Crescioni Spring 2017

Made in collaboration with artisan partners in Oaxaca, Mexico, Los Angeles based Crescioni has reimagined six classic jewelry silhouettes in woven palm for spring. Each piece has been hand woven over brass by artist Norma Lilia Cruz Santiago using age-old techniques. Another additions are crisp white and warm saddle brown to the leather pieces, including handbags, belts and leather wrapped brass necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Andria Crescioni always gets it right, every single time.

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Flower Flashes

Lewis Miller has become New York City’s flower bandit. The flower designer, known for his over-the-top and magnificent installations, has been flower bombing iconic New York monuments and ordinary street items with explosive arrangements of blooms. His sole mission is to bring joy to city dwellers and tourists. Can you imagine commuting to work in the morning, only to pass by a plethora of colorful blooms, spilling out of a trash can?! I mean, I absolutely love this . . . because what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

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Aranáz

Inspired by the indigenous craftsmanship of their Filipino heritage, Becky Aranáz and her two daughters founded their own handbag label nearly 18 years ago. Aranáz quickly became covetable by Manila’s chic fashion set but it wasn’t until recently that their whimsical and colorful straw bags started receiving an international following. It’s no wonder. Toucans, flamingos and tropical fruits are so intricately embroidered onto totes, which are finished with the right amount of flair via pom poms, fringe and tassels. Obviously, I’m in love. And clearly, they know their market well . . .

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H&M Home Summer 2017

Honestly, H&M‘s summer home collection is the bee’s knees. I’ve been shopping for woven baskets, wooden bowls and new outdoor throw pillows, at prices far too high to admit, and until yesterday, I had actually completely forgotten about H&M’s amazing home selection. Looks like I’ve been living under a rock all these months. All the neutral and textural decor items are just perfect for summer. Now, if only the weather will finally catch up . . .

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La Double J

Say hello to my latest crush, La Double J. The Italian label is the brainchild of American journalist and vintage enthusiast J.J. Martin. Relocating to Milan from New York uncovered an expansive world of true vintage, unseen and unknown by most, and so the idea of making new clothes, inspired by vintage fabrics, was born. J.J. collaborated with Mantero, a 150-year-old textile manufacturer in Lake Como that worked with Pucci, Dior and Chanel, to create a collection of 1970s inspired dresses, skirts and blouses from reissued archival fabrics. The prints are explosive and energetic but its the silhouettes that are most whimsical and alluring. My favorites are the full, floor length skirts, the ruffled cap sleeve mini dresses and of course, the off the shoulder maxis. But wait, there’s more. J.J. has recently launched a line of furniture, dinnerware and children’s clothing . . . you know, so you can truly live that Double J life!

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