If I had to pick one thing I love most about my job, it’s uncovering unique designers and discovering emerging fashion brands – ones that defy current trends by creating from a place of pure passion and talent. That’s why I’m smitten with Esqueleto. I met founder and jewelry designer Lauren Wolf years ago, when she was designing for her own namesake label, and serendipitously ran into her at event in New York in 2011, just as she was about to open a new boutique in my neighborhood of Oakland. Since then, Esqueleto has been my go-to when it comes to engagement referrals, gift ideas and those occasional ‘treat yo self’ moments. Her collection of fine and estate jewelry, art and objects is so thoughtfully and impeccably curated, you’ll walk away from the store wanting everything, even that perfectly broken in vintage rug on the floor. In 2015, Lauren opened a location in LA’s Eastside, which is equally filled to the brim with unique jewelry, rotating artwork and handcrafted objects. What I love most is the selection of rings, which the staff is so adept in inspiring me to think outside the box when it comes to building layers onto my wedding stack. Old and new, rough and shiny, gold and silver . . . anything goes! So, with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I highly suggest you pay good ol’ Esqueleto a visit. Just sayin’.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .