AW13: What I’d wear with the Tulum clutch

November 21st, 2013

I’m a total minimalist when it comes to dressing, but I love killer accessories (go figure!). I fell in love with this onesie by Stella McCartney x goop and think our Tulum clutch looks gorgeous with it, as well as some of my other favorite pieces.

1. Moon Journey scarf by Helen Dealtry, $225
2. Lotus necklace by Me & Ro, $2800
3. Charcoal jumpsuit by Stella McCartney x goop, $1240
4. Tulum clutch by Shannon South, $260
5. Van Doren slip-on by Vans, $55
6. Klaia cage ring by Odette, $138

Beklina

April 14th, 2013

I’m running a few months late on this news, but I’m happy to say that one of my favorite online boutiques, Beklina, is carrying my bags. They’re stocking two totes. One is a collaboration between Lina Rennell and I using her gorgeous ikat printed faux suede. The other is my Montauk tote in camel.

They have such a beautiful collection and do such a great job of presenting it.

Thank you, Angelina!

Store Opening: Reservoir and Wood

March 4th, 2013

A great new store just opened in Beacon, NY that is carrying a beautiful collection of local, independent designers, mainly from the New York area.

Reservoir and Wood is the brainchild of the talented fashion designer, Erin Murphy of EM Reservoir. The store is stocked with awesome pieces from Erin’s collection (she has her studio in the back – every designers dream!) as well as a few other clothing designers, furniture designers, a candle maker, jewelry designers and bags (including mine!).

A perfect day trip out of the city is just an hour and a half by train to the stunning old Nabisco factory turned museum, Dia:Beacon. After getting your fill of the great installation artists Serra, Judd, Chamberlain, etc, a walk down Main Street will lead you to some cute new shops and restaurants, including Reservoir and Wood.

Grand Opening: Saturday, March 9th from 5-9pm. There will be live music and drinks to sip, plus many of the designers whose goods are for sale there will be hanging out to meet and chat. RSVP here.

Address: 460 Main Street, Beacon, NY  |  Website  |  Facebook

capsule AW13

February 19th, 2013

It feels like forever since I’ve posted and I have a list of things I want to post about! For now, I just want to let all the store buyers out there know that I will be showing at my 2nd capsule show in a couple days, here in NYC. Wha-hoo! I have a new collection that I am very excited about, so please drop me an email for info or stop by the show!

(capsule) NYC round-up

October 13th, 2012

After a long break from selling wholesale (Barney’s was my last account), I finally decided it was time to get back into the wholesale game with my new collection. Last month, I showed at my very first capsule trade show. It’s a curated trade show where you have to submit an application to show there. It was a really good experience and I met buyers from some great stores… several of whom will be carrying my bags very soon! Yay!

One of the great things about being there was seeing the new collections of some of my favorite designers and also discovering some that I’d never heard of before.

The lovely ladies of Feral Childe were there and it was great to hang out chatting with Alice Wu. (made in NYC)


Next to them was Micaela Greg, a San Francisco based brand that I have since fallen in love with. (made in SF)


Speaking of San Francisco, I was happily surprised to run into jewelry designer, Vanessa Gade, who I knew from the bay area design world when I lived there a few years back. (made in SF)


I was turned on to LA brand, Black Crane, where I’ve already invested in some of their gorgeous raw-edged organic cotton comfort wear. (made in LA)


Jaclyn Mayer showed me her line, Orly Genger. She makes beautifully crafted, playful jewelry from a variety of cords and acrylic paint, which she does not dip, but hand paints on. (made in NYC)


I met fellow leather workers, Alex and Noelle of Toronto-based The Leather Atelier. We chatted a while about ethical materials, hand crafting etc. They are super talented and absolutely the nicest people you could ever meet. (made in Toronto)


Lastly, A Peace Treaty was in the booth right next to me. Their hand crafted scarves are gorgeous, but when I learned the story behind the brand, I was smitten.

There you have it. There were so many more amazing brands that I would love to add to this list, but for now these were the top ones that really stood out.

Eko-Lab: Fashion artists

October 12th, 2012


I cannot tell you how long I’ve been meaning to write about my dear, beautiful friends at Eko-Lab. We’ve been working out of the same studio space for about a year and a half and the more I get to know them, the more I appreciate their work. Melissa Kirgan and Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard are a rare breed. They are artists whose medium happens to be what is typically one of the most careless and wasteful industries- fashion.

