| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: February 2010 Archives

February 2010 Archives

We fell in love with Matiko's collection of funky footwear last year, and their new sandals are extremely tempting. Even though it's not warm yet (not even close), I can't wait to rock these with a summery dress.

Alisa Mid Brown Sandals, $105 at

Lea Black Pewter Sandal, $105 at

Eryn Brinie

Eryn Brinie is a collection of simple yet chic pieces that are both versatile and affordable. Certain items work for a day in the office, while others are weekend-appropriate. The collection is filled with stylish classics: a breton-striped sweater, a chunky knit cardigan, a black blazer, etc. Almost everything is under $200, with many pieces under $100. Here are some of our top picks from the brand:

Black Bow Belt Skirt $69 (on sale) and Sailor Romper $120

Eryn Brinie is available at and in their New York store at 501 Broadway in SoHo.

Brigid Catiis

Independent clothing label Brigid Catiis is contemporary, stylish, and trendy - plus it's 100% sustainable. Each limited-edition piece is made from recycled or otherwise eco-friendly fabrics, and the company donates 5 percent of its total earnings to non-profit organizations like International Green Shield and Haven House Women's Shelter. Since each item is individually sewn and not mass-produced, the clothing is truly one-of-a-kind. The desire to wear something unique yet contemporary was designer Raissa Gerona's inspiration behind founding the line. Before she starting her own label, she spent her time shopping for vintage clothing and accessories and making her own clothes.

Brigid Catiis is available on Most pieces are priced between $90 and $200.
Potluck Paris Jewelry is a sustainable collection of recycled brass, pewter, and copper created by up-and-coming French and Italian designers. The pieces are inspired by minimalism, architecture, and tribal designs, and the result is very wearable yet eye-catching outfit updates. The bold rings can easily go from the daytime (paired with jeans and a blazer) to evening (with a silk tank, skinny jeans and heels). Most retail for under $150, which might seem like a steal! Here are our favorite items from Potluck Paris:
Splin Strass Bronze Bracelet $394
Blossom Earrings $108
Mexico Bracelet $138
Cupstone Ring - Smokey $130
Papale Ring $78
Eileen Ring $58
Potluck Paris Jewelry is available at
Etsy seller Giia is an architect-product designer based in Milan, and her professional experience definitely influences the design of her handmade jewelry. She uses geometric shapes and architectural constructions to create her bold statement pieces, like bib necklaces and shoulder pads. Ready to look effortlessly stylish and unique? Throw on jeans, a tee, and one of these pieces and you'll be catching envious looks all day.



Project Runway season 2 alumnus Daniel Vosovic officially launched his first namesake collection with a gallery presentation last week during New York fashion week. His inspiration for the line was the effects of time and elements on statues and sculptures. He studied the aging process of oxidized copper and broken marble. The result was an innovative and beautiful collection. Here are some of the best looks:

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Bored with your every day hair style? Try adding chic accessories, like these vintage-style button bobby pins. They are only $8 from Etsy seller glamasaurus, a stay-at-home mother living in Switzerland. She also makes a wide variety of other cool bobby pins and jewels, so definitely check out her shop for cheap but stylish outfit updates!

Golden Flower Vintage Style Button Bobby Pins, $8 on
victoriatilltoson.pngVictoria Tillotson's jewelry is bold but definitely wearable, which is why we love it! When designing her pieces, Victoria leans toward simplicity while keeping it interesting with unique texturing and gemstone combinations. Her cuff bracelets, cocktail rings, elegant earrings, and pretty necklaces are trendy without looking over-the-top. But if you're into crazy jewelry, Victoria also designs a line of statement pieces that include wild details like spikes and oversized rings.

Her jewelry is sold in several boutiques and online shops. Prices are relatively affordable, ranging from about $50 to $400. For more information or to find a retail location, visit

This jacket is both warm and flattering, with colorful embroidery at the bottom. It's perfect for the transitional period between winter and spring, when you don't want to wear your heavy coat any more. The flower pin (sold separately) is also cute!

Melange Jacket by VanesaLamura, $135 on
Isn't this children's headband adorable? It's perfect for Valentine's Day and would make a great gift for a new mom. The best part is that the flower can be removed and clipped onto your own headband or a hat that anyone can wear!

Valentine Pink Headband with Pink Star Flower, $8 on
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