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New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

Loewe Luxury Fashion Accessories

Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Everyone knows that 2020 was a tough year for New York City. As the first major U.S. city struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC saw its streets empty, subways go dark, and hospitals quickly overwhelmed. The city that never sleeps seemed to suddenly enter a months-long slumber, that is until the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests in the summer. The days and weeks after that saw thousands upon thousands march against police brutality in New York, often facing more violence from the NYPD. The turbulent presidential election closed out the year, with many New Yorkers working hard to get out the vote and ensure that our country’s democracy continued.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

Through all of these ups and downs in 2020, the people of New York City prevailed. They stayed strong, supported one another, and helped pave the way for other cities across the country to also overcome these issues.

To celebrate this courage, Go Dash Dot has debuted a limited-edition bag inspired by New York City and its residents. The New York Lenten Rose Tote is a sophisticated, modern bag that speaks to the classic NYC experience. The design of the bag features leather trim, a glossy black finish, and compartments for laptops, phones, and water bottles. The bag also has a separate shopper tote that is compacted in a key chain and expands to a full-length nylon bag. It’s both functional and stylish, echoing the key characteristics of the iconic city it honors.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

“I wanted to create something that celebrates the strength of New York while reflecting the humanity we showed during the worst of 2020,” said Hannah Fastov, the founder of Go Dash Dot.

Fastov also says that the limited-edition bag symbolizes the New York Lenten Rose, a dark flower that starts blooming during the last six weeks of winter. The bag also comes with a charm depicting the flower. This rose signals the beginning of a new season and, to many New Yorkers, the start of a new chapter as they look towards life after the pandemic. While quality content can boost a company’s blog’s traffic by 2,000%, this type of hopeful symbolism may also work in bringing more attention to Go Dash Dot and its community-driven approach to business.

Go Dash Dot Releases Bag to Celebrate the Spirit of New Yorkers

This past year, Go Dash Dot made international headlines when it donated a significant portion of its inventory to New York healthcare workers. Not only did these healthcare workers have to handle New Yorkers’ typical medical issues, such as UTIs, which are the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, but they also had to fight the coronavirus. As a new virus causing a pandemic, this was no easy task. Fastov herself delivered many of the donated bags to emergency rooms throughout the city. Strapped around the waists of doctors and nurses, her bags assisted healthcare workers by allowing them to carry all of their essential tools and belongings as they saved lives.

“As a young, female entrepreneur with a small business that was just starting to gain traction, the COVID-19 outbreak was not only devastating to the business but my confidence as a leader. It was up to me to be strong for my team, who inspired me with their commitment, loyalty, and resolve. We got each other through it, which is what New Yorkers do every day,” said Fastov.

To save her own business, Fastov had to innovate on the services Go Dash Dot provided. The worst of the pandemic prevented many fashion brands from creating, producing, and selling their usual products, and Go Dash Dot was no different. The company started offering make-up tutorials, cooking classes, and fitness workouts. These types of services were in high demand during the strictest times of the COVID-19 lockdown, so Go Dash Dot helped people trapped at home learn how to cook in their kitchens and supported some of the 80.2 million Americans who are physically inactive to get some movement into their daily routines. Go Dash Dot also created summer cocktails and sponsored flash sales of their most popular bags by collaborating with other media platforms.

A completely unique accessory, there are only 100 New York Rose Lenten Totes for sale. You can now purchase this stylish bag that allows you to keep up with your fast-paced NYC lifestyle by visiting Go Dash Dot’s site. Honor the resilient city that we all love, and treat yourself to a bag you’ll use for years to come, by checking out the New York Lenten Rose Tote today.

Bag Heaven: Welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection

Every season we find ourselves on the hunt for something special; whether it be shoes, clothes, or bags. We love seasonal launches because, like the changing of the season, these launches promise new possibilities. As we say hello to the Spring 2019 season, we welcome the NEW Hex Kindred Bag Collection. The award-winning fashion accessory brand just announced the release of the collection which features sneaker and gym duffels, backpacks, slings, and waist packs.

The Hex Kindred Bag collection features a subtle tonal-patterned neoprene that offers a sophisticated and distinctive look. The outer shell is constructed of water-resistant, coated canvas, assuring your bag and its contents are safe from inclement weather. The new look bags are available in eight of the best-selling HEX designs, including the Kindred Sneaker Duffel ($159.95), Kindred Medium Gym Duffel ($149.95), Kindred Sneaker Backpack ($149.95), Kindred Drifter Duffel ($99.95), Kindred Signal Backpack ($89.95), Kindred Sneaker Sling ($59.95), Kindred Waist Pack ($34.95), and Kindred Dopp Kit ($29.95).

We are completely enamored with the oversized tote bag. We can also think of over a dozen times and situations where the sneaker sling would come in handy. Several styles from the Hex Kindred Bag Collection boasts removable straps, fleece-lined and padded interiors, and pockets.

