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Shopping the Souk: Indagare Travels Holiday 2014

Hurry up! You’ve got a little over 2 hours — that’s until 6pm — to get out there and shop Indagare Magazine and Shop L-Atitude’s holiday Souk today! The exotic travel magazine and style traveler’s shopping site moved its annual holiday Souk to downtown this year, hosted at Madeline Weinrib’s Flatiron area showroom on Fifth Avenue, and the expansive layout of the shopping field was, as promised, a “marketplace of global finds.” I partook of this stand-out shopping experience last night and felt that if I listened closely enough, I would hear the trilling ululation of shopping elation bouncing from shopper to shopper.

Former photojournalist Liz Gilbert’s Kenya Shompole Collection was a beauty, her pieces goldsmithed in African and beaded by Maasai tribe members, with her business creating commerce and employment for the people of that village.

Shompole Collection

Shompole Collection

A capsule collection within the Shompole Collection, raising awareness of and money to fight the decimation and dwindling ranks of the lion, which is nearing extinction.

Shompole Collection

Shompole Collection

Matonyok is another business bringing sustainable employment to the Maasai women throughout Kenya. Bags and tassels of Italian leather, often in a metallic sheen, were adorned with Maasai beading. I think I may have to go back today to get one of the tassels; it’s perfect for a clutch of mine that lost its own during NYFW.

Matonyok

Matonyok

Matonyok

Matonyok

Matonyok

Matonyok

Leslie Tcheyan’s L’Artigiano collection was a stunning array of talismanic proportion, incorporating “feathers” of bone or metal, arrowheads, orthoceras sea fossils, locks and beaded tassels.

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Leslie Tcheyan’s L’Artigiano collection was a stunning array of talismanic proportion

Shop L-Atitude’s chief creative officer Kym Canter gave us a run down of the treasures on her rack and table — the colorful caftans being some of our faves.

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Shop Latitude’s fabulously hued caftans and tops

It was such a pleasure speaking with Laura Lobdell and learning how she created her sea-soaked knotted silk wrap bracelets and her signature patented rings modeled after metal Champagne tops (the part that holds down the cork!).

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Stacey Singer Jewelry

Labradorite and bling by Stacey Singer Jewelry

Joey Wolffer

The signature Joey Wolffer The Styleliner’s evening cross body with tusk closure

Joey Wolffer

Gypsy jean jacket by Styleliner Joey Wolffer

Indagare Travel’s 2014 Holiday Souk

Wednesday December 3rd until 6:00 p.m.

Austin City (No) Limits: Shopping Local Love

Austin always has been the coolest little southwestern town, known for its SXSW festivals, Barton Springs swimming hole, cowboy kicks and kitschy neon signage. These days it’s a full-on glamarama city, ranking 11th-most populated of the 50 US of A. Downtown — especially South Congress, or SoCo, as this mercantile/music swath is affectionately known — has its own traditional hipster vibe, with SoCo shops marching to their own beat, often in those previously-owned, distressed, vintage cowboy boots. A recent sojourn to this cultural center, where the unofficial motto is “Keep Austin Weird,” yielded the most amazingly-fragranced locally-mixed scents, horn necklace jewelry, unusual bitters, and of course, those vintage boots. Here, for your shopping pleasure:

Blackmail Couture

Blackmail, Gail Chovan’s ode to everything dark and lovely

Found: At Blackmail Boutique, founder Gail Chovan’s ode to the dark, the curious and the black, we flipped over Roux St. James fragrances, Krista Lacey’s small batch blends,  hand-crafted and hand-packaged at her Austin studio. Each perfume is created with natural ingredients and organic raw materials whenever possible. P bought me three for my birthday last month — 1920, Carus and Beltane — sweet little roll-on scent-filled bottles ensconced in a wax-sealed black box that looks like a mini book and ties with its own ribbon. So other century-ish!

Roux St James fragrances

Roux St James fragrances

Blackmail Couture

Roux St James fragrances

Roux St James fragrances

Found: At Feathers Boutique, we fell in love with co-owner Christina Simon (we missed meeting other-owner Emily Hoover), Lauren working the check-out counter, the cool vintage clothes, and especially the shop’s special scents from Sisters of the Black Moon. Ether knocked me out; somehow I’d purchased the fragrance when I came to! Collaborative partners Sara Larocca-Ramm, Alecia Marcum, and Rachel Hunt create with their personal style and visions in mind. Moonshine, another of the trio’s scents, came highly recommended and adored by Christina. I loved the bottle, but the scent didn’t quite work with my body chemistry. The Sisters don’t stop at fragrance, though,  harnessing their design power toward, as they say, “torso, legs, neck, ear, arm, fingers…” Check out their website, here. So far, I’m smitten by the one scent and will be howling at the black moon if I continue in this vein. Ether and out. Oh, and I have to get back to the boutique asap. Feather’s shibori indigo kimonos were some of the best I’ve seen this side of specialty trade shows.

Feathers Feathers

Ether

Ether

Found: At Off the Wall, just up SoCo, I met the sweetest southern soul mate jewelry designing sister, Lorie Elizabeth. Her Le Luxe collection of antler horn pendant necklaces, among other delectables, are a cross of semi-precious prayer or mala beads mashed up with vintage upcycled bling, a one-two punch of pretty with a Texan twist. When I asked her if she cut her own antlers, the adorable designer drawled, “Why, honey, we just find them on the side of the road. This is Texas, after all!” After she, Mignon and I bonded over beads, Lorie Elizabeth treated the little one to a woven-and-belled collar she fancied. In fact, everyone at every single shop on SoCo doted on Mignon, but at Off the Wall, co-owner Ellen Johnson even rushed to get her a bowl of water (Texas is hot, y’all). Bless their hearts!

