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Spotlight on: Nicole Mohrmann of Nimo With Love

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One of our latest discoveries is the bohemian resort line Nimo With Love. Created by Nicole Mohrmann, Nimo With Love offers fun and flirty kaftans, dresses and cover-ups all handmade from the finest silks and cottons. From the colorful prints to the intricate bead detailing, every piece is finely crafted by artisans in India.

We had the opportunity to get to know Nicole a bit more as well as a chance to go behind her brand. Check out what what inspires her and the meaning behind her cheeky flamingo logo!

Life before nimo with love?

Life has always been good to me, but now it’s a bit more  colourful!

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Meaning behind the flamingo logo?

I simply like the animal and the colour.

Finding Inspiration

I love to travel and to see the world with my eyes wide open.

Favorite color?

As Aerosmith sang: Pink is my favourite colour.

Words to live by?

Be yourself!

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Vacay spot?

Any place where the sun shines and not too touristic.

Top 3 must-have travel items?

Nimo Kaftan, Pashmina scarf and beautiful earrings.

Current obsession ?

Vintage bags and everything from Astier de Villatte in Paris!

 

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You can check out Nicole’s whimsical line here.

Introducing our Resort collection

From our Piñata fringe tote (one of our favorites) to our whimsical cactus embroidered clutch, our Resort collection was inspired by colorful, vibrant Mexico. The weather might be cold outside but we hope you’ll be transported somewhere warm with these images from our latest photoshoot. After all, it’s always sunny somewhere…

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Let’s Get Personal

If you haven’t already heard we’ve brought back our monogram shop. It’s amazing how adding one’s initials to a bag can make it that much more special. But just when you thought your tote couldn’t get any more personal here’s a little read on how your monogrammed tote is extra meaningful.

Here at Kayu we value and believe that every woman has the right to develop to her fullest potential and earn a living wage. Most of our bags are made by women in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. These women are mothers and weaving allows them to work from home, look after their children and also provides them with a source of income. I’ve been wanting to take some of our production local for a while now, and am so happy to say that we’ve teamed up with the San Francisco YMCA to offer monogramming on our straw totes. The women we work with are new immigrants who do not speak English and as a result have difficulty finding jobs. Unfortunately this means that they are often underpaid and work menial jobs like dishwashing and mowing lawns. Our initiative provides them with practical training and an alternative source of income.

We recently offered a series of trainings on the art of embroidery and also had the privilege to learn more about the women and their personal stories.

We worked with Annalee who trained at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK. Here she demonstrates a sewing technique to the women. 

Coco and Kit Ling working together on their first project. Coco enjoys crafting projects and has a 6 year old daughter. Kit Ling moved to San Francisco less than a year ago. She has some experience machine sewing in Hong Kong and is excited to learn hand embroidery.

 

Mother and daughter, Jing Jing and Ting, practice embroidering the alphabet together. Jing Jing, the mother, recently moved to San Francisco to spend more time with her grandkids. She previously worked in a restaurant but was abused by her co-workers. Ting decided to be a part of this initiative so she can be by her mother’s side and also earn extra income. 

One of the greatest things about the program is seeing how quickly the women picked up the skill of embroidery and the looks of satisfaction on their faces at perfecting the alphabet! We’ve started by only offering monogramming on one tote but as the women learn more techniques hope to expand the service to other pieces in our collection.

From now until November 29th eceive free monogramming on any St. Tropez tote purchase here.

 

Spotlight on: Shoshanna

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The Shoshanna line is bold, unique, and innovative, just like the founder behind it. Shoshanna Gruss is the power-woman who continues to change the way women’s fashion is defined through her feminine and playful designs. We had the opportunity to have a 1-on-1 chat with Shoshanna and here’s what went down.

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What is your favorite part about being a creative director?

It’s such a wonderful outlet for all of my energy. I don’t think I ever come into the office without an excited feeling. I get energized by the colors and fabrics and trims, and seeing my fantasies come to life in the form of our sample never loses its specialness.

What are some future goals for Shoshanna?

I have always grown the Shoshanna brand organically, never pushing us in a direction that didn’t feel right. We are seeing a lot of growth in our new evening collection, Midnight, and I am excited to expand on that area.

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Photo Credit: Shoshanna.com

You can check out Shoshanna’s latest collection here.

What can we expect to see from Shoshanna in the coming months?

Innovative, beautiful, celebratory clothing that fits women like it was made for them, that is what you will always see us striving for.

Any news on introducing a boy’s collection to your line?

