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July 22, 2014

Eddie Borgo’s Odyssey

Eddie Borgo’s pre-fall 2014 collection is all Greek to us. We connect with the intrepid jewelry designer, culture hound and zeitgeist vanguard to learn about the inspiration behind his new pieces, what’s evolving in his brand’s operations and his futuristic aspirations.

The Thread connects with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, who reveals what inspired his pre-fall 2014 collection—and what’s coming next.

Leah and Billy, the couple and creative duo behind Baleen jewelry, are conduits for well-made, understated objects. A standard of thoughtfulness in their cost-efficient designs renders them unique against most affordable jewelry. Splitting their time between Seattle and Maui, the pair’s sense of balance seems inherent and is conveyed in their minimalist approach.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Leah—and to see more photos from our visit to their Seattle home/studio, where each piece is assembled by hand.

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We all know the moment after slipping on a great pair of sunnies and looking in the mirror—that feeling of being instantly more cool, fabulous and mysterious. Turns out, it’s not just in our heads; it’s a scientific fact. At least according to senior art and design lecturer, Vanessa Brown from Nottingham Trent University.

Brown gave the Science of Us a glimpse into the research for her upcoming book, Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sunglasses. The gist? 1. Sunglasses make your face appear symmetrical, which is synonymous with perceived beauty. 2. They hide your eyes—no peaking through the windows to your soul. 3. The glamour of Audrey Hepburn and edginess of James Dean. Enough said.

Excuse us, we’re off to get glamourous and symmetrical.

Earlier this month, we teamed up with Rebecca Minkoff and Instagram fans for a collaboration on a brand-new handbag. Rebecca Minkoff used all photos as inspiration, and the results are in! Presenting the fringed Mini MAC.

Love. Our thanks to all who submitted their photos and participated in the collaboration. You can find the new Mini MAC with fringe exclusively at Nordstrom in October. We can’t wait!

Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

Charlotte Olympia Lip-Shaped Clutch

“Smooooch!”

Ever dream of becoming a handbag designer? Now is your chance! Starting today on Instagram, we’re partnering with designer Rebecca Minkoff and you to create the ultimate fan bag.

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A hybrid of American socialite and self-made mogul, Nicole Richie has morphed into a fashion industry darling by staying true to one philosophy: play by your own rules. The daughter of music legend Lionel Richie, Nicole fuels her predisposed artistic nature through the creative direction of House of Harlow 1960 (HOH1960), a lifestyle brand named after her daughter.

When it comes to channeling inspiration for the collection that includes everything from jewelry to shoes to sunglasses, Nicole, who is the wife to Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden, affirms that “everything starts with music. I’m a huge fan of the music of  ’60s and the ’70s, so classic rock is something I listen to every day. My team and I work in a very creative space. We’ll listen to music and throw out design ideas.”

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If it seems to you like every time you’ve walked around the block lately you’ve spied yet another woman carrying a Rebecca Minkoff handbag (the tassel zippers are telltale, aren’t they?), you could be on to something.

The Ladies Who Minkoff (a.k.a. Minkettes) are a growing urban tribe that comprises all levels of the social spectrum—from starlets to starving students. And they rarely settle for just one bag. So the ever-obliging designer artfully churns out one covetable carryall after another—from the iconic Morning After Bag in a new hue to tassel-free totes—to satisfy the demands of her downtown devotees.

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HERO

After nailing the art of killer kicks (what city girl doesn’t drool over a pair of Loeffler Randall heels?), Loeffler Randall’s savvy creative director, Jessie Randall, branched out in 2012 with a heart-fluttering lineup of must-buy bags. Loeffler addicts everywhere suddenly had to make room in their closets (and budgets) for another fixation. Of course, no one’s been complaining—Loeffler Randall’s distinctive handbags are gob-smackingly chic, but also lie on the affordable end of the designer handbag spectrum with clutches starting at $295.

We recently asked Jessie Randall to dish a little on her brand and the Mini Rider Crossbody we’re featuring in our ‘It’ Bags for the Street Set campaign this month.

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Take Me Away: Aimee Kestenberg ‘Tamitha’ Backpack | Jimmy Choo ‘Damsen’ Sandal

If you haven’t heard of Aimee Kestenberg yet, let us introduce you to the handbag-and-accessories wonder from Down Under. The winner of two Independent Handbag Designer Awards, this 27-year-old Aussie always starts off imagining her designs as 3-D visions. Not as flat sketches, but as vivid mental images with sides and angles. This type of mega-precise visual memory lends itself well to mind-blowing details, which play a key role in every one of her citified bags (think oversized zippers, tassels, screw rivets and pockets galore).

We recently asked the Melbourne transplant to tell us more about her eponymous brand, and also to give us the backstory behind her cool new Tamitha backpack.

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