Beautiful jewelry from Chao & Eero Jewel, all designed and hand finished in Finland.
You're welcome. Liza Rietz produces a limited collection twice a year for boutiques and her own store/studio "Liza Rietz and Broken Spoke" in Portland, Oregon. Something tells me I need to visit Portland soon as the designers are pretty smokin and often eco-friendly. Liza uses cottons, silks, linens, and bamboos to produce her gorgeous feminine pieces. Check her out here and purchase online here.
Natasha Kimling Kwan combined her love of modern design and clean living with her handbag collection Kling. Learning about the hazards of leather tanning chemicals and subsequently the health risks posed by PVC alternatives prompted Natasha to find a polyurethane based fabric. The results are these adorable modern cluthes and minis are made from a material that is comparable to the softest leather. Check out the line here (including some sale items) and learn more about Natasha and her journey here.
Raina Blyer is the NY based designer behind Ryann. The collection is made from organic and recycled fabric including soy, bamboo, and hemp. Launched in Fall '06 the line is grounded in a limited number of simple shapes offset with a few more detailed pieces. Check out Ryann here.
Ok guys...so I don't blog Project Runway but I do watch it. And guess who's one of the contestants...Leanimal! I said she needed to get to the tents in a June post and you agreed. I wish it were in our hands but let's send all of our energy her way...she's obviously incredibly talented. Not that everyone isn't talented but now that one of the designers is my indie crush I'm glued to the screen. Check out her Project Runway bio here. I'm also hoping that Project Runway will incorporate an eco friendly challenge this season.
Alkemie is a new jewelry collection from husband and wife team Ashley Lowengrub and Dara Gerson. The collection uses 100% reclaimed metals and leather elements are dyed using non-toxic ink (the leather is from a ranch that uses the entire animal). I love the texture and the patina of the metal, especially the cuffs. This particular collection has been inspired by the organic themes of the art noveau movement and nature. You can see the full collection and purchase at econscious market.
Love these bags designed by Mollie Culligan of the Jack Rabbit Collection. Each bag is handmade by artisans using Italian leather and embellished with 22 karat gold or exotic hardwoods.
Here's a secret...I'm one of the first in line to see X-Men, Batman, Hulk...you name it. Should the movie gods be listening and feel like bringing Thudercats to film..I'm there :) So imagine my excitement to find KatieQ033 and these fantastic and affordable cuffs. Katie is a NY based designer for Macy's by day. By night???...butt-kicking, metal wielding jeweler. Ok a bit of a stretch but scoop up one of these cuffs for your own gotham nights.
I hope none of you are familiar with Lingua Nigra from it's medical perspective...being a black fungus on the tongue and all. Brooklyn jewelry designer Alicia paints a much better picture with her collection of jewelry. Named to capture the organic nature of her pieces, Alicia forms each piece for Lingua Nigra using brass and sterling silver. Thankfully this unique collection doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth...heh :) Available at Stars and Infinite Darkness.
Remember Amalialad? I first spoke about this collection from Brooklyn based designer Janis Stemmermann last year. Well she still designs some of the most beautiful knitwear I've ever seen and these pieces from her Spring collection are no exception. Apparently I fell in love with everything grey but see the full collection here.