Spanish Fashion & Lifestyle Brand KIMOA Launches In The U.S.

It’s not often that race car driving and fashion mix, but that is exactly what happened with the new fashion and lifestyle brand that’s coming out of Spain. Say hello to KIMOA, a casual beach collection for men and women (today we’re only highlighting the women’s collection), inspired by the relaxed seashore culture of Southern California.

The beachy collection is the brainchild of Formula 1 race car driver Fernando Alonso, who launched this first line of apparel and accessories in the U.S. market after his recent debut at the Indianapolis 500, where he won the Rookie of the Year award. Based in Madrid, KIMOA is comprised of soft, easy to wear tanks, t-shirt, and sweatshirts for staying warm after a surf or skate session, easy dresses for those special summer moments, and rompers (also known as playsuits) for women, and swim shorts, hoodies, tees, and super soft sweaters for men. We love the idea that someone’s who’s career revolves around moving at such great speeds, would introduce an easygoing fashion and lifestyle brand that encourages you to relax and take things a bit slow.

The new collection also includes a complete line of sunglasses in a selection of round, square and aviator styles, ball caps, beach towels, skateboards, and surfboards. All wearable apparel and accessories within the collection are priced at under $100.00, with skateboards running around $300.00, and surfboards around $675.00. For us, the most standout detail from the collection was the incredible softness of the fabrication. The tees felt especially butter soft and lightweight to the touch, the dresses comfortable, and the sunnies were solid and smooth. The KIMOA Cape Town Sunglasses were absolute favorites.

Spanish artist and close friend of Fernando, Domingo Zapata, gave a warm introduction to the crowd, followed by a short speech from Fernando and the premiere of the KIMOA campaign video. Notable attendees included Spanish model Jessica Goicoechea and Italian model Linda Morselli.

Are you ready to fall in love with KIMOA? Get to know this California beachy brand at www.kimoa.com/int_en.

Handbag Heaven: Melissa X CSC Satchel Collection

Hello and happy Friday fellow fashionistas. We’ve got some amazing accessory news to share in honor of London Fashion week. One of our favorite footwear brands, Brazilian plastic footwear brand, Melissa, has announced an exciting new collaboration with iconic British handbag and accessories brand, The Cambridge Satchel Company. Officially launched today, the first day of London Fashion Week, Melissa and The Cambridge Satchel Company welcome the Melissa X CSC Satchel Collection. The contemporary capsule collection of bags features Cambridge’s classic 11″ satchel, in Melissa’s signature Melflex plastic, giving CSC cutomers a vegan alternative. The Melissa X CSC Collection is the perfect blending of British heritage and Melissa’s innovative and stylish designs, giving the bags both a modern and timeless feel.

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The re-envisioned Melissa The Cambridge Satchel Company 11-inch satchels feature classic buckle closures, detailed stitching, easy-to-open pin closures, an adjustable strap, and nickel-free metal hardware with authentic “Cambridge” branding.  The bags boast a glossy finish, a delectable bubblegum scent, and is entirely waterproof, perfect for London, who averages around fifteen rainy days a month. Production for the Melissa X CSC Collection was moved to Melissa’s manufacturing facilities in Brazil specifically for the collaboration (The Cambridge Satchel Company bags are traditionally handmade in England). The stylish Melissa X CSC Collection bags are offered in three distinct colorways: Black, Red, and limited edition color, Holographic.

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The Melissa X CSC Collection satchels are available now for purchase at Galeria Melissa London and The Cambridge Satchel Company flagship for €135.00 ($155.00 USD). The Cambridge Satchel Company joins an impressive repertoire of top-caliber designers who have collaborated with Melissa, including Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, and many more.

Are you loving these bags as much as we are? What are your thoughts on the Melissa X CSC Collection bags? Are you excited for this collaboration? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Martella Bags Welcomes a Distinctive New Collection

Two years ago we were introduced to a new bag line, Martella Bags, and instantly fell in love.  Two years later, we’re still getting compliments on our Martella Bags Rotondo Convertible Backpack, one of the many unique bag styles from the innovative brand. You can refresh your memory on our Handbag Heaven | The Luxurious Debut of Martella Bags post. Today we’re sharing the newest gorgeous styles from Martella’s latest collection, filled with the details we fell in love with and lots of color.

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The new Martella Bags collection offers many new and fascinating interpretations of the most basic shapes: a perfect circle, an isosceles triangle, and a sharp-edge rectangle that are transformed into stylish, high-end leather bags under the hands of designer Idan Yosefov. The idea of detaching and re-attaching elements that were so prominent in the first collection is continued in this collection, with added details such as concealed pockets, and zippers with double functionality. As with their first collection, these new Martella Bags are made from quality leathers imported from Italy and Turkey. Get ready for more cool backpacks (including the LBP – Little Backpack, the next “it” bag), bucket bags, chic totes, crossbody, frame handbag (our favorite style from this new collection is the Tres Tricolor Mint handbag).

