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Designer Dialogue:  Petite Maison Christiane

March 19 2017




1. What led to the inception/creation of your brand?

My love for craft, natural materials and creating. I had a strong feeling I wanted to create by using my hands and my hands only. I also have deep appreciation for long lasting designs, things must last and be slow. They must be given the time to be born and after to live and keep in living.

2. Why do you do what you do?

It comes from inside, I am drawn to design and then to create. It feels natural to me, almost like I have been doing this all my life.

3. What are one or two important things to note about your brand?

It's conscious, every stitch and knot is made with the utmost attention.
And it's pure.

4. When you're designing a new item/collection, where do you feel you find your inspiration?

As I am very visual person I get inspired by images and also by nature, I have a love for round formed shapes.
Also books inspire me and conversations with my fiends.
I start by designing in my head and this can go on for months then I draw on paper and after I create the design in leather. I should do it in paper first but I never end up doing so.

5. What's next in your studio, any new projects that you would like to share with us?

There are a few new collaborations coming up and it's all about combining different crafts, very excited! Only limited editions of course. Also I am working on new line of handbags made out another material than leather but with leather details.


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Founder’s Fall Picks – For Him

October 03 2016



M/S SHUTTLE BY MISMO
This Sepia and Navy carryall is perfect for traveling, either on a quick weekend trip or use it as a carry on. But it also works well in lieu of a briefcase. It's made from a custom heavy-duty plain-woven Italian canvas and nylon. (All fabrics have a water-repellent coating and are easy to clean with a moistened cloth.)

GORDON FOLIO BY STEVE MONO
Handmade in Spain in strictly limited quantities, this folio by Steve Mono is a great companion, offering double hidden magnet closure, and lined in an artful combination of natural-color fabric, trimmed with cognac leather details.

MONEY CLIP WALLET BY ANCHOR BRIDGE
The experts in Japan at Anchor Bridge have created a beautiful interpretation of an everyday carry with this handmade money clip wallet, from a luxurious camouflage print leather from Azzurra, Toscana. The inside is lined from handsome Buttero leather from Coneria Walpier in Italy.

KNIT SOCKS FROM ANONYMOUS ISM
If there's one thing every man needs come autumn, it's a handful of super comfortable, well made socks. Made in Japan, these work great in boots or sneakers, and add a pop of color in loafers or bluchers.



Founder’s Fall Picks – For Her

September 29 2016



MAUDE HELINE SHIRT
Maude is a Brooklyn based designer who brings her French sensibility to Brooklyn. The perfect white shirt is always useful and I’ve always had a thing for poplin. This shirt is designed with great details, from the lace inset to the amazing backside cut out.

CHIMALA JEANS
These are the perfect pair of denim to wear over and over, in a fit that is comfortable and versatile. They are worth the investment, as they break in beautifully and instantly, quickly becoming a go to jean choice.

DOUCE GLOIRE WRAP
I bought one of these scarves at Bon Marche in Paris a few years back and was determined to bring the line to Roztayger ever since. The cashmere knit is super soft yet sturdy. Use it as a scarf or a wrap, also great for travel or daily life.

ANNE GRAND CLEMENT POUCH
Beautiful and sturdy – her pouches are like small works of art. But don’t put them away in your drawer, these are meant to be seen. Use them well – eye candy that is also functional is the best kind.

MARYAM NASSIR PUMPS
Winter white looks fresh lately for year round. It’s a neutral – which makes it easy to integrate into your wardrobe. The shape of the pump is a classic so you won’t regret your purchase next year.

CLARE V BAG
I love that the Henri is a mix of soft shape but firm leather, the perfect balance for a casual bag.



Roztayger Founder Interview

May 12 2016



Since it's been just over 5 years for us at Roztayger, we wanted to take a moment to bring all of our clients up to speed through a simple interview with our Founder Elizabeth. She searches high and low, all around the world to find the best products she can, those which reflect quality and reflect a celebration of craft above all else– irrespective of trends. Along with this interview we've shared some of the imagery from Elizabeth's Work/Travel/Life experiences, as these are the foundation for all decisions in regard to Roztayger.

Q: Tell us a little about yourself; who you are, your style preference, greatest influencer, and favorite quality in an individual.

I grew up in California but have lived in NY for 18 years now. Having been lucky enough to travel a fair amount in my youth due to a family that loves seeing other parts of the world, I have always been intrigued by other cultures. As corny as it sounds, I really love to connect with like minded people and sharing music, art, food, culture and design is a way of doing that. I would say this Is a big part of who I am and what drives me.

I have always loved mixing feminine elements with menswear looks. A good example: the Le Yucca brogue. For years I looked for the perfect men’s brogue for women. Many designers make them now but in my mind only Le Yucca does the perfect balance of feminine and masculine design elements. The fact that they are ridiculously comfortable and great for your feet is just an added bonus.

My favorite quality in an individual is hard to narrow down to one. Honesty and loyalty are first and foremost. Kindness and empathy are also imperative - add a touch of creative quirk and you have my dream person to hang out with. Finally, they have to love good food and be willing to share.


Q: What precipitated the inception of Roztayger?

For many years it was my hope to open a retail store. After graduating college with a degree in Art History, I was not necessarily set up to do much in the way of practical career path but I always loved and enjoyed beautiful works of art and the stories/context behind them. It’s not a huge jump from studying art history to working in design oriented fashion. I started off working in local boutiques in Berkeley - merchandising, display, and helping clients find products that resonated with them. I got very close to opening a store in SF a few times but in the end I got cold feet. Sometimes when you know too much it can be inhibiting, as this is not an easy business. I moved to NY in my late twenties for a job in wholesale. I worked in an accessories showroom, learned more about the industry, worked with many talented emerging designers. I co owned that showroom for a short time as well but ultimately the nagging desire to open my own creative outlet kept coming back. I had had kids, settled down, continued in wholesale but finally in my 40’s decided it was now or never. Do it and try whatever the outcome; fear of failure became less an issue than fear of regret later.


Q: Was there anything in particular that prompted you to completely develop your retail shop online only?

I decided to go online only mainly because Chappaqua, where I live with my family, does not have a large walking and shopping area. As well, initially being online only allowed me to be around for my kids with a flexible schedule. I do love helping customers in person and I often feel frustrated with online sales as they do not easily allow for you to get to know your clients or to help/suggest things personally. I do try to reach out as much as I can and answer all the client questions about product directly via email or phone. In this way I have gotten to know some amazing people and I cannot tell you how much I Iove that! Plus, now I can buy with a more specific person in mind and I am privy to their comments and the impressions of the products they received.

At some point the plan was always to consider opening a small physical store that I could work out of. This is something I hope will come to be within the next year or two.


Q: How has the shop and its offerings evolved since launching?

Initially the idea was to only buy bags for men and women with small goods, focusing on unisex offerings that were minimal and modern in nature. I had been exposed to so many amazing collections over the course of my career that it was so easy to find product. Over the last 3 years I have found that adding in other categories helps to keep things more interesting. I have filtered in shoes, socks, hats, scarves, jewelry, cashmere separates and key luxury items. I try to stay away from products that involve a serious fit consideration. I veer towards easy basics that have a quirk or twist that makes them subtly unique. It could be material, context, or some other design detail. Categories are evolving but I don’t see ever delving fully into clothing collections top to bottom. Many other online stores do this quite nicely. I’d like to say in my own lane.


As most people are aware, online can tend to feel a bit saturated in terms of clothing and accessory retailers. What are some of the ways that you choose to set the shop apart?

I try to carry a few better known designers who work with my concept and then bring in others to keep the mix unique. The Roztayger niche is about design driven classics with a light handed touch of fashion or quirk; some collections I have are only available through Roztayger in the US. Some of this is a conscious decision and some is just the right fit for me. I would say the balance of known and unknown. As you build your client base they come to trust you – and know even if there is a brand they may not know of personally, they trust that it is on the site because it’s met my personal test of quality, usefulness and uniqueness. Bottom line– if its worth it. I am fully aware that my products are not inexpensive but the idea has always been that you invest in quality and in return, you have that piece in our closet for many, many years.


Q: In your words, who is the Roztayger woman or man?

My client is (generally speaking) 30 and over, educated, discerning, with a mind of their own. They often work and travel a lot. They may enjoy fashion and they definitely follow elevated design but don’t have time to read or follow a world of blogs, magazines etc. They want a filter. They want to stand out but in a low key kind of way. They don’t’ like overly apparent logos and instead appreciate simple details, materials and the context in which the product was made. In the end they know what they like, what looks good on them and they dress for themselves – not to impress others.


Q: How do you select the brands that are featured in the shop? Are they simply a selection of your personal favorites or do you follow certain criteria when buying?

I buy from many varied places: local NYC shows, Paris shows, from client recommendations, from outreach or from designers directly. It’s very organic I don’t buy anything I don’t connect with on some level personally. It has to make sense in the mix. It needs to be cohesive to the brand vision.


Q: Where do you see Roztayger in 5 years? Any plans to go into brick and mortar down the road?

I do hope to see continued growth in the coming years as I have in the past. Retail is not terribly predictable and economic conditions can change quickly. I hope that people continue to find me and connect with what I am trying to achieve. So far the growth is steady and in the right direction.

Yes, I do hope to open a small local store and am currently researching this idea further. It has to be the right space. I am not in a rush but I do look forward to being able to connect directly with clients on a regular basis.


Q: Anything else to share in closing?

I would just like to thank my customers and vendors for their loyalty. Their relationship in business is everything and I work hard to maintain positive experiences. Many people have been with me from the beginning. I feel a lot of gratitude for their support in allowing me to live out my creative dream. It’s not an easy business but I do still love it after all these years.

I’d like to thank my family as well. My husband does the web development (aside from his regular job) and my children (George 14 and Sofia 12) are now old enough to do hard physical labor on behalf of Roztayger. ☺ I have been lucky enough to have talented people help me build along the way with branding, graphics and marketing. They know who they are. I could not have done this alone.

Lastly I can’t forget to thank my lovely grandmother Rosalind Jeffer (Rosalind Tiger = Tayger). Aside from her name, she truly was a big part of the inspiration to believe in myself and finally strike out on my own. Always a strong example of grace, dignity and style she supported the Arts and women in general in their quest for strength and self-actualization.





A Recap: Paris Buying Trip

April 01 2016



Each buying trip to Paris is filled with memorable highlights and I am lucky enough to be able to go a couple of times a year. Growing up the Jeffers had a longstanding tradition of calling favorite trip moments out. At the end of a family trip my father would always ask, “What were your top 5 highlights?” We would feverishly compare amongst ourselves, reminiscing on the events we experienced and the things we saw, the favorite meal, the favorite site….our favorite personal interaction with someone we met along the way.




Food Highlight
In Paris I rent an apartment through Airbnb in the Marais, near which is a small local restaurant called Pramil that I have gone to a few times. It never disappoints. It’s within walking distance from the apartment, reasonably priced and the food is top notch. I joined a few friends who were ready and willing to share a selection of small bites, (my kind of people.) I ordered a cauliflower “cake” with tamarind sauce to start and a sautéed scallop dish with eggplant and pasta for my main. One friend enjoyed a warm pumpkin soup with a scoop foie de gras ice cream.






Retail Highlight
The day we arrived I was suffering from jet lag, so I traipsed over to Le Bon Marche and got a chance to see the Iris Apfel installation. Though a minimalist at heart I am big fan of Iris and all she represents. I love a woman who adheres to only her own rules as long as it suits her. Like Iris I believe we should dress only to please ourselves and as a way to enhance our sense of strength and character.





Creative Highlight
The next day I had a photoshoot with blogger Elle Fure as well as her hubby and photographer John Nugent in the Left Bank. I have truly missed these guys ever since they moved from NY to Oslo 8 months ago. We made a plan to meet in Paris and do a mini shoot with just a few pieces. Needless to say we had a ball and got some amazing shots.Elle has a way of putting together the coolest pattern combinations (much like Iris – and I envy that.) Afterward we had an amazing lunch at Ralphs.







New Designer Discoveries
I happened upon a brand new bag collection while I was seeing Le Yucca shoes in a small showroom. It’s an Italian bag line called Vittorio d’Ottavio. With incredible shapes, very clean and architectural with a selection of tactile, soft, and lightweight leathers.








Look for this line to land at Roztayger in July/August.


Designer Dialogue: i ro se

March 03 2016


irose

i ro se (pronounced ‘e-ro-say’) is a small Tokyo brand, founded by designers (and brothers) Gen and Dai Takahashi, that brings together elegance and a spirit of playful creativity. This is manifest in products that charm with seemingly simple forms that come to reveal a greater complexity; always clean and deeply functional. After training as a leather craftsman Dai-san got together with his brother to begin this conceptual yet heartful label that draws both upon the pair’s singular aesthetic and their shared childhood love of origami and forging unique objects from whatever materials they could find around the parental home. These days the pair’s creations are produced by highly skilled craftsmen in Asakusa, a Tokyo district with a long artisanal tradition, and so i ro se’s ingenious designs are always underpinned by the highest quality construction.

Briefly tell us about the history of i ro se up till now.

i ro seのこれまでの歴史、簡潔に教えてください。
→2003年に設立。2006年にイタリアの合同展whiteでaccessories collection A/W 受賞。
Founded in 2003. Won accessories collection A/W award at White group exhibition in Italy in 2006

Please describe the atmosphere in your studio when you are busy designing new products. For example, is it very lively with music playing, or are you quiet and meditative? If you listen to music, what style or artists?

アトリエにて、新作をデザインするところはどのような雰囲気か、教えてください。例えば、音楽が流れていて賑やかな空間でしょうか?それとも、高橋さんたちは静かで瞑想するように集中するタイプでしょうか?
→スタジオには、ミシン、工具や大量に革などがあり雑多な感じです。音楽は常にかけていて人の出入りも多いので静奏スペースではありません。
There is always a lot of stuff in the studio like sawing machines, various tools and piles of leather pieces. Yes Music is always playing and we have people come in and out all the time so feels like there is a lot going on in the studio.

Please can you both tell us your very favourite i ro se product, and the inspiration or story behind its design.

原さんも、大さんも、個人で一番好きな i ro se のご商品を教えて頂けますか?また、そのご商品をデザインする背景、それともインスピレーションの原としてのことも教えてください。
→Gen:seamless aurora key holder 、Dai:seamless short wallet  
seamless
シリーズは、あくまで無縫製こだわり、1枚の革を折り畳んだ構造になっています。見た目は限りなくシンプルで構造を考え抜いた遊び心あるデイリーアイテムで、今の私たちにぴったり合った大好きなシリーズです。
For this seamless series literally we don't saw and just fold one leather piece. It is very simple but stylish and yet most practical, also idea is playful. That is exactly what we have been looking to make and we are very happy with it.

What i ro se product are you using today? And can can you tell us what's inside?

高橋さんたちは今日、i ro se の何のアイテムをご使用になるでしょうか?また、中身は何でしょうか?
→Gen:sack shoulder bag / black バッグにはseamless シリーズを入れてます。I have the same seamless collection inside the bag
Dai:sack rucksack / black バッグにはseamless シリーズを入れてます。I have the same seamless collection inside the bag

Can you give us a hint about what you are working on now, or a hint as to the theme of your next collection?

今開発しているご商品あるいはコレクションについて、一言を言ってくれる?
→現在、生産の準備にかかっているのでコレクションにはとりかかっていません。
Currently haven't started the collection yet, we are busy with production

As brothers and co-designers, how do you divide i ro se work between yourselves?

兄弟とデザイン•チームを兼ねて、お仕事はどのように分担するでしょうか?
→それぞれでデザインした物を持ち寄り、サンプルを紙や革で簡単に作成してお互いに話しながらつめていきます。
また、一緒に話しながらつくっていくこともあります。
Each makes designs, show them to each other, make a quick mock up with sample paper and leather, then together we discuss the sample and go from there. Or sometimes we come up with ideas while we are talking to each other.

Your work is has elements of conceptual art to it - do you think 'product' can sometimes be seen as 'art'?

i ro seさんのご商品には、コンセプチュアル・アートのような様相が見えると思いますが、「商品」を「アート」と認められる場合はあると思うでしょうか?
→自身でアートを意識することはありません。日常生活でふと面白いコンセプトをみつけてはインスピレーションを得ています。
We didn't really consider us making " art" while we produce. We just get inspirations from every day life, we just pick up what we think is the fun idea smile

We can see the influence of origami in your designs. To what extent would you describe your work as 'Japanese'?

i ro seさんのご商品には、折紙の影響はたまに見えますが、高橋兄弟のデザインはどの程度「Japanese」と思えるでしょうか?
→折り紙の影響は受けています。子供の頃の遊びや工作がそのまま延長したような感じです。日本を意識はしていませんが、外国の文化にふれることが少なく日本で育ったので無意識に日本っぽさは影響していると思います。
Yes origami is a big influence. What we played with when we were kids gave us a lot of influence. I guess we never really lived out side Japan so that makes our product very "Japanese" smile

Finally, what kind of work would you be doing if you hadn't created i ro se?

最後に、もし二人で i ro se のブランドを始めなかったら、現在はどのようなお仕事をやると思うだろう?同じような企業?それとも、全然違うようなお仕事か?
→Gen:インドカレー屋、run the Indian curry restaurant
Dai:マンガ家 comic book writer

• Shop Roztayger's Selection of i ro se Here
Best,


Designer Dialogue: Southern Field Industries

September 05 2015


SFI Maine

Southern Field Industries’ founder-designers (and husband-and-wife too) Manabu and Keiko Okada radiate a certain positivity as they chat with us in the SFI studio, located right by their home in the serene Saitama countryside just north of Tokyo. It’s a positivity that has served them well, for what’s now a thriving artisanal bag and accessories brand, has its origins in hard times. The pair turned things around through a combination of determination, inspiration and, well, plain old-fashioned talent, we’d say. Informed by the Okadas’ bucolic lifestyle (beautifully documented in their photo journal), but equally suited to life in the big city, SFI’s designs draw upon skills Manabu learned crafting high-end equestrian goods to present a range of cleanly designed, but hard-wearing and thoughtfully functional, products well suited to those of a practical, down-to-earth nature: a little like the Okadas themselves.

Tell us about the history of Southern Field Industries up until now. What inspired you to start your brand?

Manabu (M):
I had been working at my father's company, a small sewing factory supplying the Japanese horse racing world, for some 14 years when it was forced to close. In this negative situation, I saw something positive in the potential to take over my father’s business while also getting started on my own thing; something I really wanted to do. And so Keiko and I took some sewing machines and rolls of fabric into the workshop beside our house, and began Southern Field Industries right away.

For the first three or four years, we were still making some equestrian supplies. It was a difficult time for us initially; to be honest we were inspired by desperation! Attending shows to sell our horse riding goods we also took the opportunity to introduce our bags and accessories, which were well received and ended up gaining interest from some great stores in the USA. This gave us the impetus to focus on Southern Field Industries as our main business, and now Keiko and I are really enjoying working on it at our studio surrounded by beautiful nature.

SFI Production

From your workshop’s location in the Saitama countryside, to the SFI brand itself, it seems that a love of nature and the outdoors are strongly evident in Southern Field Industries. What kind of influence does your lifestyle have on your work? Would SFI be a different brand if you were based in Tokyo?

Keiko (K):
Our studio is located in a small town called Hatoyama, in Saitama prefecture which is about 90 minutes from Tokyo. There are no cafés or clothing shops over here, but instead we get to see a lot of birds and small animals, and I get to enjoy picking mushrooms in the woods! Working out here as opposed to the city gives us the time to get inspired; we can move at our own pace and that’s very important for us.

M:
I had no choice of location originally, but wouldn’t even have considered the city as a base even if it had been an option! Here we can concentrate on our own work without being disturbed. If we were based in Tokyo, we might get distracted by all the voices and commotion and end up losing focus, and so we keep our distance from the city.

What’s the atmosphere like when you’re busy at work in your studio? Will there be music playing and conversation going on, or are you quiet and more meditative? If you play music while working, what do you listen to?

M:
We love music when we work! I’ll be listening to iTunes or SoundCloud all day when I'm in the studio. I have no prejudice in terms of genre...from loud rock music through to jazz, old soul songs and current electronic music. Today, I listened to Mogwai and Pat Metheny.

K:
But normally we can't hear the music clearly because the room is filled with the noise of machines and hammers! (Laughs.)

SFI Workshop

What are the main influences on your designs? Where do you find inspiration?

M:
We love going hiking with our dog Jasmine, and seeing beautiful things. I really get inspired by the sum total of everything I’ve seen and felt up to now, but good ideas don’t come into my mind when I consciously try to think of one!

SFI Hiking

What SFI bags do you use yourselves, and what’s inside?

M:
I use the PX Backpack to carry post when I cycle to the nearest mail box, which is some distance from our house and studio!

K:
I love my PX Haversack, especially when I’m riding my bike. It’s the perfect size for my daily essentials. Today, I’m carrying an SFI wallet, my iPhone, a Haruki Murakami novel, a notebook and Caran d'Ache ballpen, a handkerchief, Burt's Bees lip cream, Shea Butter hand cream and some painkillers.

SFI Field

Tell us your favorite SFI product, new or old, and why it’s special to you.

M:
It's hard to pick just one, but the SF Tote and SF Rucksack are my favorites because they are our earliest products; I have a lot of memories associated with them and they mean so much to us.

K:
The PX Tote is my first choice when I go out to shop or meet up with friends. We’re thinking to perhaps offer it in other sizes in a future collection.

SFI Backpack

What do you think you would be doing with your lives if you hadn’t created SFI? Can you imagine yourselves working in a different industry?

M:
I find it hard to imagine not having SFI in my life now, but if I didn’t I would prefer to still be doing something creative. I love to be creative all the time.

K:
Maybe I’d be working as a nurse, as I did in the past. But I really love what I am doing at SFI and hope to continue with it for as long as possible!

Shop Roztayger's selection of Southern Field Industries products HERE.

Best,
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Designer Dialogue: Kitty Nguyen of Hayden Leather

September 01 2015


Kitty from Hayden Leather

According to Kitty Nguyen, when it comes to character, all the digital devices in the world can't compete with the personality of paper. And given that Nguyen leads a family-run bookbindery-turned-leather accessory label, it's no surprise that she stays fiercely devoted to stationery. Hayden Leather's loyal customers, mind you, are endlessly thankful that she does.

We sat down with Kitty to learn more about her passion for print, the perseverance of paper in our Apple-infested age, and, last but not least, why you won't find the color black in any upcoming Hayden Leather collections.

How did Hayden Leather come to be and where does the name come from?

Hayden was hatched to address a perceived void—a refined American artisan product—in the men’s accessories market.

Currently, fine leather products made in America have made some noise, but they tend to have a rough hewn sensibility—what I like to describe as “made-in-a-barn” by an earnest craftsman. We wanted to be less “cowboy” and more “Swiss watch”. A quiet, refined luxury that you favor more each day as you use it.

Our factory is a second generation, family-run workshop. It began in 1977 as a leather bookbindery. Hayden is a family name, dating back to their arrival in the Americas in 1630.

HaydenWorldTravelJournal

What defines your line and your customer?

We wanted to make products that age with character and grace, becoming tools we love and rely upon. The goal was to craft products that had a tailored, modern sensibility combined with function and beautiful materials.

Our guy is clever, well-read and aware, but not trendy. He understands the difference between style and fashion and can totally rock a tweed jacket. He knows the right color when he sees it. He is interested in quality and construction because he uses things forever. He takes notes on paper and texts when he is running late. He is polite!

How are your agendas/journals made?

Because we began as bookbinders, we take our journals fairly seriously. All of our journals (and agendas) are Smyth-sewn. The pages of the book are first folded into separate groups and then stitched with binder thread through the folds. This creates a strong book block that will be further reinforced using fabric and glue on the spine. In contrast to other book-making methods, Smyth-sewn books are more durable, have wide margins and can open completely flat. Our pages are acid-free with a guilded edge. We also sew in a handy ribbon page marker.

Lastly, we cover our journals and agendas in Italian vegetable tanned leather. Every component ensures that the books will age beautifully. There is also the option of embossing our product with your initials, name, or even a personal message—to render it completely yours.

HaydenWorldTravelEdges

Why do you think people gravitate to Hayden's stationary products in this digital age?

I don’t think anything will ever replace the paper experience. There is something about jotting things down. It is physical. It is committed. You can flip back through the year(s) and recollect. Look at the notes in the margin, the scratch outs, the food or coffee stains. The doodles. The ticket stubs or flora you stuck inside. You cannot do that with a tech device.

I have a daughter of the millennial generation. She recently started using an agenda!
I LOVE my technology. It reminds me of things I need to do and provides cool instant gratification. But it lacks charm.

HaydenSmallBooks

What inspirers you?

I am inspired by just about everything. It’s all about the lens we see things through. I am a curious person and love to learn new things. I guess you can just say that I am nosy! A change of scenery is always inspiring. Therefore traveling, people-watching, a good story, and a thoughtful person can all get my mind racing.

Probably most inspiring to me is the marriage of form and function. It needn’t be high brow and it can be found anywhere. From that perfectly balanced spatula I use every day in my kitchen to a stunning Richard Neutra house. Intelligent and beautiful is a lethal combination for me.

You create leather goods geared largely towards men. As a woman, how did you end up specializing in men's accessories? Do you gravitate towards men's fashion, personally?

I was lucky to land in menswear early in my career, purely by happenstance. I definitely gravitate towards menswear and all its trimmings. My father was a diplomat and dressed as a gentleman—very correct! He was not a dandy, just pretty well-turned out. I was the only girl with three older brothers, so I was very accustomed to being around their stuff and their behavior.

I enjoy menswear because of its tradition and history, the context and the etiquette. I find it entails quite a bit of sociology as well. How men shop and what goes into their decision to purchase—it’s fascinating, really. Product information is very important to many men.

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How would you describe your personal style?

It should not surprise you that most of my closet could form the foundation of a man’s wardrobe. For example, I am passionate about having the perfect trouser, poplin shirt (single-needle construction), and jacket (no fusing!). I really admire good tailoring. And I own more brogues than my husband. But, I also like a pretty dress. I guess if I had to describe my inclination, it would be “slightly butchy, but hopefully cute”.

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What famous person would you most love to see with a Hayden journal?

David Brooks. Jon Stewart. Michio Kaku. Any half of the Obama couple.

What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to fashion?

The fashion victims. Those who don’t have an opinion and just blindly follow.

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What's one thing your customers would be surprised to learn about you and about your brand?

I try to avoid using the color black in any men’s collection. It seems counterintuitive, I know (and possibly counter commerce—black sells!), but black is historically not a color in menswear. I don’t believe it became prevalent until the early 1980’s. Previous to that there was navy, gray or brown. Black was reserved for funerals.

To my eyes, black seems out of place, almost “wrong”. So you will not find any black in the Hayden Leather collection (the only exception is our Little Black Book, for obvious reasons). Therefore, midnight navy is our black. I find it to be richer and more gentlemanly.

Shop Hayden Leather at Roztayger.com HERE.

All best,
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Designer Dialogue: Anne Grand-Clément

July 10 2015


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If anyone knows understated chic, it’s les femmes francaises. And French handbag designer Anne Grand-Clément certainly lives up to her homeland’s reputation. But Grand-Clément isn’t just your quintessential quiet luxury kind-of-gal — she’s socially conscious too. Collaborating with Indian artisans, the former Tod’s designer seeks not only to create exquisite pouches, but to preserve the art of hand embroidery as well. We asked Anne Grand-Clément if we could step into her world for a minute and found, to no one’s surprise, that from this particular French femme, we could learn a thing or two.

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What is your brand all about? Talk to us about your values and aesthetic.

I believe in the beauty of simplicity and timeless quality. Made entirely by hand, each of my pouches reflects the incredibly skilled labor of one embroiderer whose singular skill has been passed down for generations. Using a traditional Beauvais stitch, the embroiderer sits bent on the loom, like in meditation, for up to 30 hours to finish one pouch. The little hook jumps from stitch to stitch and the beauty of the design slowly appears under his hand.

Embroidery is a marvellous craft. The beauty of “fait main” creates tiny accidents, scarcely discernible to the layman, that only elevate the beauty of the pouch, making it one of a kind.

Instead of my name, I could also have called my brand “SLOW”, since I call for a different way of consuming and producing: buying less things, with more concern and respect for those who makes them.

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You've worked for big fashion houses like Tod's as well as designed your own handbag line (Ursule Beaugeste) prior to this one. Talk to us about the challenges of both career choices and why you ultimately decided to go back to working for yourself.

Ursule Beaugeste was a humble and poetic adventure; the result of my desire to design bohemian chic bags with a devoted cult following. When famous companies called me to design for them, it was like playing in the big leagues. The high quality of manufacturing and the large exposure was very stimulating. I really enjoyed both experiences.

