Leather in small doses

There are leather pants, leather leggings, leather t-shirts, leather dresses – we’ve almost seen all the possible leather clothing derivatives thanks in part to the 80’s, Topshop, and Celine.

However I’m quite convinced that we needn’t be suffocating our pores (especially here in Singapore – do you suffer for fashion?) when we try to work leather into our outfits.

Small leather bits like these look so good, and work so well with just about… everything! Here is a leather and coconut necklace by Norwegian Wood, where you can channel tribal without looking like Pocahontas, and below, sleeker and simpler (also cheaper!) geometric alternatives by Super Duper Things.

Actually, I’ve already snapped these two babies up before you did! They are called Arrows and Rhombus. But if you like you can take this bunting necklace and have a party round your neck.

Just in time for Christmas!

Picture credits to here and here.

L’ile Aux Ashby

It’s always interesting to see how designers take new materials and produce beautiful and unexpected things with them. L’ile aux Ashby is one such example…

Taking soft, delicate sheer fabrics… this latest series, on display at Parco, are woven together to produce a most delectable textured effects. I’m drawn to the delicacy of this series and surprisingly am not bothered much by it’s size.

Certainly a statement piece if I saw any. (:

Cottonfields Crush

Random blog surfing is a dangerously addictive thing, especially as project deadlines loom and examinations are a stone’s throw away. But good things are so worth sharing and Daily Dream Daily Doodle has the most beautiful jewelery drawing inspiration from cottonfields.

These earrings are a beautiful juxtaposition of metalware and cottonball-softness. I haven’t quite figured out what material the ‘cotton’ is made from but that’s irrelavant when I think about how beautiful they are.

Just staring at them makes me smile (:

The designer, Derya, has an etsy site which states that she’s currently on an Istanbul hiatus (aka holiday). But I hope she’ll be back soon with more beautiful designs to share.

In the meantime, oogling will have to do.

Organic is a Shape

I first met Marilyn Tan at Blueprint 2010 and was rather taken by her jewelry for their organic and unique design elements.

Over the weekend, she very kindly invited Wottoncool to a viewing of her Semi-precious and South China Sea Pearl Jewelry at her business partner’s home.

I really appreciate that Marilyn’s style is not constricted to one type of accessory, one type of material, one type of look. Instead, she changes things up over and over. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, chokers and everything in between could all be found in the living room turned makeshift viewing room for this exquisite (and expensive) range of jewelry.

Compared to the spread at Blueprint, the South China Sea Pearls were something completely new. Pretty as pearl are, they’ve never really been my thing.


That was until Marilyn introduced me to Keshi pearls.

According to Wiki, “keshi pearls formed as by-products of pearl cultivation”.  Which, simply put, means that random grit that enters a mollusk and the shell coats this irregular-shaped dirt to produce an irregularly-shaped keshi pearl.

I think its an absolutely beautiful thing to celebrate. The sheer randomness and uniqueness of each keshi pearl.

And over and over, I felt that Marilyn did so beautifully by shaping the settings of each pearl to mold around each pearl in embracing unison.

The second series utilized semi-precious stones of various sorts, all combined in different ways that appeals to (I am assuming here) a very wide variety of clientele.

This statement necklace could be worn two ways, one with each clasp showing as an accent to the stones. Or with the clasps hidden from view, giving the illusion that the stones magically float around your neck.


That would be a statement for sure.

I apologize that the temperature of the photographs are off. I am still learning about the nuances of my new camera (aka baby)

Another smaller collection were of resin rings, earrings and bracelets. Some with more oomph! in the form of swarovski crystals. (:

I hope that we see more of Marilyn Tan’s work in editorials.

And I aspire to one day be able to guiltlessly afford one (or two) of her pieces in the future.

For now, taking pictures is all I can afford. (:

And you can see more of Marilyn Tan’s work here.

Paper trail

A friend introduced me to this origami blog, dedicated to all things origami related and inspired. (view it here) I LOVE its content!!!

Ana Hagopian, a jewelry designer from Barcelona. Her pieces are so delicate and remind me of fruits and flowers (doesn’t the above necklace look like raspberries?! *slurps*)

Well-thought and well-constructed, these bags by Ferry Meewisse from his line Frrry fold away and store flat. With seams and crease lines coinciding, can you say Genius!

Don’t know how much you can store in a Chloe alligator clutch like that. But who cares!!! i love it! (:

André Lima’s collection was compared and contrasted against possible design inspirations (and who knew you could fold paper and make it look like a crab!!!)

You can see the rest of the compare/contrast series here.

Marloes ten Bhomer is the mastermind behind these delicious shoes. It SHOWS that a lot of research and experimenting went into the materials, forms and construction methods.

(i want!!!!)

Last but not least… this series by Taketori BLOWS MY MIND! I think that the gloss of the paper makes it all the more realistic.

I think that if there was an origami heaven, it’d look like that. (: