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Handmade in New York and internationally sourced, founded by Vanessa Lee and designer Noa Sade
Claim to Fame:
Wearers of the brand include Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank, Brandy, Anne Vyalitsyna, Paris Hilton and Sophia Bush
What’s cooler than leaving a job at Henri Bendel’s to start an elite company with your designer best friend? Maybe, designing a metal bathing suit for Sports Illustrated Australia. Meet Vanessa Lee and designer Noa Sade, owners of Lionette. Together they’ve done both.
After a very warm chat with co - owner Vanessa Lee about a shared obsession with travel, Brooklyn, music and the brand, we picked pieces. Before we spoke, I had already fallen for the Unicorn Necklace and Vanessa led me to their Mic Gloves.
The style is unforced nomadic socialite. Lavishly decadent and well traveled. This is the physical explanation of the Upper Eastsider who empties the trust fund to globe trot for the year.
On both the Unicorn Necklace and the Song Sisters Mic Glove, the neutral sculpted brass offsets the small hints of iridescent opal and luxe Swarovski.
The Unicorn lives up to its name. Specific, powerful and slightly magic in the way it’s shaped. Its asymmetry gives it age and weight. Little bits of opal on the bolero fang-type ends feel unexpected and a little wicked.
The Mic Glove works for the same reason a manicure does. It makes every routine activity special. Whether it’s picking up your coffee cup or impatiently tapping your fingers on the table.
As the name suggests it really seems made for musicians to standout as a signature piece when performing.
Since being sent these I cannot go out without being stopped by people asking about them. The exotic, almost Moroccan flare, paired with the way they catch the light screams for attention.
At first it’s easy to fall into wearing them on fancier outings but once getting past that perception you realize they work best with what’s casual. The contrast is obvious but comfortable.
These pieces feel as if they were made for me. Usually I can’t wear most bracelets due to my small wrists, however, the Mic Glove fits perfectly. Not interfering with any everyday movements and resembling the feel of fabric draping over you.
The only seeming weaknesses are in trivial details. The packaging could display the unique shapes better and the clasps could be slightly more user friendly. But for those to cause actual worry you would have to be oddly neurotic towards your accessories.
Think travel, think elegant edge, think if Indiana Jones was a jewelry designer. There is a built in history that guarantees these will stand the test of time, wear and enjoyment.Follow @ElyseSimpson
Hand crafted in New York, created by Ukrainian, former supermodel Vera Balyura to show the “meatier” side of jewelry.
Claim to Fame:
Wearers of the brand include Tilda Swinton, Zach Galifianakas, Khloe Kardashian, Mena Suvari and Chloe Sevigny
Fashion is best categorized in three ways - shocking, funny or thought provoking.
Frankly, few things are more shocking, funny and yes, even thought provoking than a lion battling it out with an octopus.
As a long time fan of the cult jewelry brand, when the time came to pull pieces courtesy of VERAMEAT’s generosity, I was more than a little excited.
This is one of the few lines where all the pieces can be worn by both men and women.
Diving through the wonderfully unisex selection, the Koi and Octo/Lion jumped out at me as I can’t resist a piece with a good sense of humor and finding a proper fish necklace is surprisingly hard.
Travelling from Manhattan’s East Village, the package came filled with stickers, postcards and petite gold on black logo-printed boxes. These add-ons make the whole experience like getting gifts from a long lost pen pal.
The chain options vary in color and length for VERAMEAT’s signature layered look. As suggested by Maya Gooding, PR sweetheart for VERAMEAT, I went with the gold fill and sterling silver chains in 24 and 30 inches respectively. Though thin, the chains don’t tangle or pull together.
Cast in solid brass from Vera’s hand crafted models, the weight of each is enough to let you know you’re wearing a necklace.
Lion fur markings, countless scales on the Koi, beady skeptical octopus eyes, the fine points shine through and are alarmingly realistic.
The feel is light, subtle and unaffected even for those unused to wearing jewelry.
For me, they sum up what East Coast fashion is all about - easy, a bit edgy and never trying too hard. Throw them on without a thought and still end up looking purposeful. These give the ability that New Yorkers seem to have naturally, falling into that style of sure put together cool.
