Beklina.com never ceases to surprise me with new, unusually beautiful offerings. Up in the webshop now are four beautiful bags from the Japanese line, Eatable of Many Orders. These one-of-a-kind, hard-to-find pieces are eye-catching for their creativity, artistic sensibility, and beautiful yet practical functionality. Check them out here.
Every time I swing by the studio of Angelina Rennell, who runs Beklina.com and her own line, Lina Rennell, I find something to fall in love with: soft and sweet knits, fashion forward shoes, charming accessories, and one-of-a-kind discoveries.
On my recent visit, I developed a fashion crush on the three items above.
I've been eyeing copper accessories lately, and these gorgeous copper containers are right up my style alley. They're both fashionable and minimal, meaning that you can opt to keep the containers closed for a no-clutter look, or keep them open and show off your bits and bobs. ($110 for the small, $150 for the large.)
Each time I've had the chance to connect with Rennell, she's been wearing this swoon-worthy Annie Costello Hammered Shapes Necklace in a gold finish ($240). This is a perfect statement piece for a creative woman.
And finally, these shoes—what's not to love? They are a perfect summer shoe—a white, comfy sandal by revered designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh. These Sophie slides ($340) are at the top of my wishlist.
Check out more of Beklina's new arrivals here.
Do you know about Beklina? This charming, creative, artistic online boutique is one of my favorites, and I'm especially fond of it as the owner, Angelina Rennell, is a local of Santa Cruz (my hometown).
This inspiring shop continues to wow me with beautiful baubles, modern clothing, eclectic accessories, and a constant state of stylishness.
On my radar right now are the above six items that I can't stop looking at. This jacket and peplum combo from Ace & Jig is a must-have for spring. Mix and match the patterns with anything blue or white. This sweet bag made in collaboration with Rennell's own line, Lina Rennell, and Lotfi, is a stunner, and the darling slides from Palatines are a lovely seasonal choice with a scaled texture for added flair. The three jewelry pieces seen here are beauties: the gold-finish necklace offers an edgy quality, and the metallic leather bracelet and necklace are unexpected, surprising, and creative ways to take your jewelry to the next level.
Check out beklina.com to see all of the new spring offerings.
For our Bay Area readers (where The Penny Rose is based) if you don't know about Beklina, you are missing out. This online boutique, helmed by fashion designer Angelina Rennell, is based in Santa Cruz, Calif., and sells hard-to-find, unique items from independent designers. With a nature-inspired aesthetic and artistic flair, everything at Beklina feels like it's one-of-a-kind. From gorgeous, patterned cashmere scarves to raffia clutches and geometric rings, this online shop is the perfect place to find something for everyone (including yourself).
Angelina Rennell is by far a stand-out independent designer. Not only has she managed to launch and run a successful fashion line from Santa Cruz (big kudos for that), but her work has been featured in major magazines. As an environmentally-conscious designer, her clothing, bags, and more are produced locally, and Rennell not only sketches each garment but she also renders the textiles. It's an impressive feat. Her line can be found in stores such as indie darling boutique, Kaight, in Manhattan, and many others. (And, local stores, take note: She would love to sell her clothing in a Santa Cruz shop.) Here's a look at the designer and her current spring 2012 line in which she incorporates an artsy/modern/Scandinavian look into her garments.
When did you first start designing your line, Lina Rennell?
I started in '09. My first collection was titled "Big Sur Meets Helsinki."
How did you get into fashion design?
I've always been arty and I've always made things. After a couple of years running Beklina.com (her online eco-boutique), learning the process, and getting regular inspiration, that's what really lead to the line.
Why do you love this work?
I like making things, in my head and with my hands—planning and day dreaming. I love color and art, and so much more, and this allowed me to get my hands in all of that. It's creative, expressive and goes where I want it to.
How would you describe your process?
Multi-tasked. I wear so many hats. It requires extreme organization and self discipline.
How do you make it work as a fashion designer in Santa Cruz?
I couldn't do it without the Internet. I would have to live in a major city otherwise, and I do think there would be more opportunities for me in the city, but I'm not a city person. I need all the fresh California air and space. I spend time in cities throughout the year but I always feel like I'm holding my breath until I'm out.
Where can your spring line be found?
At Beklina.com or at locations listed on Linarennell.com.