Gretchen Jones is blowing our socks off with her upcoming fall collection – mixing urban, ladylike classics with a touch of modern bohemian romanticism. Fall can’t come soon enough as we’re anxious to incorporate her elongated peplum dresses in pixilated and ethnic prints, pleated skirts with slouchy hip pockets, patchwork blouses, and ankle-length trousers into our wardrobes. And a Bauhaus-inspired jewelry collection to boot? Sold.
The minute you step into Lauren Wolf‘s jewelry design studio and boutique, you know you’ve struck gold. Inspired by her love of Mexico and the desert, Lauren has curated the most incredible selection of jewelry from various designers, textiles by local artisans, art and objects for the home into a white washed, adobe-like space: Esqueleto in Oakland, California. Her eponymous collection is also undoubtedly a major inspiration for the store, as it’s best known for the arresting combinations of raw minerals like diamonds, jasper, and pink Moroccan druzy with precious metals such as 14 karat yellow, rose, and green golds. My favorite pieces are hands down her claw earrings, where slivers of rough cut stones are bound by gleaming gold prongs. Lucky for me, I live a few minutes from the beautiful oasis Lauren has so brilliantly created . . . EUREKA!
We love luxury label Maiyet and it’s mission to celebrate rare artisanal skills from all over the world. They’ve recently partnered with Nest, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to cultivating and developing artisan techniques like carved-block printing in Jaipur, India, batiking in West Java, Indonesia, and lost-wax cast jewelry making in Medellin, Colombia. The result is a collection filled with white-on-white ensembles, printed silk jumpers and dresses, and a bevy of stunning jewelry.
Some of my favorite New York moments happen after getting lost in the city and stumbling upon an arbitrary street lined with beautiful architecture. Suddenly, my pace slows and I’m left imagining what lies behind the variety of striking doors and charming windows. Graphic designer José Guizar captures Manhattan’s allure in his project Windows of New York, where he illustrates a new window in a different neighborhood each week. Do any of these windows look familiar to you New Yorkers?