The Holiday Season is upon us and, as predicted, we’re still wearing face masks to keep ourselves and others safe from the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Masks are now a part of everyday life, so it makes sense that consumer mask design continuously evolves to create products that are more comfortable, effective, and — very important — stylish. Previously here on The ‘Gig, we reviewed a line of fashion and lifestyle accessories from Pomchies, a certified woman-owned company with an interesting back-story.
Pomchies Hair Scrunchies 3-Pack in Holiday Colors
Heather Logan Clark created Pomchies in 2002 out of a desire to utilize swimsuit material remnants from her previous swimwear company. All Pomchies products are created using the highest quality swimwear fabric that is durable, waterproof, washable, reasonably priced and also eco-friendly. Earlier in 2020, Pomchies launched its Pom Mask line in quick response to the need for comfortable, breathable facial masks at the onset of Covid-19, and the company is now celebrating the sale of two million masks in just seven months!
Pomchies Pom Mask 2-Pack in Seasonal Holly Berry Print and Coordinating Gold Fabric
Thanks to popular demand for these easy-wearing masks, Pomchies has released a line of fun and cheerful seasonal holiday masks for all ages. Worleygig received a few sets of these masks for review on the blog and we are loving them!
This Red Bead Necklace was crafted from Bakelite (beads and chain links) cellulose acetate, with a metal clasp, and attributed to an unknown American designer. In the twentieth century, plastic manufacturing transformed the American jewelry industry and allowed for the production of fashionable yet affordable pieces. This chain link and cube necklace represents a style that was especially popular during the Depression era and the early 1940s.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
In mid-century America, molded Box Handbags like this one (circa 1955) were fabricated by the New York City accessory firm Wilardy aka Wilardy Originals, which embraced the increasingly experimental postwar design trend towards ‘scientific’ materials such as Lucite.
Wilardy Originals began in 1946 as Handbag Specialties, a collaboration between father and son team, Charles William Hardy and William Hammond Hardy. The original offices and factory were in New York, and moved to Union City, New Jersey in 1953. Charles, who was called Bill, was a wizard with mathematics and a serious business man. William, known as Will, was the artist, designer, a great motivator and a man who possessed unusual social grace. Will Hardy took over the business in the 1960s, and continued designing and manufacturing into the early 1980s.
In addition to lucite handbags, Will designed lighting fixtures for Dinico, lucite bathroom fixtures, elegant containers for Atlantic Can, a chest of drawers for Jacqueline Kennedy, chandeliers for the White House, jewelry, tableware for the Grainware Company, and even clothing. He passed away on May 24th, 2018. Find out more about Wilardy Originals at This Link!
Photographed in the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan.
A few weeks into lockdown here in NYC, I realized that the KN95 masks I paid $10 each for (and waited weeks for them to arrive from China) would need to be supplemented with many additional masks that could also double as fashion accessories: because we are going to be wearing masks for a long, long time. Just being serious. I was able to find some colorful cloth masks while visiting the Berkshires a few weeks ago, but otherwise it seems like stylish, seasonally-appropriate masks are only available to pre-order, and who wants to wait for something you need right now? The great news is that, just in time for the 4th of July, SwaddleDesigns has all of their Made in the USA face masks on sale, starting at the low price of just $4.99. What a bargain.
Made from 2-layers of double-napped cotton flannel, these SwaddleDesigns non-medical Cotton Flannel Masks yield better particle filtration effectiveness than cloth masks made using cotton knit, cotton muslin, gauze, and polyester fleece fabrics. The double-napped cotton flannel (mechanical brushing on both sides of the cloth) increases the degree of randomness and enhances the filtration effectiveness. I probably don’t have to tell you that wearing a KN95 in the summer is like strapping a sauna to your face, but these cotton masks are going to keep your face cooler and drier.
In June 2020, Florida Atlantic University researchers developed a Cough Emulator lab configuration to assess the efficacy of cloth masks. The FAU team published a study that shows any mask is better than no mask, but some masks are much better at stopping expelled droplets.In July 2020, the researchers tested SwaddleDesigns 3-layer Cotton Mask and validated the SwaddleDesigns mask minimizes droplet leakage and provides significantly better filtration. Watch the Cough Emulator test video at This Link.
With so many masks on backorder, the good news is that the SwaddleDesigns masks are available and ready to ship right now! Shop the above designs and more, all on sale, at This Link.
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This Lilac Headband (1960s) by Adolfo (Adolfo Sardina) recalls historical styles of the mid-nineteenth century, conjuring Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s portrait The Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Ladies-in-Waiting (1855). At the same time, the clouds of lilac blooms and traditionally feminine bow at the center of this headband also speak to contemporaneous ideas and aesthetics, channeling the flower power movement of the late 1960s, and early 1970s, and skillfully striking a balance between moments of meticulous coordination and carefree, romantic hippie styles of dress.
