Thursday, April 17, 2014

Luxury Clutches/Jewelry Mother's Day Gifts: Thalé Blanc, ITA COLLECTION, Sydney Evan

For special occasions, even the addicted to only but masstige labels on the crux of their arms-want something a lot more glamorous, smaller---and exclusive. One of the unusual and visually stunning, custom made clutches  we have ever seen-belong to Deborah Sawaf's artful collection, Thalé Blanc.

Highlights-from Spring 2014 (and some Fall 2014 pictured) would make any woman feel über special…and appreciated. Truly unique ---and obviously hand crafted with custom hardware and Swarovski crystals.

Flutter of Hope- in summery Emerald/Gold-portion of proceeds benefits the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles 

Morning Dew Luxe Plexiglass with brushed gold hardware Swarovski Peals and Crystals

Flutter of Hope-Plexiglass-Smoked Black/Gold--matching necklace. Vegan friendly -chic!

Arm party of these are always wanted-Circle Bangles $265-Swarovski crystals/plexi

On right-Oval Bangle $195---different colors pictured below...
bangles-with Angelica Luxe-Plexiglass clutch

Gisele Deux -lower clutch-sculptural qualities---Resin, Mother of Pearl, Metal, Gisele -upper clutch

these are incredible…the Mother of Pearl Gisele glistens---

Shiny sequins clutches are classics-Talia Fasteux

For Fall 2014 gold orchids-hand cast as handles -in a glorious statement making clutch that is worthy of being displayed as art. Although not currently available we included because this is why gift certificates were invented---these are heirloom treasures.

Single Orchid Clutch-Napa leather and watersnake----with gold orchid metal handle 

Butterfly Garden Clutch-gold ornament defines a nappa leather/watersnake clutch

Danielle Duma-Plexi-leather lined-the wonderful color combination of this clutch can liven up any neutral  ensemble…a great way to add a tonal pop.

Eye-catching color- inlay crystals(by hand) in an animal print.  Gabriella Fasteux- Plexiglass

Tresla Clutch-the shape reminds us of sacred Hindu temples-with metal inlays-plexiglass.

All Thalé Blanc clutches have gold chains---that invisibly tuck inside. Limited qualities available-obviosuly.


Imperial Duma with signature Cheetah clasp…matching necklace

Red carpet favorites that are strikingly different-reminding us of the elegant simplicity of Japanese tatami mats-but made of hefty metal-and high end leathers or fabric… are from the New York based ITA Collection…"(a) brand - launched by Iranian-born sisters/partners Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai with the goal of combining their creative backgrounds in graphic design and architecture to create a multidisciplinary approach to a wide range of projects. Their work has included new homes, interiors, hotel suites, furniture, fashion accessories and home product design. Their aesthetic is sleek and seductive blending comfort with sophistication."

Sayona clutches-come in solid tones too...

interior-leather ---with gold chains-to use or not...

elegant sparkler Almas Evening Collection-Jewel Series with Swarovski Crystal Fabric/Silver $1775

Farah Clutch-Magenta Italian Calf Hair Leather/Gold $1250

Spring special turquoise blue-Ballure Cuff-$375
we were particularly drawn to these Ballure arm /wrist cuffs---adjustable as seen in the picture...great gifts.

Ballure Clutch-18K plated gold metal-with plush Italian leather...$1450
SYDNEY EVAN's  beautiful collection of pavé diamonds and precious metal bracelets, earrings and necklaces manage to delight the blingiest and more demure jewelry lover types. Pieces have adorned in style types appearing on the Red Carpet and in magazines-on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models ---posing, not swimming, of course. 

Diamond Safety Pin Bracelets  $3215

Created by Roseanne Karmes-the Sydney Evan collection had us thinking about amulets and good luck charms -rather luxurious ones… ancient old soul references for modern times. Worn singularly or piled on, the jewelry are suitable for all age women-and those with teenage girls-expect to share.
Our most wanted-edge glam here-spiked rose gold/black diamond earrings for the cool mom! $2420

Numerology, Celestial, Nautical+Sea life, Words of-Peace Luck Love, Evil Eyes, Pyramids and Crosses-some inspirations...

Beaded bracelets-semi and precious stones…pavé diamond discs+other charms ranging in price from about $275-$3040.

single studs...

We loved the Pavé Diamond Ball Gold Ring $7500

named after the designer's father---fyi...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OLIBERTÉ This is Africa-Footwear/Accessories- Spring-Fall 2014 Highlights

NYC April 2014

We were thrilled to see the Oliberté collection of men/women's footwear and new accessories at a recent media preview…because, what's not to love about:
 a) well made wear forever shoes and fab satchels/backpacks…and b) Oliberté is made in Ethiopia…with most materials sourced from within that country…and manufacturing facilities/processes-using eco/sustainable/non-toxic methodologies-including using as little water as possible…while employing the local population and paying them living wages with benefits. Bravo.

The world's first Fair Trade Certified footwear…

Lake Blue suede-NIAMI-Available now Cushioning, energy returning, anti-odor 4mm OrthoLite insoles custom printed with a map…cement constructed moc boat shoe style is a classic-in multiple colors and in leather ---$175
Happily-the output-sells well-and not just because consumers are drawn to the 'brand story'--- it's part of it---but we think for buyers (and retailers) -the products are on trend and clearly are top-notch from toe to heel. We could look at an Oliberté shoe under a magnifying glass- and = it would be flawless.

natural crepe rubber-outsole-imprinted with a map…very cool
Oliberté's contemporary priced footwear-boasts a lot of polished high end materials and finishes-INCLUDING...natural crepe rubber soles that are impervious to temperature changes and are durable, premium leathers and suede colored responsibly not chemically, reverse leather on the heel-an extra step- for great fit/non-slippage, and very visibly amazing- all those hand-stitch details (averaging 1000/shoe!!!)-=sophisticated, expensive eye-catching results- and make for a less of a need to use glue.

Lalina-wedge lace-ups for Fall=cute, brushed wax leather-comes in diff. shades and nubuck leather too 

great hand stitched details on a suede slip-on... Aduni
Fall 2014-offers many styles-of lace-ups and oxfords…in rich autumnal colors…that are really year round suitable.


-rustic brown, light grey, dark grey----

right-men's Sodoro, Middle and Left-Lomayo 

Mogado HI-front…cool logo pop-country flag

Amboa-women-have a slight wedge rubber heel-can wear these with denim or dresses...

durable and grippy for colder/icy strolls

Packaging-recyclable of course

This duffel is amazing. An upgraded gym bag- a Father's Day gift -par excellence…that survive dusty travels around the planet..aptly named Gymano

Oliberté haulers beckon buyers with durable plush leathers-quality you can feel, solid metal hardwear, and styles that are practical-with outer snap pockets, adjustable shoulder straps, roomy interiors with inner compartments for all that stuff we haul around. Like the shoes-the patina finishes are rich and hand applied...
back-Krabu, front Blamo-has organizer pocket under front flap

totes-with outer pocket-Kobio