It’s almost here. The Fall Collection arrives next week. 

Amour Vert’s Linda Balti Is Accepted Into The CFDA

This year has been a huge one for Amour Vert, with the opening of our first shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley and, just last week, our very own Co-Founder Linda Balti becoming one of the newest members of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

We would like to congratulate Linda, who shares this honor with 29 other worthy designers, including Liya Kebede of Lemlem, handbag designer Clare Vivier, and Whitney Pozgay of Whit. 

Linda is now one of only 478 members of the CFDA, the American fashion industry’s most illustrious not-for-profit trade association, and we couldn’t be prouder. To see the entire list of 2014 new members, please click here. http://cfda.com/blog/the-new-30  

#AMOURVERTLOVE with Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam

She’s so nice, we had to feature her twice! Yes, that’s right. We’ve already had one of our favorite S.F. bloggers show off  her favorite Spring 2014 goods, and now she’s doing the same with our Summer collection. Take a look at Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam model her top Amour Vert duds of the season, right here. Plus, a little Q&A. 

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Is green living important to you? If so, how do you incorporate it into your life…even small ways count!

"My husband and I are really adamant about recycling and cutting our waste. One of our goals for 2014 is to buy smaller quantities, so we waste less. We also try and buy most of our food organic and local."

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When you’re not working, where can we find you in S.F.?

"You can usually find me wandering around a neighborhood I’ve never been do. I live in the Marina, which I love, but there are so many cool spots and hidden gems all around S.F., so I’m constantly exploring. A few favorites are Bernal Heights and Noe Valley."

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When you’re looking to get out in nature, where do you go in the Bay Area?

"I go to Mendocino, Napa Valley, or Muir Woods. "

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Any exciting plans/collaborations coming up for you?

"Yes I do, which I can’t wait to share later this summer and early fall!" 

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On The Calendar: July

Sample Sale | 07.18 & 07.19

Did you say sample sale? Yes we did! Mark your calendars, it’s about that time again to head over to 1278 Minnesota Street, Suite A, San Francisco, CA 94107 on Friday, July 18th, from 11-7PM and Saturday, July 19th, from 10-5PM. Expect deep discounts of up to 80% off the retail price on all styles and limited edition pieces of current and past seasons. We accept Visa, Mastercard and cash. Plus, with every purchase of $100 or more, receive a free Amour Vert exclusive Paris Chic x Cali Cool  tote! So spread the word an we’ll see you there!  image

Book Signing | 07.26

Join us as we celebrate style and sustainability with stylist and eco-ambassador, Greta Eagan, and her new book Wear No Evil: How To Change The World With Your Wardrobe. Come hang out with us at our new brick and mortar locale, Amour Vert, 437 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 on Saturday, July 26th from 12-3PM as Greta shares her insider tips on how to navigate through the world of fashion where ethics meets style. Her book will be available for purchase ($17) in-store, starting July 16th. If you’d like to pre-order before the event, please call (415) 800-8576. See you there! 

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Stars and STRIPES

Prepping for the long weekend? Us, too! Sure, it’s easy to spring for your combos of reds, whites, and blues, but there are other ways to looking just as patriotic. So, we’ve put together a few inspirational looks—all featuring stripes—for you to enjoy this holiday (and beyond). Here’s to wearing those lines with pride (without resembling a flag)! Plus, who doesn’t love the sound of a of 20% off sale on all Amour Vert striped clothing? Enter code STRIPES20 at checkout.

Mixing Patterns: Stripes + Fun Print

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Indira Navy Stripe T(r)ee, $85 | Sherry Navy Pineapple Shorts, $99 | Paris Chic x Cali Cool Tote, $15

Blue Scale + Pop of Color

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Lolita Navy Top, $130 | Daisy Navy Stripe Shorts, $58 | Ophelie Coral Scarf, $79

Elevated Casual Wear

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Jamie Black Pants, $135 | Talia Linen Stripe T(r)ee, $80 |  Art Green Palm Bomber Jacket, $220

Amour Vert <3 Hayes Valley Store Opening

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Last Thursday evening Amour Vert opened the doors to its very first brick and mortar space at 437 Hayes Street, in SF’s bustling Hayes Valley shopping mecca. Founders Linda Balti & Christoph Frehsee were joined by a roster of local bloggers & AV fans including model, philanthropist and SF native, Lily Kwong, Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow, Alicia Lund of Cheetah Is The New Black, Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34, Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things, and local French paper artist, Chloe Fleury to name a few.

In addition to combing the racks, guests were treated with organic drinks from Juice Shop, wine from Lorenza Wine, French macarons from neighboring shop Chantal Guillon, and sandwiches from The Melt truck. And of course our photobooth was in full effect! For each photo guests took, AV planted a tree as part of our partnership with American Forests. 

