Fall unleashes myriad new items on the market and it's hard, if you're on a budget, to pick one or two special, memorable, long-lasting, quality items that can hold you over through the season and into next year and beyond. With our eyes always on independent fashion designers, we decided to pare it down for you and find four of our favorite things this season, all from indie lines that we adore.
This boiled wool Cocoon Coat (upper left) from Elizabeth Suzann has a kimono quality to it. Not only will it keep you warm this season (and more to come) but it's a striking, eye-catching piece of outerwear.
Evens is an indie line that we just can't get enough of and this wool Melody Coat (upper right) has a timeless quality to it that will never go out of style.
Ace & Jig (lower left) has a massive following right now and it's no wonder when they create vibrant, one-of-a-kind pieces like this adorable plaid Troop Blazer.
Apiece Apart is another line we've recently fallen for and this cropped Serra Top in Fawn is a new favorite. The colors and pattern are great for fall, but really, this is a top that will never go out of style.
Everyone loves Etsy, right? Well, sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. It's hard to sift through all the beautiful things, and sometimes that can get you clicking right off the site. So while we adore Etsy, we've found another similar website that we think readers might especially enjoy: Brika, a carefully-selected and highly curated shopping website whose tagline is, "A Well-Crafted Life." I consider it a pared down version of Etsy—an online portal where you won't get lost, where you'll fall in love with everything, and where the aesthetic of items flows togehter. If you're looking for original crafts or gifts, this is a website to most definitely check out.
One of the things I love most about having a shop is that I get to fill it with beautiful pieces made by talented artists from around the world, some from just a few miles away and others from several thousands of miles away. The designer I’ve decided to feature this month falls into the latter category. Based in Tel Aviv, Lee Coren has a unique aesthetic that blends urban environments with the “need for escapism and a breath of fresh air.”
Lee’s clean styles and fresh, somewhat minimal prints are themselves a breath of fresh air. Though trained professionally as a graphic designer, she was a natural when it came to designing textiles. She originally ventured into textile design simply to scratch a creative itch, but a few courses in and she was hooked.
Many of her designs come from sketching her own photographs and then turning them into prints for scarves or clutches. She fuses traditional and modern printing techniques to get her end result, which tends to be clean with subdued colors and details, and she uses only vegan materials to maintain a cruelty-free process. Her latest collection was made up of prints based on landscapes from such places as California, the Dead Sea, and New Hampshire. Scarves and clutches make up the bulk of her products, but there are also lovely handbags with detachable chains, mixed-material tote bags, and cotton gauze scarves thrown into the mix.
In this month's The Curator column, Vanessa Ambrose, owner of Cameron Marks boutique, chooses five of her favorite things.
1. Brand Spotlight—Objects Without Meaning: Hailing from Australia and now residing in Los Angeles, indie clothing designer Alexandra Michelle of Objects Without Meaning designs gorgeous pieces with an easy, well cut and non-chalant appeal. Her focus is to create clean, versatile pieces that let the spirit of the wearer shine through. The fall 2014 collection has just arrived at Cameron Marks, including the tomboy chic jumpsuit pictured above. Love!
2. Amy Judd paintings: I am blown away with the work of British oil painter Amy Judd. There is something so magical, captivating and simply pure about each of her faceless figures. I could just look at them for hours; No. 1 on my want list.
3. Mademoiselle C: This fly on the wall documentary is devoted to international fashion icon Carine Roitfeld, ex-editor of French Vogue. We are given an all-access pass to the inner workings and launch of her magazine CR Fashion Book, along with a peek into her personal life. A must-see for all fashion junkies.
4. Shinola. I'm loving Shinola watches, built right in motor city, Detroit. Becoming well known for their no-frills unisex timepieces and bikes, they encompass everything I love about American industrial design: rugged yet refined, and they just so happen to fall perfectly on the right side of retro. Soon to be stocked at the new Cameron Marks store set to open beginning September 2014.
5. Polly Wales. London based jewelry designer Polly Wales is someone that has been on my radar for a few years. Jaw-dropping designs like nothing I have ever seen before. Unlike traditional jewelers who set their stones after casting the metal forms, Wales casts the gemstones along with the gold which results in organic, jewel encrusted pieces that look like they were formed naturally within the earth's core. Just gorgeous.