words/images Judith Ecochard
Spring 2012-Gemstones/Boutique Collections
We aren't much jewelry people-but our meet/greet with the talented Kara Ross-who has her own luxe line of handbags and baubles galore---had us re-thinking what a beautiful, handcrafted piece of jewelry can do for any outfit.
|"...everything has a back grill...attention to detail...handmade..."|
An inspiration -as the "design and the materials speak to you..." Ross clued us in. And with an architectural eye too for many of the pieces we saw.
|Exotic skins are custom glazed and shaded for Kara Ross|
|KARA BY KARA ROSS-pile on|
|Stained glass windows are the inspiration for this intricate design|
These statement 'looks' are complicated to make-as a considerations of what carves well-as well as we might imagine-even sourcing the wide range of materials-as got to require someone with deep knowledge (as in sparkling white sapphires for diamonds... elevating turquoise and black/white mother of pearl to polished status)--- and sourcing contacts.
We were so taken with Kara Ross-that we hauled it over to a tradeshow-and then her showroom -to see more.
HANDBAGS-are stunning. The colors and special glazes are exclusive to Kara Ross---
|Structured statement bags without the logos!!!!!|
The bag shapes are feminine and practical-from the casual basket weave haulers-to the red carpet ready clutches that are roomy-just enough.
FYI-all of the bags "stand on their own" ---literally.
|work of art-inlaid stones-a keeper|
|rectangular clutch-plenty of interior for essentials|
All made in Italy-the handbags are clearly magnificent at any angle-the hardware is exquisite too.
Kara by Kara Ross is the surprisingly affordable boutique line---typically ranging in price from $100-$315
OUR FAVORITE- hand cut==labor intensive---so while these are several samples available-each piece is rather unique.