I was first turned on to Michelle Ross by my sister. She gave me one of her designs as a birthday present this year and I was an immediate fan.
Michelle lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Using semi-precious stones and metals, she pairs her designs with everything from ceramics and glass to vintage findings. The result are pieces that are equal parts feminine and strong. They carry an undeniable weight that has an old world quality yet in the same breath feels fresh and modern. Each piece has the transformative ability to paired with almost anything in your closet, accessorizing a formal outfit or my favorite, juxtaposing your favorite white t-shirt.
Check out some of my favorites below from her most recent and past collections. Her imagery and how she styles each collection is just fantastic. I personally love the editoral.
Make sure to hop over to her site to see more designs or her e-com to get your shop on. Enjoy!
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I love a good clutch, tote and of course, cross body messenger. Couple great styling of these with thoughtful handcrafted textiles that are independently designed and you’ve got a lifelong fan in me. Lee Coren hits the mark on every level with her dynamic collection of everyday essentials.
Each Lee Coren piece is created from handmade, screen printed fabric originally designed or printed from photographs. I’m currently obsessed with textiles of any kind made from photographic imagery and her Landscape Clutches are no exception. Depending on what design the textile is used for each piece of photography takes on a new abstract form. It’s a modern way to transform organic visuals.
But better yet, is the diversity of her collections. Each take on their own distinct personality but are still rooted in the urban and natural juxtaposition from which the label was born. My favorite collection is below, Lookbook 3, because it makes me think of summer which we are currently basking in. But her Fall collection in Lookbook 4 is moody and organic yet urban and sexy. Pretty much what Fall is all about, right?!
Lee Coren is handcrafted and designed in Tel Aviv, Israel. But don’t worry! You can purchase online here. And for those of you in Portland, you can find a few handpicked pieces at our favorite local jewelry design boutique, Betsy & Iya.
Even more fun, follow Lee Coren on FB and IG for studio pics and insights into her creative process.
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I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… Betsy & Iya. They are one of my favorite jewelry designers from right here in Portland and they have a new collection, Voyage. Pulling inspiration from three destinations, Portland, Scandinavia and Mexico, Voyage is strong, geometric and architectural; everything we’ve come to expect from their jewelry. But it’s also something else, colorful. The three destinations each have a color pallet that lends its self to the jewelry, adding just the right pop to give each piece a truly unique personality. I don’t have much color in my everyday jewelry so I can’t wait to pop down and pick a few pieces up this weekend. Check out the lookbook below and some key pieces from the collection.
Two friends who wanted to make jewelry and run their own schedules formed Betsy & Iya in 2008. They now have a fantastic little shop in NW Portland where they not only make the jewelry right there in the back they also carry other lifestyle goods. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for any gifting needs, including that little reward for you. I hear there’s an expansion on the way and I couldn’t be happier! I wish these two all the luck in the world. I can’t go a day without someone commenting on my rings and I have Betsy & Iya to thank for that.
To shop online and learn more about the brand head over to their site.
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Lindsey Wixson is at the forefront of ManiaMania’s Fall Winter 2014 Look book and I’m in love. Channeling Stevie Nicks, nothing can come between me and Wixson’s lower lip. My favorite decade coupled with one of my favorite models adorned in a gorgeous ManiaMania precious stones and metals. The collection “Immortalia”, hand made in New York City, is inspired by witchcraft and Wixon’s bewitching outer-wordly looks were her casting characteristics. I mean really, the 70’s and witchcraft, what could be better?!
Photographed by David Mandelberg.
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