January 18, 2010

spring ahead:channneling dvf

I am finally ready to start blogging about spring lines and trends. I know it feels like winter just arrived in San Francisco, but it’s time to start planning ahead to find your must-have pieces for spring. I’ve been rewatching fashion shows on Style.com in preparation. Diane von Furstenberg’s spring line is gorgeous—bright colors, draped fabrics, graphic prints, wedge sandals, all with a tribal, antiquity-themed feel. Something that stood out to me was that almost every single model wore stacks of colorful, woven bracelets. I LOVE them. So I headed to Global Exchange in Noe Valley to see if they had something similar. Global Exchange is a fair trade non-profit selling clothes, accessories, and housewares from around the world. It’s great for gifts for the girl who already has everything, or for finding unique jewelry pieces. And they carry some awesome African bracelets similar to DVF’s!

The large blue one was made in South Africa out of old telephone wires. They only had this blue color when I was at Global Exchange over the weekend but I’m hoping they get in more soon so I can wear a few in different colors. The small red and gold ones are from Burkina Faso and the rest are made in Mali out of recycled plastic.

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