And so it begins—spring—which means more time outside and in the garden, or just an al fresco lunch in the warmer southern climes, daffodils dancing around, and Easter approaching. But it also signals the beginning of wedding season for real, that season that gathers its revelers throughout March, April and May and crescendos in JUNE. This spring I’m shopping at Taigan, whether for wedding, bridesmaids, groomsmen, or even hostess gifts, I know I’ll find what I’m looking for.
A trousseau must have: the LFD—the little floral dress. Whether you’re honeymooning in the Florida Panhandle or St. Bart’s, this Sardinia Smock Sleeve Dress by Glamourpuss will take you from cover-up to cocktails.
The perfect bridesmaids OR groomsmen gift, this wee brass box can hold calling cards, earrings, cufflinks, or even change. Add a monogram and wedding date, done.
In with the Old by Peak of Chic blogger, Jennifer Boles, is already one of my go-to wedding/shower gifts. It’s a primer on the mainstays of decorating, full of fun watercolor illustrations and engagingly accessible information from the author. It’s peppered with inspirational and educational quotes from some of Boles’ favorite design icons. Confidence on paper.
This gold-colored, hand-blown pitcher by Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass is a work of art that pours, and one the couple is sure to use on all occasions as they remember you fondly.
For that bride-to-be who’s been to the Cordon Bleu, loves antiquities, and cannot wait to try out her new mad skills, this late 19th-century stockpot by Coppermill Kitchen will no doubt garner you one of her first dinner invites.
With its crisp Argentine graphic, and warm saddle colored leather, this La Matera woven belt makes a memorable and somewhat exotic groomsmen’s gift. As a matter of fact, I gave one to my groom and he has his on right now—he loves it.
For those who host your wedding parties or just invite you two to dinner, this New Orleans gift box from Sucré is a sweet way to thank them for their hospitality.
Every couple needs/wants that one piece that is timeless and fine to give their first digs a sense of gravitas. In a powder room or over a flea market find, this antique sunburst mirror will light up their life together.
Arm candy for groomsmen: Karen Hemphill Designs will monogram these aircraft aluminum/stainless steel cuff links in the round.
Brides love to show off their new initials. For a linen shower, or just because, commemorate the marriage with these punchy coral cocktail napkins with her monogram in white.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and a wedding picture even more. Give the couple this handsome link-patterned, enamel-and-plate frame to capture the day. You can’t have too many.
I can so see the bride leaving on her honeymoon with this fresh take on the classic carryall. with its sassy red trim. By 100% Capri, its 100% chic.
For a tropical honeymoon and beyond, these Turkish–T basic beach blankets do triple duty as beach towels, sarongs, or even tablecloths. I have one in almost every color. They make GREAT bridesmaids gifts too!
It’s just human nature to want to bring a bit of the outside into our homes. These Green Leaf placemats from William-Wayne & Co. do the trick, and since they’re wipeable, they’re perfect for busy newlyweds.
Give your groom this cool leather Aspen Carry On from Waltzing Matilda for the honeymoon, and then give him the other two sizes for birthday and Christmas.
A. Barclay’s light-blue Italian linen scarf is a honeymoon must-have. It keeps you warm on those chilly plane rides, and keeps you looking cool when you get there.
I think this Wonki Ware vase from Iris & Co. will make an arranger out of any new bride (or groom for that matter). Just fill with water and blue hydrangeas, and voila! Off-duty, it can hold pencils.
If you your want your flower girl covered in flowers (and why wouldn’t you?!), put her in this smocked floral print dress from Busy Bees. It’s just the thing for that informal outdoor wedding.
It’s a good sign from the Lettered Olive, Tara Guerard’s letterpress paper emporium. Finish your special day with this elegantly emphatic sentiment as you drive off into the sunset.
If ever there was a time to take note, and notes, it’s pre-wedding. Any bride would adore this creamy, dreamy journal from Karen Adams Designs.
This comes under the heading of “I wish I’d had this when I was a newlywed.” Contract or better yet, ask the parents to contract fabulous Nashville based Jonathan Savage for a two-hour interior design consultation. This could even be a group wedding gift for the right design-savvy bride and/or groom.
Hello again Taigan shoppers!
As promised in our previous post, we are reporting back on the happenings of Paris fashion week for our accessories brand ROARKE New York. The week was extremely hectic and…a huge success! Our new collection of scarf necklaces was received very well at the show, and we are so thrilled, and, completely wiped out!
Our week consisted of many long days full of appointments at the tradeshow, followed by evenings of mingling with clients and friends. For a sneak peak into our booth…check out the action below! You’ll see some brand new styles that will soon be up and running in our Taigan store as well!
Once the show was over, we attended some fabulous parties to celebrate. We also spent a few days enjoying Paris and soaking it up! Trips to the markets, new stores and the fabric district filled our days…along with some bistro lunches and indulgent pastry outings…oui oui! When in Paris, we also have the opportunity to spend time with our French grandmother…she is the elegant cherry atop our sundae!
For some pictures from our trip, see below…and follow us on instagram for more behind the scenes pictures from our travels!
We can’t wait to share the new ROARKE scarf necklaces with Taigan in the coming weeks! Check back in for new styles and more.
Until next time….
Selina and Laetitia
The sisters behind ROARKE New York
This winter, Ritz-Carlton Magazine found one of our most wonderful hidden gems – Nick Harvill Libraries! For their Winter 2014 issue, they did a wonderful story around Scottish heritage, the tradition of family tartans and presenting the rich history of those things in your home. See below the gorgeous story that we are so proud to show off!
