Talent Profile: Raoul Calleja of Vernakular Photo Design

Design Fashion Shopping & Acquisitions Talent
Men's Wallet - New York Subway, Photography Digitally Printed on Leather

By Kevin Clark for Women’s Mafia

Raoul Calleja is a unique photo artist and one of the co-founders of the Independent Designers Pop Shop, a bi-monthly retail event taking place in New York. Raoul has a unique style to his artwork that draws inspiration from his domestic and international travels and time spent living in New York. As the Creative Director and Founder of Vernakular Photo Designs he works with other photographers to create merchandise that showcases their work. Their photos have been transposed onto a variety of objects including: leather wallets, passport holders, door mats, t-shirts, journals, and messenger bags.

Raoul graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto and then embarked on a four-year adventure throughout Asia. After returning from Asia he worked for a navigation software company where he traveled across 34 states taking pictures of America’s heartland allowing him to produce his early series, Highway Americana. Some of his other work has showcased the quaintness of old Cuba through pictures of vintage cars and unpaved, narrow city streets.  His photographs of New York capture the urban texture and grittiness of America’s largest city.

The Independent Designer Pop Shop is going on now through Sunday, February 24th, with more events to follow in the coming months. Find out more about Raoul’s work with Vernakular Photo here: www.vernakular.com/photographers/.

Journal Book, NYC, Sneakers, Photography

Vintage Typewriter Wallet

Talent Profile: Jewelry Designer Barbara Wilkinson

Design Fashion Shopping & Acquisitions Talent

By Kevin Clark for Women’s Mafia

Jewelry designer and creative entrepreneur Barbara Wilkinson is one of the co-founders of the Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop Shop) a bi-monthly retail event taking place in New York. Her unique style, both whimsical and refined at the same time, is largely influenced by her time spent in South East Asia. She weaves special designs and patterns into her work such as lotus petals, leaves and tree of life symbols. Barbara sources precious and semi-precious gemstones from India as well as sterling silver and gold vermeil pendants and charms handcrafted in Thailand and Indonesia.

She has studied Studio Art at CUNY Queens College and the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and Photography at Parsons New School for Design. After a successful career in financial services, she decided to follow her creative pursuits and has now been creating jewelry for over seven years. Her work combines a certain playfulness coupled with classic yet modern designs and bold splashes of color from the exotic gemstones she chooses.


The Independent Designer Pop Shop is going on now through Sunday, February 24th, with more events to follow in the coming months. To learn more about Barbara Wilkinson’s jewelry check out her website: www.barbarawilkinsonjewelry.com.

The Women’s Mafia is a media partner with ID Pop Shop and has the pleasure of working with Barbara Wilkinson and ID Pop Shop.