It was quite hard to pick from the plethora of gift options out there… but here are some that really caught my eye. I’ve broken it down into gifts for Women, gifts for Men, and gifts for Everyone. Happy Shopping!
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The Belgian jewelry line, Kim Mee Hye, by designer Kimy Gringoire, has just been picked up by Opening Ceremony in New York, which is amazing news.
Kim Mee Hye is only one year old, but already has a devoted following amongst those in the know, like Colette, 10 Corso Como, Browns Fashion, and now Opening Ceremony.
The line celebrates the raw beauty of gold with simple and timeless designs, and consists of seven different customizable items: one bracelet, one pair of earrings, two rings, and three cross pendants. Each piece is designed to be opened, to reveal hidden diamonds and an optional inscription.
Buyers are able to choose their flavor combination of gold (white, rose or black), diamond placement, and inscription so that each piece will be truly personalized.
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for that somebody special, this is it. Timeless, and sincere beauty with a thoughtful and personal touch… Bam.
For those of you planning escapist holidays to warm weather locales this year, why not refresh your resort footwear?
Or there’s always this pair from Sid Mashburn, for a more deconstructed classic look…
Brooklyn & Boston based electronic rock band, Black Light Dinner Party, started making music together when lead singer Jack Côté, found out that his mother had breast cancer. It was a way to give her something she could listen to and enjoy, something she could be proud of.
"So we decided to do a project that was maybe a little less out there, and more accessible for people, like my mom," he told Interview magazine. “That’s when we started working on tracks and writing songs. Then my mom died. When people really started liking it, it was all bittersweet. It was a little sad, but people really loved it. It was originally meant for other people to enjoy, for my mom to be proud of her son.”
But they’e not riding on the heartstrings of their fans, these four guys started out anonymous, until their introductory interview with Interview Magazine in 2012, and have built their following on good tunes alone.
Give their track Sons and Lovers a good listen, here.
Listen to the whole album, here.
Launched this month, the collection comprises of 12 different versions of the Swedish Stylists’ interpretation of Perrin Paris’ classic Capital Clutch, combining B. Akerlund’s eccentric aesthetic with the classically cool and practical designs of the 120 year old brand.
As Sally Perrin puts it, “We basically pimped out the Capital Clutch”. The Capital Clutch has gained something of a cult following lately, especially with the recent opening of Perrin’s NYC store. Its glove like style is a playful hint to the company’s roots in glove-making, and is innovating the way we hold our clutches.
Stylist and Costume Designer, B. Akerlund with her Capital Clutch.
One of my favorite new companies, St. Frank, is changing the way we think about textiles, and art.
Pairing up with artisans from around the world, they provide their clients with the most stunning and authentic ‘textile art’.
Christina Bryant, Founder and CEO, has three main goals: to provide a unique option for the cultivated art collector, to improve economic independence for artisans in low and middle-income countries, and to preserve and elevate traditional artisan crafts.
Each piece is individually sourced by Christina and her team, and represents the authentic cultural heritage from its country of origin.
With the oh-so many millions spent regularly on art, isn’t it about time that some bigger social good come from it? Plus, this stuff looks really damn good.
Check out my tastemaker profile on St. Frank, here!
Prices range from $225 - $3,350. Shop the collection here.
There are two exhibits currently showing in New York that you need to get to…
David Zwirner Gallery
Yayoi Kusama’s installment at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea spans all three locations, and includes 27 new large-scale paintings, a mirrored infinity room, making its US debut, which was recently displayed at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, and a new mirrored infinity room created especially for this exhibition.
You will also be able to see the artist’s video installment, titled ‘Manhattan Suicide Addict’ after her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978.
I’d get there quick, before the lines become 'Rain Room' - esque.
Yayoi Kusama in ‘Love is Calling’.
David Zwirner, 519, 525 and 533 West 19th St, New York. November 7th - December 21st, 2013.
Starting tomorrow, November 20th, the Met will have on display over 400 pieces from the renowned jewelry designer Joel A. Rosenthal, aka JAR.
Rosenthal was born in the Bronx, but after graduating Harvard in 1966 he moved to Paris where he has been ever since, creating magic in the form of beautiful jewelry.
The exhibition will be the first retrospective at the Met devoted to a contemporary artist of gems.
The relatively new French Indie Electro-Pop band, A Rainmaker, is still quite unknown outside of France, but I’m guessing that’s going to change soon. Their premier EP, Rwenzori, is just so very pleasant to listen to.
The EP is named after the Rwenzori Mountain range on the border of Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo, which itself was named by European explorer, Henry Stanley, after a native word meaning “rain maker”. So it all comes full circle, you see?
There are only four tracks, but if you’re really in a rush and can’t spare the 15 minutes and 12 seconds it would take to hear all four, I would recommend starting with 'Sailing a Ship on the Ground', then maybe 'And the Sun Goes Down', however 'Stripping Dawn' is delightfully chilled out… Really, just listen to the whole thing.