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Eye On Design: Signature Collection Handbags By Kent Stetson

Martini Handbags
All Photos By Gail

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 and Donut
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
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
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 Buddha
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
Lipstick Clutch $208

Succulents
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
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
Macaroon Clutch $212

Mary Jane
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!

Assorted Clutch Bags

All Photos Taken at NY Now Summer 2019 at the Javits Center.

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Extend Your Summer Vibe With Lifestyle Accessories From Pomchies!

Pomchies Accessories
All Photos By Gail Except Where Noted

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.

Original Pomchie
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!

Scrunchie Threesome

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 Pomchies Hair 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.

Pomchies Trio

Hair Scrunch Fashion Shoot
Look, I Did a Little Scrunchie Fashion Shoot!

Water Bottle Holder

These days, nearly everyone can be seen toting a water bottle for on-the-go hydration. An alternative to tossing your bottle into your bag or backpack (where it can get lost) would be to carry it in this Pomchie Water Bottle Holder. The style above has a shorter strap for hanging across your arm or shoulder, while the cross-body style, seen below, allows for more freedom of movement.

Water Bottle Holder

Key Ring

Are you someone who regularly misplaces their car or house keys? Consider keeping them close-at-hand with a Pomchie Key Ring, which is made to wear on your wrist!


Image Courtesy of Pomchies

There’s still time this season to do some outdoor entertaining, and if you’re drinking wine, which I hope you are, check out these Pom-Charms wine glass charms. So festive and fun!

Pom Charms

Pom ID Luggage Tag

For years while travelling, I’ve identified my easily-overlooked black suitcase on the baggage-claim carousel by the hot pink bath puff tied to the handle. Now, I can toss that away and swap it out for these colorful Pom-ID Bag Tags! Everybody who owns non-descript luggage needs these!

Pom ID

Pomchie products are a unique way to show your individuality and add color to your life while helping you feel organized and put-together. In addition to the products showcased in this post, there are Pom-Shoes, Spirit Band-it Headbands, Team-Twist braided bracelets, Pom-Braid and Double Pom-Braid braided headbands, Lanyards, Cellphone Holders, Eyeglass Keepers, and many other items in the line.  Pomchies accessories are available to purchase in over 2000 retail outlets around the country, and you can find a list of where to buy them in your area at This Link!

Check Out More Fun Pomchies Accessories in the Video Below!

The Rise of Vape Culture

Vape Culture Words

“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.

Colored Smoke Background

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.

Set of Vaping Culture Icons

#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.

Yes, It Exists: Rock Star Barbie

Rock Star Barbie
Photo By Gail

Is it really so strange that there is not only a Rock Star Barbie, but a whole gang of Barbie ‘Rockers’? Probably not. In fact, I think it is appropriate; because if Barbie can be anything she wants to be, why not be a Rocker, I ask yez? I’m actually quite surprised that it took Mattel this long to figure out that Barbie wants to Rock, Bitches! This incarnation of Rock Star Barbie (official name Careers Barbie Rock Star Doll) — which comes with a couple of thoroughly hideous outfits and a purple guitar — sells for $24.49 at Target, but I’ve seen others selling online for less. Rock on, Barbie!

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Glitter Lips Handbag

Pink Lips Handbag
Photo By Gail

I stopped into the Aldo accessories boutique yesterday afternoon after scoring a serious shoe bargain next door at Century 21, and  just fell in love with this glittery pink handbag shaped like a  pair of luscious lips! This beautiful bag is compact, yet roomy enough to hold a decent amount of your crap — besides just a smart phone and wallet — and it also includes a slender shoulder strap for hot cross-body action. OMG so cute. Get yours at Aldo, located at  470 Broadway (and other locations – Google them!) in Manhattan, or buy it online for $45.00 at This Link!

Eye On Design: Fine Handmade Jewelry From John Hardy

John Hardy Counter Display
All Photos By Gail

Summer is in full swing here in the city, and warm weather fashions mean you are showing off more skin. Maybe you are thinking that it’s the perfect time to enhance your summer looks with a few pieces of fine jewelry that you can continue to wear all year long. I know just the plce you should go: the John Hardy boutique on Prince Street in SoHo. Their jewelry is gorgeous and their sale staff is friendly an knowledgeable. Best of all, each piece of jewelry is handmade, so the quality is unmatched.

Store View

Established on the island of Bali in Indonesia in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to the creation of ultimate beauty through artisan hand-crafted jewelry. Their master artisans honor original craft through the perfection of modern design, creating timeless one-of-a-kind pieces that are brilliantly alive.

