Make pretty?a motto to live by, and one that graces Kensie's most recent digital look books. The brand?launched by Vancouver natives Lani and Eric Karls in 1994?epitomizes an exuberant, bohemian-chic aesthetic. Creative director Lani travels the world, gleaning runway trends that she later reinterprets and transforms into wearable wardrobe staples. Such pieces can be found in closets and future fashion time capsules of celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Nicole Richie, as well as in the glossy pages of magazines such as Marie Claire and Glamour.
Kristin Hanson began her journey toward fine jewelry-making mastery by walking down a path less traveled. Raised in a home where expression was encouraged, she spread her roots to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Then she took a leap. She traveled to the wilds of Colorado to apprentice under master goldsmith Harold O'Connor, learning his nuanced, perfectionist techniques and method for training squirrels to be workshop assistants. Her studies then carried her to Florence and Tuscany before drawing her back to the East Coast.
Kristin's life-inspired works embody the contemporary with forms that highlight the innate beauty of her materials. Her trademark couture jewelry has caught the eye of such publications as Lucky and InStyle. In short courses and intensive programs, she hews to a teaching philosophy that fosters others' styles instead of encouraging copycats of her own. Except during special exhibits, Kristin handcrafts each piece in 60 Reade, her 6,000-square-foot Tribeca gallery, and specializes in conflict-free pink diamonds from an Australian mine.
HMY Vision outfits eyes with designer frames or discreet contacts, and helps patrons remain punctual with watch-repair services performed in upscale storefronts in Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side. Thorough exams reveal fresh prescriptions and the SAT scores of individual pupils so that patrons can select the proper contacts or frames from Tory Burch, Burberry, Ray-Ban, DKNY, Fendi, and other brands. HMY Vision also keeps wristwatches fresh-faced and ticking with new batteries, robust bands, and other essential repairs.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
From its humble origins as a one-woman show, Hannah Design’s eponymous founder, owner, and resident jewelry maker still has a full plate of responsibilities since expanding. Beyond hand stamping jewelry for customers around the country, she’s a full-time mother and a teacher for children with disabilities. Yet, what might seem like an overbearing schedule doesn't wear on the designer. In fact, her life seems to inspire her jewelry.
Necklaces and bracelets feature sterling-silver, copper, and brass pendants hand-stamped with the name of a child, a spouse, or even a pet. Specialty gifts recognize important—and sometimes underappreciated—people, including teachers, military personnel, and the Sandman. To raise awareness, Hannah prints intricately shaped breast-cancer ribbons and "Autism Speaks" logos across pendants, jazzing them up even further with birthstones.