During the last decade, digital marketing has accelerated the tempo of fashion to an all-time craziness. I do not agree with the endless demand for novelty, and thought it was time to slow down and follow more respectful values. That’s why I decided to focus on my passion for handmade design. In 2012 I began collaborating with indian artisans in an effort to preserve their craft as well as to redefine simple sophistication.

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Who is Anne Grand-Clement and which actress would play her in a movie?

I am a French, white-haired mother, designer and traveler.
If somebody is crazy enough to make a film about me, please propose the role to the brilliant Cate Blanchett.

Your embroidered pouches are handmade in India. Why India? How did this design collaboration come to be?

In India, handwork is still very much alive. But for how long ? It struck me as urgent to sustain this heritage before technology and consumerism makes it vanish.

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Talk to us about your concept of "precious basics". What does it mean?

It is the mix of simplicity and rarity. Timeless essentials embellished for an everyday luxury.

Which designers (past or present) are you influenced by?

Wiener Werkstätte’s designers, Coco Chanel, Sonia Delaunay, Line Vautrin, Miuccia Prada and Dries Van Noten.

Which of your pouches do you carry yourself and what would we find inside?

I have many that I love to carry. My favorite is PLAIN in navy or iron. It’s just perfect for carrying my essentials: money, passport, keys, glasses, iPhone, mirror, lipstick, and Kaweco pen.

If I need to carry more, I simply drop it in my new tote bag called IDEAL (as it is light and has the perfect dimensions and inside pockets).

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Name one thing your customers would be surprised to learn about your designs.

After embroidering, another very important step of the process is called “beating”. The metallic thread is beaten by the embroiderer between a wood hammer and a wood anvil in order to flatten the stiches and make them shine. If the beating is not done correctly, the piece will be rejected. Not everyone is able to do it. I judge the quality of the beating by the music it makes!

Name one item you'd rescue if your house were on fire.

Two small-beaded indian birds with coral beaks, and a Walter Boss ashtray set of nesting hedgehogs. They belonged respectively to my mother and father who passed away. They are more than precious reminders of a happy childhood.

What's next for your brand?

An e-shop.

Shop the Anne Grand-Clément collection at Roztayger HERE.

Best,
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Designer Dialogue: Rosanne Puģliese

June 15 2015


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Modern elegance with a dash of delicate nostalgia seems to capture Rosanne Puģliese’s carefully curated jewelry collection. Puģliese, who previously worked as a designer for Calvin Klein, has found her signature aesthetic in the intersection between sensuous materials and sculptural forms. Her designs are as fluid as they are angular and raw, and sturdy gemstones are softened by the magical movement of light. Enchanted by her jewelry’s fairytale-like features, we sat down with Puģliese to learn more about her art and how, surprisingly enough, Brooklyn became a big part of the equation.

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Tell us a little bit about how your label came into existence.

It was a leap of faith. I started soldering and taking jewelry-making classes about 20 years ago while still working in the fashion industry. There were not many "artisan" jewelers around at that point, but I knew I wanted to create jewelry that was more expressive and sculptural than what was available in jewelry stores, yet also more modern and elegant than "craft" jewelry. Friends started buying my work. The turning point came in 2003 when I sold my collection to Barneys New York.

What is your brand all about?

“Quiet luxury” says it all. The collection tends to be light and subtle, but still has a strong, simple elegance.

We let the gemstones speak by setting them in finely made, simple gold frames. These allow light to play with the color, sparkle and texture of the gems. Our favorite stones are ethically-sourced tourmalines, quartz, moonstones, amethysts of various hues, and conflict-free diamonds. We also use mostly recycled high karat gold. We really feel strongly about designing so that the jewelry enhances a woman's style, rather than taking center stage.

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You're based in Brooklyn. Do your designs in any way reflect the Brooklyn energy or aesthetic?

This is a great subject to discuss! I have lived, worked and raised my sons here for 21
years, and have seen (and been a part of) the dramatic changes from the "old Brooklyn". The lifestyle here influences all of my work….I have longtime, loyal customers and "collectors" who are very stylish and love beautiful accessories, clothes, furnishings etc., but have too many interesting things (kids, careers, travel) going on in their lives to be slaves to fashion and trends. They gravitate to the pieces that are light, simple and versatile, which you can put on in the morning and not think about too much, or feel too "precious" wearing. [My customer] appreciates work that is classic and modern, but not so perfect and polished, and that has a little grit to it—just like Brooklyn.

Name three things that always inspire your designs.

1.Finding unique gemstones
2. The beauty of high karat gold
3. Seeing someone get excited about something I have made for them

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Which designers (past or present) are you influenced by?

I’m always influenced by the jewelry of Alexander Calder, Hermann Junger, Ted Muehling, and, in general, by modern furniture, architecture and fashion.

If you had to choose one well known person (past or present) to own a piece of your jewelry, who would it be?

The great Diana Vreeland. It would mean that my work had passed muster with one of the greatest style icons.

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If you weren't designing jewelry, what would your career path be?

Something creative in the film world. Movies are my great "guilty" pleasure. I love vintage, foreign, classic and new. Anything Woody Allen. Netflix is a constant on my computer. The Italian films “The Great Beauty”, and "8 1/2" are two of my all-time favorites, along with "Annie Hall", of course. I can't wait to see "Iris" about fashion icon Iris Apfel.

What's the best career advice you ever received?

"Follow your instincts and do things on your own terms....minimize looking over your shoulder; this is when you trip up."

What defines success for the Rosanne Pugliese brand?

Keeping the heart and soul in the work. It is what makes [the brand] stand out, and will be what people remember most about the collection.

Shop the Rosanne Puģliese collection at Roztayger HERE.

Best,
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Designer Dialogue: Gonzalo Fonseca of Steve Mono

May 22 2015


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No one does leather like the Spaniards, and no one does modern meets classic leather bags like contemporary Spanish brand Steve Mono. Founded and designed by Gonzalo Fonseca, the Steve Mono line combines an artisanal construction process (made entirely in-house) with a modern, utilitarian sensibility. There is a reinterpretation of the old that translates into timeless everyday accessories, made more interesting and personal through their sustainability over time. The man behind the brand reveals more what Steve Mono is all about.

Describe the Steve Mono aesthetic in one word.

Honest.

Talk to us about your brand. How did it all start?

In 2007. I worked before as a graphic designer, and I was always thinking about the kind of bags/portfolios I needed for my work and travels—that was the beginning. My first collections were just for men, but women also liked the bags, so I decided to create a women’s line with the same inspirations and concept.

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What is the most important thing you consider when designing a handbag?

Utility. I love pieces that you can use in different ways.

Which of your bags found in Roztayger's collection do you love the most and why?

The Marvin Brief, for it was like a new beginning last season. This piece was the first one of a new complete series. Clean, light, but outright.

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Who/what are your biggest design influences?

Industrial and furniture design from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

If you could pick one person, past or present, to wear your bags, who would it be?

Katherine Hepburn.

What sets your bags apart from others on the market?

Customers tell me they are very recognizable because of the leather, softness, straps and the brass snap details in some styles. I also use black and brandy vegetable leather for the men’s line and color nappas for the women’s pieces in special combinations.

What bag are you currently carrying and what's inside?

The Marvin Brief in black vegetable calfskin. Inside, there’s one James Portfolio/iPad case in black, a 07/2 wallet in brandy, a solid brass key ring and one coin case in natural leather…almost a complete samples set!

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What's next for Steve Mono the brand?

Leather sandals.

If you weren't an accessory designer, what would you be?

A Carpenter.

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What's one thing our readers would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not Steve! My name is Gonzalo.

Shop the Steve Mono collection at Roztayger HERE.

Best,
Roz_Signature


Designer Dialogue: Yucca Murase of Le Yucca’s

May 13 2015


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There aren't many shoe designers who know how to marry the substantial quality and sturdiness of men's shoes with the feminine scale of women's footwear. Yucca Murase, however, has mastered this art. Indeed, it's not hard to see why the Japanese designer's Italian-made line has become a cult classic. Combining the old and the new with exquisite attention to detail, Le Yucca's shoes are the epitome of quiet luxury. Here at Roztayger, we revere the woman who has managed to straddle the line between masculine and feminine and deliver a product as deliciously unconventional as it is wearable. We sat down to chat with Yucca to find out what it's like to walk in her shoes.

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How did you come to design shoes? What drew you to this particular medium?

In my mind, the shoe and the foot are the same thing. Shoes should be so comfortable that they become indistinguishable from the feet. It was important for me to experience this level of comfort, as well as to create beauty to match.

Your designs have developed a cult-like following. What do you think it is that sets your shoes apart?

My shoes are sobering in the sense that they are designed to match any style and thereby enhance the identity of those who wear them. Le Yucca’s create balance in every way.

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It's rumored that you have some pretty famous customers. Can you reveal any names?

Unfortunately, due to the contract, I cannot.

You went from working for athletic shoe brands like Nike and Bridgestone to launching your own line of refined and highly unconventional footwear. How did you make this leap? What happened in between?

I quit the sport sector because I dreamed of being able to see my own shoes on people. And I had to design my own line because I simply couldn’t find shoes that I liked anywhere. The techniques that I learned designing athletic shoes were invaluable, however. Even today, I apply a lot of the same techniques to making Le Yucca’s.

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Aside from your own work, which shoe brands/designers would we find in your closet?

Jon Lobb.

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Name three things that inspired your first shoe collection.

1. It should bear no resemblance to any other shoes in existence.
2. The collection wasn’t designed to be sold, but it should be easy to sell.
3. The designs should capture the feeling of what makes life better.

Who is your biggest design influence?

Hermès – until a few years ago.

What are your plans for the future?

To travel around the world in a sailboat!

Shop the Le Yucca's collection at Roztayger.com.

Best,
Roz_Signature


Designer Dialogue: Oyuna Tserendorj of Oyuna

April 23 2015


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Famous for it's fierce warriors and vast, intimidating landscapes, Mongolia, it's safe to say, doesn't immediately conjure up images of premium cashmere. Nonetheless, this ancient country gave birth to one of the softest and most luxurious textiles the world has ever known. Today, no brand captures the nomadic spirit and exotic origins of cashmere like Oyuna. Led by Mongolian-born creative director Oyuna Tserendorj, this line of understated luxury is both a study in heritage and ultra-chic defense against the cold city streets.

When and why did you decide you wanted to work with cashmere?

I came to London and was wondering what to do here. I grew up wearing cashmere. It looked like there was not much interesting happening with cashmere for home, so we started with the Home collection and then launched WW later.

Talk to us about your Mongolian heritage and the role it plays in your designs.

I guess the ability of Mongolian nomads to strip down everything superfluous and just concentrate on the core meaning of things has carried over into my aesthetic. Also, growing up in socialist Mongolia, you learn to deal with all kinds of situations, e.g. turning disadvantage into advantage or making do with what’s available. That mentality is inherent in my designs.

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With cashmere pieces becoming increasingly accessible due to mass production (think Uniqlo etc.), how do you envisage the material retaining its luxurious, premium image in the public eye?

Cashmere is like any other material or object. Take a simple loaf of bread or a glass of wine: One can find really bad bread or one that tastes just like life, with so much love put into it.

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List three adjectives that best describe the Oyuna brand:

Simplicity. Comfort. (Personal) Luxury.

Which of your pieces found in Roztayger's selection do you love the most and why?

The Daya Travel Blanket in soft grey is a great, versatile piece—lightweight and luxuriously warm at the same time.

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Are there certain pieces in your collection that you wear daily? If so, what are they?

I wear a cashmere black coat from our AW13 collection all the time. Outdoors and indoors. It is knitted, but it does not look knitted. It’s constructed as a woven tailored garment, but offers the amazing comfort and lightness of knitwear. It travels so well and transforms into a small, light bundle. Anyone who starts wearing our cashmere knitted coats will get so used to the comfort that I think it will be difficult for them to go back to rigid and heavy woven coats.

Name three things you cannot live without.

Nature. Wine. Cashmere.

If you could pick anyone in the world to wear your work, who would it be?

The girl next door.

Cashmere is a fall and winter classic. How do you interpret this material for spring?

We interpret the lightness and softness of cashmere into featherweight cashmere-silk mixes, cottons or linens for summer.

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If you weren't a clothing and accessory designer, what would you be?

An industrial designer or architect.

Shop the Oyuna collection at Roztayger HERE.

Best,
Roz_Signature


Spring Favorites by Eliz - Part II

April 17 2015


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1) Bleu de Chauffe: Scott Bag. The Scott Bag harkens back to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s world and mode of carry. If you are a lover of writing and a bit of a nostalgist, you’ll LOVE this design. It’s currently sold out, but I have more coming soon. The fact that the Scott is handmade in the French countryside only adds to its allure.

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2) Southern Field Industries: Rucksack. Masculine, yet refined (as the Japanese do so well) with key functionality combining contrasting materials inside the bag and drawstring security.

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3) KIKA NY: Briefcase #2. The latest from KIKA NY is clean and slightly retro, but still retains that distinct artisanal feel which is classic KIKA.

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4) Steve Mono: Dylan Brief. A super supple leather and clean-lined brief out of Spain. Luxurious in look but also incorporating all the desired functional aspects one would expect from a working brief.

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5) Bonastre: Messenger Bag. The chicest leather messenger I have seen lately. It would work equally well on a casual basis or with a suit that is paired with sneakers.

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6) Glendon Lambert: Necktie. I am working on getting my hubby in one of these. Beautiful fabric and color mix. It’s nice to see something slightly unexpected in neckwear without it looking too crazy/novelty.

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Spring Favorites by Eliz - Part I

April 16 2015


It finally feels like spring today in New York. Good riddance to the most bitter winter in recent memory! Time to start shedding some layers and soaking up outdoor ambiance and some much needed UV rays. So, the moment has come for me to showcase my favorite spring accessories. I hope you’ll find something you like. Stay tuned for my favorites for the fellas coming up next!

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1) Anne Grand-Clement: Pouches. I am besotted with the playtime print. I’m not sure photos do these exquisite accessories justice, but I simply cannot tear myself away from them. When I’m not using my pouch, I lay it on top of my bureau and gaze at it as I pass by. These pouches are just stunning—like jewelry. But don’t worry, they can be used daily without fear of snagging or getting sullied etc.

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2) Bonastre: Handbag Scar. I do love all things Bonastre, but this season the Handbag Scar has won all my affections. I’m obsessed with its unique and almost futuristic take on a classic handbag shape. I bought it in terra to counteract the coldness it might convey in black. It looks equally cool with jeans or a suit.

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3) Atelier Marchal: Doll Bag. While I have never loved chains in particular, this one is just the right shade of metal and creates a lovely foil to the perforated bucket shape. We are seeing so many buckets right now in the market, but none like this and the leather is, in typical Marchal fashion, super soft and supple. Classic with a subtle rock n’ roll edge.

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4) Rosanne Pugliese: Emerald-Cut Earrings. These are perfect for everyday and the cut of the stone has always been a favorite of mine. Vintage but modern and terribly feminine at the same time. I love the blue, but I think the green amethyst could be a tad more versatile.

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5) Meli Melo: Sian Shopper. A new shape for Meli and a great price point. It’s so lightweight and easy! It looks great tucked in or out and holds its shape for easy organization. Available in black as well as burgundy and camel this fall.

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6) Antonello: Large Capriccioli Tote. Elegant, summer-y and entirely unique. Beach bag gone super sophisticated.

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The Bags That Make The (40-Year-Old) Man

April 10 2015


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In January I had three life-changing events occur: I turned 40, started a new career, and decided to grow up. Well, the last point remains to be seen, but I at least began to adopt the manner and dress of an adult. After years of wearing the same colored T-shirt (you should know by now where I worked), my new job presented the opportunity to finally wear the shirts and blazers I had accumulated in my 30s in anticipation of this moment. Thank God for not having gained (significant) weight!

Another opportunity my new job presented me with was travel! In three months, I’d been to parts of the country that were hitherto just points on a map. I make all these admissions now because it makes it easier to share the real opportunity these life changes presented: the excuse to update my accessories and daily carrier.

The daily carrier feature I’ll save for another day.

So how does one update ones bags to reflect the image of a 40 year-old in higher education with travel responsibilities and a penchant for the understated? Simple. One sets a few ground rules and one gets a credit card with a higher credit limit. And travel miles.

1. The first rule is to acknowledge that whatever one buys from this point on may potentially be an heirloom for posterity. In other words, select and buy bags that transcend time and taste.

2. The second rule is to carefully select a color palette and materials. Waxed cotton? Sturdy canvas? Pebbled Leather? Saffiano leather? Nylon? Keep in mind that while one isn't restricted to only one category, these choices have an impact on durability and wardrobe.

3. The third rule is to select brands that take as much pride in quality as you do.

Rules one & three are mandatory, rule number two is optional.

Here are the bags that should form the foundation of your collection when you’re in your 40s.

The Leather Folio. No matter how proud you are of your alma mater or of the brokerage firm where you did an internship during college, a pseudo-leather document holder with a huge school/company logo on it should be the first thing you discard when you cross the bridge to the other side of 35. Seriously. At this stage in life, it’s less about where you went to school and more about what you actually bring to the table. Like that solid proposal you and your staff created for a client. The fruits of your labor deserve to be ported in the fruits of skilled labor—like Bonastre’s handcrafted folios. Plus, paring down what you bring to meetings to the bare essentials—pen, pad, iPad—tells the client: “no baggage.”

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The Vintage Satchel. Let’s face it, crossing into middle-age is filled with days of looking back at one’s youth. No (acceptable) bag an adult male can carry so closely resembles a school bag like the satchel. It’s the kind of bag one inherits, meticulously cares for, and passes to one’s progeny. And unlike those logo-laden messenger bags that were au courant until a decade ago, satchels look better with age and signal to prospective partners that you’re young at heart but still responsible (in other words, a good catch). The Gabin and Scott bags by Bleu de Chauffe give you the option of either canvas or leather. You’ll look timeless with either.

The Slim Brief. Because no other bag a man carries pairs as well with a four-figure suit. Congratulations, you’re officially in it’s-okay-to-spend-the-cost-of-a-compact-used-car territory. You’ve earned it through hard work, smart investments and not spending money on video games every month. I hope to God you weren’t thinking of slinging a dirty backpack strap across that Super-150s draped shoulder?! Shoulder straps are reserved for your corduroy and flannel blazers. Carry a slim brief in your left hand and be prepared for a power handshake with your right. Your sleek silhouette will thank you. Try the Soft Leather Brief by Porter or the Lucid Ninety by Tsatsas.

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The Leather Duffle. In January, I flew into John Wayne Airport with the telescopic handle of my carry-on broken. This sad event occurred while I was running through Newark Airport to catch my connecting flight. The gentleman who sat across the aisle from me cast a quick glance at his Luminor Panerai, extracted a sleek leather duffle from the overhead compartment and exited the aircraft, no doubt to pick up his vintage Maserati from the parking garage. That’s what good luggage and a nice watch can earn you—a vaunted place in the imagination of onlookers (including airline personnel with the power to upgrade you to First Class).
Check out the Leather Duffle Travel bag by Lotuff Leather.

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Now, a well-crafted bag can only be enhanced by the quality of what it carries and the soul of who carries it. Your 20s were experimental. You were just coming to terms with yourself in your 30s. In your 40s, you have to make it all count.

Writer’s Note: Should you only own the styles and types of bags listed above? Certainly not. You shouldn't limit yourself to my choices. But whatever you decide to add to a collection, or however you deviate from my suggestions, put an emphasis on understated quality and superb craftmanship. Subtle details say more than brash logos. I should also state that I have not yet spent the price of a used compact car on a suit.


15 Fast Ones w/ Roztayger’s Elizabeth Jeffer

March 23 2015


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Inspired by Vogue's 73 Questions, we ran 15 fast ones by our founder, Elizabeth Jeffer.

1. Sum up Roztayger in one word.

Crisp.

2. Favorite season?

Those two weeks of spring and fall in New York.

3. East Coast or West Coast?

West Coast lately, though I live on the East. Need to get back to my origins of better weather.

4. Best book you ever read?

Oh man, that is tough! Recently, "The Danish Girl" by David Ebershoff. The characters just jump off the page and enter your psyche. Such a unique love story..

5. If your bedroom was on fire and you could only rescue one item, what would it be?

My grandmother Roz’s topaz ring. It's my personal cryptonite.

6. Best gift you ever received?

An unexpected car on my 16th birthday

7. Worst gift you ever received?

Sorry, hubby, but I think one Christmas I received a coffee maker of some sort. I may have blocked it out, but it was definitely an appliance.

8. All-time favorite piece from the Roztayger collection?

The Beetle Bag by Bonastre.

9. What quote do you live by?

“Life is short. Surround yourself with smart, quirky, and kind people whenever possible.”

10. Show us what's in your bag.

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11. Name three things you never leave the house without.

Lipstick, iPhone and pressed powder.

12. What TV series have you told all your friends about?

Luther. I have a huge crush on Idris Elba.

13. What handbag designer do you wish more people knew about?

A toss up between Bonastre and Atelier Marchal. Both super talented Spanish designers who are really cool and nice people as well !

14. Which celebrity, past or present, do you identify with the most?

Tilda Swinton because she owns her quirkiness with such grace. Maybe also a tad of Julianne Moore. She inspires me with her grounded intelligence and “real person” aura. I definitely connect with her sense of style.

15. Why do you run Roztayger?

Partly I love the creative/visual process. Gathering good designs together from various independent artists is, for me, like creating a beautiful new painting. I get bliss from the process. The second part is connecting people with products they get excited about. A customer who gets shipped something they love really makes my day. Clearly here are more important things in life than "material objects" but sometimes small visual and tacticle experiences can truly enhance your life in subtle ways. Sorry... not fast. My bad.



Designer Dialogue: Josep García-Marchal of Atelier Marchal

February 18 2015


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When it comes to the finer things in life, Belgium certainly has its fair share of bragging rights. And while our minds might immediately jump to decadent dark chocolates and world-class beers, this classic European country boasts some of the best contemporary accessory brands as well.

Enter Atelier Marchal. Created in 1999 by Spanish designer Josep García-Marchal and his sister, Ana, Marchal began in Barcelona as a small men’s and women’s jewelry/accessory atelier. It didn’t take long, however, before the brother-sister duo debuted their first handbag collection and, a few years later, relocated their booming business to Belgium. We sat down with Josep to learn more about how his love affair with leather and minimal design came to be.

Atelier Marchal is a brother-sister team. How and why did you decide you wanted to work together?

Back in 1999 Ana called me and told me, “Hey bro! What about us launching our own accessories line?” I couldn’t help accept the idea…et voilà! MARCHAL was born.

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Your bags are infinitely wearable, yet still possess an avant-garde twist. How do you find a balance between the commercial and the creative?

Bags have to be wearable—that’s what they are made for! Bags are made to carry stuff, we never forget that, but we also try to do something different…usually an unconventional shape or a new material.

You transitioned from making jewelry to launching a handbag collection. What was that like? Did you find one to be more challenging than the other?

We’ve always had a crush on accessories since fashion school. I’ve been doing jewels—and Ana wearing them—since I can remember, so I guess it was the natural way to start for the brand. At that time, we were already looking for different things, experimenting, so our jewels were made of unconventional materials…like leather. Leather is an incredible material. We wanted more, we tried bags, and we got hooked!

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Which of your pieces do you love the most and why?

There’s a reason behind each of our bags. There is a different occasion, need or mood in which to wear each of them. So depending on the need, I would choose one or the other—we love them all. In this moment, I would go for the oversized Niklaas bag. It’s modern, simple and different.

Which bag do you normally carry and what's inside?

The Gibson backpack.

Name one thing you never leave home without.

My keys.

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Name three things that inspired your first handbag collection.

People, leather and architecture.


If you could pick anyone in the world to carry one of your bags, who would it be?


I have an obsession with my sister Ana wearing everything I make.


If you could compare your aesthetic to that of any other designer—past or present—who would it be?

I don’t really like comparisons.


What quote best captures your collections?

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and “The devil is in the details.”

Shop the Atelier Marchal collection at Roztayger here.

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, Roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Designer Dialogue: Satomi Kawakita of Satomi Kawakita Jewelry

January 18 2015


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When it comes to jewelry, Satomi Kawakita’s line of delicate luxuries is decidedly different from anything you’ll find in the diamond district. From floating pearls to the most ethereal diamond drop necklace, Satomi has spent years conceptualizing and creating jewelry whose organic beauty is just off the beaten path. Born and raised in Japan, where her work is featured in stores across the country, the now NYC-based designer and diamond setter is slowly but surely acquiring a cult following on this side of the pond. We sat down with Satomi to learn more about her enchanting pieces.

How and why did you become a jewelry designer?

I was a glassblower in Japan. Doing glassblowing for five years made me realize that I was more comfortable working on smaller scale/detailed pieces by myself at my own pace.

Soon after the glass studio where I used to work closed its door, I started making glass-bead accessories and found that there weren't many options for metal clasps. That experience made me want to make my own clasps and learn how to make jewelry.

How would you describe your design aesthetic and how does it differ from that of other jewelry designers?

Organic. Delicate. Simple. Unique. Subtle. I imagine my jewelry to be that which you may find in a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.

I myself am a diamond setter and the way I lay out the stones is a bit tighter than what other jewelry designers do. Also, the way I set them is a bit untraditional. I think that's the difference.

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How do you come up with a new jewelry design?

It's hard to say, but I always sketch the shapes and the textures I like first. Sometimes it takes me years to turn my ideas into actual jewelry, but I basically make what I want to wear at the moment. I made platinum with brown diamonds rings in my previous collection because I was in a mood for platinum and brown diamonds. It's very chic and subtle and fresh to me.

Tell us about the first piece of jewelry you ever made.

I made a lot in school, but let's not count them. This is the very first ring I made with fine material:

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I was very bored with the rings I was working on as a diamond setter in the jewelry district. They all looked the same to me—super straight, same size diamonds…they didn't speak to me. Then I made this ring. I set three different sized diamonds in an uneven ring.

What inspires you?

Everything I see.

Which of your pieces do you love the most and why?

I love all, of course. But if I had to pick one piece, it would probably be these earrings because the pearls look like they are suspended in air. They make you think: How? I like something that makes people wonder and want to look closer.

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If you could save one piece of jewelry from a burning fire what would it be?

My wedding band made by me!

Name three things you cannot live without.

Sweets, laughter and jewelry making. I have all three every single day and I'm very happy!

Shop the Satomi Kawakita Jewelry collection at Roztayger.

Best,

Roz_Signature

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, Roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Elizabeth’s 6 Favorite Sale Finds

January 08 2015


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Now that gift giving is over, it’s all about curing our holiday hangover with a little retail therapy. And what’s more fun than scouring the web for a few reduced treats? I try to buy without seasons in mind and pretty much ignore trends, but there are always a few things that have to get cleared out. In my opinion, there are some very useful elegant pieces in the markdown section of Roztayger. Here are a few of my personal favorites.

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1. OYUNA cashmere cardigans. I took one of each for myself and these are infinitely useful and luxurious in feel. They are great edgy basics. Gray and black go with everything—easy and unique.

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2. LAAEL wristbags. I love the play of colors and patterns. Classic, yet whimsical.

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3. BONASTRE clam bag. Gorgeous combination of chain work and metal as well as architectural structure. I honestly cannot believe that it's still in stock!

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4. V::ROOM men's cardigan. I only have size Large left, but this piece is so cozy and cool. I love the detailed edging…makes it look like it’s been in the family for years.

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5. V::ROOM men’s cotton cashmere crewneck t-shirt. My husband lives in these. Simple, cozy with a cool drape.

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6. BONASTRE messenger saco bag. Casual, elegant and understated.

Treat yourself!

Best,
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Elizabeth’s Stocking Stuffers - Roztayger Holiday Gift Guide 2014

December 14 2014


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It seems gift giving is harder than ever these days. There are so many options, which makes the whole process overwhelming. And then there are the people who are always just so difficult to shop for. So what to do? Check out the Roztayger gift guide, of course!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces that make great presents for just about anyone on your list.

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Warm and pampered feet are a luxury during the holidays. This pair by Etiquette is a cashmere/merino blend. Maybe not something he needs, but definitely something he’ll enjoy.

A cozy cashmere scarf is ideal at this time of year, and Botto Giuseppe’s colors are rich and painterly. This dark fuchsia piece is festive and flattering.

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are another great luxury item that is both useful and a cut above. The combination of cotton and cashmere is addictive. The cut of the shirt is also a win—shaped, but not tight, with a flattering neckline.

This beautiful World Travel Journal by Hayden Leather is an old world throwback for the traditionalist man who still enjoys recording his experiences by hand.

Leopard needs no explanation. It’s a classic. I like Clare Vivier's Flat Clutch because you can use it as a bag within a bag as well as a stand-alone clutch.

