The holiday’s may be over, but your season of gift giving is just beginning. Even if you got through December without having to find the perfect present, you’re not out of the woods. With the New Year comes dozens of
obligations opportunities to hunt down the perfect gift.
Say hello to Valentine’s Day, birthdays, wedding season, housewarming season, push presents (yup that’s a thing), graduations, anniversary gifts, sweet 16s, bat mitzvahs, bridal showers and job promotion parties.
Luckily, I’ve always got my eye out for what’s new and cool and have you covered. I recently interviewed some of the coolest new independent entrepreneurial designers on the scene at the AMCONYC Annual Holiday Popup Shop and curated a list of go-to sites for must-haves that would be perfect for whatever gifting event you may encounter in 2016.
For the Fashionista
Jovan O’Connor – This philly native has made a name for herself in a very short time. Known for trendy, classy and fashion forward styles, Jovan O’Conner has dressed living legends (Patti Labelle) and reality stars (Cynthia Bailey) alike. Her looks are perfect for the “girl on the go” and “the life of the party.” Her Spring ’15 Collection ranges from $235 – $1475, with uniquely stunning styles at every price point in between.
D. Webb Designs – Dancer Debbie Despina Cartsos knows that inspiration comes from doing what you love. The urban dance-wear designer has succeed in creating hot looks that can be rocked in the studio or on the street. Her empires, shrugs and capris are perfect for fashionista looking to move in style regardless of their activity. Original items range from $28 – $140.
For the Beauty Boss
d.i.d. Nail Paint – With colors like “Round Midnight,” “Dutchess” and “Sweet Patato Pie,” you know that this nail polish line has the right amount of sugar and spice for every beauty maven in your life. Designed by nail technician Adrienne Blanks, the eco-friendly, non-toxic and cruelty free line doesn’t sacrifice quality for the price. With each shade running $10 (with free shipping in the US with code – NAILMAIL) you can make a gift set from an array of colors or select one the collection sets from this independent designer.
For the Dapper Don
Monk – The ladies aren’t the only ones who should be dressed to the nines. This new luxury line makes socially responsible cashmere garments with custom details and handcrafted touches that you’ll never want to take off. Prices range from $130 – $380 and include soft shawls, scarves, hoodies, and cardigans.
For the Clutch Queen
Gardinie – Founded in 2014 by Javan Gardinier, this fine leather handbag line is becoming a go-to in the luxury space with no signs of slowing down. A refreshing blend of classic style, elegance and affordability, Gardinie is sure to become the bag of choice for any wearer. From clutches to purses to overnight bags, there are styles available for women as well as men. Prices range from $275 – $1,050.
For the Sentimental Sister
With You – For some a piece of jewelry is a default, last minute gift, but it doesn’t have to be. Founded by Mikki Glass and Elizabeth DeMaso, With You Lockets are an original gift designed to commemorate the special relationships in your life. Every locket can be customized with a photos (they’ll print and affix your pre-selected photos for you), so you can give a beautiful gift that is also memorable. Prices range from $99 – $429 and come available in styles and finishes to suit even the most discerning taste.
Besides offering unique gift items, the Pop up Shop benefited the Variety – the Children’s Charity of New York, so each of these independent designers helped a lot of organizations by being a part of the event that day. That’s a pretty good reason by itself to check out these designers, as if you needed another one;).
– à bientôt
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