Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Fantastic Fashion Finds and More

Rockstar by ThickSkin Leather. You need one. In all colors. Four gun-metal black zippers. Two front pockets gusseted for extra room. One large back pocket. Gun metal black strap hardware. Italian. Hand made in the USA. Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 3.5 Posted by Hello

Our friends at Couch Nobelius have several suggestions for holiday shopping. BeansTalk especially **ADORES** the bag in the photo above (it also comes in three other yummy colors), but here's a look at some of their other clients, too.

Born and raised on New York City’s Park Avenue, Alex Gaines left Columbia University to Launch Paper Denim and Cloth in 1999 to immediate applause from fashion’s elite. By the end of its debut year, Paper Denim was picked up by Fred Segal and has since become a must-have designer label, now in stores including Colette (Paris), Barneys New York, and Harrods (London). In 2003, Alex left Paper Denim in the trusty hands of her brother Chris Gilbert in order to create her first women’s ready-to-wear line. This first line, aptly dubbed “Alex Gaines,” consists of lush cashmere tunics, cashmere/wool trousers, fitted blazers and cashmere low slung coats. The collection is currently available at Neiman Marcus, Henri Bendel, Scoop, and American Rag among others.

saja is a sensual new label inspired by the lines, glamour and femininity of 1920’s and 30’s fashion, a time when women were elegant and mysterious. With a nod to mentor Richard Tyler and the renowned French dressmaker Madeleine Vionnet, the designer Yoo Lee insists on quality in even the smallest details - french seams, silk linings, natural fabrics, hand-embroidery and beading. Saja is sold to over 300 stores within the United States as well as in Spain, Kuwait, Japan and Indonesia. In Los Angeles, Saja can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue, Fred Segal, and at Turtle in Boston; Mandarine in St. Barts and Isabel in Palm Beach.

Romy Ivsic French-born Romy Ivsic’s exquisite jewelry collection combines her childhood passion for precious stones with an adult appreciation of their powerful, metaphysical healing properties. Characterized by large stones and ingenious settings that allow the stones to maintain skin contact, the rings alone in Romy’s collection are weighty pieces (both figuratively and literally) weighing in at up to 15 grams of either solid gold or sterling silver.

Australian jewelry line Damselfly's latest collection, Black Madonna comprises an eclectic mix of old world Egyptian princess meets eastern antique charm. Rare components exclusive to the collection include sterling silver, oxidized sterling silver, with premium semi precious stones, jade, agate, black onyx and turquoise

Thickskin is a fierce new line of upscale accessories crafted from Italian leathers and lined in espresso suede with unique hardware in oxidized copper, nickel and gun metal black. Styles range from the sophisticated evening Clutch, to resilient travel bags like the All Nighter and Director’s Bag, to the ever funk-tional Rockstar, 3-Way and Bucket bags. Sassy Thickskin leather colors include Rum & Coke, Natural Blonde, Topless and Bloodshot. Now fans from Cameron Diaz and Maggie Gyllenhaal to Fergie and Joseph Finnes are known as “Thickskin-ers.” “It’s a certain personality who buys my bags,” smiles designer Cordila Joachim. “Metro, urban, intelligent, witty, gritty, avant garde and world-focused. I can always see them coming. I know my tribe.”

sass & bide wolfnation is a new limited edition collection personifying Sarah-Jane & Heidi’s passion for beautiful fabrics, hand-crafted detail and a love of contemporary innovation juxtaposed with vintage style. The aesthetic is sexy, contradictory and distinctive. This collection features luxurious fabrics such as french silk adorned with hand-beading, vintage lace and studded kid suede. The range is distinguished by elaborate detailing, embellishment and innovative construction. Unique, custom-made harness style accessories have been designed to accentuate these luxurious and directional pieces.

Additional Note:
Please take a moment to ask the Governor to Protect California's National Forests at the following web site: You can do it in less than a minute!