Hasami Porcelain

February 3rd, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Hasami bowls and trays as dinner service

Hasami bowls and trays as dinner service.

Sometimes utility can be dull, cold, uninteresting, synonymous with boring. But being functional and classic shouldn’t mean any of those things, something Hasami Porcelain understands.

Oak wood lids or trays or serving plates

Oak wood lids or trays or serving plates.

Hasami’s colors are neutral but warm and all of their pieces are simple in design but executed to perfection. Each ceramic piece and oak lid or tray is crafted by hand in Japan, but from a fixed model, creating stacks that look good enough to show off.

Open shelves never looked so good

Hasami cups, mugs, bowls and lids out and proud. Open shelves never looked so good.

Bringing up the function level another notch, all of the porcelain is safe to put in the dishwasher or microwave. So, beautiful as they are, these pieces were made to be used.

Hasami medium bowl, $50

Hasami medium bowl, $50

Hasami mug, $40

Hasami mug, $40

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O’Harrow Pocket Squares

January 27th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

The pocket square. It brings images of Mad Men, The Rat Pack and just a general notion of fussiness over ones clothing. But say hello to O’Harrow Clothier’s updated versions of the classic accessory.

O'Harrow Pocket Square in Black Bouquet $40

O’Harrow Pocket Square in Black Bouquet $40

Claire Campbell Moseley started making the squares for friends in the back of her Silver Lake home, but soon the demand gave way to a full line. By cutting the size of the square from its usual 12” x 12” to a more functional 9” x  9” these pocket squares are easy to grab and slip into front pockets of shirts and jackets, be they men’s or women’s styles. You can feel the quality of the fabrics that Moseley sources from Japan. The hand is supple and the weight is perfect for just a few, chic folds. Which is really all you need.

The Flat Fold

The Flat Fold

The Single Point Fold

The Single Point Fold

The Wing Puff Fold

The Wing Puff Fold

*Fold instructions courtesy of O’Harrow Clothiers

 

 

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Heavenly Bodies

January 19th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

If you just happened upon a mass of skeletons hidden away in an underground tunnel, what would you decide they were there for? If you said Christian martyrs, you’re right in line with the thinking of Roman Catholics in 1578.

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon's cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon’s cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

In Heavenly Bodies, a book of photographs and amended research by Paul Koudounaris, these martyrs or “catacomb saints” are photographed in some of oldest religious establishments in Europe. Many are seeing light through his lens after decades of being hidden away by embarrassed churches when modernity swept in and cast serious doubt on the authenticity of these lavishly adorned skeletons.

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

Imagine the draw a supposed martyr who looked this glorious would have had for those in a church service at a time when most people were illiterate and any sort of schooling was reserved for the wealthiest citizens or members of the priesthood. Worshipped and adorned with crowns and armor made from pearls, rubies, emeralds, gold; all of the most precious materials the Catholic church had to offer, the beautified remains were sent to churches and put on public display throughout German-speaking Europe, praised as miracle workers and protectors of believers.

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

Though these saints have been proven fictitious creations of the Catholic church, ordered to replace relics that were lost in the Protestant Reformation, obviously the artisanal excellence displayed should not be de-valued. Nuns and monks painstakingly prepared and bejeweled these skeletons and the time between transport and final display was often several years.  Gold lattice, pearls and sapphires were made to replace eyes and gold armor dripping with precious stones and pearls covers each from head to toe. They may not have died for their religious beliefs, but a visual representation of death this alluring is easy to worship.

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

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Love Adorned in The Wall Street Journal

January 13th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

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We were in great company over the weekend in the Wall Street Journal culture piece on the revival of the general store. It’s a new year, so why not come by and discover a new “need” or two?

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Hasami Japan Porcelain Mug $40

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Jen Pearson Apothecary Match Bottle $35

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Polly Wales 18k gold and Burmese Ruby Ring $4,100

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Sanchez & Calderon Tassel Pouch $225

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Kiss The Cook

December 15th, 2013 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

For those of you lucky enough to have a chef (or someone who fancies themselves a chef) in your lives, the time to show how much you enjoyed their delicious efforts has come. They planned, purchased and brought together moments for you to savor, so return the thought with something you know they’ll love.

