Category Archives: Accessories
Terry Jonas launched Authentics in 1983 to retail and distribute contemporary furniture and interior accessories. From the very beginning, everything about the company, from the distinctive “A” logo commissioned from The Ian Logan Design Company to its iconic Covent Garden store, paid testament to Terry’s unerring eye for great contemporary design.
Poppy Treffry are a small design and craft company based just outside Newlyn, a busy, messy, industrious fishing village in the far west of Cornwall. Art and fishing have mingled for centuries there and they are following in the tradition, stepping over sharks to get into the studio and using fish boxes to store thread.
It is lovely to make a unique lavander bag from antique and vintage fabrics. Once you get started, you can produce a satisfying stack in a short time. You can use even modern fabrics, with interesting prints, as well as various embellishments – ribbons, buttons, lace…. The perfumed millet or wheat grains make the bags heavy and lovely to handle.
Small one large one (why so big??? some will say), elegant or grunge, sophisticated or shabby, colourful or discreet…. the bags could be all of that. And you can make it with a bit of skill, idea and time. Here are some ideas for handmade handbags you can make of your own.
Portuguese designer, Francisco Miranda (aka Tooco) has developed an unusual model for Doble Sentido brand. The main feature of the new model is the zip that is used as a creative decor, as well as an original clasp in unusual performance.
Combs have been used by people since ages and probably date back to the Stone Age, when man, for the first time, created a solid tool with teeth, to tame his hair.
Historians generally agree that some form of head-covering must have been the first article of apparel put on by primitive man. Heads were certainly covered wherever sun and rain were severe.
The bowler and the derby are simply two names for the same style of hat. Bowler hats began to be called derby hats after an American hatter noticed a large number of English gentleman sporting them at an English derby (derbies are races typically restricted to three year old horses and were popular in 19th century England).
There are many collectors of Lucite handbags. This is one area of collecting in which condition is most important. And while Lucite bags are durable and quite sturdy, when stored under poor conditions, they tend to develop cracks, warping and the overall breaking down of the plastic. The Lucite handbag is one of those rare accessories that just seems to be a symbol of the time in which it was created. Lucite had been developed by Dupont in 1931, but it wasn’t until after WWII that the hard plastic was used to make jewellry and handbags. It was a new age, and modern materials and design were thought to be the wave of the future. Lucite handbags were introduced in the late 1940s, and they quickly became the evening bag of choice.
‘When I design a shoe I think about it as a sculpture to wear, an art piece you live with. You and your body affect its look and it affects yours. Footwear should have its life with and without being on the feet, on the contrary to cloths that exist only when being worn’.
Designer Kobi Levi specializes in designing unusual footwer that crosses the line between fashion and art.