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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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Eye On Design: Peter Max Sneakers Circa 1968

Peter Max Sneakers
All Photos By Gail

These Summer Of Love-era sneakers were designed by artist Peter Max, who is best known for his trippy, colorful and psychedelic designs of the 1960s and ’70s. As craft became a form of cultural commentary, wearable art was used as a symbol of the counterculture’s personal and political allegiances.

Peter Max Sneakers

These sneakers had an original sale price of $3.97, and can now be found on auction sites such as eBay selling for, on average, about $600 per pair. The back of the sneaker has a grinning red  mouth across it, part of which can be seen in the above photo.

Peter Max Sneakers

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit Minimalism / Maximalism, on Through November 16, 2019 at the Museum at FIT in Manhattan .

Peter Max Sneakers

 

Sebastian Errazuriz’ 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers Inspires Wearable Art by Melissa Shoes

Galeria Melissa
All Photos By Gail

Well-made shoes always look like works of art to me: Like tiny wearable sculptures. It’s probably not entirely unexpected then that others feel similarly — one of those being artist Sebastian Errazuriz. In 2013, Errazuriz debuted his installation, 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers at Miami Art Basel. A collection of twelve shoe-like sculptures inspired by twelve of the artist’s ex-girlfriends, and realized through the use of a 3D printer, these shoes were really quite spectacular, and were featured in a couple of The Gig’s Posts from that time. Because: Shoe Art.

12 Shoes Signage

After Errazuriz gained popularity by creating the best insulated work boots for major Brazilian construction and government companies, his idea of creating wearable shoe art was just too good to lay dormant, Brazilian plastic footwear brand Melissa Shoes has unveiled a special collaboration with Errazuriz in which two of his designs from 12 LoversThe Boss and The Gold Digger, have been reproduced as shoes you can buy in the Melissa stores located around the world. Galeria Melissa in Soho, NYC threw a fun launch party last week and we were lucky enough to snag an invite. Please enjoy our photos from the event!

The Boss Display
The Boss, on Display

The first design to be created as a fully wearable shoe is called The Boss, which is a black stiletto featuring a brass knuckle-like embellishment under the arch of the shoe.

The Boss

The Boss’ prototype was on display at the shop, along with most of the other shoes from the original 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers exhibit. Each shoe is displayed along with the highly stylized backstory of the woman who inspired it.

The Boss In Use
The Boss In Action!

The Boss Pair

The updated Boss design has a more manageable heel, and three instead of for rings.

The Boss Single Shoe

We posted the above photo on FaceBook and it got 100 Likes in ten minutes. You can imagine that these shoes will sell like crazy.

The Gold Digger Art

The second design on sale at Galeria Melissa is based on the Gold Digger (with the heel of the shoe resembling a Golden human form).

The Gold Digger Display

The Gold Digger Single Shoe

The Gold Digger Heel Detail
Boy, You’re Gonna Carry That Weight…

Both The Boss and The Gold Digger sell for $450 per pair and are available to purchase right now, but for a limited time only.

Chandelier

If you haven’t already been there, Galeria Melissa is a gorgeous boutique with this fun Chandelier that has little parrots and other birds hiding in it. Let’s take a closer look.

Chandelier Detail with Birds
Click Image to Enlarge for Detail

Fun!

Sebastian Gets Interviewed

Here is Sebastian being interviewed by a reporter. We did not get to meet him but he seemed very nice and happy to talk about the shoes.

Here are some of the other shoes from 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers:

Honey
Honey

Heart Breaker
The Heart Breaker

Cry Baby
The Cry Baby

Hot Bitch
The Hot Bitch

The Virgin 1
The Virgin

The Virgin
The Virgin, Detail

GI Jane
GI Jane

The Ice Queen
The Ice Queen

Installation View Ice Queen and The Rock
Ice Queen and The Rock, Installation View

It was a fun party and an absolute thrill to be able to see the 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers in person!

Party View

Galeria Melissa is Located at 102 Greene Street (Between Prince and Spring), Soho, New York. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6:00 PM.

Staircase Detail

Variations on a Theme: Must-See Art Jewelry Exhibit at Forbes Galleries

Ice Theme Various
Variations on the Theme: Ice (Various Artists. Above Photo by Gail. All Other Photos Courtesy of Goldstein Communications)

The idea of “wearable art” in the realm of modern design is fascinating me to, so I was very excited to attend an opening reception last week for the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC)’s exhibit at Forbes Galleries showcasing 25 years of outstanding jewelry design.  The exhibition, Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC, will dazzle museum visitors with one-of-a-kind works from over 40 Designers who are AJDC members.

Cornelia Goldsmith, Ice Ring
Cornelia Goldsmith Ring, Theme: Ice  (Also seen as part of the collection in photo above)

Annually, the AJDC  and goldeneaglecoin.com asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as Water, Spiral, Ice, Pyramid, Wheel and Flight imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials. On view in this exhibit at Forbes jewelry gallery is a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Each thematic collection is displayed beautifully in a separate glass vitrine.

Sandy Baker Wheel Brooch
Sandy Baker Brooch for the Theme “Wheel”

“The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality and excellence in design,” says Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC.  “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive.  Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience.”

Jane Bohan Wave
Jane Bohan Interprets “Wave”

Since its establishment in 1988, the AJDC has worked to educate and promote the awareness of jewelry as an art form. Members of the American Jewelry Design Council are dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential. This year’s theme “Wave” delivered awe inspiring works of art which were debuted at the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas this past June.

Michael Bondanza Tension Bracelet
Michael Bondanza “Tension” Bracelet

Artists exhibiting in Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC include:

Sandy BakerJane Bohan

Whitney Boin

Michael Bondanza

Petra Class

Jaclyn Davidson

Falcher Fusager

Geoffrey Giles

Cornelia Goldsmith

Michael Good

Sarah Graham

Alishan Halebian

Ron Hartgrove

Barbara Heinrich

Susan Helmich

Jose Hess

Cornelis Hollander

John Iversen

Scott Keating

Christo Kiffer

Paul KleckaSteven Kretchmer

Pascal Lacroix

Anthony Lent

Linda MacNeil

Gregore’ Morin

Jennifer Rabe Morin

Adam Neeley

Mark Patterson

Kent Raible

Paul Robilotti

Todd Reed

Alan Revere

Susan Sadler

George Sawyer

Mark Schneider

William Schraft

Tina Segal

Diana Vincent

Barbara Westwood

Although the gallery is not that large, the exhibit is laid out in a way that makes the most of the small space. These pieces are each unique and it’s fun to look at them, compare each to the other contributions to that shared theme and see what everyone came up with.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the show:

Petra Class Tear
Petra Class, Theme: Tear

Falcher Fusager Pyramid
Falcher Fusager, Theme: Pyramid

Cornelis Hollander Pyramid Brooch
Cornelis Hollander Pyramid Brooch

Michael Good Spiral Necklace
Michael Good “Spiral” Necklace

Gregore Morin, Mona Lisa, The Smile
Gregore Morin, Mona Lisa. Theme: The Smile

Gregore Morin Peekaboo
Gregore Morin, Theme: Peekaboo

Variations on a Theme is a must-see exhibit for jewelry lovers and anyone interested in Modern Design. I really enjoyed it!

Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC Will be on Exhibit Through February 22, 2014 at Forbes Galleries, Located 62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street), New York City. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

AJDC Logo White Stripes 2013

Ron Hartgrove Puzzle Ring
Ron Hartgrove “Puzzle” Ring