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Fresh Talent Alert – January 25th

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Meet our newest crop of independent designers.

INA KENT

INA KENT believes bags tell stories. Based in Vienna, Austria, INA KENT designs bags that will work for you, no matter what your day brings. These transformative bags feature versatile straps and sleek clips that allow you to easily turn a messenger bag into a shoulder bag, backpack, clutch and more. Every INA KENT bag is simple andunderstated, giving customers the opportunity to personalize every style. To top it off, the bags are simply fun to play with!  

Cabbage Is King

Cabbage Is King’s jewels are satirical treasures. The brand is the work of jeweler Greig Alderman, who once worked with a magician in Venice during Carnevale – a bit of that entertainer’s spirit permeates his collection. His masterful works are eccentric and many carry a message about the way we live now. With hints of Dadaism and Surrealism in every piece, these postmodern jewels can be dark, but every piece has a mischievous twist.

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Fresh Talent Alert – January 18th

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Hayley Gerry

Hayley Gerry’s jewelry is inspired by a complete sensory experience. Growing up in western Wales, Hayley watched wild winds batter coastal stones, slowly changing shape with the weather. Her interest in natural forms and organic textures never waned, though she pursued a career in overseas development. She recently fulfilled her dream of becoming a silversmith and now creates jewelry that explores opposing textures and impermanence. Contrasting smooth and “bubbling” surfaces mix with layered elements, forming tactile jewelry that is unforgettable.

Gia Belloni

Jewelry designer Gia Belloni uses her work to encourage thoughtful contemplation of the natural world. Bees inspired her current collection, Colony. Though bees are often considered a nuisance, Gia finds these industrious little creatures fascinating. “Bees are 70% of the world’s pollinators, meaning if anything happened to them, we would be in trouble,” Gia says. “Our crops, livestock, plant life and so much more would suffer.” Marked by a polished finish and a commitment to creating a collection with meaning, Gia Belloni’s jewelry tells a story.  

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Designer Interview: Alexandra de Curtis

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Alexandra de Curtis left a successful career in advertising to explore her creative side and launch a line of handbags. Her luxurious handbags feature unusual materials, custom hardware and a beautiful color palette. Click here to learn more about Alexandra de Curtis.

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Fresh Talent Alert – January 11th

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V. Sabrina

V. Sabrina’s imaginative collection recalls the Age of Discovery, when European explorers set off in search of new worlds. The Tokyo-based designers behind V. Sabrina work to capture that feeling of discovery by creating incredible jewelry that preserves exotic specimens, inspired by the journeys and spoils of these early explorers. They create necklaces that double as brooches, with curious specimens such as gemstones, beetles and other organic finds preserved under glass. In addition to representing this Age of Discovery, the collection serves as a physical embodiment of the fictional character Sabrina Venditti, expressing elements of her personality and tastes.

EDAYA

EDAYA’s Japanese co-founder Ayaka Yamashita was still in graduate school when she traveled to the Philippines and met Edgar Banasan, an indigenous bamboo craftsman in the Cordillera region. Skilled craftsmen like Edgar uphold generations of local traditions, using bamboo to craft musical instruments, but globalization has marginalized this community and threatens these traditions. Ayaka wanted to help introduce these traditions to the rest of the world, so she and Edgar launched EDAYA, a collection of bamboo jewelry inspired by Kalinga instruments and handmade by Edgar himself.

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Designer Interview: From You With Love

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When Sabine Roemer, Ceila Wise and their friends headed to the Himalayas in 2010, they expected a life-changing adventure. They got more than they bargained for. They were caught in the floods and mudslides that devastated the region, but say the people the met along the way remained compassionate and resilient despite the challenging circumstances. They vowed to return the love they received and founded From You With Love to help the region’s children. Click here to learn more about From You With Love.  

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Designer Interview: Mabel Hasell

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London-based jewelry designer Mabel Hasell has learned to expect the unexpected. She uses the lost wax casting technique to create her gemstone jewelry, using a process that yields unpredictable results. Each item in her collection is one of a kind – because lost wax casting allows gems to shift before they set, the pieces are always a surprise. Learn more about Mabel’s unusual, beautiful jewelry and find out which gemstones she loves most.