Photographed as part of the exhibit In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, on view through May 17th, 2020 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
This matching Bracelet and Brooch are composed of a vibrant rainbow of resin Lipsticks that humorously assert the decorative nature of cosmetic products. While both by Karl Lagerfeld and the jewelry designer Ugo Correani were known for their postmodern sampling of objects and ideas, the tendency to inflate scale in order to invest drama was a particular strength of Correani.
In the words of Lagerfeld, “He has a magic touch. No one can compare to him . . . He’s modern, not afraid to be oversized, but with the right eye for proportion.”
Photographed as part of the exhibit In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, on view through May 17th, 2020 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
There is little doubt that a fashionable handbag can tie a look together like no other accessory, and in many cases it ends up being the conversation piece of an outfit. While “It Bags” from design houses like Hermes and Moschino can set you back thousands — or even tens-of-thousands — of dollars, it’s possible to own a super cute handbag that is truly a work of art for a very affordable price. Allow me to introduce you to the Signature Handbag collection from designer and artist, Kent Stetson.
Oyster Clutch $230; Donut Clutch $212
Kent Stetson creates functional, wearable art which he refers to as Art-To-Go! His handbag designs include popular themes like food, fashion, pets, flowers, cocktails, special interest hobbies, and his own abstract patterns, so there really is a bag to suit every taste. Assorted designs feature a novelty closure adornment, such as the faux oyster or donut seen on the bags in the above photo. Stetson’s bags are so visually exciting, you may not be able to resist the urge to own more than one!
Snakeskin Clutch $212.00
The Signature Handbag collection has a fascinating origin story, which Stetson shares on his website; “In 2003, after the disappointment of dismantling an exhibition of my paintings where nothing sold, I started cutting up the canvas pieces and sewing them into bags.” Kent found that these fun and unique handbags sold immediately.
American Express Clutch, Price N/A
His story continues, “Raised on a farm, watching my mother repair and maintain the harnesses for the horses, I gathered a sense of the craft of leatherwork. I had the tools that I needed, I simply had to connect the dots to my paintings. It turns out that I did not need a wall to display my art, and that a bag was a perfect way to package it.”
Splash Clutch $198; Buddha Clutch $208
Originally, the bags were a framing device but they since have become his medium. Stetson’s designs are an instantly-recognizable wardrobe staple enjoyed by celebrities and collectors worldwide. These signature clutch bags are made from luxury-quality coated canvas, and range in style from traditionally artistic to kitsch. You can see that these designs are a great way to spark a fun conversation that breaks the ice and turns everyday adventures into an opportunity to make new friends.
Lipstick Clutch $208
Succulents Clutch $212
The designer employs a team of highly-skilled technicians who work alongside him to produce each piece, and his Rhode Island-based workshop has a high bar for excellence, having earned many awards. There are nearly 50 steps in making each signature bag and all pieces are produced to order, making each one specially for the recipient.
Christmas Lights Clutch, Price NA
Stetson never loses sight of the fact that he had to fail hard in order to become a success. “Whether you are one of our early first patrons, or a new collector,” he offers, “it is an honor for me to make something that I know you will enjoy using. Thank you for helping me turn what was a disappointing start to my career as an artist into something more wonderful than I could have ever imagined!”
Macaroon Clutch $212
Mary Jane Clutch $208
All handbags come with a removable cross-body chain, a logo dust bag, a clear vinyl inner pocket, and each is individually signed. All prices include shipping. Shop Online for Kent Stetson’s Signature Collection at This Link!
All Photos Taken at NY Now Summer 2019 at the Javits Center.
Back to School: three little words that stir anxiety in the young and the young-at-heart. Nobody wants summer to end, but while you can’t stop time, you can keep your summer vibe alive by adding Pomchies accessories to your back-to-school shopping list. Established in 2002, Pomchies is a line of fun fashion, home and lifestyle accessories with amazingly practical uses.
Image Courtesy of Pomchies
The company name Pomchie was originally coined to describe a soft ‘ouchless’ ponytail holder — part scrunchie, part pom pom — which was its debut product. Pomchies accessories were born from a quest for sustainability, back when Pomchies owner Heather Logan was selling children’s sun protective swimwear and the Australia-based factory was in search of a way to use the scraps of left-over fabric. While Pomchies now buys its fabric by the container load, the adventurous spirit that launched this fun, carefree accessory line still informs its creative aesthetic. All Pomchie products are soft and waterproof, made from washable Oeko Tex approved swimwear fabric.
I recently received a surprise box of assorted Pomchies items to try, some of which – such as ubiquitous fashion hair accessory known as the scrunchie – I’ve already been using for years, and others that I never knew I needed until they landed on my doorstep. Let’s take a look!
I have very long hair that loves to fly around in the breeze, so to keep it out of my face, I tie it back with a scrunchie practically on a daily basis. The PomchiesHair Scrunch comes as a single piece, or a coordinated 3-pack, and there literally hundreds of color combinations, so you can own one to match every outfit.