Not only does Nick Harvill have this wonderful Tartans of the Clans & Families of Scotland (Vintage, 1938) book, but he has countless vintage books that add character and excitement to any bookshelf. And not to mention, these collectibles are perfect for those who have any specific interests. Take a look for yourself!
Back in the early aughts, Jessie Randall had a problem. She couldn’t find a shoe she liked –something feminine but understated, and above all comfortable. So she did like any other enterprising creative person and launched her own line. Her designs have clearly resonated – almost ten years later they are sold through over 200 retailers (including Taigan’s own Sabot) and she’s picked up a prestigious CFDA accessories award along the way. It’s not only that LR has satisfied a void in the market – more so, they’ve become the shoe of a generation (Ask around and you’ll see.) Randall, who’s also a mother of three young boys with husband and LR partner Brian Murphy, shares some of the brains behind the brand:
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Feminine, playful, and wearable. I don’t follow trends; I design for the real girl and then obsess over every detail.
Do you have a favorite shoe in your collection?
I live in our booties. I love the Ella for a heel and the Fitz or Felix booties for a flat.
Your designs really resonate with women consumers — to that end, what are some of things you’re thinking about or inspired by when you’re creating a collection?
I always start a collection thinking about what I want in my own closet and then pull images and inspiration from everywhere – the places I visit, the crafts I do, or things I find beautiful. From there, a cohesive idea of inspiration starts to take shape.
Your shoes are so comfortable! How do you achieve that perfect fit when you’re designing?
Comfort is extremely important to me and we’re very strict with our fit process. Our customer lives a full life where she needs to be able to move.
Was there a moment after you’d started your business in which you knew it was really going to succeed?
Bergdorf Goodman picking up the line in our very first season was a promising moment.
It seems like you love the home world and entertaining — you’ve been featured in Domino and Martha Stewart Living. Do you have any decorating and/or party-throwing advice?
I love to throw parties, especially for little kids. Personalized touches and unexpected elements make the best statement.
Besides your own line, what are some of your personal favorites?
I love Acne and Zara.
What can we expect to see from Loeffler Randall coming down the pipeline?
We’ve recognized our strengths through learning so much about the Loeffler Randall girl. We’re focusing on that more than ever before when designing our collections.
Shop Jessie’s favorite finds below!
Bunny Night Light – My son is obsessed with bunnies and would love this.
Peter Elliot Blue Rainboots – My boys live in these boots.
Felt Pens – We always have a big cup of markers on our kitchen table so the kids can draw whenever they want.
Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich – I served ice cream sandwiches at my wedding instead of cake so these are perfect.
French Brass and Marble Table – Brass is my thing these days. Love that this is one of a kind.
Sculptural Brass Vase – More brass.
Tiger Cards – This tiger is sweet and I am constantly writing notes.
It is that time of year again, when fashion week takes over some of the world’s most enchanting cities, one by one. Laetitia and I (Selina), the sisters behind the young accessories brand ROARKE New York, (here on Taigan!) find ourselves attending Paris Fashion Week each season in order to show our pieces at the exclusive trade show Premiere Classe. This show provides a space for about 200 up-and-coming accessories brands to show their new collections during fashion week, and every year we are thrilled to be part of the excitement!
This week is the time when all of the design work we have been doing for the past six months comes to life! And it is a huge effort, especially as a small brand with a very small yet dedicated team.
We wanted to give Taigan shoppers a little behind the scenes look at how Paris Fashion Week works for a young brand like us…
For our Fall ’14 collection, we first started with a point of inspiration, a trip we took to Marrakech, Morroco. We wanted to create a collection with a bohemian elegance and an air of the exotic. We chose to mix earthy tones with pops of colors we saw everywhere in the souk and landscape: cobalt, mint green, canary yellow and bright rust. Here is a collage of photos from our Morrocan inspiration trip:
Next up, we designed the collection. Our Fall ’14 line is particularly special because it marks the first set of ROARKE prints on silk, that are made in Italy. For more on that trip, feel free to take a look at the post on our blog! You can see some sketches and ideas of the collection as it began to take shape below…
Finally, once all of the pieces are produced, we photograph everything and pack it up for the trans-Atlantic trip to Paris. We will spend four days showcasing the collection to buyers, press and photographers from all over the world! After that, it is time to celebrate with some great friends and chic parties in the city of light. We’ll be writing another update for Taigan shoppers about our time at Paris Fashion Week, and how it all is going, on March 5th…stay tuned!
Selina and Laetitia
The sisters of ROARKE New York
It’s time for the Oscars! Cozy up with your “Celebrity Manual” and some popcorn and enjoy the show!
Pictured above, clockwise, from left:
Written by a film and theatre critic for the London Evening Standard, How to be a Celebrity profiles twenty-eight international personages, including Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Laurence Olivier, Mae West, and T.S. Eliot Shulman. Each profile is accompanied by superb full-page caricature by Vicky of London’s News Chronicle.
Golden Rabbit’s Popcorn Bowls leave no question about the purpose of the bowls. So pop up something tasty, sit back and enjoy the show!
Seeing stars? See more than what’s walking down the red carpet with Minibrownie’s Box of Golden Brownies. You’re not the one that has to squeeze into a dress, so you may as well enjoy it!
Always dreamed of thanking The Academy? Then you probably should look the part… and nothing gets you to celebrity status faster than some really “wow” jewelry. We think Bounkit’s Green Onyx Drop Earrings have star appeal written all over them!