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New Brand Spotlight: Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar, Alexis Bittar jewelry, costume jewlelry, fashion jewelry, Alexis Bittar jewelry,fashion accessories, Zappos Couture, New Brand SpotlightBrooklyn-born and bred designer Alexis Bittar has been designing jewelry for over 20 years. He began his illustrious career by selling on the streets of New York City in the early 1980s. Bittar sold his handcrafted pieces from a wooden foldout table on St. Mark's Place and in Soho. Shortly after, Bittar's creations were recognized by fashion retailers worldwide, propelling the artist into the world of international museums, department stores, and luxury boutiques alike.

To this day, Bittar's three costume collections are designed in Brooklyn, New York. In 2010, the self-taught designer was lauded by the CFDA, receiving the Accessories Designer of the Year award. In 2013, he received the award for Brand of the Year by the Accessories Council.

Bittar's insatiable thirst for innovation drives him to search the world for unique materials. All of the stones found in Bittar's collections are custom cut and set in his custom designed metalwork, which provide the foundations for his creations.

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1. Alexis Bittar Asymmetrical Rocky Cuff

2. Alexis Bittar Encrusted Stud Earrings

3. Alexis Bittar Fox Ring

The punk youth and urban thread resonates throughout Bittar's collections—often layering juxtaposing eras, such as 1980s and sculptural deco imagery. Bittar's diverse aesthetic and unique point of view enables him to remain at the cutting edge of culture, design, and craftsmanship while abiding by his core beliefs of quality and innovation. Bittar's diverse celebrity following further reflects the designer's reach. He continues to change the world's perception of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, and rings by celebrating wearable art. With his designs, Bittar lauds individualism, embracing imperfections, and rejecting the mundane and ordinary.

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Carhartt Celebrates 125 Years of Craftsmanship

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This year marks Carhartt’s 125th anniversary as a family-owned business still run by descendants of its founder Hamilton Carhartt. As America’s legendary workwear brand, Carhartt has been outworking every other brand by staying dedicated to its loyal customers.

What started back in 1889 as a two-sewing-machine, five-employee operation has grown into one of America’s most revered names in quality workwear, manufacturing high-quality clothing, shoes & accessories here in the US and globally.

As Carhartt reaches its 125th year, the brand is constantly innovating and evolving the technology in their products to keep up with the rigorous demands of hardworking customers everywhere. For example, their QuickDuck™ fabric is 30% lighter than traditional sandstone but every bit as durable.

Today, Hamilton Carhartt’s entrepreneurial spirit and determination remains strong with the brand’s unrelenting passion in producing premium quality workwear that stays true to its American-born legacy.

 

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Inspired By: Word Play

Today’s street style inspiration is all about saying a lot without saying anything at all. We’re talking the graphic sweatshirt, and it’s practically taking over the fashion landscape as of late! This easy, quirky take on a lazy-day favorite is just what the weekend ordered.

Check out our take on this cheeky look below:

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1. StyleStalker “Milkshake” Crop Sweater

2. ALDO “Mornago” Backpack

3. Superga Classic

4. BCBGeneration “The Smiley” Short

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Designer Picks: Rebecca Taylor

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You always manage to pull off a certain level of “chic-yet-effortless”, both in your designs and your own personal style. How did you translate that signature look into your fall 2014 collection?

RT: For fall we wanted to use unexpected pairings of colors, techniques, and fabrics.  For example, we mixed crepe and jersey to create the Stacy Top, which is both a weekend and a weekday staple. I love how the White Noise Dress is a “throw on and go” option—the combo of chiffon and silk gives it an uncomplicated charm. 

Plus, you can wear the combo pieces separately! Our Jersey and Lace Tee is an update to your basic everyday tee shirt.  The lace detailing gives it an elevated feel. I love the idea of effortless chic. The Short Sleeve Lynx Top paired back with a pair of boyfriend jeans is my go to for a casual day at the office. The print is soft, feminine and easy. For the chilly weekend nights I always tend to find myself pulling out my Long Sleeve Chain Sweatshirt. I like to layer this back to a plaid oxford and jeans.