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The collection is divided into three main groups:

  1. Classics: geometric cut calf leather bags in the timeless hues of black, and white
  2. Blues: a perfect combination of the cool-hued calf leather in standout colors of mint, gray, and blue
  3. Punk: classic black meets metallic leather skins in edgy shades of silver, and gold

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The new Martella Bags collection offers a wide range of sophisticated yet trendy, chic yet functional, and inconceivably beautiful bags that ranges in price from $255.00-$449.00. What are your thoughts on the newest bag collection from Martella Bags? Which styles are your favorites?

 

Sneak Peek: Nanette Lepore Spring 2016 Shoe Collection Preview

Are you ready for an advanced sneak peak into some fabulous shoes? One of our favorite, and most coveted designer labels gave us a sneak peek into their Spring 2016 Collection. Normally we don’t like to share these things so far ahead but we’re just too excited about the collection. Of course we can’t show you the women’s shoe styles, but we promise you will love what you see today. So we ask again, are you ready for a sneak peak into the fabulous Nanette Lepore Spring 2016 Footwear Collection? We know you are, so here they go:

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The new, affordable luxury footwear collection, which made its debuted at FFANY in June, and boasts elements and details from Nanette Lepore’s whimsical, trendy design aesthetic, including leathers, synthetics and other fabrications. Styles from the collection features such details as embroidery, floral prints, eyelets, beading, braiding, etc and an adorable charm featuring the Nanette Lepore logo.

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This incredible venture all came into play when the New York-based designer, sold a majority of her brand to brand management firm, Bluestar Alliance LLC, in January, inking the deal and opportunity to create stunning women’s footwear under the Nanette Lepore and Nanette Nanette Lepore labels with Vida Shoes International. The stunning footwear collection will begin hitting store in February 2016.

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Handbag Heaven | The Luxurious Debut of Martella Bags

If ever the words, “I’ve died and gone to heaven” were perfectly uttered, it was when we walked into the preview for uber-luxury handbag collection, Martella Bags. The capsule collection of mind-blowing, gorgeous unisex bags left us speechless. We couldn’t anything but stare, mouth agape, wondering if we were really seeing the beauty that stood in front of us in various shades of cognac, nutmeg, black, navy, grey and even a pop of red. We will try desperately to do justice with our limited vocabulary of the beauty and craftsmanship of these beautiful luxury bags by the brilliant Idan Yosefov. We also share how you can save $300 off any bag in this debut collection. Even so, we do realise that the cost of these handbags can be too extreme for some. While you’re saving for one of these luxury Martella handbags, take a look at some reviews on a Gucci replica handbag to ensure you’re still looking stylish whilst you wait for the real deal!

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For this first collection, Idan Yosefov teases us with a stunning capsule collection consisting of 10 bags, most of which are unisex and all of which boast multiple functionalities. For example, some style features changeable straps that take you from backpack to shoulder bag, others are detachable from itself leaving you with an entirely new bag look and feel. The grandson of a shoemaker (who he celebrates with his logo), the Jerusalem designer equipped himself with all the arsenal needed for luxury bag making – an impeccable sense of style and workmanship, studying the art of luxury, leather bag making in Florence, Italy, and having his beautiful bags made in Istanbul, Turkey (very famous for leather craftsmanship), from the finest of leathers. We’d love to show you all 10 styles but this would be a very long post, so we’re sharing our “stuck-on-a-desert-island-what-would-you-take” favorite styles, but we do love them all so the other styles are available for your viewing pleasure in our slideshow below

Rotondo

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We’re completely captivated by this new bag shape, it’s outer front pocket cut directly from the bag, its transformation capabilities from backpack to handbag, to shoulder bag, it’s smooth black calf leather, concealed magnetic snap and overall beguiling beauty. Our #1 pick, we can’t help but be infatuated.

Vecchietto

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Wear it as a briefcase or backpack, wear the big bag, small bag or both, the Vecchietto gives you so many options. The stunning, tea colored calf leather bag boasts inner pockets for your phone, business cards, and pens; and with the extra bag, store whatever else you need.

Cavallini

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Boasting both shoulder and back straps, black calf leather and hair, a big compartment and two outer pockets, this uber-luxe bag will fit perfectly whether you wear it as a backpack or shoulder bag.

As previously promised, behold the other gorgeous stunning bags in the Martella Bags capsule collection, all of which are available now. You can find out much more on the designer and his bags at www.martellabags.com.

