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.
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.
We’re big believers in opposites attracting and more than a little in favor of bohemian earthiness mixed with a healthy dose of glam. So you can you’ll understand in an instant why we were taken in a glance by the Sabi Collection, a line of jewelery made by artist Jill McKeown using found wood pieces from specific locations and mixed with metals and chains.
Transitioning to fall doesn’t have to mean a whole new wardrobe (in our dreams). Instead, stepping stylishly into the season ahead can be as seamless as finding an accessory that pops, but works with both your warm weather wear and the longer hemlines on the horizon. For that, we love the Willow Clutch by Bryna, an independent label with San Francisco roots.
For the variety of bodies on the planet, it’s amazing how limited the sizes are in retail stores. Head out shopping for men’s jeans, as I did with my husband over the weekend in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find many options over size 32.