| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: July 2011 Archives

July 2011 Archives

yayoi_forest_thumb.jpgDesigner Yayoi Inada of Brooklyn-based jewelry label Yayoi Forest was born near a small forest in Japan, which continues to inspire her current collection. Raised in Kyoto and Osaka, Inada was drawn to the calm and complete feeling she experienced whenever she spent time observing nature's beauty. After a stint in advertising, she decided to satisfy her desire to express her artistic side and moved to New York to study jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. For her, her pieces are lucky charms, featuring typical luck symbols like birds in flight or the tree of life. She handcrafts each piece in her Brooklyn studio using 14k gold and sterling silver, incorporating beautiful hand etching and detailed wax carving that accentuate her appreciation for organic shapes and natural beauty. These are some of her pieces we fell in love with:


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Bangles are such an easy way to update your look. We especially love this wooden bangle set from Stil because it is classic enough for everyday wear, yet the gold studs add a glam factor. Perfect for throwing on with jeans and a tee on lazy days or dressing up a boho-chic dress for a night out.
Stil Wooden Bangles Set, $30 at
Does the mere thought of rocking a backpack bring back shudder-worthy memories of middle school? Take another look at these backpacks from Dusen Dusen, which are actually quite chic. Made with lightweight cotton denim and two front pockets, this bag is both cute and functional for travel or everyday wear. Give your shoulders a break from your every day tote with one of Dusen Dusen's fun original prints!


Left: Dusen Dusen Kendra Backpack - Grid; Right: Dusen Dusen Kendra Backpack - Stripes, both $100 and available at
il_570xN.232028829.jpgIf you've been inspired by Kate Middleton's headline-making headwear lately, then you'll love this piece by Pittsbrugh-based Etsy seller Minxshop. More like a Kate-Middleton-meets-Black-Swan, this headband features chic feathers and luxe dark colors. 

Crown of Love VI Black Feathered Headpiece - $45 at Etsy featherheadbandetsythumb.jpg
We love the luxe layering in Kal Rieman's fall/winter 2011 lookbook. We were first introduced to the New York-based designer in January of this year when we found her chic menswear-inspired spring line. The fall line features several must-have jackets in interesting silhoeuttes. For more information, check out the label's website,


Sm_ocoee.jpgJewelry designer Laurel Wells was once the director of apparel for Hayden Harnett, so she knows a thing or two about style. Drawing on her previous experiences as a painter and textile designer, Wells launched an apparel line in 2003. But it was her wildly colorful statement necklaces that people wanted, so eventually she started creating them to be sold. Inspired by Native American art, each pieces is a work of art that can transform any outfit. 

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beandd_thumb.jpgWe love discovering new and awesome shoe brands like Be&D. The luxury handbag and shoe collection is the definition of city chic, and we love their cutting edge footwear styles. Here are three that especially caught our eye:

Beecher Printed Pump, $355

Rico Sandal, $285

Frankie Platform Wedge, $350

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We recently came across the lookbook of indie Brooklyn label Ekineyo, and we were really drawn to designer Nike Oyelami's creative use of color blocking and graphic prints. The bold pieces are hip enough to make a statement yet wearable enough to mix into any stylish wardrobe. 


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We recently discovered jewelry line TenThings and we are in love with their bright and beautiful glass crystal earrings. The earrings come in several fun colors and are great for dressing up on a date or girls' night out! They also come in adorable blue gift boxes, making them perfect for giving. For more information about TenThings, you can visit their website at or check out their Etsy shop


humanhairglasses_thumb.jpgThat's right - human hair sunglasses. The folks at Refinery29 have discovered these 100% biodegradable frames made from human strands. Invented by two UK Royal College of Art grads, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, the frames look relatively normal even though they are made from different colored strands woven together. Would you wear these sunglasses? Or are you entirely too grossed out?


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