Monthly Archive: June 2015

Lauren Craft Collection Jewelry

“It is a business I will continue doing until the day I die. It is my passion and I cannot imagine doing anything else!”
-Lauren Craft

Baroque pearls and champagne diamond ring with 14k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Baroque pearls and champagne diamond ring with 14k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

I’ve been on a total jewelry kick this summer and no one does unique and (relatively) affordable diamond and gemstone jewels like Lauren Craft. I first stumbled upon her delicious baubles on Farfetch where I purchased a triple-pearl and champagne diamond ring with 14k gold, silver, and black-rhodium finish.

Lauren Craft is a native Texan with an editorial background. She was an English major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and started her career as a fashion and social editor at the top magazine in Houston. In New York City, she took a job at Alexis Bittar and discovered her passion for jewelry design. Though Craft was only at Alexis Bittar for six months, she speaks fondly of her time there and of Alexis Bittar’s business savvy: “I saw how Alexis built his brand. I was only there a very short time but I loved how involved he was with his team. From the design aspect to the PR aspect to the marketing aspect. He is a very smart man…”

Craft left Alexis Bittar to attend the Gemological Institute of America for certification in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and then travelled to India before returning to Texas to start her own collection. Her inspiration comes from her travels: “Traveling to India, Italy, Sardinia and the Carribean…Lots of my pieces have an Indian vibe that’s why I use champagne diamonds in the majority of my collection!”

Stylish celebrities including Charlize Theron, Jennifer Anniston, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Rose Byrne, and Nicole Richie are among her biggest fans. Recently, the Lauren Craft Collection was given the fashion stamp of approval from style icon, Lauren Santo Domingo, when she featured the designer on her website, Moda Operandi.

Emerald ring with champagne diamonds, 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Emerald ring with champagne diamonds, 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Chalcedony and champagne diamond earrings with 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Chalcedony and champagne diamond earrings with 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Colored sapphires and champagne diamond bracelet with 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Colored sapphires and champagne diamond bracelet with 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Kyanite and champagne diamond bangle with silver and black-rhodium finish

Kyanite and champagne diamond bangle with silver and black-rhodium finish

Purple amethyst necklace with silver chain and 18k gold clasp

Purple amethyst necklace with silver chain and 18k gold clasp

Rubies, quartz, and champagne diamonds, 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Rubies, quartz, and champagne diamonds, 18k gold, silver and black-rhodium finish

Check out the complete Lauren Craft Collection on her website.

The Beautiful Emilia

The artist poses with his newly installed painting.

The artist poses with his newly installed painting.

Last week, my friend Ronco Ortiz had a painting installed at the┬áNicklaus Children’s West Kendall Outpatient Center in Miami, Florida. The piece, titled “Emilia Standing Tall” is “dedicated to all the children of this beautiful world.” Ronco’s message with this piece: “It’s important to protect and love our future generations. Children are angels and we have to love them and protect them.” Congratulations Ronco Ortiz on this beautiful and inspirational piece!

 

 

Pre-Fall Insanity

Bergdorf Goodman's Pre-Fall catalog goes out at the beginning of June

Bergdorf Goodman’s Pre-Fall catalog goes out at the beginning of June

We’re not even a week into June and the major department stores are pushing fur coats and cashmere sweaters, and it’s pretty difficult to think about winter clothing in the ninety degree heat. Retail stores refer to the summer season as “Pre-Fall,” and if you don’t buy or reserve the best pieces now, they will be long gone by the time the real fall rolls around. The Burberry Prorsum shearling jacket I’ve been coveting since it went down the Fall/Winter runway already sold out in my size at multiple department stores! Time to purchase your winter wardrobe and let it rot in your closet for several months.

Or is it…

Tamara Mellon, former designer and founder of Jimmy Choo, is taking a stand against this ridiculousness with her new namesake brand. All the pieces in her contemporary line are available in stores during the proper season- this means you can actually shop for bathing suits and tank tops right now instead of sweaters and skiwear. What do you think of Mellon’s retail revolution? Will her “buy now, wear now” strategy catch on?