Daily Gems & other musings — woman owned business

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Natasha Fernandes Anjo

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

Vintage.  Handmade.  Beautiful textiles.  Sustainability.  These are a few of our favorite things, and they just so happen to encapsulate just a few of the many things Natasha Fernandes Anjo incorporates into her wildly sought-after designs. Founder of the UK-based label ROOP, Natasha herself handmakes all of the bags and accessories sold in her boutique.  She studied fashion design in college, but it wasn't until years later that she "discovered her purpose as a designer."  "She individually sources the materials and in effort to utilize what’s at her disposal, Natasha uses vintage and remnant fabrics." Our favorite pieces from Natasha's collection? ...

Read more →


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Giannina Azar

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

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...

Read more →


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Jibri by Jasmine Elder

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

  Upon discovering the line JIBRI by Jasmine Elder when curating our Diversity in Design Style Board series, we were immediately head over heels with the sheer amount of SPARKLE we saw in the designs.  Sequins, metallics and anything and everything shiny will always be something near to our hearts, and when we learned more about the line's founder and designer, Jasmine Elder, we were officially starry-eyed, obsessed fans! Founded in 2009, JIBRI is "all about glamour" and "creating garments for the fashion conscious curvy woman.  Jasmine grew up in Atlanta and has lived in both New York and London as a...

Read more →


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Silvia Tcherassi

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

"Effortless elegance," the motto Colombian-born designer Silvia Tcherassi goes by for her eponymous, ready to wear clothing line, is an idea we will always get behind.  Said to be "the pioneer of Latin flair" by Women's Wear Daily, Silvia "...began her career as an interior designer, but the search for new artistic expressions led her into fashion." As soon as we learned more about Silvia, saw her "effortlessly elegant" line AND discovered that she not only creates stunning designs, but she also is the founder and creative director of a successful collection of hotels, we were immediately inspired.  A true #girlboss! Silvia's designs...

Read more →


DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Chitose Abe

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

In 1999, Chitose Abe founded the Japanese brand Sacai, a luxury label known for its unique pattern combinations and design techniques, and is currently the label's Creative Director and owner.  When we first heard about her, we were so excited to learn more about this incredible #girlboss, mom and all around raw talent! Before founding Sacai, Chitose worked at Comme de Garcons as a pattern cutter and as a member of Junya Watanbe's design team.  Afterwards, she became a mom and now, as the head of Sacai, she bases her collections "...purely on my creative instincts.  Maybe I’m an idealist, but I am a...

Read more →