In SF? Be sure to stop by 437 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 & say hello! Plus, you will receive a $50 off coupon when you bring a gently worn tee, now through July 31st, that will be donated to Goodwill.

Until then, scroll through the snaps from the party below and check out our new digs! 

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Lily Kwong // Linda Balti, Founder of Amour Vert // Laura Jones, Stylist

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Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things // Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow // Natalie Goel of Like Fresh Laundry // Alicia Lund of Cheetah Is The New Black 

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Chloe Fleury with daughter Lula, Paper Artist // Katie Hintz-Zambrano with son Diego, Co-founder of Mothermag.com

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Macarons from Chantal Guillon

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Juice from Juice Shop

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Amour Vert photobooth fun

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Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 // Chloe Roth

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Angela Tafoya, Editor for Refinery29 wearing the No Evil x Amour Vert collab Bomber  

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Heart-shaped living wall installation by Lily Kwong

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Christoph Frehsee, Founder of Amour Vert // Russell Pritchard, Owner of Zonal 

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Lee Schwartz, PSA // Emily Jockel, PSA // Laura Jones, Stylist // Lily Kwong // Tom Palmer // PSA

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Christoph Frehsee, Founder of Amour Vert // Laura Childs, SF Bay Guardian // Erica Hirschfeld, B+N Industries

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Meghan Rutigliano, Contributor for SFWire.com and her guest

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Sandwich bites from The Melt truck

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Marie Luise Frehsee // Signo // Christoph Frehsee

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Annette Garcia, B+N Industries // Erica Hirschfeld, B+N Industries  

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Shayna Rader, Amour Vert Retail Assistant Manager // Jennifer Dimovich, Amour Vert Retail GM // Ali Stitiler, Amour Vert Stylist // Kayla Cornelius, Amour Vert Stylist

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Lily Kwong // Linda Balti // Christoph Frehsee

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#AMOURVERTLOVE With Paper Artist Chloe Fleury

As you know, we have a thing for color and prints around here, and sharing that passion is French-born, S.F.-based paper artist Chloe Fleury, who transforms seemingly ordinary pieces of paper into three-dimensional works of art. Inspired by fashion, rich textures, vibrant colors, and the city-gal lifestyle, this Mission resident definitely turns up the volume in this already colorful town. But, before you get lost in her adorably quirky and whimsical illustrated wonderland, learn more about this buzzed-about artist, decked out in AV gear, right here!

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How would you describe your style? 

"Boho-rock! I love colors and I’m obsessed with poms, fringe, embroideries. I like to mix boho items with more rock’n’roll pieces like a leather perfecto jacket or boots."

Tell us about your involvement with the local San Francisco fashion scene.

"I love to support local makers. I am always impressed by how creative, energetic, and full of talented people the city is. It is so inspiring. I also collaborate on fashion photoshoots with paper props!"

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Besides Amour Vert, what are some other S.F. brands that you are digging?

"There are so many great designers in San Francisco, but if I had to choose 3 I’d say Erica Tanov, Studio Deseo, and The Podolls. And Taylor Stitch for the guys!”

What do you love most about Amour Vert’s collection/the pieces you wore in the shoot? 

"The prints are so fun and the fabrics so soft. The jumpsuit is amazingly comfortable and well cut. I’ve been dreaming about it since I wore it for the shoot! I totally need this piece in my wardrobe! I love that you can pair it with any kind of shoes and accessories and any colors." 

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Is green living important to you? If so, how do you incorporate it into your life…even small ways count! 

"It is, yes. I eat organic and I do my best at recycling, composting, turning off the water and the lights. I use natural products and I like to buy eco-friendly toys for my baby!"

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What trends are you loving for Spring/Summer ‘14? 

"Always and forever fringe, colors, fun prints, love crop tops, high-waisted pants, and jumpsuits!"

When you’re not working, where can we find you in S.F.? 

"Walking around the Mission, my neighborhood. Having a lunch with my friends, and spending time with my daughter at the playground and museums. I also like to explore other neighborhood and shop at my favorite places: ReliquaryBelljarScotch & Soda, and General Store.”

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When you’re looking to get out in nature, where do you go in the Bay Area/California?

"There are so many places and that’s what I love about San Francisco. It is so close to nature, that we can easily escape and go for little adventures just a day or for the weekend. I feel so lucky to live here. I love morning walks at the beach in Ocean Beach or Half Moon Bay and across the Golden Gate Bridge, Point Bonita Lighthouse, the Dipsea steps in Mill Valley, and Point Reyes are magical. For a weekend, Big Sur is one of my favorite places!"

Any exciting plans/collaborations coming up for you? 

"Always! I am currently collaborating on more paper products with a nursery decor and furniture brand!" 

