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Key Accessories To Spruce Up Your Quarantine Looks In 2020

Key Accessories To Spruce Up Your Quarantine Looks In 2020

The Vinta Mask from FINO LEATHERWARE's La Macherina series

The Vinta Mask from FINO LEATHERWARE’s La Macherina series was envisioned by Luis Espiritu for the … [+] label. It follows the pattern of a vinta or local sail boat. Here, it is worn by Filipina supermodel Hannah Locsin in Times Square, NYC.

FINO LEATHERWARE

Chances are, you have a few dresses or pieces of garments still sitting in your closet waiting to see the outside world. The pair of mules you’ve saved up for probably waited a good three months or more before it finally hit the pavement. That tote you were hoping to take with you on the big summer trip has most likely shared in the same lockdown fate as the rest of your wardrobe. This is fashion in 2020. Seasonal clothes, purchased at the start of the year, have had to wait out a long drawn lockdown period. Meanwhile, pajamas, workout wear and loungewear were suddenly deemed appropriate for cooking up a storm in the kitchen, a quick workout in your home gym and several Zoom meetings spread throughout the day.

For a while there, accessories were unceremoniously parked in drawers and shelves, waiting for the day when we can once again see the light of day. “Air out your leather shoes and bags,” my dearest friend Suki Salvador once said as I revisited my closet after three months on lockdown up in the mountains. During those months, I traded in stilettos for a trusty pair of sneakers and flip flops. Gold hoop earrings that I had planned to wear on rotation for most of summer had to make way for the loops of a face mask around the ears. For someone who identifies strongly with fashion, this lack of embellishment or style expression is a lot like grilling steaks without a dash of salt and pepper.

After months of bare minimum dressing, adding an accessory or two was like breathing back life into the everyday routine. Regardless of whether you choose to finally step out (with extreme caution, of course) or stay home, a little touch of bling, reuniting with a pair of heels and brining out your favorite tote can do wonders in uplifting your mood. It was motivated a productive work from home day, inspired more advanced workout routines and brought a semblance of normalcy to a new way of living that’s anything but.

Here, an edit of the accessories that will spruce up your quarantine looks. If you’ve embraced the fashion-as-usual attitude for some time now, these pieces will also work just as beautifully.

The FACE MASK has become just as much an essential as it is an accessory. Invest in several design driven pieces that tell the story of courage and creativity.

La Mascherina Limitado Vinta Masks from FINO LEATHERWARE

La Mascherina Limitado Vinta Masks from FINO LEATHERWARE

FINO LEATHERWARE

To date, I’ve amassed a few pieces to go with various looks. FINO LEATHERWEAR’s La Mascherina series, however, is the constant favorite. Made using fine French calf skins (which were initially intended for making new bags for 2020), these masks are testament to the brand’s spirit for innovation and resilience. Before fashion labels in the Philippines thought to pivot into the creation of masks, FINO took the lead in finding ways to utilize stocks that had been sitting in workshops. Not only did this keep the sales coming, it also meant sustained work for their team. The first collection took inspiration from a surgeon’s and biker’s mask, resulting in true fit and comfort even when worn for prolonged hours. Design is decidedly classic and timeless, as if it had been lovingly preserved and reimagined from archives past. Distinctive details like contrast hand-stitching and use of premium leathers distinguish these pieces even from a distance.

The Vinta mask from the La Mascherina LImitado series of FINO LEATHERWARE

The Vinta mask from the La Mascherina LImitado series is made using fine leather and takes on the … [+] form of a traditional outrigger boat commonly found in the Mindanao region of the Philippines

FINO LEATHERWARE

This week, the very same innovators are introducing La Mascherina Limitado. Using lizard and snake skins, these gems will take on bold hues and color blocking details to reflect a fashion temperament ready for a big bounce back. To launch this special collection, FINO collaborated with Filipino supermodel Hannah Locsin (who has walked the runways for global luxury brands like Gucci) to create a most inspired fashion film called, Unbound. Shot in various landmarks around New York City, the collection and its campaign hopes to inspire other fashion brands, makers and thought leaders to look beyond limits and embrace boundless possibilities.

For TOTES AND BAGS to become worthy investments in 2020, they must impact a statement that actually makes sense. It’s not longer enough that they look pretty. They must also fit into a new mindset molded by the recent events.

White leather tote from ATP ATELIER

White leather tote from ATP ATELIER’s Spring Summer 2021 collection

ATP ATELIER

ATP (All Tomorrows Parties) ATELIER has always been about the marriage of form and function. The team is not so much about fashion as it is committed enduring style. The Swedish duo behind the brand works with leather artisans in the small town of Otranto in Tuscany, Italy. Their vision is clear and aspirational especially for the times: to create smart style choices for real women. The team writes: “Smart luxury is a way of living. A lifestyle which is based on conscious choices, from a socially, ecologically and emotionally sustainable point of view.”