Il Bussetto makes gorgeous small leather goods using unique vegetable dyes. This small wallet/card case is a great option that combines usefulness with uniqueness.

The Archival Dopp Kit comes in three colors and is both rugged and stylish. Guaranteed to please even the most practical man on your list.


Happy Holiday Shopping!

Best,
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Founder’s Picks - Travel + Life Essentials (Part II)

November 20 2014


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The Sightseeing Bag.
I love Bonastre’s Pochette, PB 0110’s AB10 Shoulder Bag and Meli Melo’s Duma in black as your basic go-to bags for strolling or sightseeing during the day, and then out to dinner in the evening. Hands-free, minimal and chic, these three are the epitome of luxury travel essentials. You don’t have to think about what clothes will work with these bags. They go with everything.

For men, the Saco Pouch by Bonastre is a great choice. Slowly, men in the US are beginning to embrace this man-clutch format, which is already a staple in Europe, as well as cities such as Tokyo and Seoul.

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The Storage Pouch.
Keeping a colorful (or patterned) stash of bags inside your main bag is incredibly helpful in keeping organized when traveling. It also limits rummaging when searching for things in a hurry. Lately, I’ve been carrying my blue i ro se 3F Wallet and my leopard haircalf Clare V Wallet Clutch for my makeup. I usually take a Clare V Flat Clutch along too.

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For men, I suggest the small goods from Travelteq and Il Bussetto. Travelteq’s Macbook Sleeve is lovely and clean with room for cards and your smartphone, if need be. Bellroy also makes amazing travel wallets, with lots of functionality and ingenious space-saving design, which men love.

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The Travel Blanket.
Oyuna’s Cashmere Daya Travel Blanket may not be a necessity per se, but it sure makes a great gift for someone who travels often. Worn as a shawl or blanket on the plane, it can be used later as a wrap or extra layers when traveling. The Oyuna Travel Blanket comes equipped with a belt, which can be used both to store the blanket as well as to define the waist.

Happy Travels!

Best,
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Founder’s Picks - Travel + Life Essentials (Part I)

November 11 2014


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At its inception, Roztayger’s concept focused solely on modern, clean-lined luxury bags for both men and women—appealing to those who crave luxury but prefer to ‘stand out quietly.’ Today, Roztayger’s mission remains the same, but over time, I’ve grown to feel that it would be interesting to touch on other categories and feature some personal favorites I’ve enjoyed incorporating into my own ‘work, travel and life’ over the years.

As I get older, I prefer to buy less, gravitating instead towards standout, non-mass production pieces that will last me season after season. These are the products that will never look dated and always delight in some small way—whether it be via functionality, tactile qualities, inspired design or simply from an aesthetic standpoint. I believe the Roztayger customer possesses a similar sensibility.

With this in mind, here are some of my favorite Roztayger Travel + Life Essentials (part one):


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I found this label through a client’s recommendation and then met with them in Paris last spring. Oyuna combines cutting-edge modern design with luxurious Mongolian cashmere to make extremely usable pieces that are never without intrigue. My two favorite pieces are undoubtedly the Ami Cashmere Jacket and the Cashmere Cardigan with Cutout Sleeves. I’m a huge fan of cardigans. I feel cold so often, so adding that additional layer is often a necessity. The fact that the sleeves are ¾ length is brilliant; you don’t overheat when indoors, and, if you get cold, you can simply add Oyuna’s arm warmers. Just peeking out from the cardigan sleeves, these add another interesting design detail.


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I have long been a huge fan of Japanese brand v::room and have amassed quite a collection of their clothing in recent years. Their supreme quality basics are so soft and possess such great subtle details that they really are much more than the word ‘basics’ would suggest. My pick is the Jersey Long Sleeve V-Neck—it drapes beautifully and has a very flattering cut. For men, I’m a big fan of the Cotton Cashmere Crewneck and the Jacquard Fleece Shawl Collar Cardigan…so plush and dapper with great, unexpected details in the raw edging and exposed seams.

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An investment for sure, but worth it in every way. A true cult following has developed for these shoes. Once you own a pair, it’s hard to go back to non-handmade shoes. They conform perfectly to your feet and sport a timeless unisex look that I love. My favorite is the navy Karena (I have brown and black versions arriving soon too). Watch this space for loafers coming in spring.

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My two favorite pieces, which I've been wearing non-stop for months, are the 18K Drop Diamond Necklace and the 24K Twin Pearl Studs. Delicate and feminine without being fussy or cutesy, they never give me cause to remove them.

Stay tuned for the next Travel + Life Essentials installment!

Best,
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Designer Dialogue: Tsatsas

November 05 2014


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Photo: Gerhardt Kellermann, Munich

Established by Esther Schulze-Tsatsas and Dimitrios Tsatsas in 2012, German bag label TSATSAS has become synonymous with cutting edge contemporary design. Coupling premium leathers with an industrial and architecturally-influenced eye, Esther and Dimitrios have managed to create a brand that successfully breaks with tradition. Their creations are relevant, yet trend-averse at the same time. We sat down with the duo behind Germany's cool carriers to find out how their handbags have raised the bar.

How and why did you become handbag designers? What drew you to this particular medium?

Esther: Dimitrios and I both worked for more than ten years in the field of interior design before we returned to Dimitrios’ family roots. His parents have had a leather workshop for more than 30 years now and he grew up in those surroundings. After several years of working on bags for ourselves and friends, we decided to start our own business by combining the art of leather craftsmanship with contemporary design. At the end of 2012, we founded our own label called TSATSAS.

You have a unique approach to leather. Talk to us about the types of leather you use and why you use them.

Dimitrios: Both the exterior of our bags and all of the interiors are made of aniline leather, which comes from animals from southern Germany, France, Southern India, and New Zealand. They are reared for meat production, which is very important for us. We only use natural open-pore leathers, the properties of which determine the texture of their surface. We love the uniqueness of every skin and every hide; its pores and grain lend our bags and accessories their own very special character.

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How does your German background influence your design aesthetic?

Esther: Our design aesthetic originates from many different directions and areas — the portion that is influenced by our German background is minimal. Our influences are much more location-independent disciplines like industrial design, architecture and art.

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Who is the TSATSAS woman/man?

Dimitrios: In our mind, there is no certain person who carries a TSATSAS bag — it is much more about the product itself. Bringing function, aesthetics and craftsmanship into perfect balance has always been a priority for us. Whether the owners of our bags are male or female, how old they are and where they live, is totally irrelevant for us during the design process.


What pieces in the TSATSAS Fall/Winter Collection do you love the most and why?

Esther: We love the goat suede version of our FLUKE bag, with its contrast between the matt goat suede and the smooth lamb nappa leather. Goat suede is a very resistant leather, which allows us to use very thin hides. The result is that this FLUKE bag is extremely lightweight for a leather bag; its weight is just 366 grams!

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What bag are you currently carrying and what's inside?

Esther: I was a FLUKE user for years, but since I am mother now, I love the LUCID NINETY bag. It can hold all the things that I need during the day — from my business diary to baby bottles to a rattling plush fox.

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What, in your opinion, makes the perfect bag?

Dimitrios: In our opinion, there isn’t one perfect bag, but there are attributes that separate an ordinary bag from a sophisticated bag. To create a sophisticated bag, you need plenty of time for the handcrafting process, and you must use only high-quality materials that strike the perfect balance between form and function. Essentially, the design works to accentuate the character of the user.

Shop the TSATSAS collection at Roztayger.

Best,
Roz_Signature

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, Roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Bonastre + Carryology

November 02 2014


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Last month, shone the spotlight on Bonastre—one of our favorite Paris-based brands. To celebrate the arrival of designer Fernando Bonastre's awesome new autumn collection, I sat down with my friend and colleague to talk shop. If you're not familiar with Bonastre's beautiful bags be sure to check out this interview.
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You can shop Roztayger's Bonastre selection HERE (women's) and HERE (men's).

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Founder’s Picks For Fall 2014 (Men’s)

October 26 2014


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Here are my top five favorite pieces for the gents this season. Truth be told I wish I could get my husband to wear one or all of these, but he is an over the top practical type who refuses to give up on his ten-year-old briefcase (heavy sigh).

Rolltote by J. Panther Luggage Co. - This style, from the small Brooklyn-based company, is new for fall. JPLC tests their products in the field for years before releasing them to the public, so you know they have to be good. This bag is indestructible and yet still looks great. Multiple carry options : backpack, hand-held or over the shoulder make it an ideal bag for the stylish and function driven man.

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Business Bag by Bonastre – For the chic guy with a European flair, this business brief is oh-so gorgeous and modern. One of my favorite details is how the zipper completely splits the bag in half for full access.

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Harvest Bag by Kika NY – A gorgeous artisanal bag designed for a more casual presentation but no less elegant.

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Tokyo Pack by Lexdray – New to Roztayger, this is a great pared down backpack. Navy details and a camouflage lining are unexpected accents. Plus, this bag has all the pockets and compartments you could ever want.

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Gibson Backpack by Atelier Marchal – A super tactile plush leather backpack for either gender – soft, elegant and not fussy in the least.

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Happy Fall Shopping ! Hope you discover something that suits you.

Best,
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Founder’s Picks For Fall 2014 (Women’s)

October 12 2014


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Fall is my favorite time of year for dressing and accessorizing. My real passion for design is unleashed and I tend to be effusive to the extreme. (I will try to contain myself.) ...Without that passion though I would just be selling stuff, which truly is of no interest to me. What I love to do is share my discoveries in the world of smaller, high quality artisinal brands that don't mass produce or ride on their brand name recognition.

Some favorites for women this season include:

• The new Thela Bag in grape
This is such a rich color and really gives me that fall feeling of elegance and glamour. I am somehow always in search of lipstick in this color. And why not match your bag to your lips? I personally love the medium Thela, although I sell more large admittedly. The smaller size keeps me better organized, and since I am always in a rush and craving efficiency, this size jsut works best.

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• From Ally Capellino I am captivated by the Lillian Clutch.
Both the gray and black versions are super gorgeous and just a tad over the top in the size department, which makes them all the more cool and interesting. The green enamel clasp is an inspired touch.

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• This season’s Bonastre pick is the Street Saco in gray and black.
I love the two-toned usage and the subtly slouched look of the structured shape.

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• The Kika NY Harvest Backpack in leather is buttery soft and as elegant and low key as you can get with a backpack.
Great for men or women.

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• I am partial to the Simple Tote in navy with black stripe from Clare Vivier.
I appreciate navy and black together and feel, as I get older, that it looks less harsh than the head to toe black I used to indulge in. The mix of matte black and shiny black on the textured suede is an intriguing combination.

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• From Lost Property of London my pick is the Elwin Portfolio Bag.
Even if you are not an artist it gives you that artistic/creative vibe (which is always a good thing in my book).

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• At PB0110 I have my eye on the AB14 Shoulder Bag.
Such a gorgeous, clean, striking shape. So lightweight and a great size if you want to pare down but still need to carry real stuff.

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• From Tsatsas I love the Fluke in suede.
Blue, gray, or black? Hard to pick, but this is such an elegant bag in every color, shape and form. Talk about NOT reinventing the wheel.

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Happy Fall Shopping - hope you are inspired !

Best,
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So Long, Summer!

October 05 2014


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Hello, Fashion Friends!

It's officially fall! I'm not quite sure where the summer went, but I'm relieved that the days of damp skin and flimsy fabrics are behind us. Yes, I'm an autumn snob. When it comes to quality clothing, rich textures and luxe accessories, summer is superficial at best. I look down my nose at her. So, sayonara summer! It's been an uninspiring ride.

With a warm September mercifully out of the way, I'm getting back to business with a new favorite bag for fall: The Beetle by Bonastre. Perfect for stuffing with agendas and Apple products, this Bonastre beauty is ideal for lugging my life back and forth from work. (Oh, and did I mention I'm obsessed with the two-tone?!) If you're looking for some architectural simplicity this autumn, The Beetle is what you waited all summer for.

xE, EllesEmpireState

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Designer Dialogue: Philipp Bree of PB 0110

August 29 2014


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Bags, one can certainly say, are in Philipp Bree’s blood. He was born into the BREE bag company, took over the word-renowned family firm in 1998, and launched his own label, PB 0110, in 2013. So although the name PB 0110 may be new to some, the collection’s masterfully minimal bags and accessories are steeped in tradition. We scheduled a transatlantic talk with PB 0110’s German-born founder to find out why his world has always revolved around beautiful bags.

Who is PB 0110? How would you describe your brand?

The idea of beloved objects is the essence of PB 0110. (PB are my initials and 0110, the first of October, is my birthday.) I love objects that grow into our hearts and accompany us through life. I think we all have these curious little objects we do not want to miss. They transcend price, design, beauty, function or rationality. For example, I have a travel bag of natural leather that my father gave me 26 years ago. I’ve been carrying it ever since, even though I have other choices. My emotional connection with this bag is so strong that I would never exchange it for something else.

Of course, it’s impossible to intentionally create beloved objects since what makes them beloved is tied to personal experiences. But I love the idea that maybe, at a certain point, one of our bags or accessories becomes somebody else’s beloved object. So, if I had to put it in one word, PB 0110 is about becoming.

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The travel bag that Philipp has been carrying for the past 26 years.


Tell us about your use of different designers for different parts of the collection and your decision to incorporate their initials into the style names

The answer to this question requires a bit more detail.

As I mentioned above, I love when objects become more special over time. That is that reason I decided to use only very traditional materials. I traveled throughout Europe for more than 12 months and selected materials from manufacturers with very rich traditions. Having sourced the materials for the bags, I invited three different designers, whose work I appreciate for being timeless and modern, to collaborate. They are as follows:

Ayzit Bostan - a fashion designer and artist from Munich. She is working on the women’s collection.
Christine Ahrens - a wonderful, experienced bag and shoe designer from London who has designed for houses like Jil Sander and Asprey. She is in charge of the main parts of the men’s collection.
Christian Metzner - a product designer from Berlin. She is working on the men’s accessory collection.

It is a very personal dialogue. I explain the direction I have in mind and then we discuss the first ideas and interpretations of the designers. It is an inspiring process. The only requirement I have is that everybody uses the same materials and colors.

The idea behind this collaborative process is that it’s interesting for my customers to experience new interpretations of the quality materials that they come to expect from PB 0110. To use the designers’ initials to name the bags was logical, since that’s how our own brand name was born.


Talk to us about your materials. What do you use and what makes them unique?

We only use vegetable tanned leather from Belgium, pure brass fittings and 100% linen — both from Tuscany, Italy. The production process takes place in Europe. I choose manufacturers who are experienced with vegetable leathers and whom I can reach by car within a day. Being able to meet them on a regular basis is very important to me.

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The AB 3 by PB 0110


Prior to launching your own line, you ran your family's handbag company, BREE. Why did you decide to go out on your own and how do PB 0110's bags differ from BREE's?

My reason for leaving the family business was that I was interested in working more on a concentrated concept. Compared to BREE, PB 0110 is a very small cosmos. The design process, however, is comparable. Aesthetically, we have the same roots, but different interpretations.


How does your German background influence your design aesthetic?

Well, I think it influences me a lot since I was born and raised in Germany and continue to live there today. But, in a way, I don’t see design geographically. I love minimal, poetic works and today we can find this aesthetic direction in almost every country. So I am influenced by minimalism, which is a part of German design history, too.


Which new designs for Fall 2014 are your personal favorites and why?

I do love CM 10 (coming to Roztayger soon) a lot. It is a wonderful spacious and very light bag. The leather is split into 0,7 mm, weighs only 750 grams and is still very durable. I use it for business trips and even for going to the market.

I am especially proud of our new wallets, CM 12 and 13. To develop a new function is quite a challenge, but I think Christian Metzner found a great way to keep the wallet very slim and organized at the same time.

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The CA 5 by PB 0110


What famous person, alive today, would you be most honored to see wearing one of your bags?

I do like the work and style of Ambra Medda. On the men’s side, I would be thrilled if artist Ai Weiwei would wear one of our bags. Mr. Weiwei has a wonderful way of bringing out the beauty of traditional materials.

Name two things that inspired your Fall 2014 collection

1. The artist and graphic designer Giorgio Morandi. His work inspired the illustrations for the Fall/Winter collection.

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Painting by Giorgio Morandi (1908 - 1964)

2. I always admire the work of Japanese Architect Sou Fujimoto. One of his latest projects was the Serpentine Pavilion in London last year.

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Sou Fujimoto. Serpentine Gallery, London 2013.


Name one thing our readers would be surprised to learn about you

I mentioned earlier that the first of October is my birthday. Coincidently, it is the also the day the company was officially founded. I sent our business papers to the registration office at the end of August of 2012, and I was so happy when I got them back and saw the date they were stamped. I never called the person in charge, since somehow it seemed nice to keep the question of whether or not she did it on purpose unanswered.

You may also be surprised to know that we’re in the process of creating our first product that isn’t a bag or accessory. It is a swing. Stay tuned!

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Aquarell for the Fall 2014 collection.


If you weren't designing handbags, what would your occupation be?

My second passion is furniture. I would be involved in that somehow.


Shop the PB 0110 collection at Roztayger.

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, Roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


My Style Influencers

July 21 2014


When recently asked, “who were your formative style influencers?” it took me some moments of pondering. But upon rummaging through the recesses of my mind, I soon uncovered four fashion-forward names from my sartorial memory box. I thought I'd share them with you.


1. Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie - I had an early obsession with I Dream of Jeannie and would spend countless hours admiring Barbara’s billowing Middle Eastern pink and jewel-encrusted outfits. I also loved the inside of her bottle with the velvety couch and contrasting jewel-tone pillows. All of this brings back very fuzzy fantasy memories from my childhood.

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2. The Fong Family - My more modern minimalist sensibility came from my early exposure to the Fong family whose daughter, Tracy, was my best friend in Pasadena, California, for years. Her father, Miller Fong, is an accomplished modern architect and furniture designer. He designed their homes and much of their interiors. Growing up, this was a huge influence on me.

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3. Madonna - In my early college years, Madonna was coming on the scene and I loved her bold mix of feminine and masculine influences. For many years, I tied big silk or lace bows in my boy-cut hair and wore the stacked bracelets of that ‘80s period she epitomized so well.

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4. Grandmother Rosalind – Last, but not least, my amazing grandmother Rosalind Tiger (pronounced Tayger) Jeffer, after whom the site is named, had an enduring impact on my understanding of style. She always kept her stylish clothes, handbags and blocked hats from when she was in her ‘20s and ‘30s in a big closet. I would pour through her stuff looking for vintage gems. She would laugh at me in her big hats and have me take whatever I wanted. She always had great style without exertion and a very humble attitude.

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After my college years, I came into my own look. This is one of the great things about getting older — you care less, mainly because you know what makes you feel good. When I think about how much effort went into dressing as a young woman I smile and cringe … happy that those days are in the past. Now, for me, it’s all about ease, comfort, tweaking the uniform and having some fun here and there with accessories. I never was a big trend follower and am even less so now. I appreciate comfort and quality and things that are unique. That being said, the embedded memories of Jeannie, the Fongs, Madonna and, of course, Grandma Roz are forever a part of my historical style DNA.

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The Bonastre Handbox

June 26 2014


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Hello again, my beautiful bag ladies (and I mean that in a good way)!

I’ve been meaning to share these shots of my ever-so-handsome Bonastre Handbox with you. Isn’t he striking? This clean-cut fella came to me earlier this spring and has held his own against many-an-experimental outfit ever since.

Take the caped crusader look below, for instance. (Some days I wake up wanting to be a superhero, what can I say?) Futuristic Fendi heels met a swoosh of magenta and a dose of Disney whimsy collided with au courant animal print. It was an action-packed ensemble, no doubt. But no matter how courageous the clothing, I found it just didn’t work without a whisper of restraint. So I brought out the Bonastre. And wouldn’t you know — it was just what I needed to ground this getup’s fanciful flight.

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Designer Dialogue: Antonello

June 24 2014


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When it comes to creating chic beach totes, Antonello has certainly upped the ante. Known for producing a limited number of luxurious hand-woven bags on looms in his native Sardinia, the London-based designer has created quite a stir in the world of sustainable fashion. But Antonello, whose beautiful bohemian bags have caught the eyes of American retailers, won't let his stateside success overshadow his heritage. We sat down with the man behind the brand to learn more about how his Mediterranean background remains the building block of his bag collection.

Why did you start designing handbags? What drew you to this particular medium?

My interest in fashion, retail and product development dates back to my economics degree in Italy, where I began to concentrate my research on the fashion market. This led me to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Later, when studying for a BA in Product Development at the London College of Fashion, I had the opportunity to be placed for work experience with leading fashion and retail companies like Prada and Paul Smith, which provided me with a new and different perspective on the world of fashion. I also worked with well-established accessories companies such as Mulberry and Fendi. From this experience, I started to develop a range of handbags with the fabrics my grandmother and my mother used. Most of my products are made with the technique of knot or grain work known as "pibiones".

Your Sardinian heritage has been a huge influence on your handbag line. Tell us how.

Antonello is a range of eco-luxury handbags made with Sardinian hand-woven fabrics. My personal story and attachment to Sardinia are integral to the handbags I design. My interest in using traditional Sardinian textile techniques is fueled by a desire to preserve as well as advance craft skills that are at risk of disappearing due to globalization and mass-produced designs.

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Other than Sardinia, where do you find inspiration for your work?

My collections are rich in research on detailing, influenced by couture and by the search for wellbeing and materials that are ever more eco-conscious and sophisticated. The themes are inspired by Sardinian historic locations, from which each bag takes the name, and the linear styles inherent in architecture.

Why was it important to create an eco-conscious line?

It all happened by chance. The decision to experiment with Sardinian hand-woven fabrics (produced in ethically managed factories and workshops managed entirely by women) resulted in an exclusive ‘eco-luxury’ line of accessories that uses sustainable yarns made from naturally dyed Sardinian wools and recycled cotton.

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Which Antonello bag is your favorite?

Capriccioli — the large tote and our best-selling bag! It is named after a beach on the Emerald Coast in Sardinia — one of my favorite places.

What bag are you currently carrying and what’s inside?

My current project is to design a bag for myself — I’ve been meaning to do it for a very long time. In the meantime, I’m carrying a suede Prada bag packed with my essential work tools.

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What famous person would you most want to see wearing one of your bags?

Anna Wintour. Although she is rarely seen carrying a bag.

Which handbag designer do you admire most and why?

I greatly admire Miuccia Prada. She is an inspiration because she always evolves through time.

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Name three items in your closet that you cannot live without.

1 & 2) Jumpers and cardigans — a must for British weather.
3) Trainers. I love walking!

If you weren’t designing handbags, what career would you have?

I would probably be working in fashion retail. I loved working in this sector when I was a student!

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Shop the Antonello collection at Roztayger. (More inventory expected in September.)

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Designer Dialogue: Clare Vivier of Clare Vivier

May 07 2014


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Marrying classic French sophistication with modern Los Angeles cool, Clare Vivier has created a line of chic handbags coveted by accessory connoisseurs the world over. Emerging from Vivier's need for a stylish computer carrier, her eponymous label has grown into a fashion force that has collaborated with Theory, Refinery 29 and Steven Allan, among others. But while her bags play in the big leagues, Vivier remains rooted in the Los Angeles fashion community where she and her team emphasize ethical manufacturing. We sat down with Clare Vivier to learn a bit more about her favorite bags and irrefutable French connection.

How did you become an accessories designer?

It all began when I was traveling around for work and realized I wanted a functional and fashionable laptop case and I couldn't find one. It really started out of necessity and just grew from there.




Your line has a French sensibility to it. What do you think are the biggest differences between American and French style?

My husband is French and I spend a great deal of time in France with my family so I like to think that France plays a big role in our family culture. French sensibility is always something that inspires me, from quintessentially French style to the sights you take in just by strolling through Paris. I've always been drawn to the subtle way that French women exude glamour. Everything is always so effortless and yet still completely chic. I think American style is much more minimal, particularly in LA, and certainly more modern. I love when the two meet, I think that is the aesthetic I identify with most.

What pieces in the spring/summer CV collection are you most excited about?

The Simple Tote has been such a popular style that we've carried it over from season to season in great new colors and ways. I love the versatility of the navy suede with the lavender stripe that lightens up the shape. And the black and white stripe Flat Clutch is a CV classic that I'll never tire of.

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What bag are you currently carrying and what's inside?

I've recently switched over to the Spotted Sandrine which looks so good for spring and the transition to summer. It's actually quite roomy and you can fit everything inside. Right now it's got my Macbook Air, various Moleskin notebooks and Clare V. pouches.

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Your line is a go-to for travel. What are some of your favorite destinations?

I always seem to find myself back in Paris, but I'm really excited about some upcoming trips I have planned. I'm headed to Turkey soon, which is a destination that's always been at the top of my list, and I just came back from Korea, which was such a great trip - it surpassed my expectations.

What playlist is currently on repeat at the CV office?

There's a lot of Spotify that happens in the office. The girls in the studio love Beyoncé and I've been listening a lot to Pharrell.

At present, what's your favorite item in your closet and in your home?

Whenever I travel back home to Minnesota I always find time to stop at my favorite vintage stores. The lace blouses I've discovered there over the years are a collection that keeps growing and is certainly my favorite. And we've recently lined our den with photographs that my husband has taken over the years and those are quite special — you can look at them every day and always see something new.

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Shop the Clare Vivier collection at Roztayger.

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Spring/Summer ‘14 Picks for Men

April 18 2014


The Spring/Summer 2014 assortment for men is focused on bringing new life to classic men's accessories. Whether it's in the form of a surprising color combination, a well-placed stripe, or a fresh juxtaposition of materials, our new pieces offer versatility for every occasion without sacrificing heritage. See below for some top highlights from roztayger men's lines, new for the warmer weather. 1) Bonastre: For men, I love the new F21 Messenger Bag in terra. I wish I could get my husband to carry a nice bag like this! We shot it for the Roztayger Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook at Grand Central Station, so I'm excited to share these photos. This bag can also easily go from jeans to suit. And I love the F5 Large Portfolio in terra/grey—a lovely color combo.

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F5 Large Portfolio by Bonastre

2) Travelteq: I'm so excited to have this Amsterdam-based line in. It's such a cool offering of stylish, travel/work related pieces of amazing quality. I love the Classic Trash Messenger for men in the Navy or the Blue. Also, The Royal Navy Trash Brief is great for a slightly more formal, buttoned up look. 3) Kika NY: It's hard to pick a favorite here, but Kika Ny's 24 Hours Bag is one which I have used personally for day use, yet it is meant for either gender. A man would use it for the gym or a weekend, perhaps. It's very elegant and you cannot beat the leather quality or the handmade story behind it. I'm anxious to get their new Postal #3 Backpack in in May.

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4) J.Panther Luggage Co.: I love the new Canvas Courier Ruc Case in olive/black, featured in the Lookbook as well. A million ways to carry it and many great compartments inside make it a great investment piece. It's urban and stylish, but not fussy in any way.

Canvas Courier Ruc Case by J.Panther Luggage Co. Canvas Courier Ruc Case by J.Panther Luggage Co.

5) Ally Capellino: The Homerton Mitchell Rucksack is another great investment piece for the guys. Last season, I sold this bag out first and it’s already had a good response. It’s that "forever" men’s bag that looks better over time. The navy is deep and rich (almost black) and the brown accents are a great foil.

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6) Porter: I love the new 3 Way Lift Brief in navy...there's something about the deep navy and the material, which make it very seductive in its feel and look.

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Clutching Color

April 09 2014




Like every New Yorker, I gravitate towards black…A LOT. It’s chic, easy and always a sure way to add some adult-factor to my petite frame. But, let’s be honest, relying on black to bring out my best is kind of boring and, quite frankly, just doesn’t cut it among the fashion-forward set. So, the solution is simple: I look to colorful accents to elevate my all-black looks.

My flamingo Meli Melo wallet and polka dot wristbag by Laael are the perfect color pop pieces, and I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying them together for added effect. Who says you should limit yourself to only one playful accessory? I certainly don’t. With a simple all-black ensemble, I feel totally empowered to go crazy with my clutches. And what could be more fun than holding lime green and black hair-calf dots?

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Designer Dialogue: Elja Lintsen of LAAEL

April 07 2014


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This spring, we're thrilled to introduce LAAEL, a colorful minimalist line based in Amsterdam. Dutch founder and designer Elja Lintsen honed her design skills while working at influential brands such as Marc Jacobs, Martine Sitbon, and Club Monaco. Elja's eye for smart design, combined with her passion for experimenting with colors and structures, make LAAEL bags both playful and practical. LAAEL accessories vary from contemporary classics to charismatic eye-catchers, always combining a cool modern sensibility with a distinct edge. A US exclusive for Roztager, LAAEL's Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by an androgynous 1940s aesthetic. Below, we become better acquainted with Elja about her approach to color, design background, and what's in her bag.

