| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: October 2010 Archives

October 2010 Archives

MG_7724.jpgWe are loving Spratter's & Jayne's new scarf styles for fall (as well as their classic favorites). They are so chic, comfortable and versatile - throw them on with a long sleeve tee and jeans for weekend days or wear them with a dressy coat when heading out to a more formal affair. This season's styles are also made by a women's co-op of crocheters outside of Lima and Peru, where the line's signature ultra-soft Merino/Highland Wool is produced. Creator Rachel Warner travels to Peru every year to ensure a fair work environment and promote green production.

The line is available at specialty stores including Henri Bendel and Opening Ceremony, as well as on their Etsy site.ssjoyhunmp.png
Looking for the perfect LBD for the holiday season? Why not let that "B" stand for bright? Make a statement that friends won't forget in one of these candy-colored mini party dresses from LA-based indie brand Naven. Pair with black tights, and some edgy ankle boots to complete the look. Buy your favorite color for $420 at

We recently found out about Heartloom, a contemporary line designed by Katy Lee, who honed her fashion skills at her previous design gigs with Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Tam, and Heatherette. Heartloom's casual fall must-haves are all under $200, but they are made with high-quality, comfortable fabrics. Shop for the line at
This cozy, hand-knit headband is perfect for the cold days ahead. It's very soft and will protect your ears from freezing winds while keeping you looking chic. Buy it at for $50.
Denada_cowllightweightscarf_Darkpurple_1.jpgDe*Nada is an emerging contemporary accessories brand founded in 2005 by Peruvian designer Virginia Blanca Arrisueno. The knit scarves are handmade in Peru by skilled artisans, and the result blends ethnic styles with modern elements. The scarves cost $55 to $68 and are available at The perfect cold-weather treat for yourself or holiday gift for a stylish woman on your shopping list!


3R0T003RK-334X334.jpgFolli Follie is a Greek jewelry line featuring modern pieces at affordable price points (most are just under $100). Their Happy Nugget collection has a fun, playful vibe, incorporating pop elements of flower designs, eccentric spirals and floral crosses. The "nugget" shaped pendants are silver-plated or rose gold, with white or black enamel. Shop the collection at

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oliveve_thumb1.pngNew handbag line Oliveve hit stores this summer, and their most covetable styles have already sold out. Designers Lynn Rosetti and Kristi Zoldi worked in sales and merchandising for over twenty years, with brands such as Botkier, Foley + Corinna, and Steven Alan. Realizing the need for high-quality, expertly made bags at reasonable price points, the duo launched Oliveve for fall 2010 in New York. All of the bags are made with meticulously chosen leathers and unstructured silhouettes. They also come in a great selection of fun, eye-catching colors! The bags are available at specialty stores and online at, with prices around $500.


Supporting emerging designers AND breast cancer awareness? We can't think of anything more empowering this October! Here are three indie jewelry brands that are making strides to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for research.

Asha Patel Designs - We absolutely adore Asha Patel's woven wrap bracelets, and this month the popular style comes in metallic pink! A portion of the proceeds (15%) benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Buy the bracelets (and other BCA-supporting pieces) for $29.50 each at

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Rosena Sammi Jewelry - Designer Rosena Sammi was born and raised in New Zealand, is of Sri Lankan heritage, and is now based in New York. Her background inspires her global-chic collection of luxe yet surprisingly affordable jewelry. This month, 30% of the proceeds from sales of the Sanskrit Hope Necklace ($99) will go to the American Cancer Society. Visit to buy yours.

Christine Mighion - The Indiana-based jewelry designer will donate 10% of the proceeds from any pink sapphire pieces in her collection to Susan G. Komen for the Cure this month. This classic ring is set in a recycled 14k gold band and is available for $290 at
maje_thumb.pngDesigner Judith Milgrom launched her collection in Paris in 2000, and her luxe label is now coveted around the globe. We love Maje's modern wardrobe staples, like leather tees, feminine satin-twill blouses, and printed dresses. The price point is a splurge, but not as outrageous as other high-end collections hailing from France: most pieces cost around $250 to $500. Shop the collection at
As the weather turns dreary, many women adapt their outfits accordingly. But why not try some fun prints this fall? We're obsessing over these four amazing options from Stanton James:

The Money Maker Print Leggings (left, $74) from Love & Lemons will definitely make a statement. Try pairing them with a solid neon tunic for an eye-catching ensemble.

Planning to rock your favorite LBD and tights? Add a pop of color with brightly printed heels, like these cool jeweled scalloped heels ($245) from Haus of Price. 

The playful print on the Raining Ruffles Dress ($262) from Carmelita Couture will show off your feminine side with ruffles and a flattering cinched waist.

For something a bit edgier, try the Spikes Print Leggings ($74) by Rojas. We promise, the leggings themselves are super soft!ccthumb11.png

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