They are the definition of conversation pieces. Striking a fine balance in androgyny between obscure and classic that makes them hard not to fall lion over octopus for.Follow @ElyseSimpson
E - Grammy award winning producer John Shanks has said you are a “singer-songwriter in the true sense of the word” What do you think defines a singer-songwriter particularly in the new music era?
JD - I think what he meant was that I had a classic sensibility to what I did, kind of like the earliest folks in the singer songwriter genre - Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan. They were all each a self contained unit just with a guitar and a voice, meaningful lyrics, and they could pull off a peformance without the fanfare and the band etc. In this current era of music it seems to have gone back to the pop stuff that is all about image and marketing, being the most successful. Just go on youtube and see which videos have 300 million views.. I think to be a singer songwriter today you still have to care about the song and being honest in your music as your central focus and not disguise a bad song with beats to make it seem good.
E - You live in Tennessee but are originally from the UK. What do you find the biggest difference is between North American and European music markets?
JD - In America, audiences are a lot less loyal to artists they enjoy. They are influenced easily by lights and colours and once one big thing displaces the last thing they liked they leave the old big thing. Also in the USA its all about the “beat” of a song whereas in Europe its all about the song itself. That happened because radio sells advertising and faster, peppier songs are less likely to be channel changed. So it’s evolved into people needing to write more upbeat, conservative songs, which is a bad direction in my opinion. A bad thing about Europe is they are more influenced by fashion and image, so you can have a mediocre band that has a few hit records because they look good in skinny jeans but then they are forgotten soon when skinny jeans go out of style.
E - What drew you to Nashville opposed to other major American cities known for having pounding music scenes such as New York or LA?
JD - My wife and I tried out LA, I liked it (I love it out there) and she didnt, I think she liked New York but I didnt (too similar to London for me). Our families both live in Michigan and Indiana so this is a good location to be close and also better standard of living (cheaper) than LA/NYC.
E -You just recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel on August 23rd. Do you feel late night shows still have the same power to promote new music as they did say back with the Ed Sullivan show?
JD -Well, not like the Ed Sullivan Show, because literally that was the only thing on and EVERYONE was tuned in. Now everything is saturated with internet and everything else. I think TV shows are getting a handle on it because they are providing content in different ways that are being consumed by people - its not just about the one off show now, its about the youtube clips of the show the next day and what the fans post about it, the itunes episode if you want to buy it to your phone, the tweets about it etc. Hey, we’ll see if it makes a difference to my career - this isnt a one off for me, my team is prepared for this to be a springboard for other opportunities, other TV, getting on a big tour etc.
E - You are the former front man of the Dum Dums which gained large success opening for Robbie Williams and being well known through BBC. Was it hard making the leap from band front man to only man solo artist?
JD - Well a lot of Dumdums songs started with me in my room writing them by myself, so in that way it is similar. Either way the buck stops with me - as the frontman of a band you are the focus just as a solo artist is the focus. Its just as hard in that sense. Its easier being in a band because at the beginning we would help the cause work towards common goals— one guy was great at organising practises, another guy was a peacemaker etc. You need organisation to get anywhere as a flighty artistic type and luckily I now have a management company who work with me to get it all together, but before I was on my own and it was harder.
E - In your song “The Meaning of Life” you have a very strong lyric - “All of my life I’ve been afraid of myself.” Is this a feeling that’s aided or erased by being a performer? Does this make you more or less afraid?
JD - Funny, I dont really analyse my lyrics after I write them, I just write them and hope people “get it”, yknow, deep down. That line is really about being afraid to look at yourself beneath the surface, to see what makes you tick. I think that is scary for people because they dont know if they’ll find that deep down, say, they are just like their mother, or maybe they realise they act like they have high self esteem but they hate themselves inwardly because they are addicted to something and out of control. In my case, the next line says “been putting on a mask for everyone else” and I feel that all too often, the different masks I wear to different people. I feel like being a performer is the real “me” its the “me” I want to be but in a sense I am still putting on a mask - no one is seeing my angry side or my cruel side. I think being a performer is like any other mask you wear, say, for friends, family, workmates, lovers, and it is always scary to get to the bottom of yourself its easier to just live superficially and pretend…