Ha!!! Now that I have a son, I think about this all the time…don’t be surprised if we add a boy’s element to our swimwear collection…

If you could give one tip or advice to someone entering the fashion industry, what would it be?

To stay true to your gut, and to maintain your creativity. Determination is as important as is talent.

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What inspires you?

I am inspired by the strong and determined women I see every day in this great city. I want to make beautiful clothing for them that fits well, and makes them feel like they are presenting their best selves while looking strong, celebratory, powerful and beautiful.

Does the Shoshanna style replicate your own style?

The Shoshanna style has always represented my style, and has evolved as I have grown and evolved.

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What are some of your favorite family time activities?

We are ALL so busy these days, especially now that the school year has started; one of my favorite things is all sitting around on the couch, reading, snuggling, and even watching a Disney movie. Just the deliciousness of us all being relaxed and together, with no schedule. That’s my favorite family time.

What is your family’s favorite dish to share and enjoy?

My father makes the most amazing sausage stuffing. It’s what I look forward to every year.

How do you give thanks?

I honestly feel thankful every day.

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is an all-day affair at my place in Sag Harbor. We eat around 4pm, and then all watch the kids play until it’s time to go home.

KAYU Favorites

Which is your favorite Kayu bag?

Absolutely LOVE the St. Tropez tote!

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DIY: No-carve Pumpkin Decorating

It’s the time of the year where pumpkin rules everything. For most of us, searching for the perfect pumpkin is fun and festive but carving it is messy and tiring. So this year skip the mess and try out our simple no-carve pumpkin DIYs.

Here’s what you’ll need (less or more, put your own twist on it) :

  • pumpkins
  • something to cover the surface you will be working on (i.e. newspaper, table cover, etc.)
  • scissors
  • tacky glue or modge podge
  • paint brushes
  • painter’s tape
  • glitter
  • paint
  • decorative tissue paper
  • colorful sharpies
  • push pins
  • mini pom-poms
  • Confetti
  • time: It took the two of us less than 30 minutes to decorate four pumpkins

Pin-the-Pumpkin

   

Simply take some flat pushpins to spell out or design whatever you’d like.  We decided to trace our logo onto the pumpkin with some gold pins. To be more precise with the pinning trace out your design with a sharpie beforehand. We also made some colorful tissue paper flowers and pinned them to the top of the pumpkin as embellishment. Voila!

Sparkle and Glimmer

This pumpkin looks super classy and reminds me of a modern Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. First, paint the whole pumpkin your choice of color. We went for a warm metallic color (warm metal: available at a your local Target store). We used a sponge brush and found dabbing the paint was the best application tactic. While the paint is still wet sprinkle some glitter over the top. Easy peasy!

Pom-Pom Polka-Dot Party

Who doesn’t enjoy a few polka-dots? We know we do! For this fun look, start by painting your pumpkin the color you desire. We went for a fun tiffany blue shade to brighten up the mood. After painting the pumpkin, take a few mini pom-poms (found at your local Michaels craft store) and glue them around the pumpkin. Now you have a polka-dot party on your pumpkin!

Stars and Stripes

   

For this design we used a white pumpkin- to save white paint and time. To create cleaner lines use painters tape and follow the creases on the pumpkin. Once the tape is all lined up paint every other section in the color you’d like. Remember to remove the tape once the paint is dry. To add some fun we glued on star shaped confetti to the unpainted sections. This pumpkin is totally working the stars and stripes look and so can yours!

    

We hope these easy no-carve pumpkin decorating tips inspired you. Remember, carving isn’t the only option, be creative!

Kardashian + KAYU = Killer Look

Last week Cosmopolitan celebrated their 50th year by throwing a huge birthday bash. The Kardashian and Jenner clan were among the many celebrities that joined in on the birthday fun. Someone else we know quite well made it on to the pink carpet too. Our own Arnette clutch! Kourtney Kardashian paired her all black ensemble with the Arnette and looked absolutely stunning. Take a look for yourself at this killer combo:

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The clutch is from our latest collection and is available here.

Fall into Style

Good-byes can be tough but not when you’re saying hello to pumpkin flavored everything, falling leaves, and feeling cozy! So kiss summer good-bye and check out our list of fall essentials for some trendy inspiration.

TOPS

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J. Crew//H&M//Madewell//J.crew

BOTTOMS

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TOPSHOP//H&M//PAIGE//J. Crew

SHOES

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Kate Spade//Freda Salvador//TOPSHOP//Vince

ACCESSORIES

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KAYU//Rag&Bone//Athleta//KAYU

NECCESSITIES

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Bath&Body Works//Pinterest//Elizabeth Egan//Madewell