Your background is in design, but you choose to focus on bags. Why are you drawn to this accessory in particular?
Actually, I finished two studies. First I studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and after that I studied Fashion Design at Artez in Arnhem. Only three and a half years ago did I start designing bags because of a freelance project I had been working on. I really love the focus of designing a bag, how you can completely refine the design as you work on it again a next season. Also, just a combination of colors and materials can change the look of a bag completely! And I love researching for materials and the accessories for a bag.

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How did you name LAAEL? What does it mean?
It is actually derived from my name, Elja. Talking to a friend, he said, "Why don’t you do Laelja, kind of as in French, la Elja?" I found that kind of nice, but a bit too sweet. After some more thinking and playing around, I decided on LAAEL as I found it stronger and the name looks and feels more like what I do.

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Color and texture play is a huge theme for LAAEL. What are some for favorite colors and materials, and why?
Every season I have a new favorite color combination. I love working with colors and experimenting with how to put them together. I am always a big fan of trying to find a combination that you might not expect, to explore boundaries. I do love colors that have kind of a greyness in them—“dirty” colors I call them—and to combine these with a bright green, for example. But I love all colors. It is really about how I combine them and what material, structure, and or intensity they have.

What are the essentials you carry in your bag?
Of course a LAAEL 011 Wallet. And I always carry calendula ointment and my lipstick or eyeliner.

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LAAEL is based in Amsterdam. What do you love and find most inspiring about your city?
Amsterdam is quite a small city. It’s really nice to cycle past all the canals; I always find it quite calming and relaxed. It is really nice that you can do everything on your bike! If I have any time at all, I just love to go into the city in the morning and go to my favorite bookstores and stroll around.

If you weren't an accessories designer, what career path would you pursue?
I wouldn’t want to do anything else! As I am a fashion designer, it would be even better if I could do both, clothing and accessories.

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What playlist are you currently listening to in the design studio?
My moods can be quite different. I listen to all kinds of music it depends on the day. At the moment, I am playing Lana Del Rey, but it can also be dubstep, the Irrepresibles or Anna Calvi. I do love melancholy and on the other side of quiet, loud music. I am a huge fan of Mike Patton!

Which LAAEL spring bags at roztayger are your favorites and why?
As there are quite different styles, there is not really one favorite, but the small #05 Cross Body Bag is the one I am using at the moment. It fits all the essentials, so I always carry everything I need. And I like how it really adds something special to your outfit as it is quite an eye catcher in the different leathers, colors, and prints. Whenever I have to take more I always take a #06 Large Tote that will hold almost everything. It is practical but also really chic and cool.

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Shop the LAAEL collection at roztayger.


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Spring/Summer ‘14 Picks for Women

March 31 2014


A loyal client recently asked me about my favorite accessories for spring and I was hard pressed to answer. There are so many wonderful new products in this season that I had to pause and think that one through. To be honest, I am passionate about every designer I bring in, otherwise they would not be featured. Given that I cannot buy their entire collections, I have to whittle down to pieces I feel are the most relatable, usable, and good investments for my clients. (I fully admit that some products are not inexpensive, but then again, you do get what you pay for in most cases. I believe in buying less but buying better quality if you are able!)

I brought many new European collections to roztayger this season. Two more are yet to go up: Laael out of Amsterdam and Tstatsas out of Germany...stay tuned! If pressed so far, my favorites this season are:

1) Bonastre: Their first women's collection has landed, and although I expect three more styles in, my current favorite is the Beetle Bag. It's structured and elegant, unusual but not so out there. It’s a style that I cannot say I've seen before in the market. I have a weak spot for crisp white bags, and the use of grey makes it more usable. We shot this at Grand Central Station for the lookbook.

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2) PB0110: A new gorgeous line out of Germany with an architectural feel and attention to detail that make your head spin. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the CA 5 Travel Bag is amazing in terms of its cool style factor and the AB2 or AB3 in navy are two of my favorites for daily use.

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3) Atelier Marchal: I am obsessed with the Large Marlon Bag that you can fold and tuck under you arm. I would carry the white one with jeans and a white tee, or out at night in the spring and summer. It even works as a winter white.



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4) Meli Melo: I'm very into the bright travel Color Pop Wallets in the blue, flamingo, and taupe. I'm always looking for new ways to stay organized in my purse and a bright wallet that doubles as a clutch is very useful!

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5) Lost Property of London: I'm a big fan of the black sailcloth Mini Miles Bag because of the sustainability factor, plus the wrinkles are a cool twist on a classic duffle. The material makes it appropriate for year-round use and great for an overnight trip or a day when you just have a lot to carry. Great for either gender.

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6) Samuji: The new black Crossbody Bag is an ideal size for travel. I normally don't carry a small purse, but realize that having one handy is a relief when you just don’t want that heavy load. It’s hands-free, elegant, and in the most buttery leather. Minimal, classic, and modern.

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7) Ally Capellino: I must say I love the navy blue Ellin Bag for its feel (so very soft and light) and for the same reasons as above. It’s another perfect option for hands-free pared down carry.

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8) Clare Vivier: My two favorites this season are the black spots Flat Clutch (Sandrine to come soon) and the lavender navy stripe suede Simple Tote. There's something about the whimsical color and pattern combination these two offer. Feminine, yet still classy and not too over-the-top girly.

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9) Avril Gau: I'm really excited to bring this line in out of Paris. It’s a proper ladies' bag line with structure and minimal hardware, but well done, as I usually I prefer little or none. My all-time favorite is the grey Groupie Bag. It’s a structured Baguette style, so sharp with a great edge to it due to its larger scale. If you carry this bag, you're bound to feel more powerful!

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10) Antonello: My favorite Antonello bag is probably the Large tote, which comes in three fantastic colors. I stumbled onto this booth in Paris and was so entranced. These are beautifully hand-loomed bags in exquisite painterly color combinations with that ethnic feel. The bags are so refined that they work even in the city with a buttoned up outfit, like the Medium Lined Hobo. The larger totes can go on vacations and the smaller ones even work in an urban setting in the warmer months. These are special summer/spring pieces!

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Designer Dialogue: Melissa Del Bono of meli melo

February 25 2014


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A new Designer Dialogue has us checking in across the pond with Melissa Del Bono, the founder of beloved British accessories brand meli melo. From the brand's inception in 2005, Del Bono has created distinctly structured and sleek handbags with a nostalgic nod to her past in the Aeolian Islands. With a broad color spectrum ranging from classic taupe to newfangled flamingo and the beloved staple silhouette of the Thela bag, meli melo's growth has catapulted into international recognition and acclaim. meli melo's chic yet practical bags have been spotted on the arms of starlets like Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, and Nicole Richie to everyday working women (like roztayger customers!). Read on to learn more about the equal parts smart and stylish woman behind the successful brand, along with the scoop on what to expect for spring and summer.

How did your life prepare you to create meli melo? How did you name the brand?

I come from a very entrepreneurial family so it has always been in my blood to want to create something special of my own. Growing up in the beautiful Aeolian Islands, I was inspired to create handbags after watching the women in the villages carry large wicker baskets. The trademark inverted handles on the Thela bag are influenced by these baskets and the way women carry their bags. There is definitely a strong heritage behind meli melo. The name comes from the nickname I was given by friends and family from a young age. I feel it adds a personal touch the brand as well as giving character to the bags.

How does the city of London influence your designs?
Living in London is so enriching and freeing in a design sense. There are no boundaries in London style, the more unique the better. London girls here have a really cool, effortless sense of dressing and I like to portray this in my designs. My home is just off the Portobello so you can imagine the array of old mixed with new, beautiful antiques alongside a mass of vintage fur coats and evening gowns. It’s totally inspiring. What I love most is that it’s real; the energy around the area is wonderful, there are so many likeminded creatives.

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The Thela bag is your most beloved. Aside from fresh colors for spring/summer, are you able to share any new bags you're currently designing?
The Thela was named after my husband's grandmother, so the heritage is present every time I hear the name! It feels very special that our bestselling bag is named after her. I can’t give too much away, but of course there will be something extremely exciting happening with the Thela Bag! We have been experimenting with size. I think next season the Thela will be in demand even more than ever...we are welcoming The Thela Mini to the Thela family, which is even more fashion forward and utterly wearable. The meli melo Splatter print will be back. The colours are stunning and the print for next season is so strong, I can’t wait to uncover the new collection. This season saw the Thela become a Back Bag which has had amazing response from press and customer alike so we are focusing on this shape again for next season with the addition of some amazing print!

Who is the ideal meli melo woman? Who is your muse?
The meli melo girl is ever discerning, plugged in and on-the-go with an eye for style and unique pieces. I imagine a girl of discovery, scouting out new hot spots and visiting chic boutiques, often finding that star piece that everyone else lusts after. The meli melo girl is inspired by the world; she likes to visit new and exciting destinations whilst always looking effortlessly stylish. And she enjoys life!

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If you weren't an accessories designer, what career path would you pursue?
Having worked in PR, I am tempted to say that maybe I would have built my career in that area of the industry. Truly I can’t see myself doing anything other than this—I just had to wait until I felt I had enough courage to trust myself and gain enough belief in myself to succeed as a designer. I have always been creative but it’s such a personal thing sharing your creations with the world! Now I totally trust my designs and instinct. I make bags that I love. Having the support of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo and knowing that they enjoy the bags themselves is so flattering.

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What's currently on your playlist?
I’m loving the new Arctic Monkeys album as well as Erykah Badu, Sam Smith and Laura Mvula for the ultimate chill-out music. It depends what mood I’m in and what I’m designing, but I also enjoy some old school David Bowie and 60's classics.

Any exciting plans for 2014 in the works that you can share with us?
There’s always exciting stuff going on at meli melo! Of course, unveiling the new AW14 collection is utterly exciting. Lots of stunning new leathers that have not been seen before as well as some fabulous new styles that I cannot wait to get designing. We have just opened our first stand-alone store in London so hopefully more of them are to come!

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Bag Resolutions For 2014 - guest post by Jenn

January 27 2014


Last year, I asked some of my most avid roztayger customers to share stories about their love affair with handbags. Jenn Strauss of PA shared hers, resolving to think more thoughtfully about which bags she would purchase. Below, we check in with Jenn a year later to see how her goal went, as well as what bags she'll be carrying for 2014! Tell us in the comments: do you have a bag resolution?!

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With the beginning of 2014, I continue my quest to devise ‘real’ resolutions or goals for this year. In reflecting upon my post last year and judging ‘how I did’ with meeting my goals. I have to say I did a good job…not a great job, but a good one (I am a firm believer in practice makes perfect). Did I purchase handbags throughout the year? Of course I did! Was I focused on issues of quality over quantity? Definitely yes! Did I fall ‘off the wagon’ in purchasing bags? You betcha! Probably many people would evaluate my 2013 handbag shopping behaviors as a fail! I could agree with that, but it is a new year and I want to maintain a positive perspective! So, I will stick with what I have learned in 2013 and what I will be working on for this year.

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I try not to have ‘love at first sight’ for a bag…noticed I said TRY. I now give a lot of thought on the practicality of the bag and how often I will really use it, even though I am in love with it. How well the bag is made in regards to its price also is a conscious thought, instead of…its only two hundred bucks and on sale. The Rivet Capital A bag by frrry was a love at first sight! I loved the shape and simplicity and size (I am a big bag gal). I ordered it right away and still love it. I kinda felt bad in purchasing it so quickly, but as soon as I got it, I did not feel bad any longer!

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I continue to work on what my style is, and how the bag is a reflection of that, rather than an accessory that is ‘neat or different’ though not really me. I find that bags I purchased with my style in mind are used more and I enjoy them more, instead of ones I rarely use and eventually give away or sell on eBay. My style tends to be, as of now, in the range of the Tori Bag by Samuji. I love this bag. I plan on purchasing another in 2014. The quality is superb and the leather is beautiful, without being heavy (I have a similar men’s Coach bag that is just too heavy to use). I use Tori at least once a week, if not for an entire week at a time. I am one of those gals that changes handbag everyday…that is also part of my style. The bag is classic, functional and a great accessory. I have dolled it up with scarfs tied to the handles and a beaded leather piece made by my six year old.

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If I spend a few weeks ‘stalking’ a handbag I find online, I do not feel guilty if I order the bag to admire it and decide if I want to purchase it. I am not afraid of returning a bag. I have returned several bags this year that were purchased out of love only to find that when I actually received them, that love was gone. The Collapse 3 bag by frrry was such a bag. I loved the design and leather, but just was not sure. I ordered the bag with full intention of returning it if I did not like it and, OF COURSE, ended up loving it. I use it has a handbag and I get positive and unique comments on it as it is so strikingly unique many people do not know what to say (including my husband).

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Buying bags on sale is a good thing, but it comes with consequences. I have waited for bags I really want to go on sale (or used it as a bargaining tool that if I complete this project, then I can buy that bag), only to find the bag sells out or the color I want is out of stock. Disappointed yes, but purchasing a bag for quality, shape and purpose allowed me to see that color importance weighs lower on the list. This happened with the Lost Property of London Elwin bag: I waited to purchase the green, it sold, I frantically purchased the brown and love it! Liz offered me the green when another came in, but I already had a relationship with the brown…not giving her up!

So, I am not perfect, or ever will be. I am okay with that. I will continue practicing quality and style, over instant beauty and sale price, though I know I will have my weak moments. I have decided that these moments will be learning experiences and opportunities to keep the US Postal Service working with my returns. I am looking forward to LOOKING AT many great handbags this year with PURCHASING fewer than I did in 2013 though enjoying every single one of them to their fullest!

 


Berry Brights

January 16 2014


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Happy New Year, My Fashion Femmes!


Since we're smack in the middle of January, aka the most depressing month of the year, I decided to fight the feeling of doom with a sartorial shout-out to the perkiest person I know: Barbie. Although, for better or worse, I'm anything but Made by Mattel, I knew it wouldn't be too hard to scrounge up a few unapologetically girly pieces. (You see, I used to be OBSESSED with pink, so every now and then a bright berry hue manages to make its way into my closet.)


To start, I uncovered the perfect splash of sequins in my wardrobe — a knee-length vest made specifically for the London runways (found consignment shopping, of course). From there, I knew I had no choice but to throw my widely weather-inappropriate Sophia Webster pumps into the mix. (Let's be honest, what's a better pick-me-up than neon polka dots?) But the crowning glory of my girly getup was my gorgeous new Rivet Me bag by Frrry. I mean, look at it! It's delicious. Not to mention the perfect trailblazer for spring. Did I mention that pinks are going to be huge this season?


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Cozy Outfit Ideas For Cold Weather

January 08 2014


Baby, it’s cold outside! Temperatures have been so low this year, they’ve been setting new historical records. From a white Christmas to the surprising Polar Vortex of 2014, lately there has been no shortage of freezing weather and reasons to pile on the layers. It’s hard to focus on dressing the part when all you want to do is bundle up, enjoy a hot toddy, and lounge inside by a crackling fire, however we at roztayger believe that there’s always an excuse to stay stylish. To inspire you to kickstart a fashionable 2014, below we’ve curated cozy yet on point outfit mixes for women and men that will serve you well in braving the elements.

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1 Hope Judge Cardigan, La Garconne
2 Frame Denim Le Garcon Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans
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3 J.Crew Perfect-Fit Tee
4 Tracy Watts, Into-The-Woods Bear Ears Headwrap
5 Botto Giuseppe Cashmere Scarf, roztayger
6 Atelier MarchalF2 Bag, roztayger
7 Hansel From Basel Ladies Crew Socks, roztayger
8 Satomi Kawakita Open Circle Studs, roztayger
9 Le Yucca’s Karena Shoe, roztayger

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1 Sunspel Loop-back Cotton Sweatshirt, Mr. Porter
2 J Brand Kane Regular-Fit Denim Jeans, Mr. Porter
3 Kika NY Postal Backpack, roztayger
4 Kika NY Loop Keychain, roztayger
5 Botto Giuseppe Cashmere Scarf, roztayger
6 Il Bussetto Small Wallet, roztayger
7 Etiquette Clothiers Men’s Socks, roztayger

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Designer Dialogue: Samu-Jussi Koski of Samuji

December 27 2013


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Samuji, the women's clothing and accessories line designed by its namesake creative studio in Helsinki Finland, is based on a permanence and timelessness that transcends seasonal trends. Founded by Samu-Jussi Koski in 2009, Samuji pieces are crafted from premium quality materials from Europe and Japan, and is distinguished across international press and retail concepts. The line is a perfect fit for roztayger because of Samuji's ambition to produce everlasting and sustainable design that serves purpose yet tells a story. In this Designer Dialogue, we check in with the founder for more insights about his brand and creative inspiration.

You were at Marimekko for many years. What inspired you to leave and start your our collection?
I worked at Marimekko for almost 10 years and it was a wonderful learning experience for me. However it was a natural transition to move on as my ambitions changed as I grew with the profession and I wanted to create a different concept. I wanted to see what else this business and it's different aspects had to offer.

Who do you envision as your target client and what are her characteristics?
I’m designing for women that are interested in art, architecture and the world around them. This is why we like to shoot our feeling books in the homes of Finnish artists that we look up to and are inspired by.

How did growing up in Finland affect the way you design?
Finland is located in the crossroads of the East and West. It shows in the design, which is not just plain, minimalistic and functional like the Scandinavian design in general. It also includes the exoticism of the East such as colourful prints and ornaments.

What bag in your collection is your personal favorite?
Leather Unlined tote is my favourite from the collection. I carry my laptop, notebook and all the daily essentials in it. The bag is a unisex style for both women and men.

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What's your creative vision for Samuji? Do you have any exciting projects in the works?
Samuji aspires to create clothes and accessories that both tell a story and serve a purpose. They are meant to be worn season after season and become their wearer’s trusted and beloved wardrobe. We choose carefully all the fabrics that are of highest quality and we know all our suppliers personally. In addition, we like to keep our production as near as possible. Our most recent and exciting project was the launch of the men's collection this fall.

If you weren't a designer, what career would you pursue?
I think I would live in the countryside and work as a gardener or sheep breeder.

What music are you currently listening to?
The Norwegian band, Kings of Convenience.

Browse the Samuji collection at roztayger.


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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.


Durability and Style of Portland-Based Archival Designs

December 21 2013


Archival uses US-sourced waxed fabrics, Horween leather, brass hardware, and “best in category” webbing from the UK. Based in Portland, OR Archival believes in supporting US-based apparel companies and manufacturing traditions and only source components internationally if an appropriate source is not found domestically. Like their name suggests, Archival bags are designed to last you a lifetime.

roll top bag by archival


Slightly larger than the Rucksack, the Archival Roll Top is great for great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone else who regularly faces the elements. It is a roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in number of conditions. The roll-top closure is secured by a stout Horween leather strap and solid brass roller buckle. It has a double-layer bottom and an interior stash pocket. A Horween leather lash point on the front panel makes a great place to attach anything from a bike light to a sleeping pad. Also comes in natural (white).

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dopp kit by archival


It’s helpful to keep your grooming products corralled when traveling, but most dopp kits end up complicated, bulky, and heavy. Archival’s is simple, spacious, and folds up to nearly nothing when not in use. Featuring a smooth brass zipper and a handle made of British military webbing – big enough to fit over a doorknob. Opens very wide for easy access. Also comes in black.

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flap musette by archival


The Flap Musette, made from stout closely woven waxed cotton, is designed to combine the simplicity of the cycling musette with the durability and use value of a field bag. Slightly bigger than our Plain Musette, it has a snap closure, adjustable strap, double-layer reinforced bottom, and two internal pockets. The strap adjusts from 41 to 52 inches, accommodating most users. Edges are bound in waxed cotton tape, and stress points are bar-tacked. These bags are practical and free of complications.Roz_Archival_museGry1

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large field bag by archival


The archival large Field Bag is intended as a daily workhorse, a crossover between a traditional English fishing bag and an urban messenger bag. Durable construction and practical features allow the bag to excel at carrying gear both outdoors and to the office. The Field Bag is constructed from the highest quality materials: 22 oz Waxed twill fabric, Horween leather, and thread are of US origin. Webbing and most of the brass hardware is sourced from the UK. RiRi zippers are made in Switzerland. Also comes in gray.

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duffle bag by archival


The Archival duffel is intended to be a sturdy, simple baggage for travel. It’s perfectly sized for carrying on airplanes. It is in essence a compact tube with inside and outside pockets on the ends. The duffel’s bottom is covered in a waterproof, super tough nylon truck tarp that can handle the grimy subway platforms or dusty roads. A stout, leather-trimmed 2″ wide shoulder strap is comfortable and easily removed (strap hangs 20 to 24″ from shoulder), and handles made in British military webbing are securely bar-tacked in place. Also comes in red.

Roz_Archival_Cobalt-Blue-Frontclick the image to buy this bag


Archival bags are as durable as their name implies. Their company philosophy of making their bags domestically and choosing only domestically made materials wherever possible, indicates an admirable commitment to supporting US-based apparel companies and manufacturing traditions. In fact, you can see that they are committed to elegant design, top quality and sporty practicality.

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.



Durability and Style of Portland-Based Archival Designs

December 21 2013


Archival uses US-sourced waxed fabrics, Horween leather, brass hardware, and “best in category” webbing from the UK. Based in Portland, OR Archival believes in supporting US-based apparel companies and manufacturing traditions and only source components internationally if an appropriate source is not found domestically. Like their name suggests, Archival bags are designed to last you a lifetime.

roll top bag by archival


Slightly larger than the Rucksack, the Archival Roll Top is great for great for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and anyone else who regularly faces the elements. It is a roomy, stripped-down backpack for keeping your belongings dry and safe in number of conditions. The roll-top closure is secured by a stout Horween leather strap and solid brass roller buckle. It has a double-layer bottom and an interior stash pocket. A Horween leather lash point on the front panel makes a great place to attach anything from a bike light to a sleeping pad. Also comes in natural (white).

Roz_Archival_Rolltop-Black-Frontclick the image to buy this bag



dopp kit by archival


It’s helpful to keep your grooming products corralled when traveling, but most dopp kits end up complicated, bulky, and heavy. Archival’s is simple, spacious, and folds up to nearly nothing when not in use. Featuring a smooth brass zipper and a handle made of British military webbing – big enough to fit over a doorknob. Opens very wide for easy access. Also comes in black.

Roz_ArchivalDOPred1click the image to buy this bag



flap musette by archival


The Flap Musette, made from stout closely woven waxed cotton, is designed to combine the simplicity of the cycling musette with the durability and use value of a field bag. Slightly bigger than our Plain Musette, it has a snap closure, adjustable strap, double-layer reinforced bottom, and two internal pockets. The strap adjusts from 41 to 52 inches, accommodating most users. Edges are bound in waxed cotton tape, and stress points are bar-tacked. These bags are practical and free of complications.Roz_Archival_museGry1

click the image to buy this bag



large field bag by archival


The archival large Field Bag is intended as a daily workhorse, a crossover between a traditional English fishing bag and an urban messenger bag. Durable construction and practical features allow the bag to excel at carrying gear both outdoors and to the office. The Field Bag is constructed from the highest quality materials: 22 oz Waxed twill fabric, Horween leather, and thread are of US origin. Webbing and most of the brass hardware is sourced from the UK. RiRi zippers are made in Switzerland. Also comes in gray.

Roz_Archival_lg_fieldbag_tan_frontclick the image to buy this bag



duffle bag by archival


The Archival duffel is intended to be a sturdy, simple baggage for travel. It’s perfectly sized for carrying on airplanes. It is in essence a compact tube with inside and outside pockets on the ends. The duffel’s bottom is covered in a waterproof, super tough nylon truck tarp that can handle the grimy subway platforms or dusty roads. A stout, leather-trimmed 2″ wide shoulder strap is comfortable and easily removed (strap hangs 20 to 24″ from shoulder), and handles made in British military webbing are securely bar-tacked in place. Also comes in red.

Roz_Archival_Cobalt-Blue-Frontclick the image to buy this bag


Archival bags are as durable as their name implies. Their company philosophy of making their bags domestically and choosing only domestically made materials wherever possible, indicates an admirable commitment to supporting US-based apparel companies and manufacturing traditions. In fact, you can see that they are committed to elegant design, top quality and sporty practicality.

Best,
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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.



Holiday Gift Ideas For The Modern Man

December 20 2013


Do you need some encouragement or direction for shopping for the men in your life this holiday season? We checked in with Roztayger blog guest writer Khamel Abdulai to see what luxe items are on his wishlist. Consider this personalized gifting inspiration for the modern man. Tell us in the comments, what are you gifting this year?


  1. Polka Dot Scarf by Meg Cohen. Teal with gray dots. Styled right, sized right, priced right.

  2. Cashmere Scarf by Botto Giuseppe. Cashmere. Made in Italy. Anything else?

  3. Tales of Us” by Goldfrapp. Not quite a concept album but certainly one that rewards listening from beginning to end. If you haven’t listened to Goldfrapp before, this is the best starting point.

  4. Woodblock Candle by Kobo Candle. The Modena Leather scent is the closest thing to turning your study into the interior of an Italian Automobile. Premium American-grown soy wax, sophisticated scents. Candles for the initiated.

  5. Tam Dao eau de toilette by Diptyque. Sandalwood stars in this luscious scent. I may keep this for myself.

  6. Double Gauze Jersey Long Sleeve Tee by v::room: Because we have to be on a super-long flight in the New Year and I want to be comfortable.

  7. Anki Drive Starter Kit. Artificially-intelligent slot-racing. iOS7. iProducts. For the (inner) kids.

  8. Bowers and Wilkins P7 headphones. Stainless steel and supersoft New Zealand Sheepskin in a non-kinky application. They sound and feel amazing.

  9. Something in a small box.

  10. Love. There’s never too much of it.


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- Guest Writer Khamel Abdulai: One foot firmly on each side of the Atlantic. pursuit of the esthetic, literary and entrepreneurial ideal.

For more smart holiday gift ideas, shop roztayger's Gift Guide for Men.


Grandma Roz’s Topaz Ring

December 16 2013


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For as long as I can remember, Grandma Roz wore this topaz ring on her right hand. It’s nothing terribly fancy or expensive but I always think of it as very elegant and very HER. When she passed away, I asked to keep her ring as a memento of the amazing person she was. She was kind and big hearted, always thinking of others before herself. She was funny, sweet, and self-deprecating. And yes, she loved design and the arts and always championed women and the underdogs of the world (as I do!). She always enjoyed the intimacy of real relationships versus the platform of big and self-aggrandizing. She was a very real and down to earth, lovely person.



I started roztayger with a nod to her influence on my life growing up and to her courage, strength, and big heart. I wear the ring when I want to feel stronger and more confident. I imagine that she is with me encouraging and supporting me…and it actually does work! All three of roztagyer photoshoots have included Grandma Rosalind’s ring in a handful of shots. If you look closely, you can find it!

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases, and small goods made of quality materials.



Stress-Free Holiday Gift Giving

December 10 2013


I’m the worst gift giver. I’m convinced of it. I worry that the gift won't resonate with the recipient, that I didn’t spend enough or that my wrapping sucks. The last point tends to be true, although I’ve worked hard to improve my wrapping technique.

The more important a person is in my life, the harder it is for me to be content with my gifting choices, which means my immediate family and my girlfriend are probably the ones I worry about the most. I found a few years ago that it eased pressure if I spaced out shopping for and giving gifts over the entire calendar period. I also find that it makes giving a gift more about the act itself and less about the obligatory adherence to the admonitions of The 3 Wise Men, Cupid, and the Birthday Fairy. In other words, giving for giving’s sake.

I’ve worked retail long enough to know that shopping under stress is inherently a male trait. Between December 23rd and December 24th, there’ll be lines outside Pandora, Sephora, and other purveyors of the answer to Men’s notions of what women want; lines of glazed-eyed men who will grab whatever’s left on the shelf and would pay a larger premium to assuage their last-minute guilt. I know this because I’ve seen them and would be in that line if good sense and better choices didn't prevail.

Now, for major gifting occasions, I have a Rule of 3. Three gifts comprising:


  1. Premium Desired - something I know the recipient (let's not kid ourselves here, it's the GF we're talking about) would have wanted but not bought for herself.

  2. Whimsical - something I would want the recipient to have—usually fun and unique.

  3. Practical - usually a melange of things the recipient uses on a daily basis.


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Premium Desired: Ruc Tote by J.Panther Luggage Co.

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Whimscal Gift: Men's Socks by Etiquette Clothiers

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Practical Gift: Passport Sleeve by Bellroy

I’ve found that this allows for gifts that at least include a bit of my personality and taste. I also keep the number of stores/retailers I buy from to a minimum. It’s weird, but I believe in habit and ritual and I also believe in giving business to retailers I have rapport or affinity with or are in some way connected to the gift recipient. As I’ve gotten older, it’s become less about the Black Friday-styled frenzied shopping and more about gift discovery.

