Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Featured: John Kirslis Fantasy Insect Pins

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.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Featured: Gift Wrapping

We at Joovay have always believed in sending our customers out with a gift that looks like a gift.  Presentation is very important and our customers often remark on the beautiful job we do of wrapping the gifts they buy here.  Whether it’s Christmas, birthday, anniversary or “just because” your gift will always look special.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Featured: Amour Vert

Native Parisian, Linda Balti, left her aeronautic engineering career to design a fashion line that was ecologically responsible.  Her creation Amour Vert translates to “green love”.  The clothes are manufactured in the United States using fabric dyed with vegetable and nontoxic synthetic dyes and some pieces are made with organic cotton.  The look is easy chic with an unmistakable French influence, while the wear and tear on the earth is minimal.  Visit Joovay Essentials & Luxuries to view these fine pieces and many more.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Featured: Wendy Stevens Handbags

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

Featured: An Ren Coats

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

Featured: Coorymoor Farms Socks

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

Featured: Graf and Lantz Tote

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

Featured: Vintage Sari Scarves

 My husband and I have been to India 3 times and although there’s so much to experience, I am always drawn to the textiles there. When I found these vintage sari scarves and shawls, I snatched them up for Joovay. Each one-of-a-kind scarf has been pieced together in a very original way so that you actually get several effects. They’re fun to play with as neck pieces, or as accents to bring exotic colors to a plain outfit. Scarves are an essential accessory for the cold winter months, so stop by to get yours today!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Featured: Bedouin Chic Beaded Bags

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

Featured: Silk Road Bazaar Silk & Wool Scarves

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

Featured: Philippa Kunisch Jewelry

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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!