For The Cook:

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Pure Vegan Cookbook $30

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Opinel Kitchen Set $60
Rosemary Scented Cutting Board Oil $45
Maple Wood Cutting Boards $65, $160, $245

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Mortar & Pestle $190

 

 


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Goop goes to the Hamptons

July 30th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

 

Goop Hamptons Update

Thanks Gwyneth Paltrow for your seal of Approval!

Gwyneth gives the scoop on Love Adorned

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3D Printing and the Future of Forged Jewelry

March 21st, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / one comment / permalink

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A few weeks ago, Mashable reported on the next generation of Makerbot 3D printing and posed a serious question:

Will the ability to print small-scale computer models in metal cause an uptick in forged jewelry?

Like many bloggers have already noted, the obvious answer is yes.

But we shouldn’t forget that forgery in the jewelry world is nothing new. Take a walk down Canal Street any day of the week and you’ll be able to turn up a slew of fake Rolexes on every corner. So it’s not quite that the ability to 3D print jewelry will kick start forgery – it will only make it easier.

And if that’s the case, what effect does the ability to make fake jewelry at home have on a larger scale, and on you? Because it’s unrealistic to think that the industry as a whole will be able to keep up with intelligent scammers, it means that it will be up to consumers to get a whole lot smarter.

Wondering what you can do to ensure that your cash is going to the artist and not to a sleazy con? Here are three tips to keep in mind next time you’re in the market to buy:

Shop Local

Shopping in reputable stores that have relationships with designers is a great place to start. A good salesperson should also be able to answer questions about individual pieces and the people who make them.

Grill ‘Em

Speaking of questions, don’t be afraid to ask the tough ones before you make a purchase. Anyone who’s selling a piece should know some background on the designer, their process, and how long that piece has been out on the market. And if they don’t know that information off the top of their heads, they should quickly be able to tell you where you can find it.

If It’s Too Good to be True…

You guessed it – it probably is. An in-season Dannijo cuff that retails for $550 is suddenly $125 on ebay? Take extra caution when purchasing goods online, and always double and triple check that the source is reliable.

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We want to hear from you. How do you think 3D printing will change the jewelry industry? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

 

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James Colarusso’s Fit to Print

February 15th, 2013 / by Lori and Ally / no comments / permalink

James Colarusso in the NY Times style section 2/14/13

Check out James Colarusso in the NY Times Style Section today!

Then don’t forget to check him out on our website.

 

Pillow Talk with Upstate

January 15th, 2013 / by Lori and Ally / no comments / permalink

 

Astrid and Kalen in bed

Kalen and Astrid, the talented designers of Upstate, took some time to tell us about  their new line of beautiful linens utilizing their signature shibori dyeing process. This traditional Japanese craft is done by preparing the cloth in several different ways before dying. Methods include binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping the cloth.Each bind results in a different unique pattern making every piece of Upstate  one of a kind.

 

“Our homeline is something we have dreamt about since day 1 of Upstate. Astrid and I both have habits of throwing random things into our dye baths if there is the tiniest bit of room left so it made sense to dye pillowcases and small things around the house. We started with pillow cases and then dyed curtains and sheets for friends. It turned into a nice way for us to revamp our bedding and home without having to spend tons of money. We both have the mindset that if we want something, rather than going out to buy it we will design and create it.  Upstate became incorporated in our “home-life” so it made sense to finally get the line off the ground and offer it to the public.”

These duvet covers and pillow cases are 100% cotton and come in vibrant indigo blues and earthy green tones that follow traditional Japanese styles, but with no 2 the same.  Wouldn’t they be incredible in an otherwise all white room?

Now THIS is what dreams are made of..

 

 

 

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*Don’t forget! 30 – 60% off sale happening now through January 20th at either Love Adorned location or online, 24 hours a day at www.loveadorned.com.

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LOVE a Sale? Who Doesn’t!

January 8th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

Love Adorned Winter Sale

 From January 7th – 20th join us in store or online for incredible savings on your favorite homewares and accessories.

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