Le Luxe designer Lorie Elizabeth with her Haute Fun collection  of horn and vintage bling necklaces.

Le Luxe designer Lorie Elizabeth with her Haute Fun collection of horn and vintage bling necklaces.

Found:  At Leighelana, the shop of another jewelry artist who focuses on enameled and exotic leathers for her international Texan pieces, the wares were straight from designer Leigh Elena’s vision and style. Here, of course, were the quintessential cowboy boots, at least for me — hit with a subtle leopard pattern on their dusty cognac suede. Big problem, though, and I mean big. The boots were almost 2 sizes too large for me. Crying. Still.

Leighelena

Leighelena

The coolest vintage cowboy boots at Leighhelena

The coolest vintage cowboy boots, at Leighhelena

Found: At Crofts, the most exquisite turquoise-colored vintage silk kimono from Buenos Aires, hanging on the rack of eclectic and unusual clothing collected by owner Susan Crofts during her extensive global travels. I saw the piece on Saturday, couldn’t shake it from mind and went back before our flight on Monday to snag it.

But the best find of all from our Texas trip? Little Diego, the chichi seen hiding in that vintage Crofts’ kimono sleeve, below, an abandoned pup found on property near the Formula1 race track. Of course, we brought him home with us, too!

Crofts

 

Beautiful silk turquoise kimono from Susan Crofts' eclectic and exotic rack of vintage clothes from her own travels.

Beautiful silk turquoise kimono from Susan Crofts’ eclectic and exotic rack of vintage clothes from her own travels.

 

Bene, Bene! It’s All Good:
New Concept Shop Bene Rialto
Opens Doors in Fashion District

Bene Rialto Store

From the front windows on the second floor

When I was there almost a month ago, the view from inside the still-under-construction new shopping venue Bene Rialto, which means “Good Marketplace” in Italian, was stunning, even without the excitement and flutter of new up-and-coming designers and their wares that the department boutique is going to spotlight. (My pictures show Bene Rialto’s venue under construction, but the “department store boutique” should be well under way by now.)

Bene Rialto CEO Caryn Neary, who hails from a tenure including Saks Fifth Avenue as well as her own former Hell’s Kitchen boutique Bump-to-Baby, underscores Bene Rialto as “an innovative marketplace,” that will showcase independent fashion brands, as well as food and art.

Caryn Neary, CEO Bene Rialto, with teammate Jo Polanco

Caryn Neary, CEO of Bene Rialto, with teammate Jo Polanco, discussing what will be

This new kind of department store, smack in the middle of the New York garment district, is right around the corner from Lord & Taylor. Get ready to welcome not only new fashion brands, but also emerging chefs, artisans, and teachers and the like. And be prepared to graze, meet and connect. “Our goal is to foster an environment of creativity and learning, taking a brand to the next level,” Caryn and the Bene Rialto website say.

Event space on the top two floors of the five stories, Bene Collective, will host showroom areas for a limited number of brands, with a membership option available. Brands may choose to participate in industry wide events, classes, presentations and more. The bottom three floors, Bene Rialto proper, will house a unique mix of new designers with the store providing online presence to showcase new brands’ collections direct to consumers as well as the trade.

Stay tuned…and check back in to read all about the opening party set for the 23rd!

From the skylight on the top floor

From the skylight on the top floor

Bene Rialto Store

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Shop: Urban Outfitters Graduates from Urban to Urbane at Herald Square

Okay, shoppers…if you’re not heading out of town this weekend, make the Fourth of July an All-American shopping destination day and head to Herald Square. The newly-opened Urban Outfitters on the corner of 35th and Broadway, to be exact.

Urban Outfitters Herald Square

After meeting friend Tom at the UO Intelligentisa Coffee Cafe a week ago, I am still faint over the swoon-worthy Baggu leather totes and Liebeskind bags, the French indigo-dyed overalls in the vintage area (expensive for UO, at $600!), the floral Crosley retro-hipster record players, and the Frye, Steve Madden and Madison Harding shoes gracing the huge footwear scene upstairs.

Here, just a bit to tempt you….

Urban Outfitters Herald Square

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Revamping at Olive’s Very Vintage

Gotta love a good shop zhuszhing.

Olive's Very Vintage

Just in time for some warmer temps, Jen McCulloch sprang out early April with a store metamorphosis of her Olive’s Very Vintage, one of the coolest clothing boutiques anchoring the hip Carroll Gardens BK shopping neighb. Not one to leave a detail unexamined, Jen tore off the front of the boutique’s façade, exposing an arch of original brick and creating an area for some insets of reclaimed wood saved from Red Hook. The reclaimed Red Hook salvage theme continues inside the shop, crafting  the newly built check-out register/display cabinet and the glass-topped jewelry case.

Olive's Very Vintage

Not only is the shell of the shop revamped and reconfigured, but Jen is carrying some great new jewelry designers, with many of the gorgeous bits of bling made in Brazil with beautiful stones like labradorite, chrysoprase and turquoise.

And, there. Your shopping tip of the week!

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