Saturday, August 2, 2014

BACK TO WORK: M/W Accessories:Watches, Pearls, Handbags, Bow Ties

Perrelet, Mastoloni, MCM, Khirma Eliazov, Thalé Blanc, Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont

 There's something about after Labor Day-that signals back to school AND back to work.

Students may start a calendar year in late August-and employees still toil away -the higher ups  vacaying those weeks leading up to September...

But there is a noticeable psychological shift -and a different sartorial approach as to what to wear. No matter how summery hot the weather still is.

Not in the mood to try on or wear a Fall wardrobe is understandable.

…Accessories are the best way to get ready for back to work.

Plenty of people no longer wear or ever even wore watches. Us included- except when we are racing. However the handsome Swiss made Perrelet wrist timepieces might cause a re-think on that-as these showcase watches are marvelous functional statement accessories with details aficionados will give a nod to… a bump up from just telling the time-with decent good-looks-something our smartphone does perfectly well.

Founded in 1777 by Abraham-Louis Perrelet-the acknowledged inventor of the self-winding watch with central oscillating weight… the luxurious Perrelet brand has expanded its offerings from the Classic Collection of First Class leather watches-for the purists…to more splashy (and splash worthy-Yacht+Diving) timepieces that reveal the mechanical details of time keeping feats of engineering…including esteemed selections with retrograde, jumping hour, double-motor complications and top tier tourbillons.

Turbine Special Editions…include Poker edition-with strips  of the cards-appearing around the dial---and Snake…with peaks of reptilian skin

Turbine Chrono

Turbine Diver-this was a coveted item -47 mm steel case, water resistant to 30 atmospheres. with highly legible displays of 20 minute segments. Functions controlled by screw lock crown at 10 o'clock that prevents mishandling while diving. 11 blade titanium turbine spins freely over an under coated Superluminova-glows in the dark with vivd color…the latter also covers the Arabic numerals, main hour markers as well as the minutes/hours hands. Driven by the exclusive P-331 caliber produced in-house-oscillates at frequency of 28.800 vibrations per hour and has a 42 hour power reserve.
Diamond Flower -lady's watches

WIDELY available in the USA and abroad-typical range - $2900-$10,000

Mastoloni is a three generation, 80+years old- American importer and manufacturer of fine quality cultured pearl jewelry and necklaces…we saw this stunner-Tahitian pearls- multi-strand necklace at a recent holiday preview. Why wait? Limited edition.

For women, a string or multiple strands of luscious iridescent pearls are time honored necklaces that imply stature, elegant taste-  and impervious to trends. There is not a work ensemble we can think of-besides those worn by lifeguards or uniforms of police/fire fighters (along those lines...)-that aren't glamorized by these precious gem-like worthy objects.

MASTOLONI- available at jewelry stores nationwide

Rebecca Tote-large in taupe

We know women who start every major calendar season with a new handbag…it defines all of their wardrobe selections, henceforth.

MCM-a luxury German heritage brand that has captured luxury goods consumers' attention since its re-invigoration years ago- showed Fall 2014 structured offerings that beautifully capture the pared down, aesthetic of carry-alls; less blingy hardware, more uncluttered silhouettes- made of high end materials-in rather fresh interpretations of classic shapes-satchels, totes, clutches and bowler bags -in wonderful displays of the color block trend.

Marion Bowler-2 tone also available in a bold cobalt blue-$1250
Inside-multiple interior organizing compartments-exquisitely lined…functional details and durable construction.
Keana/Boston Medium (left), Balam Visetos/ Boston Medium (right) 

Elda-small leather goods-love this color combo---saturated orange colors that dress up neutrals.
Eye catching MCM leather sneakers (studded)…lifestyle kicks are often the work shoe of choice... range in price $435-$855

Collections: Available at MCM boutiques worldwide and upscale stores…in the USA-Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom.

Khirma Eliazov exotic skins (python, crocodile, stingray), specialty canvas and Italian leather are prominent materials--while inside card slits. custom metal chains (carry options) and magnetic front closures-practical details  
Former fashion editor and brand consultant Khirma Eliazov launched her namesake brand in 2009 featuring luxurious handbags, pouches, crossbodys, evening/day clutches, plus stunner accessories that are sophisticated- with modern edgy elements…giving this label its insider fav status amongst celebs.
Herzog Maxi $1995  Natural python body, slate grey leather underflap, grey croc center

bright pop of specialty canvas regal purple linings-signature touch

Corinna Structured Tote $ 2295, hand woven Italian leather handles and zipper pulls, Black Saffiano leather body, black croc center tab,  black ganja leather top/sides-reinforced bottoms and corners, secure zip with magnetic closure, inside organizer pockets
Available at 50+ stores and online

Deborah Sawaf's Thalé Blanc premium and very distinctive clutches are on every holiday list of coveted items---but her plush day and work-evening worthy bags that we saw at a Fall 2014 preview, also made quite the positive impact with all of the editors who were present when we were.

Custom gold hardware accents, design details (the regal cheetah)-and premium exotic leathers-are signature features of this glamorous collection.

carry-all that is so functional and elegant-Allison-embossed and smooth calf leather $1765
multiple carry options include removable shoulder strap, multiple interior compartments, side and spacious outer pockets-City gal size
Allison-in burgundy

Lustrous handbags-Audrey $1250 (top) + Lucy Grande $1500

smooth and embossed calf leather


Socks and ties are the way many American men add some pizazz to their work uniform of a tailored suit.

socks $25/pair-windowpane, stripes, dots comfy and the right height

We have never seen so many bow ties (and ties) displayed at an editorial preview as we did at the Vermont made Beau Ties LTD. of Vermont media event.
Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont-sells select items that synch up with the neckwear-including apparel;  classic L/S button downs, polo shirts, khaki pants (with free hemming), and accessories-suspenders-braces $60/pair.

Every color and pattern seemingly is available----freestyle, pre-tied, clip-on--- in five different bow :tie styles-for more casual to dress-up occasions like weddings.

Matching D-ring belts, cummerbunds, cravats, pocket squares, and boy's sizes- and the option of handcrafted four in hand neckties in three different widths are ALL also available ($39-$69)---it's only a matter of choosing from the ginourmous selection of fabrics for a custom or readily available creation.

girl's head bands too!
black tuxedo bow ties---prints and patterns vary-in all one shade

Chances are very high, there is a fabric for even the most hard to please guy.

Beau Ties LTD. of Vermont

other accessories-also available form select companies