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Current Obsession: Ikat

There’s a natural association about summer and an ikat pattern that just seem to go hand in hand – offering an organic, tribal, bohemian vibe of some sorts, or even an intricately designed archipelago, if you will.  With endless iterations, we’ve seen this pattern trending in textiles for home décor and fashion year after year. So what’s the deal with this age-old pattern, anyway?

When we think of textiles and prints, we may imagine a process similar to a graphic being stamped onto a blank canvas of fabric. The word Ikat (pronounced \ˈē-ˌkät\) from the Indonesian language, actually refers to the ancient dyeing technique in which the yarns use a resist dyeing process before weaving. This is accomplished by binding bundles of thread in the desired pattern, and then dyed. This can then be re-bundled and dyed as many times with another color to produce elaborate and multicolored patterns. The development of the ikat technique can be attributed to many world cultures, independently across Central and South America and the South East Asian nations. So you can see why there are so many color variations and design motifs that fall under the category of ikat.

We here at Amour Vert, love the hazy, abstract shapes and lines inspired by the ikat graphics of the world so much, that we brought it back this summer - borrowing the colors of the sunset in calming blue, vibrant pink, and soft coral. Peep the collection below.

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So, are you as crazy for ikat as we are? 

Photo Booth Fun in Boca Raton!

Amour Vert x Bloomingdale’s kicks off in Boca Raton, Florida! With every photo taken from Boca Raton’s party, it will benefit reforestation projects in the Osceola National Forest in Florida. Check out some snaps from the celebration below!

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Event With Amour Vert At Bloomingdale’s!

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Attention, shoppers! Amour Vert is celebrating its launch at select Bloomingdale’s locations across the country with a very special in-store party and preview of our Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

In addition to taking a peek at our new wares (which you can check out HERE), there will be a fun Amour Vert-branded photo booth at each party. For every picture guests take, we will plant a tree as part of our initiative to plant 100,000 trees by 2015, with American Forests.

And, a bulk of those trees will be planted locally! In keeping with our give-back ethos, photos taken at the Boca Raton party will benefit reforestation projects in the Osceola National Forest in Florida, while photos taken at the California locations will benefit the San Bernardino National Forest. Additionally, photos from the Willow Grove Event will contribute to the reforestation of the Paulding Wildlife Management Area in Georgia.

Plus, with each Amour Vert purchase, shoppers will receive our exclusive “Paris Chic + Cali Cool” tote bag!

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the details on the coast-to-coast celebrations below. We’ll see you there!

San Francisco on 3
Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear
Saturday, June 7
 2-5PM


Boca Raton on 2

Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear

Thursday, June 5 1-4PM


Santa Monica on 2

Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear
Saturday, June 7 2-5PM

Willow Grove Park on 2
Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear

Saturday, June 7
 1-4PM



This Summer, we bring you the sweetness of pineapples, the coolness of palm trees, the warmth of the sunset, and the calmness of the water. 

Shop the Collection here.

Amour Vert Trunk Show At Cavallo Point

Hey ladies (and gents)! If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area for Memorial Day weekend, head over to The Mercantile & Art Gallery at Cavallo Point in picturesque Sausalito, just over the Golden Gate Bridge, and shop our trunk show -  bringing you tropical prints, flirty ruffles and the colors of the sunset, in our summer collection! Come to CavalloPoint - The Lodge at the Golden Gate, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA, 94965, 8:30am - 7pm, from Friday, May 23rd to Monday, May 26th! The Mercantile offers a variety of jewelry and accessories, Cavallo Point Signature Goods and innovative products by local artisans and much more. Then, go next door to the Art Gallery and discover Sausalito’s treasure, of photographic, paintings, sculpture, and various mixed media works of talented local artists. See you there! 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About…The Breton Stripe

1. The iconic navy and white stripes were first introduced by French Law in 1858, as a uniform for their navy sailors. The distinctive color block pattern made it easy to spot overboard sailors against the ocean waves. 

2. The original design featured a boat neckline and 21 stripes in honor of Napolean’s victories. 

3. What first started as a working class garment, evolved into women’s wear as a new direction from the heavily corseted fashion of the time. After a trip to the French Coast, Coco Chanel introduced the design to the fashion world in her 1917 nautical collection. This design has since then been synonymous with Parisian style.

4. The Breton stripe first popped up on the Hollywood silver screen Marlon Brando’s film, The Wild One (1953). His co-star, Lee Marvin, the more dangerous of the pair, wore a Breton-style striped shirt.

5. This inspired, Frank Sadilek, who would later become the president of the Hell’s Angels San Francisco chapter in 1955-1962, to purchase his own striped shirt. His gold earring, nose ring and his worn out Breton striped shirt, inspired the biker fashion of that time.  

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French Sailors

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Coco Chanel

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Brigitte Bardot

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Jane Birkin

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Frank Sadilek