Coveting Now: Meet Harper Hallam

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My dear friend Olga introduced me to a really fun collection of statement fashion jewelry called Harper Hallam. With great texture and surface interest, and pieces that can suit every occasion, the line has gotten very popular, very quickly.

Rebecca Harper Hallam is the exclusive jewelry line designer and creative visionary behind HARPER HALLAM Designs. The Texas-based designer is influenced by her native Mexico and her brood consisting of husband, daughter and teenage twins. As an entrepreneur, mother and artist with 12 years of design experience, Rebecca collaborates with expert artisans on two continents to craft limited-edition jewelry collections for women just like her.

Currently, the jewelry is sold at Elaine Turner Boutiques throughout Texas, Tennessee and New York City or online at harperhallam.com.

Malan Breton Spring 2015 Collection

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By Beth Vickerman

By combining beauty and culture on the 6th of September, Malan Breton showcased a diverse and energetic Spring 2015 collection at Lincoln center.

The inspiration behind Bretons’s collection was presented from the very beginning by two male and two female dancers. The dancers performed on the runway wearing traditional Asian garments which embraced the theme of the collection “A Journey To Taiwan: The Heart Of Asia.” Breton brought elements of traditional clothing from his past into this new collection. This made the collection feel very special as it was inspired by Breton’s hometown.

Using classic Taiwainese fabrics worked especially well for the menswear collection. In one men’s look Breton produced three quarter length pants with matching teal bow ties and completed the look with a gold bomber jacket. The traditional suits with the non-Traditional prints really captured Breton’s aim with the collection. By bringing back his traditional heritage and making it modern.

Photos by: Fashion TV http://www.fashiontv.com/gallery/malan-bretton-spring-summer-2015-collection_400574.html#66

Dore Debuts RTW, Evening Separates and Show-Stopping Gowns at NY Fashion Week

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Couturier Hosted Third New York Fashion Week Event at the Empire Hotel Crystal Room

Celebrity Guests Included: World Champion Ballroom Dancer Sasha PerzhuMiss United States Candiace Dillard, Broadway Star and Chicago Poster Girl Angel Reda

Event Partners & Sponsors Include: Styling by celebrity stylist Dawn Del Russo of BellaDawn, Swarovski Elements, Hair by Boyko & Co., Makeup by Valerie Vonprisk with Yaby Cosmetics, DJ Von Kiss, Bella Belle Shoes, Dollhouse Shoes and Green2O Water

NEW YORK, NY. February 2014 – Top American couturier Dore returned to the fashion capital of the world for New York Fashion Week (NYFW) to showcase their new Ready to Wear and Evening Wear collections. This February 6th, in the well-appointed Empire Hotel Crystal Room, Dore Designs hosted a runway show at 4pm and a presentation from 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Dore Designs unveiled their first Ready to Wear collection and their third collection of Evening Wear, featuring innovative Evening Separates as an exciting addition. Dore Head Designer and CEO Dawn Smart describes the type of woman that inspires their 2014 collections: “The Dore muse is an empowered, strong female who stands apart from all others in any setting. She has international influences and a European flair.  Her wardrobe is filled with head turning pieces that marry with timeless separates for a seamless approach to long-term fashion. She creates the trends.”

Known for impeccable quality and their longtime partnership with Swarovski Elements, Dore’s RTW, Evening Wear and Evening Separates featureed French corded lace, luxurious Italian stretch fabrics, English wool and cashmere knits, Indian silk, hand-painting and sumptuous designer weight jersey.

For over 35 years, Dore Designs has remained fervent in their mission: cutting edge fashion, the finest of fabrics and unsurpassed quality of construction to produce the best Ballroom, Performance Wear and Evening Gowns available in the United States.