How else is a guilt-prone man supposed to do his shopping?

- Guest Writer Khamel Abdulai: One foot firmly on each side of the Atlantic. pursuit of the esthetic, literary and entrepreneurial ideal.

For great holiday gift ideas, shop roztayger's Gift Guide for Men.


Winter Warrior: Bonastre Saco Pouch

December 02 2013


Happy December, Darlings!


As a child of the northernmost regions of Europe, winter is not just in my blood — it's also omnipresent in my wardrobe. My Scandinavian sensibilities squeal for creamy knits, winter whites and all things warm and wonderful. This year, however, I've learned the importance of contrast. A dash of delicious dark black can go a long way. Case in point: this perfect leather pouch by Bonastre. It follows me everywhere I go. Through the quiet streets of Chelsea on a Sunday afternoon, down the slippery stairs of the subway on a slushy Monday morning, and far from the city's maddening crowds on a chilly getaway in November. Come to think of it, all the chunky cashmere in the world can't compete with this stunning and stoic winter warrior.


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Designer Dialogue: Ferry Meewisse of Frrry

November 18 2013


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Ferry Meewisse created his accessories company Frrry (tip: it's pronounced FAIR - REE) with a core focus on construction. Designed and handcrafted in The Netherlands using vegetable tanned Italian leather, the Frrry collection is celebrated across Europe for its commitment to fully utilizing a bag's foldings and structures. Frrry's foundation is built upon designs being bonded by a concept rather than following a fashion calendar; a creative direction that has won Ferry several Dutch design awards. I am proud to say that Frrry's collection is exclusive to roztayger in the US, and I feel his pieces exemplify the timelessness I strive for in my assortment. Below, learn more about the man behind the well-respected line and then check out roztayger's Frrry collection!
roztayger: How did your background in 3D design prepare you to own an accessories company?



Ferry Meewisse: 3D in this case means product design, so I graduated with a collection of bags. In that way, I was well prepared. Some of the exam pieces were sold right away. But if you look at the word company in the question: I wasn't prepared at all. I just started. This was at art academy. Fingers crossed, let's go.
How does The Netherlands affect your design process and inspiration?



This is something you don't realize daily. But being educated here, unsurprisingly I have a Dutch approach to designing. At least, this is what people tell me. And some of my products ended up in the 'Droog' collection, which is...well, almost the founder of Dutch Design as we now know it.
Can you tell us more about the intricate computer process behind your Collapse bags?




I started the design process with some experiments in fabric. This helped me to determine a set of conditions for making a pattern. (Think, how many seams can meet in a corner, max and minimum width of an angle, etc.) At this point, my friend stepped in. He used these 'rules' that I made, and turned them into an algorithm that would work out a perfect pattern. What we did not know at that point is that the calculation had become so complex that it took the computer several days to finish it. But the pattern that came out worked wonderfully, and the good thing about the bag is that you don't see the calculations anymore. The first thing that people say is that it looks so natural, like it has grown that way.
What is your personal favorite bag? Also, can you please snap a photo to share with us what's inside your bag?




At the moment, it's the grey odd bag (note: this bag isn't currently at roztayger, but if you want to order one, tweet us @roztayger!). Because of the concept, see my site, and the slightly odd shape, it's like something had gone wrong with determining the sizes. But also because it matches the long black woolen coat that I made for myself for this winter.

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You don't design seasonally or seem to focus on a gender. Can you share more about your design philosophy?



A starting point for a new design usually has something to do with construction or material. I like to follow this idea as thoroughly as I can. In the process, I hardly think about focus group or gender. I'm busy enough making the idea into a good product, which means finding solutions and details that fit the original idea rather than a focus group or a season. I sometimes slightly provocatively say that I don't have a personal style. What I mean is: for every series I like to make a new look that fits the idea of that series without being limited because of what I did before. What connects the series is the way of thinking and not so much what you see on first sight. Accordingly, I don't choose a target group. The customers choose me if they can relate to my work. For the different series I find that different customers like them, although there are one or two big fans who really like everything I do.
What's currently on your music playlist?
Just now I was listening to Devendra Banhart. It's weird and happy and relaxed and energetic all at the same time. I also listen to Baby Dee a lot too (safe inside the day). The same description might fit for her, now I come to think of it... Guess I'm not very good at describing music. But if you ever get a chance to see her perform...go! She's a tree-climbing harpist, who dressed up as a bear for her first performance, because then people would not judge so hard in case they thought she played badly. But everybody loved her music, so she doesn't need the bear-suit anymore.
What career path would you be pursuing if you weren't a designer?
If I would have sticked to my original choice, I would now be a scientist in the field of agriculture. It still doesn't sound unappealing to me at all. I can absolutely see the beauty of calculating the optimal leaf/area index development for a field of potatoes and for example, the planting-distance that comes with it or the dry matter yield that it would give! Perhaps I'll switch back one day.

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Featured Frrry bags at roztayger, clockwise:






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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.

 








Designer Dialogue: Fernando Bonastre of Bonastre

November 06 2013


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In an exciting new series exclusive to roztayger, we're kicking off a dialogue with our favorite emerging and established designers. We'll dig into artistic inspiration, creative process, up and coming products, and so much more. Premiering Designer Dialogue is Fernando Bonastre of Bonastre. Bonastre is a Parisian brand featuring sumptuous vegetable leather bags and accessories suitable for both men and women. The environmentally friendly collection is handcrafted in Spain using natural hides. We love Bonastre for its radical purity and contemporary reinterpretation of tradition. Below, meet the man behind the design, and be sure to check back every two weeks for new interviews!

roztayger: What inspired you to start a bag collection versus another design category?

Fernando Bonastre: I was going to meet a super important headhunter in New York, and I couldn't find the right laptop case. It just struck me as evidence that I had to design my own! This is how it started and is when I fell in love with the vegetable leather's texture, smell and natural character that take a wonderful patina over time.

How did you pick your brand name?

My brand name is actually my surname, and it also means "good star!"

What's your favorite bag of the season and why?

The Saco Pouch: a radical purity, voluptuous volumes and nonchalance. This is actually the one I carry on a daily basis.

If you could have one person, past or present, use your designs, who would it be and why?

Paul Newman...elegant without knowing it.

What's currently on your playlist?

Radiohead, Pink Floyd, M.I.A.

What's been the most defining moment for you as a designer thus far?

The day when I realized that I had to create my own brand...and more recently, the opening of my first shop in Paris.

What career would you pursue if you weren't an accessories designer?

An architect, for sure!

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Like this interview? Check out our entire Bonastre collection.

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.

 


Pretty Packing For Your Holiday Travels

November 01 2013


The holidays are almost here, and for many of us (myself included), the joyous seasonal celebrations are often preceded by a necessary evil: traveling. With stops in New Jersey, Alabama and Washington DC, my own holiday travel itinerary is packed—guess it’s time to start packing!

Thankfully, that’s where roztayger comes in. With high-end travel bags, trendy totes and cosmetic cases, this chic site makes packing a stylish affair. Plus, there’s nothing like a little shopping to release that pre-travel stress!

Take the edge off your journey and treat yourself to these luxe travel essentials—and know that the journey to festivities will be worth it in the end!

Picture 11. This handy little zip pouch by clare viver pulls double duty as a clutch or cosmetics case. Plus, the leopard print is a definite must for the season!

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2. A hands-free crossbody bag by clare viver is an absolute airport essential when juggling boarding passes, IDs and luggage. The red color on this messenger is so festive—perfect for holiday travels.

Picture 43. Another hands-free option? This handsome tote by j. panther luggage that converts into a backpack. Effortless!

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4. Roomy and oh-so-chic, this collapse 3 bag by frrry holds it all—and does it in style.

Picture 75. A great cashmere scarf by botto giuseppe doubles as a wrap and easily stows away in your carry-on. It's the ideal on-the-go layer.

9ff974ffc4f60a1f62707041bab7d330Dana Beckley and Hillary Byers are the team behind twoandseven.com, an editorial website devoted to all things fashion. @twoandsevenon7


Into The Blue

October 29 2013


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Hello, Lovelies!


Just stopping by to talk big bags with you guys! First, let me just say that there are few things that make me happier than an obnoxiously oversized accessory. I mean, more is more, right? At least that's how I see it. But although I typically find bigger to be better, these bold pieces must practice some sort of restraint. Big bags can't have big patterns and so forth. Which is why I adore my new Meli Melo teal Thela! It's big and bold, but modern and minimal at the same time. The perfect bring-everything-with-you-at-all-times kind of bag.


Now, I must confess, when I first feasted my eyes on this mouth-watering morsel, I couldn't decide which direction I should go on the color spectrum. Should I choose burgundy or blue? That was the question. So I turned to roztayger founder Elizabeth Jeffer for help. And she told me to take the road less traveled. That, my darlings, made all the difference.


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Bucket Bags & Billowy Sleeves

October 15 2013


At roztayger, one of our favorite destinations for daily style inspiration is Elle Fure's blog, Elle's Empire State. Billed as "A Voguette's Fashionable Universe," it's chock full of Elle's eclectic outfits, latest enviable purchases, adventures in New York City, and behind-the-scenes peeks into her artful life.

Why do we love Elle's style? She plays by her own rules when it comes to accessorizing and her outfits always include bursts of rich color and texture. Elle currently works as a fashion reporter and editor for The International Business Times, but luckily for roztayger shoppers, she'll be guest-blogging here to share her style secrets and tips for accessorizing in an accessible yet wholly personalized and fun way. Below, enjoy her first entry!

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Hello, Darlings!


With the fall season in full swing, I've traded in my trademark heels for a more - shall we say - grounded style. I've said goodbye to the constraints of seasons past and opened up my mind and my wardrobe to the beauty of new beginnings.


And with new beginnings comes, of course, a brand new bag. Hence, my little lady in red. And although these photos marked her first outing among New York's acutely accessorized inhabitants, Ms. Lost Property of London made mama proud. The perfect structural sidekick to the soft, sailing sleeves of my kimono. And structural sidekicks come in handy when one is a decade-old disciple of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen school of oversized dressing.


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scarves for all seasons: new at roztayger

October 11 2013


I was elated to see that Elizabeth is expanding her collections at roztayger to include scarves. The convergence of two great themes: my favorite clothing accessory and Elizabeth’s good taste.

CashmereScarfI wear a scarf all year round and I think you might want to do the same. A strip of fabric in wool, linen or cotton wrapped in some fashion around your neck may not seem to be a logical choice in July, but hear me out—no other item, weight for weight and from a cost-benefit ratio standpoint can help you keep your cool (metaphorically) in the heat of summer.

I walk from an air-conditioned apartment to an air-conditioned car which conveys me to an air-conditioned place of work. In between those blasts of cold, dry air, I may catch about 10 minutes of sun and humidity. My cotton and linen scarves provide me with a measure of thermo-regulation and also indicate to my co-workers what frame of mind I’m in. My red scarf is “battle stations," the pale flax-colored scarf with blue checks signals calm.

Upstate New York autumns are more temperamental than a two-year old on a 13-hour long-haul flight. Cool mornings transition to 80 degree days and end with cold nights. If you're dressed for the afternoon sun, the evenings will find you shivering and miserable. The opposite will result in sweaty, clammy afternoons being the catalyst for your unhappiness. One lightweight wool scarf can provide strategic comfort and can be removed or wrapped tightly depending on what Upstate Mother Nature throws at you. Our winters aren’t for the faint of heart. January blasts of arctic breath can be a challenge and those of us without heated car seats have to find advantage from any source.

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Shop roztayger's pick: Cashmere Scarf by Botto Giuseppe


You only need 4 scarves. You need to have a scarf collection based on 4 fabrics: linen and cotton for your desert beduin needs, lightweight wool for the transitional months and cashmere or merino wool to stare winter in the face. If you MUST absolutely have only one scarf, make it lightweight wool or cashmere. Natural animal fibers like wool and cashmere have great thermo-regulatory benefit and can keep you warm AND cool at the same time—very breathable. Have you ever seen a stressed out Kashmiri goat? I thought not.


I keep at least one scarf in my bag at all times. Once your social circle stops mocking you for that idiosyncrasy, they’ll appreciate knowing that in a pinch, you can provide them with a tourniquet in the event of that cobra bite, a stretching tool for yoga and an arm sling after getting into a fight with the barista at your coffee haunt for not giving you enough foam for your macchiato. More realistically, they’ll appreciate your cool under any climactic circumstance.

- Guest Writer Khamel Abdulai: One foot firmly on each side of the Atlantic. pursuit of the esthetic, literary and entrepreneurial ideal.


Man’s Best Friend: The Wallet

September 20 2013


WTWA_Lifestyle4.1377576123Somewhere in New York City, there’s a limo driver using my stolen wallet and basking in the glow of compliments of its esthetic quality. It’s a long story but over 10 years ago, I left my wallet in the limo carting us from a friend’s wedding ceremony to the reception. I got a call from the Port Authority Police who found my ID and now defunct cards in a trash can at LaGuardia - the driver’s no doubt next port of call. The fact that I’m still dwelling on this loss is a testament of the relationship that blossoms between a man and his wallet.

Wallets are a deeply personal accessories and more than anything (other than a man’s watch) give you a quick snapshot of a man’s place in life and his priorities. No, no, nothing to do with how much cash is stuffed into it - quite the opposite. It’s more to do with what a man thinks is important to carry on his person every day. There are 2 main categories of wallet contents: items that give you access (cash, credit/debit cards, membership cards, electronic entry cards, business cards) and items that keep you grounded (mementos of loved ones). The choice combinations from both categories indicate where you can go and where you come from. And that’s just looking at it from a utility standpoint. The idea that the new generation of smartphones will replace our wallets is ridiculous and laughable and is hinged on the sole premise that wallets are vessels for our identity/ies and liquid assets.

WTWA_Lifestyle3.1377576123In terms of esthetics, a wallet is a fascinating look into a man’s vanities and insecurities. I have an acquaintance who uses one of those metal boxes with individual slats for cards and IDs that also provides shielding from electronic scanners. The fact that it looks like an automatic weapon magazine isn’t accidental and that in itself is an interesting titbit about this person’s interests and stance on that issue. Another friend refuses to switch the paleontological, fossilized object he received as a gift in high school from a romantic interest. Marriage and kids have apparently not diminished the flames of ardor for his teenage crush.

WPSA_Lifestyle-2.1377576123I believe that a man must be as methodical about selecting his wallet as his watch, car and shoes. No one simply buys a car to convey one from points A to B and there’s more to a watch than telling the time. They are status symbols, marks of success, statements of intent and priorities. Apply these guidelines to extract the most from your wallet ownership:


  1. Your significant other may pick your socks, ties or even your watch. Your wallet is your responsibility.

  2. It’s perfectly okay to own multiple wallets for multiple purposes - a dedicated one for travel (check out the Travel Wallet and the Passport Sleeve, both by Bellroy), a slim card case to keep the lines of that power suit clean and impress the folks at that networking mixer (Il Bussetto has some great examples) or a zippered, compact wallet for everyday use (Il Bussetto again).

  3. Be irreverent. Why limit your options to just black or brown? Go for color.

  4. Moisturize for youth and longevity. Keep it supple and shiny (your wallet) by periodically applying leather lotion or balm. It’ll keep it from cracking, give it a nice patina and keep the Maitre D’ of that upscale restaurant from a disdainful sneer when you reach into it for a tip.

  5. Slim is in. A slimmer wallet is easier on your pockets and silhouette. If for some reason best known to you, you need to keep EVERY credit card, scrap of paper or receipt (the digital revolution must’ve passed you by) on your person, then use a larger wallet but keep it in your bag or coat pocket. You’re not George Constanza. One of the most stylish people I know uses a slim folio for his portage and actually looks elegant clutching it while waiting in line at Starbucks.

  6. Be zen. When your wallet looks and feels like its best days are behind it, give it a dignified burial/sendoff and replace it. Yourself. Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi.


- Guest Writer Khamel Abdulai: One foot firmly on each side of the Atlantic. pursuit of the esthetic, literary and entrepreneurial ideal.

 


A Fashion Forward Fall

September 17 2013


New York Fashion Week may be over, but we’re just starting to obsess over next season’s trends. And while the runways served up ensembles slated for next spring, we can't wait to kick off our cravings this fall. (Let's just say we let the term "fashion forward" live up to its meaning.)

So, in the spirit of sprinting ahead of the curve, we scoured spring’s newly-launched styles to find our own au courant equivalents.

Enjoy!

Cobalt Mood Board


Inspiration: Vera Wang SS14 Collection


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Silver Mood Board


Inspiration: Tory Burch SS14 Collection & Marc By Marc Jacobs SS14 Collection


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City Sleek Mood Board


Inspiration: BCBG Max Azria SS14 Collection & 3.1 Phillip Lim SS14 Collection


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roztayger introduces new categories for fall

September 13 2013


This fall the roztayger assortment is expanding beyond bags. Being an accessories fanatic, I launched roztyager introducing my favorite bags and small leather goods. However, this season I thought it was an opportune time to add a few of my personal favorites lifestyle essentials aside from bags. Keeping with my very edited selections, I have put together a preview of fall items to look for starting at the end of the month! All of these items are things I have personally owned and used over the years and have found to be a great investment.

1. Botto Giuseppe lightweight gauze cashmere scarf: I bought one of these scarves for myself a year ago in NYC and have been thrilled by how useful it has been. I use it on trips, in movie theaters, and around town. It is extremely soft and the yarn colors this Italian company produces are stunning and painterly. I chose five colors this fall to to offer on roztayger - at least four out of the five are unisex. (light grey, olive, dusty grey/blue, eggplant and coral)

Its large enough to use in a bulky super warm mode around the neck or you can stretch it out and use it a wrap (for you ladies)

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2) for her: Cashmere wrap by Joshi: During my travels in Paris, I met the designer of Joshi and found that she not only designed gorgeous cashmere wraps but was conveniently from the US. Joshi wraps use cashmere from Nepal and have subtle details like the pom pom tassels I chose a model on this model. There is a bit of interest and the colors all work well with pretty much any outfit – jeans to suits. Great for trips, travel or out on the town. (comes in ivory, dusty lavender, taupe, charcoal and black)

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3) V Room Japanese cotton/cashmere t shirts: I have been buying this t-shirt line at various stores in NY and LA and have always been struck with how often I wear them and how nice and super cozy they feel on. The fit is just how I like it – long through the sleeves, close to the body but not tight and the touch of cashmere in the mix makes them warm for fall. Look for two styles for women and one for men. (coming in white, black, navy, grey)
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4) for her: Jewelry from Satomi Kawakita: These delicate earrings and necklaces from Satomi Kawakita will have you leaving them on and forgetting about them for weeks! You can’t go wrong with any of the styles. As a busy working/traveling mom, I really appreciate not having to think about things like this….work, travel, life…versatile, delicate, and timeless jewelry always gets my vote!


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5) Etiquette socks for men and Hansel from Basel socks for women: I have always been over the moon about cozy socks! While I always seem to find myself buying/needing black they get lost in my overstocked drawer which has tons of lonely single items. Lately I am drawn to color and pattern, and just in time for the season trend. Look for fun stripes and polka dots here for yourself or as a perfect gift for the holidays or for that long plane trip when you just to treat your feet.

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6) Unisex belts from KIKA NY: Super simple, beautiful quality belts, handmade in Brooklyn by Kika. She captures the clean, artisanal unisex feeling to a tee. It looks handmade but still polished – perfect for fall! (coming in navy and tan)
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7) Le Yucca = The best shoe EVER: For as long as a I can remember, I have been obsessed with mens shoes for women. When I stumbled upon this brand Le Yucca in Paris in March – I wanted every shoe! Once I tried one on, I understood immediately the price-point on these handmade shoe. They immediately fit and were incredibly comfortable – (not to mention gorgeous). I usually have trouble finding comfortable shoes and now I live in these. I can look in my closet and pick out 4 pairs of shoes I spent $300 on that I would happily trade in for another pair of these. It’s a mental leap but I understand the value now. I knew I had to offer my customers on roztayger the chance to also enjoy these amazing pair of shoes and I picked what I felt where the most basic and beautiful pair of brogues in Le Yucca's collection and go from here.


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Going Metallic

August 19 2013


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Looking for a brilliant way to add a unique edge to your wardrobe ? This is a trend worth investing in - metallics! I have curated a selection of metallic leather handbags and small goods that are designed to be worn day and night and also work year round!Look for other metallic totes to go up on site in color in the next two weeks.

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The Cabas Tote from Stephane Verdino of Paris is coming soon in - grape, green, bronze, navy and magenta! I can't wait to add these to the mix!

Here are a few of my favorite metallic pieces....

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foldover clutch by clare vivier: The foldover clutch by Los Angeles-based designer Clare Vivier is a sleek handheld design for day or night. Rendered in metallic nubuck leather, the zip top design holds all the essentials in one chic little silhouette.

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rondo bag by atelier marchal: While the Rondo is on trend shape and color wise for Fall it's also modern, elegant and classic - a style which works well for travel as well as those days you want to carry less.

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rivet tote bag by frrry: The silver Rivet Tote Bag by Frrry is made of Italian leather and was designed and assembled in the Netherlands. It is lightweight and stylish and espouses all the interesting sculptural features of a classic Frrry bag.

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key fob by i ro se: This leather key fob from i ro se embodies the Tokyo brand’s melding of elegance with a spirit of playful creativity. Like all their products it can be used in manifold ways: the design consists of three leather loops with three separate brass rings, all of which stack neatly inside each other.

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old 2F wallet by i ro se: Hand made by i ro se in Tokyo, this origami-influenced leather fold wallet is as much a work of art as a highly functional piece for everyday carry. It reveals itself in layers: peel back the first fold to uncover the card slots and bifurcated billfold section.



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Timeless Black Essentials

August 16 2013




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Since my early days as a bag consumer, I have been obsessed with finding the next perfect black bag. Yes, color is all the rage but this always changes depending on the various trends that come and go - however black always perseveres. It connotes strength, power and intelligence, especially if it's the right timeless luxe black bag. If you choose a quality black bag with strong clean lines and excellent quality, you will never regret your purchase. Black bags are staples and they almost never go out of style and are bound to remain favorites in your closet for a lifetime.

When heading out for work, dinner or fun and you need that extra dose of strength and confidence - what do you go for? You grab the timeless, luxe black bag! Am I wrong? For this reason, I will always stock black bags on roztayger in all incarnations season in and season out.

With New York blood running through my veins (Dad born and raised in Flatbush but Mom is from California so I do like to lighten up too) black is what I always circle back to when putting a look together! I have made a point to search out and partner with some incredible brands and offer a diverse selection of body shapes, materials and designs! From work to day bags, card cases to clutches, check out a few of my personal favorites below for her and him:

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japan bag by atelier marchal: The Japan by brother sister team Josep and Ana Marchal is a timeless classic made in a luxe Italian calf leather. Mixing on trend and classic elegance as they do so well this clean lined vertical tote is set up to serve you in life and travel.

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large vene purse by samuji: The Large Vene purse by Finnish designer Samuji is an oversize clutch made of Italian leather and lined in organic cotton. It is simple and elegant—great for travel, a night or day out or even to put inside a larger bag.

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fold card case by i ro se: The Fold Card Case from Tokyo’s i ro se is an exercise in leather origami. An ingenious design allows you to open the case from the top or the sides; either from front or back. With two internal side pockets to separate cards, the case closes with a snap fastener discreetly hidden to maintain its clean yet captivating form.

flat clutch by clare vivier: The large flat clutch by Clare Vivier is a clean, simple Italian leather pouch with sleek stripes and gold-tone hardware. This black and white combo is a striking modern statement

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medium business bag by bonastre: Handcrafted in Spain and designed by Parisian-based Fernando Bonastre, the medium-sized Business Bag is the epitome of modern elegance for today's business man.

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courier ruc case by j.panther luggage co: This stunning bag by NYC based JPanther is hand-built from water-resistant Horween leather and perfectly proportioned for working life.

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dustin brief by sandqvist: The Sandqvist Dustin Brief is a clean, elegant leather briefcase for the business-minded with a penchant for sleek style. With a compartment for up to a 15" laptop and various organizational pockets, the briefcase's interior will keep you organized while on-the-go.

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dopp kit by archival: It's helpful to keep your grooming products corralled when traveling, but most dopp kits end up complicated, bulky, and heavy.

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What’s New: Stylish Wallets on roztayger

August 09 2013


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With all of the enticing bags, totes, backpacks and messengers on roztayger, sometimes the most important accessory gets forgotten: the wallet. If your wallet lives in your back pocket or deep in your bag, it’s time to not only think practical but fashionable and stylish too! With so many new styles and brands available on the site, I have pulled together a selection of functional and stylish wallets to help streamline your shopping process. With brands like lotuff leather, bellroy, clare viver, Il Bussetto, I RO SE and frrry, you are guaranteed to find the perfect wallet for you!

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two pocket bifold wallet by lotuff leather: The Two-Pocket Bifold is the wallet that does just that without being too bulky or heavy. With a thoughtfully crafted all-leather construction, this piece has a curved notch on both sides of the fold for easy credit card storage and access.

bellroy travel wallet: Fit all your travel documents in your pocket. There's room for a passport, tickets and boarding passes, letting you keep everything close and secure

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small wallet by il bussetto: A handy little piece, the Il Bussetto small wallet features two card slots on the exterior and a single zip compartment for housing coins or bills. Handmade in eco-friendly vegetable-dyed leather, this luxe piece makes a great option for the man who is stylish and wants something tactile.

note sleeve wallet by bellroy: The new Note Sleeve wallet by Bellroy is a full feature wallet with quick access for your frequent cards—longer term storage with pull tab access and a full size bill section.

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3F wallet by i ro se :Hand made in Tokyo this large, origami-style triple-fold leather wallet is as much a work of art as a highly functional piece for everyday carry. It reveals itself in layers: peel back the first fold to uncover the coin pocket.

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half zip wallet by clare vivier: A sleek design accented by bold color and embossed with texture, the half zip basketweave wallet from Claire Vivier keeps valuables secure in style. A bright green leather interior houses money, cards and more with a convenient zip-around design.


a4 basic wallet by frrry: The A4 wallet launched the Frrry accessory collection 8 years ago and it has endured ever since. Simple yet ingenious, it closes with two snaps and opens accordion style to reveal 5 slots to house coins, cards, folded up paper bills notes etc.



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Get lost in Lost Property of London accessories

August 02 2013


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After exploring Australia last week with the world of men's wallets at Bellroy, we are now headed to London with independent accessories brand Lost Property of London. Founded by Central Saint Martins graduate Katy Bell, the Lost Property of London brand is handcrafted and incorporates second-hand fabrics, discerningly transforming them into beautiful and practical totes and travel bags. Bell’s goal is to extend the life expectancy of the everyday material she finds around her and create a range of iconic and surprising pieces – achieving her signature ‘Rough Luxe’ aesthetic! Below we have included a few coveted pieces from the collection for him and her!

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belmont messenger by lost property of london: The Leather Belmont Messenger espouses the "Rough Luxe" aesthetic that is quintessential Lost Property of London. Made in the UK and loving crafted using super soft leather, copper zipper and denim lining, it can be worn straight up vertical or folded over messenger fashion.

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1. leather elwin by lost property of london: The Leather Elwin bag is a generously sized, structured bucket bag. Classically styled with options to carry in the hand or crossbody. Peak inside to find charming blue denim lining with one large interior zip pocket. Good for a casual work environment or around town when you are in ample carry mode. 2. mini elwin by lost property of london: The Mini Elwin is small and charming with lots of cool details. Lost Property of London creator Katy Bell calls it her personal favorite - their smallest luxury bucket bag, made from the finest vegetable tanned leather, featuring hide handles and interior copper top zip. A classic style icon - small in scale but ample in timeless chic.


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belmont messenger by lost property of london: The body of the St Ives Messenger by Lost Property of London is made from recycled sailcloth, in keeping with London based Katy Bell's eco-concious "Rough Luxe" design philosophy. The bag is lightweight and can be carried straight up in the hand or used cross body with the detachable leather shoulder strap


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Slim Down Your Life with The Bellroy Wallets

July 25 2013


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Are you ready to slim down your life? How about starting with your wallet! Australian brand, bellroy is all about creative design and functionality. The mission of this small and highly talented group of designers is a focused one: to improve the way we carry. More specifically, how we can carry more efficiently, provide better access, and generate better carrying experiences. Bellroy "wants to combine modern progress and insights with the joy of the craft world. Beautiful pieces that tie these two places together." To begin the slim down, we have put together a few of our favorite wallets from the bellroy collection carried on roztayger!

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bellroy travel wallet: Fit all your travel documents in your pocket. There's room for a passport, tickets and boarding passes, letting you keep everything close and secure.


