All images from Atelier Delphine
All images from Atelier Delphine
Our spring arrivals are here. Bloomin' colors from Vancouver-based designer Erin Templeton now available!Erin is a master in re-purposing pretty recycled leather. We have her shop favorite kiss and make-up recycled leather cases back in stock. Whether' you're globe trekkin' or on your daily trek, they're perfect to hold all your lil' essentials. Handy for travel or work, the leather writers have been restocked to jot down notes when you're on the go.
Most of the country have succumbed to a very long and cold winter this season. We can't complain much here in California and we should be thankful we finally got some rain over the weekend. So the heat is back at least here at home and wanted to spread some sunshine and colors with these playful modern creations by French design studio Colonel. Founded by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet, the design studio creates furniture and other home accessories that are crafted in France. I'm drawn to the colorful lighting collection that they offer especially the Dowood Collection. Don't they just brighten your day? (literally and figuratively!)
"Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet, designers and owners of Colonel drew this new collection in the same spirit of the previous that makes the brand signature: light wood, patterns and fresh colors reminding travel and holidays throughout the year. "
All images from Colonel
I've always been drawn to Japanese design even before our visit there. I was thrilled to come across Japanese furniture and product maker Mark-Manna Furniture Service. Drawn to its modern rustic aesthetic, I love the warmth, simplicity and craftsmanship that goes into the design of simple objects as well as their furniture. That ladder rack is brilliant and I want that piece for our place now.
Images from Mark MF Service
I'm coveting the beautiful winter and spring collections from Belgian label, Rue Blanche. Founded in 1987, designer Marie Chantal-Ragout has been designing clothes which are playful, luxurious yet minimalist - timeless pieces that will become classic staples in your wardrobe. Whether blazers or comfy modern chic dresses,they're definitely on my closet wishlist.
According to the brand:
"A Rue Blanche creation is tactile and sensual. It arouses buried emotions and feelings, alluding to past actions that we find poignant. Vivid colours, soft fabrics and timeless designs characterize the collection. Rather than a total look for special occasion, Marie-Chantal Regout likes to mix garments and accessories, revealing the individuality and essence of each woman. As a gateway to the imagination, rue blanche addresses fashion with verve and generosity."
Images from Rue Blanche
Featuring contrasting elements of brass and silk cord, we currently have pieces from her " Factors" collection. As the brass parts, " external factors", hang on the looped silk cord, they provide the individual shapes of the necklace and can change through movement of wearer. I love her modern interpretation of the classic pearl necklace. The Imperfect collection is a collection of string pearl beads strung on a silk cord with the cord exposed intermittently.
According to Noako:
"When the pieces are worn over clothes of similar color to the silk cord, the silk cord will blend with the clothes and disappear, allowing the pearls to float on the clothes while still drawing an overall form.
Although this form is imperfect due to the visual interruptions along the necklace, the form of the necklace as a whole is clearly defined as our mind can connect the pearls with imaginary lines in place of the missing pearl. To imagine these invisible lines along the "imperfections" intensifies one's awareness of how beautiful the form of a necklace on the body is."
I'm always amazed by Naoko's innovative approach to integrating the wearer's movement, body and materials into her thoughtfully designed necklaces. Her designs combine simple minimalist design with understated elegance for the modern woman.
Model photos courtesy of Naoko Ogawa