Masters of motion, Smart and her expert Florida atelier are known for their exceptional Ballroom gowns and Performance Wear. They have been lauded for their work dressing the Knicks City Dancers, Olympic Ice Dancers and stars of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dore’s avant-garde approach to their dynamic designs has been filmed for two upcoming reality shows, including TLC’s “Ballroom Blitz” and Ryan Seacrest’s “Montecito Ballroom” project on A&E. This past summer, in Broadway’s “Forever Tango”, Karina Smirnoff and Maxim Chermovsky were also dressed by Dore.

The top American couturier for the Ballroom industry for over 35 years, Dore Designs can be found on almost every Ballroom Dance floor in the fast-growing Pro-Amateur competition sphere – on world champions, finalists and dance novices. The company sponsors 42 professional Ballroom couples in the United States and Canada. Dore produces over 1,000 ballroom gowns a year, each unique and one-of-a-kind formed to the wearer’s explicit measurements and carriage. Dore uses only the best of fabrics available in silk, velvet, elastin, jersey, and crepe and designing with exclusively Swarovski Crystals, as well as appliques and 3-D elements such as Swarovski-encrusted butterflies, silk petals, feathers and even fur.

For more on Dawn Smart and Dore Designs visit www.doredesigns.com and “like” them on Facebook to stay abreast of their latest designs www.facebook.com/DoreDesigns and www.facebook.com/DoreEveningLine .

Photo Credit: Becky Yee, Around Digital Media. Full Runway and Presentation Photos available for press download: http://www.arounddigitalgallery.com/dore_fw_2014_collection_runway_nyfw

Designer Dawn Smart

The Women’s Mafia sister company, Yellow Sky Agency, was responsible for the public relations for this event.

BESTOW: Join us today for “Friends and Family” day and our closing party tonight!

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Bestow: 11am – 8pm at 555 6th Avenue, at 15th Street
By Jenny Vo

Join us for “Friends and Family Day” this afternoon and the Closing Night Party (5-8pm) at the Design Entrepreneurs NYC Holiday Pop-Up Shop “BESTOW” to benefit New York Cares. Celebrity Gossip Columnist, radio personality and author of “Deadly Stuff Players” Flo Anthony will be hosting tonight and  Broadway Star and Chicago Poster Girl Angel Reda will be gracing us with a live acoustic set of happy holiday tunes, accompanied by the talented Austin Moorhead. There will be over $3,000 in merchandise to raffle, an insta-wall for bloggers and press, a Divine Chocolate give away and Fair Vodka (made with quinoa!) to sample.

This past week and a half we have had so much fun mingling with some of the amazing designers and got to see all the fabulous things they had to offer! Check them out!

Women’s Mafia founder Marcy modeled Angela Gao’s AnGG New York draped cardigan. Her designs are full of ready-to-wear, sophisticated looks with flowing silhouettes for the modern lady living in the city.

www.anggnewyork.com

Twitter: @AnGGNewYork

This is Andrea Diodati’s vintage inspired pleated trench coat. All her pieces are so flirty, fun, and cute. Andrea told us that her looks got pulled for Zooey Deschanel on the show New Girl, so keep an eye out for it!

www.andreadiodati.com

Twitter: @msdiodati

This is Astridland’s dreamy knit dress in the most amazing French fabric ever. It’s so nice and cozy with an ombre of very rich, warm colors. The looks are so minimal, yet bold!

www.astridland.com

Twitter: @astridland

Ayaka Nishi modeled her rings featuring the latest trend of wearing rings on finger joints. So Trendy! She told us her jewelry designs are inspired by Mother Nature.

www.ayakanishi.com

Twitter: @ayaka_nishi

For sexy women’s intimate apparel, Between the Sheets is the place the get them. Their philosophy is that “simplicity is the ultimate luxury”.

www.btslingerie.com

Twitter: @BTSlingerie

Cala Ossidiana has fashionable swimwear that isn’t too high-maintenance. The swimwear also comes in tall or D cup for the most flattering fit. It is made with the finest, high-quality European fabrics that is environmentally friendly!

