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Midcentury Maven

Designer Lesley Evers opens a new boutique in Lafayette.


Norma Cordova; Photo Assistant: Claudia Solis; Hair: Rhynne Flinder; Makeup: Marina Kakar

Lesley Evers’ bold, graphic-print clothing is best described as “modern nostalgia,” the perfect blend of a mid-century aesthetic and a Lilly Pulitzer color palette.  

Shoppers are drawn into Evers’ new Lafayette boutique by the variety of vibrant patterned dresses and tops that pop against a bright white backdrop. Distinctive jewelry, embroidered belts, and screen-printed totes hang from mannequins and vintage furniture.

It’s Evers’ second boutique, after opening in January in Rockridge, just a few blocks from the home she shares with her husband and two children. With a design degree and a passion for painting, Evers began her fashion career five years ago, and found quick success in boutiques from Maine to Florida.

Like Trina Turk and Diane Von Furstenberg, Evers designs her own textiles. While factories around the world (including the United States) produce the fabric, an Oakland company constructs the garments locally. The result is a bold line that’s sophisticated, chic, and fun to wear.


Seasonal Switch

Lesley Evers’ top tips for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall.

Mix: Incorporate richer colors (navy, red, purple, green) into your wardrobe, but keep fabrics lightweight to accommodate the East Bay’s warm fall weather.
Layer: Be creative with layering. Add jeans or slim-cut slacks under a tunic, and wear a blouse under a dress. Then, add a jacket, scarf, and boots as temperatures drop.  
Accessorize: Swap in fall jewelry. Gold, black, and neutral metallic accessories are less summery than turquoise and coral, and can easily shift to an autumn palette.

3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 482-5652, lesleyevers.com.


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