Few items in the store are closer to my heart than John Kirlis’ “Fantasy Insect” pins. After graduating from college majoring in jewelry making and several decades working in several high-end costume jewelry houses, John designed his own collection of fantasy bug pins. They are magical! The most basic outfit will be transformed with one of these tender creatures nested on a shoulder and nothing I wear brings more compliments. Limited addition pins available.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Wendy Stevens’ early inspiration for her fabulous handbags came from her fascination with the sheet metal in telephone booths, elevators and constructions sites in NYC where she started her business on the lower east side in the early 1980s. She hand produces each jewel-like piece herself. These handbags are tough and easy to care for and look exceptionally smart with any outfit. They are designed to hold just the essentials but do we really need more? For collectible accessories, as evidenced by the Tassenmuseum in the Netherlands which owns four of her handbags for their permanent collection, they are well worth the investment.
Friday, December 6, 2013
An Ren is a really interesting designer. Her jackets, coats and dresses offer our customers an alternative to the boredom of a wardrobe filled with classic, safe, forgettable garments. Her craftsmanship is a cut above with every interior seam bound in a contrasting fabric, bound button holes....always and creative details that aren’t silly. Paired with classic pants, tops and shirts her garments create a smart, chic look.
Stop by Joovay today to see our vast selection of An Ren coats today! They're perfect for the upcoming cold front.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Coorymoor Farms, located in East Devon, England, produces my favorite sock. Their Angora goats produce fine, lustrous, Kemp-free mohair fleece. (Kemp is a short thick fiber which makes poor quality mohair itchy). Mohair is known as the “Diamond Fiber” for its luster, strength and durability. Unlike sheep’s wool, mohair fibers are smooth and don’t trap bacteria so the socks don’t get smelly. I machine wash and dry my socks with the rest of the laundry and they don’t shrink. They keep my feet really warm and last for years. We sell 2 sizes to meet everyone’s needs and they come in black (of course), gold, ultra purple, forest green and hot pink. These socks will definitely not be a disappointing stocking stuffer this holiday season.
Friday, November 29, 2013
My Graf & Lantz tote is a beautiful, smart looking workhorse. I’m really impressed with the way this embossed felt and leather bag has held up to the daily torture I put it through. It gets so heavy sometimes that my poor husband has to carry it for me! The colored versions in teal, fuchsia or flame are eye catching, sophisticated accents to the standard winter color pallet. Come brighten up your bag this holiday season.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
We were in Egypt in the Spring and one of the highlights of our trip there was St Catherine, Sinai. St Catherine Monastery is the oldest continuously functioning Monastery in the world and Coptic monks keep the second most important collection of art icons in the museum there. We stayed in a Bedouin camp and I met a lady who had a concession for the ladies of the Gibeleia Bedouin tribe who do really cool beaded bags and purses. I bought some for Joovay while there and they sold out immediately. One customer wore hers to the Opera at Lincoln Center and was asked by many admirers about her bag. I now have a new supply brought back from Sinai by Julie of Venus Adventures, a Swiss travel agency who puts adventure trips together just for women. Now there’s an idea!!! I did not see these beaded bags anywhere else in Egypt. They are special!!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Silk Road Bazaar silk and wool scarves from Kyrgyzstan, an underdeveloped and remote country in Central Asia. I was charmed by the beauty of the richly colored silk scarves imbedded with wool felt. The felt motifs are inspired by the petroglyphs from the many prehistoric cave paintings found in the country. Felting has a long tradition here and these artists, who are located far from the capitals, continue to do their work in the age-old tradition of Central Asia. These scarves are definitely unique and are a must have accessory for the season.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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London based Philippa Kunisch is a favorite jeweler of mine. I do classical goldsmithing as a hobby so I understand craft, construction and design in jewelry. Her work has a freshness that draws its inspiration from art and historical references. I am especially taken with her sense of color, an example being the variation of the crystals in her bling earrings. Big sparkle, the best quality Swarovski crystals and slightly offbeat color combinations give them a magical effect when worn. The elegant design and beautiful color makes these pieces perfect for the upcoming holiday season!