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bellroy slim sleeve wallet: A beautiful balance of small and convenient, the Slim Sleeve by Bellroy is an effortless on-the-go wallet. Easily fit cash and cards in the half fold to keep everything tidy and contained. Be sure to check out the video below.



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note sleeve wallet by bellroy: The new Note Sleeve wallet by Bellroy is a full feature wallet with quick access for your frequent cards—longer term storage with pull tab access and a full size bill section.


Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet from Bellroy on Vimeo.

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Add color + structure: Frrry

July 19 2013


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While traveling in Belgium, I had the chance to meet the talented Ferry Meewisse, founder and visionary of the Frrry brand. After visiting the showroom, it reenforced my excitement in introducing my customers to the Frrry brand. Pronounced (FAIR – REE emphasis on REE) the brand is about structure and solving design issues artfully and practically. Founded in 2002 in The Netherlands and using vegetable tanned Italian leather, creator Ferry Cornelis Gerardus Meewisse, bases the blueprint for each product on how it relates to the foldings and structures of the style's design. He does not focus on making up new forms or following fashion trends or calendars.


I am excited to introduce you to the Frrry collection that is exclusively sold to roztayger in the US. I have curated a collection of totes, wallets and bags that will add color and structure to your look! I have highlighted a few of my favorite Frrry bag trends for the season…



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In Ferry's words - "The moment of presentation of new designs does not necessarily coincide with the seasons. Moreover the lifespan of a design is not defined by cursory trends, but by renewal within the collection."

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Just Beachy!

July 12 2013




From striped swimwear to your most stylish beach gear, you will be looking your best during your coastal getaway! Beach vacations should be worry-free from beginning to end, so stressing about packing for your trip can't happen! The key is to pack smart, comfy and stick with pieces that make sense for your trip and can transition from day to night! I have put together a collection of a few of my favorite great beachy pieces from utility canvas, lovell, suntegrity, lola millinery, malia mills, alice park - to help make your packing process as smooth as possible!


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I love both the utility canvas and Lovell totes shown above and use both! The Lovell tote works great over the shoulder as a day bag and has a special spot for my phone and other items inside. It is not so easy to find in a summer tote so when I found this one I knew my customers needed it too! It's well lined and beautifully finished so its not a throwaway canvas bag. The utility canvas bag is of a super solid construction and holds anything you might need to schlep from towels, food, extra shoes, etc. - it's hearty and made to transport in a big bold cheerful way!


 
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As a must, you have to have a hat and the Lola Millinery fedora is the perfect solution for moderate sun protection! Its top of the line cool and quirky style but you will still need that SPF in place and reapplied every 2 hours. Another great product I just discovered from Ayla Beauty (my favorite go to skin care site - all natural, edited and has intelligent research behind it by Harvard graduate Dara Kennedy) is Suntegrity a 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen. I am always searching for the perfect all in one BB cream and this is it! This is the best I have found so far and great if you are pale. It has 30SPF, light coverage, moisturizing and has anti-oxidants!

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Swimsuit shopping is always tough and frankly unpleasant for most of us ladies! Who else agrees? I'm going to share a secret. Try Malia Mills. Years ago, I found the one bikini that works for my curves and makes me feel reasonably comfortable in a swimsuit (no easy task) !!! I have stuck with that suit for years now and buy a new one every few years (usually black or brown!) Her quality is amazing and she makes great color options that are classic but have a bit of edge. You can buy tops and bottoms separately and they hold up over time beautifully. Mills designs with real women's bodies in mind and celebrates our differences and perceived imperfections - you can see this in her ad campaigns! They are an investment but I have found well worth it!

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If you are like me, heading down to the beach with 2 kids and a husband is quite a task! With arms full of chairs, bags and umbrellas, the last thing for me to worry about is where the car keys are located or if my phone is out to sea. This is were my necessaire bag by shawn burke and key fob by alice park come in handy! Connect to my bag, throw in my purse or have in hand these essential accessories make my life easier!
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Possibilities Along the Way

July 02 2013


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Like many, I imagine, I travel for two main reasons—work and play. I have had the good fortune to travel most of my life; from the Winnebago “camping” trips of my youth to the deserts of California and Nevada, the quiet shore of Lake Michigan, Brooklyn, one epic honeymoon to Paris and scores of places in between and along the way.

When I travel, I try to find something that is truly and uniquely of that place; something that wouldn't or couldn't have become real anywhere else. The Billy Goat in Chicago, KEXP in Seattle, General Store in San Francisco and Powell's Books in Portland all come to mind. These are the places and things that tell me about a place—who its people are and how they are, how they make their way and make their places.

Ro Bags MatchAs I'm writing this I'm in one of my favorite spots near my home in Grandview Heights, Ohio and that reminds me that these places are not always on the other end of a plane ride. I have been coming to Stauf's Coffee Roasters for more than 15 years. They were one of the first places in central Ohio to offer free WiFi and I have used it a lot over the years. Stauf's is not fancy or even the best at food or customer service. What Stauf's IS good at is being what it is—a comfortable, accepting place to sit and have a coffee, read a book, write, hang with family and friends and be in the midst of people doing their things.

When I hit the road, I struggle with what to pack—I do the weather--meetings—events--comfort--”don't look like a tourist”--dance in my head. Do I really want to wear black for the next three days? I have a few Ro bags from Roztayger.com that keep me organized and concise. There's something satisfying about getting all you need into a couple of beautiful matching bags. It says “hey fellow travelers, I got together.”

I am, more often than not, guilty of over-packing and each time I think I'm getting better at it—flexible and expandable carry-on and messenger bags are indispensable because I inevitably bring back some piece of the place—t-shirts, rocks from beaches (yes, I have boxes of rocks that remind me of things) and gifts. So my next bag will be something rugged and flexible like the Ro Tribecca bag from Roztayger.com.

I do my research before a trip (I'm still looking for that one go-to resource that highlights the best places from my point-of-view) but to really find the best places, I ask locals and fellow travelers. I strike up conversations about what is good and interesting. Simple questions like “What do you do in your free time around here?” and “What's the best thing about this place?” can yield some interesting ideas and suggestions.

I have a collection of t-shirts that show off some hometown pride that I like to bring along with me. Occasionally they illicit a nod or start a conversation, but mostly they are a bit of home I can have with me. Chatting with the locals is how we found Hurricane Ridge in Washington's Olympic National Park—a breathtaking drive up through the park to a view my family and I will never forget. This is also how we discovered the famous Junior's in Brooklyn—the anti-loca-vore food heaven.

When I travel for business, I try to squeeze in what I call side trips. These little excursions to unique neighborhoods or events can really balance out hours-long meetings in skyscrapers or suburbs. Last summer on a day trip to Chicago, I took a short walk from my meetings in the Loop to Millennium Park. I expected just to be among people not talking about deadlines and what I got instead was a lovely few hours listening to the Chicago Symphony playing in the Frank Gehry-designed band shell. After that, I took a short walk to The Billy Goat—the cheeseburger place made famous by a 1970s Saturday Night Live skit. It's pretty much like the skit and these people were not acting.

Sometimes it's worth taking a later flight.


For spring break this year, and to celebrate our daughter's 16th birthday, we hung out in Brooklyn for a few days. We asked friends about their favorite places and things to do, checked as many online sources as we could to piece together a good time in the limited time we had there. A smart, sophisticated and generous with her experiences friend—Suzi West of CollierWest in Brooklyn—gave us a list of not only what to do, but why. Her perspective and opinion really helped us out.

For the big birthday dinner, we settled on Buttermilk Channel, a restaurant that sounded perfect—an innovative locally-sourced menu and an atmosphere that was special but not too fancy. It pretty much was perfect—except our 13 year old son's appetite wasn't quite satisfied. As we strolled back to our hotel, checked out the knitting store / coffee shop combo right next to the traditional butcher shops and the neighborhood where my wife lived after college with the statues of the Virgin Mary guarding the corners. Along the way my son let us know that pizza would be a really good idea.

We found Vinny's that night—a Suzi West recommendation—a seemingly ordinary pizza place with a long counter, a few seats in the back and a HUGE screen showing the surfer/crime classic Point Break starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. We couldn't leave. It was the climactic ending and the kids had never seen anything like it—a rare acting achievement—let alone had pizza of this magnitude. It was one of the most memorable moments in a trip filled with all manner of New York-ness. The guys working at Vinny's treated us like regulars and that's what made it so memorable. We felt like we could have hung out there all night if we wanted.

Ultimately, you bring back what you are open to experiencing. You can find the perfect bag, use the miles to get the best price and schedule and find the recommendations of friends and experts, but if you forget to take a moment to forget all those expectations you may miss out on the joy on your kid's face watching a perfectly cheesy movie while devouring their fourth piece of world-class pizza.

- Our guest writer, Chuck Palmer is a husband of 19 years, the father of two teenagers and a retail consultant based in Columbus, Ohio. He's a big fan of Roztayger and thinks you should be too!


Possibilities Along the Way

July 02 2013


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Like many, I imagine, I travel for two main reasons—work and play. I have had the good fortune to travel most of my life; from the Winnebago “camping” trips of my youth to the deserts of California and Nevada, the quiet shore of Lake Michigan, Brooklyn, one epic honeymoon to Paris and scores of places in between and along the way.

When I travel, I try to find something that is truly and uniquely of that place; something that wouldn't or couldn't have become real anywhere else. The Billy Goat in Chicago, KEXP in Seattle, General Store in San Francisco and Powell's Books in Portland all come to mind. These are the places and things that tell me about a place—who its people are and how they are, how they make their way and make their places.

Ro Bags MatchAs I'm writing this I'm in one of my favorite spots near my home in Grandview Heights, Ohio and that reminds me that these places are not always on the other end of a plane ride. I have been coming to Stauf's Coffee Roasters for more than 15 years. They were one of the first places in central Ohio to offer free WiFi and I have used it a lot over the years. Stauf's is not fancy or even the best at food or customer service. What Stauf's IS good at is being what it is—a comfortable, accepting place to sit and have a coffee, read a book, write, hang with family and friends and be in the midst of people doing their things.

When I hit the road, I struggle with what to pack—I do the weather--meetings—events--comfort--”don't look like a tourist”--dance in my head. Do I really want to wear black for the next three days? I have a few Ro bags from Roztayger.com that keep me organized and concise. There's something satisfying about getting all you need into a couple of beautiful matching bags. It says “hey fellow travelers, I got together.”

I am, more often than not, guilty of over-packing and each time I think I'm getting better at it—flexible and expandable carry-on and messenger bags are indispensable because I inevitably bring back some piece of the place—t-shirts, rocks from beaches (yes, I have boxes of rocks that remind me of things) and gifts. So my next bag will be something rugged and flexible like the Ro Tribecca bag from Roztayger.com.

I do my research before a trip (I'm still looking for that one go-to resource that highlights the best places from my point-of-view) but to really find the best places, I ask locals and fellow travelers. I strike up conversations about what is good and interesting. Simple questions like “What do you do in your free time around here?” and “What's the best thing about this place?” can yield some interesting ideas and suggestions.

I have a collection of t-shirts that show off some hometown pride that I like to bring along with me. Occasionally they illicit a nod or start a conversation, but mostly they are a bit of home I can have with me. Chatting with the locals is how we found Hurricane Ridge in Washington's Olympic National Park—a breathtaking drive up through the park to a view my family and I will never forget. This is also how we discovered the famous Junior's in Brooklyn—the anti-loca-vore food heaven.

When I travel for business, I try to squeeze in what I call side trips. These little excursions to unique neighborhoods or events can really balance out hours-long meetings in skyscrapers or suburbs. Last summer on a day trip to Chicago, I took a short walk from my meetings in the Loop to Millennium Park. I expected just to be among people not talking about deadlines and what I got instead was a lovely few hours listening to the Chicago Symphony playing in the Frank Gehry-designed band shell. After that, I took a short walk to The Billy Goat—the cheeseburger place made famous by a 1970s Saturday Night Live skit. It's pretty much like the skit and these people were not acting.

Sometimes it's worth taking a later flight.


For spring break this year, and to celebrate our daughter's 16th birthday, we hung out in Brooklyn for a few days. We asked friends about their favorite places and things to do, checked as many online sources as we could to piece together a good time in the limited time we had there. A smart, sophisticated and generous with her experiences friend—Suzi West of CollierWest in Brooklyn—gave us a list of not only what to do, but why. Her perspective and opinion really helped us out.

For the big birthday dinner, we settled on Buttermilk Channel, a restaurant that sounded perfect—an innovative locally-sourced menu and an atmosphere that was special but not too fancy. It pretty much was perfect—except our 13 year old son's appetite wasn't quite satisfied. As we strolled back to our hotel, checked out the knitting store / coffee shop combo right next to the traditional butcher shops and the neighborhood where my wife lived after college with the statues of the Virgin Mary guarding the corners. Along the way my son let us know that pizza would be a really good idea.

We found Vinny's that night—a Suzi West recommendation—a seemingly ordinary pizza place with a long counter, a few seats in the back and a HUGE screen showing the surfer/crime classic Point Break starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. We couldn't leave. It was the climactic ending and the kids had never seen anything like it—a rare acting achievement—let alone had pizza of this magnitude. It was one of the most memorable moments in a trip filled with all manner of New York-ness. The guys working at Vinny's treated us like regulars and that's what made it so memorable. We felt like we could have hung out there all night if we wanted.

Ultimately, you bring back what you are open to experiencing. You can find the perfect bag, use the miles to get the best price and schedule and find the recommendations of friends and experts, but if you forget to take a moment to forget all those expectations you may miss out on the joy on your kid's face watching a perfectly cheesy movie while devouring their fourth piece of world-class pizza.

- Our guest writer, Chuck Palmer is a husband of 19 years, the father of two teenagers and a retail consultant based in Columbus, Ohio. He's a big fan of Roztayger and thinks you should be too!


Belgium Trip part II: Utrecht and Amsterdam

June 26 2013


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My trip to Belgium Trip part I: Ghent and Brussels started in Ghent and from there I spent the rest of my trip in Utrecht and Amsterdam. Upon leaving Ghent we took exactly 3 trains to get to visit Ferry Meewisse, designer of the amazing Frrry line. It was a quick visit but I knew it would be worth the trip! Ferry answered the door of his beautiful turn of the century home. Standing tall at 6 foot 8(guessing), this vertically laid out floor plan seemed an appropriate look for his abode. It was a treat to see the charming setting of his home and workspace where he makes all his incredible Frrry pieces. In his workroom, I was able to see his patterns, the machinery he uses to make the collection and some shoes that he makes for personal consumption. Apparently he makes almost all his clothing which is quite impressive. Clearly this is a passion. How he has time to do this as well as take on his own bag collection and wholesale business is impressive! Designing without regard for season or gender and outside of the constraints of trend he still manages to be marketable and unique! We left Utrecht and trained to Amsterdam where the adventure continued. Off the train the smell of French fries and marijuana was prevalent and palpable. We checked-in and immediately starting wandering – weaving in and out of the bevy of bikes that were literally everywhere. We ended up having amazing Indonesian food the first night at a place called Tempo Doeloe and after dinner we again wandered the canals and took in the eclectic ambiance.


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The next day we met with the folks at Travelteq, an amazing collection we are hoping to carry next season. We had a nice experience sitting with Michiel Van Ogtrop, of Travelteq. We chatted about the inception of their line and discussed their plans for the future.


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Later we visited the newly renovated Rijks Museum which had just reopened after 11 years. It was amazing architecturally and of course the art housed there – wow - to see 4 Vermeer paintings in one place is an amazing experience for someone who is obsessed with 17C Dutch Art.


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Our last night in Amsterdam we were off to an incredible dinner at a small restaurant recommended to us by Travelteq called De Compagnon (near the Red Light District – my husband enjoyed the walk there tremendously). The restaurant was in a very old house from 1900 – full of charm and delicious food. To top it off we met a lovely couple from Amsterdam that shared their wine with us. It was the end to a nearly perfect day of travel.


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Elizabeth Picks her favorite sale styles!

June 21 2013


Kick-starting the first day of summer we are having our BIGGEST sale yet! We have a range of select women's and men's products on sale for 30%-50% off! I have reviewed our selection and picked a few of my favorites to highlight on the blog today!

Women's Sale Picks:

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cartable tote by clare vivier: Tanned with rich eco-friendly vegetable dye, this bag has a free form interior, without lining or compartments to let this beauty stand on its own. The Cartable also features a leashed detachable zippered extra bag suitable for a pared down wallet or coins. Original Price: $334.00, Sale Price: $234.00

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tall thela bag by meli melo: Practical, chic and understated, Meli Melo's Tall Thela Bag in taupe is new for this season and roztayger is the only store in the US with this style. Original Price: $800.00, Sale Price: $560.00

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tote bag by lovell: A fresh spring tote straight from Lovell Design Studio in Canada arrives in just the right size for everyday use. A charming silk screen print atop the cotton canvas lends a lovable touch to the effortless design. Original Price: $90.00, Sale Price: $63.00

Men's Sale Picks:

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iphone 4 case by il bussetto: The Il Bussetto leather iPhone® 4 case nestles your technology securely in place while providing an extra layer of protection via a fold-over cover. Snug, sumptuous, tactile and richly hued—this case is a work of art. Original Price: $110.00, Sale Price: $55.00

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belmont messenger by hype luggage: Quite stylish and practical, the handmade, limited edition Belmont Messenger by Hype Luggage will not disappoint. Original Price: $684.00, Sale Price: $410.00

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r and r weekender by defy: Meet the R&R Series—here to assist in your escape from daily life. Inspired by Israeli Defense Force standard issue field duffles, this bag is decidedly not standard by any means! Original Price: $344.00, Sale Price: $240.00

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


What is fatherhood, beyond the biological thought?

June 16 2013


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I've always wondered what it would be like to be a father. Yes, I know I'm only hindered by generic and anatomical constraints. What is fatherhood, beyond the biological thought? What qualities transcend place and origins? What are the enduring qualities of a father figure? Here's my list, the code I would love by if I were a Dad. What's on yours?

1. Laugh especially when the joke's at your own expense.

2. Always have a friend who tells you the truth. Especially when your clothes don't fit right.

3. Keep 1-3 gifts in reserve, wrapped and ready to go. You never know when you need a "get out of the doghouse" pass. Flowers are cliche, how about an accessory that won't need water or wilt after 5 days?

4. Know at least one good story to tell a kid.

5. Know at least one good joke to tell an adult.

6. In every town you're visited, know at least one great restaurant and one great ice cream parlor.

7. Wear your gray and wrinkles with pride. You earned them the hard, honorable way.

8. Own a watch that can be passed on to your son.

9. Own a scarf that can be passed on to your daughter. It's the 21st Century after all!

10. Look in the mirror and thank your Dad, but especially your Mom.

- Guest Writer Khamel Abdulai: One foot firmly on each side of the Atlantic. pursuit of the esthetic, literary and entrepreneurial ideal.


Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 12 2013


Whether he's a casual, elegant, or urban, we've got all the stylish gifts for your dad. It is Father's Day season yet again, Sunday to be exact, and another year of decisions about what to buy! This year our 2013 Father's Day Gift Guide has a little bit of everything for the man or men in your life! If he is casual and colorful, color-blocking and pop colors from Sandqvist, Archival and Unit Portables are for him. If he is more refined and elegant, the handmade Italian looks from Bonastre are the right fit for him. And if he is a man on-the-go, urban and functional pieces from Defy, Abitax and Porter might be more his style! To make shopping even easier we are running a great promotion offering 20% off all mens goods thru June 16th. Use promo code FF2200 at checkout and get Dad everything he wants and more! *promotion excludes jpanther, kikany and i ro se

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1. colorblock Mats brief by Sandqvist 2. waxed cotton dopp kit by Archival 3. convertible nylon backpack/tote by Unit Portables

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1. handmade, veggie tanned Messenger Bag by Bonastre 2. handmade Italian leather iPhone 4 case by Il Bussetto 3. handmade in the UK - leather, sheepskin lined Belmont ipad case by Hype Luggage

urban + functional


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1. edgy and eco-friendly Redacted Messenger by Defy 2.made in Japan, streamlined card case by Abitax 3.classic and modern Smoky Brief by Porter

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


Belgium Trip part I: Ghent and Brussels

June 07 2013


Belgium is very charming. It has a few things going for it - amazing beer (Triple Carmelita – my new favorite and I don’t normally like beer), delicious fresh fries (normally don’t love these either), old world architecture and fascinating history!

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Ghent:


Our first stop was Ghent. We spent 4 days here during my husband’s engineering conference. While he and his comrades are talking technology, I wandered the streets and took in some sites and ambiance. I saw the Van Eyck altarpiece – a seminal painting that is in every Art History book.

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I had a chance to visit the Dutch Design Museum and the Ghent Castle with its authentic guillotine and torture chamber display… definitely eerie. My next stop was a brief shopping trip and visited a few boutiques and managed to do damage but of course I saved so much on the VAT that I will get back - rationalization at work.

Brussels:


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My favorite part of the trip was meeting with designers! I took a train to Brussels (45 minutes away) and met with Ana Marchal of Atelier Marchal. I met Ana and her brother Joseph (they are a team in the business) in Paris at Tranoi in March. Having grown up in Mallorca, Spain they moved around quite a bit separately before settling in Brussels to pursue their bag collection. Joseph had been a designer for some years while Ana worked in the financial world with a love of fashion. The Atelier Marchal store is quite charming and illustrates their vision. Ana and Joseph work side-by-side on all aspects of the business and are hands on with design, production and quality control which takes place in both Spain and Brussels. The leathers are lush and the shapes are modern and minimal. They mix in exotics with some strong, off-beat colors but their black bags are their best sellers. In addition, I was able to see some styles that were not at the show that I had to add to my Fall order! One favorite was a giant black leather tote with purple grosgrain lining that can be folded and tucked into a smaller shape. Ana explained that the boutique in Brussels allows them to interact with clients in person which fuels and reinforces design for their wholesale business. I love the fact that it’s a brother sister team. Being an only child I am quite jealous but I am thinking maybe my two little people will do something together down the road. One can dream. For now though they will just continue to fight over who gets to have the bigger bowl of ice cream!

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Just how many bags is it acceptable for a man to own?

May 31 2013


Just how many bags is it acceptable for a man to own? I’ve come to regard that question with the same dread/disdain as a well-bred person would a question about a woman’s age. Most of us wouldn't admit owning anything beyond our backpack from College. Free yourselves of the mental shackles, Gentlemen! The Bag is the New Primary Accessory.

The shoe has returned to its classic roots - we now favor classic wingtips and brogues and that calls for toeing the conformist but structured line. The watch can still be how one expresses individualism but let’s face it, oftentimes, ours is hidden by sleeves, jockeys for attention with some sports wristband or is simply too tied to our income and wages to be about individual style and taste. Enter the bag. Bags vary along dimensions of design, purpose, material, color and trim. A waxed cotton satchel is unmistakably about utilitarian style while a leather tote carries an air of (slightly) hedonistic self-centeredness. There’s room in your life for both. Why? Because the former is nostalgic and a throwback to some point in the past while the former is a modern testament to ambition and metropolitan materialism. In between those extremes we also need to carry and cosset the tools of our daily routine.

Here’s a guide for a timeless bag collection:

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1. Canvas Messenger. Tough and durable enough to bequeath to your progeny. Practical enough to use everyday. Timeless enough to survive the post-hipster future. The Erik Messenger by Sandqist checks all the right boxes.

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2. Backpack. Now, this can get a bit technical, Boys. Sure you want something durable that looks like it could be used by a Navy SEAL but this is where men get separated from boys. You don’t want your old Freshman nylon bag or that logoheavy rig you’ve held on to as an extension of your backpacking-across-Europe dream. Think more military-themed. Canvas. Leather. Carabiner-free. Character added with time and use. My preference would be navy with leather trim for the flexibility of going from office to gym to natural foods store for a baguette. Archival’s rucksack fits the bill.

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3. Folio. Yes you can! It’s not just for Uncle Larry wafting Paco Rabanne with his leather folio. Yours might be accompanied by bitter vetiver and your iProduct. Think Vegetable-tanned leather and sleek lines. Think European craftsmanship and sexy details. Think Bonastre.

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4. Leather Briefcase. Sure, it may only carry your mushroom melt and copy of Details but to the outside world you’re Gordon Gekko. Nothing else conveys corporate competence to a client or date. Sealing the deal is still up to you. Oxford Brief by Ro.

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5. Weekender/Duffle. Because one day - preferably Friday - you’ll need to escape from work. You’re still obligated to be practical. A good Weekender should carry clothing, toiletries and….other accessories for your getaway. It should still survive the train/plane/bus ride and suitably impress the proprietor/busboy at the B&B. R and R weekender by Defy.

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6. Tote. The one bag you can take to the beach and the office without a hint of selfconsciousness. You’ll still have to explain the Speedo and the sand. Tanker Tote by Porter. There’s room for 3 more. Or even 5. Let’s not annoy the Significant Other or pilfer from the 401(k)

- Guest Writer Khamel Abdulai: One foot firmly on each side of the Atlantic. pursuit of the esthetic, literary and entrepreneurial ideal.

 


Memorial Day Must-Haves: For Him & For Her

May 24 2013


It’s the first long weekend of the season - maybe some of you are going away or just getting into that "white shirt mood." Here at roztayger, we are definitely in the white shirt mood! White looks good on everyone: fresh, clean, versatile. Wrinkled or not - dressed up or down. On a personal note, I have been obsessed with white shirts for as long as I can remember. I have far too many but I never tire of them. If it's men's style for women or ones with lace - vintage or modern. I love white shirts on men - tan or pale, short or tall....guys look great in white shirts too. Below I have put together some easy and casual ways to start dressing and accessorizing for spring and summer! We have put together his and her looks for your three-day weekend away or simply around. Start with the ubiquitous white shirt and grab a neutral or colorful bag. Anything goes.

For Her...

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1. Vanessa Bruno Athé / Pintuck & Lace Shirt

2. Acne Studios / Pop Betty Cropped Boyfriend Jean

3. Repetto / Cendrillon Vegetal Ballerina Flat

4. tori bag by samuji

5. sac brettelle by clare vivier

6. rivet tote bag by frrry

For Him...

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1. Yohji Yamamoto / Loop Collar Shirt

2. Hope / Dylan Trouser

3. Sperry Top-Sider - Authentic Original Boat Shoe

4. ruc tote by j.panther luggage co

5. folke messenger by sandqvist

6. classic field bag by utility canvas

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


April Showers bring May Vacations? Our thoughts exactly!

May 17 2013


April showers bring May vacations? Our thoughts exactly! Ready to head out of town with that special someone or just a weekend with friends and worry that your luggage assortment shows how long it's been since you have taken a vacation? roztayger has you covered. This season we have focused our energy on travel pieces that are functional fashion for him, her and a few styles you can both wear. We have made your packing experience easier and much more fashionable with a few ideas on traveling gear from brands that make us excited to travel!

For Him...

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For Her....

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canvas weekender by clare vivier canvas weekender by clare vivier

For Us...
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The Great Gatsby Inspired Bags

May 10 2013


Oh Gatsby, how do you do that thing you do? We are more than excited to see that a childhood classic is now going to be a cinematic feature. With some of our favorites cast for the leading roles we have become inspired by the 1020's daring styles of the men and women attending the Gatsby extravaganzas. For you men and women wanting to get in on The Great Gatsby action we have put together a few of our own Roztayger bags inspired by the looks...

For the men:

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1. courier ruc case by j.panther luggage co, 2. 24 hours bag by bonastre 3. holdall by hype luggage


For the ladies:

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1. necessaire bag by shawn burke 2.foldover clutch by clare vivier 3.clingy wallet by 49 square miles

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 03 2013


Shopping for mom can be a daunting task for many and finding what mom "actually wants" can be even harder. I have your solution! I have put together a guide to help you find what is right for mom and something she will be excited to wear! Not only have we made shopping for Mother's Day easier, we are offering a promotion to get 15% off all women's goods thru May 11th with FREE shipping domestically on all orders $175+. Shop all the women's looks and our Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Is your mom casual + fun? Always on the go and she wants something fun and functional? Here are three perfect solutions from Lovell Design, 49 Square Miles and clare vivier.

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Is your mom a glam + girly type of woman? If so, check out these colorful, glamorous bags by 49 square miles, clare vivier and shawn burke.

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Is you mom classic + sophisticated? We have put together a few safe options dedicated to classic design by designers clare vivier, meli melo and alice park.

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Porter Please

April 26 2013


Every aspect of the Porter brand has a unique synergy to it. From the heritage of the name to the identity of the founders. Here is a bit about both if you are unfamiliar with the name: Porter was founded by Kichizo Yoshida in 1918 in Tokyo on the belief that the “heart and soul goes into every stitch – We believe Japanese craftsmen’s skills are No. 1 in the world." I brought the Porter line to roztayger because it is effortlessly sleek, unisex and the products are built like tanks - all this while never looking heavy or cumbersome. Porter presents the perfect solution for the man or woman on-the-go who is particular about design. Not surprisingly, clients for these bags tend to be in creative industries - architects, design directors, photographers, artists, professors, etc. Porter devotees come from around the world and know the name is synonymous with cool, edgy design mixed with incredible quality and attention to detail. You pay a bit more but the the reward is a bag you have in your closet for many years that never looks dated.

