Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 11th, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / no comments / permalink

Dad’s day snuck up on us this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re skimping on his gift.

 

Here’s a list of our top picks for Dad – easily the hardest person on our lists to shop for:

 Raen Sunglasses

Raen Sunglasses – Upgrade Dad’s specs with a pair of these awesome shades. Built out of a classic style, you don’t have to worry about Dad looking like he’s trying to reclaim his youth, but you also don’t have to worry that he’ll be rocking his taped together aviators all summer either.

Chief Handmade Hankerchiefs

Chief pocket squares – Getting married this summer? With all the focus on the ladies, it’s easy to forget that Dad’s gonna need to dress up, too. Tell him to ditch the generic Men’s Warehouse pocket square and slip into a Chief one. Inspired by Frank O’Hara and the landscape of Hudson, NY, Dad might get a little nostalgic wearing it…but not as nostalgic as he’ll get watching you walk down the aisle.

Love Adorned Vintage Pocket Watch

Vintage pocket watches –You probably didn’t want Dad watching the clock around midnight when you were in high school, but now that you understand the importance of timeliness, outfit Dad with a vintage watch – both classy and practical.

Giraterra Men's Black Soap

 

Black soap – Manly! Smells like man! Hear Dad roar!

Poler One Man Tent

Poler tent – If your Dad’s anything like ours, he’s still holding on to his “vintage” tent from the ‘70s. And if you’re anything like us, you realize that “vintage” really means drafty, leaky, and old. Dad deserves some new camping gear and you should be the one to give it to him.

Lou Zeldis Woven Bracelets

Lou Zeldis woven bracelets – Ok, we’ll admit that not every Dad can pull this off, but if your Dad’s old pics could ever end up on this blog (http://dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com/), we think you should go for this one.

Nick Potash ID Bracelet

Nick Potash ID bracelet – Don’t think Dad can make a woven arm party work? Go a more industrial way for his wrist with an ID bracelet customized just for him.

Elementary Double Screwdriver Set

Elementary screw driver – If your Dad is Mr. Fix It, we’re willing to bet this gift will be a winner. Handmade in London by a cabinet maker, these screwdrivers are a modern twist on a toolbox standbyi

Swiss Army Knife Tool

Swiss Army Golf tool – What golfer needs a repair tool, ballmarker, groove cleaner, cap lifter, toothpick, tweezer, scissor, and nailfile hanging off their belt whenever they hit the green? The answer: all of them. Make Dad look like an all-star at his next golf outing when you hook him up with this all-in-one set.

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Named One of NYC’s Best Independent Boutiques

May 28th, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / no comments / permalink

Love Adorned, 269 Elizabeth street

Love Adorned, 269 Elizabeth street

A few weeks back, Racked rounded up their list of the best indie boutiques in the city. We’re happy to report that Love made the list alongside some of our other personal faves around town. We also noticed that the Racked editors seem to share our proclivity for staying solidly below 14th Street. You can check out the rest of the stores on the list here.

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What Mom Really Wants

May 7th, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / no comments / permalink

At Love Adorned, we’ve been on the look out for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for our dear ol’ mums. And with only — days left until the clock strikes MOM, we thought we’d
share our picks with you. Not that you’ve procrastinated on getting a gift or anything. We would never think that about you.

Lauren Wolf Rose Gold Band with Black Diamonds

Lauren Wolf Rose Gold Band with Black Diamonds

Kali: I’m getting my mom the Lauren Wolf rose gold band with black diamonds. I chose to get it as a starter ring that I can add to over time, with other bands/rings in
other metals if she wants. It’s a tall order gift, but alas, I didn’t get her anything for her birthday in February, so I feel like she deserves something extra fancy.

Upstate Silk Shibori Scarf

Upstate Silk Shibori Scarf

Miranda: I bought my mom the Indigo Hajime Upstate Scarf. I already gave it to her because I wanted her to be able to use it for the winter-to-spring transition. She’s been
wrapped up in it since the day I gave it to her – she loves it!

