Olivia Wendel’s Handpainted Scarves

Why the Brooklyn-based artist finds wool and silk to be the fitting canvas for her work

The last time we wrote about Olivia Wendel, it was back in 2014—her stained silk tapestries were a notable highlight in that year’s annual RISD graduate thesis exhibit. Armed with an MFA in textile design, the now-Brooklyn-based painter has since developed a synergetic relationship with the rippling canvases of wool and silk, resulting in her debut collection of six scarves this year. A brief look …

KARA Launches Men’s Bags

Expertly functional luxury backpacks and duffles, inspired by the designer's father and his Hong Kong racing days

Since we last spoke with designer Sarah Law, she’s expanded her modern minimalist luxury backpack line KARA in very deliberately thought-out steps that emphasize individuality and functionality—rather than mindlessly churning out new designs to keep up with the grinding fashion calendar. So we were excited to preview her first-ever men’s capsule, aptly named KARA MAN, which features three silhouettes: a leather backpack, a leather duffle …

Just One One-Piece by Apricoss

The ethically-minded independent brand offers a single swimsuit style

Upon a recent visit to one of our favorite online boutiques, Kindred Black, we came across a new brand that only offers a single, sophisticated swimsuit style. That was enough—one look and we were undeniably impressed by Apricoss‘ Ariana Swimsuit. The deep V, the high cut, the luxe lining, the way the adjustable straps loop around the shoulder edges for a much more exposed back, …

Abyssnia by Gabriella Marina Gonzalez

Functional PVC and leather accessories tapping the energy of Berlin

Chokers have been revived, exhausted, and are on their way out, but the vehemently functional work of Gabriella Marina Gonzalez exists far from what’s in vogue, or traditional fashion seasons for that matter. The Miami native’s Abyssnia accessories collection channels her newfound home, Berlin, and its inescapable club scene. In her previous collection “Alcyone,” Gonzalez seems to defy the laws of physics by molding rigid …

KARA’s Smaller Accessories, With a Twist

The cult backpack brand sizes down to miniature wallets with modern carabiners

For sporting no brand name or logo whatsoever, KARA backpacks are incredibly easy to spot in the wild—the thick, luxurious pebble grained leather, a single Riri zipper, the tiny square shape. It’s this brazenly minimalist look that’s launched the independent NYC brand into cult-dom. With the small backpack starting at $450, however, it’s a decidedly big investment. Thankfully, designer Sarah Law has now miniaturized their …