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La Fabrica by Ricardo Bofill Interviews Style

Inside M2Malletier’s Beautiful Brutalist Studio

That fashion is a trade is often downplayed. Most designers of clothing and accessories choose to emphasize the artistry of their work, the conception, creation and display of their wares. That’s understandable and interesting, but so much of the industry involves measuring and cutting, skilled workers, factory floors, machinery and supply chains—not so sexy but absolutely essential.

Art and trade are on full display at the 1,000-square-foot studio of design darlings Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada of M2Malletier. The duo launched their well-received and coveted collection of clearly sexy handbags in Barcelona, where they made a home for themselves in a pre-World War I cement factory that was renovated by Spanish starchitect Ricardo Bofill. The building, called La Fábrica, resembles a brutalist Gothic castle—in other words, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Gala Gonzalez Interviews Style

How Influencer Gala Gonzalez Is Spending Her Summer (with Foreign Travel, Fashion, Food and Flats)

On Spanish style influencer Gala Gonzalez’s summer agenda: travel to 18 destinations, eat authentic Mexican food (in Mexico), lots of skin moisturizer, and French electro-pop. Throughout this, the Amlul blogger will be packing Gala sandals, designed by Pedro García. Her namesake shoes are just the latest in an ongoing collaboration between Gonzalez and fellow Spaniards Mila and Pedro García. “I have a deep personal relationship with them,” Gala says. “Also, I’m truly happy to spread a Spanish brand worldwide!” It’s an obvious fit for the fashionable brunette beauty who favors comfortable flats and fun times. “I feel very identified with their ‘think party, wear daily’ philosophy,” she says.

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Welden: The Handcrafted Handbags That Won’t Cost You Multiple Paychecks

In an age of mass automation, there’s still something about handworked artifacts that machine-made products will never attain. It’s the attention to detail, the human interaction that gives an extra tug to a loose piece of thread or discerns the grain of leather for an almost seamless cut. And while labels like “artisan” and “handcrafted” are touted often to sell products, the desire for individualized, one-of-a-kind pieces, thoughtfully created with tactile expertise, is not to be played down. Some might argue it is the thinking behind the process, rather than the final product, that is so valuable. And that level of human concentration often comes at a hefty price tag.

With Welden, a small, relatively new handbag company based in Connecticut, the human craftsmanship is as much the story as its signature hexagonal weave. Its bags are created using a time-honored technique originating from a family leather-goods factory now based in China, where the pieces are still made by skilled artisans and designers. Yet despite the complexity and hands-on involvement, Welden bags are offered at a surprisingly approachable price. The whole range is available between $250 and $595—nothing to scoff at, but certainly well below the norm for a luxury handbag.

The mastermind behind the brand is Sandy Friesen, who started out in the handbag industry two decades ago in New York. She met Gary and Cissy Chui, the owners of the leather factory, about 10 years ago and the three began cultivating a business partnership that would eventually culminate in Welden. In 2016, a year after Welden launched, fellow handbag-industry veteran Cori Adams met Sandy through her daughter’s ballet class and joined as VP of sales and marketing. Spanning an ocean and two continents, the foursome essentially runs every aspect of the brand, underscoring how nimble and lean an operation Welden is.

Having stumbled upon the company’s unusually patterned bags, we recently sought out Sandy and Cori to find out more about Welden, its origins and its accessible pricing. Ahead, our interview with the women behind the brand.

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5 Barre Workout Moves at Home (Slash Anywhere) with Fitness and Zella Pro Lilani Estacio | Watch This

Sometimes you don’t have time for the gym. Sometimes you don’t even have a membership to a gym (or that resolution-driven trial already expired). Sometimes you don’t feel like going to that group class because, ugh, all the reasons. That’s where we step in with five barre-inspired workout moves you can do anywhere brought to you by Bar Method instructor and Zella Pro, Lilani Estacio.