www.calaossidiana.com

Twitter: @CalaOssidiana

This is Carrie Parry’s beautiful orange sleeveless dress coat. She’s all about creating effortless pieces that never go out of style made from responsible sources. We would love to wear this time and time again!

www.carrieparry.com

Twitter: @CarrieParry

G9C United Knitwear will keep you warm and snug all winter! They have sweaters, hats, and scarves that are hand-dyed and made from natural yarns of Peru, making each piece unique and one-of-a-kind.

www.g9cfashion.com

Keep your legs warm with these unique, trendsetting leg-warmers by Stee-letas. They are Katerina Lankova’s latest invention. Everyone will want a pair!

www.stee-letas.com

Twitter: @steeletas

Ken Wroy makes makes men’s underwear stylish, hip, and colorful. No more boring “tighty whities” for men!

www.kenwroy.com

Twitter: @KenWroyNYC

We had fun trying on all of her couture dresses! Marcy fell in love with this fantastic Kristi Vosbeck dress (styled with Love Is Mighty shoes). It’s like a burst of sun! Kristi Vosbeck’s collection was like looking into the closet of glamorous, 1950s star like Marilyn Monroe.

www.kristivosbeck.com

Twitter: @kristivosbeck

These are the perfect pop of color! Love Is Mighty is a cruelty-free, fair-trade brand. All of her accessories and shoes are handmade and each are unique, one-of-a-kind. Her designs are invested in preserving India’s culture.

www.loveismighty.com

Twitter: @loveismighty

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Lisa Mecray Rogers is the chocolate chef of Luxx Chocolat, making the world’s finest chocolate with the highest quality ingredients. Just thinking about Luxx Chocolat is making our mouths water!

www.luxxchocolat.com

Twitter: @LuxxChocolat

This architectural double-ring is to-die-for! Marcia Budet’s ring won the Golden Award in an international design competition based in Milan. Check out her jewelry collection for other elegant pieces.

www.marciabudet.com

Twitter: @MarciaBudet

Sandra Murphy’s Recollection collection has the best vintage looks with a modern twist for the sophisticated lady. The looks are 1940s and 1950s inspired.

www.sandra-murphy.com

Twitter: @recollectionNYC

Mirame’s playful swimwear can also double as stylish bodysuits. We thought this suit would look so trendy paired with a full skirt. The mesh cutout gives it just the right amount of sex appeal.

www.mirameswim.com

Twitter: @Mirameswim

This is Nzinga Knight’s stunning white dress with an elaborate gold sequin design. It’s perfect for holiday parties or to bring in the New Year!

www.nzingaknight.com

Twitter: @NzingaKnight

This phenomenal bracelet was designed by Jacqueline Stone of Salt + Stone. They specialize in engagement rings, wedding bands, custom made pieces that are all hand-made in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

www.saltandstone.com

Twitter: @saltandstone

This is Soham Dave’s fair-trade silk scarf made with the Bandhani dying and texture technique. This designer is eco-friendly using natural biodegradable hand crafted materials.

www.sohamdave.com

Twitter: @sohamdave

We love this striking, contemporary necklace featuring vintage stones and hardware by Thea Grant. This designer has an exceptional designer, costume jewelry collection.

www.theagrant.com

Twitter: @BAZZdeGRANT

Marcy looks incredible in this reflective jacket by Vespertine. Vespertine makes reflective safety wear fashionable and earth-friendly. Now you can ride your bike at night safely and still look good at the same time!

www.vespertinenyc.com

Twitter: @VESPERTINENYC

Sherita Jennings is holding up her luscious evening gown with mermaid tail that we are in love with. Her designs are so beautiful, full of fluid silouhettes and tons of beading.

www.viscerany.com

Twitter: @viscerany

About Design Entrepreneurs NYC

Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC) is a free, intensive, “mini-MBA” program that teaches emerging New York City-based fashion designers how to run and expand a successful label.  Seventy design businesses have benefited from the DENYC program over the past two years. They span a range of fashion categories, including accessories, shoes, jewelry, children’s wear, men’s apparel, and women’s apparel.

