Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Give Coach Or Else

Coach Swagger metallic
[video and photo courtesy of Coach]

I'm not a Coach girl, but the company's been trying awfully hard over the past several years to distance itself from its logo-emblazoned, aspirational past. First with its classic Legacy Collection and now with the structured Swagger family of bags, it's been doing a bang-up job. And the new cheeky holiday video from Coach's Creative Director Stuart Vevers is almost enough to get me past those basic bitches from my high school days carrying canvas Coach baguettes.

But seriously, isn't the Swagger a stunner? With a new frame construction and signature turnlock, the three-way adjustable bag makes a perfect holiday gift for just about anyone. Dare I say... even me?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Crazy-Unique Disposable Tableware for Holiday Entertaining

holiday entertaining paper dinnerware
[photo via Wasara]

The holiday season means holiday parties and, for anyone generous enough to host, dishes... loads and loads of dishes. Of course, with all of the beautifully designed paper, plastic and bamboo plates lining the shelves of your local Target, it's pretty easy to avoid a sink full of suds. But even rimmed in gold, are disposables really special enough for the holidays? I've found three options that go above and beyond—way beyond—to definitively answer, "Yes!" Did I mention it's all eco-friendly, too?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Arthur Arbesser Throw Blankets for Hem

modern throw blankets
modern throw blankets

Just in time for blustery temps and holiday gifting, Hem (the Berlin home furnishings brand I simply adore) has enlisted womenswear ingenue Arthur Arbesser to design some awfully dreamy-looking throw blankets. Made of 100% New Zealand lambswool in two geometric patterns and four colorways, a contrasting pair of these cozy beauties is taking the top spot on my Hanukkah wish list at the moment.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Street Style: London Calling

London Street Style
London Street Style
London Street Style
[from top: photos via StyleCaster/ Pop Miss / Elle South Africa

I'll have just landed in London for the very first time when this post goes live, and you know what I'm most excited for? Besides spending the weekend with one of my dearest friends and playing tourist, I'm getting all giddy over sweater weather. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? But this Boston girl turned Tel Avivian is missing the seasons like whoa! (Do people still even say that?)

I'm ready to trade in my sandals for boots, cashmere and coats, if only for a few days. So, of course, I turned to Pinterest for some packing inspiration. As one of the great fashion capitals of the world, I found plenty of London street style shots to get me going.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Designing My Myswear for Farfetch Sneakers

customized women's sneakers
customized women's sneakers

Customizable footwear abounds online these days, but the choices are usually pretty straightforward—a wedge here, a platform there, maybe a ballet flat thrown in for good measure. Farfetch and London brand Swear are finally changing things up with MySwear, an ultra-luxe line of bespoke sneakers that includes 10 styles for men and 10 for women.

Farfetch reached out to me as one of a handful of bloggers to participate in a design competition, and who am I to turn down a chance at winning shoes? The rules: Design my own pair of MySwears. But it's easier said than done! The choices are nearly endless, and the 3D modeling technology makes it all too easy to view the infinite possibilities. Nappa, hair calf or ostrich? White laces, black or navy? Ooh, a silver sole could work! Nope, scratch that. How about metallic side panels?

After settling on my style (the classic Vyner), I finally decided on natural snakeskin with a metal copper toe cap, matching copper eyelets a simple white sole and laces. The finishing touch? My initials, oh-so-subtly embossed in copper, on the tongue of the sneakers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Memphis-Inspired 'Super' Notebooks by Write Sketch &

Memphis Design Notebooks
Memphis Design Notebooks
Memphis Design Notebooks
Memphis Design Notebooks
from top: Super! Confetti / Super! Joy / Super! Sprinkles / Super! Squared

If you keep up on design trends, you know that all things Memphis are back in a big way! So it goes with Write Sketch &'s very first collection of Italian-made notebooks. A tribute to Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini and other members of the Memphis Group, Write Sketch &'s Super Collection is comprised of four notebooks, each sporting two different cover designs and each as brightly colored and hectically pattered as the next. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Culture Lab Design Pop-Up Pairs Renowned International Designers with Detroit Artisans

hanging tire planters
Culture Lab Detroit
Recyled Hanging Tire Planters designed by Kelly Behun and made by Cass Community Social Servies. Photo by Marvin Shaouni. / Ceramic Disks designed by David Stark and fabricated by Victoria Ashley Shaheen. Photo by Susan Montagna.

You know by now that I normally keep local coverage to my dual hometowns of Boston and Tel Aviv, but when a city with as blighted a reputation as Detroit is doing something amazing design-wise, it deserves some recognition! Enter a soon-to-be-released line of products by Culture Lab Detroit, an organization fostering conversation and collaboration between Detroit and the international design community.

Named Culture Lab Design, the product line has a "green space" theme that includes planters, vases, lighting and even a set of gardening overalls produced by internationally renowned designers in collaboration with Detroit artists, businesses and manufacturers.

The design teams participating in the project are David Stark with Victoria Ashley Shaheen, Kelly Behun with Cass Community Social Services, Estudio Campana with Todd Erikson, Sebastian Errazuriz with Samuel Arambula at TechShop, and Paola Navone with Andrew Ward at Line Studio and makers at Detroit Denim and Detroit Sewn.