Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chic New Bags: Vintage and "Green"

We are very proud to carry a new line of handbags from CindyGert, a talented designer who is on to something very good. The designer, Cindy Quigley, is a local resident whose bags began gaining success with local sales as well as national sales through Etsy.com and CindyGert.com. When I first met Cindy, I immediately felt that she had both genuine design talent but also a very cool and interesting story to tell. (She's also just very perceptive about details --- and extremely nice too!) Each of her bags is made from "recycled" and vintage materials, many of them with designer pedigrees. Her bags incorporate materials like chic, historic fabrics in limited editions, Coach belts, vintage buttons and trims -- and each one of her bags is accompanied by a handmade book that tells the story of each (numbered) purse and its materials. Each of her bags also bears her charming label. Her product is handmade in Michigan, chic, Bohemian, "green", vintage and modern ... all at once.

We are delighted to work with Cindy and expect to inspire and delight all Just So! enthusiasts with an ever-changing selection of bags from her amazing collection. Welcome, CindyGert! We do indeed think you're Just So!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Off to Mackinac Island!

This will be an exciting week! I have the privilege of spending some time later this week at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, where our trunk show will be taking place until June 15th. It is such beautiful environment. It is a privilege to spend time at the Grand Hotel & Co. fine jewelry boutique.....enjoying not only the wonderful staff but the elegance of the experience they provide for their guests. It is always fun to be a part of what is going on on the Island. I'll report back on my time there soon.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Beautiful Story Bracelet

A customer brought in a favorite bracelet her grandmother had given her. It was especially meaningful, as the beads' color and progress signified the life of Christ. She loved the bracelet, but didn't care for the fact that it was mainly plastic and simple glass beads. She wondered if we could reproduce her simple stretch bracelet into a toggle bracelet of gemstones and natural materials (with a few tiny Swarovski crystals just where needed for color). Indeed we could. There was a trick. She had tiny little book that told the story behind the bracelet -- in Spanish. Once translated, we could better grasp the significance of each bead station. Here is her "Beautiful Story" bracelet and the translation:

The World’s Most Beautiful Story

This book and this bracelet will show you the story of someone who loved s so much that he was willing to give his life for us. This is the story of Jesus, the most beautiful story ever told.

The explanation and the beads of the bracelet will guide you in telling it. When you have learned it, you will be able to tell it using just the bracelet.

(1) Once, the Star in the East (star)
(2) Guided three men (3 beads),
(3) Who brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (gold and 2 natural beads)
(4) To the birthplace of a new king. (silver bead)
(5) When he grew up he became a carpenter (wooden bead)
(6) And a fisherman of men and souls. (fish charm)
(7) He had 12 disciples (12 colored beads)
(8) Who preached His truth (clear bead)
(9) He was crucified (cross)
(10) And his blood was spilled. (red bead)
(11) After three black days (black beads)
(12) He arose to purify us (clear bead)
(13) And now He is in Heaven (blue bead)
(14) Seated next to the Father and the Holy Spirit (3 clear beads), and
(15) He did it all for love. (heart)

This was a fun and very rewarding project!