Montalcino Mandarin Bag from ATP ATELIER

Montalcino Mandarin Bag from ATP ATELIER’s Spring Summer 2021 collectino

ATP ATELIER

When they introduced their Autumn/Winter 2020 collection, they decided to celebrate the women behind that scenes at ATP. The very women who make each piece and collection possible, took their places in front of the camera to model the current pieces from ATP. This became inspiration for the digital launch of the brand’s 2021 Spring/Summer collection at Stockholm Fashion Week. Designers behind the label explains, “For the SS21 collection, the contradictions lie in shapes versus colors and lightweight versus chunky. The palette is an array of sorbets—the selection of colorful but muted shades that catches the eye without every being too much. It’s neutral but intriguing, earthy but lively.” Followers of the cult favorite consider pieces from ATP Atelier “new classics,” and the newest offering is testament to that.  

Gray Wicker Jeepney Tote from ZARAH JUAN

Gray Wicker Jeepney Tote from ZARAH JUAN

ZARAH JUAN

ZARAH JUAN’s hand crafted pieces are immediate show stoppers. When she launched in 2007, her first few pieces were initially intended to advocate the use of more eco friendly materials for bags. She began with colorful bags made of fabric which friends found unique especially for gifting at special occasions. Soon she found herself immersed in the various weaving communities around the Philippines. This would later result in whimsical basket woven bags in the form of jeepneys, horses and even the retro boom box. Zarah Juan is brilliant at weaving nostalgia and a sense of social and cultural awareness into her pieces. It is reflected in her sculptural bags that tell the story of everyday life in the Philippines.

Sorbetes (Ice Cream Man) Wicker Bag from ZARAH JUAN

Sorbetes (Ice Cream Man) Wicker Bag from ZARAH JUAN

ZARAH JUAN

As a response to the current plight of jeepney drivers in the country, the designer announced that she would pledge a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Jeepney Tote to support drivers who have lost their livelihoods. In her Instagram account Zarah wrote: “In a world that is wildly affected by this crisis, the plight of our Jeepney drivers can easily be drowned out by al the clamor for help. Here at Zarah Juan, we pledge Php2,000 for every bag sold to support drivers of Alyansa ng mga Tsuper at Small Operator ng Maynila.”

Boombox Retro Bag from ZARAH JUAN

Boombox Retro Bag with solihiya details from ZARAH JUAN

ZARAH JUAN

The Jeepney Tote was realized in close collaboration with weavers from Abra, Bulacan, Benguet and Cavite. It is made using wicker as the shell and a hand-woven Inabel fabric as lining. Straps are done in leather and woven fabric from Benguet.

The best selling Nott Bag in Black Gator from BENE BAGS

The best selling Nott Bag in Black Gator from BENE BAGS

BENE BAGS

BENE BAGS is a luxury accessories brand that hails from New Orleans. Its values of craft and workmanship are deeply rooted in Italian tradition. The female-owned and run company also works closely with local artists to complement timeless leather pieces with colorful and vibrant lining. The young label founded only in 2016 is decidedly eccentric and anchors much of its identity on its collaborative spirit.

Patterns for lining of BENE bags are done in collaboration with local artists from New Orleans.

Patterns for lining of BENE bags are done in collaboration with local artists from New Orleans.

BENE BAGS

The Fairfax by BENE Bags is a best selling piece that is ideal for the times.

The Fairfax by BENE Bags is a best selling piece that is ideal for the times.

BENE BAGS

In an email correspondence with BENE founder Eleanor Schwing, she wrote: “We strive to give back to our community as often as we can. Over the past few months, I temporarily shifted the focus of BENE, lending our manufacturing expertise in support of the local entrepreneurial community in New Orleans. We’ve organized a group of 200 sewers who have provided over 250,000 masks and 30,000 gown for our frontline workers.” The brand will also launch a capsule collection in support of the Equal Justice Initiative. For this special range, iconic styles by BENE will be iterated in black pebble grain with white splatter details. Ellie explains, “It is the mission of the EJI to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality—a mission I am thrilled to stand behind.”

Eyewear, when combined with a face mask may seem like a too much, but there are safety merits to adding these pieces to your everyday looks. If face shields are not your thing, this is one chic way to keep eyes protected.

The Cote de Soleil Limited Edition by NEUBAU

The Cote de Soleil Limited Edition from NEUBAU is the world’s first bio-based frame made using 3D … [+] printing technology. It is inspired by the French cult film, La Piscine, to bring summer vibes even during the cooler months.

NEUBAU

Once an eyewear enthusiast, always an eyewear enthusiast. Before it was announced that everyone in the Philippines had to wear face shields over their masks when going out, eyewear was the chicer way to keep eyes protected. Googles and shields, of course, are the most reliable where protection is concerned. But If we’re looking to bring our favorite specs out for spin, however, know that it also aids in shielding eyes from droplets. They also lessen chances of us touching our eyes. Personally, I still find great value in a good pair of specs that can enliven a very pared down quarantine look.

