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Meet Jack Germain

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Green leather clutch by Jack Germain

Studded lambskin leather pouch by Jack Germain

Jack Germain started making her own handbags out of her apartment in New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood before a New York Times interview left her so inundated with orders she had to shift production out of her home (don’t worry, the bags are still made in New York). Details like the embossed studs on this fabulous clutch make her bags really unique. I know a few girls who’d be happy to receive this studded pouch as a gift this holiday season (I’m hoping someone gets the hint!).

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Fresh Talent Alert – August 17th

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Another week, another influx of creative and unique designers.

Golnar Gorgin

Jewelry designer Golnar Gorgin fell in love with Persian calligraphy as a child in Iran, where she watched her father meticulously recreate each phrase with his expert hand. While Golnar did not have the patience to follow in her father’s footsteps, she found her own way to honor the beautiful language. She now incorporates Persian calligraphy and phrases into her jewelry, and the results are nothing short of stunning.

Roque Bags

Inspired by the diverse population of Buenos Aires, Roque bags are the world traveler’s essential. Made by Argentine artisans, the thoughtfully designed bags are created using excellent Argentine leather. The beautiful carry-on bags and handbags are created with multiple uses in mind – a casual shoulder bag becomes a classic handbag in two snaps. A Roque bag is perfect for both everyday use and journeys to far-flung locales.  

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Piece I Love – September 5th

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Handpicked by Chiara

 

This unique and handmade bag just stopped me in my tracks. With foldable edges, rolled leather handles and available in a variety of colors, you can really see the designers training as an architect, painter and designer in the playfulness of this bag.

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Fresh Talent Alert – Arnoldo][Battois

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We’re so excited to welcome design duo Silvano Arnoldo and Massimiliano Battois, aka Arnoldo][Battois, to the Boticca community.

The pair hails from the most fascinating lagoon city there is: Venice. The city's strong influence can be found in their bags from symbols of far worlds, Marco Polo's travels and the glory days of La Serenissima.

Games of light and drapings  associated with a contemporary approach to classic bag sculpture and architecture make each of these beauties a piece of art. The final product is very weareable and the pieces complement the body amazingly in absolute freedom.

Allow Silvano and Massimiliano to help you rediscover the past in order to redesign the future!

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Native American Style

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The major Fashion weeks around the world are finally over, and the hottest trend that we’ll all be working come Fall/Winter? A Native American influenced look.

Designers from New York to London were working South by Southwest style, looking to Native American culture for inspiration. In New York, Proenza Schouler’s designers were inspired by a road trip across the Wild West, where they collected Native American blankets and textiles, and interpreted them into their own wool printed garments.

Elsewhere designers added touches of Native American style. Rodarte had Brit shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood create little booties on a Native theme, decorated with beaded patterns Diane von Furstenberg’s ‘American Legend’ show took Millicent Rogers as her muse – who had a thing for mixing Native American pieces with her Rodeo wear. And Band of Outsiders showed preppy collegiate style outfits mixed with wool blanket coats and Native inspired graphic prints.

It wasn’t just American designers looking to their heartland – in London, Matthew Williamson, the king of Boho chic, used prints found in Native American tribes, and Isabel Marant sent her models down the Parisian runway dripping in suede fringing.

This may be next winter’s key look, but why wait till then? With all the beading, fringing, feathers and punchy prints, we think Native American style accessories will work perfectly for Spring and Summer – adding an earthy, natural and boho edge to summer dressing. The key is to add subtle Native American influences. Here are your essentials for looking as stunning as Pocahontas…

Fringing

One of the easiest ways to work Navajo style into your wardrobe, fringing conjures up images of hippie chic girls on holiday and rock stars on tour. Seen lining thigh high boots in Isabel Marant’s collection, go for more low key fringing for day wear. This lamb leather cross body bag by Julie K has two stands of fringing and looks like it was made for a summer music festival. If you can’t wait until the weather warms up, these fringed gloves from World of Christina will keep you toasty from any Spring chill, and will be bang on trend come Fall.

Feathers

Play on the drama of big American Indian headdresses, by adding some plumes to your wardrobe. This exotic and punky ear cuff from Anni Jurgenson can be easily clipped onto your ear – and will really ruffle some feathers if worn with short hair or a sleek updo.

A Saddle Bag

You might not be trekking across the desert in a wagon, but this roomy leather Waitz Bag is the perfect companion for adventurous girls – take it on a road trip or action-packed city break. Leather and hard-wearing suede are essentials for a wild west look, so look out for bags in these materials.

Beading

Intricate beading in bright colours will liven up any Spring outfit. A boho beaded necklace – like this pendant by Toujours Toi – looks chic paired with a plain white t-shirt or shirt for the office, and tank and denim cut-offs on holiday. For something a little more subtle, try this Navajo bracelet, or why not pair beading with a rugged leather belt? This handcrafted Waitz number has all the hallmarks of southwestern style – turquoise stones, silver studs, wood and silver detailing, cowhair and leather patches. Wear with a pair of jeans for day, or toughen up a floaty skirt or dress.

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Designer Interview: Steven Harkin

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Renowned for the high quality, bold colors and contemporary design of his leather bags, we sat down with UK-based Australian designer Steven Harkin to learn more about how his colorful life experiences have influenced his career and stunning collection of bags. (more…)

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Designer Interview: Jan Willem Waitz from Waitz Design

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We leapt at the opportunity to interview the colourful Dutch character behind Waitz Design, Jan Willem Waitz. His beautiful, bold designs and crisp finish fuse inspirations born from his childhood in Africa, Dutch origins, world travels, work for Karl Lagerfeld and the people in his life. In his interview he talks about how his life has shaped his unique collections and creative approach. (more…)

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