Of a Kind

Oof, how flattering is the back of this Thomas Sires dress? Holy moly ravioli. —erica 

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

83 notes

Katie Diamond Jewelry

image

Growing up—long before she married into a family of jewelers with the last name Diamond (yes, for real!)—Katie knew she had a knack for design. “When I was little, my favorite thing to do was make clothes for my sister,” she says. “Even before I knew how to sew, I would make things out of paper and tape them onto her.”

After graduating from FIT with a degree in fashion merchandising management, Katie decided to try her hand at the jewelry industry, studying under goldsmith Cecilia Bauer in 2001. A year later, with the basics under her belt and a ring on her finger, Katie, officially a Diamond, took the opportunity to learn the family biz from the inside. “I had access to these people who’ve been working in the business for years and years and were willing to help me learn,” she says.

Her husband sold his family’s nearly 40-year-old company a few years later, and, hard as it was, the timing was kind of perfect: Katie was now poised to carry on the tradition. She took her experience, built out her collection of dainty-yet-edgy pieces (a vibe she likes to call “wearable punk”), and launched Katie Diamond Jewelry in 2008. And she hasn’t looked back. –olivia seely

katiediamondjewelry.com

 

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

3 notes

So Major—Katie Diamond Teaches Us to Shop for Estate Jewelry

Six rules to run with.

Even before she launched her own straight-up stunning jewelry line in 2008, Katie Diamond was hitting up antique shows and estate sales to get her hands on standout, time-tested pieces. “They just don’t make them like that anymore! I look at my estate jewelry collection all the time for inspiration,” she says. Below, insider-y tips for landing the best scores yourself (with pics of some of Katie’s very-major finds). —olivia seely

image

1) Know your stuff—especially if you’re serious about buying fine jewelry.
“Know what the price of gold is. Know the price of diamonds. Some important questions to ask are: What is the diamond weight? Is the piece solid gold? Where was the piece made? When was it made? Some good supplies to have: a scale (to get the gold weight), a loupe (to inspect the craftsmanship—even an untrained eye can see the difference between good and bad work), and a gold-testing kit.”

image

2) Negotiate.
“Dealers want to sell their pieces as much as you want to buy them. Usually there is wiggle room in the price.”

image

3) If you love it, buy it!
“I still think about the ones that got away. The thing with estate jewelry is that you probably won’t come across another piece like that ever again.”

image

4) Don’t shy away from unfinished pieces.
“Sometimes I like pieces that are unfinished; I have a whole collection of engagement-ring mountings ranging from 1900 to the 1950s. I especially love the filigree detail they have. If you have a reliable jeweler, you can replace missing stones, make repairs, and resize most pieces. I’ve repurposed lots of jewelry.”

image

5) Find an estate dealer…
“My go-to is Ellen of Elle Montgomery. She scours the tri-state area to find amazing pieces. One of my favorite things about working with her is that she knows my style and will keep an eye out for pieces she knows are me. She is super-knowledgeable about the history of jewelry and is great at finding a diamond-in-the-rough at a reasonable price. While it’s great to find jewelry on your own, sometimes it is worth the peace of mind to purchase through a dealer.”
(Ellen of Elle Montgomery: 201.488.5858 x311)

image

6) …Or a shop you trust.
A few of Katie’s faves:

Bell and Bird in Austin
“Their collection of Victorian jewelry is second-to-none. I love how they curate the site—and that every piece has a detailed story. You can tell that they are experts in the field.”

Erie Basin in Brooklyn
“There is such a unique mix of product at this shop. I love a store where you can get an old treasure for a good price, and Erie Basin definitely has beautiful items at any price range. Their blog is also an endless source of inspiration for me!”

The Pier Antique Show in NYC
“I love a treasure hunt, and that’s exactly what the antique show is. You can find just about anything there, and I really like buying jewelry where you talk with the seller to get the story of the piece and negotiate the price. The whole experience of acquiring a piece of jewelry here adds to its story for me.”

Katie made us a pretty slick bangle for her edition—check it out.

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

20 notes

Of a Kind

I’m kind of all about the fabric of this Alex Mill shirt. You dig? —erica

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

15 notes

Of a Kind

If I was looking for a first-day-of-school outfit, this Kiely Kimmel amazingness would most definitely be in the running. —erica

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

33 notes

Go Way Back: Panama Hats

Somewhere between a clichéd fedora and an old-timey boater cap sits the Panama hat, which can somehow do beach or city without looking out-of-place—or trying-too-hard—in either setting. Its magic: It can deliver some tomboy edge to any getup, and it’s been doing so since the 1600s. Read up on its 400-year backstory, below. —maura brannigan 

image

The Origin: First, let’s get to the bottom of that name: The Panama hat as we know it doesn’t actually get its start in Panama, but rather, in Ecuador. As early as the seventeenth century, straw hats—a hot commodity in Asia and Europe—are shipped to the Isthmus of Panama before sailing off to their final destinations overseas as a total marketing gimmick—because the term “Ecuador hat” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

image

The Evolution: Once the California Gold Rush hits the West in the 1850s, the American demand for Panama hats skyrockets. Why? Many of the movements’ miners travel through the Isthmus of Panama en route to California, picking up a hot new accessory along the way.

image

And now the U.S. government gets on-board: President William McKinley orders the purchase of thousands of ‘em to combat the hot-weather fighting conditions during the 1898 Spanish American War. 

image

In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt visits the construction site of the Panama Canal and is photographed wearing the local headwear.

image

Call it the Teddy Roosevelt Bump, because shortly thereafter, Panama hats become a movie-wardrobe staple. Casablanca, anyone?

