Daily Gems & other musings — luxury

DESINGER SPOTLIGHT: Sindiso Khumalo

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  If you've been following along on our Designer Spotlight series, you'll know there are few things we appreciate more than a great textile.  Sindiso Khumalo is known as "a genius on the subject, with a Central Saint Martins master’s in the niche and single-handedly designing all of her fabrics through multimedia methods such as watercolor and collage." But let's begin at the beginning.  The brand's founder and namesake, Sindiso "studied architecture at the University of Cape Town prior to moving to London, where she went onto study a Masters in Design for Textile Futures. Sindiso Khumalo founded her eponymous label...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Giannina Azar

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Image via HOLA! Giannina Azar has made a big impact in the time since she's emerged on the fashion scene - she followed her design dreams and graduated with a degree in fashion design and illustration from the Mercy Jacques Institute of Technology and shortly after in 2012, released her first collection - and she's been making a splash ever since!  Inspired by "the joy, music, and colors of the world‘s ethnic groups...her complex manual and artisan work made her one of the favorite Latin designers" of fashionistas and celebrities alike.  She's dressed superstars like Jennifer Lopez,  Talia and Gwen Stefani but remains family focused with...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Arianna Jamerson / Assata Designs

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After learning to sew in high school, Arianna Jamerson showed in her first fashion show at just 16 years old - and hasn't stopped designing since!  Describing her designs as made by an individual artist rather than a brand, she's brought that personal touch to everything she has created for her brand, Assata Designs. Describing her line as based in sustainability, quality craftsmanship, and eccentricity, she explained to Who What Wear that she displays diversity "by including my friends and local creatives in my campaigns.  I hope that I can continue to show that there is no one 'ideal' beauty."  Arianna...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Uma Wang

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  Known for "her innovative use of texture and draping, beautiful tailoring and meticulous detailing," we're excited to share our latest designer, Uma Wang, in the Designer Spotlight with you! Uma launched her label under her own name in 2009 and has done it all from runway collections to opening her own boutique since.  She trained at the Chinese Textile University in Shanghai and Central Saint Martins in London, and "her signature technique fuses knits with fabric, balancing sophistication with a timeless design." Anyone that knows us knows we can't get enough of a beautifully draped silhouette (seriously, who can't?!), and we can't decide on...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Theresa Ebagua

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Ever since we originally created our Diversity in Design Style Board series, our new favorite hobby has become discovering new designers we love and sharing them with you!  This week in the Designer Spotlight, we're featuring Theresa Ebagua, the founder of Chelsea Paris {named after her two daughters}, a sustainable luxury footwear brand based in "European craftsmanship seamlessly fused with African-inspired designs, colors and prints.  Chelsea Paris footwear is built for conscientious free spirits who refuse to compromise." Theresa founded the line 2012, which today is still all handmade, exclusively by European artisans.  "Each seasonal collection relies on a blend of time-honored Italian craftsmanship and modern...

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