“The dark tones of our global stripe pattern are inspired by kindred tribes of the world,” says Trent Valladares, Co-Founder. “It says I’m a part of the global village, plus of course the subtle monochrome tones can complement any look.”

The Hex Kindred Bag collection is available now at www.hexbrand.com, HEX’s Los Angeles retail store, and premium retail partners around the world.

Kent Stetson Handbags: The Artistic Side of Fashion

While attending an event during the winter season, we spied one of the event’s attendees with a clutch so fabulous, we had to stop her and inquire.  We found out that fabulous holiday designed clutch (it was accented with working small c7 Christmas lights) is from Kent Stetson Handbags. Although it took some time, we’re happy to bring you more of the stunning collection from the fun, whimsical, and extraordinary handbag label.

It will come as no surprise that Kent Stetson’s background is in art. His signature asymmetrical and non-asymmetrical clutches (they all come with a handy crossbody strap), and larger day bags are fun conversation pieces. As we previously stated, the clutch we saw was so eye-catching, we were compelled to find out more about it.

The Kent Stenton Handbags has a wonderful variety of design options made from luxury-quality coated canvas, and we wish we could highlight them all but this would end up being extremely long. We are, however, sharing our favorites with you today.  The shoe addict and those who love adult beverages will love the following clutches, the Heels Clutch ($208.00), Cosmopolitan Clutch ($205.00), Rosé Clutch ($205.00), and the White Wine Clutch ($205.00).

For you metal heads, and by that, we mean metallic fashion; you’ll love the following rich metallic and textured styles: the Disco Ball Clutch ($298.00), Ivory & Gold Paillette ($198.00), Gold Paillette Clutch ($198.00), and the Silver Paillette Clutch ($198.00).

For those looking for bold and memorable color and prints, you’ll love the Peacock Clutch ($198.00), Cherry Blossom Clutch ($212.00), Celestial Clutch ($208.00) –  complete with battery powered lights, and the Dripping in Gold Clutch ($198.00).

Last but certainly not least, for those of who loves the natural beauty of geodes, the Kent Stetson clutches featured above are perfect for you, most of which are accented in crystals and agate. Going clockwise, we have the Black Geode Clutch ($230.00), Aqua Geode Clutch ($230.00), Topaz Geode Clutch ($230.00), and the Tropical Geode Clutch ($230.00).

All Kent Stetson handbags come with a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket, and are individually signed by the designer artist himself. So there you have it, your new bag obsession. To get to know more about Kent Stetson and their amazing collection of bags, visit www.kentstetson.com.

 

PHOTOS BY KENT STETSON

California Dreaming: Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection

On the East Coast, we’re all dreaming of the upcoming warm, sunshine filled days we’ve been praying to experience. The West Coast is enjoying double our temperatures and we want to be in a warm weather state of mind. For their Spring 2018 womenswear collection, Nautica channels some of that West Coast magic.  The Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection is California dreaming! The modern American classic lifestyle brand explores the scenic coastlines of California for their Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection.

From the rugged coastline and mountain views that is Big Sur, (the longest and most scenic stretch of untouched coastline), to the sandy beaches and vast mountains of Santa Cruz, all to the tranquil desert oasis of Palm Springs, Nautica highlights its heritage in a mix of performance-wear, classic prep and traditional nautical style that will get you ready for the warmer months ahead.

Whether you are cruising down the coast for an adventurous expedition, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery, Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection has you covered with its heritage-inspired sportswear. The collection features the classic and beloved Nautica silhouettes, and a color palette filled with primary colors, bold patterns, and stripes. Some of our favorite pieces included all the striped chambray pieces, mini anchor embroidered jeans, the green sailboat-inspired printed shorts and coordinating blouse, and an eye-catching vintage-inspired floral print dress.

Get ready for effortless and smart casual dressing that will seamlessly take you from spring to summer, not just from the fashion collection, but with accessories as well. The bold floral print, knotted rope design, and Nautica’s colorful, signature stripes are just a few of the prints and patterns you can expect this spring.

The East coast boating season begins next month, whether you sail or not, Nautica has just the women’s fashion you need to enjoy the best the California coastline has to offer.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection? Any favorite pieces?

It’s In the Bag: Christopher Belt and Harrian Launch New Handbag Line

Multiple Independent Designer Awards winner, Christopher Belt has teamed up with Seoul, Korea Handbag brand Harrian to launch a new affordable luxury handbag collection and we had the pleasure of attending the launch event. The Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line features a collection of mid-tier to high-end handbags created with inspiration from the world of architecture, furniture, and fashion. Handbag designer Christopher Belt is a fan of angular lines and details that are prevalent throughout the collection.

What started out as a small Manhattan boutique in 2014 is primed to become one of the most sought-after ranges of handbags. Each item in the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag line is carefully created to reflect wit, elegance, and style while maintaining a “go anywhere” functionality. Chic and street-sensible, the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection features something that will appeal to virtually every woman.