A few of my favorites from the Porter collection below:

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dual tote by porter:

Porter's stainproof waxed cotton shoulder tote is a sporty-chic container for daily necessities. Its made from bridle leather and waxed Egyptian cotton. This wax cotton used is incredibly dense, strong and restorable. If it gets dirty, dry it first and brush off later to remove the dirt. Wipe it off with a wet sponge if necessary. By reapplying the attached wax, (a container comes with every bag) water repellency is sustained for longer use. The top of the bag snaps closed for security

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smoky shoulder bag:

The Porter Shoulder bag in the Smoky collection is made in black cordura duck material - something akin to a fine denim - more refined but still casual. This piece works well as a travel or daily bag. The outside of the bag has a large zip pocket facing your body as you wear it while the other side has the same large zip pocket plus two snap front pockets under the main flap. Inside the bag are two addition large velcro pockets. Made in Japan.

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3 way heat brief:

The Porter 3 Way Brief in the Heat collection is the utilitarian bag of excellence for the discerning traveler and/or businessman. Featuring a chemically treated finish over high quality Ballistic Cordura Nylon it also sports Tarpouline detailing, This brief offers all-weather protection and is tear and wear-resistant. A special feature includes a pull-tab which doubles as a Mag-Lite, and a detachable leather key holder. Carry it as a brief, pull out the tucked away shoulder straps to convert it into a backpack or attach additional handles on the top end and carry it oriented vertically. Options are key especially when you are traveling allowing you to minimize aches and pains of carry-ing for long periods of time.

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3 way tanker brief by porter:
The 3 way brief is an ingenius bag with many different options as to how you can use it. It can be a brief, backpack, or shoulder bag. The quality and attention to details in this line are what you would expect from Japanese production. The 3 way brief has been a staple in the Porter Tanker collection for years. No need to improve on perfection

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.

 


Time for some SPRING Cleaning!

April 19 2013


Spring has arrived and it might be time to do some Spring Cleaning! as "they" often say: "Out with the old and in with the new – Since Spring is all about possibilities, why not try something fresh and cheerful this season?

There’s one spring-inspired trend that seems to pop up faithfully every season: COLOR. You can add pop to any outfit with colorful accessories, bags, sweaters, jewelry or lipstick. I personally wear neutral colors in clothing season in and season out - but right about now I start to feel the urge to bring in a dash of color here and there. Below I put together a few of my favorite must-have bags from 49 square miles, shawn burke, abitax and utility canvas to help give you ideas on how to build your new wardrobe this Spring!

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Shop the looks here...

1. Frank & Eileen 'Barry' shirt in White:
2. J. Crew Collection featherweight cashmere cardigan in neon pink
3. Current/Elliott The Boyfriend cropped distressed jeans
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Hammered rose gold-plated clip earrings
5. Kenneth Jay Lane Rose gold-plated lattice cuff
6. Bottega Veneta metallic sandal
7. mini flapper crossbody by 49 square miles / charcoal
8. mini necessaire bag by shawn burke in peach/platinum
9. card holder by abitax
10. ipad case by abitax
11. classic field bag by utility canvas / teal

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


The Little Black Bag for any occasion

April 12 2013


The classic black bag has returned this season, proving that the basic shade has stayed a staple piece in the closets of many. With a bold offering of totes, clutches, shoulder bags, overnight bags and luggage, you are sure to find the styles you want, need and must-have! Offering a large range of black bags styles gives you options for different outfits and different occasions. Below I have put together a fun grouping of Roztayger black handbags, clutches and more and just for you - take 15% off your favorite timeless black styles now midnight Sunday April 14th! Use promo LBB15 at checkout!

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1. square messenger by defy: Equal straight sides. Four right angles. In this setting it’s hip to be square. Clean. Simple. Not too big. Not too small.

2. clingy wallet by 49 square miles: The clingy wallet works double time : wallet by day, clutch by night. Easy to keep clean. Simply wipe down!

3. cartable tote by clare vivier: The Italian vegy tan Cartable is an instant classic. Slim, unpretentious, and elegant!

4. dustin brief by sandqvist: The Sandqvist Dustin Brief is a clean, elegant leather briefcase for up to a 15" laptop.

5. alyssa bag by ro: The Alyssa is a striking structured bag for the working woman who wants something a bit different but also appreciates classic styling.

6. large vene purse by samuji: Its simple and elegant - great for travel, for a night or day out or even to put inside a larger bag. It tucks nicely under the arm and is an excellent complement to jeans or a modern gown.

7. cosmetic clutch by ro: Made of luxe saffiano leather with pig suede lining, this small treasure can be used as a small clutch or cosmetic bag. It has contrast patent leather trim and two open slots inside for credit cards or cash.

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


Spring Clutch Handbag Styles

April 05 2013


That's so Clutch! Less is more this Spring season with our collection of amazing clutch style handbags. With a range of classic, fun and printed clutches from designers samuji, 49 square miles, shawn burke and claire viver, you are sure to find what you are looking for, plus more. Offering a large range of clutch styles gives you options for different outfits and different occasions. Below we have put together a selection of some of our favorites!

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Large flat clutch by Claire Viver: Clean and simple lines make this Italian leather pouch perfect with jeans or dressed up with a casual suit! Fun and functional.

SamujiClutchforWeb leather clutch bag by samuji

leather clutch bag by samuji: Made of stamped Italian leather the convertible Clutch Bag by Samuji is remarkably elegant and versatile. The burgundy color is versatile enough to go well with all neutrals or even pair it with jeans and a fancy top! It can be worn cross body using the long strap (great for travel) or the long strap can be removed enabling you to use it in a clutch format.

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necessaire bag by shawn burke: The ultimate in luxurious simplicity. This small zip pouch by Shawn Burke is handmade in the softest suede and can be used as a chic clutch or used for personal effects inside your bag!

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clingy wallet by 49 square miles: The ultimate wallet with side gussets for expandability. Double zippers for easy open and close with plenty of room for all of your paper stuff plus extra space for a phone if needed - and even a lipstick. The clingy wallet works double time : wallet by day, clutch by night. Easy to keep clean. Simply wipe down. The metallic nature of the leather gives it an extra festive feel.

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clingy wallet by 49 square miles: The ultimate wallet in hair calf with leather trim and insides - side gussets for expandability. Double zippers for easy open and close with plenty of room for all of your paper stuff plus extra space for a phone if needed - and even a lipstick. The clingy wallet works double time : wallet by day, clutch by night!

Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.

 


Spring 2013: Courtesy of the Easter Bunny

April 01 2013


Hello Spring, we have been waiting for you! With flowers blooming, trees greening and the sun shining – we are ready for Spring! Curiosity of the Easter Bunny, we are doing an exciting promotion on the colors for Spring, use promo code BUNNY15 for 15% off all green, yellow and orange items! We have put together a few ideas on my favorite yellow, orange and green roztayger goods and accompanying items from elsewhere! Shop by color in our women’s section or shop by color in our men’s section to get 15% off all the amazing styles. *offer ends tonight at midnight!

 

 

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1. medium thela bag + clutch by meli melo
2. zip wallet by Clare Vivier
3. cosmetic clutch by ro
4. Clare Vivier Flower poms
5. necessaire bag by shawn burke
6. felt ipad sleeve by abitax
7. Alice Park key fob
8. Simone Rocha Big Dot Dress
9. wrong way fedora by lola millinery
10. Chloé Scalloped Flat
11. Bobbi Brown Nail Polish - Pink Valentine
12. Bunny from Dylan's Candy Bar

Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.


Mix It Up Men: Classic Menswear Looks by Defy, Hype Luggage and Il Bussetto

March 22 2013


Spring is on the horizon and finding the perfect transitional outfit from Winter to Spring can be tough! Our suggestion - mix it up men! Adding accessories to an outfit can transform your look. Popular lines defy, hype luggage and il bussetto offer a range of styles that are classic menswear staples for any outfit! We have collaborated with Karen H. from Austin, TX to create a look with some of roztayger's favorite brands. You tell us - where would you wear this outfit?

 

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Shop the Look!

1. Small recon messenger by defy: Ok. The Plan. Search the field. Survey the terrain. Or just take it to the corner coffee shop. The Recon Series by Defy is suitable for any mission!

2. Belmont ipad case by hype luggage: In designing an iPad Cover, Hype designer Paul Holmes felt the goal was first and foremost to offer exceptional protection. The end result was a simple, clean, uncluttered design, manufactured from textured, full grain leather, and lined in genuine sheepskin - a natural padding to cushion the iPad and which is superb to touch.

3. Bi-fold multicolor card case by il bussetto: The Il Bussetto bi-fold wallet with colorblock interior is a unique piece. While it looks classic on the outside, open it up and you have a trio of colors and lines that house cards or bills in 6 different spots - Function and fashion!

4. Cardigan Marc Rugby stripe sweater: Featuring vintage inspired rib-knit triangle piece and detail on shoulder and elbow patch piece, this knitted crew neck is a perfect transitional piece from Winter to Spring!

5. Sunspel Short Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt: Crafted from unique long-staple Egyptian cotton fabric, the Short Sleeve Crew is the best T-shirt you'll ever wear. Combining a clean aesthetic with a classic fit, it's available in a host of colours and is the perfect foundation for your everyday looks!

6. Levi's 1967 505 Slim-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans: This slim-fitting 505 pair from 1967 has been crafted using pre-shrunk dry selvedge denim that will wear in for a personalised feel the more you use them.

7. A.P.C. Lace-up boots: Smooth leather. 100% Calfskin. Rounded toe. Ankle height. Have we convinced you that it's the perfect boot?

8. Mulholland Brothers flask: An ingeniously designed flask with a screw top highly polish, stainless steel 6 oz. and wrapped in luxurious leather! How classic?

Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.


I went to Paris and then I needed reading glasses….

March 14 2013


I guess you could say it’s appropriate to start your “thoughts on Paris trip blog” at 4:00 in the morning - jet lag, you know. It’s partly that and partly feeling very excited and energized by this trip. So much to process and lots to do! I had been to Paris before, but not for many years, and not for a personal business trip for my own venture. So, this was a pretty exciting happening for me. Travel is always a great inspiration and since I spend so much time in front of a computer these days, I was in great need of an escape.


The decision to go? Since launching roztayger.com, I have noted that the lines that are harder to find often do better for me. I can’t compete with big corporate sites and I don’t want to, frankly. I prefer to keep it small and niche and service my clients well. Plus, I have always gravitated to smaller designers who place a premium on quality and design and not on mass production and profit. At the end of the day, I have always loved and identified with the underdog.Elizabeth of Roztayger in Paris during Fashion Week


It seemed like the right step to go to the Paris shows – meet with some of the designers I already buy from ( like Fernando Bonastre and Meli Melo) and whom I had, sadly, not met in person prior AND find new designers to work with.


Well, the shows did not disappoint. I went to four shows and saw many, many fantastic products. Now, my challenge was to weed through them, juggle the assortment and the money and try to figure out what clients would like combined with what I connected with. This is no easy task for an internet-based business. Of course, at the end of the day, I have to trust my own sense of what works and so far it seems to be going pretty well. Long story short - come this fall, there will be amazing new collections at roztayger from Belgium, Japan, Paris and the UK.


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Some personal highlights and funny moments of my trip in sequential order:


1) I have the absolute worst sense of direction. Because of this, over the years I have relied on: first my father, and then (now) my husband, to decipher the maps on trips. I have opted out for fear of getting lost (childhood phobia – another story). So on this trip, I had to really rely on myself and prove I could do it. Of course I studied the Paris street maps to get “the lay of the land” weeks before. This helped but still… I landed very tired after little sleep and promptly decided to go out walking and see the area around my hotel….lots of charming winding streets – tons of cool windows to look into.


Well, I tried to read the map, but it turns out during the flight over my eyes had changed for the worse and I suddenly needed reading glasses. No joke! The map was blurry (yes, tiny print, but it looked okay before I left) so I tried to rely on my iPhone GPS. That was ever more confusing - trying to follow which dot I was while the orientation kept flipping up and down. I was so turned around that at one point I was maybe two blocks from my hotel and could not figure out which way to go in order to get back. So, I just said “forget it” and went to the main street Blvd St. Germain and decided to arrive early for my drink with a friend who was also in town for the shows. (Albertus Swaneopoel…lovely man and an extraordinary milliner). After eating and drinking, I got my bearings – studied the map with help and got back. An auspicious start, but I made it back in the end. Laughing at oneself regularly is very therapeutic, I find.


2) Normally, I do not like to talk to people on planes, especially long flights. But, I met a very interesting man on the way over – a French artist – living in Brooklyn who was going back to Paris for his first Parisian gallery show. We had such an interesting chat. He works with layers of old wallpaper which he burns and then layers digital imagery on top of that. Our chat brought me back to my art history, art loving roots. He ended up giving me the information on his gallery opening and I went to see it during my trip. Amazing work - really dynamic, current and also beautiful. I posted one of his pieces on my Facebook page under “Renaud Regnery.” What a fantastic, serendipitous meeting. I love that. This is one of the many things that is so great about travel. You meet new people and learn about their lives, which never fails to fascinate.

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3) And then there was the food…yes, I had been eating healthily for weeks prior, but since I was walking 8 hours a day, I thought I’d let myself go. Ha! After all, who am I to deny myself amazing food and wine? Where to begin? Most of my meals were just drop-in style and ended up being around my hotel and with my friend Tracy Watts (another milliner extraordinaire showing in Paris).

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Everything was fresh. The bread was altogether different than in the US – perfect texture (and I don’t normally eat white bread but….) the food fresh and, yes, a bit more buttery than I usually go for but it worked (Ha!). Incredible celery soups, artichoke soups, stews, tarte tatin, truffles au gratin, chocolate millefeuille, ….I could go on and on here. The food was heavenly…..whether it was an inexpensive meal that I stumbled upon or a fancy meal (I had one - absolutely mind blowing)….


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4) Musee D’Orsay. Yes, I had a list a mile long of all the museums I wanted to visit and revisit since my last time in Paris. I only got to one!! Terrible, but it was an incredible choice and I had not visited it in prior trips. Just renovated and located in an old train station right on the River Seine, the Musee D’Orsay was THE right ONE museum to see. I spent 5 hours there and it reminded me of why I studied art history in college and how much enjoyment and inspiration I got from it.


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5) The cliché is that the French are a bit unfriendly. Well, I would have to say that this, in some respects, is true… They did seem grumpy often and not receptive to those of us who are non-speaker (and let’s face it, the few words I know and tried to speak they rarely understood). I was often afraid to ask for directions even though I needed them desperately - but I had a few amazing experiences that disproved this stereotype. Walking through the Marais district, I wandered into a Belgian store to look around. I had been on the way to find a store named Merci that everyone told me I had to check out. But of course I got a bit lost, so I crossed my fingers and asked the gentleman at the store to direct me. Well, he was so kind – he pulled out a sheet of paper and drew me an elaborate map (turns out I was not even close to the store - surprise, surprise) and directed me to where I needed to go – making highlight notes of stores that I must check out on the way… He must have spent 15 minutes going over this with me. I love random acts of kindness like this. Strangely, stereotypes only go so far. People in NY can be rude or lovely too. It all depends on the circumstance, the day you are having and your attitude going in.


6) Shopping. OK, I had little time to visit stores, but I was definitely impressed with the merchandising and concepts at Merci… Art and commerce converge here… skillfully done and so nice to see well-done brick and mortar merchandising. Also Le Bon Marche was truly impressive. A Barneys type store, but more old world in its setting and more spread out and expansive. And let me say the Parisians definitely have a great sense of style - the men are, of note, NOT afraid to be dapper. I saw many business-type men with colorful scarves, totes and other edgy accessories… I would love to see more American men taking chances like this!!!.... I will start with my husband. Bon chance to me.

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7) Meeting with designers. I met with Fernando Bonastre in his studio apartment to see his collection and this was truly a highlight. To meet him where he lives and see his environment was so fascinating. He lives in a historical part of the Bastille area in a 17th century building that has been renovated. Just incredible to see the seamless integration of old and new architecture. As he is one of my favorite designers on site, it was really lovely to meet him, shake his hand, meet his lovely assistant, and have him show me his collection. Email can only provide so much connection. Hearing someone speak and then meeting them in person is now a luxury. It was well worth the hour-long walk to find him (yes, I did get lost a bit on the way… but just for a few moments). I also finally got to meet Clare Vivier in person (another favorite collection of mine). Funny because she lives in California where I am from, and go frequently, and yet we meet in Paris. We chatted at the D and A show where she had come to exhibit for the first time. I revisited the fall collection and got her feedback on her favorite pieces for fall.

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8) And then, there were the collections I saw…TOO much to say here- I could go on and on. Suffice it to say - so many beautiful things to see. A forecasting tidbit: it’s all about “blue” for fall and LOTS of haircalf. So, get ready to break out your blue, furry items. Truth be told, I don’t really believe in or follow trends so closely, but if they are versatile and wearable why not take note ? Blue has never been my favorite color, but I saw incredible deep, deep navy haircalf pieces by a number of designers and dark teal, some electric blues…really nice. And for an accessory, it's easy to pair with greys, blacks, and brown clothing (that’s pretty much my mode of dress these days).

And so my rambling ends. I am sure most of you have nodded off or gotten bored by now, but for the few that made it through – thanks for listening to the musings of a “post trip high” enthusiast.

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods made of quality materials.


Bonastre Professional Look for The Man with Style

February 22 2013


The Bonastre line continues to be popular at roztayger. Each piece is handmade using all natural materials and techniques – the end products are at once tactile and visual – a sensory delight on many levels. Yes, the pieces are functional, but at the end of the day their impact lies in their appeal to your senses. You will marvel each piece as you admire their stand-alone sculptural beauty. It's understated elegance speaks volumes. This is another collaborative endeavor with Karen H. from Austin, TX. Today, our featured items are the Bonastre Business Bag and the Bonastre Document Holder.

I hope you like the combinations we put together...…



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1. Business bag by bonastre The Business Bag is the epitome of modern elegance for today's business man. The bag's design is distilled down to a pure and architectural simplicity.

2. Document holder by bonastre The two-toned Document Bag makes a sharp impression. Be ready to live up to the impression you give. This is a striking piece.

3. Gucci Brera Slim-Fit Wool Suit Tailored from fine wool cloth using a half-canvassed construction, this elegantly proportioned, two-button closure Gucci suit is a failsafe option with dashing formal flair.

4. Canali shirt This impeccably tailored shirt is cut from the finest smooth cotton, and is detailed with a clean placket and buttoned cuffs.

5. Paul Smith Classic Taupe Polka Dot Tie The classic silk tie in taupe with a grey polka dot pattern is a classic designed in a way that is uniquely Paul Smith.

6. Rolex Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch Ref 6598 With the retro look of circa 1957, this Rolex has a full-size 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel and has a beautifully restored antique white dial with gold applied indexes and gold tapered dauphine hands. Self-winding calibre 745 movement with sweep seconds.

7. John Lobb William Leather Monk-Strap Shoes These handmade monk-strap shoes from John Lobb are elegant as well as classic and will last a lifetime if cared for correctly. Finished with a toe cap construction and stitch seam detail, you can wear them with everything from a suite to denim.


Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.


Love Affair with Bags - Guest Post by Jenn

January 31 2013


Recently, I asked some of my most ardent roztayger followers to submit a blog post about their "love affair with bags." I just received this one from Jenn Strauss of PA and it made me smile big time so I had to share it immediately. It is well written, honest, charming, intelligent and relatable. I immediately saw so much of myself in this. Thanks for taking the time and sharing your "passionate bag journey," Jenn. I hope to receive more of these stories...hint hint.

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For those of us who make New Year's resolutions, January is the month to see if we follow them and/or still find them something to work toward. I am one of those persons who has between 1-5 resolutions every year…some I am still working on from 2010!! This year was no different. In prioritizing my resolutions, one of the top two is to watch my handbag spending in 2013. (I said ‘watch’…not stop!)

Handbags have been a love of mine since I was a little girl. I was lucky to have a gifted-sewing mother and grandmother who made me many handbags that I have treasured away for my daughter. Through the years with body image issues, relationship curves, and maybe a little addiction, handbags have always been a part of who I am! My husband can hear a song from 1990 and state what he was doing when he first heard the song…I have a story with every handbag I own! He can name a song within a few seconds and I can spots handbag brands (and fakes) quickly. As I get wiser (not older), I am drawn to the need for uniqueness and high quality in a bag, which drew me to rotzayger last year.

As life gets more hectic with working full time and keeping up with two children (3 and 5 years old), I have found the need to focus on less items, but greater quality. When my daughter was born, I decided I was going to purchase and only wear diamond stud earrings…and I did, and still do! When my son was born, I found the need to limit my costume bracelets and necklaces. Now… I only wear variations of vintage and modern pearls. With our decision that ‘two is enough’ and their activities taking over any free time that we have, I have decided to really think about future handbag choices. As much as I like (AND STILL DO) change handbags every day, there are times where having just a few really nice handbags that are carried for weeks or months at a time is very appealing. There are even days where I have three handbag changes in a day (work bag, casual outing bag, and an actual date night bag), so one handbag for more than a week is very, very rare!

So, this year I am going to ‘think’ seriously about a handbag before purchasing it. I WILL be purchasing handbags, but maybe

  • not as many,

  • not just because they are ‘fun’,

  • not because they are on sale and I have some money to ‘burn’,

  • not as a way to ‘get back’ at husband who will see the FedEx or UPS truck deliver a box that he knows is a handbag,

  • not simply by brand (consider design and material quality).


Although I purchased at least five handbags from rotzayger last year, I will continue to peruse the site and make purchases because I can find unique, professional, fun, large, and quality bags. Currently, I have been ‘stalking’ the flea bag for weekends and children’s activities (soccer, tennis and dance).

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I am also hoping my husband will purchase this 49 square miles leopard wallet for my birthday…so LOVE animal print and it is a classic!




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I will share with you one of my FAVORITE bags and one that I would take if there was going to be a flood or had to leave the house with what I could carry in my hands…the yasmin tote. This was my first purchase from rotzayger!!!!

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I will check in again to let you know my progress. So far this year, I have purchased and kept (one bag)…okay, but I ordered five and returned four of them!!!! Practice will make perfect…and remember I said I am going to ‘think’ about my handbag purchases…not STOP!!!!!

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We couldn't agree with you more, Jenn. Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.

 


Roztayger Spring 2013 Highlights

January 18 2013


Strange as it may seem, the fall season is closing out and I am gearing up to receive exciting new Spring 2013 merchandise at roztayger. I am prepping myself mentally with my “daily meditation app” to avert being overwhelmed with unpacking, shooting, writing, loading, etc. As I struggle to get all my ducks in a row, I thought I’d reach out and share a few highlights of new collections heading our way.

defy bags


The founders of this company (based in Chicago) wear their bag-making passion on their sleeves, and I love this. They live and breathe the art of modern day sustainable bag making while they continually strive to perfect their designs. These pieces work for men or women who like a lifestyle bag that is heartily built, sleek and graphically unique. (yikes, that rhymes!) They use sustainable materials and make everything in-house. Simple, clean lined and sturdy with just the right amount of hip edginess. They use color, but not in a loud, flashy way…It's just enough – always grounded in black. Due in end of January.

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sandqvist


A collection out of Sweden shows the best of what Northern European minimalist design can do. It’s at once urban, clean, elegant and uncomplicated. Materials used are natural canvas with veggie dyed leather trims. Look for messengers, dopp kits, weekenders and laptop sleeves to hit around mid-February.

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unit portables


A new unisex collection, also out of Sweden, bases their designs and mission on the new reality of modern living - that because we carry so much technology around in its various shapes and forms, we need compartments that are separate to keep these items easily accessible and protected. Minimal design meets compartmentalized add-ons. Each shoulder bag, for example, comes with two extra pouches that attach to the main bag and can be used for cords, phones, etc. The travel bag also comes with a laptop sleeve case, mesh toiletry bag and a third bag for cables. Due in end of January.

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meli melo


Hand finished and made in Spain using Italian leather, this UK-based company has a strong fashionista following. For the first season with them, I bought 3 versions of their eponymous Thela bag in neutral colors. I chose the Thela because it’s the most timeless, classical silhouette and because it's a worthwhile investment piece that can function as a staple – one that you keep coming back to year after year. The Thela is the perfect lady-like classical bag that has a touch of fashion, but is not “trying too hard.” It conveys laid back elegance. Look for these great working or playing totes to come in classic taupe, tan and a shot of mandarin orange. Due in early March.

 

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lovell designs


A design firm based out of Canada, they do small production runs of canvas goods using modern prints in interesting, non-primary colors. The chevron print continues to be an easy pattern to integrate into a wardrobe with its 2-color setup and sharp angles. Look for totes and toiletry bags to come out in February.

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porter


I am expanding the Yoshida Ya Porter offerings by adding some pieces from the “Jam” collection in March. The coated canvas tote below will come in both black and white and will be accompanied by a backpack. (Porter is not big on color, although the upside is it's never dated.) I will also be adding more styles in the “Heat” collection including a 3-way briefcase. There will also be some brief and tote styles from the “Smoky” and “Dual” fabrication. I heard over the past year from many of you that you wish you could find more Porter variety in the US. I hope that I picked some viable options for you Porter enthusiasts. These pieces are due to arrive in late January and in March.

Roztayger Porter Jam Tote in White Porter Jam Tote

 

As the business grows and I learn what works and does not with my audience, the collections will ebb and flow. I hope you like some of the new offerings. Always feel free to reach out to me directly. I enjoy the feedback.

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a carefully curated selection of men's and women's handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and other small goods that exceed expectations for quality, style and design. The mission at roztayger is to simplify your search by creating a one-stop shopping experience for well-made, versatile and timeless accessories for work, travel, and life.

 


The Frrry Collection: Beyond Seasons and Trends

January 11 2013


The Frrry Collection (pronounced ferry) is about following a personal narrative rather than following seasons and trends. Designer Ferry Cornelis Gerardus Meewisse is always on a tireless search for newer and better materials, unique and durable construction, and it has to be done in a sustainable way.

Frrry is a small company where bags are made with great attention and care. After passing the exams for 3D Design at the Arnhem Academy of Arts in 2002, designer Ferry Cornelis Gerardus Meewisse decided to start his company. The products leave Utrecht, Netherlands where they are constructed and head to a niche group of dedicated international fans who wait in great anticipation for the latest Frrry creations.

Since the inception of Frrry, the collection has received awards for Dutch design and have been displayed in museums and at shows throughout Europe.

Ferry likes to think in terms of how the leather is folded, constructed and how it will wear over time. For instance, he may contemplate a piece of folded leather and develop an idea that will stand as the basis of that new collection. He states that this is very characteristic of his way of working with an "eye for coincidence and unexpected practical solutions in an idea."

rivet book bag by frrry


The Rivet Book bag in the "rivet" series by Frrry is made of Italian veggie dyed leather and is designed and assembled in the Netherlands. It's lightweight and stylish and espouses all the interesting features of a classic Frrry bag. The corners of the bag can also be tucked in or out to give you an alternate shape. It's a mid-sized bag and can be carried in the hands or cross body and has 3 interior pockets.

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A small series of new designs are added a few times a year, but don’t expect Ferry to follow any fashion calendar. He allows himself the freedom to create irrespective of fashion seasons or trends. This is one of the many reasons I brought in his work as I feel it fits in so well with the timeless focus of the roztayger assortment. The work is more about concepts and ideas of how to make bags and finding useful ways to use construction to its fullest potential.

rivet me bag by frrry


The Rivet Me bag in the "rivet" series by Frrry is made of Italian veggie dyed leather and is designed and assembled in the Netherlands. It is also lightweight and stylish and espouses all the interesting features of a classic Frrry bag. Of this particular style the designer Ferry says "This is a bag everybody would want to have. So I thought I'd call it 'Rivet me'. It's a mid-sized bag and can be carried in the hands or cross body. It has 3 interior pockets.

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The collection is contemporary and has a recognizable personal style. The items of each series are bonded by a concept - for example an idea about folding or how consumers use their accessories. The designs are always about presenting the idea in a simple, convincing and beautiful way. You won’t find any superfluous adornments on these leather accessories.

For the first season of Frrry at roztayger, I chose a few key leather pieces that, to my mind, offer the most "useful" work, travel, and life options. In the coming month, I will be adding another more vertical shape as well as adding an electric blue to the assortment. Blue is an important color for Spring and surprisingly easy to fit into a neutral clothing wardrobe (my personal cup of tea).

