Archive for October, 2015
Rhode Island’s own Luca + Danni, a rapidly expanding jewelry line, is a nod to the state’s past as the leading jewelry manufacturer in the country. Other lines, like Alex and Ani and Loren Hope, along with Luca + Danni, are helping steer the Ocean State back in the right direction.
Fred Magnanimi, an investment banker by trade, left the Big Apple to return to Rhode Island and his family’s jewelry manufacturing business and launched Luca + Danni just over a year ago. The line is a tribute to his brother Danny, who lost his battle with Leukemia. Danny’s dream was to create a unique line of handcrafted, American-made jewelry that inspired others through the journey of life. Fueled by Danny’s passion and a burning desire to carry forth his vision, Luca + Danni was born.
Named after Fred’s two young children, Luca + Danni reminds us that through love, inspiration, and passion, we should all boldly embrace the journey of life.
Recently, the company launched a breast cancer awareness line in which 20% of the proceeds from the collection’s specified bracelets and necklaces are proudly donated to the Gloria Gemma Foundation.
Today, Luca + Danni is available in Newport at the Brick Market: Museum and Shop in addition to more than 700 retailers in the US and Canada.
Top photo: at Sarah’s Patio at Bouchard, Newport. For more images like this, follow @newportstyle on Instagram.
I learned Sebago shoes were a lot more than extraordinary boat shoes earlier this summer when I worked with a photographer who was scouting locations around Newport that embodied the company’s “life well crafted” philosophy. IYRS was a natural fit (see pics fro the campaign here) as just like the classic wooden boats both built and restored at the lauded school, the heartbeat of Sebagos are their fine craftsmanship.
This fall, Sebago introduced the Hutton line. The collection takes a design nod from the boys but is distinctly feminine with its delicate-features-meets-solid-durability. The collection includes the Chukka Boot, Cap Toe Shoe and Smoking Flat. All lovely, but I fell for the Chukka Boot and its warm blue hue (also available in dark brown and taupe). Handcrafted and artistic mix of natural leather and suede, the boot features ample cushioning but lightweight construction. As described, it’s heirloom inspiration and heel treatment are refined rustic at its best. The stacked heel with subtle lift is in sync with the trending bootie, pairing well with straight leg denim and dresses.
In my recent feature for TheDailyBasics.com, the digital lifestyle and design magazine, I featured the Sebago Chukkaa as a whimsical addition to a classic “jeans and Oxford” outfit. Read “Fall Fashion For Moms: Short on Time, Big on Style” by clicking here.
Read more about the history of this Maine-born company that today can be found in more than 120 countries worldwide.
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Top and bottom pic: Susan Duca
The change of season inspired two recent style segments on The Rhode Show this month. The first was during the show’s “Back to School Week” where I featured easy to assemble, polished ensembles for ladies on the go, moms juggling the school/daycare drop off line, women in the workplace and anyone who feels pajama pants have no business in public. As a corespondent on this show, I hope I can help eliminate the “jammies as casual wear” epidemic.
Here’s the segment:
Just when you were in the swing of the the summer routine, the new school year is upon us and a whole new morning hustle awaits. Teeth need to be brushed, outfits on, shoes found and lunches packed, which leaves very little time to worry about what’s freshly pressed and what fits just right. Here are some simple staples to make adjusting to the new normal a little easier.
J. McLaughlin Sage Dress (figure-flattering jersey dress in J. Mc’s signature Catalina Cloth)
Talbots Varsity Stripe Pima Cotton Bateau-Neck Tee
Talbots Woven-Shirttail Hem Polka-Dot Sweater
Rockport’s Lorraine II Lite Chelsea boot
Rockport’s Total Motion pump in black snake
Karma Collection stackable braclets by Sequin
And I’m wearing the new Lila Wrap Dress from J. McLaughlin in Newport.
Posting soon from The Rhode Show: Taking Your Wardrobe From Summer to Fall
The bad news is the weekend’s forecast: “Northeast wind gusts of 30-40 mph continue as well, especially near the coastline through midday Saturday. The clouds will stay rather thick through Sunday as the persistent northeast wind continues to bring moisture in off the ocean…”
The good news: The Norman Bird Sanctuary has been rocking the Harvest Fair for 40 years, so the foul weather on tap for is nothing but a drop in the bucket (in this case, literally) when it comes to what they can handle.
With 22,000 square feet of the fair under tents, it’s simple to dodge the raindrops and enjoy all the food, festivities, flowers, artisan and quintessential family fall fun. The fields will be wet and the winds whipping at this autumnal ritual for generations of families , so here’s some suggested functional fashion.
1. FOOTWEAR Leave the leather boots and pretty shoes at home and opt for Hunter or Le Chameau wellies paired with skinny jeans or leggings. If looking to sport boyfriend jeans or pants that don’t tuck seamlessly into a tall boot, you’l love the Rockport Women’s Lorraine Lite II Chelsea Boot:
2. ON TOP Layer, layer, layer. Try pairing a favorite cable knit sweater with one of the new Dizzy Lizzie vests:
3. EVERY INCH Layer with a long scarf you can loop around your neck or when it warms up, you can let loose. Check out these lux silk and cashmere Chan Luu scarves from Laura Jean Denim:
4. ON THE VERY TOP It’s going to be raw out there, so keep your noggin warm with a knit slouchy or beret hat:
IN a nutshell: dress warmly, layer for comfort and warmth, don’t be caught in the middle of a soggy field and surrounded by nothing but fun ithout being prepared. For event details including ticket prices, schedules, food vendors and artisans, etc., CLICK HERE.