DOVF Interview: A Creative Chat with Jewelry Designer Aisa Marie Corrales

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Back in June of last year, I had attended The Set NYC – Fashion Night Out! event for the first time and really enjoyed capturing the “style from the aisles” as noted in this blog post. This past September I had the pleasure of attending again. This was one of the events that I was looking forward to the most, as it encompassed fashion, food, drinks and shopping. The Set NYC charity and fashion event also tends to showcase up and coming designers as well as other fashion creatives. This time I focused more on getting to know the designers that were showcasing there work on the outskirts of the runway. The first highlighted designer that caught my eye had models standing on a platform showcasing very exquisite and unique jewelry pieces, which truly looked like works of art!
As I approached the models to get a better look and to take a few pictures, I noticed that the designer seemed to be standing close by. I introduced myself and told her how amazing her collection of work was, as we chatted she seemed so humble and excited to be showing off her work. I had to stay in contact with her as I knew she would be up to great things and I wanted a front row seat to her journey. As usual with all my interviews, I thought it would be great to share with you the person behind this amazing work. Read on and get to know how broken jewelry made her who she is today, why Taylor Swift is her style crush and where in the world you will be able to shop Aisa Marie Corrales Designs soon!

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Eco-chic Earrings by Enamour

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I always love to hear about all the great things happening with brands that I have a connection to through this blog. During my most recent scroll through Instagram I came across the cutest yet stylish stud fabric stud earrings. They happened to be designed by my friend June Cruz of ENAMOUR. I was so excited I had to share the news on here as well! Continue Reading

Shop Charmant x B Bella Giveaway!

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It’s a family affair in fashionable accessories!

The co-owned (brother&sister), chic yet affordable online boutique Shop Charmant, is collaborating with sisters Brenda, Brittani and Brooke Dobirstein to launch their very own custom jewelry line “B Bella”. Their new line of semi- precious gemstone accessories will include pieces for both men and women to be sold exclusively on Shop Charmant.

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KS Saturday – “Color Me Custom” Shop

You may have seen the previous post on the launch of the new line from Kate Spade, Saturday where I showcased a few items available at their pop-up shop on Fab.com. The main collections are so fresh, easy, and fun but in their featured shops category you will find the specific unique and creative items being showcased. Most recently the shops highlighted include the option to color your own accessories or custom design one of their best sellers.

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Eco-Fashion Eye (Wood) Wear

Eco-friendly apparel and accessories are nothing new, but there has been an increased shift in taping into making items more fashion forward at the same time. There are designer clothing labels taping into this concept which many hope to make a “style, instead of just a trend” within the industry. (sidenote: check out www.fashionmegreen.com)

The most recent eco-fashion trend accessories movement that I have been noticing, has been to create sustainable and eco-friendly eyewear.

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Allow me to introduce: Jake Bullough

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Meet Jake Bullough; the brain child behind super cool, ethical brand Beara Beara.

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Beara Beara produce beautiful bags that will leave you swooning for hours. They work with a local families/communities in Bolivia to produce these beauties.

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Fashion Industry Highlight – Victorian Woman

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In 2009, French designer Manuela Biocca, created her unique “Gothic Chic Style” luxury fashion accessories brand Victorian Woman. Manuela’s designs are inspired by fashion from the past, art, gothic literature, underground culture, legends and historic mysteries. Similar to pieces worn by elegant women of the past, the line offers feminine, and sophisticated handmade fashion accessories, that can be worn in everyday fashion.

Victorian Woman is based in Cannes, France and all of the items are made there as well. The collection includes various: underbust corsets/corsets, hats, hair accessories, lace jewelry, belts, purses and bags, spats and cloaks. The signature of a Victorian Woman design, is the use of luxurious fabrics, beautiful laces and jewelry and genuine gemstone embellishments.

Photo of Model Adrianna, who is also the muse for the collection.

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Fashion Forward and Eco Friendly – TS Rubber

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Edgy, Industrial Fashion that is Upcycled – TS Rubber Bags & Accessories line by Tanja Schroeder. Based in Denmark and inspired by the Steampunk genre/sub-culture, TS Rubber Bags makes handmade rubber bags, belts and accessories using industrial rubber. Every item is very unique, and some of them are adorned with military jewelry, gears and various recycled parts.

At A daily dose of vitamin F, we’re always on the lookout for innovative, creative and unique movements within the fashion industry. So it’s no surprise that we immediately got excited to learn more about this fashion forward and eco-friendly company. A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to have a Skype chat with Tanja, the founder and designer of TS Rubber Bags.

During the call we discussed her life, her line and what the future holds for TS Rubber Bags.

 VF: Describe yourself using 4 words

TS: Creative, Designer, Passionate, Loves Life

VF: When did you fall in love with fashion? And when did you feel you came into a style of your own?

TS: Well I always loved design and knew I wanted to design. At age 16 I started to make things and it all came very naturally. When I was young I would always mix things to keep my style affordable, so I would wear both new and old clothes and accessories. Not having a lot of money I wouldn’t buy a lot of designers, but I tried to create a look that was fashion forward by making my own things, using recycled items, buying clothes from the Salvation Army, etc.

VF: Who do you admire, or who inspires you within the art/fashion world (dead or alive)?

TS: Alexander McQueen is my favorite designer, I really like his designs. I am also inspired by Alex London, of Alex London Fashion House (a small couture house based out of NYC) who has a similar design aesthetic to McQueen’s.

VF: Where does your personal inspiration come from?

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Fashion Industry Highlight- Charmed Design

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be beautiful. be inspired. be charmed.

Lori Cohn, founder and creator of Charmed Design has taken accessories further than just being fashionable While trying to deal with some of the lemons life had thrown her way she began to embark on a creative journey that became something constructive and positive to do in order to change her focus. Her dream is that out of her personal tragedy will grow a successful business that combines her passion for creating meaningful jewelry to communicate her personal gratitude and love for life.

This silk wrap bracelet features two silver plated Om symbol charms, a peace sign, and a beautiful wire wrapped African jade teardrop bead.

Charmed Design is a line of unique and creative handmade wrap bracelets, positive energy and provides inspiration, motivation, and awareness.  The bracelets are as inspiring as they are unique, modern, and beautiful. Each bracelet is made with either Silk (hand dyed ribbons), Japanese Chirimen printed fabric (made into a cord), Braided Leather (available in many colors), Braided satin cord with chains (multi-color and solid), and Knotted wrap cords (in Leather and Satin).  To complete the bracelet Lori uses various charms to create her “inspired Continue Reading