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

August 2010 Archives

lesawallacethumb.pngWe love Lesa Wallace's chic, structured bags. Simple, elegant, and appropriate for day or night, these bags are definitely on our fall wish list. Wallace has been designing since she was a young girl, altering her sister's hand-me-downs to make them her own. After finishing school, she set out to design her own handbag line that could fit in with current trends, but also contain a classic element. She launched her line in 2003, using vibrant colors and top quality Italian leather, achieving her signature timeless style. The line is now carried in boutiques in several states, and is sold online at

Pictured: the Coco Saddle Bag in Cognac, $325.
Looking for a chic bootie for fall? These Kelsi Dagger leather cuffed wedge booties will do the trick. Even with a 4.5 inch platform heel, these shoes are comfortable and super easy to walk in. Kelsi Dagger is the younger sister of much-loved shoe brand Pour La Victoire, and the name is a fictional femme fatale conceptualized by designers David Giordano and Jay Adoni. Kelsi Dagger is the voice for all that is fresh, young, and totally hip. All we have to say is that we totally adore these ankle boots!

Kelsi Dagger Wilma Grey Leather Wedge Booties, $187 at
Sometimes, you just want to have a little fun. And UK-based jewelry e-tailer BonRobot provides just that: playful, quirky jewelry from emerging designers at prices you can afford. Our favorite pieces include a Me and Zena necklace featuring a fuzzy old-school TV charm ($27.80), and a funky Han Cholo silver plated skull ring ($69.50). Shop at

These vintage-inspired hair pins will add a romantic touch to any look for only $8.50. The antique rose sakura flower cabochon and white cluster cabochon adorn bronze hair pins, making these cute accessories classic.

Southern Belle Vintage Hair Pin Duo - $8.50 each at
We recently checked out the fall 2010 collection from jewelry label Gemma Redux and immediately fell in love with the contrast and complexity of bold, chunky stones and industrial metals paired with dainty chains dangling from each earring, bracelet, and necklace. The line is a splurge, but the unique pieces will add a worthy statement to your look. Buy it online this fall at

From left to right: Gemma Redux Rock Steady Earrings, $246, Liz Bracelet, $319, and Jamee Necklace with Amethyst, $524. 
Velvet is one of our favorite trends for fall - it's dressed up, edgy, and classic all rolled into one look. Get the style for less with contemporary label Tulle's super chic velvet skirt, just $33 at Tuck in a blouse with tights and pumps for the workday, and transition into the evening with platform heels and a gold sequined tank. Don't be afraid to pile on some statement necklaces for an ultra-luxe look.

Tulle Velvet Skirt in Slate, $33 at
5066059_47576_FRAME.jpgAdrianna Kinal designs jewelry with LA "it" girls in mind - confident, fearless, and unapologetic women like Demi Moore and Salma Hayek. Each piece is named after the woman who inspired it, and the AA Kinal collection consists of chunky bracelets, statement necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that incorporate coral, black onyx, and pearls. The line is also affordable, with pieces going for about $40 to $180 at

Pictured: Charly Necklace, $180. aakinal_thumb.png

Aloha Rag has long been a favorite of fashionistas for its cleverly edited selection of well-known designers like Alexander Wang, Dries van Noten, and Elizabeth and James mixed in with less famous (but still as cool) labels like Charles Anastase and Anna Purna. So when the Honolulu-based boutique launched their first in-house collection last month, we knew we could expect great things. 

Designed by owner Tatsugo Yoda, the pre-fall line is inspired by his travels to fashion cities throughout the world as a buyer and also integrates his own style and artistry. The result is a mixture of nostalgic Americana basics and reinterpretations of military wear. Think loose-fitting button downs, jackets, hoodies and striped tees. Here are some of the pieces we're coveting:

The collection retails starting at $80 at or in the boutiques located in Honolulu (1221 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 115) and New York (505 Greenwich Street).

cridecoueur_thumb.pngFor cocktail parties to weekend brunches, vegan footwear label Cri de Couer has you covered. Founded in 2007 by Gina Ferraraccio, the collection is handmade and features rich color combinations, supple vegan materials, and stylish yet comfortable heel shapes. The name means "cry from the heart" -  this phrase symbolizes the designers' heartfelt desire to change the fashion footwear market. And with such wearable and fashion-forward shoes, they just might acheive that goal! For more information or to shop, visit Here are some of our favorite picks:


buttons_thumb1.pngBored with your old cardigan or jacket? Personalize it with chic new buttons! Remove the original buttons and sew on some cooler options, like these handmade pieces available on Etsy. Another great place to find buttons is your local craft store. Mix and match colors and metals for a unique, boho feel.

Handmade Porcelain Button Circles, $12 for 6 at
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