Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stephanie Kantis Jewelry, Italia Independent Sunglasses

Stephanie Kantis strikes a pose, suitably adorned

Charming, smart and talented, the vivacious Stephanie Kantis and her stylish jewelry collection got the nod from media types recently.

A second career for this former Dallas interior designer- now entrepreneurial jeweler ---is set to really grow big as a 'brand'...imho-as the interchangeable assortment of 24k dipped gold chain link necklaces, easily attachable pendants, rings with semi precious stones, multi-used bracelets, bold cuffs,  and dangling earrings---are not only a stylish way to easily accessorize outfits ranging from casual to Red Carpet...but also unique as an interchangeable mix and match collection.
wrapped chain as choker with pendant

signature "S" link allows for different length of a chain-dangling singly, lariat style or double wrapped

For modern women on the go---we were so impressed with the various wear it this way a few key items---go a long way, in a matter of speaking.
Different sized chain links and pendant options are available---as proportions for accessories are important when putting together an ensemble.

The intricate shapes of the chains remind us of beautifully proportioned ancient Greece jewelry and Renaissance flourishes of those glorious stained glass windows of European cathedrals------while some pendants are inspired by "Jackie O."
dangling down the back

several link options---Coronation, Chancellor, Regency and Legend chains-different lengths

Stone options-all hand set in pendant----topaz, moonstone, peridot, quartz, citrine, tourmaline, mother of pearl, tigers eye...
bracelets-attached to necklaces

pretty blue stone pendant---with chain as long necklace---or belt

Great cuffs---wrap a bracelet around ...

box full of earrings

love these---dangling earrings

terrific Rejoice cuff with topaz-hand hammered detail

chain with bracelet attached-as a choker.
STEPHANIE KANTIS is available online and at high-end department stores like Neiman Marcus...

CODA---our thought---a brand extension of a second line---look for Stephanie Kantis' natural winning personality on a shopping channel near you.

Coincidentally---on the same day we saw a terrifically chic collection of sunglasses by Italia Independence---a fabulous, very well thought out brand established by Giovanni Accongiagioco, Lapo Elkann, and Andrea Tessitore in 2007---with the mission and philosophy, so-to-speak- of "Made in Italy 2.0"---updating/ "re-loading' the master craftsmanship of that country---with contemporary design and clever collaborations---merging innovation with tradition.

In the instance of these sunglasses---reinterpreted iconic classic icons-made from new materials-like the carbon fiber shades-inspired by the the Stealth, the famous sailboat owned by Avv Agnelli, mad entirely of carbon fiber.

I-Touch sunglasses-made with a "To-Touch" finish ---made with a particular varnish usually applied to luxury cars ---that naturally, is also scratch resistant too. Also pictured above-the I-Mirror...the world's first totally mirrored sunglasses---with a special treatment that deposits metal molecules onto the frame of the glasses. Very cool

FUN-the I-Velvet Rock sunglasses---with a velvet effect front with hand applied studs and black acetate arms.
The velvet effect -from a unique UV LUX treatment -makes the surface of the sunglasses soft and smooth to the touch, 

adjustable nose pieces

prescription friendly and I-Teen shapes for 7-14 year olds 

Italia Independent launched a series of sunglass collaborations too-including the stylish Façonnable striped aviators we saw at a preview last season, I-Ultra eyeglasses- using XL EXTRALIGHT® developed by Finproject Spa laboratories ---an ultra lightweight, UV resistant, waterproof, durable and innovative closed cell structure...

Other sunglass ranges-I-Thin-super thin frames, I-Thermic-sunglasses that changes colors when the surface temperature reaches 30º C


...and I-Chromic lenses for all the frames.
velvet frame---
Look for other unique editions...and more buzz from and about  Italia Independent---here in the USA.

 A video series "Be Independent, Everywhere"- YouTubes-filmed all over the world---
An example...