Agabhumi’s Eco-Conscious Point of View

Fashion designers and brands are always drawing inspiration from different cultures and exotic locales. Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy drew inspiration from Tahiti for its spring/summer 2012 collection; while Monique L’huillier referenced molten lava and volcanic rock for her current fall/winter outing. Still, rarely does the referencing go beyond the runway and retail stores. Nor does it necessarily have to. Yet, when a brand does seek to give something back to cultures that have so generously feed their creative mien, their generosity deserves special attention. Agabhumi is one such brand.

Since 2002, Agabhumi, which means ancient earth, has married the craftsmanship of local Balinese artisans with current trends and color schemes. “Bali is such an industrious culture and there is a unique spirituality that is reflected through the [artisan’s] craftsmanship. What we do at Agabhumi is take color stories and seasonal trends and reflect Balinese culture through these prisms in a fresh and innovative ways,” detail Agabhumi co-creator Regina Kirschbaum. From handbags and sandals that employ the ‘ata’ or vine-weaving technique to the detailed, silver jewelry that incorporates the principles of tri chita karana—translated means replacing in the earth what you have taken—Agabhumi is solidly engaged in the synergy between its local artisans and its consumer base. “Our brand is an interactive experience that creates a synergy between the consumer and the Balinese artisans that make our product … we bring those two entities together to make a whole, which facilitates our ability to create head-to-toe color stories for our consumers,” explains Kirschbaum.

As a brand that deals mainly in accessories, Agabhumi has tapped into the resurging boom of accessories on the American market. “Agabhumi has tapped into this boom with moderately priced items that are on trend. We offer our customers more than the ‘look for less’ sales pitch, which you get from a lot of brands; we are giving great looks at incredible value,” confides Kirschbaum.  “I spend a lot of time reading trend forecasts and looking at the trends for the new seasons. From that knowledge base, I mix and match accessories from the 45-plus Balinese vendors that we employ that complement the trend and color schemes … We also try to combine trends with what works for our customer’s lifestyle.”

Agabhumi has uniquely funneled its eco-friendly, hands-on business model into economically buttressing the local economy of vendors in Bali, as well as being involved in various charities stateside that range from anti-bullying campaigns to teen crisis centers. This holistic approach to creativity, business and human rights has manifested a fashion-forward, quality product that satisfies a wide variety of consumers.

Images courtesy of Agabhumi

Agabhumi is proving that commerce, creativity and respect for the environment and local economies can be congenial bedfellows.

Agabhumi has stores in New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut and Santa Monica, California. For more information, go to

—William S. Gooch




Step into the Sunshine with Colorful Spring Jewelry

As designers have infused their spring/summer 2012 collections with floral prints, bold splashes of color and animal prints in a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues, so should your jewelry this season reflect the current trend of vivid, rainbow colors that make fashion temperatures run from seasonally warm to steaming hot. Fashion Reverie has selected has great items from emerging designers that will keep you in style and make everyone stand up and notice.

Image courtesy of MeeheeNY

For spring/summer Meehee has selected high-quality cultured fresh water pearls, precious and semi-precious stones along with 14k gold, sterling silver and 14k gold filled metals in rich deep blue chalcedony and coral colorations. Meehee’s Lila 10k gold flower cocktail ring will spark conversation and gives that added pop to any evening ensemble.

Meehee’s deep red coral up-and-down floral necklace is on trend with all the red garments we have seen on runways in current seasons  and is a great jewelry that can help transition a garment from the office to a night out on the town. The red coral floral necklace retails for $145.00 and the Lilia 10k cocktail ring retails for $299.

Images courtesy of Agabhumi

If you have a penchant for great jewelry items from exotic locales, then Agabhumi has some fantastic colorful jewelry items that highlight the mystery and enchantment of Bali. Agabhumi, which means ancient firmament, is a reflection of the strength and creativity of the Balinese artisans who have found ways to combine current fashion trends with their indigenous craftsmanship and reverence for Mother Earth. This confluence of perspectives has produced a very thoughtful and provocative spring/summer collection that would be a welcome addition any woman’s wardrobe.

Agabhumi’s spring/summer earrings are made of sterling silver and abalone stone retail from $42 to $58. Agabhumi’s glass bead and wood necklaces retail for $18 and range in colors from turquoise to green to rust. Agabhumi’s products generally range from $6 to $375. With such a range in price there is something to fits everyone’s budget.

Images courtesy of Agabhumi

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—William S. Gooch

Decades for Modern Vintage Keeps you Well Soled for Spring


70s-inspired shoe

In NYC you always know that spring is in the air when trees start to bud, fewer people are wearing heavy coats and swaddling scarves, and the early afternoon sweet singsong chime of the ice cream truck combines with the sounds of laughing school children, rumbling delivery trucks, and construction crews. Well, at least it’s that way in my neighborhood. When this cacophony of sound envelopes your neighborhood, it is true signal that it’s time to put away your urban warrior footwear and relax into some sexy heels that complement your feet and your state of mind.

50s-inspired suede pump

Modern Vintage has partnered with vintage connoisseur, Cameron Silver of Decades, to debut its first footwear collaboration, Decades for Modern Vintage.  “Cameron is a leader in the vintage world and understands the market inside and out,” explained Rick Cytrynbaum, founder of Modern Vintage.  “He was just a natural fit for us, one who has impeccable taste and an exceptional vision.”

60s-inspired shoe

Decades for Modern Vintage references four decades in their debut collection. The 50’s shoe with the curved heel is available in black or blue suede leather with a removable strap. The 60’s shoe with its class t-strap and color blocked, peep toe pump is an homage to Pucci. Studio 54 was the obvious inspiration for the 70’s shoe with its cork-based platform and metallic rope detail. The waved wedge, which features geometric and angular details, gives a nod to the 80s. This wedge comes in scene-stealing bronze, taupe, and brown.

80s-inspired platforms, images courtesy of SirenPR

Decades for Modern Vintage can be found in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and online at Shoes retail between $250

—William Gooch



Men’s Accessories Alert: PF Flyers Mixes Tradition with a Contemporary Vibe

PF Flyers, known for their simplistic and trend setting designs, celebrated their 75th anniversary with a sneak peek at their capsule collection in New York. Fashion Reverie was given the unique opportunity to get an early look at this capsule collection, which included styles that ranged fromCenter Hi and  Grounder II, to the Windjammer. The collection also featured unbleached canvas and natural tan leather.

The Anniversary Collection will be available in limited quantities at Boston’s The Tannery, and Kith NYC in May 2012. Along with the Anniversary Collection, there was a preview of  the fall ’12 collection  which included knit shoe tongues incorporated on classics favorites like the Center Hi to the “go anywhere” Grounder II, which gives its vintage style a revamped classic look.

Luke Garro of Antler held a handcraft beer brewing demonstration that complimented PF Flyers constant production of the finest quality of shoe it can. Just like the American Farmhouse Ale ingredients you get a true insight into how the ending result of quality products are truly from the components they are made up of. ( Rethink this paragraph and tie it in more with the event and PF Flyers.) (How does the beer compliment the shoes?)

PF Flyers has the right kinds of styles to lace up your style for this spring.

—Cory Orlando

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