On Friday I was in Los Angeles for the day, and as I have said before I love L.A. to people and trend watch…. especially during market, when designers from around the country converge.
The reason for my quick trip was the California Gift Market. My Southern California Rep was showing my line for the first time and I wanted to see the rythm and flow of it all, which I saw, and along with that I saw jewelry, maybe more jewelry than I have seen in a lifetime!
Because this is a wholesale show it is for the trade only, it is a glimpse of what is to come.
Row after row of fine, custom, trend, handmade, eco friendly jewelry (like juice pouch bangles). I saw sterling buddas and lots of prayer beads and other religious varieties of bling (a trend in jewelry that I predict is on its way out.) There were a lot of common lines with the always beautiful but typical gemstones and swarovski crystals that were so hot about four years ago. But what I was so happy to see were the fantastic lines that are out of the box. Designers that are really designing something, using either materials or composition with a unique twist. I will share some of the highlights:
One of the lines that I love is Sepia. The designer Karina has foreign roots and it comes through in this very hip line of very modern and diverse line of metals, plastics, and glass. Her website is wholesale only, but you can get a feel for it on the homepage (www.sepia.us/wholesale)
Metal Pointus – I just love it- everything about it. Fresh, clean, modern, and recycled! www.metalpointus.com
A very small but great line is Retimade. I do so love glass, and her modern lines, and distinct scale and colors really stand out. (www.retimade.com it may not be up yet- but hopefully will be soon)
Another incredible line is by a designer named Juvida. I will give you her web address when I track it down. She has a new leaf line that really appeals to me- very substantial pieces but airy and so hip….AND this funky rubber belt line that I will write more about later.
All in all, the trend seems to be going modern. Very streamlined and sheek is the look. Yes, I do love jewelry, and have a true appreciation for artists that are just doing their thing!