Design Entrepreneurs NYC is one of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 program to sustain and grow the fashion industry in New York City. The industry chairs for Fashion.NYC.2020 are Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe. Learn more about the Fashion.NYC.2020 program at http://www.nycedc.com/fashion.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives. Learn more about NYCEDC at www.nycedc.com.

About Stonehenge Partners

Stonehenge Partners is a real estate company, founded over 18 years ago by Ofer Yardeni and Joel Seiden. The Company owns and manages a 27 building portfolio encompassing over 3,000 rental apartments and close to 800,000 square feet of retail, office and garage space. stonehengenyc.com.

Pop-Up Schedule (remaining dates):

Sat/Sun Dec. 14 -15, from 11-8 PM

Participating Designers:

Angela GAO

Astridland

Auralistudio

Ayaka Nishi

Between the Sheets

Cala Ossidiana

Carrie Parry

Design Portfolio

G9C

Kallio

Ken Wroy

Kordal

Kristi Vosbeck

Lankova

Leota

Love Is Mighty

Marcia Budet

Mirame

Nzinga Knight NY

Recollection

Salt + Stone

Sena

Soham Dave

Sunghee Bang

Thaddeus Timothy

Thea Grant

Vespertine

Viscera NY

bestow: Design Entrepreneurs NYC Holiday Shop to Benefit NY Cares

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Design Entrepreneurs NYC and Stonehenge Present

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The DENYC Design Collective Holiday Pop-Up
Benefiting New York Cares
Thursday December 5th – Sunday December 15th
101 West 15th Street at 6th Avenue
Opening Night and Launch Party Thursday December 5th, 7-9 pm

In what promises to be a head-turning retail event, 30 prominent alumni of the Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC) program are coming together to create an unforgettably chic holiday pop-up boutique that will also benefit New York Cares and serve as a collection site for their winter coat drive. This diverse group of New York fashion designers will be offering an expertly curated mix of unique ready to wear, evening wear, swimwear, jewelry and accessories.

Bestow promises to be the premiere New York City destination for acquiring truly special gifts, in part because each designer will be making a 10% donation of all sales to New York Cares. Participants in the DENYC Design Collective include bustling local brands, such as Sarah Canner of Vespertine, Sunghee Bang, Anne Pachan of Cala Ossidiana, Melinda Huff of Mirame, Thea Grant of Bazz de Grant, Sherita of Viscera NY, Angela Gao, Nzinga Knight, Sena Yang of Sena, Auralis Herrero of Auralistudio, and many more. (Full list below.)

Design Entrepreneurs NYC is a free, executive-level program that gives selected designers access to top industry executives and provides them with the skills they need to successfully run a fashion or accessories label.  A partnership between the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, DENYC is committed to New York City’s fashion industry and supporting these talented designers.

New York real estate company Stonehenge Partners is a prominent sponsor of Bestow, helping the DENYC Collective secure the expansive retail space in the heart of the city at 15th Street and 6th Avenue. Marketing Manager Lesley Stern explains why Stonehenge decided to become involved: “As the owner and manager of real estate properties in Manhattan, it is our responsibility to showcase the talents of local artists and designers, who keep this city a true epicenter of culture and trendsetting style. We are thrilled to be able to offer a piece of our available commercial space to The DENYC and New York Cares to bring together creativity, celebration, and philanthropy, and even prouder to have the physical space to cook up something so exciting during this very special season in New York City.”

About Design Entrepreneurs NYC

Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC) is a free, intensive, “mini-MBA” program that teaches emerging New York City-based fashion designers how to run and expand a successful label.  Seventy design businesses have benefited from the DENYC program over the past two years. They span a range of fashion categories, including accessories, shoes, jewelry, children’s wear, men’s apparel, and women’s apparel. 