“Vape Culture” is the name given to the community and spirit surrounding vaping, something which millions of people worldwide have found their home in. Over the last few years, vaping has grown out of relative obscurity and is now something which is done by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The reasons for vaping are varied, with some opting to vape instead of smoke cigarettes, whereas others do it to participate in “vaping games” for the cool factor.
To different people, vaping means different things, and to the Oxford dictionary, it was 2014’s word of the year – “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Some people view it as obnoxious, whereas others are completely absorbed by the community which surrounds it.
To say that vaping as an act divides people would be an understatement; however, there is no ignoring the influence that it has on our world, and with the numbers of people who participate in vaping continuously on the rise, it is a trend which is set to keep growing, especially as more and more trendy vape-related manufacturers and retailers such as www.brokedick.com come about and further strengthen the community.
In addition to this, more people are becoming aware of the dangers related to smoking and are trying to find ways to quit. Many start off with nicotine patches before progressing to vaping and find the latter to be the most effective means of getting rid of a habit which can completely take over your life and dramatically increase risks of cancer and coronary heart disease, amongst other ailments.
#1: What Is Vape Culture?
To the older generation, generally speaking, vapers are groups of young adults who have nothing better to do than blow huge plums of vapor at inappropriate times in inappropriate places. You just need to look at the mainstream media to see the many stories of so-called “millennials” plaguing restaurants, airports, and bars with their vapor smoke whilst arguing that they are not breaking the rules because they are not smoking.
Whilst such acts are highly inconsiderate, this is not representative of the vaping community. Unfortunately, these people give it a bad name. Whilst there are several such stories constantly making their way around the mainstream press, the truth of the matter is that at the core of the vaping community are the “good guys” – normal everyday citizens who are enthusiastic about vaping but carry it out in a way which does not impede on others or cause a nuisance.
The true vaping community wants to eliminate the negative stereotypes and stigmas associated with vaping.
#2: What Is Its Demographic?
Truth be told, there is no one single demographic which fits within the vaping community or culture. Vape culture includes everybody, a wide range of the overall world population; it is not limited to any single person, gender, age group, race, political party, sexuality, or other factor.
People from all walks of life, working all types of job and from virtually all countries in the world have taken up vaping as a means of either quitting smoking or taking up a fun pastime, or both. Given that there is scientific support to show that vaping is as much as 95% safer than smoking regular cigarettes and tobacco, the majority of vapers fall within the former group – people who are concerned about their health and want to ditch the smoking habit.
So long as you are genuinely interested in vaping – you don’t even need to actually vape – just have an interest or want to follow the movement, you are welcome in the vaping community. If, as a vaper, you are willing to tow the line and be considerate to others, especially if you are blowing huge, thick and dense clouds, there is no reason why you cannot get involved.
#3: Is Vape Culture Really Necessary?
Sure, vaping is cool and all . . . but is it necessary for there to be a “culture” and “community” which surrounds it? In short, yes.
Look at any other sport, hobby or pastime and you will see that nine times out of ten there is a community of enthusiasts which surround it. Skateboarding, football, stamp collecting, trainspotting… every niche interest tends to have a community around it, so why should vaping be any different to this?
The vaping community and culture provide a huge benefit for not only those who vape, but for those who don’t, too. For vapers, the vape community and culture provides a place where people can get help with quitting smoking, it is where the right to vape is protected and it is a community which has set the bar high for manufacturers to produce quality products which are safe and healthy. For outsiders, the vaping community educates newcomers on the best practice for vaping, where you can and can’t do it and how not to be a nuisance for it.
Of course, there are a handful of vapers out there who don’t respect the best practices for vaping… these people are just as much a nuisance for us responsible vapers as they are for the wider population. Most of us, however, are considerate with our vaping devices and work hard to educate people through the organization of vape conferences to further enhance the vaping movement.
Vape culture has existed from the very beginning and it is something that continues to go from strength-to-strength as the vaping “movement” grows in relevance and popularity throughout the world. The culture and community which surrounds it is just as much a necessity as it is a nicety; prominent figures and officials within the community work hard to promote responsible vaping and get rid of the various stigmas associated with a relatively harmless pastime.
As vaping grows in popularity and more people get involved with the overall vaping community, it is important to keep educating the masses on the many benefits associated with it and to eliminate the overarching stigma which causes bias within the media.
I am such a sucker for anything that lights up, but when it is also a Pink Flamingo, that is an easy sell. This adorable and practical Pink Flamingo LED charging cable is sure be conversation starter wherever its used! It can also be used as a night light!
Manufactured by DCI, the 46” USB cable is punctuated by 8 LED Pink Flamingo lights and is compatible with iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus and 8. The cable retails for about $18.99. Google it to find your best price.
Photographed at the New York Now Gift Show at Javits Center.