Burkman Bros

Every guy needs a good belt.  I’m always on the lookout for belts for my male clients and recently discovered the incredible Burkman Bros line at Barneys.  Designed by twin Canadian brothers, their Spring/Summer 2010 collection is inspired by their travels to the beaches, cities & markets of Southeast Asia and India.  I instantly fell in love with their colorful hand embroidered belts and each hangtag comes with a hand woven friendship bracelet!  You gotta love that.

Color Me Happy

During a visit to NYC last January, a huge blizzard left me and some friends stuck indoors.  My friend Michelle brought out some coloring books to entertain us.  Seriously, when was the last time you picked up a crayon and colored?  It was so nostalgic and such a creative outlet.  Since then I’ve hunted down these great “grown up” coloring books, which would make great gifts for the music, fashion, or sneaker freak in your life.

(Indie Rock Coloring Book, $10, My Wonderful World of Fahion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming $12,  The Sneaker Colouring Book $12)

Amangiri

Honestly….can we discuss how amazing this new hotel from Áman Resorts in Utah is?!?  Amangiri (meaning ‘peaceful mountain’) is located in the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet.  I love how architecturally, the resort blends into the dramatic and raw landscape and is so seemingly minuscule compared to its surrounding deep canyons and towering plateaus.  Heaven.

Mochila Madness

We can’t seem to get our fill of tribal bags these days and for us, “tribal” never tires.  After seeing this Wayuu Mochila bag in the newest J.Crew catalogue, it reminded me of a photo I saw a few months ago on Vogue.com and that I was envious ever since.  Mochila bags are made by Wayuu Ameriindian tribeswomen, an indigenous people who live near the borders of both Colombia and Venezuela.  The process of making each bag is incredibly labor intensive–it takes over 40 hours to make each one!  The women of the Wayuu make the bags in an effort to earn a livelihood, and to improve and sustain their community. The bag at J.Crew has recently sold out so I scoured the internet and found these stunning colorful ones that will do just fine (and cost less!):

Mochila bags approx $120 from The Wayuu Taya Foundation, where all the sales proceeds go to benefiting the Wayuú indigenous people.

Mochila bags approx $70 from Columbian Style.

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