 

What tips do you have for busy, stylish women when it comes to versatile day-to-night dressing?

RT: Pick something you really love and feel comfortable in.  The Dotty Dress is a good balance between feminine and demure; the mesh lace sleeve adds a touch of sheerness while still being appropriate.  The embellished Georgette Top can be worn layered for day with a blazer or cardi, and then by itself for dinner or a date.

For the businesswoman, our Tweed and Leather Shift Dress is a perfect staple black dress that can be worn to the office and then out to happy hour paired with a statement bag and heels.

If I can give one piece of advice for the fall season, it would be to keep it simple and chic. I’m loving the idea of the Sleeveless Tweed Ponte Dress with Lace, this piece is a great mixture of texture and femininity---and can go from day to night!

My favorite things about fall are…

RT: Outerwear and sweaters! I love the idea of an oversized knit such as a long sleeve v-neck color block pullover paired with a textured skirt like our Textured Flounce Skirt.

Prints are also a must. One of my favorites is our Leopard Peacoat. I love a good animal print and this coat also embodies a menswear silhouette, which is another look I am crazed over for fall.

Neutral pallets are another essential, and should be incorporated every woman’s closet for the season. The Sleeveless V-neck Crepe Top in Pumice is a great layering piece which can be worn with a jacket, chunky cardigan or even alone paired with a skinny jean and boots.

REBECCA'S PICKS:

1. V-Neck Crepe Top

2.  Short Sleeve Lynx Print Top

3.  Embellished “Georgette” Drape Top

4. Texture Flounce Skirt

5. Short Sleeve “Dotty” Dress

6.  Tweed & Leather Shift Dress

7. “White Noise” Double Layer Dress

8. Leopard Peacoat

9. Combo Moto Jacket

10.  Long Sleeve “Stacy” Top

11.  Long Sleeve Chain Sweatshirt

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Fresh Picks: Athleisure

Even if your only knowledge of sports is limited to which quarterback is the cutest, there’s certainly room in your closet for these fresh and sporty pieces. The laidback, borrowed-from-the-boys vibe is surprisingly versatile and easily dressed up with your more sophisticated pieces for a fun juxtaposition.

Below are some of our recent favorites:

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1. BCBGeneration Solid Quilted Baseball Cap

2. StyleStalker You Spin Me Crop Top

3. Vans SK8 Hi™ Core Classics

4. BCBGeneration Binded Blocked Top

5. Obey Ramona Reversible Bomber Jacket

6. kensie MB Sweatshirt

7. Alternative Eco Jersey Raglan Baseball Tee

8. Superga Patent Croc Sneakers

9. Alternative Eco Jersey Jogger

10. Steve Madden “Exx” Slip-On Sneakers


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On Our Favorites: Well Embellished

Our 'My Favorites' list is always brimming with so much awesomeness; we just have to share some of it with you!

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Free People Embellished Tee – Oh-so-soft like our favorite vintage tee but with bohemian inspired details that make it truly special.

Steve Madden “Wiktor” Sandals – The jeweled embellishments on this versatile sandal is tempered by its simple silhouette.

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New Brand Spotlight: SWISSBRAND

SWISSBRAND Boots, travel, travel shoes, SWISSBRAND footwear, SWISSBRAND, New Brand Spotlight, SWISSBRAND shoes, SWISSBRAND travel shoes, durable boots, boots, men's boots, SWISSBRAND™ is well-known for their quality suitcases and travel bags. It is the same quality that they put into their boots, making them from fine leathers that are designed to stand up to the test of time and can be relied upon for long-time comfort.

Their durable leather boots are ready for all kinds of outdoor activities from an easy day hike to simply enjoying the sights in the city. SWISSBRAND offers many leather boot styles that are waterproof and water resistant to keep your feet comfortably dry in wet weather. Their outsoles help prevent foot fatigue with their extra lightweight design and reliable oil and slip-resistant construction.

Loved by both young people and experienced travelers, SWISSBRAND travel boots are made to offer the best in comfort, durability and style. When you travel with SWISSBRAND, you travel with luxury.

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