Fashion

Giant Lion FW14

my favourite piece from the new Giant Lion FW14 collection has to be these arc studs. you can shop the entire collection herelookbook photographed by Arrowood Photography

giantLION is a line of handcrafted jewelry formed in 2011, distilled from the fascinations of owner and designer, Caroline Whittington Young. Using raw stones, bronze, sterling silver, 10k and 14k gold, Caroline crafts delicate, timeless pieces that draw inspiration from nature, history and symbology. The giantLION collection ranges from playful to effortlessly elegant, always with a subtle, sophisticated edge. Each piece is designed to age with grace and serve as an affirmation of style, daily reminder, treasured gift, or simple note to yourself.

Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14

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The Woven Bag

i have had an overwhelming response to the beautiful woven Kenyan bags that i posted about a while ago. the good news is that if all goes to plan i will hopefully start selling them in September! but in the meantime, if you’re into woven bags, here’s a nice round up for ya.

PS if you’re in Cape Town then check out Greenmarket Square and Design Afrika for woven bags. you can also find great vintage ones on Etsy & Kenyan ones at Hadithi.

The Woven Bag

1. Urban Outfitters // 2. Connected Goods // 3. Clare Vivier // 4. Matches // 5. J.Crew // 6. Mextli Artesenias // 7. My VietHome // 8. Fashion Zone// 9. Moos // 1. San Diego Hat Company // 11. Urban Outfitters // 12. Lucky Brand // 13. Sole Society // 14. Sensei Studio // 15. BCBG

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Young Frankk FW14

i really shouldn’t have to introduce Young Frankk to you by now. Christine Young’s jewellery line has been featured here countless times - and it is as beautiful as ever. this is her new FW14 collection, which you can shop here.

This collection was mainly inspired by the cavern formations found in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Each piece was first hand sculpted in wax then cast in either Bronze, 14k Gold Plated Bronze, 14k Rose Gold Plated Bronze or Sterling Silver using gold filled or sterling silver findings and chains.

shot & styled by Christine Young, modeled by Gabriella Cetrulo of Tomorrow is Forever.

Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14
Young Frankk FW14

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All Hands

Jen Stillwell is a designer based in NYC who started her leather company All Hands when she was working on a ship, travelling around the world as a member of an artisan development fund aimed at promoting and supporting indigenous artisans. her pieces are SO SO SO beautiful. this one in particular made my heart beat a little faster.

In order to combat the extreme solitude that sometimes comes with living at sea, I set up a portable leather studio in the bow of the ship. It was during this time that I decided to start creating my own designs after years of apprenticing for various master leather craftsmen both in Argentina and the UK. It is my goal to start with domestic production of goods, and over time to move a percentage of my production overseas to artisan groups and women’s collectives in order to help support a sense of purpose, pride, better wages and fairer working conditions in communities which may not otherwise support these ideals.

All Hands on deck. buy them here.

All Hands

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Nancybird SS15

i can always count on the Australians to be on the same wavelength as us. weather wise, at least. i often get emails from overseas people who then round off with, “hope you’re enjoying the summer!” well it’s winter here, actually. hope you’re enjoying your summer, though! the Aussies and the rest of us southern hemispheareans are dreaming of summer. even a winter baby like me, i am quite cheerful these days when the sun comes out.

so the SS15 collection from Australian label Nancybird is quite nice to look at right about now. especially those sandals. look out for it later this year.

Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15

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Bone Couture

Anna Raimondo of Smith Jewellery actually studied at university at the same time as me, and consequently we’d often pass each other in the hallways since the graphic and jewellery design students all worked in the same building. i always envied the jewellery designers, who were basically making art out of jewellery. what could be better. it’s been ten years since we were students, and i see Anna’s work popping up in magazines and at design fairs all over the country. she makes some beautiful pieces, and i especially loved seeing her new collection at this year’s Design Indaba.

she has just recently launched a new collection called Bone Couture, inspired by a little Bokmakierie carcass that she found along the side of the road on a trip to the Namaqualand last year. you can see the process that Anna went through on her blog – it’s actually quite amazing. and check out her online shop here.

Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture
Bone Couture

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The ASOS Dress

i have a very bizarro habit of browsing ASOS for dresses… often. i don’t know what it is, probably because i like to be overly prepare for things (eg buying a new outfit for a wedding that’s 6 months away, or getting my summer dresses now while it’s still raining). so, may as well turn my obsession into something helpful. looking for a dress? i’ve got you covered.

just click on the fancy little icons to be taken to the dress.

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Alexandra Grecco Bridal

i have been following Alexandra Grecco’s career since i posted about her waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2010 when she was still selling her wares on Etsy. she still has her own line, but just launched a beautiful bridal collection which you can shop here.

Looking for a gown in advance of her own wedding in 2013, Alexandra Grecco saw an opportunity to create a bridal line of her own and pair her aesthetic with high-quality fabrics and intricate hand-embroidery. the Alexandra Grecco bridal line features ethereal gowns for the less-traditional bride.

i also think you can actually wear some of her other pieces as wedding dresses, if you’re looking for something more simple.

Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco
Alexandra Grecco

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