The search continues for black owned brands as I came across the Style Pantry Instagram page by Folake Huntoon. As mentioned in a previous post, my style can be described as a more colorful and form fitting Olivia Pope style with sleek cuts and usually minimalist patterns. This style is exactly what Style Pantry embodies. Folake’s high-waisted shirts and pants can be worn everywhere from business meetings to classroom settings to semi-formal events to date nights. I have been following this Instagram page for about a year, and each post has yet to disappoint with its slayage.
Many of her styles came from her original line Loft324 founded by herself. Similar to her Style Pantry Instagram page and blog, Loft324 pieces were everything I could ever want in a wardrobe. To my disappointment, my first shopping experience involved the constant message on each piece I liked being out of stock.
Despite my disappointment, I continued to follow style pantry for style inspiration.
Many moons (in reality about 2 months) later, I found Loft324 has become FKSP. Despite the name change, the Los Angeles based online store is still filled with the sleek, sexy and elegant styles I love. As a post graduate student, finding this site where the prices were majority under $100 for quality pieces was a blessing.
I decided my first step to maturity would be to place my tank tops, crop tops and hoodies in the back of my closet and add more button ups and blouses to my wardrobe. Of course, FKSP had just what I was looking for. one of the models wore a beige pussy bow tie button up blouse matched with a bright orange A line skirt. The shirt was $42 plus $10 shipping, and I received it within a 2 week period of ordering it.
At first glance holding the blouse, I was nervous about the quality of it after holding it to the light and being able to see through the shirt. However, I wore the shirt for a teaching assignment and went through the ultimate wardrobe test.
What better test of the longevity of any item than seeing its ability to withstand the wrath of a stain. I would not recommend actually pouring anything on your clothes to see what happens, but if the fashion gods decide to give you a test for a testimony, just go with it. So, here is my fashion testimony. Of course, I eat in my car on the ride to work everyday without dropping so much as a crumb. . . until the morning I decide to wear my newest pieces. You can imagine my horror and despair as a quarter size drop of deep purple jelly from my soy nut and jelly sandwich lands directly on the bottom of the attached scarf. Really the stain looked something like this. . .
But it felt like this. . .
By the grace of the fashion gods I happened to have class in the science classroom which included its own set of sinks. I rushed to the sinks like a Grey’s Anatomy scene and drenched the edge of the scarf in cold water 10 minutes before the start of first period. I thought I’d be walking around like a G rated wet t shirt contest for the majority of the day, but to my joy, by the beginning of second period the shirt was completely dried and the stain was gone.
Just like any relationship, there will be hard times to test the fate of the relationship, and this jelly test showed the start of some awesome outfits with this shirt (once I watch enough YouTube videos to figure out how to properly tie this bow).