These ladies don’t follow trends and they don’t mass produce. They do what comes from their hearts and create beautiful, unique works of wearable art.

They often collaborate with artist, Jennifer Wen Ma, who will sometimes come in and hand paint a limited number of garments.

For pieces with a larger production run, they might hand silk screen Jennifer’s art onto yards of fabric. All of this happens right in our studio and it is so beautiful to see in action.

Eko-lab have recently been focusing more on accessories. They make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, often using recycled materials such as slices of glass from bottles and other found objects.

They have also recently started working with laser cutting felted wool to make beautiful stoles which were sold at an exhibition Jennifer recently had in Beijing.

These ladies are truly inspirational and I am so lucky to know them. Check out their shop and facebook page.

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AW12: What to wear with the Hudson

October 11th, 2012


The Hudson tote bag is a large carry all made of nubuck leather. It is soft and gorgeous – especially in sage. Autumn is here and sage is such a fresh and more interesting alternative to brown or beige. I recently came across Fort Standard‘s new collection of cage necklaces and fell in love. The muted colors and brass are stunning and I think they go beautifully with my bags. I also just love all of the scents Anne of MCMC Fragrances comes up with. They are natural, complex and intoxicating without being too feminine or granola.

1. Cage necklace by Fort Standard, $280
2. Lace sweater by Micaela Greg at Beklina, $310
3. Stud ring by James Colarrusso at Love, Adorned, $600
4. Hudson tote by Shannon South, $480
5. Nuk pants by Étoile Isabel Marant at La Garconne, $380
6. Lordy loafers by Dieppo Restrepo, $253
7. Hunter parfum by MCMC Fragrances,  $95

New collection photo shoot, part 3

August 20th, 2012

And here are the last of the new photos from the shoot – hope you enjoy them!


Montauk tote  // model: Johanna Björk // PACT tank, Afia skirt, Kirsten Muenster bracelet, Odette NY necklace

Hudson tote  // model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe dress, Kirsten Muenster jewelry, Nina Z clogs


Tala clutch  // model: Johanna Björk // Study NY blouse & skirt, Kirsten Muenster jewelry


Rayen purse // model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe top and shorts, Dealtry scarf, Kirsten Muenster earrings


Aylen envelope clutch  // model: Johanna Björk // Study NY top, Feral Childe skirt, Brook&Lyn necklace

New collection photo shoot, part 2

August 18th, 2012

Cheyenne tote  // model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe dress, Odette NY jewelry, Nina Z clogs

Cheyenne tote // model: Johanna Björk // PACT tank, Feral Childe skirt, Dealtry scarf, Odette NY jewelry


Keuka Clutch  // model: Johanna Björk // Afia skirt, Feral Childe shirt, Kirsten Muenster ring, Fay Andrada bracelets

Tala clutch  // model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe dress, Odette NY earrings


model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe dress, Kirsten Muenster necklace

 

New collection photo shoot, part 1

August 16th, 2012

Last week, my friend Johanna Björk of Goodlifer.com was in town, visiting from Ojai, California. We got together and did a little photo shoot in my home of my new collection. (she modeled, I photographed) We were lucky enough to pull together some great clothes and accessories from talented designer friends, most of whom produce in the USA (with the exception of Nina Z who has her clogs crafted in Sweden and Dealtry who has her scarves printed in the UK).

A huge THANK YOU to: Kirsten Muenster, Odette NYFay Andrada, DealtryFeral Childe, Study NYAfia, and Nina Z.  I love all of your stuff and I really didn’t want to give any of it back. Last but not at all least, an even bigger THANK YOU to Johanna, a woman of so many talents –  she did a great job styling all the pieces we had to work with!

Here are a few of our favorite pics…

Tala clutch  // model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe dress, Odette NY earrings

Hudson tote  // model: Johanna Björk // Afia skirt, Kirsten Muenster ring, Fay Andrada bracelet, Nina Z clogs

Montauk tote  // model: Johanna Björk // Feral Childe dress, Odette NY jewelry

Montauk tote  // model: Johanna Björk // Afia skirt, Kirsten Muenster bracelet, Nina Z clogs

more to come…