16 posts tagged "Illesteva"
“Not many retailers are willing to disrupt their business,” said Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim. “But Nordstrom is, and to me, that’s what makes this job so fun and exciting.”
Kim, the former VP of creative at Opening Ceremony, has now graduated to her second full-fledged pop-in installation at the behemoth department store, where she injects equal parts cuteness, quirk, and novelty. Aptly titled 4U: Brite Lites_Gift City, the pop-in, as Kim put it, is “Santa’s Workshop for the twenty-second century.”
“I wanted the design to be cold, austere, and metallic, but referential to holiday,” she said. To help bring her vision to life, Kim solicited the help of her dear friend Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large. “He and I have this incredibly in-tune sense of environment,” she proclaimed. It’s a creative partnership that goes back to her time in New York.
As for the concept behind the staggering high-low product selection, Kim considered, “What do you get someone who has everything?” She wanted to offer those hard-to-find discoveries—and she’s succeeded. The democratically priced range of gifts includes Keith Haring skis by Bomber Ski, charity RxArt’s collaborative gifts designed by notable artists like Ryan McGinley, Vanessa Arizaga jewelry, tomes from Abrams Books, Illesteva eyewear, black-out Bamford Rolexes, Chinti and Parker knits, and much more.
Brite Lites_Gift City is the next step in an overarching plan for Nordstrom, where Kim has worked since early 2013. She aims to educate, engage, and inspire Nordstrom’s large customer base by introducing plenty of buzz-worthy merchandise. “I want to be able to create something sexy, and I want people to get excited about shopping again,” she explained.
But are customers responding in kind? “Yes,” Kim confirmed with confidence. “It’s exciting for us as a brand to be able to say we’ve got a customer who is interested in niche products and young designers. I’m here to take risks. I’m here to push something new and adventurous in front of the company, and in front of our customers.”
4U: Brite Lites_Gift City will be open at twelve Nordstrom locations nationwide beginning November 15. Merchandise will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.
The CFDA just got a little—well, actually, significantly—bigger. Today, the Council of Fashion Designers of America named 32 new members, including Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (above), who won the 2013 Swarovski Award for Womenswear, Jennifer Meyer, Todd Snyder, Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer, Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Justin Salguero, and more. “Acceptance into the CFDA family is validation of a designer’s talent and it is an opportunity to access the many offerings and programs provided by the organization,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb told WWD. The council, which hosted its 2013 awards bash last week, is now up to a whopping 454 members.
“It’s always fun to work with friends,” said Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske. The CFDA-nominated designers’ affinity for creative camaraderie has led them to team up with magazine maven, purveyor of cool, and new mother Dasha Zhukova for a second round of collaborative, limited-edition sunglasses. “I’ve been a fan of what Jus Ske and Daniel are doing with Illesteva for a long time now,” said the Garage editor. “To be able to creatively collaborate with them on a project has been an amazing experience.” Priced at $300, the acetate shades—handcrafted en France—come in baby pink or sky blue and are available now at The Webster, Colette, and on Illesteva’s Web site.
Label: Illesteva by Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske
Need to know: Silberman and Ske’s handcrafted eyewear earned the designers a spot among the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists. And, after viewing their Spring collection, it’s easy to see why. The design duo set a roaring scene at its twenties-inspired presentation. Walking in, guests were treated to a trio of swing dancers spinning to the beats of sultry singer Dida and her live brass band, each member of which was sporting Illesteva shades or specs. Three “cigarette girls” held boxes filled with glasses from the new collection. Illesteva’s Spring looks included fan favorites like their round acetate titanium shades in matte rose, lavender, or black, as well as bamboo and horn looks and an animal-print range, which offered retro shapes in leopard, cheetah, tiger, and zebra. The most interesting pair came in the form of a clear, geometric frame with round John Lennon lenses and a strip of leopard running across the top. To play off their motto, “We’ll protect you, rain or shine,” the pair also debuted their first umbrellas, with intricate gold-plated handles, this season.
They Say: “The concept for our presentation is a night out in the Roaring Twenties at a speakeasy during Prohibition. We did it because we think people in the twenties would have worn our collection, just as people in 20 years could wear it. What we’re doing isn’t trendy, it’s timeless and it’s going to be good forever.”
Where to find it: Illesteva.com, Barneys New York, Opening Ceremony, Colette, Browns, and other select retailers.
At last, the slew of rainy days seems to be behind us in New York and a beach weekend lies ahead. If, like me, you broke your favorite pair of shades having too much fun in the sun, New York eyewear label and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Illesteva has debuted a sleek new Safari collection to fill the void. The animal-print frames, debuting exclusively here on Style.com, are offered in many of the brand’s new-classic styles—my favorite is the rounded Leonard 2 Safari. The collection ($260 for each style) is available now on Illesteva.com.