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I Wear My Sunglasses With Diamonds: Lux Eyewear For Summer

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I Wear My Sunglasses With Diamonds: Lux Eyewear For Summer


Lux Eyewear - Sunglasses by Tiffany & David Yurman

Lux Eyewear - Sunglasses by Tiffany & David Yurman

When the going gets tough, the tough go…shopping?  People are talking about the recession incessantly but some of the luxury brands aren’t taking notice – even Chanel, whose own Karl Lagerfeld said “luxury is dead.”  Maybe over-the-top luxury is gone but, people are still buying investment pieces.  And, when it comes to sunglasses – apparently people want more than some flattering frames – they want some jewels on them!

Jewelry has been really making a splash as of late – whether it’s gold chains lacing up your shoes (Upper Echelon Shoes), or gold faux nails (Bijules NYC), jewelry is expanding into other categories and spicing up everything from shoes, to hair to nails and now, sunglasses.  My favorites of this new breed of sunglasses are made by Tiffany, Chanel and David Yurman.

My picks from the Tiffany collection are the Tiffany Jazz Shield sunglasses and the Tiffany Bubbles Shield Sunglasses because they relate back to the jewelry that Tiffany is known for.  The Art Deco motif of the Jazz sunglasses was found in the Tiffany archives and the Bubble design is based on the Bubble jewelry collection.  Simple, refined, and very elegant.

I love the Chanel sunglasses because the styles also reference Chanel iconography – in this instance – pearls.  One style is a simple, black over-sized frame with a cultured pearl set in on each arm next to an understated Chanel logo.  The other style, comes with a pearl lanyard going from one arm to the other. These two styles are instant classics – big black frames never go out of style – especially when they’re Chanel!

The last pair that caught my eye are made by another jewelry company, David Yurman.  The Waverly sunglasses are a true representation of the brand with the iconic cable design on the arms of the sunglasses.  One look at these and they are unmistakably David Yurman.

Though these glasses are expensive as far as sunglasses go, they are definitely statement pieces that will stay with you from season to season.  They are also great ways to start buying luxury – not everyone can buy a Chanel 2.55 bag, but you can start your way into the Chanel world with a pair of sunglasses – one accessory at a time.  Just make sure you use those fancy cases the glasses come in and don’t sit on them!

Lux Eyewear - Chanel Sunglasses

Lux Eyewear - Chanel Sunglasses

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M.I.S.S. MAY 2009: The Upper Echelon

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M.I.S.S. MAY 2009: The Upper Echelon


M.I.S.S. May 2009 Calendar

The cream of the crop, the beautiful people, the créme de la créme, the haute monde, the high society, the elite class, the in crowd, the high life, the upper crest…the upper echelon. No matter how you say it, Upper Echelon Shoes strives to be all that and then some. And might we say, they are doing it very, very well. Not your average sneaker, UES has added a new level to the sneaker game – they’ve combined kicks and jewelry to give us “shoellery”  with 18 carat gold plated chains designed by Gabriel Urist.  Craftsmanship and quality, style and grace, this footwear for the grown and sexy gets a manicure to match. Selvage denim dipped nails, encrusted with gold studs, and polish from the Mlle. Coco Chanel, once again we bring your kicks to your tips.

For more on Upper Echelon Shoes, check-out our recent visit to the USE showroom .

Upper Echelon Shoes ‘Nise’ in denim, Chanel Blue Satin Le Vernis Nail Colour and Chanel Noir Ceramic Le Vernis Nail Colour.

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M.I.S.S. May 09 Calendar

M.I.S.S. May 09 Calendar

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Upper Echelon Shoes – NYC Showroom Visit

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Upper Echelon Shoes – NYC Showroom Visit


Upper Echelon Shoes was founded by Seth Campbell and Nicholas Cohen

Upper Echelon Shoes was founded by Seth Campbell and Nicholas Cohen

Upper Echelon Shoes (“UES”) debuted its first collection last Fall and they’ve been breaking new ground in the footwear industry ever since. Founded by childhood friends Seth Campbell and Nicholas Cohen, the boys got together to make “shoellery” – a combination of shoes and jewelry like you’ve never seen!

Seth and Nick watched the rise of the retro sneaker trend and saw some styles selling for well over $500. That inspired to make shoes that were actually worth that much because of the materials and craftsmanship – not just because of hype. They started out with a men’s model that Diddy himself wore and the style sold out immediately. Next, they turned their eyes to the ladies and redeveloped silhouettes for women.

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Upper Echelon Shoes

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Upper Echelon Shoes


Upper Echelon Shoes

Upper Echelon Shoes

I’ve always stuck to the classics when it came to kicks – Nike, adidas, Converse – and, with few exceptions, I’ve never really been into other sneaker brands.  The newer indie brands just seemed like cheap imitations of the big companies.  Last week I was online and stumbled upon something that made me do a double-take (quite rare).  Maybe it’s the simple colorways, or that they’re wearable high tops for girls, or the chains for laces which I’ve been wanting to try for a minute.  Whatever reason, or combination of reasons, I like these shoes.  Those chains are the real deal too  – 18K gold!  These days, the only safe investment seems to be your kicks and gold – this is a 2 for one deal.  Start saving, these shoes out soon for spring and $250 a pair, you may want to put those pretty pennies away.

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M.I.S.S. 2009 CALENDAR

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M.I.S.S. 2009 CALENDAR


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