There's a revolution stirring in homewares, and it's happening in ceramics. Case in point, the beautifully minimalist line KH Wurtz. Stocked at homewares store Monc XIII in Sag Harbor (which is full of such beautiful pieces that there is temptation to buy it all), the line is created by father and son duo Aage and Kasper Würtz. Located in Horsens, Denmark, their focus is on simple lines and contemporary stoneware inspired by their Scandinavian roots. There are unexpected dips in rims and moody colorations, resulting in plates and bowls that seem more sculpture than dinnerware. Glazes range from oceanic blues to cloudy grays and soft creams, and design is incredibly subtle. This is tableware that doesn't require fanfare, just good food and great company.
You might think, upon discovering Anissa Kermiche's namesake jewelry label, that she is a wild bohemian spirit uninhibited by life's mundanity. In fact, the London-based designer was raised to be anything but. Born in Paris, Kermiche's strict mother instilled a strong work ethic in her daughter. When it was clear that a job in a creative field would not be supported by her family, Kermiche worked as an engineer before turning to her true love—jewelry—studying at Central Saint Martins and Holts Academy. Now her line (which can easily be added to the list of new, interesting jewelry labels to obsess over), is being lauded for its unusual take on the everyday. Kermiche creates necklaces out of female busts (rubies take the place of nipples) and legs (her Precieux Pubis pendant features crossed legs with a triangular onyx representing the pubis).
Her work isn't restricted to the female form however. Pearl earrings curl like tiny cocoons and appear to travel through ear lobes, diamond chokers replicate the swirling plastic versions worn obsessively in the '90s, and diamond studded ear suspenders are designed to hug the ear. Inspired by everyday shapes like lamps, paintings, and sculptures, Kermiche's pieces are the one-of-a-kind specimens that are unique enough to cherish, but cool enough to wear everyday.
Ever since Jane Birkin first walked the streets swinging a basket from her arm, the nonchalant look has become a summertime go-to. This season, the ubiquitous basket bag has reached its peak. There’s Cult Gaia’s ark bag, which is modeled after a Japanese picnic basket, the St Barth's-inspired plain market bag, small bags, wicker baskets, and then there’s Kayu. Undoubtedly a favorite amongst the style set, they’re bags with flair. Handles are covered in stripes, bags are monogrammed and affixed with pompoms, and in some cases, stripes of shaggy raffia cover the front and back. While the label also stocks clutches and totes. The basket bag is undoubtedly its best seller. And for good reason—this is the bag you want as your beach companion.
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A new restaurant opens with fanfare daily in New York, so deciding which one to stop by is almost a task in itself. Cafe Medi, a new Mediterranean restaurant located within the Rivington Hotel in New York's Lower East Side, is definitely worth perusing.
Outfitted with rustic chairs, Amalfi-coast worthy murals, and romantic, dramatic lights, this is one of those rare occasions where the atmosphere is just as good as the food. Heavily Mediterranean-inspired, the menu consists of favorites like octopus, fluke ceviche, and plenty of fish. Standouts include the peaches and burrata, jumbo shrimp, and spring pea risotto (which is at once refreshing and full of flavor). And don't forget to wait for dessert.
Paloma Jonas and Whitney Brown know a thing or two about lingerie. The designer duo behind Valentine NYC—a lingerie label that specializes in pretty, lacy, wireless underthings—have been creating lust worthy underwear for years. Now, the pair are launching their first ever wedding collection (and incorporating fashion forward designs).
Featuring three different styles, the collection is full of special details like one-of-a-kind lace, new designs such as the raceback, tulle detailing on knickers (made to look like a ballerina), and side ties. This is the type of underwear you want peeking out from beneath your dress, and certainly the kind that you’ll be happy to make an entrance on your wedding night. As with all of Valentine’s designs, the new collection is made by single mothers in Colombia, and remains at an affordable price point (the most expensive piece is the Cordette bra, at $70). “We wanted to offer something for everyone, as there are so many types of women out there with signature styles," says Jonas. "Ultimately we didn’t want anything that felt overly ‘bridal’ and needed each set to be able to be incorporated into an everyday fashion wardrobe.”exclusive and special."
