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The newest shoes, bags and baubles are bold across the board.
Backstory: Of all the things on Juniper Rose’s résumé — designing sportswear for Earl Jean, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s children’s collection, as well as her own contemporary line — it was her attempt at writing a young adult novel, which inspired her jewelry collection, called Falconiere. “[The book] was about fallen princesses, and queens and kings turned evil,” says Rose, a Parsons grad who works out of Katonah, N.Y. “I was spending a lot of time writing about the clothing and the jewelry the characters wore, and a friend of mine suggested that I start to make one of the pieces.” Four months later, Rose is shopping around her debut collection, while her book remains indefinitely shelved.
Collection: Inspired by the armor and medieval garb of Rose’s fictional characters, hefty chain and chain-mail necklaces decorated with rhinestones, and leather cuffs layered with hardware are at the core of Falconiere, named after a person who trains falcons to hunt. And as the name implies, there’s nothing delicate about them. “I’m from a clothing background, so I wanted the jewelry to almost serve as a piece of clothing rather than a little accessory,” says Rose.
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $100 for earrings, $200 for cuffs and $395 for necklaces. Rose is currently meeting with buyers.
— Jessica Iredale
Backstory: Shira Entis (right) and Alex Bell — best friends from Brown University and both 29 — bonded over their love of flea markets, yet often found themselves without the right tote in which to haul home all their loot. “We [were] always so frustrated by not having the perfect flea market bag, something hot to look at, but also roomy, [and] we couldn’t stand amassing all those plastic bags,” explains Entis, a fashion designer in New York who, with Bell, a lawyer, agreed to launch an eco-friendly, market-ready line of bags before their next birthdays.
Collection: “It was incredibly important to us to make the bags as green as possible, and the materials had to be sourced in America,” says Entis. Construction was also key, so the totes — made from certified organic cotton and hemp canvas — have a boxy shape and sturdy handle. Next up? All (vegetable-tanned) leather bags, executed in a smaller size for a purselike effect.
Stats: Bags wholesale for about $200 and are available at fleabg.com.
— Sarah Haight