Design Entrepreneurs NYC is one of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 program to sustain and grow the fashion industry in New York City. The industry chairs for Fashion.NYC.2020 are Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe. Learn more about the Fashion.NYC.2020 program at http://www.nycedc.com/fashion.

About NYCEDC New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives. Learn more about NYCEDC at www.nycedc.com.

About Stonehenge Partners
Stonehenge Partners is a real estate company, founded over 18 years ago by Ofer Yardeni and Joel Seiden. The Company owns and manages a 27 building portfolio encompassing over 3,000 rental apartments and close to 800,000 square feet of retail, office and garage space. stonehengenyc.com.

Looks by Carrie Parry (Left) Kristi Vosbeck (Right)

Pop-Up Schedule:

Thursday Dec. 5 – Opening Night and Party, from 7-10PM

Friday Dec. 6 from 5-9PM

Sat/Sun Dec 7 – 8, from 11-8 PM

Weekday Evenings: Fri. Dec 6 & Wed. Dec. 10 – Fri Dec. 13, from 5-9 PM

Sat/Sun Dec. 14 -15, from 11-8 PM

Jewelry by Ayaka Nishi (Left) Salt + Stone (Right)

Participating Designers:

Angela Gao
Anne Pachan of Cala Ossidiana
Astrid Bruckner of Astridland
Auralis Herrero of Auralistudio
Ayaka Nishi
Gianna
Jacqueline Stone of Salt and Stone
Karina Kallio of Kallio
Katerina Lankova
Ken Writ of Ken Wroy
Kristi Vosbeck
Layla L’Obatti of Between The Sheets
Mandy Kordal of Kordal
Marcia Budet
Melinda Huff of Mirame
Monisha Raha of Love Is Mighty
Nimet of Soham Dave
Nzinga Knight of Nzinga Knight NY
Rehna Pendse of Design Portfolio
Sandra Murphy of Recollection
Sarah Canner of Vespertine
Sarah Carson of Leota
Sena Yang of Sena
Sherita of Viscera NY
Sunghee Bang
Thaddeus Beals
Thea Grant of Bazz de Grant
Eco Artisan Corp

Verpertine

Astridland

Recollection

Cala Ossidiana

Sena Runaway

Kallio

Marcia Budet

Reborn by Soham Dave

Between the Sheets by Layla Lobatti

Ken Wroy

Meet 25 of NYC’s Best Indie Designers at Chelsea Market: ID Pop Shop Oct. 14 – 20

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FALL FASHION FINDS AT ID POP SHOP
10:30am – 7:30pm daily. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue
by Marcy Clark

Crisp Fall air signifies fashion gold for busy New Yorkers. Discerning shoppers can find dreamy knits, jewel tones galore, hip accessories and fun statement pieces at ID Pop Shop in Chelsea Market.
LM Style Bar silk blouse and knitwear pencil skirt
By popular demand, ID POP SHOP, the independent designer shopping experience, will be returning this October. Curated by designer-entrepreneurs Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja, ID Pop Shop is beloved by fans of high quality, original jewelry, clothing and art.
Fan-favorite ID Pop Shop designers will be presenting fashion-forward Fall finds such as luxurious silk-lined suiting by LM Style Bar, artistic outerwear by celebrated designer Sohung Tong, striking color-block dresses by Lois Eastlund, playful tees by Umsteigen and Ava Love, dreamy jewelry by Kyoko Honda, Barbara Wilkinson, Daniela Boari and many more! Delightful finds for the home, such as the Paste Frankenstein tumbler or the Vernakular Photo Designs NYC Manhole Cover Floor Mat round out the impressive array of designers and artists.
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Lois Eastlund Color-blocked dress (left) and naturevsfuture Swerve Dress (right)