Display Case

Founder John Hardy, an artist and visionary, first visited Bali in the 1970s and was enchanted by the island’s sublime beauty. There, he founded an authentic collective with local artisans and, since inception, the company has remained passionately committed to community, artisanship and sustainability.

Random Display

Each of John Hardy’s distinctive collections convey evocative symbolism and honor the transmission of creative energy from the artisan to the wearer. More than jewelry — an eternal connection to the source of inspiration. For the seekers, the explorers, the storytellers. Let’s take look at what a selection of the designs you’ll find at their store in SoHo.

Bamboo Pendants
Bamboo Collection Pendants in Gold with Diamonds

Precious and Tranquil, each piece in the Bamboo Collection reveals elegance and adaptability, and gives back through John Hardy’s “Wear Bamboo, Plant Bamboo” initiative, which ensures the planting of bamboo seedlings in Bali with each sustainable, luxury jewelry purchase, celebrating respect of the earth.

Bamboo Earrings and Matching Pendants
Bamboo Earrings and Rings With Faceted Gemstone

Bamboo Chandelier Earrings
Top: Bamboo Chandelier Earrings with Polished Gemstones

Dot Chandelier Earring in Hammered Metal
Dot Chandelier Earrings in Hammered Gold

With no beginning and no end, the textured and symmetrical spheres of the Dot Collection epitomize boundless love and infinite possibility. For these earrings, the ancient technique of hand-hammering metal produces lustrous, textured surfaces with a hint of the exotic

Three Dot Rings
Top: Dot Overlap Ring, Center: Dot Ring, Bottom: Dot Saddle Ring

Silver Cuffs from the Dot Collection

Assorted Silver Cuffs from the Dot Collection

Assorted Dot Cuffs

Dot Collection
Dot Cuff in Silver with Enamel, Dot Drop and Chandelier Earrings with Gemstones

Each tiny circle is applied by hand by dedicated artisans.

Legends Cobra necklace and Bracelet
Legends Cobra Necklace and Bracelet

The Cobra shedding its skin is a powerful manifestation of the creative life force of reincarnation. Wear items in the Legends Cobra collection to invoke transformation, renewal and vitality.

Legends Cobra Drop Necklace
Legends Cobra Drop Necklaces with Gemstones

Legends Cobra Earrings and Rings
Legends Cobra Drop Earrings and Rings

Legend Cobra Opal Ring
Legends Cobra Opal Ring (Detail)

Green Eyed Snake Cuff
Cuff with Faceted Gemstones

Legends Macan Pendent Necklace
Legends Macan Pendent Necklace

The spirit of the Macan, or Tiger, is known for its ferocity and perseverance. Wear Legends Macan designs to be imbued with courage, strength and passion.

Handmade Metal Clutch
One-of-a-kind, Hand-hammered Silver Metal Clutch, Displayed with with Legends Macan Doorknocker Earrings

Legends Macan Handbag Detail

This unique clutch converts to a cross-body bag with an attachable chain strap, which is included.

Legends Macan Cuffs
Assorted Legends Macan Cuffs

Legends Macan Rings
Legends Macan Post Earrings (Top) and Rings

Classic Chain Bracelets for Men in Silver and Rubber
Classic Chain Bracelets for Men in Silver and Rubber

John Hardy also makes variety of jewellery styles just for men.

Mens Bracelets
Assorted Mens Bracelets

Braided Chain Cufflink and Cuff in Blackened Bronze
Braided Chain Cuff-links and Cuff in Blackened Bronze

Mens Classic Dog Tag Necklaces in Assorted Finishes
Mens Classic Dog Tag Necklaces in Assorted Finishes

Legends Tassle Collection Display

There is really so much to see at the John Hardy Boutique, only a small fraction of which is shown in this post.  It is almost like visiting jewelry museum.

Legends Tassle Pendent
Legends Macan Tassle Pendent with Amber Beads

Each friendly and informed associate can answer any question you have and is there to ensure that you choose a piece of jewelry that speaks to you. Why not plan to visit John Hardy today?

John Hardy Boutique is Located at 118 Price Street in SoHo, NYC. For other locations and more information on the Collections, please visit This Link!

Elemental Energy Book

Necklace Display

Dot Display with Gemstones

Eye On Design Presents: Paco Rabanne Gold Metal Handbag Circa 1966

Paco Rabanne Gold Metal Handbag
Photo By Gail

Paco Rabanne was first known as an accessories designer and his work was regularly featured in the pages of magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. This bag was likely made after the designer has started his clothing line. It shows how his idea of “futuristic armor” was translated into an eye-catching accessory

Photographed in the Museum at FIT