To celebrate their debut, Martella Bags is having a delicious sale. For a limited time, they are offering $300 off on all the bags when you purchase via their website. The sale code is USADEBUT. These intro savings is not to be missed, definitely, take advantage before they rule the handbag world, luxury stores, and celebrities.

We have seen our favorites, what are yours?

Island Style: Anitanja Jewelry Collection Launch

Have you ever been introduced to something that truly speaks to you? Something that can remind you of your favorite place, thing or person. That is what we felt when we attended a preview event for jewelry designer, Anitanja Lawaetz’s US collection launch. The Anitanja Jewelry Collection was inspired by the gorgeous island of St. Lucia, a place we hold very near and dear to our hearts. Her jewelry line features six collections, inspired by various aspects of St. Lucia, from the iconic Pitons, to the cocoa pods. Get ready to fall in love with the Seed Collection, Sea Fan Collection, Piton Collection, Medallion Collection (available in gold and silver), Drift Cone Collection, and Cocoa Collection.

Want to learn more about each collection, and the inspiration behind it? Keep reading on to find out more information below and see our interview with Anitanja Lawaetz:

Seed Collection – inspired by the wild seeds Anitanja discovered walking her family’s estate in St. Lucia, these pieces feature tiny, textured, “wild seeds” strung together with brass to create elegant necklaces and bracelets.

Sea Fan Collection – Anitanja perfectly captures the beauty and delicate, openwork design look of sea fan corals found in the Caribbean Sea. The filigree-esque texture is highlighted in gold, black and silver tones with CZ accents, white, or white pearls. Ee are particularly in love with this collection’s CZ Cuff Bracelet and the Gemstone Collar Necklace.

Piton Collection – capturing the iconic “twin” Pitons, St. Lucia’s volcanic peaks and the most recognizable landmark on the island, this collection celebrates the Pitons with its pyramid-shaped stones, a symbol that is also featured on St. Lucia’s flag. Onyx and green malachite give pieces in this collection the design element to capture the majesty and beauty of these iconic peaks. We love how the Piton Mountain 2-Stone Malachite Ring captures the lush green color and size difference.

Medallion Collection – also inspired by Sea Fan Coral but with more geometric details and a structured design, pieces from the Medallion collection boasts a more versatile appearance that keeps your look contemporary while still remaining quite polished. This collection is available in both silver and gold and is more high-end, so therefore is at a higher price point. Our favorite piece is the stunning statement Bibb Necklace.

Drift Cone Collection – just as rocks gets their smooth texture in the rivers, drift wood gets distinctive shapes and textures from the waves of the sea. Drift cones are ample on the shores of St. Lucia and this collection captures the characteristics of an these unidentified seed cones. Black cultured freshwater pearls and ridged texture and groove patterns add luxury and edginess to these pieces. We love the 2-Tone Gemstone Cuff Bracelet, the Bronze Bangle Bracelet, and the 2-Tone Gemstone Drop Earrings.

Cocoa Collection – no we’re not talking chocolate diamonds; this collection celebrates both aspects of the cacao pod, the whole pod itself and the floral-esque shape that is seen when the pod is cut vertically…..these segmented pieces are the cross-sections. One look at the stunning Cocoa Pod Gemstone Drop Earrings or Gemstone Drop 8″ Bracelet and you’ll be in love.

We had the pleasure of talking to Anitanja about her stunning current collection, life on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, and the inspiration for her upcoming collections. Enjoy our interview below:

Pieces from the Anitanja Jewelry Collection can be purchased directly from her website,  www.anitanja.com, as well as on HSN.com.

GIVEAWAY: We Need Fashionable Healing | Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi

We once again had the pleasure of attending a launch event for one of our favorite fashion designers, Isaac Mizrahi and the expansion of his lifestyle brand with the launch of his Band-Aid Collection by Isaac Mizrahi. The very fashionable band-aids are inspired by Isaac’s past and present collections and captures the colorful and adventurous spirit and fashion aesthetic Isaac is known and loved for. We love them so much, we want to share it with you. We have a few boxes to give away, so check out the end of this post for details.

This is the second designer collection for the Band-Aid brand, and the first for Isaac Mizrahi, who previously launched a fantastic beauty tools collection with Tweezerman. Here is Isaac below introduces the collection:

The collection features 14 fun designs including watercolors, hearts, stripes, camouflage, and roses that both kids and adults can enjoy while they protect their cuts and bruises as they heal. Each box of Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi contains 20 assorted bandages (10 – 3/4 in x 3 in and 10 – 5/8 in x 2 1/4).

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Isaac (thanks to my Contributing Writer, Laura, for conducting the interview while I filmed) for some one-on-one about the collection:

The Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi are available now at Walgreens and Walgreens.com, for $2.99 per box. As stated at the beginning, we want to share these fashionable band-aids with you. To enter, check out the rafflecopter entry methods below:

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