“Have you seen their collections?” Touch of Fabulous founder Pamela Raley asked, with an enthusiastic gleam in her eye.
Unique fashion may be a term beaten to death by many trying to describe fashion collections, but Touch of Fabulous showcases emerging designers with polar opposite personalities whose creativity certainly shines.
Hare + Hart
Hare + Hart’s leather company proves that you can make a long distance relationship work. Emily Harrison, one half of Hare + Hart, lives in Argentina near where the leather is farmed and manufactured, while Jennie Engelhard (pictured left) stays in New York, managing the brand and distribution. Engelhard wore a standout piece from their current collection: the Donelan Tuxedo Blazer. Fitted beautifully, the leather tuxedo jacket is also creatively constructed with a suede shawl lapel. The duo stress that they use animal friendly leather by integrating safe practice and incorporating local leather workers in the process. They also plan to use excess leather from car seat manufacturers to minimize waste.
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Abakus Jewelry designer Marsha Chun-Matsubara’s wrist is swallowed by layers of spikes while dozens of black lace-covered pearls drape her other arm. Despite Abakus’ endless combination of heavy stones, spikes and animal skins, the heavy metal or gothic lifestyle doesn’t properly reflect Chun-Matsubara’s personal tastes. Instead, Chun-Matsubara says she is more “into nature and its material” and she draws inspiration for her designs from the actual women who would wear them. Although she describes herself as earthy, she has an especially sarcastic and quirky sense of humor, demonstrated by saying of the jumble of pearls on her arm: “Some psycho from Dallas flew all the way here to buy this.” Her popularity is not without reason as Abakus jewelry has garnered appearances in W Magazine, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” and even collaborations with Patricia Field.
Larissa Bond Jewelry L.B.
Don’t let Larissa Bond’s looks fool you; this tomboy model turned jeweler exemplifies anything but bourgeois behavior. Slouched forward in a downtown leather jacket and tall boots, the natural born creator chats up a lighthearted storm with her Russian friend.
Hard to believe that she never wore jewelry until she reached her early 20’s, Bond’s collection is surprisingly delicate with a soft boldness. The word “LIFE” is crafted in a variety of tough cuffs, art deco earrings, and even a necklace. Taking a break from her rowdy behavior, Bond softens when she speaks of how the word “LIFE” holds a personal meaning — something that probably ties in with her rockstar ex-boyfriend.
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