| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: October 2011 Archives

October 2011 Archives

aro_curto_jewelry.jpgAroc Urtu is an up-and-coming jewelry line formed by Lauren Bergman (who has designed jewelry for the likes of Judith Leiber and Harry Winston) and her niece, Sarah Lederman. The pair had amassed an incredible collection of stones taken from the shores of Bali, the Montana River, and even the backyard for their home in Bridgehampton. They use the stones found in their travels to create simple yet sophisticated pieces, like an emerald pendant and assorted stackable rough diamond rings. 

Shop online at

colorful_fingerless_mittens_thumb.jpgFingerless mittens are essential for driving, texting, typing, and well... looking chic when it's chilly out! We love the bright colors on this knit pair, and they would make a great gift to a friend, a co-worker or yourself. 


Finglerless Mitts by JanetLongArts - $40 at

Simone Camille
is a collection of eclectic, one-of-a-kind designs that mix vintage and antique woven textiles. Designer and celebrity stylist Simone Harouche's inspiration for the handbags comes from her own collection of antique clothing, collected over her years as a wardrobe stylist. Her stock spans all the way from 19th century dowry textiles to 1970s Thea Porter kaftans - quite impressive! Harouche began by making herself one of the bohemian-chic handbags, but after Nicole Richie, one of her clients, asked for one, requests for additional styles came rolling in. Snag yourself one of these pieces, and you might be carrying anything from a vintage doll dress to a wedding sash or a tribal costume from 19th century Morocco. So cool!

Prices range from $600 to $2,000, shop online at


kora_recycled_bangle.jpgIt's always important to have classic pieces in your jewelry repertoire that look sophisticated on their own or can be mixed and matched with funkier styles for a different look. This bracelet by eco-friendly jewelry brand Kora definitely fits the bill, with a simple yet pretty design that will add a touch of femininity to your chunky sweaters this fall. Handmade in Kenya, the bangle consists of antiqued, recycled aluminum with wrapped brass wire.

Kora Brass Wrapped Aluminum Bangle, $77 at Shopbop
chain_head_pieces_etsy_thumb.jpgWe never imagined wearing chain headpieces until we stumbled across these uber chic handmade pieces from Etsy seller CasstronautMeder that bring to mind a cross between a stylish hippie and a Grecian goddess. At under $25, they are an affordable way to add a funky, trendy twist to your style without breaking the bank!



We'd wear this classic, ladylike style at any time, but the fact that it's vegan and eco-friendly makes us fall in love even more. This sophisticated handbag by Susan Nichole is the perfect every day work bag, with super soft yet durable vegan leather, five inside pockets for organization, and chic gold hardware. Susan Nichole uses only recyclable and recycled materials, and all handbags are ethically produced in the US or abroad under fair trade standards. We are thrilled to see that more brands are moving in this direction!

Susan Nichole Chloe bag in Latte - $125 at
funky_wedges_anna_xi_.jpgEveryone needs a pair of "wow" heels, and this pair of wedges from Anna Xi certainly turned our heads! The black pony fur bootie has a cool abstract shaped wedge sole that looks like something we'd spot on one of our favorite street style blogs. With a heel upwards of 5 inches, these shoes are sure to look killer!

Anna Xi Queen Pony Fur Wedge Boot, $180 at Sense of Fashion

Apparently, patchwork isn't just for old-fashion quilts anymore - it's all over the runways! The first place that popped into our minds when we wondered where to shop this trend was, of course, the handmade heaven of Etsy. Here are a few of the cool pieces we found:


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This week our online shopping adventures took us back to Of a Kind, which we wrote about last month. We instantly fell in love with this chunky rope bracelet by California designer Tanya Aguiniga. Painted with gold leaf, the bracelet makes a statement at 2.5 in tall. Perfect for pairing with fall's chunky knits or dressing up a basic tee. There are only 25 of these pieces available, so snap one up while you can!
Gold-Leafed Rope Cuff by Tanya Aguiniga, $85 at gold_rope_cuff_thumb.jpg
unif_floral_top_thumb.jpgWe're not sure if this is a term, but the only way we can think of describing this line UNIF is "hipster sexy." The initials UNIF actually stand for "You're Not In Fashion" and the collection was founded in Los Angeles by DJ Eric Espinoza. Espinoza is inspired by the culture of LA, as well as the the underground electronic music community in the city. The result is a line of edgy pieces with occasional pops of brights and florals. Shop online at

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