Loved BY FAR The Accessories Label To Lust After

Established by twinnies Valentina and Sabina, along with their bestie Denitsa, BY FAR is the footwear and accessories label that has rocketed in the success-o-sphere in only two years.

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Contemporary and cool, with a hint of the nostalgic courtesy of the square toe shoes a la Rachel from Friends and croc embossed baguette bags. You’ll want them all, as do the celebs and there’s tons of them from Kylie Jenner to Michelle Obama and all the girlies in between.

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What’s in the name you’re asking? Well it derives from the names of the founders’ three little boys, who are, naturally, by far their greatest source of pride. Today, the girls split their time between Australia and Europe.

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What was your first fashion memory? Our generation was the odd one that was raised between the fall of the Communism and the rise of the Internet. Our admiration for fashion was what we saw our mothers wearing, since choice was scarcest each of them were creating their own garments with the resources they could find or buying from the International store with the little dollars they could get. Most of the kids were wearing the same cloths, those dark brown chinos and wool coats; the same goes to our toys, they were made of wood and rubber, very rarely one could see pop-up colors such as pinks and purples. At that time, we didn’t consider ourselves cool and we wanted to have those girly toys and cloths. Now we have great appreciation for our childhood memories, because it was very unique and different. Indeed, all those textures and pallets are considered the epitome of minimalism and chicness, it has driven our perception for style. After the fall of the communism in 1989 came the golden era of the 90s elegance, where we first felt the freedom for more choice and expression of style. We still admire icons such as Carolyn Kennedy, Winona Ryder and Sofia Coppola. Therefore, that decade continues to be the source for inspiration for us.

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How did you get in the industry and how did your label come about? We believe it was all destined. Denitsa’s husband (Vasil) always pushed the idea of creating our own brand, but we didn’t believe we were qualified enough. Randomly he was commissioned to optimise one shoe factory with solar panels. So he came back from the meeting and said to Denitsa “I found the people that will produce your shoes”, obviously she said “You’re completely crazy”. Nevertheless, we decided to meet them and since then we’re working in great harmony together.

What’s the BY FAR signature style? Definitely boots such as SOFIA and BECCA, now more and more people recognize us for barely-there sandals such as TANYA.

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What does each of you bring to the label? Denitca is the designer, Sabina is the CEO and I’m overlooking the whole brand image of BY FAR.

Where do you see your brand going? Sky is the limit to us! We have so many ideas and projects up our sleeves, we’re just waiting for the right moment to pursue them.

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Loved BY FAR The Accessories Label To Lust After

Established by twinnies Valentina and Sabina, along with their bestie Denitsa, BY FAR is the footwear and accessories label that has rocketed in the success-o-sphere in only two years.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

Contemporary and cool, with a hint of the nostalgic courtesy of the square toe shoes a la Rachel from Friends and croc embossed baguette bags. You’ll want them all, as do the celebs and there’s tons of them from Kylie Jenner to Michelle Obama and all the girlies in between.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

What’s in the name you’re asking? Well it derives from the names of the founders’ three little boys, who are, naturally, by far their greatest source of pride. Today, the girls split their time between Australia and Europe.

BY FAR designersBY FAR

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What was your first fashion memory? Our generation was the odd one that was raised between the fall of the Communism and the rise of the Internet. Our admiration for fashion was what we saw our mothers wearing, since choice was scarcest each of them were creating their own garments with the resources they could find or buying from the International store with the little dollars they could get. Most of the kids were wearing the same cloths, those dark brown chinos and wool coats; the same goes to our toys, they were made of wood and rubber, very rarely one could see pop-up colors such as pinks and purples. At that time, we didn’t consider ourselves cool and we wanted to have those girly toys and cloths. Now we have great appreciation for our childhood memories, because it was very unique and different. Indeed, all those textures and pallets are considered the epitome of minimalism and chicness, it has driven our perception for style. After the fall of the communism in 1989 came the golden era of the 90s elegance, where we first felt the freedom for more choice and expression of style. We still admire icons such as Carolyn Kennedy, Winona Ryder and Sofia Coppola. Therefore, that decade continues to be the source for inspiration for us.

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

BY FAR campaignBY FAR

How did you get in the industry and how did your label come about? We believe it was all destined. Denitsa’s husband (Vasil) always pushed the idea of creating our own brand, but we didn’t believe we were qualified enough. Randomly he was commissioned to optimise one shoe factory with solar panels. So he came back from the meeting and said to Denitsa “I found the people that will produce your shoes”, obviously she said “You’re completely crazy”. Nevertheless, we decided to meet them and since then we’re working in great harmony together.

