Two years ago I discovered Parasol and it totally changed my summer! I have always stayed out of the sun. Which means that doing things outside becomes very limited and can be, well, a little boring at times. A friend of mine used to say frequently “no sun, no fun” I think as a reminder of how un fun I was to be with during the warmer months. A day at the beach was usually a short day, quick swims and elaborate cover up for beach walks and just hanging out. I used lots of sunblock, a hat, and an umbrella but never really felt I had enough protection. Two friends of mine started Parasol and I bought one of their cute blue and white stripe shirts, at first just to be supportive. My sister also bought a few things as she was chasing after her 2 year old son all day long. He had discovered the beach and the water that summer and could not be pulled away.
I loved the way it looked on my sister and thought how fantastic, fashion and function. That same summer was to be my “try paddle boarding” summer. How to avoid being burnt to a crisp? I had no idea how to protect myself from both sun AND reflection, a double whammy. Deciding to try it anyway, I brought my Parasol shirt along on my first voyage out at sea, to cover up and try it out. It was such a success that I ended up wearing it all summer. Suddenly I could be active with just a simple shirt and wore it on bike rides, walks and long swims. Never burning or feeling over sunned I could do things as long as I liked, things I was never really able to do before. It was a a whole new world for me and a very fun summer. That September I became a partner and creative director for the brand. I still wear my shirts (and hat and umbrella and sunblock) every day and love how easy it is to be safe in the sun. My sister and her son wear theirs every day as well…we added boys shirts for my partner’s children and my nephew!
So while you prepare for the warm summer days coming up, be sure to try out Parasol!
Until next time, have a great week,
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
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
As the invites start rolling in, it’s time to get your wardrobe ready for the holiday season! Check out our favorite picks for all of your big events.
Not everyone feels comfortable in their cat ears and witch’s hats on Halloween. These spooky jewels are a sophisticated way to celebrate the holiday and the other 364 days of the year!
Pictured above, top row, from left:
This scarab cuff from the 70′s is the statement piece that will amp up your look with little to no effort.
These creepy crawling cufflinks are great for fall, but especially fitting for Halloween. The beetle design is embossed in a beautiful pumpkin colored leather.
If you really want to turn some heads then look no further than this stunning Triple Web Cuff by Anna Ruth Henriques. This statement piece is composed of oxidized sterling silver with gold spiders and a smattering of diamonds.
Second row, from left:
Looking to embrace in your inner dark side? We think these snake earrings with faceted black diamonds are just the ticket.
This spider bracelet is about as harmless looking as Charlotte’s Web. If you’re looking for something festive that isn’t full blown scary then this is the piece for you.
This hand enameled snake ring has a tribal vibe that we love. The garnets add a little sparkle to help it come alive.