W.A.N.T.E.D Shaka Wrap Around Bracelet

For those of you who spent your childhood religiously making “scoubidou” (French appellation) instead of doing your homework, you’ll definitely fall for the Shaka Wrap Around Bracelet. Choose from a Rainbow of juicy colors and wear it all summer!

Price $42

Purchase online on nOir Jewelry‘s website.  International shipping!

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Color Do Brasil

Along with the sun comes Color do Brasils latest collection. Right on time for beach season, French designer Amanda de Montal presents her 5th collection of Brazilian- inspired sexy swimsuits. For the lucky Butterflies who want to be irresistible this summer, note that a private sale is taking place from April 29th to 30th at 153 Lafayette street (11am to 7pm). You’ll find a large selection of swimsuits, wraps and other accessories.

Visit the “goodies” section of NYButterfly to see the invitation to the private sale. And for more info about the collection check Color Do Brasils website.


5mn with… Vera Balyura

Profession: Jewelry designer

Who are you Vera?

I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. My heart has been beating for about 25 years. I run a jewelry company that began as a way to unwind my brain from stories told to me in dreams, starring bee-keeper centaurs, creatures that never die and deep sea animals…

How or why did you decide to design jewelry?

When I was little my grandpa would show me miniatures he made and do puppet shows for me. I believed the little people and creatures could come alive on their own, but had pride in keeping very still whenever I was looking. When I’d go to sleep they would take me to their magical land. Now I repay them for the adventures by bringing them and their friends back into my world. It’s all about giving back.

When was VearMeat born and why did you pick this name?

VeraMeat was born about 3 years ago. This name was picked because it was the only name which made me laugh and yet felt powerful.

If you had to create  a line for a famous designer or famous brand, who would it be?

Hmm…Chanel would be incredible, Jil Sander would inspire, Marc Jacobs of course… And I’m thinking of doing an exclusive cuff line for Opening Ceremony, something sincere for Atelier…

Which celebrity would you be flattered to see wear your designs?

Hmm… I’ve been super lucky to have a few wish list clients like Miranda July and Tilda Swinton. Would love to add Isabelle Huppert, Zoe Deschanel, Charlotte Rampling & Gainsbourg, Adrien Brody and Patti Smith who is my neighbor. We met through a mutual friend and when I mentioned needing feedback on a writing project she invited me in. So I’m working on a “thank you” VeraMeat for her right now.

What does a city like NY brings to you?

It brings the opportunity to connect with artists you admire and to be inspired every second which can get exhausting in a sexy way. You become a part of the big piece of art that is NY which invite friends into your life who through a conversation make you feel like you’ve evolved into a future ancestor.

What is your idea of a perfect day in NY?

Hah well, I’m an Austrian art fan so a day at Neue Gallery with lunch in their cafe would be perfect… or have breakfast in bed with a French book then design some amazing jewelry … or taking photos of the west village daily life. Again walking around Manhattan to see what the city brings is often better then anything I can foresee.

What is your favorite belonging?

My guitar, love to pick her up, and unrehearsed play whatever comes to mind
and record it. It’s like improved acting at UCB which I also love, magic happens when you let yourself free. Going to be starting a VeraMeat TV in the City series on YouTube!

What is your favorite place in the city?

As far as things to do when in West Village, Happy Owl is great for lunch. In Williamsburg, Monkey Town has great shows and films in their back room-though they may be closing.

What’s next? Any project?

Yes VeraMeat TV satire comedy episodes, viking taking over the sky collection for VeraMeat while building on some old themes. I am recording a punk folk music album under a new band name: Party Of Virgins. I’m also decorating a new studio in the East Village. Please come to the open house on April 24th!

VeraMeat has a studio on 303 East 5th street. apt # 1A. bet 1st & 2nd av.
Check Vera’s Website to see the full collection and order online.

Strong Boalt Swimsuit

Men are not so lucky when it comes to bathing suits… they don’t have much choice… But along came Amanda Boalt and her new men’s swimsuits collection. Exactly the way we like them -old school sea -inspired patterns, so comfy and cool that a simple t-shirt will turn them into the perfect casual outfit. Strong Boalt trunk suits are produced in limited quantities, just to make sure you become the trendiest dude around. 😉 Already a huge success in Hawaii, Palm Beach and, St Barts, they’ll soon be available for sale in New York, but in the meatime rush onto their online store!

The new collection will be available on April 30th.

STRONG BOALT suimsuits $115. For more info visit their website or call 1 646 236 8203

Pretty Plum Sugar

Spring is the perfect season to introduce you to Pretty Plum Sugar. This lovely, romantic new brand of loungewear is heaven.  Printed silk and soft fabrics take you on a dream journey, floating in the airy country on a sunny day. Robes, dresses …  the silhouettes are beautiful and the clothes fit perfectly.

It finally makes laziness sexy!

Pretty Plum Sugar is available on their website. For more info call 1 310 924 25 91

Meet Velvetine

This young lady, straight from Paris, is storming into the Big Apple with a really stylish line of bags. Realistically speaking, we can’t all afford our so called “object of desire” -YSL, Hermes & Co are just not at everybody’s reach… Anne Cecile Couetil’s collection will appease your cravings… Made with Italian leather, as soft and precious as its name suggests, Velvetine ‘s bags are the kind you won’t get tired of. You can be sure to find them in everybody’s closet in no time…

They’ll quickly become the must-haves of the season!

VELVETINE bags are available at Blue Bag in Nolita. 266 Elizabeth St. For more info contact jenna@luxcartel.com