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The cool and cult accessories line Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld are currently carrying around

Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall’s very-2018 accessories have arrived in Australia, and they’re the perfect mix of humour and serious style nous.

Katie Lyall is excited about the newest piece she’s created with Charlotte Stockdale for their accessories label Chaos, if only she could find it. “Mine’s actually been stolen by Kendall Jenner, but Charlotte still managed to keep hers,” Lyall says over the phone from a balmy London summer evening. They’re talking about a gold-plated charm in the shape of a just-opened bottle cap that dangles elegantly from a zip chain that could be attached to keys or a phone. “It has saved our lives more times than it’s probably sensible to share,” says Lyall. “It’s to open up sparkling water,” intercedes Stockdale. You can practically hear the wink down the phone.

It’s this brand of irreverence that has marked their shared styling career, shared because, upon meeting in 1999, while Stockdale worked at British Vogue, they stuck side by side, working at Garage magazine and becoming Chaos Fashion, a creative consultancy. “I don’t know any styling duos,” considers Lyall. “It’s designer duos or photography duos, but no-one’s really decided to do it. There were some people who were a bit confused by it, but it didn’t really matter.”

That could be because their visual signature is so identifiable: pops of colour, mixed textures and fabrics with clever styling tweaks that seep into a subconscious then metamorphose suddenly into a need-it-now desire that has graced the pages of Vogue, i-D and their own magazine, Chaos 69. “You have a cotton shirt, and then you have a fashion skirt. It will be nice with a matt nylon trainer or matt crocodile boots,” Stockdale explains before surmising, “something shiny goes with something matt.”

Their Chaos label, coming to Australia for the first time when they land at David Jones this month, is a distillation of their visual handwriting. Phone cases in crayon brights were their starting point. “We were working a lot, and we didn’t want to put our phones down when we were doing fittings, styling clothes, whatever, and we would lose them,” recounts Stockdale. “We ended up tying ribbon to our Blackberrys at the time, and hanging them around our neck.” An early prototype was a zipper. “It was cheap and hokey, but kind of fun.” Requests from family and friends followed, which gave them the confidence to launch with a functional desirable product.

Design – jumbo cherries, letters and eight-balls in lush chenille embroidery that Lyall describes “delicious” – is balanced with functionality, hence the hand straps on the back of ‘hug’ cases, the supple deerskin perfected to wrap the corners and protect the phone. “They want to be able to hang their phone around their neck,” says Stockdale of customers. “They want to be able to find it in their bag, because they can see the zip, or catch their phone when they drop it.”

Likely you’ve noticed them already on Instagram. A lucky by-product of creating personalised phone cases, the campaigns basically shoot themselves, starring the selfies of the Hadid sisters, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Edie Campbell, Adwoa Aboah and Karl Lagerfeld. They’ve worked with Lagerfeld, a long-time collaborator and mentor, alongside Silvia Venturini Fendi, consulting for 10 years at Fendi, and both have informed their appreciation for technical knowledge and luxurious finishes – the zips are now silver- or gold-plated.

“When you work with people like Silvia and Karl, you have to really not be listening to not come away with quite a lot of knowledge,” Stockdale says. “They haven’t grown scared. They are willing to fail, which is the biggest thing; they’re fearless.”

Working as a duo has been another propellant. “In times when you’re doubting what you are doing, the other person says: ‘No, don’t worry, it’s all on the right track,’” says Stockdale. “It’s like being on an airplane and there’s turbulence and you’re scared, but if there’s someone who is more scared than you, somehow that makes you less scared.” Lyall adds: “It allows you to have more freedom and control at the same time.”

They’ve added charms, lanyards, luggage tags and the occasional piece of ready-to-wear while they focus more and more on personalisation, a trend they’re predicting will get ever stronger. “Why would you not, if you can have something, just for you?” says Lyall. Perhaps a monogram on that bottle opener then, in case another Jenner should chance upon it.

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12 of the best new hair accessories

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Logo hair slides are back and this time they’re oh-so-glam. We’ll wear this Gucci number as jewellery. the best new party hair accessories

Velvet, bows, pearls… this accessory ticks off three trends in one. the best new party hair accessories

Anthropologie does excellent affordable hair accessories, such as this chic headband.

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Great cheap accessories for all the stuff you bought on Black Friday

Quick note: If you live in SE Michigan, come check me out tonight at the Livonia Public Library at 7 p.m. Learn my favorite money-saving secrets and enjoy a good chance at winning some raffle prizes!

I’ll admit it — I’m glad Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear view. Because although there were some colossal deals this year, it’s exhausting to sort, track and share them all!

That said, you cannot imagine the Herculean efforts of countless CNET writers and editors, who’ve been doing all that sorting, tracking and sharing for weeks. To say this was a team effort is an understatement. I was a tiny cog in the much greater Black Friday machine, and my fellow deal finders deserve a ton of credit. (And a beer — next round’s on me!)

Before we dive into today’s deals, which are all about improving the products you might have scored during the past few days, let me pause to talk about charity. Today is Giving Tuesday, and even if your wallet is empty, you can support worthy causes without spending a dime. Please consider helping those less fortunate. It’s much quicker and easier than you think.

On to business. Did you score an awesome new toy during the sale madness of the past couple weeks? Let’s talk about some accessories you might want to add — and some surprisingly cheap ones at that.

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Don’t overpay for a phone case; anything over $10-15 is probably too much.

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It doesn’t matter if you spent $200 or $1,200 — the first order of business is a case. Because, let’s face it, gravity happens. Here’s what you shouldn’t do: Buy an expensive case from Apple, AT&T, Verizon or some other retailer. You may have bought your phone there, but cases are best sourced elsewhere.

My advice: Hit up Amazon and Ebay. Just search for cases for your phone model and you’ll find a dizzying array of choices. Hard cases, soft cases, clear ones, colored ones and so on. Even better, you’ll find lots of them priced around $10-15 — much better than the $30-50 you’re likely to pay in store.

Read more: iPhone XR cases: 4 cheap alternatives to Apple’s $40 one

Of course, putting your phone in a case doesn’t guarantee 100-percent protection against pavement encounters. The best protection is not dropping your phone in the first place, which is why I continue to champion Phone Straps (formerly Ninja Loops).

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A mere $5 buys you a stylish strap that attaches to just about any phone case. Once you get accustomed to sliding your fingers underneath it, you’ll find it much easier to grip your phone — and you’ll be much less likely to drop it.

This remains one of my all-time favorite products. It makes a great gift, too, which is why you should buy at least three (which bags you free shipping).

You bought a Nintendo Switch

Switch deals were everywhere this year — and often quite fleeting. Now that you have the console, though, you might want to consider a couple accessories — starting with a mobile charger.

The Switch relies on a USB-C input, though you don’t necessarily need a power bank that has a USB-C output. Those tend to cost a bit more, though they have the advantage of recharging your console more quickly than a standard 5V USB-A port.

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Susan Szatmáry Rolls Into the Accessories Market With a Wheeled “Valisette” Bag Packed With Wow Factor

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When Susan Szatmáry (née Ibrahim) decided to launch her own collection, she had a wealth of experiences and cultures to draw upon. Born in Baghdad, from 13, the multilingual designer was raised in Stockholm and has subsequently lived in Italy and in Paris, where, for Spring 2019, she presented her first collection of travel-friendly bags to the press. Although she christened the different styles with French names like Palais Royal (a roomy flapped shoulder bag) and Pont Neuf (a tote designed to fit perfectly atop a suitcase), it was in an airport in Italy that the designer stumbled upon the inspiration for the line’s clever little bag, the Valisette. While watching streams of people maneuver their rollers around the travel hub, it occurred to Szatmáry that her compact, structured box bag would look like “a mini, mini, mini valise” with the addition of wheels, and so the Valisette, big enough to fit an iPhone and keys, and with a hook that allows it to be hung from the wrist, came into being.

Part of the appeal of the Valisette is the unexpected yoking of elegance and an industrial touch. Szatmáry explains that she’s on a mission to “break” luxury and thus modernize it. “Always when I went to interviews at all these companies [they asked], ‘What is your style? What is your style?’ Now [I can say] these bags, they are really me.” Szatmáry’s highly structured Spring collection was inspired by the Deco period. “I just love the charm of [Deco],” the designer says. “There is something pure about it and strong.” It appeals to the designer on a personal level, as well; when she was a child, her mother favored ’20s- and ’30s-style accessories, and the designer carries that spirit with her.

The designer mined her memories of her mother’s 1960s style when creating her own line.