ID Pop Shop is successful in part because of how Wilkinson (of Barbara Wilkinson Jewelry), and Calleja (of Vernakular Photo Designs) curate the event, bringing together a wonderfully eclectic mix of brands. The huge success of the first Independent Designer Pop (ID Pop Shop) event in June 2011, paved the way for nearly 20 more shows in 2011 and 2012. From event to event the designers change, but the one constant is that the brands included are always fresh, exciting, and ones you won’t find just anywhere. As designer, Christine Yoon, of BHON states “ID Pop Shop brings together an awesome diversity of local, high-quality NYC-based designers, so there’s something for everyone, whether it be a quirky tee-shirt, an intricate gold bracelet, or a silk cocktail dress for the weekend!”
Designers chosen to participate know that they will be in good company because of the reputation of ID Pop Shop as the most upscale independent shopping experience in Manhattan. Wilkinson and Calleja strive to keep every aspect of ID Pop Shop tasteful and impeccable, they truly care about working with the designers, because they are designers too and these are their peers.

Barbara Wilkinson Bracelet and NYC Manhole Cover Door Mat by Calleja’s Vernakular Photo Designs

“Our aesthetic is fresh, fashion forward and refined,” says Wilkinson. The shows are extended time-frames as well, usually a week at a time, so that customers can actually come back during the run of the show. Professionals from Google, MLB and Food Network are a big fan base in the building; they stop by several times during the week and are loyal customers.
Having the events at Chelsea Market Event Space is a big advantage. Currently one of the most buoyant retail areas in Manhattan, in part due to the High Line and the revitalization of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market attracts a healthy combination of tourists, locals, and business people. Now that word of the events has grown, the show boasts wait lists of dozens of designers who wish to participate in ID Pop Shop.
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London Underground Cuff by DesignHype
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Umsteigen Printed Tee
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Judith Haas Necklace
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Sohung Outerwear

Ava Love tee

Sophia Costas Polar Bear Scarf

Kyoko Honda Earrings

Daniela Boari Oxidized Sterling Silver Ring

LM Style Bar red jacket and neoprene skirt

Independent Designer Pop Shop at Chelsea Market Extended Feb. 18-24th

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The wildly popular Independent Designer Pop Shop at Chelsea Market has been extended another week, February 18th – 24th. The designer-driven week long pop ups are a favorite of shoppers looking for something truly different. Designer-entrepreneurs Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja have created a game-changer in the group market realm with the work of nearly two dozen independent designers shown in thoughtful mini-boutique settings.
Top by Sohung Designs
The Women’s Mafia is a media partner for ID Pop Shop this year and will be having some really fun social media contests for designer jewelry and other special gifts to promote the ID Pop Shop soon, so we invite you to follow @IDPopShopNYC or visit their Facebook page to participate & win! (Also the @Womensmafia Twitter and Facebookpages as well!)

ID POP SHOP: THE COLLECTIVE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IS ELEVATED
Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop Shop) A Game-Changer In Group Markets
February 17th – 24th, 10:30am – 7:30pm daily. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue

Almost two years ago independent designers, Raoul Calleja and Barbara Wilkinson, were faced with a dilemma with their respective brands. As independent business owners who rely on direct-to-customer retail events to sell their products but they weren’t finding a lot of events worth doing.  Retail events for independent brands are often limited to weekend markets, flea markets, or the ubiquitous shopping parties that combined drinking and shopping. These shows were becoming less appealing and less lucrative, especially when you factor in the overhead for these events. To make matters worse, the shows were expensive and not well marketed.

Faced with a shortage of good shows to showcase their own brands, Wilkinson of Barbara Wilkinson Jewelry, and Calleja of Vernakular Photo Designs, did what any creative entrepreneur and independent-spirited person would do, they created their own event, the Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop Shop). Wilkinson and Calleja did more than just rent out space and have  a show. They had a clear mandate–to assemble New York City’s most exciting independent brands by designers who design and create their own products. The huge success of the first show in June 2011, paved the way for over a dozen more shows in 2011 and 2012. The next show will be featuring 24 independent brands, from jewelry, apparel, accessories and skin care, to home décor.

