NYNow Winter 2015 — Over! I’m crying….

I am crying, CRYING that I wasn’t able to attend the Winter 2015 season of this, my favorite, favorite — did I say FAVORITE — trade show of all time?! And believe me, it wasn’t because of the messy snow storm (was it Juno?! I can’t even remember at this point!) that I couldn’t make it out.

I’ve been busy prepping all week for a super important retail meeting today (fingers crosse, and hope I’ll be able to post about it soon), so even though my heart was at the Javits Center the past couple of days, my body wasn’t able to make the trek.

NYNow Winter 2015Missing my girls Tam Tran from Lost Wax Studio, Teresa Kahres of T. Kahres Jewelry, Akiko et Atsuyo, Polly Wales (who’s producing something quite different this season – her second little one!), Miss Ellie, Coral & Tusk, Tracey Tanner, Swallow, Jen Goff of Takara Design, Julie Nolan, Lauren Wolf and Mujus, to name a few. And I can’t leave out the guys – Dana Glaeser’s handcrafted leather accessories at Slightly Alabama.

Hope you all had a fabulous show! See ya next season, when a NYC snow storm won’t interrupt your flow of business and you’ll be surrounded by warm juju days.



And now, a little press for me!

Fashion Whirled's round up from the NYNow show is getting its own press

Fashion Whirled’s round up from the NYNow show is getting its own press

I’m getting hit with a little pre-Valentine’s Day love today, thanks to the folks behind the NYNow show 100 Days of Design website.

They’re featuring Fashion Whirled and my recent round up post of favorite accessories, jewelry and home décor collections found at the NYNow show a couple weeks ago.

Bisous, NYNow! And Happy Valentine’s Day to y’all!


NYNow Round Up: Think Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Love a convention center show that feeds my every desire. Directional trends everywhere and I never even made it into the main home decor hall! Here, just a smattering of the jewelry, accessories and home designs I fell in love with at the NYNow show at the Javits Center this week. I’m sure you’ll find pieces you absolutely must have, too. Check out these designers wares and websites. Then tell your honey which piece to buy you for Valentine’s Day!

Coral & Tusk: Always a favorite of mine, designer Stephanie Housley manifests her amazing imagination and crafty creativity in the most adorable embroidered pillows and home décor items. New this show were the canoes that coordinated with her Teepee Villages, penguins on pillows and Native American-inspired embroidered totes.Coral and Tusk Coral & Tusk

Julie Nolan: This former makeup artist worked a lot with makeup great Pat McGrath. Now she has her own jewelry collection, has left the confines of Manhattan for the spaciousness of Massachusetts and uses the powers of crystals to create energy-moving mobiles. Her metal working is gorgeous, too, with chain tassel pendants falling from necklaces and substantial balls accenting cuffs.

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Fail: Hailing from Austin, Texas, Christine Fail is a metal smithing success. Her horseshoe bracelets and necklaces are charming and lucky. Her ‘smithed wall hangings are gorgeous renditions of a bejeweled dream catcher or metaled tapestry.




Mujus: The name means “seed” in Quechuan, the native language of Peru, and all these striking, sustainable accessories are made from some type of Amazonian seeds.. Designer Paola Delgado worked on Wall Street before returning to her Peruvian roots to design jewelry using Tagua, seeds from a palm tree that are harvested after they have fallen to the ground. Açai seeds are another favorite design material. No two seeds are alike, so each Mujus piece is unique. Paola injects her infectious personality into the collection with vibrant colors and unusual renderings. Love that XO bracelet!


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Lost Wax Studio: Tam Tran’s handcrafted metal smithing collection was just one of the artists’ works we got to see at her booth and that she supports at her Nolita boutique/showroo/workspace. Tam also conducts jewelry workshops. But not only just wrap and bead seminars. Full on metal smithing teachings, where all the materials are provided and you take home your own creation. Check out her website for class schedules. I know I’m going to hit one (or two!).


Riverstone: Jill Scholsohn melds the artifacts, amulets and spiritual beads she finds from her former travels to create the beautiful pieces of Riverstone. Her jewelry venture was created after meeting her partner and husband while taking kayaking lessons in Cornwall, CT. The rest is history! 22k gold plated bars complete the turquoise or lapis bead work for these exquisite bracelets, below.IMG_5773

Jo Handbags: Formed by a trilogy of friends – Delia Kosowicz, Dee Arguelles and Wendi VanHorn – with backgrounds in advertising, interior and fashion design fueled by a love for vintage leathers, Jo Handbags caught my eye. Vintage leathers. Right there, they had me.

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Lauren Wolf Jewelry: Nice ice, baby. Lauren Wolf designs unique, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by her travel, her work in Mexico and a love for all things bling. My favorite pieces were created around the chunks of stone (there are diamonds, too) as well as the horns.

Lauren Wolf Jewelry


Lauren Wolf Jewelry

 T. Kahres: Brooklyn-based Teresa Kahres has a nature-oriented, delicate sensibility to her metal smithing, treating each piece of jewelry like its own work of art. Look for her lovelies at the East Village shop Still House. Gotta love the top knuckle rings (dear to my own heart!). And those sea horses?! Giddy up!

Lauren Wolf Jewelry

Green Tree Jewelry: Based in San Diego, this laser-cut jewelry is certainly unique and unusual. Made from renewable, recyclable materials, with workable, moveable parts, necklaces turn into modern day steam punk statement pendants while earrings turn into little stories hanging from your ears.

Green Tree Jewelry

Wow! at NY Now

Have I got some bright new shinies for you from earlier this week!

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Barnacle- and beach-inspired glass ware from LBK Studio

With a new name and a new broader range of products, from home furnishings to bedding, tabletop and beyond, textiles to fashion apparel and accessories, the New York International Gift Fair – now known simply as NY Now – teased retailers (and me!) with gifts gone wild.


My top highlights would be the textiles. I went gaga over alpaca rugs-slash-blankets from Bolivia, vintage Kantha quilts from India, fold-up wool and wooden stools from Colombia. Then there were the to-die-for pillows, curtains and badges from our All-American buddy Stephanie over at Coral & Tusk (some of her pillows have their own little stuffed creatures that reside in 3-D in the print, i.e., the fox inside the teepee, below who – squeal! – is beyond all cuteness), the unearthed-looking fine jewelry from Polly Wales (biggest girl crush yet to date!), the tasseled earrings or pom-pommed bracelets at Takara, the plaid or polka dotted totes and pillows at Proud Mary (a fellow Southerner from Charleston, no less).

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Coral & Tusk

Coral & Tusk

Proud Mary

Oh, and of course there were the Panama hats, the khadi cloths, the Indian blankets, the indigo, the ikat, the cashmeres, the cottons. Okay. The textiles in particular might have been my most favorite part of the show, which stretched from the Javits to Pier 94. Great representation of artisanal creativity imported from a wide source of countries – Bolivia, Colombia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Mexico, Mali, India – whose wares were absolutely inspirational must-haves. Shop away, my people!


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