Some argue New York is the center of the fashion industry, where designers come to breathe in the air of insanity, and bond with other artists. Being a jewelry designer myself, I have begun to understand that where you are, and where you’ve been, shapes what you make, why you create, and your design aesthetic. Lisa Salzer, a Long Island native like myself, is the perfect example of a talented, inspired, and inspiring, New York based designer. Her new collection for Lulu Frost showcases how you can blend all of your passions, experiences, your past, and your present, to form an avante-garde yet somehow effortless, and shockingly cohesive, collection of art.
The collection was drawn from her recent trip out west, Native American history and fashion, Mad Men, and New York people-watching. “I draw so much inspiration from NYC as you never know what you’re going to encounter around each corner and the summer is always a fantastic time to people watch.” she says. This is my ode to Lisa Salzer and her “Modern Pioneer” collection.
Surprisingly, The Knife, and hot blonde models, aren’t the only good things to come out of Sweden. Meet Sweden-born jewelry designer and founder of By Boe, Annika Salame. Salame studied fashion design at Parson’s. Shortly after she graduated, she became interested in jewelry-making, and opened up shop in the Upper East Side. Her jewelry is featured in stores throughout the U.S, and she also has a quaint little stand-alone shop on Prince Street.
…..After researching a few of these young NY based designers, I’ve noticed a trend….
For as much time as I spend in Manhattan, I usually never get to see what the city truly is made of. So the other night I decided to throw myself in the midst of Prince Street‘s designer boutiques and just walk, observe, and really take a look at what I was surrounded by. Aside from the homeless people yelling paranoid words, the crazy woman fighting someone for a cab, and the normal city chaos, I saw the creativity that existed inside these tiny boutique storefronts that I never pay attention to on my mission to a bar, cafe, or class. For the first time in a long time, I realized how lucky I was to be living in New York, and just how many talented designers are based in my backyard.
I have a great appreciation for other people making, loving, conceptualizing and creating awesome shit. I attended an art show at Mass Transit Skate Shop in Valley Stream, NY this weekend and saw some lovely Long Island Talent. Miss Jamie Schwartz’s vintage, handmade, jewelry collection- using turn of the century watch parts-“Through the Loupe” was featured…
and it’s kind of amazing.
For all you dirty skaters out there, buy some of Jamie and I’s pieces for your slutty (or not so slutty) girlpals…and some skate gear from Mass Transit for yourself.