Every handbag from the Christopher Belt and Harrian New York handbag collection is beautiful but we do have our ultimate favorite styles. Top design choice for us is the hexagon shaped Galeforce Tote (the first handbag pictured). The minimal style handbag features short handles and a long shoulder strap in a two-way style that screams luxury. The circular Ticktock Crossbody (featured below in red) is inspired by the concept of time. The bag features Hermes embossed leather in a trendy circular shape with a triangular bar decoration to represent the hand of the clock, a short handle, and a removable long shoulder strap. The chic Cherry Bomb Retro Mini Cross Back boasts imported Italian leather, is decorated with gold cherries all over the front, and features an adjustable shoulder strap.

For those who love classic and minimal styles handbags and purses, styles like the rectangular shaped Empire, the rounded bottom Velocity, and trapezoid-shaped Scamper bags are perfect fits for your sophisticated and timeless tastes. We love these stunning bags and look forward to seeing more from Christopher Belt and Harrian New York.

What are your thoughts on this new handbag line? Which styles are your favorites?

Melissa Pochete: This Season’s Must-Have Accessory

You may have noticed that fanny packs have been enjoying a major resurgence this year. No longer is it the dreadful accessory of unstylish tourists or uncool dads. And while we’re seen a few that have caught our eye, the one fanny pack that we’re totally in love with is the Melissa Pochete (also known as the Melissa Bum Bag). The returning trendy bag makes its debut this season in the Melissa Shoes Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the Flygirl Collection. The Fall/Winter 2017 from Melissa Shoes looks to inspire girls and women – of all genders – to fly with freedom. Women and girls that celebrate their uniqueness, and are more self-confident and self-affirming……a message we wholeheartedly agree with.

The Melissa Pochete is Melissa Shoes’ version of the fanny pack, but in a cool, modern shape and availability in bold, and interesting colors, such as black, neon green, neon pink, antique gold, and silver with glitter. The Melissa Pochette joins the growing list of the brand’s must-have bags, including the Melissa Sac Bag, Melissa Satchel + the Cambridge Satchel Co (which we’ve highlighted on this blog), and the Pupila + Vitorino Campos Bag. We love our Melissa Pochette. We fell in love with the silver with glitter and receive compliments whenever we rock it.  The best part, the Pochete coordinates wonderfully with several styles of Melissa shoes, including boots, sandals, and heels.

Our silver with glitter Pochete pairs perfectly with the Melissa Flox Unisex Sandals, the Melissa Stellar Boots, the Melissa Aranha Quadrada, the Melissa Grunge + Vitorino Campos Shoes, all of which are from the Fall/Winter 2017 Flygirl Collection. As with all their products, the Pochete is made from Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, you a cool a vegan alternative to leather fanny packs.

Are you a fan of the returning fanny pack trend? Will you be rocking the Melissa Pochete bag? Which color would you go for?

Fall 2017 Accessory Preview: Knomo London Smart Bags and Tech Accessories

There are many cool, innovative, and fashionable cases for your smartphones but when it comes to your bags and cases for your laptops, the selection isn’t as impressive. Knomo London is changing that with their very stylish offering of smart bags and tech accessories. We had the opportunity to check out the British accessory brand’s Fall 2017 collection of stylish, high-quality bags and accessories; a collection which brings classic elegance together with bold new colors and designs, offering maximum utility and digital convenience features.

Personally, we’re bored of the basic black nylon laptop bags and welcome some fun with our function, in the form of bold colors and prints such as hot reds and formal grays, and of course, luxury materials. The Knomo London Fall 2017 Collection has design options for both men and women, with styles that challenge traditional gender roles with a slightly androgynous look.

Geared towards the traveling “Digital Knomad,” each Knomo London bag from Fall 2017 collection offers modern style, simplicity, and utility. Style-conscious users, sophisticated city dwellers, and globetrotting backpackers will have everything they need to stay organized and prepared. Thanks to the addition of more organizational compartments and pockets, you’ll be able to keep all your mobile devices secure, charged and organized.

The specially designed pockets on the Knomo London bags not only organizes your belongings, it protects your tech devices thanks to its RFID blocking feature to safeguard your digital information, the uniquely valuable Knomo ID, so you can register your bag and if it’s lost, the founder, Howard Harrison, can return it to you through Knomo’s portal.

We’re really excited about Knomo London’s collaboration with the world-renowned Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The graphic collection uses an original 1920’s print from the Museum’ s archives. The unique 5-piece collection of accessories comprises 3 bag styles: a Totepack, a Backpack, and a Briefcase, along with a Carry-all Pouch, and a Foldable Shopper. Each design is available in two colors, Night Forest, which boast tones of blue and green described by some as an “abstract camo” print, and Monochrome, shades of white, gray and black.

Inside each of the Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collection bags, there are a number of organizational pockets and compartments, ready to hold all travel essentials such as your passport, Knomo portable battery, and Knomo travel adaptor, your laptop or tablet, and other belongings.

Both the regular and Knomo London x Victoria & Albert Museum collections are available in the UK, Europe and USA stores in August 2017.