Audrey Kitching is one part mystic babe and two parts social media mogul. Scouted by a modeling agent at the age of 14 in Philadelphia, she has since built a business as a blogger, designer and art director. Audrey’s pink cotton candy hair (she had it before Nicole Ritchie and Rihanna did) and eccentric style are what made people notice her on and offline. When you start scrolling through Audrey’s social media feeds, you’ll notice a few running themes: her positivity, self-confidence and commitment to energy healing. We have reason to believe that her veins pump glitter.
Some people believe that energy healing can help with physical problems, mental health issues and more by enhancing energy flow and getting rid of disturbances in the “human energy field” or aura. Audrey isn’t the only one who’s keeping tabs on her spirituality: Miranda Kerr sleeps with Rose Quarts, British denim brand, Blaak, infuses some of their styles with lapis lazuli crystals, David Lynch preaches the benefits of transcendental meditation, and Gwyneth Paltrow is known to do a Reiki session now and again. With energy healing going from fringe to in vogue, we wanted to know a little more. We talked to Audrey about her practice and how it even impacts her approach to getting dressed in the morning.
Kylie Nakao has had a life long romance with adornment, so starting her own jewelry line seemed as natural as Kim Kardashian publishing a book of selfies. After growing up in Toronto, Kylie headed to NYC to study design at Parsons and went on to get some serious industry experience working as a buyer for trendy upscale boutiques. When buying for others, Kylie saw a lack of cool, easy to wear, sophisticated jewelry at a reasonable price point, so she filled the gap by creating Tarin Thomas. The line is the perfect balance of old world craftsmanship and modern awareness. Each and every design explores dualities like masculine and feminine; delicate and bold; and modern and traditional. We caught up with her to talk unisex style, stack stories, grapefruit margaritas and more.
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A couple of blocks away from Café Grumpy (made infamous on GIRLS) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Lily Piyathaisere cooks up her designs for the handcrafted line of statement jewelry and accessories called Gamma Folk. And we mean this literally. Scattered around her studio are various pots holding her natural dye concoctions, jars of minerals and bolts of hand-dyed yarn waiting for a turn on the loom. Originally a graphic designer by trade, Lily noticed a real lack of unique, fiber-based jewelry for the modern girl on the market. In 2012 she founded Gamma Folk. “Gamma” for the brainwave frequency where we learn, process information and associated with bursts of insight. “Folk” as a reference to folk art, which is a major inspiration for her work. Lily makes every piece by hand with natural dyes, making every single piece special and no two ever come out the exact same. We had the chance to visit her studio on our last trip to New York and she gave us the tour.
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Inspiration from new destinations makes each piece from Geography 541 unique.
Madeline Tolle makes adventures wearable with her jewelry brand, Geography 541. Launched in 2014, her brand is perfect for the kind of person that likes to take the road less traveled. Inspired by wanderlust, Madeline’s pieces “capture the ‘essence of place’; the sights, the smells, the light, the temperature, the sounds, and even the chaos that makes each locale so unique.” She is influenced by places as close as her own neighbourhood and as far as Southeast Asia. We talked to the Philadelphia-based designer her about her favorite things and her next destination.
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HOLIDAY POP-IN SPECIAL, BEL HANDMADE + LISSU + YSTÄVÄ
We’re featuring two designers each week from our exclusive pop-in from the Pacific Northwest. This round: leather goods designer Belinda Chan + textiles superstar Lisa Tanner.