ID Pop Shop is successful in part because the venue is gorgeous and upscale, and also because Wilkinson and Calleja curate the brands well and limit key categories, such as jewelry for example, to only 8 designers because each show needs to be diverse and differentiated. “Our aesthetic is clean, upscale and fashion focused,” says Wilkinson.  The shows are extended time-frames as well, usually a week at a time, so that customers can actually come back during the run of the show. Many Google, Food Network and other nearby employees enjoy stopping by several times during the week and are loyal customers.

Having the events at Chelsea Market Event Space is also a big advantage. Currently one of the most buoyant retail areas in Manhattan, in part due to the Highline and the revitalization of the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market attracts a healthy combination of tourists, locals, and business people. Now that word of the events has grown, the show boasts wait lists of dozens of designers who wish to participate in ID Pop Shop.

Blue Dress by Verrier

Wilkinson and Calleja truly care about working with the designers, because they are designers too and these are their peers. “We know what we want to get out of a space like this and we work with these designers to maximize their sales and bring more people through the door each time we have an event,” says Calleja.

Barbara Wilkinson Lotus Petal Earrings

The Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop Shop), spearheaded by creative design entrepreneurs Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja is run with a clear mandate–to assemble New York City’s most exciting independent brands by designers who design and create their own products. The huge success of the first show in June 2011, paved the way for over a dozen more shows in 2011, 2012 and 2013. To keep the most up-to-date on ID Pop Shop happenings visit follow them on Twitter @IDPopShopNYC and “Like” their page on Facebook:www.facebook.com/IndependentDesignerPopShopAtChelseaMarket.

I-Beam Cuffs by Vale Jewelry

I-Beam Cuffs by Vale Jewelry

Kimberlin Brown Bronze Poppy
Vernakular Graffiti Van Wallet

Stern Designs Crow Necklace

Studio DuArte Yurika

Barbara Wilkinson Gold Leaf Labradorite Necklace             BHON Jacket
Rifle and Radford “Charlotte” Rose Amethyst Slice Earrings
Kimberlin Brown Angel Wings extra long chain

NY Sale on Vintage Jewelry: Great Stocking Stuffers from $5

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Last minute stocking stuffers?
New jewelry for that LBD your going to wear on New Years Eve?
500+ pieces of 80’s vintage jewelry has just arrived to the Delicate Raymond LES boutique!
One of a kind Necklaces, Bracelets, Clip-on earrings & Brooches!

All Items $5
Plus 30% off all Delicate Raymond Jewelry
Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar, 73A Orchard Street

Store Hours: 12-7pm seven days a week
Metro: B/D Grand Street  J/M/Z/F Delancey/Essex
(Vintage Items only available in-store)

TALENT Q&A: Lynette Ong of Edge of Ember Jewelry

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Jeweler extraordinaire Lynette Ong’s new collection SARAT (from the Khmer word for Beauty) supports inspiring local charity projects that benefit women. The line also features inventive, awe-inspiring details such as featuring reclaimed landmine metals in many of their pieces. Will you join us on Wednesday September 5th at POP242 and welcome Edge of Ember designer Lynette Ong to New York for their US debut?

Women’s Mafia: How did you get started in design? When did you start Edge of Ember?

Lynette Ong: EDGE OF EMBER launched early this year, but the inspiration for EDGE OF EMBER first came to me two years back when I was in Ubud, Bali where there were tons of silversmiths and art workshops. Most of them had an open workshop concept where customers could see the artisans working on these uniquely handcrafted pieces. I found these gorgeous works of art absolutely amazing. Yet with the overwhelming trend in the marketplace towards mass production, customers get either machine-lasered fare from factories or designer handmade items that were exorbitantly priced.

Living in Hong Kong, I travelled extensively in Asia and would often buy locally crafted accessories on these trips. I thought that with proper retail channels and commercial expertise, the craftsmanship of these smaller artisan groups could be well appreciated by a global audience, and their livelihood would also be supported through this.

