With nearly four decades of experience in jewelry design and repair, Hendersonville Jewelers' in-house sparkle-smith restores a wide array of broken and blemished baubles. The store can care for gold, silver, and platinum and can even service certain nonprecious metals without making them feel unimportant, insecure, or self-conscious. Among several ring repairs, Hendersonville resizes bands, replaces missing stones, repairs broken shanks, and replaces prongs damaged during gemstone-escape attempts. Lobes can enjoy the company of new la pousette posts on special pairs of earrings, and wrists can relish corrected clasps on cherished bracelets. Repairs typically take about a week and vary in price according to the service rendered. Most bijoux leave with a one-year warranty and an optimistic attitude about their new lease on life.
An array of gently used apparel and accessories eagerly await loving wardrobe homes through Second Chances' consignment program. Though inventory changes frequently, recent items have included Dooney & Bourke wallets ($20) and a like-new Coach bag ($75), which team up with skirts from Banana Republic ($14.99) or a flattering pair of Seven Jeans (all jeans less than $30). Among the fabric-filled racks, a selection of gowns ($100 and less) begs to be included in momentous wedding celebrations and trips before obedience-school deans. A dedicated formal room, replete with a multitasking style consultant, personal shopper, and seamstress, helps fashionistas make elegant selections like Judi Dench picking a kickball team.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
United Apparel Liquidators' fashion-savvy buying team compiles an immense stash of brand-new clothing and accessories from acclaimed designers, slicing 70–90% off their original retail price before featuring them on the boutiques' shelves. The stores—which have garnered press from fashion magazines such as Lucky and InStyle over their 30-year history—brim with men's and women's attire, shoes, and jewelry from prominent high-end labels such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. Staffers aim to keep the vast collection current and up to date, harnessing their knowledge of the fashion scene to scope out threads from emerging designers and time-traveling thrift-store owners.
Established in 1912, King Jewelers has proudly styled jewelry and timepiece aficionados from around the world. A pioneer among independent couture jewelers, King Jewelers has built an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value and first-class customer service.
Melding vintage glamour with modern razzle-dazzle, the owner-designer trio at Fox, Vixen & Co. transforms antique jewelry into new wearable art. Instead of letting customers dip their hands in a mixture of tar and gold tooth fillings, the crew uses heirloom jewels to create sparkling finger baubles ($19–$39). Though handy for luring admiring looks, a textured hammered-steel cuff ($24) can also be used to detain midnight refrigerator raiders. After browsing Chanda earrings ($20), customizable glass-bead necklaces ($65 for a 60” strand) and dental grills, tooth fairies, and other gift seekers may collect faux-croc wallets ($16–$19) in a taupe-satin Clover handbag ($54).