What do I wear with: re-souL “Leslie”?

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?”  It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we feature the re-souL Leslie.

 

 

What to Wear with the re-souL Leslie

 

This week we are inspired by black and white, like our re-souL shoe the Leslie. Our wingtip oxford is modern with its white and super light blown rubber sole. Unlined soft leather upper makes it super comfortable. Wear them your jeans, slouchy pants or favorite shirt dress. You will have loads of style with minimal fuss.

 

 

Featured re-souL items:

> re-souL collection “Leslie” wingtip oxford in black leather, made in Italy. 
> Lodis “Audrey” wallet/purse in black with red piping.
> Iris Guy Design Orbit necklace, oxidized silver with red garnets. 

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

What do I wear with: Chie Mihara “Etrus” Sandal

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the ongoing question: “What do I wear with these?” It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we feature the Chie Mihara “Etrus” sandal.

What to Wear with Chie Mihara"Etrus" Sandal

 

Hello there! This week we feel the need to shed our winter clothes and boots. Maybe we physically can’t do this yet, but we can dream of of sunnier skies and warm breezes can’t we? This sandal by Chie Mihara should do the trick! Wear it with printed shorts, silk pants or a simple black sheath. Because of its sophisticated color combination you can dress it up or down for practically any occasion. Now, if only the sun would come out.

Items from re-souL:

> Chie Mihara “Etrus” sandal in black and forest green, made in Spain. 
Iris Guy Sofer “Shapes” necklace, oxidized sterling silver. 

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out resouL’s profile on polyvore.

Studio Story: Iris Guy Sofer of Iris Guy Design

Iris Guy is a resident jewelry designer here in Seattle. re-souL has had the continuing privilege of carrying her work since 2003. Originally from Isreal, she studied at the Bazalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her work can be found in small boutiques, the Seattle Art Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. We had a chance to visit her studio and talk to Iris a bit of what influences her and drives her to create her wearable works of art.

Iris Guy working at her soldering table.

Iris Guy at work in her studio.

You live in Seattle now, but you are originally from Israel. What was it like growing up? How did you spend your days? Were you always creative?

…Well, growing up in Israel was fun! Since it’s by the Mediterranean, it is warm most of the year. We used to spend most of our days outside playing with friends (after school of course..).

I was born to a very creative family. My mother is an amazing artist as well as her mother. Ever since I can remember myself, I was surrounded by arts and craft. Creating with whatever we could find, especially from nature. My mother was an art and pottery teacher as her second job, teaching children, so being with her was my default.

Iris Guy earrings

Earrings being prepared for finishing.

How did you get into jewelry design?

I earned my B.Des. in visual communications, but ALWAYS had the need to work with materials, and get my hands dirty 😉 rather than work on the computer all day. I knit and sew whenever I have free time, and my first collection of jewelry was hand crocheted jewelry with silver wire (I used to knit for days with my grandmother…)

Jewelry is my natural passion driven from my love for accessories and wearable art, working and sculpturing small scale with varied materials.

What is your studio like? How long have you been there? 

I’m at the current studio space for the last almost 5 years, and sharing the space with another four talented jewelry designers. I find it great and rewarded the opportunity to engage with other artists, brainstorm and have the creative community around.

How do you record your ideas?

I sketch on whatever I find the moment I have an idea… post it, backside of bills etc…

Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?

Few accessories made by my daughters, conceptual items I have collected and African beads, wearable art and such.

Iris Guy Inspiration wall.jpg

Inspiration wall in Iris’ studio space.

You work with several tools in your studio. What tool do you enjoy using most in your design process?

I have plenty of tools… but I love to use my river rocks collection for new organic forms and putting them together. I love a good wire cutter too. 😉

Your collection over the years has grown quite extensive, do you have a favorite piece?

I LOVE the stone necklace and the large Branch necklace. So different and yet so me.

Do you wear any of your pieces?

I mostly wear my small earrings and the big necklaces when I go out… My little son will pull every piece of jewelry I have on.

Tell us about a current project you are working on. What is the inspiration behind it?

Im participating in the upcoming’ 3X2 Redux’ exhibition at Facere gallery which is a collaboration between glass beads artists to jewelry designers… and inspired by the beauty of the glass beads I was given, hoping to find the right balance between my minimalism metal work and the fullness and richness of the glass.

To see more of the Iris Guy Collection go here and here.

What to Wear for Christmas: Him and Her Edition

For this What to Wear Wednesday, we thought it would be fun to do a Him and Her edition. Not that you have to match for Christmas, but you could complement each other’s attire at the next holiday party or family gathering. It would at least make for a nice picture, don’t you think?