Best,

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Bellroy Redefines Leather Accessory Design

December 13 2012


Bellroy is based in the south east of Australia (split between Melbourne and the Surf coast). This small and highly talented group of designers is focused and on a mission "to improve the way we carry." They are dedicated to finding more efficient ways of carrying our belongings and having better access to them.

Not much has happened to the wallet over that last couple of generations. That’s why the designers at Bellroy are changing how we relate to these overlooked accessories. Their philosophy is that carrying needs to change in order to become a positive experience, not just a wallet. They strive to combine modern progress and insights with the joy of the craft world through their beautiful leather accessories.

note sleeve wallet by bellroy


The new Note Sleeve wallet by Bellroy is a full featured wallet with a full size bill section, 3 quick access card slots for your frequently used cards, It has space for up to 11 cards for infrequently used cards that has a pull tab access. Available in Black and Blue Steel.

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bellroy travel wallet


Fit all your travel documents in your pocket by keeping everything close and secure. Designated passport sleeve, then your tickets & boarding passes fold without creasing. Features include 4 quick access card slots, and a micro travel pen with refills. Available in Black or Cocoa.

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bellroy hide and seek wallet


Conventional only on first impression, the Hide & Seek separates cards & notes according to how often you use them. The features of this wallet include 4 quick access card slots which hold 12+ cards, protected section for cards and business cards, hidden note section for discreet note storage. Available in black with blue stitching or dark brown (java) with orange stitching.

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bellroy slim sleeve wallet


Don’t underestimate this small, slim wallet. It is beautifully balanced and very convenient in the way you can access two of your most used cards that go in their primary access spots while the tab lets access your less frequently used cards. All currencies are kept tidy and contained as they easily fit with a half fold. Available in cocoa and black.

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I must say men love Bellroy wallets. I can barely keep them in stock. As soon as they come they go out. And I have never had a return. I lie not. The wallets classy designs are equally matched by the genius of their practicality. These wallets are super slim and can be used for everyday and the travel size wallet is the perfect thing for travelling. They make a great gift for the man who wants precision and practicality with style and quality.

Best,

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Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.


Featuring the Spanish Craftmanship of Bonastre

October 19 2012


Elegant and Simple.
Bonastre - for Travel and Business.

 

Roztayger is incredibly excited to be the first retailer showcasing the Bonastre collection this fall in the US. First a bit about Fernando: While Paris is now his home, Fernando Bonastre de Celis is originally from Madrid, Spain. After graduating from Fashion School there he relocated to Paris to begin his career in design. He worked in design and marketing/branding for both Christian Lacroix and Claude Montana before going out on his own. While he still resides in Paris, all the goods are made in Spain using latter day Spanish artisanal techniques.

Though Fernando conceived of Bonastre in 2011 as a men’s line, the collection is clearly gender neutral. Each piece is handmade using all natural materials and techniques – the end products are at once tactile and visual – a sensory delight on many levels. Yes, the pieces are functional, but at the end of the day their impact lies in their appeal to your senses. You want one because you want to hold it, feel it, smell it (yes, they smell amazing) and marvel at its stand-alone sculptural beauty. Among other things, Fernando cites being influenced by the creative process of minimalist architects like Oscar Niemeyer and Tadao Ando. Now a few of my personal favorites:

ipad sleeve by bonastre


This iPad sleeve is sleek and functional. Made from vegetable tanned leathers with understated monochromatic chic painted edges, nothing is excessive about this design. A very ingenious client of mine bought one and uses it as a clutch. Love that idea.

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messenger bag by bonastre


The Messenger Bag is the epitome of unisex modern elegance. Using a minimal amount of hardware (Italian Alce hardware and Raccagni zippers) allows Fernando to achieve its pure, distilled look. This bag was one of the first to fly out of my stockroom. (I have one left for fall and more in black coming for spring.)

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24 hours bag by bonastre


The 24 Hours Bag showcases architectural simplicity and modern elegance in travel. Using the highest quality vegetable tanned leathers and painted edges. Nothing is over-designed and the look is pristine. I could just stare at this bag for days.

 
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When you hold a Bonastre bag in your hands, you see the pride and aesthetics of Spanish craftsmanship. And while most tanners use chromium during the tanning process (which is highly toxic), this eco-friendly collection has been exclusively handcrafted in the ancient tradition of using oak bark and olive oil finishing on non-treated natural cattle hides – one of the many reasons why roztayger chose to bring this line to you.

Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

 

 

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.


Handbags, Totes, and Fashion Accessories – A Memoir of My Obsession

October 12 2012


I guess you might say it began in 1970 in Southern California with Barbie (and Ken). I have a distinct recollection of being obsessed with Barbie and her clothes/accessories starting at age 7 or so. Being an only child of parents who did not sit on the floor and play at any cost (now I am that parent), I had only myself to amuse. And my, my - those lovely ladies did have a lot of clothes… (and a few plastic horses – poor Ken had only one outfit)... I recall the endless pretend play options… I imagine this to be the first phase of my design and “prettify” compulsion.

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early influence


Later in 2nd grade I met my best friend, Tracy Fong. Her family was very arts and design oriented and, after a number of play dates and sleepovers, I found myself indelibly affected by their uniquely contemporary vision. Tracy’s father was (and still is) an architect and designed the incredible streamlined, modern houses they lived in. I’m pretty sure this is where my love of minimalism and clean lines came into play.

high school and college


In high school, during my “wild teenager rebellion” years, I fell into the musical “retro mod movement” – a tad silly to me in retrospect, but along with the trips to Hollywood to see The Untouchables, I had to (of course) look the part. I began to shop in thrift stores for 60’s inspired shifts and go-go boots (clean, white, minimal styling)… I wore highly flattering shimmery white lipstick and dyed my hair black…oh yes, stylishly mod – my early attempt at chic. smile

Next chapter: off to college where I end up studying art history which again played to my obsession with the balance of beauty and form and harmony… Good design really is like a beautiful painting. It’s a play of color, form, finding the balance and what appeals to your eye. After college, I managed various local niche boutiques where I honed in on what I found to be quality that was “worth it” – beautiful materials in timeless shapes always caught my eye first – never the mass market corporate products or the logo driven upper echelon. I guess roztayger is a culmination of all these influences and obsessions.

why the focus on fine crafted handbags and accessories?


I love all aspects of fashion and hope to expand to other categories one day with the same theme of quality and versatility... but, there is something about a beautiful bag or small good that goes inside the bag. These are key items that organize and transport some of your crucial life components. Whether it’s a small Pouty Cross Body made in luxurious soft Italian leather by 49 Square Miles or a durable, handmade Belmont Messenger by HYPE English Luggage, your bag can make a basic outfit chic and unique and can make your life more efficient and enjoyable in some ways. In addition, your choice of what you carry has the ability to say something about who you are and how you want to present yourself to the world.

My compulsion to clean, organize and arrange in harmony has led to the curated nature of the roztayger collection. I find the pleasing arrangement of these pieces on a screen soothing. While my dream had always been to do a physical store, this is a timely first step. Oddly, my favorite part about retail is talking to the clients so, in a way, the internet modality has distanced me from that aspect of my vision. On that note, feel free to call me directly (I implore you) at any time to discuss a possible mutual obsession.

Best,

Elizabeth Jeffer

 

 

 

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.


Clare Vivier selection – chic and simple fine crafted design

October 05 2012


Since 2008, Clare Vivier has been known for blending simplicity with color while maintaining a sense of chic. What I love most about this designer is that she has clean lines, color sensibility, and elegance even down to the detail of having well-crafted zipper pulls. I have chosen the following as this season’s must-haves.

messenger bag


This is a classic bag with a bit of a funky edge. The beautiful and rich navy leather makes it timeless and chic. An interior small pouch can hold those little extra needs like lipstick or cards. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you can wear it cross-body.

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large flat clutch


This single compartment pewter colored clutch has a top zip closure with a gold Clare Vivier toggle. Pewter is a marvelous color for the fall and provides a sparkly addition to any evening attire.

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oversized leopard clutch


Cover your laptop with this oversized clutch. You get a tactile experience as you feel the Italian hair calf. Just like the pewter colored clutch above, this oversized pouch doubles as clutch when you fold it over.




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cartable tote


This chic and simple bag has a single main compartment and magnetic snap button closure. The port color is perfect for fall and can be easily paired with other fall hues.

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When you are looking for fine crafted handbags that merge simplicity and color with a big splash of chic, think of Clare Vivier designs. You can say that she has a certain minimalist glamour and that’s what makes her designs fit right in with the Roztayger philosophy of simplicity, quality and timeless style.

 

Best,



 

 

 

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.

 


Featuring the Quality of Samuji Design

September 19 2012


It was the summer of 2011. The excitement was filling the air as Samuji's first flagship store opened in Helsinki, Finland. Founded in 2009 by designer Samu-Jussi Koski, Samuji has accessories designed for the confident woman who is at ease with her femininity.

Extreme winter weather plus living in a small town helped to develop this Finnish designer into someone who knows how to do elegance and simplicity to the utmost. The brand’s philosophy revolves around staying true to its values by taking the focus off the trends and placing it and on sustainable and timeless design incorporating beauty and quality.

The bags made by Samuji are truly a blend of international specialties. Premium quality materials are used from European and Japanese suppliers. The Samuji bags are produced in Europe by masters who insist on the highest in product quality and ethics.

When you embrace a Samuji bag, you join the most distinguished fashion, concept and department stores around the world, from New York to Tokyo and London.

I’ve selected a collection that scoffs at seasonal fluctuations. Here are my top picks for Samuji.

large vene purse


Italian leather and lined in organic cotton make this oversized clutch Large Vene purse by Finnish designer Samuji simple and elegant.

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As a staple piece, you’ll be able to wear this with jeans or with a gown. It works well as a bag within a bag... You can store essentials inside and/or take it out of a larger bag for a night on the town.

tori bag


Also made of fine Italian leather, this tan/cognac colored Tori Tote is simply gorgeous in one of Finland’s most popular colors. It's a staple bag to keep in your arsenal for years.

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unlined tote


This bag is lightweight, very versatile and is made of subtly printed/textured deep navy colored Italian leather.

Samuji unlined navy tote

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This unlined tote says quality, luxury and reflects the height of elegance and timelessness. I personally carry this bag and find it to be incredibly comfortable and great for work or play. The shade of navy goes amazingly well with black, grey and brown (which I wear a lot of) It’s a shot of color but at the same time effortless and understated.

Take a look at the Samuji collection at roztayger.com, where we have a varied selection of the finest crafted handbags and accessories for work, travel and life.

Founded by fashion industry veteran Elizabeth Jeffer-Anerousis, roztayger offers a timeless and versatile selection of men’s and women’s handbags, totes, wallets, briefcases, travel bags, electronic cases and small goods.

 


Nothing to Wear ?  Check your Boyfriend’s Closet

September 02 2012




While sneaking into your boyfriend’s closet is not an entirely new idea, unisex pieces are becoming mainstream with everything from beauty products to accessories. I’m not suggesting your boyfriend has to keep his closet under lock and key, but expanding your wardrobe (and even his wardrobe!) to include unisex fashion opens up many creative wardrobe options. For example, shopping in the men’s department doubles your selection of options to choose from and you’re likely to pick pieces that you wouldn’t normally select in the women’s department. Plus, unisex items often offer a timeless appeal that you can keep in your closet for years.

I bring up the topic of unisex products because we’ve been gearing up for Fall here at Roztayger and I’ve noticed a consistent theme among many of our products – they can work for a man or a woman. That being said, I thought I’d highlight a few of my unisex favorites for Fall…

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Using high quality vegetable tanned leathers, Parisian designer Fernando Bonastre offers an elegant overnight bag that’s handcrafted with natural and non-treated cattle hides. Masculine enough for a man, but the round edges allow for easy paring with soft feminine pieces.

JAS mb’s ipad clutch
http://roztayger.com/womens_product_detail/tartan_hair_calf_ipad_clutch_by_jas_mb This plaid clutch is handsome yet whimsical so it’s perfect for a guy or gal looking to add a dose of style when toting around their iPad.

J Panther’s Ruc Tote http://roztayger.com/womens_product_detail/olive_ruc_tote_by_jpanther): As with many unisex products, this classic tote from J Panther will only get better with age. Handmade in Connecticut with canvas from Scotland, the bag is ideal for a day trip on a bike or as a carry on bag for a longer journey by plane.

Apolis’ Global Market Bag http://roztayger.com/womens_product_detail/apolis_global_market_bagVeggies
Don’t discriminate! Peruse the farmer’s market in style with this perfect shopping bag including a waterproof lining and vegetable-dyed leather straps.

What are your favorite unisex products? I’d love to hear!




Picking a Murse for your Guy

May 10 2012




With Father’s Day coming up its seems timely to discuss buying bags for men. There is no doubt men and women view fashion differently. Men wear clothes, women delight in them. Men target and buy clothing and women shop for it. The same goes for bags. Women often view handbags as an extension of their personality. It’s an accessory that’s as fun as fashion itself. But that doesn’t mean that men don’t care about the bag they carry. With the rise of the term “man bag” and “murse” we know this is no longer true. Men want to have fun with their accessories just like women do….choosing a cool bag is one way that every man can get in the style game.

For men, bags are generally about function first and style is secondary. Of course that doesn’t mean style is necessarily a second thought. Today’s man often wants both. Fortunately, men have just as many options as women do these days in terms of bag styles and functionality. The key is finding the bag with the right combination of both.

The perfect men’s bag should have the following aspects:

• Minimal styling resulting in a no-fuss look
• Functionality with the appropriate amount of pockets and storage space
• Be constructed of sturdy, handsome material - think leather, nylon or twill

Beyond that, individual style comes into play. In much the same way a woman buys a bag that fits her personality and wardrobe, men should give the same thought to choosing the bag that fits their specific needs. Consider where the bag will be used. Is it to haul a laptop to the local café Wi-Fi hotspot or to the executive headquarters of a large corporation? Is the bag a necessity for daily use or an occasional convenience? It’s important to match the bag to the occasion as well. Clearly a formal leather bag will be more appropriate and create the right impact when carried to an executive meeting than a twill or canvas bag would for instance.

The roztayger collection offeres a variety of bags carefully curated to fit any man’s style. A few of my favorites include the Large Field Bag by Archival for its casual rough-hewn appearance and elegant, pared down silhouette. On the more serious side the Triumph Brief by Bill Amberg fits the bill for its more formal appeal. For a bag that is timeless, incredibly modern and built like a tank the Japanese made Heat Messenger Bag by Porter might do the trick

If you need further assistance in finding that perfect bag to fit your man’s style and/or functional needs don’t hesitate to send me an email or call me. I’m always available to chat or discuss your thoughts.
Best,
Elizabeth


What’s Your Purse-onality ?

April 24 2012




What’s Your Purse-onality?
Do you have a go-to bag? Have you ever wondered why that bag is the one you grab when you are in a hurry or can’t decide on the right bag for your outfit? A favorite bag is like an expression of your personality. We tend to gravitate toward designs that reflect who we are and often that favorite bag is a telling indication.
Your handbag and accessories say a lot about your personality. Take this fun roztayger quiz and find out what your bag is telling the world about you.

When you choose a bag do you tend to select :
a.) Bold, bright colors
b.) Detailing like buckles or extra external pockets
c.) Unconventional patterns or materials
d.) Unique shapes and sizes

If the above sounds like you, your style is: Fun and Flirty
You are ready for anything that might lead to fun. You go with the flow. You tend to be positive and believe that opportunity abounds. You tend to like bags in cheerful colors like apple green or lavender. Your personality shines through even in the details with small charms, buckles or zip pulls showing off your fun side. You gravitate toward flower, animal print or polka dot patterns and you swoon for unique shapes or exaggerated sizes, from a teeny clutch to an extra large tote. Roztayger has just the right bag for the Fun and Flirty personality: check out the fun fuchsia Bebe Antler Bag by Louloubelle in Tuscan leather with brass hand-cast antlers, or the bright and cheery Patent Willow Tote by Orla Kiely.

Do you like bags that feature:
a.) High contrast patterns
b.) Bold choices like red or black offset by neutrals like white or beige
c.) Clean lines and slim silhouettes
d.) Minimal details

Your style is: Modern and Contemporary

You are bold but in the appropriate situations. You are a woman who is decisive, assertive and knows what she wants. You choose bags with attention-grabbing color that is subdued by neutral colors. Red and white, brown and beige or black and grey are common colors in your handbag selection. Your bags feature sharp lines and a minimalistic design. Roztayger designs that may suit you include the Landscape Tote by ro with its clean silhouette and modern detailling, the Jeannie Bag by Orla Kiely with its geometric flower pattern, and the Antler Clutch by Louloubelle with its graphic, sculptural quality.

If neither of those styles suit your Purse-onality, you may be a bit more classic. If you buy bags that:
a.) Are neutral in color so they coordinate with everything
b.) Feature shapes that have proved to never go out of style
c.) Have subdued patterns and detail
d.) Can shift from dressy casual to business formal to a night on the town

Your style is: Classic and Timeless

Like your fashions, you are reliable and steadfast with a sophisticated elegance. You have a European aesthetic and a flair for recognizing styles that will become instant classics. Your bags reflect this with soft colors and a slightly romantic edge. No-fuss styles you might like include the Eloise Weekender by Glenda Gies for its Old World feel with a modernized shape, the Python Yasmin Tote by ro with its hand tooled Italian leather or the
silver leather Foldover Clutch by Clare Vivier

Let your personality shine through with a bag that says all the right things about you. And I’m here to help. If you want a personal bag consultation, contact me!


How to Pick A Purse

April 10 2012




Nothing makes me happier than keeping things simple. It’s so gratifying to own that perfect pair of earrings that goes just as well as with your weekend jeans as it does with your workday or dinner outfit – those earrings you really don’t have to take off for weeks… When I pick a bag I use exactly the same strategy. Of course, you need a couple of great special occasion and knock-around bags, but, when you know how to pick the right purse, you’ll have a versatile, go-to handbag you’ll want to reach for every day.
I love it when people call roztayer asking for my advice on handbags and accessories. When I worked in retail, my favorite part of each job was matching people with a purchase I knew would fit their lifestyle and budget and then seeing them walk away happy. I still do that on the phone - call me and you’ll see! Right now, I want to share my favorite questions for helping you pick the perfect purse. Whether you’re looking for a great investment piece or a fun summer tote, ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you want a seasonal or year-round bag?
2. How much stuff do you typically carry?
3. What’s your personal style?

If you want a year-round bag that can take you from one season to the next, blending easily with whatever’s in your wardrobe, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, color. Do you tend to wear a lot of gray, black and navy? (I do.) Or maybe you lean more toward camel or brown. Whichever you prefer, you’ll want to keep your bag in that color spectrum. All of those are neutrals and will go with just about anything color-wise, especially if the bag itself is a solid color. Since you’ll be using it often, you want to pick a good quality bag, like a fine leather or coated canvas with sturdy, well-made straps and handles, so it will last. If the shape is classic (more on that in a moment), you should be able to keep a bag for a decade or more and, with just a bit of care, it will look new for years. Two classics that I love are Holly Hexagon Tote by ro and Leather Stockholm Tote by ro.

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If you want a seasonal bag, or one that will go from Spring through Summer, you can still opt for a lighter colored leather or a lighter material such as nylon or raw canvas. You may also want to consider a bright color like a deep coral, blue or olive green, since you’ll be wearing it less often. Just remember that if you wear a lot of bright colors, you might want to tone down the bag and go with a tan or cream so you’re not too busy visually. Check out the Flea Bag collection for a great example.

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It may seem pretty obvious, but you have to consider how you’ll actually be using the bag. If you carry your entire office or the contents of your kids’ playroom around with you, not to mention your wallet, cosmetic bag and keys - you need to not only look at the size but also the shape of the purse. You need a bag with some structure ideally and enough capacity to carry all your necessities, but also compartments and pockets to keep it organized. I love totes, but if they don’t have handy pockets (I like interior and exterior ones) for my keys and phone, I find myself fishing around endlessly and subsequently getting very anxious until I locate them. If you prefer a smaller bag, make sure your selection has enough space so that nothing is spilling over. Again, check out those compartments and look for some structure.

Finally - my favorite part - is matching fashion to function. Once you’ve determined how and when you plan to use your purse, you have the fun task of figuring out if it fits your personal style. First of all, consider the image you project to the world. Do you favor classic clothes with clean lines and elegant fabrics? Then you may prefer a more structured bag with classy details in the hardware or handles. Or are you more of a trendsetter who can pull off the latest shapes, colors and fabrics? If that’s the case, a funkier bag might fit you best. Maybe a bright color or neutral animal print.

Your body shape, personal preference and comfort also come into play when picking that perfect purse. If you’re short, a smaller bag with a horizontal shape could be just the thing (though just because you’re short doesn’t mean you have to have a small bag). If you’re tall or on the voluptuous side, you may prefer a larger bag that complements your size well. It’s purely personal preference whether you choose a bag that you would hand carry or one you’d wear with a shoulder strap or cross-body. If you’re not sure, just take a look in your closet and you’ll probably see a pattern. Either stay consistent with what you know is comfortable or maybe venture out and try something entirely new - it’s up to you! The most important thing is not following rules but making sure YOU feel good/comfortable with the option you have chosen. It’s in your hands (pardon the pun.)

Do you have an accessories question or handbag dilemma that you’d like me to solve? Just email me and I’ll get back to you with style and selection guidance. And be sure to sign up for roztayger News & Promotions so you can hear about our special deals!

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Tote your Technology with Style

March 26 2012




These days we are connected to the world around us 24/7. Leaving work behind at the office has now become a luxury most of us can no longer afford. With that comes the need to carry our technology virtually everywhere we go. For some it’s not even a matter of necessity. With the ability to stay connected and the convenience that technology provides some people simply get attached to their technology. If you’ve ever left home only to panic when you realize you’ve left your smart phone, then you can relate to that emotional technological attachment.

Here’s another example. Take a stroll through Central Park—or any other such busy place—and notice what people are doing. The man in the business suit sitting on the bench is eating his lunch with one hand while checking his mail on his Blackberry with the other hand. The long-haired teen in the skinny jeans speeding past on his skateboard is listening to his iPod. The woman in yoga pants resting under the oak tree is reading a novel on her e-reader while her kids play nearby. From smart phone to music player, technology travels with us in so many ways. Often times we carry more than one instrument of technology.

However, carrying that technology and keeping your sense of style is a bit of a challenge. Carrying your keys and your phone in your hand while juggling your laptop under your arm is not exactly a stylish or safe solution. Here are a few ways to tote your technology fashionably and effectively.

Look for lots of pockets


A bag with lots of compartments doesn’t have to be big and bulky. Take for example the 3 Way Brief by Porter. This elegant, beautifully made Japanese bag has a myriad of smart pockets inside and out and is sleek and pared down at the same time. As its name implies, it offers multiple ways to be carried. You can carry it in your hand, wear it as a backpack, or sling it across your body.

Choose the right size bag


It’s tempting to grab an oversized bag in order to carry everything you think you might need—and more—but this often results in an unsightly bulky bag. The opposite is true as well. Using an overly small bag can cause items to bulge and stick out, detracting from a well appropriated ensemble. Instead fit the bag to your belongings. The slim profile of the Ultra Light Tote by Bill Amberg is the perfect elegant bag for those who don’t have to carry as much to and from the office. For bigger workloads minus the bulk try the smart and functional Clover Tote by ro. for women or the Chicago Brief by ro for men.

Outfit just your technology


If that ever-present iPad is the only thing you carry outfit it with a case that’s worthy of your style sense. The iPad case by Bill Amberg is such a solution with its black leather body and striking red trim or the Abitax felt iPad case which comes in countless enticing colors for both genders.

Botto line: Just because you need to tote your technology doesn’t mean you have to be subjected to unsavory fashion choices. The right bag can help you organize your technology and feel put together at the same time.


Find the Perfect Men’s Bag - for a Woman

March 14 2012



There is something about menswear that has always appealed to women. The comfort of a cashmere V neck sweater borrowed from your significant other, paired with a pencil skirt and layered with pearl necklaces…The loose drape of a boyfriend jean combined with a fitted ribbed tank, bold earrings and penny loafers is another coveted look by many women. I personally love mixing men’s and women’s looks together. Makes life more interesting…and I love pushing the envelope of what’s expected just a tad.

Of course, one of the men’s styles I regularly am drawn to and use is the “man bag or murse.” Men’s bags don’t just have a certain look, they have a certain feel about them. There’s often no fuss about the styling - there’s nothing uptight or formal. They tend to have a clean, tailored look that is minimal and classic and focuses on high quality materials and functionality. Men’s bags can have softer lines as in the coated canvas Small Field Bag by Archival or the Japanese Tanker Tote by Porter. Lots of pockets, wide shoulder straps and cool, earthy colors lend a sense of comfort and ease to their functionality. And they never go out of style. That’s a huge plus in my book.

Fortunately for women, we can have the best of both worlds when it comes to handbags. We can opt for a tightly constructed, sleek clutch to add a touch of elegance to a nighttime ensemble or when the mood calls for it, we can grab a man’s messenger bag or tote, stow a laptop and essentials and go. Worn the right way, either look can be just as versatile and enticing. It’s all about the balance of style elements.

When it comes to a woman choosing a woman’s handbag, much of the decision lies in personal taste. Does the woman prefer something casual with a more amorphous shape or something a little more modern and structured? Chances are the decision is to purchase one of each. However, choosing a men’s bag to be used by a woman isn’t as clear. So how do you choose the right men’s bag?

A safe bet is to browse the “metrosexual” styles that offer a clean design, quality production and plenty of functionality. Small details like leather straps and imported zipper pulls give these bags an understated elegance. These styles tend to look great no matter whether dangling from the shoulder of a man or a woman. Finding a more relaxed men’s style bag is one way to go because such a casual look is often times more versatile and is the least gender specific. Of course a woman can carry a clean elegant briefcase for work or travel that is marketed to a man as well. An example of this would be the Stockholm Tote by ro or the Ultra Light Brief by Bill Amberg. The rule still applies about the right bag for the right occasion. You don’t want to take a laptop tote or brief out for a night on the town. On the other hand, a luncheon with friends or a short jaunt to the park can be just the right occasion in which to try out a unisex bag. Chances are that unisex bag will be something you revisit for years to come so it’s worth paying a bit more good quality.


Finding the Perfect Men’s Bag - for a Woman

March 14 2012




There is something about menswear that has always appealed to women. The comfort of a cashmere V neck sweater borrowed from your significant other, paired with a pencil skirt and layered with pearl necklaces…The loose drape of a boyfriend jean combined with a fitted ribbed tank, bold earrings and penny loafers is another coveted look by many women. I personally love mixing men’s and women’s looks together. Makes life more interesting…and I love pushing the envelope of what’s expected just a tad.

Of course, one of the men’s styles I regularly am drawn to and use is the “man bag or murse.” Men’s bags don’t just have a certain look, they have a certain feel about them. There’s often no fuss about the styling - there’s nothing uptight or formal. They tend to have a clean, tailored look that is minimal and classic and focuses on high quality materials and functionality. Men’s bags can have softer lines as in the coated canvas Small Field Bag by Archival or the Japanese Tanker Tote by Porter. Lots of pockets, wide shoulder straps and cool, earthy colors lend a sense of comfort and ease to their functionality. And they never go out of style. That’s a huge plus in my book.

Fortunately for women, we can have the best of both worlds when it comes to handbags. We can opt for a tightly constructed, sleek clutch to add a touch of elegance to a nighttime ensemble or when the mood calls for it, we can grab a man’s messenger bag or tote, stow a laptop and essentials and go. Worn the right way, either look can be just as versatile and enticing. It’s all about the balance of style elements.

When it comes to a woman choosing a woman’s handbag, much of the decision lies in personal taste. Does the woman prefer something casual with a more amorphous shape or something a little more modern and structured? Chances are the decision is to purchase one of each. However, choosing a men’s bag to be used by a woman isn’t as clear. So how do you choose the right men’s bag?

A safe bet is to browse the “metrosexual” styles that offer a clean design, quality production and plenty of functionality. Small details like leather straps and imported zipper pulls give these bags an understated elegance. These styles tend to look great no matter whether dangling from the shoulder of a man or a woman. Finding a more relaxed men’s style bag is one way to go because such a casual look is often times more versatile and is the least gender specific. Of course a woman can carry a clean elegant briefcase for work or travel that is marketed to a man as well. An example of this would be the Stockholm Tote by ro or the Ultra Light Brief by Bill Amberg. The rule still applies about the right bag for the right occasion. You don’t want to take a laptop tote or brief out for a night on the town. On the other hand, a luncheon with friends or a short jaunt to the park can be just the right occasion in which to try out a unisex bag. Chances are that unisex bag will be something you revisit for years to come so it’s worth paying a bit more good quality.






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