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Whether it’s Lady Gaga or Iris Apfel, some of our favorite icons have rocked Alexis Bittar. Now, in a unique collaboration, the provocative designer is featuring a special selection of limited-edition editorial pieces from his collections over the years. From a crystal mask designed for Gaga to a Deco-inspired bib necklace, these creations represent Bittar’s unpredictable take on jewelry, and his unique fusion of art, fashion and downtown club kid sensibilities. The Thread chatted with Bittar about his influences, artistic references and covetable pieces.

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“These pieces are true editorial and way more influenced by the runway. They’re really art,” he explains.

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As part of our Olivia Kim-curated collection of goods that do good—Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—we’ve brought you stories about the inspiring artists of Creative Growth and the women who are empowered by Krochet Kids. Today, we have an exclusive interview with Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of socially conscious brand FEED.

A beacon in the fight against global hunger, FEED helps feed the world with every purchase of their colorful bracelets, utilitarian backpacks and new, crafted-in-Kenya leather handbags—to the tune of nearly 84 million meals provided globally so far.

Keep reading for a glimpse into Lauren’s world travels, her insights on how we can all help and information on the exact effect your FEED purchase will have.

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Krochet Kids is much more than adorable hats (although they certainly do have those). It’s an innovative, socially responsible nonprofit that operates on the simple principle that a handout only goes so far.

It starts by offering impoverished women in Uganda and Peru a steady job; for many, this represents the first time they can confidently feed and care for their families. While earning a fair wage for skillfully crafting Krochet Kids hats and apparel, the women also take classes and meet with mentors, building knowledge that helps them to save wisely, invest and even start their own businesses.

KK sums it up in one powerful word: Empowerment. Keep reading to learn more, including the success stories of five inspiring women and how you can personally thank the exact woman who made your item.

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We invited a handful of our favorite NYC Instagrammers to collaborate with us on our fall trend accessories and shoes campaign. They joined us at an Instameet-style shoot in the Big Apple because, party! We filled the studio with next season’s shoes, handbags, jewelry and hosiery, and let them do what they do best. It was a photo shoot match made in heaven, and we’re in love with the results. It’s a little bit of catalog and little bit of Instagram. We’re calling it Instalog! Here’s our partnership lineup:


Sara Zucker @SARAZUCKER | Laurel Pantin @LAPANTIN


Liz Eswein @NEWYORKCITY | Alice Gao @ALICE_GAO


Rachel & Nicole Effendy @RACHELETNICOLE | Madeline Poole @MPNAILS


Susan Joy @SUSANJOY | Anthony Danielle @TAKINYERPHOTO


Jessie Artigue @STYLEANDPEPPER | Hilary Rushford @HILARYRUSHFORD


Caroline Harper Knapp @HOUSEOFHARPER | Getting the shot behind the scenes.

Check out the fresh perspectives of our 11 featured Instagrammers in our fall handbags, jewelry, boots and hosiery shops.

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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 November. 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.

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“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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