A Date With Edie Parker’s Brett Heyman

The vibrant colors and intricate inlays of an Edie Parker clutch make it hard not to do a double take. A fervent collector of vintage handbags from the 50s and 60s, designer Brett Heyman has turned the evening bag game on it’s head with her modern and wonderfully cheeky interpretation of retro minaudières. Each clutch is made with pearlescent and glitter flecked acrylics and handcrafted using traditional techniques right here in the States. Her bags, her style, her bold and innovative spirit, we love it all. We recently caught up with the New York designer – along with the lovely ladies of The Stone Set – as she took us on a jaunt through FD Gallery, a boutique on the Upper East Side that boasts a beautifully curated collection of art, books, and most impressively, estate jewelry. From pieces with historical provenance to rare Cartier clutches and vintage pineapple ice buckets, it’s no wonder Brett constantly finds inspirational refuge inside the ultimate cabinet of curiosities.

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A Cabinet Of Curiosities

How charming is this Spanish flat in Barcelona’s Gràcia district?! I just love the mix of period pieces ranging from the 19th century to modern day. And the contrast between the white floors and the dark painted walls are inspiring – an idea I’m definitely saving for later.

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Espadrille Season

There isn’t a summer shoe we love wearing more than espadrilles. Did you know that these lightweight, jute-soled shoes originally come from Spain, where they were first worn by the King of Aragons’ infratry men in the 13th century? Salvador Dali, Grace Kelly and Humphery Bogart rocked the sandals well before Yves Saint Laurent introduced the espadrille in the form of a high heeled wedge in the late sixties. And let’s not forget Sonny Crockett‘s all white versions in Miami Vice! Fast forward to 2015 and we’re seeing gladiator and flatform varieties – but really, nothing beats the simple, traditional espadrille.

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