Monday, March 5, 2012

Dreaming of Monday...

a&d is always open on Mondays.

We (Daisy and Marissa) each spent 20 plus years in the restaurant industry.  Between the two of us we have poured champagne, flipped eggs, pulled shots and steamed creamy foam for your lattes, bar tended late into the night, arose at inhumane early hours to get breakfast ready, cleaned the nastiest of hood fans, polished crystal wine glasses and so much more.
Always, we relished Mondays.
Restaurants are often closed, have limited service hours or are slow on Mondays.  If they are open at all, only a skeleton crew is scheduled in order to save on labor.
Monday is a special day for restaurant folk.
Monday is the day to dress like yourself (no worry of coffee/mayo/wine stains), get those critical errands done (the DMV, bank, etc), go out to lunch (let someone else serve you), go to a matinee and SHOP!
So many, many times in our lives Mondays were our "shop day"...  We know just how disappointing it is to make a special trip somewhere to be rewarded with a locked door and a "Closed Mondays" sign.
We don't want to disappoint.

See you Monday!


Friday, December 30, 2011

sparkes and bubbles!

New Year's Eve is almost upon us!

Are you still in need of that perfect little something to wear tomorrow?
Good news, all dresses at abrahams&duffy are 20% off today and tomorrow! (12/30 & 12/31)

Come in and let us help you shine!

Lovely Stellar maxi dress from Lanston

See you soon,
xo a&d

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Make a statement

I just love a long statement necklace. 
We have some amazing modern pieces at the shop that are feminine without being frilly, and bold without feeling heavy.
These pieces can really put that finishing touch on any outfit.

Take a look!

All necklaces shown with grey silk pocket tunic from Line & Dot

 Geometric Brass Rectangle Necklace with Vintage Bullet charms from local (amazing) gal Seaworthy

 Geometric Bib Necklace from Chicago artisan Laura Lombardi

 Nebra Necklace from Laura Lombardi

 Rosemary Locket from Laura Lombardi

 Scale Necklace from Laura Lombardi


Saturday, December 17, 2011


Lovely local gal Marisa Howard makes amazing jewels under the name Seaworthy.
We just got a huge order from her, but it's going fast!
Perfect little something for your someone.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Get your shop on!

Winter Frolic is tonight! 
Come to Alberta Street between 6 and 9 tonight, December2nd!  Sales up and down the street, pedi-cab sleigh rides and merry making!
We'll have some bubbly refreshment and 20% off the ENTIRE store!
See you tonight!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Designer Profile: Leanne Elroy

One of the things we love about the lines we carry at abrahams&duffy is that they all have a story, and a good one at that.
The story is what ties it all together and for us that's what really makes somthing special.

One of our favorite designers and one of our favorite story's, is Elroy.

Designed for living, Elroy's pieces are modern, comfortable and stylish; truely versitile clothing for YOU, the modern woman.

Started in 2007, Leanne Elroy started out manufacturing her line in her hometown of Vancouver BC, but soon after, "On a whim, and with only one contact scribbled on a scrap piece of paper," she set off for Indonesia where she helped set up a self-run sewing cooperative where all her clothing is manufactured by a group of amazing artisans.

Leanne uses both custom produced organic fabrics (from mills in Indonesia) and 'upcycled' fabrics that would otherwise be sitting in the landfill, with amazing results.  Banish the thoughts of stiff and drab organic cotton or hemp.  Amazingly soft and touchable knits, bright silks, unique blends (pineapple silk anyone?), and modern prints, her fabrics are on the forefront of what 'green' can mean (and it's amazing!).

Aside from being the most social and environmentally responsable designer we know, Leanne is also a really nice person who we love working with, and has a passion for design that shows in her work.  Just listen to her own words:

"I truly believe it is more than possible to live in abundance without polluting, consuming natural resources excessively or abusing labour practices. As the sole owner and operator of this company, my commitment is to remain dedicated and respectful to our environment, to our supply and production teams, and to our customer. There can be hope in the fashion world after all."

See?  It's all in the story.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

empty wardrobe, begone!

Oh it's that time of year again.
The nights are chilly and the days not much better.

So you look in your closet and realize... you need to spruce up that Fall wardrobe.

That's where we come in!
So many great pieces in the shop right now, and best of all, a huge Betina Lou order just arrived.

We just love Betina Lou.
Structured feminine clothing hailing from Montreal, Canada, made of the most lovely fabrics.
The attention to detail make us wipe a tear from our eye.

Burgundy Coco cardigan in wool with real leather buttons
paired with the Wanda skirt in rich brown,
so pretty!

The Wanda skirt has a wide waistband, full skirt and front buttons, 
paired with the Mixti Print top from Line+Dot

 The Lecia dress in tropical weight dark navy wool with real leather buttons and front pockets.
The perfect versatile holiday frock.

The navy Anais in a super soft lightweight blend of tencel and wool.
Great little collar and covered buttons.
 Paired here with the Vertigo skirt in black wool from fellow Canadian Allison Wonderland

The Mathilde dress in black cotton twill, 
classic belted design with a deep inverted pleat at the front.
Perfect for work or play.

How sweet is this!  The perfect little white shirt.
The Victoria in ivory, paired here with the red wool Vertigo skirt from Allison Wonderland.

Little rounded collar, pleated front detail, and dark ecru buttons.

And finally, some pretty dress up from Eva Franco.
Always fab, we love Eva's unexpected details.

The Kinetic dress has bold fall colors in a drapey crepe, super flattering lines, and side pockets!

This is just... love.
Two layers of silky fall scenery, we can't stop plotting where to wear this...

There you have it, wardrobe problem solved!