With a degree in nutrition, a background in dance as a performer and as an instructor for almost six years, Lilani is a go-to guru when it comes to anything fitness. We asked her to show us five of her favorite barre-inspired moves you don’t actually need a barre for. Get your fit on whenever the mood strikes (or maybe more likely, when you’re just able to find a little time to spare). From a better booty to thigh-sculpting leg lifts—all in, it’s a 10-minute-or-less workout you can tackle wherever you can find a floor.

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Christian Siriano Interviews Style

Christian Siriano Wants to Dress All Beautiful People—and That Means Everyone

Reality television stars don’t always remain in orbit. Few bachelorettes or survivors continue to dot our stellar system. Usually, they fade quickly after the finale, perhaps turning up for a post-show interview, their sparkle somewhat dimmed.

Not Christian Siriano′s. The onetime reality contestant’s star has burned more brightly, year after year, for over a decade, attracting superstars like Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rihanna to him with the gravitational pull of his evening gowns. Siriano won Project Runway in 2008, the same year he debuted at New York Fashion Week. In 2013, he was admitted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. For the 2018 Academy Awards, Siriano dressed a record 17 women, celebrities as diverse as Amy Adams, Janelle Monáe, Whoopi Goldberg and Laurie Metcalf. “The Oscars was crazy,” Siriano says. “It was a very busy few weeks. But it was a great, great moment.”

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Yael Aflalo Is Building an Eco-Friendly Fast Fashion Empire, and It Looks So Good

In the early days of going green, sustainable fashion was anything but stylish. “One of my goals for creating the line was to change that stigma, that eco-friendly can’t possibly be cool,” says Yael Aflalo, CEO and cofounder of Reformation, the perennially on-trend label of vintage-inspired sundresses and baby tees. When the former model first set out to establish her green brand, she was encouraged to downplay her Earth-conscious initiatives for fear that “people would automatically roll their eyes.” Nevertheless, Aflalo persisted, creating her It label and proving that you can change the world without sacrificing your style.

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The Healing Power of Gemstones: Jewelry Designer Gorjana Reidel Leaves No Stone Unturned

Plants heal. Waters heal. And if you haven’t heard, rocks heal. Especially tumbled gemstones and spiky crystals in pretty colors and Instagram-worthy formations.

Back in the day of pharaohs, it’s said that Egyptians would crane their heads into amethyst geodes to ward off headaches and evil spirits. Today, in a busy high-tech age dedicated to en-masse multitasking, we wear them for their earthy, natural beauty—and don’t mind if mystical healing properties work their wooey magic on the side. Baubles to boost our confidence? Yes, please. Earrings to attract a doting paramour? Needed them 10 Tinder dates ago. Bracelets to clear the negative clutter from our heads? We thought we were the only ones!

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Get the Look: The Hottest Sunglasses on the Street at Australian Fashion Week

If eyes are windows to the soul, then sunglasses are the window dressing. Not that your eyes aren’t gorgeous on their own, but squinting in the sun has never been anyone’s best look. And the ladies who fashion know this well.

Our street-style photographer at-large, Crystal Nicodemus, recently spent time on the sidewalks of Sydney, snapping shots of the Who’s Who at Australian Fashion Week. While everyone was rocking impressive looks in their own way, some clear patterns began to emerge in the sunnies department. Here are four shapes gearing up to be summer’s hottest bets—and the unexpected ways in which to wear them.

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Mixed Bags: The Shapes of Summer 2018 Hit the Streets

Come summer, even as we peel away layers to increase vitamin D absorption, we want to add a few new pieces as well. For a quick update that won’t block the sunshine, pick up one of these new handbag styles we spotted on the streets of NYC. Whether it’s a jaunty straw circle or a cool isosceles, these new bag shapes are the perfect place to store your sunscreen and sunnies.

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Scene Snaps: Australian Fashion Week, Resort ’19

Last week was full of sunny resort swim, but outside the runway, the looks told a different story as Aussie street stylers tried to predict the fickle Sydney weather. The result? The fashion pack’s best trans-seasonal style: layers, boots and blazers in springy, bright colors.

Have a flip through this glimpse of the fashions down under.

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