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Introducing Mackage

Elias and Eran, co-founders of Mackage

Elisa and Eran, co-founders of Mackage

Recently I had the opportunity to meet the Co-Creative Directors of Mackage, Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy.   Not familiar with their brand, I was curious and excited to meet the Canadian duo behind the high-quality chic outerwear (for women & men) and handbags.  Eran and Elisa walked me around the showroom to discuss their line as I got a close-up view of their well-made jackets and bags.  They came up with the name Mackage as their brand by hearing their niece saying the word makeup in French,”maquillage”, and thus Mackage was born.

They have been in the fashion business for 15 years and outerwear is where they started.  Deemed a lifestyle brand, Mackage strives to make someone feel good even though they are covered up in a jacket – which is definitely the way to go!  Their coats breathe functionality vs. being pretty, but you still feel sexy.  One thing I noticed about the line is that there were pops of color here and there – I asked if they were going to add more color to their line but being practical about the colors most would wear they feel having a splash of it makes it classic.  Every girl needs a moto jacket and my favorite one from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection is the Dasia poppy jacket in poppy red.

Dasia Poppy moto jacket

Dasia Poppy moto jacket

This is the perfect shade of fun for the summer and even into the fall! Mackage outerwear has been seen on many celebrities, but one person Elisa would love to see in her jacket is Sarah Jessica Parker, which I agree would be a great fit!  Eran would like to see Ryan Gosling wearing a Mackage jacket and I can just say picturing that is easy and effortless for him.

Last fall Mackage launched their handbag line and the focus was all about the details on contemporary leather.  They wanted the handbags to have a signature look, and create a bag that was needed instead of wanted.  A unique feature on some of their handbags is the arrow closure, and once you pull it out there’s a holder for it!  I can’t recall seeing a holder for a dangling closure on any other bags, so this is a fab addition! The Rubie bag is the bestseller right now, retailing at $350.

Novaki-S4 crossbody bag

It was such a pleasure to meet Elisa and Eran and they were nice enough to gift me with the Novaki S-4 crossbody bag!  I can’t wait to wear it as crossbody bags are my thing right now and it can be worn with mostly everything.  Mackage is sold at high-end department stores such as Saks, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.  See the entire collection at www.mackage.com

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COEUR Show Recap

Henri Myers, Co-Founder of COEUR standing in front of hanging macramé by Matters of Space

I was invited to attend the COEUR show downtown LA at the Cooper Design Space on March 14th and was happy to accept!  Being a first timer to the event, I learned that this is a unique tradeshow with select accessory, gift, home, and footwear collections ideal for artful sophisticates and bohemians.  “This show is for the lifestyle individual – they travel, eat at great restaurants and when it comes to items they like great things,” says Henri Myers, Co-Founder of COEUR.

I’ve never been to the Cooper Design Space, and I was intrigued by all the showrooms, the antique feel of the building and the friendly greeters at the entrance.  When I reached the 11th floor where the event was held, I entered a world like no other where I was attracted to several vendors and the products they offer.

Banago

Banago handbags and mats

When I walked towards the Banago booth I was sucked in by the vivid colors and styles. A collection of hand woven bags and home accessories, these items bring “island chic style to the city”.  They are hand crafted by artisans in the Pacific Islands with great use of color.  I wanted to take everything home with me, but the coolest item that stood out was the collapsible stool box.

Banago collapsible box shown flat and full-size

What I love about this box is that you can sit on it, store items inside, or collapse it flat and carry it to your next destination!  I appreciate things that are multi-purpose and easy to move around.  You can purchase Banago at your nearest Anthropologie store.

Susannagh Grogan

Susannagh Grogan scarf with quote, "If you want to be happy, be"

Feminine, prestigious, luxurious, unique.  Those are the 4 words used to describe the scarves made by Susannagh Grogan and I completely agree! These statement pieces are handrolled printed silk scarves where many have a fun quote or motto inserted on them, such as “If you want to be happy, be”.  The label was started in 2009 aimed at people who enjoy and appreciate the art of accessorizing and who recognize scarves as the next ultimate accessory.  I wanted to wrap myself in many of her bold patterned designs, but the beauty of them is captured when you open it up fully and take it all in.  Check out her website for the entire collection.

Matters of Space

Me wearing a Josie necklace from Matters of Space

Adding Matters of Space to my jewelry box would be a welcomed addition!  This interior design company moved into the product design space 3 years ago and created hand-made jewelry out of reclaimed and recycled textiles and materials, such as silk lame and baby alpaca yarn.  I tried on one of the necklaces that went with my outfit and felt like I could pair it with a lot of different things!  There was also some of their furniture on display in the lounge area of the event, complete with hanging macramé (see photo of Henri at the beginning of the article).  Based in LA with showrooms in NY, Atlanta and Chicago, Matters of Space has positioned themselves as a standout company and one to watch.

Gräf & Lantz

Gräf & Lantz felt handbags

Always on the lookout for one-of-a-kind handbags, Gräf & Lantz has changed the game by making felt handbags.  Using custom felts from Germany made of merino wool, these colorful handbags are sure to add a pop to any ensemble.  A unique factor of these bags is that they stain and water resistant!  That’s a plus in my book that will make this a long lasting staple.  Also making other accessories in felt such as an iPad holder, their items are sold all over California.

Overall, this was a great opportunity for me to get introduced to new brands that are out there catering to a wide range of consumers that enable you to express who you are and treasure what you have.  Looking forward to the next show!

Sound Off: Live and Lent Go!

Sound Off! with Cougar Hjelmesesth, of LeftCoastFashion. To read his thoughts on the subject, click here.

I love color, but the only bags I would choose to wear from this bunch are the blue and pink one.

Even though I’m not Catholic, I try to give up something for Lent to test my willpower.  This year it was to not lounge in bed immediately after eating dinner.  That didn’t last long.  Then Kyle came up with a great idea for our next Sound Off topic – if there was one item in fashion you would give up for Lent what would it be?  It wasn’t long before I asked myself that question that I found the answer – large handbags.

As I look through my handbag collection, I noticed most of them were small to medium and the rest large.  I’ve been using the large ones recently but the problem is stuff always get lost in there because I spend minutes trying to find my keys, a pen, candy etc.  I am a very organized person so it can be chaos in that bag after filling it up with a lot of stuff.  Now I use my small to medium bags that are more functional, easy to carry and efficient.  All I need is my cash, camera, lip gloss, keys, phone, business cards and I’m all set!

I’m so glad I made the switch from large to small handbags that yesterday I was on the hunt in the Fashion District to find some colorful clutches to add to my stash.  Unfortunately, there were several that came close but no cigar.  You know when you have a vision in your head for the perfect item and you won’t rest until you find it?  Yep, that’s me right now.  Sometimes I think I need to design my own clutch line since I’m very particular about what I want.  At least I know what I didn’t want as I wandered from store to store, the large handbag which as soon as I saw one I made a beeline and exited left.

What fashion item would you give up for Lent?  Share your thoughts!

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Sound Off! is a monthly series with some “he said, she said” discussion on a variety of topics.  I’ve teamed up with my good friend, Kyle (Cougar) Hjelmesesth who has style, flavor, and a sharp mind.  He is the founder of [L]eftCoast Fashion, a commentary on all things creative in the style of West.

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