Arabopop!

These vibrant works of art are from Laila Shawa’s current exhibition, Arabopop!, at Articulate Baboon in Cairo, Egypt.  A Palestinian artist living in London, Laila is best known for her silk-screen installation Walls of Gaza and has five paintings on permanent display in The British Museum.  In her most recent collection of works, she playfully updates the geometry of classical Islamic decoration with vibrant colors and an exaggeration of form. They remind Lauren and I of our travels through Morocco and Southern Spain.  Thanks for sharing, Suzie!

Pyrrha Talismans

These Talisman necklaces from Pyrrha are cast from authentic 19th century wax seals and each design has a symbolic meaning taken from family heraldry.  A Talisman is an amulet or object considered to possess supernatural or magical powers and the name Pyrrha is derived from the myth of Pyrrha and Deucalion, the only two survivors left after a great flood.  To repopulate the earth they threw stones over their shoulders – the stones that Pyrrha threw became women, and the stones that Deucalion threw became men.  How magical is that?  I love that these necklaces hold so much meaning: the Dagger representing courage, the Pelican representing maternal instinct, etc.

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.

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