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Fresh Talent Alert – November 9th

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Meet our newest crop of independent designers.

Mustard & Peaches

Mustard & Peaches designer Mairi Burrow creates symbolic, contemporary jewelry with strong narratives. Her current collection is inspired by one of her relatives, who suffered from dementia. Each Mustard & Peaches piece features some strong shapes and delicate elements. These contrasts, along with a healthy dose of negative space, represent the way dementia chips away at the mind, leaving only parts of the mind intact. Mairi’s jewelry is an attempt to create something positive from these negative experiences.

Natalia Dalbern

Natalia Dalbern began making jewelry as a child in Brazil. Her childhood memories inspire her hand-twisted wire jewels. She is particularly inspired by the characteristics of the city of Governador Valadares, her childhood home. She creates abstract and contemporary pieces, along with bracelets that spell out special messages. Her wire pieces are plated with silver, rhodium, gold or rose gold for a luxurious touch. Natalia is happy to create custom pieces, too – just ask!

Ara

Korean designer ARA creates fun, whimsical jewelry inspired by Norigae, traditional pendants worn by women in the Korean Joseon Dynasty. ARA aims to bridge the gap between these traditional jewels and the contemporary jewelry worn by women today. Each ARA piece features meaningful symbols, much like traditional Norigae. Butterflies represent eternal life and play a big part in this collection, along with beautiful lotus flowers and cranes.

Laura De La Vega

Laura De La Vega spent years working for fashion houses and designing leather before launching her own personal design project. She specializes in gorgeous, glamorous box clutches with personal details. She creates printed and embossed leather for her bags, so each is completely original. One particular standout piece is her Medieval bag, features leather that has been carefully rolled over medieval nails. The leather receives the impression of the nails, preserving this bit of centuries-old history.

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Fresh Talent Alert – October 5th

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Meet our newest crop of unique designers.

The Swedish Model

The Swedish Model design team creates bags that elegantly balance functionality with beautiful design. Each detail is considered for ease and comfort. Top handle bags convert to shoulder bags and wallets conceal a multitude of pockets and cardholders – these bags and accessories meet every need. Bags are lightly structured for ease of movement and some bags can gently expand when required.   

LindseyMarie

LindseyMarie was studying to become a surgeon when her beloved hobby turned into an unexpected career. She started out making jewelry for her friends, but great feedback and increasing demand led to a flourishing business. Her’s Rockstar collection features large rough-cut stones in generous settings, inspired by the jewelry popular in Lindsey’s hometown, Dallas.   

Gyamjo

An interest in numbers inspired Gyamjo’s entire jewelry collection. Using gold and silver, Gyamjo creates elegantly curved Tibetan numerals that honor both his heritage and our relationship with numbers. He says the particular curves of these stylized numbers were inspired by the curves of the female form.

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Fresh Talent Alert – June 21st

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A collaboration between designers Catia Di Carlo and Andrea Bonfini, C.A.2 is a line of quality leather accessories that feature “psychedelic” laser cut designs. Inspired by Chinese paper carving art, each leather piece molds to the body and acts as a “removable tattoo.” The scarves and gloves are edgy, elegant and dramatic.

Leather goods from Colle’cte are modern and original. The husband-and-wife design team launched their collection in 2011 thanks to a bit of honeymoon inspiration. With unexpected shapes, unusual materials and several bags named for Helena Bonham Carter characters, this collection cannot be missed.

A box of vintage silks and a trip to Morocco inspired Jenny Jenny’s collection of silk tassel jewelry. Designer Jenny Collier’s tassels span the whole color spectrum, so there is truly a tassel piece for every outfit. The handmade and bespoke pieces have a fun vintage feel and are essential additions to every wardrobe.

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Designer Interview – Árbol de Viento

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Mexican designers Martha Gómez and Marisa Collado spent most of their careers working in advertising and academia before a love for their country’s traditions led them to handbag design. Click here to learn more about the unique story behind these beautiful bags.

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