| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: March 2012 Archives

March 2012 Archives


LA-based Cast of Vices creates exact replicas of things like hospital bracelets, grocery shopping bags, and bottle caps using leather, sterling silver, semi-precious stones, and 14k gold. The collection is meant to cast a critical eye on pop culture and society's "vices," such as drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol. These interesting pieces certainly make for good conversation items! Shop the satirical selection online at

Now that it's officially spring, it's time to let your style bloom with these fresh floral finds from Etsy. 

Cotton High Waisted Floral Skirt - $60 by CodyFarrago

Embroidered Floral Ankle Strap Wedge Shoe - $44 by SiameseDreamDesign

Blush Floral Blazer - $44 by Poor Little Rich Girl

Vintage Floral Peter Pan Collar - $26.99 by BlumArt

Low Back Floral Print Cotton Dress - $179 by LanaStepul

When the words "vegan footwear" come up, many people think of something along the lines of chunky, entirely unfashionable sandals. But we're glad that Cri de Coeur is smashing that stereotype with its ultra-wearable, on trend shoe styles for spring. 

From left to right: Bounty Ankle Strap Wedge - Black/Yellow, $150; Precious Ankle Strap Pump - Red, $150; Lace Cloud Flat Bootie, $120; Chief Slip-on Bootie, $140; and Wild Criss Cross Strappy Mini Wedge, $150 - all at

The unusually warm March we're having on the East Coast has us longing to be lying by the pool instead of sitting in the office. Unfortunately that's not really an option, so looking at these pretty blue jewels by Raquelle Bianco will have to be enough. The sterling silver pieces have been dipped in turquoise and aquamarine enamels and adorned with gem stones for an aquatic-inspired shimmer. Find a list of online stockists at
ellelauri_2012_thumb.jpgIf you're dying to wear this spring's neon and pastel trends (who isn't?) then look no further than Ellelauri. This up-and-coming brand has so many must-have pieces for the season, and the prices ($98 to $240) won't shock your system. Here are just a few of our favorites - head over to to shop. 


Artemis Quibble is a Brooklyn-based luxury leather accessories line inspired by history. Designer Jason Ross incorporates antique elements and found objects into his collection - hanging them on his wall until inspiration strikes and he turns them into something stylish. The result is a line of bags, belts, and other add-ons that look like you pulled them straight from a 16th century museum. These pieces align perfectly with today's vintage-inspired trend. To shop the collection, visit

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Language Jewelry is designed by Geeta Patel, a British-born Indian designer who is now based in northern New Jersey. Patel studied fashion at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, with her MA collection earning her sponsorship from the British Fashion Council. She went on to work for designers like Hussein Chalayan, Donna Karan, and Narcisco Rodriguez before launching her own line in spring 2011. The collection has a modern vibe with an aesthetic that is both on-trend yet surprisingly simple. We love the mixed materials and themes of this cuff, which is on sale in Patel's Etsy shop for $66.
printed_shorts_2012_revolve.jpg It's all about the prints this spring - especially in pants and shorts! We love these shorts from Sam & Lavi. The print keeps them seasonal and laid back, while the structured pleats make them chic enough for the city. 

Sam & Lavi Femi Shorts in Brown, $69 at
With the weather hitting 70º in NYC this week, it's time to trade your chunky knit neck warmers for something more seasonally appropriate, like Palette Passions' hand painted silk scarves. We love the array of brights and pastels available, and the price tag only makes them more appealing: each scarf is just $27. Wear them around your neck, on your head, or tied to your handbag to add a pop of color for the first days of spring!

Click here to visit the Etsy shop.

The amazing weather over the past couple days in New York has us ready to break out the bold florals. And what could be a better way to brighten up an outfit for spring than chunky, bright statement jewels? These pieces by designer Rodrigo Otazu incorporate Swarovski crystals and other eye-catching elements like jasper and moonstone for a luxurious, fashion-forward take on the floral trend. 

Yellow Moonstone Flower Bracelet, $420

Freedom Mixx Swarovski Necklace, $399

Bold Freedom Swarovski Bracelet, $385

Shop these pieces and more at

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