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!
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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.
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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.
It’s the bag you take everywhere… and with good reason! The tote is an absolute wardrobe necessity, and with the wear and tear you’re putting on it, isn’t it time for an upgrade?
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Laptop, lipstick, keys. The Valiz is a nightworthy take on the everyday tote. It’s hand-stitched, luxurious, vegetable-tanned, leather tote with gilded steel ornament from La Sirene Ateliér in Croix-des-Bouquets.
This floppy leather tote is the perfect combination of fun colors and beautiful craftsmanship. The woven leather adds a texture that you’re sure to love.
This shopper tote in rich pebbled lamb leather with leather woven top handles boasts a roomy design accented with signature leather pleating.
This cross body tote is great for a day full of errands. It’s lighter than some of the alternatives and we love the flat design.
This suede hobo-style tote is a beautiful wine color and the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. The slouchy structure makes it the ideal travel tote.
This bag is made from solid boot leather from a USA boot makers shop and was designed with function in mind. The bag is reinforced at all pressure points and only looks better with some good old fashioned wear and tear.
We happen to think that gray is the new black this season. Get the latest fashion in our favorite hue for fall!
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If you’re always searching for the perfect tshirt then consider your search over. This super soft cotton Loup T-shirt is vintage in fit, washes like a dream and fits long and flattering in the body.
This Charcoal Cashmere Scarf from A. Barclay is a generous size and some of the nicest cashmere we’ve ever felt. The herringbone weave of a charcoal yarn and black yarn combine to make the most beautiful hue. We think this will become your go-to winter accessory in no time.
Gerald & Stewart has been making premium outerwear in Boston for the US Navy since 1941. This Duffle Coat from the Fidelity series combines their classic construction with a more tailored fit.
Michelle Vale’s Balance Tote in Fossil Grey is the perfect go everywhere bag. It is sized to hold all of your belongings without weighing you down. We also love the gold handles for some added flair!
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These Gray Suede Pumps from Susan van der Linde are oozing with taste. The cutout bows give them just enough flair to standout without being flashy.
This boxy HELMUT by Helmut Lang Sweater features a sharp V neckline and ribbed banding at the hem. The relaxed silhouette is accentuated by the varied hemline.
We love all of Roarke’s brightly colored pieces, but something about this Gray Chiffon Necklace with gunmetal beading really caught our eye. The texture and pattern of this piece truly make it one of a kind.
Tank Citi’s Short Sleeved Raincoat would look great over the sweater above for a tone on tone look. The flattering cut keeps you from looking any sloppier than you need to on a rainy day!