Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ports 1961: An Experience in Luxury

I first noticed Ports 1961 four or five years ago.  I saw an ad in a magazine and liked the style and the name.  The combo made me associate the label with a shipwreck sensibility ... rich treasures paired in a quirky way that creates a new, modern style with a nod to the worldly, aristocratic past.

Since then, I look for their shows each season and watch them each time they are aired.  FTV is the primary channel I watch ... The reason I'm loyal to my satellite provider.

This year, I have purchased two blouses and just ordered a third one. I'm on a blouse kick ... the lunching ladies variety - they look polished and totally, easily adds a finish to a look.

Coming back from my tangent, the first Ports blouse I received was a pleasant surprise.  It had a busy, paisley-like pattern (I tend to avoid flowery patterns - not really into cutesy looks), but still had a sophisticated look with an asymmetrically-draped tie-neck.  I loved it!  The silk was the richest, most luxe I have ever felt (and I've felt plenty).  It was thick like jersey, combined with the soothing feel of sandwashed silk.

The second blouse (the grey one - the picture doesn't do the blouse justice) I purchased delivered the same joyous response.  It had an amazing drape, the same luxe feel, and the most stunningly-detailed pleats at the neck.  I measured them ... they stood out a full 1.5 inches.

I have more Ports items in online shopping carts; dresses, pants, etc. ... I'm trying to exercise a little restraint.

All images, except for the grey blouse, are courtesy of