October 21, 2014

Clutch Move: Custom, Limited Edition Bags by BowensBergeron

The BowensBergeron Clutch Collection is just about everything we’d want an independent fashion line to be: each bag is made of eco-friendly materials and recycled wood in the U.S.A. in signed, numbered limited editions of 25. Designed by Tamara S. Bowens and handcrafted by A. Ray Bergeron, the clutches are custom made and take up to a month to produce. The result is streamlined style that pairs an earth-friendly ethos with modern, minimalist panache.

Available at Circle & Square, the bags ($750-$2,750) aren’t cheap, but they’re like little works of art that you can carry out on your adventures for many seasons ahead, thanks to their careful construction. We’re particularly enamored of the simply chic Jetsetter, sleek and curvy Aficionada and the architectural Trendsetter. Each features a wooden exterior, magnetic clasp and contrasting lining.

To view more of the BowensBurgeron clutch collection and scope fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).

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JLD Jewelry Collection Launches

Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.

Available in his online shop, the JLD Jewelry Collection relies on chunky shapes revved up with blocks of color and hung on leather cords. Several could easily be worn by guys or gals, and we could see dressing several styles up by replacing the leather with a silver or gold chain of your choice.

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Snap Judgment: Harp Designs’ Hand-Cut Geometric Chest Plate Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The one-of-a-kind Geometric Chest Plate Necklace, $185, available in hand-cut and -hammered brass from Berkeley-based jewelry designer Shelly Harper’s Harp Designs. Harper recommends pairing this bold, Southwestern-influenced style with a low-cut black top.

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Fringe Festival: Triian Collection’s Modern Designs with a Tribal Twist

Cobra Head Necklace by Triian

Meteorite Ring by Triian

Silver Wing Necklace by Triian

Modern, hip accessories with a decidedly tribal twist? Why yes, we don’t mind if we do. A place to scope just that: the Triian collection by Lifetime’s Project Accessory winner Brian Burkhardt and Tricia Brookbank. Featuring hand-cast resin, Swarovski crystals and hand-cut leather, Triian pieces can take up to 10 days to create from start to finish.

Available at Circle & Square, the design duo’s jewelry is made in Burkhardt and Brookbank’s Miami studio and channels their equal emphasis on craft and style. Show-stoppers include the Cobra Head Necklace made of handmade resin snake head and alligator teeth adorned with Lavender crystals, finger baubles such as the luxe bohemian Meteorite ring and the Silver Wing Necklace, whose asymmetrical fringe design features a cascade of hand-cut leather strips in brown, tan and silver.

Add chunky bracelets, edgy chic earrings and pendants, and it’s a collection of independently designed accessories that stands out from the masses, but remains current – both qualities that helped Burkhardt achieve his television victory, which included a chance to design a capsule collection for Kenneth Cole.

To view more of the Triian collection and discover fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).

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Snap Judgment: Hand-Dyed Galaxy Leggings

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The spacey fun and nice price of the Hand-Dyed Galaxy Leggings, $25, by San Francisco’s The Littlest Feather. Each one-of-a-kind pair transitions from peach to splattered navy designed to look lifted from the cosmos.

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