Eco-sustainability is the new black in the fashion world and we wanted to do our part and alert you to our favorite burgeoning sustainable jewelry line, Kora (www.koradesigns.com). Amy Walker and Maxandra Short are the two bodacious blonde masterminds behinds this emerging line of jewelry, made from African cow horns. Their eco-chic philosophy goes a step further than most, as they not only source their materials from Rwanda and Kenya, but also employ the local artisans to produce their designs. This outsourcing creates jobs and economic opportunities for the workshops and artisans who are employed by Kora, potentially spurring long-term economic success.
Browsing their online store and reading their blog, which chronicles their adventures of traversing across Africa, allows us to indulge or fashion needs without the guilt, much like our newly acquired frozen yogurt habit.
Kora’s jewelry is made from the horns of the indigenous East African Ankole cow. These cow horns are considered waste at local butcheries, allowing Kora to scoop them up and dole them out to local artisans in Rwanda and Kenya, who then diligently craft these organic horns into polished bracelets, faceted rings, necklaces and more. On their last sojourn to Africa, the ladies decided to amp up their designs and are now adding brass studs to horn pieces, and wrapping brass wire around the bangles to give the jewelry even more depth and intricacy. They seem to be most excited about the prospect of recycled aluminum as a new medium, as a pile of bangles will simultaneously feel weightless and look divine on a bronzed summer wrist.
What we love about Kora’s jewelry is how these artisans are able to bring to light the inherently organic and original patterns and markings found within the horns’ surface. The juxtaposition between the variation of pattern yet coherence of material within a gaggle of bangles amuses our eye. As soon as we dredge through June gloom in Southern California and finally get to embrace the summer sun, we cannot wait to adorn ourselves with these beauties, perfectly accenting all summer attire, from white linen shirts to bohemian blouses.
“Kora” translates to “work” in Rwanda’s native language, and that is exactly what Amy and Maxandra have set out to do. We could not be happier supporting their dream of creating a symbiotic relationship between the fashion world and a third world county, eco-sustainability bliss!
Here are some of our favorite designs:
The Barlas Baylar designed chandelier at Hudson Furniture Inc… We want to wear it!!!
Thanks Peter Sidoriak for sending us this! Furniture dudes rock!
LA Shopping Reviews and LalaLuxe are thrilled to be strategic partners for the Sex And The City 2 “Get Carried Away-West Coast Style” Party in Los Angeles and San Diego. Please join us on the pink carpet at the Shangri LA hotel in Santa Monica for pre-party cosmos and celebrity worthy gift bags and on the Third Street Promenade for the movie! Sign up here:
Givenchy’s embroidered metal chain evening bag with a black handle. We found it at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills for $3,670.00. It’s worth the splurge as it updates any look to the current season. Ahhh, Givenchy – if our eyes could squirt out hearts, they would for this glorious handbag. Bravo!
Kathryn Pretlow is hosting a girly afternoon of shopping and cocktails to celebrate the new Juliette Longuet Summer Collection in her Beverly Hills home this coming Saturday. It’s going to be an affaire not to be missed.
The Juliette Longuet collection website is www.juliettelonguet.com
P.S. Don’t forget to rsvp!
Whatcha doin’ this weekend?
This East West Tag Sale Event will offer a highly curated selection of steeply discounted merchandise from a mix of L.A. and New York’s top emerging and established designers (Helmut Lang, Rogan, Band of Outsiders, Vena Cava, and more), bi-coastal vintage purveyors What Goes Around Comes Around, a curated lineup of NYC and Los Angeles’s coolest boutiques, and the first ever mini pop-up from famed NYC charity and vintage clothing chain Housing Works.
Check out what Lara Peterson just emailed to us from Prada’s Spring Collection on Rodeo Drive. We just love it when new stuff arrives…
Amidst the morning bagel noshing and coffee sipping in the trendy yet community oriented Pacific Palisades, you will find the one-stop-shop and couture-boutique, Elyse Walker. Simply an emporium of the must have trends and classic necessities. A girl sipping on her own double mocha latter could happily get lost amongst piles of jeans, tanks and summer kaftans, all while salivating over the plethora of gowns and heels that even Carrie Bradshaw would be envious of. We got lucky enough to be that girl a couple weeks back and are still dreaming of one specific open back studded black dress.
Elyse Walker effortlessly creates a laid back yet elegant shopping atmosphere, from the large cushioned ottomans, plush carpets and fuel inducing snacks such as pretzels and starbursts at the shopper’s disposal. Shopping really is a sport, and we thank our lucky stars they treat it as such.
Shopping may be more grueling than Olympic Curling, but Elyse Walker also acknowledges the tongue-in-cheek aspect of fashion, from the skull embossed pillows to the array of studded converse. This jovial fun within fashion seems to be lost amongst the hype of other couture boutiques. This comfortable atmosphere and easy access to key fashions pieces, invites the moms of the Palisades to browse the racks while their kids socialize with their schoolmates. Community really does seem to be at the heart of this boutique as one of the window displays proudly exhibited a sign explaining that the window had been styled by a group of friends attending a nearby high school.
What impressed us the most was how an entire wardrobe could be created from their racks, but one would never look over-styled in the process. The buyers select from a wide range of established designers to up-and-coming newbie’s. This elegant and effortless mix of old and new allows us to declare Elyse Walker as the backbone of our closet— if only our closest also offered us starburst and pretzels…
*INSIDER TIP: Online shopping coming soon to elysewalker.com!
15306 Antioch St
Pacific Plsds, CA 90272