Michele Quan Ceramic Birhouse

Michele Quan Ceramic Birhouse

 

Lily: I think one of the Michelle Quan birdhouses would be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. The textures and color in her ceramics would look beautiful hanging from an
oak tree somewhere in the Oregon woods. Soon enough it would be full of finches, bluebirds, sparrows, and wrens. The birds would fight over who gets to make a nest in the home. [IN STORE ONLY]

Lou Zeldis Gold and Pebble Earrings

Lou Zeldis Gold and Pebble Earrings

Ally: I’m getting my mom a pair of dangling Lou Zeldis pebble earrings. Not only are they beautiful, but my mom also loves Lou’s story. He was a good friend of Lori’s who
traveled the world collecting pebbles and rocks from beaches and streets to create his treasures. He liked to say it was his way of turning the mundane and forgotten into something special.

Polly Wales Cognac Diamond Ring

Polly Wales Cognac Diamond Ring

Vincent: My mom has always asked me for a 3-stone ring that includes the birthstones of her three children. After all these years, I’m finally taking the plunge this Mother’s Day. I’m only slightly annoyed that April’s birthstone is a diamond. I have my brother to thank for the extra cost.

Lori: For her birthday in January, I got my mom her first iPhone. After a glass of wine at her birthday dinner, she defiantly declared: “What the hell am I going to do with this thing, Lori?!”

Stained Glass Feathers

Stained Glass Feathers

Fast forward five months later and she loves the thing – she’s texting photos to her granddaughters, speaking in text code, and yes…even stalking Instagram. When we
put the stained glass feathers in the window of the store, she saw them on the Love Adorned Instagram feed and promptly called me to say that they’re the most beautiful things she’d ever seen. BAM! Makes my job easy. Happy Mother’s Day! [IN STORE ONLY]

Handmade Mother's Day

Handmade Mother’s Day

Nina: I always draw my mom an original card and make sure to call her first thing.

So the moral of the story here is, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting mom the most expensive gift, or the most original. At the end of it all – JUST CALL YOUR MOTHER ALREADY!

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Laguiole…the real deal!

April 10th, 2013 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

Laguiole Knives

Laguiole Knives

Laguiole, pronounced /lɑːˈjɔːl/ “la-yoll”, is a generic term, not legally restricted to any one company or place of manufacture.

But in fact, Laguiole is a place, a small agricultural town in the Aubrac uplands of central France, about 350 miles directly south of Paris. It was in this little town, around 1829, that knife makers began to blend techniques of French and Spanish style single blade knives into what is now known as a Laguiole knife. From that moment forward, artisans around the country, around the world, began to emulate the form. Today, regardless of how many different “Laguioles” you see, there are few knife makers actually located in the town. This authenticity of place is directly linked to quality! Honestly, it can be a little confusing, but we’ve done the research in order to bring the best, the real deal!

Our assortment of Laguiole single blade knives are from Forge de Laguiole, in Laguiole,France and are 100% made by hand. Each knife is crafted by one artisan, start to finish, no assembly line, no machine fabrication. Assembly of a single Laguiole involves more than 50 separate activities, including the blade being roughed out, forged, polished and finished. The natural handle material is cut and shaped and the springs, liners, bolsters and flies are all made by hand. Everything is done in the same manner it was nearly two centuries ago.

We’ve selected two sizes; one small and one large. The smaller has a 2.25″ blade and is 5″ overall and the larger has a a 3″ blade and is 6.75″ overall. Both have all natural wood handles; Juniper, Snakewood, Rosewood or Olive-wood.

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Beauty Through Adaptation

April 2nd, 2013 / by Lily / one comment / permalink

Love Adorned Boucherouite Rugs

Boucherouite rugs ( Boucherouite meaning “rag” in Moroccan Arabic) are a recent pan-Moroccan phenomenon brought on by the loss of the nomadic lifestyle of the Amazigh people, though they are often referred to as “Berber”. No longer a nomadic people dependent on sheep herding, these artisans have adapted to the changes by  mixing wool with cotton rags to keep the tradition alive. With dramatic colors and patterns, these one of a kind pieces combine the casual ease of cotton with an artful, collage-like aesthetic.

