For some women, having children can throw a wrench in their career plans. Not so with jewelry designer Jennifer Dawes. Following the birth of her son almost two years ago, she revamped her California-based line, Dawes Design, to include only recycled gold, conflict-free diamonds and responsibly mined stones.
"After I gave birth to my son, I was soul-searching," said Dawes, who first launched her jewelry line in 2000. "I needed [my work] to be more meaningful to me."
When Dawes went sustainable, her jewelry garnered new interest online, as word spread through eco-conscious blogs. "I actually haven't had this much attention on my work before," she said. "A lot of people don't know they have the option of getting sustainable jewelry. There are not that many people doing it."
For Dawes, bestsellers include recycled gold stacking rings and jewel-adorned hoop earrings and bracelets wholesaling for $325 to $750; 18-karat hand-hammered rings with rose cut diamonds, wholesaling from $475 up to $1,425 for a large diamond solitaire ring and her customized stacking stone collection in which customers can choose their own stones, cuts and band thickness.
Dawes estimates 2008 sales will reach $500,000. The jewelry is sold online at dawes-design.com and at ABC Carpet & Home in New York, The Clay Pot in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gallery of Jewels in San Francisco, among other locations.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
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“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
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@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)