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There are times that I LOVE my day job. Surrounded by 80,000+ fabrics every day there are bound to be some images that make you stop and REALLY notice pattern, color, scale & composition. The feature photo from a Manuel Canovas ad is one of the images that I am compelled to share with you. Scroll through the stylish serendipity blog for more inspiration.

“Manuel Canovas is unmistakably French in style with each new collection inspired by the spirit of the art de vivre associated with 18th century France yet re-interpreted to contemporary taste. Luxurious fabrics are instantly recognisable by bold and unusual colour harmonies, in company with vibrant shades of rose Indian, anis, amethyst and turquoise. Innovative, stylish design and superior textiles make Canovas ranges perfect for residential and contract use, and silks, damasks, toiles de jouy, prints, embroideries and numerous weaves feature prominently in this exceptional range. “Canovas is the art of living à la Francaise” says Ariane Dalle, “with a very special colour palette, and a real touch of originality.”

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A question often asked of Paul van Zyl…Why are you working in fashion? “Paul van Zyl spent over 20 years working in human rights and transitional justice, first under Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s Truth Commission and then as the Co-Founder of the International Center for Transitional Justice.  After winning the Skoll award for social entrepreneurship and attending the World Economic Forum at Davos, Paul met Daniel Lubetzky, a pioneer in using business to promote peace.  They decide to co-found a company that would use the power of the market to allocate capital to peace. Their hypothesis was that if they could source from and grow companies that had a stabilizing effect on their communities, they would be on their way.  Paul and Daniel believed that a fashion brand held the greatest opportunity, and the idea for what is now Maiyet was born.” Go here for more videos highlighting the craftsmanship behind the fashion. 

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If you like to make a statement with your jewelry, then look no further than Yokoo Gibraan. “There is only the slightest chance that you might cross Yokoo‘s path in the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. Holed up with the quiet company of old movies, she crochets about 15 hours a day. Running a one-woman knitwear enterprise from home, Yokoo is an artist, a perfectionist and a ”total control” worker. She enjoys being a part of the entire process: thinking, designing, sketching, picking up the material, creating, photographing, promoting, trading and sending. She still gets butterflies every time she packages up a new order.”

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Venessa Arizaga has  impressive design credentials: Graduate of Parsons; worked with Carolina Herrera; most recently, design director for Zac Posen. Her exotic yet elegant collection was initially inspired by a trip to Puerto Rico in 2007. She began combining colorful silk threads, natural stones, shells, charms and luxe chains to make bold statement jewelry.

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Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts takes the traditional French toile textile design and gives it a ‘bit of a tweak’. “RICHARD SAJA is always on the lookout for toile, but not to buy a few yards for a dressing room armchair. He looks at the fabric as the basis for his art. Mr. Saja, a 43-year-old textile designer, has been interfering with toile for years, embroidering fur on humans, wings on monkeys and bugs on flowers (like ladybugs, flies and cockroaches, though the last “is never a big seller”).”

I’ve been know to add a little fabric pizzazz to my jeans…HMMMMM….the next pair will DEFINITELY be ‘tweaked toile’.

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Fridays are always a good day for whimsy…we have survived the week and it is time to kick back and relax. The featured sofa from Sicis is the perfect item to bring a smile to your face. Sicis was featured in a post last year…‘Not Your Everyday Gecko’ and is world renown for beautiful mosaics and an new category…furniture…very interesting furniture.

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During the last few weeks, I have been exploring the world of black & white for metal etching projects. What better place to find images in black and white than Marimekko? (I would love a pair of Converse Marimekkos  …but not for $90)

Follow this video for a peek into the making of the fabrics:

And this video for the Spring/Summer fashion show…wonderful ideas for geometric canes…

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Monique Rancourt asks a very provocative question on her website…”My passion for creating body adornment has left me with the question: Why do we adorn our bodies? Speaking for myself, I adorn my body with jewelry because it makes me feel beautiful. Jewelry helps me to visually stand out from others by enhancing my confidence and giving me a sense of security enabling me to express my inner thoughts and ideas. But there is another question: Why do I feel as though I NEED to decorate my body? Isn’t my natural beauty good enough? Do I choose to decorate myself so that others will recognize me as an individual? I think about the pressure I put on myself, as well as the expectations put on me by others, that cause a need to wear a second skin, to stand out, to be someone extraordinary. Although beautiful, body adornment can be a burden.”

HMMMMMMMM…Why do you wear jewelry???

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Sometimes inspiration comes from unusual sources…the texture of a tree, the color of the morning sky, or the surface of a beautiful piece of furniture. The color, shape and linear design of this armoire from Ralph Pucci International is beautiful in the original, but imagine it as a pair of earrings or a pendant…STUNNING!!!

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Robin Basile and John Pape take pride in the fact that they are involved with each design from conception to completion. BASILE&PAPE doesn’t come up with a cute idea and then send that idea off to China or Mexico to be mass-produced cheaply with inferior materials and shoddy workmanship. They sweat every single detail from the initial design all the way to the last detail of production on every single piece of jewelry that they create. Robin and John will not allow their taste-level to be compromised by shoddy workmanship from disinterested foreign factories.”

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