Starting a successful shoe label at the age of 24 may seem daring, but if you insist on wearing tap shoes to school, secured an internship at DvF as a teenager, and spent time at Proenza Schouler, it’s more of a natural progression than a crazy risk. Shoe designer Sarah Flint is such a person. Flint launched her namesake label in 2013 after studying at the prestigious shoe design school, Ars Sutoria in Italy, a locale she still looks to for inspiration and creation—all of her shoes are handmade in local factories.
Looking to Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and her Grandmother (who was an artist living in Paris) as influences, Flint’s designs exude luxury, elegance, and simplicity. Her love of the mid-height heel allows the wearer ultimate comfort, while still displaying sensuality. A combination which has gotten her designs into upscale boutiques and Barneys, not to mention onto the feet of celebrities such as Blake Lively, Alexa Chung and Amal Clooney, who counts The Emma as a favorite.
-Written by Scout Sabo
Peruse any stylishly-inclined restaurant, cafe, or friends apartment, and chances are you'll find a black or deep brown pump bottle emblazoned with the name 'Grown Alchemist.' The organic beauty brand is beloved for their use of botanical ingredients and beautiful packaging, which extends from skincare to body care to recently launched, haircare.
Bottled in stark white pumps, there are five shampoo and conditioner sets available, ranging from Anti-Frizz, Volumizing, Detox, Strengthening and Color Protect. And as usual, there are plenty of unique ingredients included to protect, nourish, and strengthen your hair. Think lycopene from bush tomato, which strengthens whilst hydrating, or calendula, which protects and soothes hair. Consider them both a healthy—and chic—option for your bathroom.
Come summertime, a hat becomes an essential accessory. Last season saw the rise of the boater style, while this year an entirely new brand is taking over the hat game. Yosuzi, a South American inspired label that focuses on hats with bright colors, patterns, and colorful adornments, has become a favorite of the fashion set (Poppy Delevingne, Tamu McPherson and Elina Halimi are fans).
Created by Venezuelan-born designer Yosuzi, the label takes inspiration from her family's native American heritage. Hats are made from 100% Iraka palm straw and finished with a handwoven, diagonal weaving technique that is unique to the tribe (each hat takes eight hours to make). Consider them an investment that will last beyond this summer, and into the next.
Jin Soon is an industry veteran. She's created nail looks for Vogue Italia and Prada, worked on multiple shows at fashion week, and in 2013 launched her own line of nail lacquers. Now, the entrepreneur has added a new salon to her list (she already boasts New York-based locations in the West Village, Lower East Side ,and Uptown) in TriBeCa. The new space is a nail aficionado's paradise. Bedecked in white with a wavy, wooden statement wall and lofty high ceilings, Soon's polishes are stacked alongside fashion favorites such as Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Essie. A low, long table allows for simultaneous toe and nail drying whilst multiple outlets make phone charging easy. Finally, a destination as chic as the impeccable nail service it provides.
Named for that liminal, twilight moment between day ending and night beginning, new label Cinq à Sept has a goal: to bring chic and pretty back to everyday life.
Created by Jane Siskin (formerly of 7 for all Mankind and Elizabeth and James), consider these pieces an antidote to the black, white and navy basics you have hanging in your wardrobe. There are prints, ruffles and flounces, and plenty of wide leg pants. "We were most inspired by our strong understanding of what the contemporary consumer wants and when she wants it," explains Siskin. "I feel we have a relationship with the customer and we're excited to be offering her something fresh and new." Launched late in 2015, the label recently launched their resort collection (shown above), with a focus on floral, unique silhouettes like flounced hems, and statement, off-the-shoulder tunics. Siskin looks to travel for destination (she just returned from Morocco and is soon journeying to London), and a touch of her own closet. "My personal style has always been diverse and not too serious," she says. "My closet is a curated assortment of pieces I have picked up all over the world. Personal style for me is about self-discovery and is very much a part of our design process."
