Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Structural Design: Talking Jewelry with Brittany Weiss of W. Britt

Just a few months after a late 2013 launch, W. Britt, the industrial-inspired jewelry line from Brittany Weiss, has become a red carpet staple. Her pieces have strong architectural lines, but maintain a subtle level of softness. We spoke to Brittany about the line’s debut and where she gets her innovative design ideas.

SHOPBOP: You launched your jewelry line in October 2013, but your background includes engineering influences. How does that background influence your designs?
BRITTANY WEISS: After graduating from George Washington University with a BA in art history and fine arts, I went to study in Israel at Shenkar, a design and engineering school. My area of study was jewelry design, but the school as a whole focused on engineering. Because of that, certain ideas and skills were also imparted to me during my time there. The industrial and technical elements that I learned while abroad have definitely inspired my work. I've always been drawn to architecture and elements of urban cityscapes. I like to take pieces from everyday functional design and reinterpret them in different ways.

SB: All of the collections have a unique theme. What’s the inspiration behind each one?
BW: All of my collections have dual meanings. They reference both the construction of the piece as well as the conceptual side of creation. Assembly Line, the name of the full collection, speaks to how things come together in both a literal and conceptual sense. Within Assembly Line, I also sought to tell a story with mini collections. Building Block is the foundation of the collection—fitting because it was the beginning of a journey for me. Pipe Dream is the second phase of the journey—it speaks to striving to accomplish a dream—and is also quite literally inspired by piping and scaffolding. Finally, Raising the Bar serves as a continuation on the scaffolding concept, but more analyzed and dissected. It also references the desire to keep raising the bar with everything that I try to do.

SB: The pieces are both tough and feminine. How do you balance the two sensibilities?
BW: I try to play with contrasting elements, creating a balance between the two, and bringing them together to create a more interesting and strong piece. I love to juxtapose the concept of masculine and feminine. To me, the two sides of the spectrum work to enhance each other.


Industrial-inspired W. Britt jewelry.

SB: Your designs made quite a few appearances on the red carpet this winter, but they work equally well dressed down. How do you work them into your everyday look?
BW: As I design, I try to create pieces that are versatile for many occasions. I wear my pieces while running errands, but the celebrities who are fans have shown that they can be worn just as easily on the red carpet or to a black tie event. On any given day, you can find me in a simple black shirt with my Big Block Necklace and Big Block Studs, but I also love piling on rings for an edgier look.

SB: What is the one W. Britt piece every woman needs in her jewelry collection? Why?
BW: When I designed the Building Block pieces, I worked to develop them so would be extremely versatile. Some styles can be worn as a bracelet or as a choker, giving them duality and the ability to be personalized. I like having options in my wardrobe, especially with my jewelry!

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Tuesday, March 25th 2014

The Daily Find: Nightcap Clothing Pants

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What they are: Nightcap Clothing Fold Over Beach Pants
Why we love them: Knit panels and a fold-over waist lend unexpected edge to bohemian-inspired pants.
Wear them with: Stuart Weitzman sandals and a d.Ra top.

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Monday, March 24th 2014

Studio Sounds: ’50s for Spring

After all these decades, there’s still something undeniably fresh about ’50s music. Today we’re tracing some of our favorite genres back to their roots.

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Monday, March 24th 2014

The Daily Find: Bella Dahl Shirt

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Bella Dahl Sleeveless Western Shirt
Why we love it: Faded plaid gives a sleeveless top a cool vintage look.
Wear it with: Rag & Bone/JEAN shorts and a Chan Luu bracelet.

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Friday, March 21st 2014

Break Time: A Celebration of Color

Spring is here, and soon the grey and brown of winter will melt away, revealing an explosion of natural color. The flowers, the trees, the birds—all a welcome change from the dirt-stained snow piles and naked branches. To give the earth a little motivation to change her hues, here are my top color-related stories from the interwebs. Happy spring!

Having pink hair was a childhood dream of mine, but when a color-themed race left my blond locks a not-so-subtle shade of strawberry for months, the dream died. These leading ladies however, pull off Technicolor tresses with enviable perfection.
[BuzzFeed]

Playing music is a common way to increase productivity, but this new site takes it one step further. As Lifehacker explains, Noisli combines custom background noise with color for ultimate relaxation and focus.
[Lifehacker]

The ultimate appreciation of spring has to be Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. It’s as beautiful as you’d imagine, and Mashable collected some of the best and brightest images from the vibrant celebration.
[Mashable]

--Libby S.

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Friday, March 21st 2014

Style Steal: Steven Sandals

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: Ankle Strap Steven sandals.
The Price: $109 (USD)
Why they're worth it: Two-tone leather and a chunky heel lend boldness to a nude sandal.

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Thursday, March 20th 2014

Arm Candy: Hot Handbags in Sugary Shades


Candy button-like studs on a sugary sweet Milly bag.

Spring’s latest crop of handbags is influenced by one of my favorite things: candy. From gummy-bear look-a-like Furla purses to the perfectly pastel 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchels—jordon almonds, anyone?—the season’s standout styles are all coming up confections. I swear half the office tried to eat the candy button-like studs straight off the Milly Color Digital bag and clutch. So, what have we learned? Candy is good. New bags are good. Ergo, new bags in candy-colored shades are twice as good. It’s science.

--Libby S.

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Thursday, March 20th 2014

Wise Words: Walt Whitman


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Thursday, March 20th 2014

The Daily Find: KIMEM Top

Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: KIMEM Cropped Top
Why we love it: Structured layers lend playfulness to a spring-ready crop top.
Wear it with: Lover shorts and Maison Martin Margiela sandals.

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Wednesday, March 19th 2014

Ask Shopbop: Spring Statement Bags


Transition to a statement-making cross-body bag for a fresh spring look.

Spring is a great time to refresh your handbag. Without the need to haul an arsenal of cold weather accessories, I like to downsize my carryall and transition to a smaller cross-body style. Besides, biking and walking are much more comfortable without a large tote to lug around!

Experiment with a sunny color or fabulous pastel. Both make a striking statement and work well against the warm-weather whites that are popping up in What’s New. Another eye-catching option is a patterned style or something with a mixed fabrication. One of my favorite spring combinations is leather and canvas. The canvas feels fresh and fun, while the leather offers durability and structure.

--Loni

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