So I was inspired to start an ethically produced accessories label that brings the stories and skills of these local artisans to the rest of the world. As I developed this model, it was important to me that my new venture carried a socially responsible message. Unfortunately in the current market, everything needs to be done cheaply and efficiently, thus producers often disregard the welfare and development of those who make their wares.  And in the wake of mass production, traditional craftsmanship is also often thrown out the window. It would have been easier and cheaper to simply have my designs made in a China factory but I didn’t want that.

I have always loved jewelry. I think accessories complete an outfit and showcase an individual’s personality. But it was only when the EDGE OF EMBER idea came to me that I started dabbling with jewelry design. I have not had formal design training; the brand’s aesthetic is just a reflection of my personal style. I love combining simple, classic pieces and bolder jewelry to create a look that is versatile enough to wear for both casual and formal occasions.


I understand that your work is all fair-trade, and that many of your pieces are created with scrap metal from Landmines. Can you tell me about how this idea came to you and why you made that choice?

The essence of the EDGE OF EMBER brand is ethical commerce i.e. fair wages and opportunities. Certain organizations that we work with focus their employment on disadvantaged groups, for example Rehab Crafts, the Phnom-Penh based group that we collaborate with, employs victims of landmines. Also Mahaguthi, the organization based in Nepal, endeavors to provide women with more work opportunities through flexible home-based arrangements, in an otherwise male dominated workforce.

When educated and given the choice, I think consumers want to purchase ethically produced goods. In addition to a fair trade philosophy in production, I also felt it was paramount to allow customers to contribute, through their purchases, to the communities of the artisans who are creating the EDGE OF EMBER line, hence the 10% of contribution through the EMBER PROJECT.

The concept of using up-cycled materials, such as recycled brass bombshells in Cambodia and discarded buffalo horn in Vietnam, complements the ethos of the EDGE OF EMBER brand. I hope to, wherever feasible, continue to employ this concept in more jewelry pieces going forward. In Cambodia, the artisan group we work with gets raw brass bombshells from organized demining efforts (Halo Trust, Cambodian Mine Action Center), cleans and melts the bombshells before reusing this material for jewelry making. I love this sustainable repurposing of genocide remnants, and the meaningful concept of turning an ugly reminder of their history into beautiful works of art.

Where do you get your design inspirations?

Everywhere, really – from architecture to fashion or just the “vibe” of different places I go to. I travel a lot especially around Asia since I moved to Hong Kong five years ago, and I love pairing the more traditional, ethnic aesthetic in Asia to a contemporary urban style.

The current collection SARAT (the Khmer word for “beauty”) showcases jewelry pieces handmade in Cambodia, Nepal, Indonesia and Vietnam, with organic hand-hammered metals, bold geometric studs and ethnic-inspired tassels that are accompanied by an elegant mix of crystals and pearls for a sprinkling of luxury. It is influenced by a variety of moodboards. The studs and spikes give an edgy and raw feel that I translated from bustling developing cities like Phnom Penh and Hanoi, the crystals set in antique-plated bezels show a hint of vintage and Art Deco with, and the pearls and tassels add a touch of old school glamour. I also like to contrast the edgy and feminine, the ethnic and the contemporary in pieces. Continue reading

Spencer Devine 2012 Handbags and Travel

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Designer, tastemaker and human rights activist Kristine Gottilla has been creating stylish and inventive handbags for almost 10 years. What began as a hobby, has progressed into a popular brand sold in New York, LA and boutiques around the country and her new endeavors increasingly support women in low income countries where there are lacking opportunities. Her handbag and travel line Spencer Devine was recently debuted to Women’s Mafia members, stylists, press and bloggers at POP 242 Grand in Williamsburg. Would you like to see her new 2012 Handbags and Travel collection below and visit www.spencerdevine.com for more details?