Australian-born designer Jane Frances is based in London, handcrafts her shoes in Northern Italy, and sells her label, Dear Frances, worldwide. Launched in 2014, her easy-to-wear and affordable line (no shoe is over $600) includes a mix of slides made from sumptuous materials like suede and velvet—a pair from her upcoming Fall collection, available to shop in August, are shown above—ankle boots, and low, block heeled pumps. Frances counts timelessness and simplicity as her main directives, but subtle details elevate her footwear from minimal to must-have. One of her signatures is a slice of plexiglas through the heel of a shoe, another is a shot of mesh on her slides.
With fans such as Beyoncé, Bella Hadid, Emma Roberts and the ever-stylish Amal Clooney, it's no wonder her line has already amassed a cult like following.
-Written by Scout Sabo
From swimwear designers Lisa Marie Fernandez and Thaddeus O'Neil to accessories label Lizzie Fortunato, the fashion set is flocking to Portugal. Whether it's to the cultural epicenters Porto (known for its art and music scenes, stores such as Rosa et al and beautiful landmarks) and Lisbon or its coastal regions such as Comporta, the European outpost is fast becoming the new It-destination.
Amidst the influx of fashion folk is a wave of new, five star hotels opening across the country.
The beauty of clothes is their ability to transform you, allowing you to step into character if even for a moment. Brazilian label Isolda does just that through their vivid hues and dramatic silhouettes, which for all the world look like the clothes you would pick up on vacation, pulling out of your closet when you need a little joy.
Designed by friends Juju Affonso Ferriera and Maya Pope, who describe their customer as "loving life and the luxury of how a beautiful, soft natural fabric feels close to her skin. She is very motioned by art and is always seeking for new adventures. She is very interested in life itself," the line is known for its hand painted, signature prints. The duo, who met in London but both hail from Brazil, draw upon the colors and festivity of their homeland to create the line. "Brazil, our home country, was and still is our main source of inspiration," says Ferriera. "However it was in London and the time we spent living there that aroused the desire to create something truly new, exciting and unique which we then called by the nickname of my great-grandmother, Isolda."
Often realized in off-the-shoulder dresses with trailing ruffles, A-line skirts, and dramatically printed trousers, theirs is a collection that feels instantly romantic, but also entirely wearable.
Hear the name Assoulin and chances are you'll think of the chic, New York-based fashion designer and her dramatic, ruffled-filled line. However, Assoulin's mother-in-law, Roxanne Assoulin, has long been a force in the fashion industry. The jewelry designer began her career in 1983, when she launched her namesake line from her basement. It was sold at Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus, and quickly gained the attention of designers like Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, and Marc Jacobs. She soon began creating custom pieces for their runway shows, and shortly thereafter launched another line, Lee Angel.
In 2014 the designer returned to her eponymous label to work with Rosie, where she collaborated on pieces for her collections. Case in point: the mosaic-inspired chokers and button earrings in the designer's fall 2016 collection (shown above). Just like her daughter-in-law's playful designs, Assoulin's jewels are brightly hued and full of joy. In her own words: “Uncomplicated indulgence.” Things that provide pleasure but are not meant to be overthought—like a swim in the ocean or buying a fresh bouquet of flowers. And above all, the importance of a smile when you catch a glance at your wrist, ears, or neck.
Think of white shirts as flowers. There is an abundance of them, and each can seem more beautiful than the last. There can also never be too many. Such is the case with LoveHard NYC, a recently-launched label with an entirely new strategy. Rather than deliver one collection with a smattering of shirts, pants, and dresses, the brand will release one 'series' at a time, presenting different versions of one piece—like a white shirt or navy trouser—each time. Series 1 consists of four different takes on the classic menswear button down.
Launched by Lindsay Cohen, who also heads up New York-based luxury retail and brand consultancy GogoLuxe as the creative director and market editor, the idea was born from a desire to break down the basic model of a traditional ready-to-wear collection due to how people are actually buying clothes these days. "Not everyone goes out looking for a full wardrobe at once," says Cohen. "You go searching for the perfect shirt, or dress, or jacket. I created a spectrum of styles based on one silhouette, so people can choose what works best for them."
With a new series launching each season, the idea for each collection is "to focus on a piece of clothing you always want to have on hand," she explains. "Your go-to item in your closet for day-to-day, as well as the first thing you grab to pack for a trip. The next series will most likely be an arrangement of blazers."
