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Wearable Art: Anita Quansah’s “Body Jewelry”

18 Jan

Earlier this month I was introduced to the designs of Anita Quansah, a London-based jewelry designer producing vibrant pieces inspired by her heritage in Ghanian traditional tribalwear. Thanks to HighSnobette for tipping me off, Quansah has captured my heart once again with her intriguing new line of wearable art — chain-link “body jewelry.” Take a look at some of the amazing designs…

Spring Accessories with a Conscious

13 Jan

Ethical fashion has been on the rise in the last decade and continues to pick-up steam with products like the FEED Project‘s juggernaut FEED Bag, Join(RED)‘s multitude of designer collaborations, TOMS canvas shoes, and Falling Whistles‘ striking necklaces to name only a few. Embraced by celebrities, high-brow magazines, and the public at-large, fashion’s growing conscience isn’t going anywhere.

This spring ushers in new products with a larger purpose than keeping you sleek and stylish. Take a look at some of the season’s ethical accessories sure to make a big splash in the coming months.

Super Earth Goods Weekend Bag — Contribute to a greener planet with Super Earth Goods’ Weekend Bag, a handmade top-handled tote assembled completely out of re-purposed materials like like tires, rice sacks, and potato sacks. Originally designed as a weekend carryall for the creator’s boyfriend, this unisex tote can hold a change of clothes and a pair of shoes, but could easily be carried as a handbag to add an earthy, summery flare to any casual outfit. The Weekend Bag is available in two sizes and can be purchased online at Super Earth Goods. And hurry — it’s 50% off right now!

Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses — Inspired by the evolved business model of TOMS slip-ons, San Francisco-based label Kayu funds a sight-restoring surgery to a person in India for every pair of sunglasses purchased. Kayu’s fun and streamlined shades are crafted out of natural bamboo and feature 100 percent UV gradient lenses, for full protection as sunlight becomes stronger in spring and summer. Four styles of the sustainable sunglasses are available from oversized Jackie O. frames to more modernized shapes, including the timeless Wayfarer style, running for $180 each online.

Strawfoot Handmade Bags — Support American handmade goods in your wardrobe with a Strawfoot Handmade tote. Constructed by hand in Northern California entirely from materials sourced in the US, this sturdy shoulder bag makes fashion functional as well as conscientious. This must-have staple is available in four styles and retailing from $128 to $184 online.

Modern Vintage Spring/Summer 2011

11 Jan

Modern Vintage has released its Spring/Summer 2011 look book showcasing platform wedge sandals as its main attraction. We saw murmurs of these beauties last summer, but much like the clog’s moment in 2010, wedge sandals are about to seriously shine in the warmer months of 2011.

Tech-cessories: YSL iPad Clutch

11 Jan

Everyone from Armani to Zegna has been getting in on the digital action, producing chic designer cases for 2010’s most coveted technological innovation. Last year luxury brand Yves Saint Laurent released the ChYc iPad case first in its signature black, and this year YSL follows with the accessory’s second incarnation available in fiery-red leather, perfectly aligned with spring’s all-business envelope clutch. The designer case costs more than the iPad itself, a cool $750 at Yves Saint Laurent retail locations, and is actually simple enough to fake. Do I smell a 2BitchezDeep-esque DIY product?

 

Nike Releases Women’s Valentine’s Day “Amor” Sneaker

11 Jan

Well, isn’t this cute? Nike has just released this adorable new women’s sneaker, the QS Amor, a women’s High Dunk available this month for Valentine’s Day. Instead of a sneaker dripping in pink and red roses as Valentine’s Day gear tends to be, the Amor takes a simpler approach with black inscriptions of love in hand-drawn script. Check out the detail:

Source: HighSnobette

Elly Clay Releases Spring 2011 Handbag Preview

7 Jan

New York-based luxury handbag and accessory designer Elly Clay released a first look of its Spring/Summer 2011 handbag line today, showcasing a unique blend of current trends and functionality. Hardware and animal prints are king in this collection, followed by metallic textures, clean lines, and an architectural feel. My personal favorites are the oversized “Billie Jean” zip-front clutches, but the “Lia” wristlets are sure to be the season’s hit with all the arm and bracelet bags I’ve seen for spring so far.

Check out photos of the full collection at HighSnobette.

“Falling Whistles” Blow the Whistle for Peace in Congo

7 Jan

Ciara, Beyoncé, and Rihanna have all been spotted recently wearing “Falling Whistle” pendants around their necks — pewter, silver, and gold old-fashioned whistles created by nonprofit organization Falling Whistles to support aiding children of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The necklace seems a simple enough accessory, but carries a powerful message symbolizing the whistles given to Congolese boys too young to carry guns, forced onto the frontlines with only whistles to alert their camp of approaching enemies. These children are often the first casualties of battle, serving as a human shield for the first round of bullets.

Originally begun by Sean Carasso after visiting the war-torn nation, Falling Whistles served as a mouthpiece for the victims of Congo’s war, raising awareness of the atrocities by publishing a journal written about child-soldiers forced into battle. The organization began producing the whistle pendants in 2009.

Falling Whistles pendants range in price from $34 to $104 and uses 100% of the proceeds towards restoring the lives of war-affected kids through rehabilitation programs and stateside advocacy. The necklaces can be purchased here, along with ways you can help support the movement to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo.