May 28, 2014

N + A New York is a finely crafted handmade jewelry line, founded by sisters Noriko and Akiko Sugawara. The creative duo hails from Yokohama, Japan and started the line together in NYC in 2007. I became familiar with their work through my favorite store, Still House, where I fell in love with their Seven Diamond Ring.

I love their jewelry because it is minimal in appearance yet rich with unique textures and details. Their work is inspired by the details that tend to go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, such as the textures of rocks and leaves, the sparseness of branches in winter, cracks in subway walls and details of historic NYC buildings.

Noriko and Akiko welcomed me into their studio with open arms and plenty of smiles. It was inspiring to speak with such genuinely sweet and creative women and to see them at work. I was impressed by the beautiful details of their studio, such as Japanese hammers and tools, handmade drawer handles, and beautiful inspirational images subtly hanging throughout the studio.
All of their jewelry is handmade in their studio (aside from the casting) by the two sisters. Their jewelry is sold in their online shop and various stockists throughout the US, Canada, the UK, China and South Korea.

N+A New York, TriBeCa, NYC


May 5, 2014

Perfume makers Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi opened the doors to this quaint perfumery in 2006. It is situated on Elizabeth Street, which is one of my favorite NYC streets for browsing and shopping.  Each of Le Labo’s perfumes is centered on a main ingredient, such as Bergamot, Rose, Neroli, Jasmine etc.; once the final scent is developed, the perfumes are then named after their principal essence and the number of ingredients combined to make them. For example: Santal 33 indicates that the perfume is made up of 33 ingredients, with Santal being its principal essence.

The folks at Le Labo believe in creating fine fragrances that are cruelty-free (not tested on animals) and in using high quality materials sourced from Grasse, France. The fragrances are made-to-order in the store, by one of Le Labo’s knowledgeable chemists, and each bottle label is personalized with the compound location, chemist, date and bottle owner.  Le Labo’s interior is the perfect mix of sleek and rustic with interesting textures. Even if I am between bottles, I still frequently stop in to admire the interior and to smell the delicious scents.

Le Labo, 233 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY. 10012