What to Wear for Christmas: Hers and His
Featured re-souL items:
Her:
> “Celine” grey suede double gore booties by AA Copenhagen, made in Portugal.
> Iris Guy “Line Rivet” earrings in sterling brushed silver.
> Julie Rofman  woven beaded “Fog”cuff.
Him:
> Fiorentini and Baker black “752” harnes boot, made in Italy.
> Alessi “TXC” watch with black leather strap.

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

Holiday Gifts: Stocking Stuffers

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to gift giving I usually do okay with the “big gift” during the holidays. Not so much when it comes to the stockings. I mean how many oranges, apples and nuts can one person get? (Atleast that’s what we used to get in ours when we were kids.)

Lucky for you we have some great ideas for filling your loved one’s stocking with some fun and useful gifts. All these gifts are under $25.00 which will make it easier on your wallet too. Click the orange links below for more information.

Holiday Gifts: Stocking Stuffers

1. Speaking of wallets, Mywalit makes a great ID version that comes in a variety of color combinations. He or she will never have to use that rubber band again. $22

2. For the person who wishes to have their shoes in tip-top shape, we recommend the great smelling all natural products from Otterwax. Their saddle soap and leather salve will make their shoes look like new again. $16 -$17

3. Do you have someone who needs a little motivation? The Daruma Wish Doll is the perfect gift for someone who is trying to attain their goal. Color in one eye to set your goal and Daruma will serve as your helpful reminder as they keep a watchful eye on you. Color in the second eye when you achieve your goal to remind you of how awesome you are. $8

4. Iris Guy Stacking Rings are for the ladies who love to layer their jewelry. These “pea” rings are a delicate oxidized sterling silver. They would look great with other stacking rings in her collection or just on their own. $22 each

5. Who doesn’t love socks? If you plan on giving them they might as well be fun. We love Hansel and Basel socks for their colorful patterns and textures. $12 -$15

6. The perfect fridge magnet! Super strong to hold up a dish towel or a massive 11×8 picture of you. This Areaware  Horsehoe magnet is so cool and it comes in green, yellow and white too. $14 each

7. Who doesn’t love a diamond? Even if it’s just a box, it’s the thought that counts, right? Besides, good things come in small packages. Okay, enough with the cheesy witty remarks, the Areaware Diamond Box would make a cute gift. $15 each

For more gift ideas and cool shoes visit our website at resouL.com.

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner: featuring P. Monjo P-727 boot

Each Wednesday we’ll answer the on-going question: “What do I wear with these?” It’s a question we get quite often here at the shop and we love giving suggestions when helping our customers. This week we feature the P-727 boot by P.Monjo.

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner
Since it is the day before Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to put together some suggestions for the traditional dinner at home with friends and family.  We love this little cuff boot by P. Monjo. It is stylish and can be worn in a variety of ways. Wear them with a chunky cable knit sweater and some skinny twill pants. Or if the occasion is really casual, wear them with a striped t shirt, cashmere cardigan and some loose fitting boyfriend jeans. Want to wear a dress? No problem, pair them with dark thick tights and a printed dress for a slightly dressier occasion.

We would like to take the opportunity to tell you that we are thankful for you visiting us here on the blog and your continued patronage throughout the year.  We wish a wonderful holiday filled with love and good food. Happy Thanksgiving!

Featured re-souL items:
> P.Monjo P-727 boot in carmel brown leather, made in Spain.
> Aunts and Uncles  “Popcorn” leather bag in honey.
>  Iris Guy “Branch” necklace, oxidized silver with semi-precious garnet stones.
> Julie Rofman  woven beaded “Stockholm” cuff.
> Striped DC Multi-Stripe crew sock by Hansel from Basel.

To view the other items featured along with their links as well as more outfit pairing suggestions, check out re-souL’s profile on polyvore.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Brass & Bronze

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL. I like to “muse” about things that inspire me. Especially on Mondays.

As far as metals go, I like silver and gold. But lately I’ve been really attracted to brass and bronze metals too.  Maybe because they have a warm, rich patina to them.  Many jewelry artists have been playing with brass and bronze because it’s less expensive and easier to source than traditional metals.  Brass and bronze can also be found in interior designs and architecture. However, just because it’s less expensive, it doesn’t mean the end result will be modest looking.

Clockwise left to right: bronze leather loafers by Kudeta, bronze in make-up, 1970’s brass and bronze starburst wall sculpture, Walter Bosse hedgehog in bronze, Southern Hemisphere sculpture by Ron Arad.

Clockwise left to right: Iris Guy brass pendant, brass sculpture by Jeff Colson, Herve Van der Straeten chandelier, brass pendant lamps by Dunlin, details of Town Hall Hotel and Apartments, London.

Brass and bronze look very luxurious to me, don’t you think?