided to stop and be patient. And I decided that the type of home that I want it live in is the kind I live in already: a home filled with loved furniture the hails from many of the apartments we’ve already shared together, all the places that already felt like home. It also contains family heirlooms, vintage finds and a few IKEA pieces. And while I’ve purchased a few new things for the house (this amazing rug that I got on sale, a guest bed, mattress and linens for guests I’m hopeful will come and a sofa remarkable enough to fit down our nearly 100-year-old curved staircase), I’m excited to see how this space grows over the years. It’s true that the shoes that get kicked off after a long a long day don’t make it into the closet most times, but these tiny little trip hazards are reminders of the life being lived amongst these walls. I’ll continue to collect beautiful images of homes (like the one pictured below) all while keeping the perspecticve that our home is already exactly how it’s supposed to be.

Hope you have a restful weekend, friends. home inspiration via pinterest ||

(image via Pinterest)

Lily Schlosser

the season of the jacket

I’m declaring this spring the season of the jacket. I don’t really know why that is other than the fact that I’ve been super inspired by all sorts of interesting looks featuring jackets, particularly the slightly oversized varieties. This vintage jean jacket I snagged has been on heavy rotation on these warmer Colorado days. I wore it below as is, but I’ve been loving adding a myriad of fun enamel pins to the mix to make it a bit more interesting. Okay, I’ve talked about warmer weather days twice this week now. Forgive me. Let’s get back into winter now.

jacket – vintage from queen city general store

pants – me-made merchant and mills 101 trouser pattern

shoes – c/o everlane

Lily Schlosser