Though she trained as an artist, Szatmáry had always been interested in fashion. In the early 2000s, she started making bracelets and bags out of natural leather that she sold in “arty” stores in Stockholm. She enrolled in a master’s course in accessories at Rome’s Istituto Europeo di Design. After graduating at the top of her class, the headmaster connected Szatmáry with “a guy” who needed an assistant. The “guy” turned out to be Gaetano Perrone, then working at Alexander McQueen. “This was when Lee [Alexander McQueen] was in the studio with Katy England,” Szatmáry recalls. “It was a very intense period [with] the Spring 2007 flower [and] the Spring 2006 Greek goddesses show, [and] accessories were growing.” From there, she was headhunted to Celine, and worked for Elie Saab and Paco Rabanne. She was also tapped to create an accessories collection, Susan Ibrahim for & Other Stories.

The success of that project convinced Szatmáry that the time was right to go solo—and to go luxury. “I really, really love making beautiful things and quality things,” explains the designer, whose bags are handmade in Italy of naturally dyed calf leather, with gold-dipped and brushed-brass hardware. In her new collection, Szatmáry was able to give form to concepts she had accumulated and banked for years while working for others. “I just kept all these ideas from the bottom of my heart that I wanted to do for a long time,” she says. Now, these treasures are buried no more.

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Looking for some indie Irish jewellery or accessories? Here’s all the best Black Friday offers

BLACK FRIDAY SALES are in full swing. We’ve rounded up some of the best fashion and beauty deals over here, but of course you’re gonna need some accessories to go with that.

With that in mind, here are a bunch of Irish-owned jewellery and accessory businesses giving offers on Friday and over the weekend.

Chupi – Chupi have a Black Friday offer which they aren’t revealing until tomorrow, but if you have your eye on a piece you might want to wait around.

Custom Vintage – They’re offering 15% off all jewellery today, and 20% off everything online tomorrow.

Glitz n Pieces – You can get 20% everything from Friday until midnight Monday with the code BLACKFRIDAY. Feeling v patriotic looking at this lil Ireland necklace.

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Juvi Designs – Get a free star bracelet worth €79 with a purchase over €79.

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Lilywho – Lilywho do really lovely pieces and are offering 20% off everything excluding sale items on Friday using the code BF20 until Monday.

Loulerie – Loulerie is that fancy jewellery shop on Chatham Street and they’re offering 20% off everything from midnight tonight until midnight Monday.

Love of Luxe – You may have seen these personalised wallets or purses all over your fave’s Insta, now it’s your chance to get one with 40% selected products.

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Best Accessories for Lenovo Yoga C930

Lenovo’s Yoga C930 is a 13.9-inch convertible laptop with a premium build and performance hardware inside. Its 4K touch display, rotating soundbar hinge, and all-day battery life contribute to a well-rounded PC experience, but you can certainly add some accessories to make a day with the C930 easier. Whether it’s extra connectivity, padded protection, or a larger display, you should find something worthwhile.

Thunderbolt 3 dock

CalDigit TS3 Plus

Plug in with Thunderbolt 3 and get an extra 15 ports for your laptop, including five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, Ethernet, and two Thunderbolt 3. You’ll be able to easily connect all your peripherals, including multiple monitors, and the dock will charge your laptop at up to 85 W.

From $310 at Amazon

USB-A hub

Anker slim 4-port

This tiny USB-A hub multiplies the single USB-A port on your Yoga C930 by four, and it’s small enough to fit into your pocket when you’re on the move. Transfer speeds can hit 5 Gbps thanks to USB-A 3.0, and its relatively affordable price makes it extremely popular for anyone who has a lot of devices to connect.

$10 at Amazon

Wireless mouse

Logitech MX Master 2S

It has a smart ergonomic design, plenty of buttons, comfortable input, and your choice of connecting with Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz USB dongle. Link the mouse with three devices simultaneously for quick switching, and enjoy precision tracking with Logitech’s Darkfield sensor. Battery lasts for up to 70 days and charges quickly when it finally runs out.

From $71 at Amazon

Wireless keyboard

Logitech K380

Using your Yoga C930 as the centerpiece of a workstation usually means you’ll want an external keyboard. The Logitech K380 is a quality wireless option that remains relatively cheap, bringing a comfy typing experience for all-day users. Keys are cupped, there’s ample travel, and you can connect to three devices for quick switching.

