Meet my latest jewellery crush: Marc Alary. French-born and NY-based, Marc Alary works simple themes – flora and fauna – in interesting ways. Just take the articulated monkey ring above – the shapes are sinuous and sophisticated, but the idea is more children’s toy than fine jewellery. You can reposition the monkey to echo your mood – playful, watchful, ready-to-pounce. Below are a few more of his pieces, including some pendant playmates for that ring and my personal favourites, the coiled-leopard rings.
Another corker from Toast – Whimsy regulars will know my love for this British brand borders on the fanatic. The mood is perfect and they always have at least three pieces that have me salivating, this time it’s this check shirt with a peter pan collar and these dungarees (already out of stock damnit!).
So, I only discovered Monique Péan and her jewellery just now – luckily the rest of the world hasn’t been quite so slow on the uptake. Born in Washington, Monique began her career as a Goldman Sachs analyst in New York. But in 2006 after a family tragedy Monique decided to do something a bit different.
In the years since she’s been the recipient of the CFDA & Vogue Fashion Fund Award, the CVFF and Tiffany & Co development grant and been listed as one to watch by “Fortune” and “Oprah” magazines.
Her eponymous jewellery label aims to be eco-friendly and sustainable. The materials used include 18-carat recycled gold, fossilised woolly mammoth and walrus ivory, sustainable buffalo horn and pearls, and fair-trade and conflict-free precious stones. And unlike many other eco brands, which too often don’t quite cut it aesthetically, Monique’s collection is a triumph. And of course I want every single piece. Starting with those earrings…
I can’t remember where it was that I first came across Brooke Holm’s photography. I can tell you that I can’t stop ogling her portfolio and luscious photo-blog (just check out this post on a recent trip to New Zealand). Her palette and mood are both open and energising; there’s a real Scandinavian vibe to much of her work – particularly the still lifes and interiors images – surprising since she’s Australian, lives in Melbourne, and is clearly besotted with the great outdoors.