image

As the decades wear on, political bigwigs—including another Roosevelt, Franklin Delano—begin showing up at fancier events in the hat. In an era without A/C, the style is a way for a dude to keep his melon cool.

image

The silver screen’s all over it. The hat makes prominent appearances on Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird and Paul Newman in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge—but no women…yet.

image

That is, until a fresh-faced Sigourney Weaver appears in the 1982 film The Year of Living Dangerously as a British embassy officer who has a tumultuous love affair with Mel Gibson in Indonesia. Her accessory is practically a costar.

image

Throughout the eighties and nineties, women really get in on the fun. Check out this epic pic that ran in Italian Vogue during that time.

image

The Right Now: Panama hats earn themselves a particularly impassioned 2013 blog post by the Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine. She becomes the unofficial-official patron saint of the style, which does the rounds at the spring 2015 New York Fashion Week shows (and on sidewalks everywhere this summer).

Lots more where this came from! Click, click.

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

23 notes

Of a Kind

Rose Gold Rounded Nasta Earrings by Fay Andrada for Of a Kind

BUY / 40 of a kind / $90

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

61 notes

A Tour of Fay Andrada’s Sick Apartment

How one big room became a home.

image

When Fay Andrada, who makes intriguingly simple metal jewelry, and her husband Ben moved into their little corner of heaven in Williamsburg, there was no electricity. A former bakery converted into three tenant spaces, their pad was formerly occupied by an eccentric artist-slash-carpenter. “He had salvaged everything in the place,” says Fay. “He built window walls and all these shelves made of salvaged wood and branches. It was insanity when we first saw it.” Since taking the reigns two years ago, Fay and Ben (and their rescue dog Chip, pictured up top) have added, you know, power and have made the quirks work to their advantage. Take a look at what they’ve done with the place. —jackie varriano

image

The apartment is one large space, but Fay and Ben have carved out little rooms. The stars of the dining room (if you will) are a table handed down from Fay’s parents and a bar cart. “Ben really liked the idea of a proper bar to make a proper cocktail, even though he hardly ever drinks them,” Fay explains. Her favorite thing in the room: what’s on the walls. The grid is made from back issues of Architectural Forum, a magazine her dad collected. “Back in the sixties, they did these really basic screen-printed covers. I have piles and piles of them, so I change out the grid every year.”

image

This is just a portion of Fay’s Finnish glassware collection—awesome, right? Minus the antique orange egg cups in the top-right corner, it’s all from the designer Iittala. “Everyone knows I like my Finnish glass,” Fay says.

image

The kitchen is Fay’s favorite room in the house—she makes breakfast for herself and Ben every morning before heading to the studio. The tall bakers table, topped with a butcher’s block, is a score from a trip to Maine. It happens to be an old table from Tim Horton’s, from way back when the restaurant used to bake in-house. “I’ve tried to find another one for my studio, and it’s almost impossible,” Fay notes.

image

Much of Fay’s design aesthetic was influenced by her parents, especially her architect father. The painting behind the television? It’s one of two her dad painted in his lifetime. As she explains, “It’s definitely older than me. The colors always bothered me growing up, probably because they didn’t match, but now I really like them.”

Fay has some not-so-normal hoops ready to hang with your lobes.

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

10 notes

Tool Time with Fay Andrada

Hammers and files and oxy-acetylene tanks—oh my!

image

See those gadgets and contraptions above? Fay Andrada uses all of them to create her namesake line of impossibly slick jewelry. And now that you’ve met the whole big happy family, check out how Fay puts them all to use, filing, forming, soldering, and polishing before hand-washing each piece. —jackie varriano

image

Filing
“Cutting and filing is the first step. You make your shape, and then you have to refine it with the files. The paint stick with the paper on it is actually called emery paper, which is what jewelers use for a really smooth edge. I like using a metal file as much as possible because it’s not a product that I’m buying and then throwing away, and when I use the steel files, I’m also not grinding off the emery or whatever into my lungs.”

image

Forming
“The top hammer is called a planishing hammer. The top head is round, for a bumpy texture, and the flat head is an all-purpose hammer. I’ve used that for everything I’ve made. That’s the first hammer I bought. I bought a lot since then, and they were instantly fired. It was beginner’s luck.”

image

Soldering
“My hand is holding a torch attached to oxy-acetylene tanks—one oxygen and one acetylene. You open the red gauge and use the sparker to light it, and then you add pressurized oxygen, which intensifies the flame to a blue cone that can be small or large, but really concentrated.”

image

Polishing
“This is the polishing phase. On the left is a steel brush that is slightly more aggressive than the brass brush on the right. You use brushes to just tone down a glossy finish by very, very gently scratching it up. The bottom-center item is my total go-to for everything ever—it’s a Scotch-Brite pad— and the thing on the right is my drill. It’s basically the same tool dentists use.”

It’s time to see what Fay made us with those tools—check out these rad earrings!

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

8 notes

Couple Up: Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson

image

If these two were a high-school couple, they would be pictured in the yearbook under the header “Best Beach Hair” (and, ok, probably “Best Smiles” too, those jerks). Here’s a tribute to those Owen-plus-Kate days of yesteryear… —erica

Owen Wilson: Super-dark Acne jeans, a navy Everlane polo, and a long-sleeve tee from James Perse.

Kate Hudson: Ripped Current/Elliott jeans, a Rachel Zoe vest (worn as a top), and a lariat necklace by Vanessa Mooney.

More match-ups right this way.

comments, reblogs & likes

Notes

1 note