Weather Vain: Washington, D.C. - 70 and Clear

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Go for the cherry blossoms, stay for the weather? Here’s how to make the most of a day in the District. —erica

+ An Organic by John Patrick shirt just serious enough for a business lunch at RIS.

+ This Ariel Gordon ring—totally jibes with the color scheme at Rasika West End.

+ A Vanessa Bruno jacket that Olivia Pope would be very into.

+ Annie Costello Brown earrings, delivering a dash of edge.

+ A Collina Strada pouch with leather that matches Dolcezza's strawberry-tarragon gelato. MMMMM.

+ Flats from Tibi—for doing some time at the Newseum.

+ The sort of L’Agence pencil skirt that would fit it at the Park Hyatt's bar.

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Gold Mini Zigzag Studs by Annie Costello Brown for Of a Kind

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Silver Mini Zigzag Cuff by Annie Costello Brown for Of a Kind

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Weather Vain: Detroit, Michigan - 72 and Partly Cloudy

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There’s some coolness happening in Detroit right now, and a downright lovely day like this one is the perfect time to explore it. Here’s what to wear to get down with The D. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ An M.Patmos silk tee cool enough for Corktown.

+ A warm-hued Annie Costello Brown cuff that will look appropriate next to a scotch Crimson Dynamo cocktail at Sugar House.

+ The sort of jumbo Steven Alan tote ready for a camera and some time at the Motown Museum.

+ Elizabeth and James flats—kick ‘em off and tuck into bed at the way-cool inn Honor & Folly.

+ Tiny studded Tom Binns hoops that feel very Rock City.

+ A Haute Hippie blazer that dresses things right up for dinner at John D.

+ White MiH jeans—because the weather’s totally asking for ‘em.

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Rose Mini Zigzag Cuff by Annie Costello Brown for Of a Kind

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Mini Zigzag Cuff by Annie Costello Brown for Of a Kind

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It Takes Two: Grace & Lindsey Rock Our ACB Cuff

Oooh, a new feature! Think of this as the opposite of “Who Wore It Best”: There’s some mad style happening around Of a Kind HQ, and we’re taking advantage of those fools silly enough to work with us by asking two of them to share how they’d each work an edition. Do it up! —erica

We’re at that weird stage when it might still be warm enough to go without sleeves…but you’re ready to yank on your boots. Here, Grace Canlas, the girl who does everything around here, and Lindsey Green, director of communications extraordinaire, have it both ways.

The Key Piece: Nevil Buckle Cuff by ACB by Annie Costello Brown

Grace’s Take: Sarah Loertscher earrings, Wren dress, and Provensen shoes

Lindsey’s Take: Clu top, Current/Elliott pants, and Rag & Bone boots

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Weather Vain: Montreal, Quebec - 86 and Partly Cloudy

Like just about everybody else, I have a soft spot for Montreal—and not just because of the copious amounts of pork product, even. Here’s what I’d want to wear if I was in Canada’s second city today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ One of the so-rad pouches Baggu made for Of a Kind—to keep you from feeling weighed down strolling the Plateau.

+ A second pop of neon—because why not?—brought to you by Annie Costrello Brown.

+ A summery plaid Rachel Comey dress that feels very eating-oysters-with-friends-at Liverpool House.

+ The sort of sandals (c/o YMC) that feel so French-speaking in a Madeline way.

+ Bring on the big, fat Karen Walkers. In these, you could lounge around Cafe Olimpico drinking iced coffee and reading all morning long.

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ACB Crafts Her Of a Kind Cuff

Hello, sunshine.

“I’m process-oriented—not very conceptual. I like to play around with things and see what happens,” says Annie Costello Brown of the chill-but-sophisticated accessories line ACB. “I don’t do sketches and send them to a factory—we do everything here.” What is everything exactly? Take a look at the processes involved in creating her leather-on-leather (and radder-than-rad) Of a Kind cuff. —alisha prakash

Feeling it? Well, you can score Annie’s bracelet right here, right now. Just 35 of them!

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“We use vegetable-tanned leather for our tan belts and bracelets. We often do the stripping ourselves, and we used a hand-held wood leather stripper set at 3/8 an inch for this cuff.”

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“We pick the best, most compact leather from the strips to use in the cuffs. Leather is really amazing to work with because it’s so pliable. It also ages in a cool way. It forms to the body, so it automatically starts to retain the history of its wearer.”

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“I then take the strips downtown to my die-maker’s studio and use his clicker press to punch out the tips of the cuff. Back at the studio, we grind the new ends to soften the edges and then treat the leather with beeswax oil so it doesn’t get dried out.”

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“Then, we hand-cut strips of yellow leather to weave onto the cuff. Most leather jewelry is rocker, hippie, or equestrian, and what I’m trying to do is take all of those ideas and do something new with them. Some of the things I do with leather are tailored and minimal, but other things are complex—braided and woven with a lot of texture. I try to make it look fresh.”

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“I tumble the solid brass buckles to remove their original coating so that I can redo the finish myself, usually by darkening and then lightening and tumbling again for a matte shine.”

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“Then, we wrap the strips onto the cuff. I try and use one shape in as many different ways as I can. With this shape, by adding another strip of leather and weaving it like as basket, it gives it a collage-y feeling. It’s just a process of playing around with things until I think it looks good.”

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“And voila! I just want everything I create to be my own original thing.”

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In The Studio With Annie Costello Brown

Hope you’re ready to see where the magic happens.

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Come on in…

Most people use their garages for storage—you know, old bikes, barbecue grills and, er, vehicles. But not Annie Costello Brown, the quirky-chic designer behind ACB, the cultish line of brass-flecked belts and turquoise-and-shell necklaces. Her studio: a converted two-car garage with skylights that was renovated by its painter landlord awhile back. Below, Annie takes us inside the space and gives us a look at what goes down there. —alisha prakash

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“This is Amy, Kate, and I working at the assembling table. This is where we put together the jewelry and belts. We do the polishing and leather grinding outside.”

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“Some sketches, patterns, and leather samples hang on the wall along with our studio mirror. That’s Kate working on assembly. ACB jewelry is made by hand here in Los Angeles. We usually have two to four people working assembly throughout the year.”

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“This is part of a bookshelf in the nearby sunroom. The text taped to the shelf is an excerpt from an article on ornamentation from an old nineties issue of Flash Art. The collage above the text is something my son and I ‘collaborated’ on.”

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“This is the leather processing bench and metals polishing bench. This is where we grind the edges of the leather so it can stay raw and have a softer edge. It’s also where we polish some of our finished jewelry pieces. It’s nice to work amidst the trees with views of downtown L.A.”

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“Some of the tools we use in the studio…”

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“I think I’ve checked out every craft book from the Los Angeles Public Library.”

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“Amy Jo grinding some belt leather.”

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“Here’s a page from one of my sketchbooks. 99.9% of my ideas never get made, but I’m always looking through my notebooks to steal from myself. I do a lot of sketching. If I have an idea while I’m doing something else, I have to sketch it quickly so I remember it. I have baskets and boxes of half-baked ideas.”

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