After a life changing trip to Uganda nine years ago, three college friends set out on a mission to make changes in the world through their love of fashion. That’s when 31 Bits was founded. Their first project was to provide Northern Ugandan women an opportunity to combat poverty using their artisanal jewelry skills. The socially conscious, female owned company developed programs that helped these women gain access to education, counseling and healthcare. 31 Bits has since added brass jewelry and woven bags, handmade by Indonesian artisans, to the mix – and today, they’re launching their first ever home goods collection!
My jewelry repertoire may have downsized in recent years, where simplicity rules over ornate, but that hasn’t meant less is more. I’m still a believer in more is more, friends! Which is why I’m excited by my latest jewelry discovery: Wolf Circus. The Canadian label has built a foundation on high caliber, yet simple, gold and silver rings, necklaces and bracelets – all hand polished and plated to perfection. I love the layerable quality of the pieces, especially the rings. Effortless gold bands stacked under signets? So good.
Since 2016, artist Geoffroy Mottart has been arranging floral beards and dos on historic busts as a tribute to the overlooked statues of Belgium. The installations are short lived, naturally, but he revisits some of his favorites, like Leopold II, Hermes and Victor Rousseau, with a fresh selection of seasonal flowers often. I’d love to stumble across one of these works of art. Honestly, brilliant!
No. 6 may have started out as a vintage shop in 2005, but it soon became a cult favorite among New-Yorkers-in-the-know thanks to designer Karin Bereson’s handmade clogs, vintage inspired silk dresses and separates. I’ve been a fan of the label’s tomboyish ease for years so you can imagine how surprised I was that a collaboration with Madewell didn’t actually happen sooner! Nevertheless, the capsule collection has arrived and it is good, y’all. Together, they’ve resurrected No.6’s best selling silhouettes and archival prints, which means printed striped jumpsuits and floral dresses – perfect for fall layering.
You guys, I’ve made some bold changes to our house recently! I can’t share them quite yet but I can give you a hint with this look inside textile designer Lisa Fine‘s gorgeous New York City apartment. The Upper East Side pad is blanketed in color and pattern from floor to ceiling. Here wherein lies the clue. Walls, ceilings, windows, chairs, pillow and lampshades are upholstered in layers and layers of Indian and Middle Eastern inspired textiles – it’s like a more, dare I say, pared down version of the designer’s Parisian flat. There’s a welcoming warmness about Lisa’s aesthetic that makes me want to be enveloped by it all.