Cohen's vision stemmed from her years spent working directly with the consumer, rather than a traditional design background. "From a very young age I was constantly cutting everything up and reworking items. I have some really embarrassing notebooks filled with fashion thoughts/designs dating back to my middle school era," she says. "Because I never had any formal training I thought it was important for myself to gain industry knowledge and perspective before properly launching. I started to think about it in a real way approximately a year ago." Her inspiration however, comes from the way those consumers style their real wardrobes—the pieces that we pull out daily and can be worn over and over again. "I don’t have specific style icons, however I always appreciate people who dress for themselves. There’s always an element of ease that comes from that which I admire."
Step into 11 Howard's new restaurant, which finally opened this month to much aplomb, and the first thing you notice is the 18th century-esque hand painted mural covering the wall behind the bar. Hand-painted by New York–based painter Dean Barger, it is immediately transportive, making you feel as if you're ensconced in a French chateau.
The accompanying restaurant, designed by husband and wife duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer from the Roman and Williams firm, is just as elegant. French cuisine by chef Daniel Rose is classic with a twist (but not in a boring way). Open for breakfast (a classic avocado toast appears on the menu) and dinner, where lobster tail, quail, and veal all appear on the menu, it's one of three new fine dining restaurants that have opened recently, all to plenty of fanfare.
Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette St, New York.
Linda Rodin, the founder of luxe, cult-loved beauty label Rodin, is known for her impeccable style, her poodle and constant companion Winky, and her signature round Linda Farrow sunglasses. Occasionally the lens of said glasses are rose tinted, but the morning she debuts her new face and body oil her lens are a muted lavender in honor of the new scent. "I used to wear lavender so much that my boyfriend called me Lavender Lee," says Rodin.
Lavender marks the second scent released by the beauty entrepreneur, and only came about after months of searching for a lavender that was just right. Developed with Brooklyn-based perfumery D.S. & Durga, the formula combines Bulgarian lavender stems and French lavender absolute, and is subtle enough that it doesn't smell like the lavender essential oils of yesteryear.
Cretan-born jewelry designer Katerina Makriyianni got her start early. While still a young girl, her parents opened a jewelry boutique and workshop, which specialized in unique, bespoke designs. Her interest sufficiently piqued, Makriyianni went on to study ballet and theatre throughout her childhood before following the family legacy and taking specialized courses in design and engraving.
Years later, her eponymous label is making waves. Her collections are filled with a mix of ancient Greek-inspired bracelets and necklaces, rings made from hammered gold and colorful gemstones, and her now signature Kilims earrings (shown above). Already a fashion set favorite, they're the type of shoulder dusting statement makers that you want to wear whilst vacationing on a Greek island.
Located in New York's Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is a cafe worth visiting (even if the rest of store, stocked with Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, and dozens of other unique designers, doesn't tempt you).
The bakery, which is the first US location from the acclaimed Parisian-based cafe by the same name, boasts a farm fresh menu that changes daily according to what's in season. And (almost) everything, down to the breads and pastries, is made in house by head chef Matthew Lodes. Standouts on the menu include the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and the daily Assiette de Legumes, a bowl filled with a mix of vegetables, salads and grains that changes daily.
The smallest details also offer up the biggest points of difference. Dishware is sourced from Californa-based ceramics line Heath Clay Studio, whose designer, director and ceramic artist Tung Chiang also created a limited collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic objects which will be on show and available exclusively at the store, marking the first time Tung has chosen to show his work outside of shows at Heath Ceramics. We guarantee you'll be back more than once.
Rose Bakery, 160 Lexington Ave, New York.
London-based artist Martin Creed is primarily known for his balloon installations—large scale, interactive affairs where whole rooms or areas are filled with giant, latex balloons you have to fight your way through. He recently worked with Victoria Beckham on her Dover Street store's one year anniversary, and often collaborates with the fashion industry.
Now he's bringing his work stateside via an exhibit called 'The Back Door' at the Park Avenue Armory. The show takes up the whole first floor of the massive building, but it is his balloon room that is the real standout. Enter through sliding doors and you find yourself in a smallish space packed with white balloons, just like Alice stepping through the looking glass.