Lizzie Fortunato Gets her Blog On
The internet is the jewelry designer’s latest medium.
Lizzie’s blogging pose.
Since Lizzie Fortunato launched her blog A Fortune Found this summer, it’s become a killer outlet for her—a passion project, even. Storytelling is a big part of her namesake line of complex, reference-melding accessories, and, as her sister and business partner Kathryn puts it, “Expanding her narrative has been good for her.” It also helps that Lizzie has tremendous taste and follows sites that we are outraged to only be learning about now. She talks through her five favorites below.
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Decade: “Bernadette Pascua, who illustrated our past two lookbooks, is so talented, and she couldn’t be more modest and adorable. Her blog’s so inspiring because she does a lot more than post her own creations. But, her fonts are amazing, and so are her watercolors. Kathryn bought me one for Christmas, and it’s hanging in my room.”
Solid Frog: “I’m not addicted to any fashion blogs, per se. I’m more interested in interiors and travel for inspiration, and this one posts all interiors.”
The Brickhouse: “For our fall and spring collections, I was looking at a lot of mid-century California structures that are really simple but high-design. This blog comes from California near Palm Springs. “
The Epicures: “This is a couple based in Brooklyn, and their photography is extraordinary. They go to amazing places and tell all these stories.”
Broken English Blog: “We found this store in Santa Monica, and it has a nice blog. I can’t look at a ton of other costume jewelry because it’s just too overwhelming and nerve-racking, so I appreciate the fine jewelry here.”
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Known Entities: Jane Aldridge, the Early Years
The number of hours that Claire and I have spent fawning over looks posted on Sea of Shoes or the amount of times one of us said, “That’s so Jane,” in reference to, say, a piece of jewelry on display at the Museum of Natural History or a pair of bat-shit shoes is pretty impressive. And before you roll your eyes, I’m proud to say that we were on this way early, before all the press coverage and collaborations and trips to the Crillon Ball. Here, a look at the four pieces that defined Jane’s early posts. —erica
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Fueled by her ability to create the sort of things you could stare at all day long, Mimi Jung has had a varied, multi-dimensional career path. The designer, who lives in Brooklyn with her ad-world husband (in an exceptionally furnished apartment, no less), attended ultra-competitive Cooper Union, after which she dove into the realm of graphic design, with a focus on books. “I think I liked the fact that there was an end product—something you can hold. It felt very permanent, as opposed to a campaign or a billboard,” Mimi explains.
But she quickly tired of the tedious, long-term nature of that work and fell into fashion blogging, first as a sort of passion project and then, as she grew a dedicated following, as a full-blown gig. Her jewelry line came to be in a similar way—half happenstance, half hard work. After getting lost in the crazy rock collection of a store in Hong Kong, Mimi brought her finds home to make jewelry for