From $28 at Amazon

27-inch monitor

Dell UltraSharp U2719D

Grab Dell’s UltraSharp U2719D external monitor for a larger 27-inch picture that hits 1440p. It has almost no bezel, color is deep, and it’s quite thin to help save room on your desk. An 8ms response time provides a snappy image, and you can connect with DisplayPort or HDMI.

$456 at Dell

External SSD

Samsung T5 portable

If hard-disk drive (HDD) speeds seem too low, an external solid-state drive (SSD) should be a much better choice. Get up to 540 MB/s read and write speeds, connect with a USB-C or USB-A port, and slip the small drive into your pocket when you head out. Sizes range from 250 GB to 2 TB, with prices rising accordingly.

$100+ at Amazon

Laptop messenger bag

Timbuk2 Command

The Timbuk2 Command is a messenger bag made specifically for safely toting around a laptop alongside a bunch of other gear, thanks to a 22-liter size and smart pocket design. It’s available in a ton of different colors, it’s made from durable polyester that keeps out the elements, and it has durable aluminum hooks to keep things closed up tight when on the go.

$68+ at Amazon

Laptop sleeve

Tomtoc 360

The Yoga C930 has a sturdy aluminum build, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to drops and scratches. This zippered sleeve from Tomtoc has thick padding around all outside edges and corners and has a polyester finish to keep out water. A zippered pocket on the front holds your smaller accessories.

$24 at Amazon

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Players in leather industry want accessories zero-rated

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Players in the leather industry want accessories zero-rated to lower the cost of production that has seen locally made products expensive and uncompetitive in the global market.

They also want the government to bar importation of cheap leather imitations to benefit local manufacturers.

The leather sub-sector contributes 1.5% of overall GDP and employs 22,000 people.

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However, against a domestic demand of 42 million footwear annually of which leather accounts for 15 million, only 3.3 million pairs are made locally,  while 11.7 million are imported meaning that Kenya can barely meet 20% of her demand.

To address this, those in the leather sub-sector are calling for zero-rating of inputs and accessories that have contirbuted to the high cost of locally produced leather products.

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Currently, 95% of Kenya’s leather exports are in form of semi-processed -89% of which is exported in wet-blue and the rest unprocessed/raw hides and skins which fetch minimal returns.

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Leather Apex Society of Kenya CEO Beatrice Mwasi says there is the need for a review of policies governing the leather industry to bar infiltration of substandard imports.

Kenya is targeting to boost production to 20 million leather shoes and increase export revenue in the industry to 50 billion shillings by the year 2022.

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Vegan Leather Handbag By K. Carroll Accessories Makes Oprah’s Favorite Things List

Harper Crossbody bags by vegan handbag brand K. Carroll Accessories have landed a spot on Oprah Winfrey’s holiday gift list this year.

Consisting of 107 items, “Oprah’s Favorite Things 2018” includes of a range of gift suggestions, varying in price. It includes everything from pajamas, to juicers, to stainless steel cocktail straws, to – of course – handbags. According to the star, the affordable crossbody bags (priced at $19.99) contain “four RFID-protected card slots, two separate inside compartments, and a detachable crossbody strap, all in one cute little vegan leather bag.”

Available in 12 colors, the bag can be attached to a belt or hung across the body with the strap. In fact, the bags are so practical and stylish that TV personality Gayle King – Oprah’s “purse-loving BFF” – has already bought them for everyone she knows.

Completely female run and led, K. Carroll Accessories – founded by Kelly Carroll – has created “animal-friendly” bags, phone cases, and wallets for 16 years. “What you’ll find out about our bags is that they are designed with both style and purpose,” Carroll notes on the brand’s website. “In addition to being on-trend and fashionable, we always try to offer as many features as possible. We are a women-owned and operated company so we feel we have a pretty good idea of [what] women want in their accessories.”

This is not the first time that one of K. Carroll’s vegan leather accessories has made Oprah’s list. Back in 2016, the brand’s Cell Sleeve was also recommended by the influential TV host.

Is Oprah Vegan?

Whilst Oprah has not confirmed if she is yet a vegan, she supports a number of cruelty-free brands, has strong views on animal welfare, and has taken plant-based challenges in the past.

After one plant-based cleanse in 2008, Oprah stated, “I learned a lot about how animals are treated and mistreated before they get to our tables. It is appalling and beneath our humanity to allow the torture of animals for the sake of our gluttony.”

She continued, “We’ve neglected basic human decency on such a large scale, and it really does bleed over into every other aspect of life.”

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