Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pineda Covalin Preview

Inside the SoHo boutique

Yesterday I attended a preview of Pineda Covalin's Holiday 2014 & Resort 2015 accessories collections.  Pineda Covalin is a Mexican luxury brand for men and woman that specializes in fashion and lifestyle accessories.  I had heard of Pineda Covalin, but it was the first time I had been to their store in SoHo and I loved all the colorful patterns and designs that incorporate both symbols of nature and Mexican history into their accessories.  I studied Mesoamerican culture and archaeology in college and it was really refreshing to see some aspects of pre-Columbian societies reflected in the scarves, ties, bags and decor.

This guy is standing guard and welcoming guests to the store

For men there is a collection of colorful bow ties and neckties decorated with whimsical patterns, including turtles and skulls.

A selection of fun bow ties.

Brightly colored neckties

The men's collection also includes modern day necessities like ipad cases, accessory trays, swim trunks and even a domino travel set.

Feather patterned ipad case for men, but pretty enough for a woman to use as well

This accessories tray makes a nice gift and is perfect for safeguarding 
items like cuff links, watches and key rings.

This travel dominoes set is adorable

The women's collection includes beautiful bags, jewelry and silk scarves.  The bags and scarves are all made in such vibrant colors and great patterns and there are both handbags and clutch bags.

A pretty bag with a monarch butterfly design.  
Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico in the Winter.

A selection of stylish clutch bags. I love the patterns.

This green clutch is my favorite because of the Aztec symbols 
and I love the camouflage green shades 

This pretty pink one has a little sparkle to it

I also love the blues and greens of this turtle pattern

This evening clutch is covered in sparkle and 
perfect for spicing up a little black dress

Mexico is known for its silver artisans and the pretty earrings caught my eye:

Delicate danglers

Silver with pearls

The silk scarves are gorgeous and come is such a variety of colors and patterns.  Several were made to benefit specific charities, including a United Nations philanthropic endeavor.  And, one was worn by Lady Gaga to promote diversity.

Lovely silk scarves

More fun patterns

The scarf on the left was made to support a UN charity, 
the scarf on the right is the diversity scarf like the one worn by Lady Gaga.

Pineda Covalin generously gave each of us who attended the preview a scarf.  I got a beautiful one called Olinala, decorated with animals, flowers and plants.  

A section of my Olinala scarf

There are other accessories for women, such as wallets, coin purses and ipad cases, all with pretty feminine patterns.

A selection of wallets, coin purses, and make up cases

ipad case

Finally, I have to include photos of some small figurines from Mexican and pre-Columbian folklore that were part of the decor.  I thought they were very creative and interesting.

I like her dress and the tiny artist's palette

 I loved these guys.  I believe they are dogs, which feature prominently in pre-Columbian culture because they were thought to help transport the deceased to the next world.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sole/Society Preview

A few days ago I attended a preview of Sole/Society's Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Sole/Society is an on line accessories company that specializes in very affordable and stylish shoes, bags and jewelry and makes it easy to put together accessory ensembles. I had heard of Sole/Society, but wasn't that familiar with their accessories before I attended the preview, but I'm now a big fan.  They have a lot of really cute, work friendly shoes, perfect for girls on the go who want to be stylish and comfortable. The collection includes all the basics:  booties, loafers, ballerinas, wedges, etc in the best colors and patterns for Fall.  Below are my favorites in the new collection.

The camo wedge and large wristlet are perfect for women who love camo, but don't want to go head to toe GI Jane.  I think these would look really sophisticated with black pants and a black turtleneck.

Fabulous Camo wedge in suede

Large camo wristlet

 I really liked the pumps and flats in great styles and colors:

Suede d'orsay pumps in blue and leopard

Rich jewel tone loafers with tassels

Essential ballerina flats

Low heeled pumps in luscious ruby red suede

A girl can never have enough animal print....

Booties are key for Fall and Sole/Society has a stylish and functional collection:

Perforated booties in great Fall colors

Speckle print zip up booties

Blue suede lace up booties.  
(Navy can be a hard color to find so if you like it, I suggest getting them this season.)

My absolute favorite of the entire collection are these blue suede booties

The high boots also come in a variety of serviceable styles and colors:

A boot for everyone

The traditional handbags for work are large enough to fit a day's worth of supplies in understated colors that are both professional and on trend.

Dark green handbag

Basic black bag

The color blocked bags are a nice shape and come in neutral combinations of color:

Black and gray with bright blue suede side panels

Burgundy and brown

The duffle bags in playful patterns add a little whimsy for those Fall weekend drives in the country:

Decorated with bicycles

Tartan plaid

If you love hats, Sole/Society has fun ones for Fall:

Animal print beanies

Plaid newsboy cap

And, of course, there is a selection of trendy jewelry to complement your favorite Fall outfits:

I love this cage ring

Deco statement necklace

Electric blue stone necklace

Fan necklace

Some examples of the chic ensembles that can be easily pulled together:

Shades of blue

Black & red

Tan & brown

Check the Sole/Society site, for the styles above.