VALENTINO's Octagonal Sunglasses come with a bejeweled chain

VALENTINO’s Octagonal Sunglasses come with a bejeweled chain for easy, hands-free handling when not … [+] worn.

FRANCO PIZZOCHERO

VALENTINO’s Octagonal Sunglasses come with a matching chain so that you can leave them hands free when not worn. Available in a deep green or pale pink shade, these retro inspired frames are transitional pieces that can take you from autumn all through spring of 2021. This is a piece that adds just the right pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic palette during the cooler months.   

The limited edition COTE DU SOLEIL collection from NEUBAU

The limited edition, 100% bio-based COTE DU SOLEIL collection from Austrian sustainable eyewear … [+] label, NEUBAU

NEUBAU

NEUBAU recently introduced the first ever 100% bio-based eyewear collection. Drawing from the cinematic scenes of cult favorite film La Piscine, this COTE DU SOLEIL is intended to bring memories of a summer gone by even during the colder months. Neubau’s design team explains, “Inspiration is from the film’s key symbol, the swimming pool. Frames surround the lenses of three models, like the edge of the pool framing the glittering water.” The game-changing Austrian eyewear label uses a 3D printer in the creation of pieces, enabling the workshop to produce without creating or cutting waste.

More than items for ornamentation or embellishment, the jewelry (and the timepiece) you wear is an extension of your persona and you story. It speaks volumes about the wearers lifestyle, interests, passions, hobbies and dreams. Even at a time of Corona, there is no reason to silence this beautiful voice and everyday expression.

Missoma's AW20 Collection

Missoma’s AW20 Collection celebrates the unifying power of creativity through vintage inspired … [+] pieces done in modern context

MISSOMA

You can tell a lot by the jewelry one wears. There are those who gravitate towards small, discreet pieces. Other women are brilliant at layering pieces to come up with looks that are unique and multidimensional. Those who are able to pull off oversized earrings, statement necklaces are, in my eyes, the most courageous and daring. And then there are those who remain loyal to the same pieces come rain or shine. I am one such person who will always come back to my favorite stud earrings, gold scapular necklaces and crystal bracelets on each wrist. Once in a while, however, I will find striking pieces that inspire a new look.

Vintage inspired pieces from the MISSOMA Autumn/Winter 2020 collection

Vintage inspired pieces from the MISSOMA Autumn/Winter 2020 collection are great to pairing with … [+] your timeless favorites.

MISSOMA

MISSOMA is the kind of jewelry brand that inspires self expression through timeless staples that you can mix and match. Just this month, the team launched it most powerful collection to date called LET THEM CREATE. There are over 70 vintage inspired styles from this fine compendium. The team expounds, “Designs have a modern twist and a creative underlay. It included pieces from playful ‘rock on’ hand gestures charms and click on lock and key pendants to classic pieces and bold statement jewelry.”

The Autumn/Winter 2020 collection from MISSOMA

The Autumn/Winter 2020 collection from MISSOMA pays tribute to “side hustlers, dreamers and … [+] masterpiece makers.”

MISSOMA

Serpent clip on pendant from the AW20 collection of MISSOMA

Serpent clip on pendant from the AW20 collection of MISSOMA

MISSOMA

For the season’s campaign, MISSOMA worked with abstract painter Charlotte-Rose Smith, bespoke print artist Poppy Faun and singer-songwriter Pip Millet as a tribute to “side hustlers, dreamers and masterpiece makers.” The collection is a celebration of creativity as a unifying element that will help us navigate a new world order. The company has also partnered with Her Hustle, a platform where creatives can come together in the spirit of mentorship and collaboration.

ZINVO's Blade Essence Timepiece

ZINVO’s Blade Essence Timepiece

ZINVO

ZINVO creates design pieces that tell time. While many of us have relied heavily on our smartphones or fitness watches for keeping track of the hours, there is still value in wearing a beautiful design piece on your wrist. The LA based company founded in 2014 began as an online brand which later began to make its presence felt all over the globe. Its iconic BLADE timepiece turned heads during Baselworld 2019 because of the strong design component that set it apart from other brands in the affordable luxury category. The traditional seconds hand was reinvented into a turning turbine on the dial, distinguishing the brand from a sea of look-a-likes. The team shares, “It is a very emotional timepiece and that is why it is loved by many fans worldwide.” More styles will be launched in 2020, among them the BLADE ACID which is inspired by individuals who love unique and bright watches.

ZINVO Blade Eclipse Timepiece

ZINVO Blade Eclipse Timepiece

ZINVO

ZINVO Blade Acid Timepiece

ZINVO Blade Acid Timepiece

ZINVO

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