For the typical loft: too much of  a good thing can get a little boring; white-washed walls, refinished wood and neutral-toned furniture beg for the colorful drama of rag rugs.

For youngin’s living in Brooklyn: if you graffiti the walls you can’t get your security deposit back. The crazy patterns of these vintage rugs are a more practical way of displaying your creativity.

For your new office: Bring some much needed visual interest to the place where you spend most of your time. It’ll be nice to have something pretty to pretend to look at when really, your staring off into space.

 

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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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Our Apologies

March 14th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

 

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PLEASE EXCUSE US WHILE WE TRY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TROUBLES THAT OUR LITTLE SITE IS HAVING.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY DIFFICULTIES, PLEASE CALL THE STORE AT 212.431.5683, WHERE ONE OF OUR LOVELY LADIES
WILL HELP YOU OUT. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON.
                                                                     LOVE,   Love copy

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“If night hides many secrets, indigo hides just as many”

March 13th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

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It is said that the Egyptians associate indigo with power, magic and divinity.
Indians believe it is the true color of the sun, The God of life.
Ancient nobility of Guatemala reveal their position by garments made of this color.
West Africans say the color signifies wealth, abundance and fertility.
The age old process of West African indigo dyeing:
Transforming dried balls of crushed leaves into a dye vat was a complex process that often required great expertise and possible evocation of the spirit world for protection. The intensity of the indigo color is a result of repeated submersion of the cloth into the fermented dye and exposure to air until you reach the desired intensity. After the cloth had dried it was customary to beat the fabric with wooden mallets, pressing the fabric and imparting a shiny glaze. If greater intensity of color was required, additional indigo paste and fat (yes, we said fat!) was often beaten into the cloth, imparting a shine and later, would rub off on the wearer’s skin in a desired effect.
All of the Indigo’s at Love Adorned are from West Africa. Each one is entirely unique. Shop textiles in the store and online at loveadorned.com

 

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From Cosmic Dust: A Conversation with the Artist behind Kria

March 3rd, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

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The artist on her vision and inspiration. In her own words:
“The genesis for Kria came upon discovering an Arctic Tern skeleton, named the Kria in Icelandic, on a black lava beach east of Reykjavik where I am from. But, I continue to cultivate my inspiration from my friends and my family and where we all live in relation to Nature. My vision for Kria has been of the essence I see in the natural form, and what those forms remind me of when taken out of their natural context. I want to create jewelry that enhances beauty in compliment with other designs, and which creates beauty on it’s own in a sculptural sense.”

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“Jewelry and adornment are the oldest of human traditions dating back 100,00 years with shells and beads. I hope to nurture a natural kinship with those instincts for people who wear my jewelry, I want them to feel like it is a part of them. It might sound pretentious, but the intimate relationship people have always had with what they choose to adorn themselves with seems to cultivate mysticism, and I hope somehow my designs can be a tangible reflection of that.”

Kria at Love Adorned

Kria Jewlery at Love Adorned & loveadorned.com

“I continue this path of discovery and find shapes whether they be in Nature formally or otherwise. For if anything comes from nowhere, it comes from the same cosmic dust and therefore the same nowhere as everything else.”

Shop for Kria Jewelry at Love Adorned, 269 Elizabeth street and online at loveadorned.com.

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Love Adorned is No.1

February 28th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

Love Adorned featured on Beso.com

Love Adorned featured on Beso.com

On the best of Nolita map that is. . . but who would refuse the compliment?

Beso.com, a self-described ‘lifestyle-centric shopping search engine’ scours the best stores and sites to find a highly curated shopping experience, so that you, can get to the good stuff faster. Our cheeks are getting rosy.

And of course, check us out online at loveadorned.com.

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