One of the most exciting parts of our job at Erica Tanov is incorporating new, emerging designers alongside our own pieces and classic go-to brands. We love showing our customers how the season's most popular shoe pairs with a year-round essential; or how a riskier print can be worn as easily as a neutral. But since each one of us has our own unique point of view, we thought it would be nice to let our staff highlight their favorite seasonal picks and show how they would style them.
This week's employee picks comes from Hannah Ricker, one of our beloved Berkeley sales associates. Hannah describes her style as appreciating "timeless European elegance with a hint of androgyny." As a busy student at UC Berkeley, she is drawn to clothes that are "comfortable and classic, minimalist yet unpredictable, and basic but playful." She chose the striped Polder dress "because of its playful take on a classic striped dress, and the Roberto del Carlo shoes because the petrol color adds an unexpected but subtle pop of color. I liked the contrast between the modern lines of the Soko ring and the bohemian feel of the dress, and of course, Panache pays ode to my androgynous affinity with its musky, mature, and not too sweet scent." Thanks, Hannah!
About the brands:
Soko: Working with artisans in Kenya, Soko creates "modern, ethical jewelry that is handmade from sustainable materials."
Roberto Del Carlo: "Founded in 1997, Roberto Del Carlo began as a small artisanal workshop in the Tuscan hills. Traditional production processes and fine materials combined with modern design gave life to a women’s footwear collection.
The upper, which completely covers the heel using a technique akin to tailoring, is the brand’s hallmark, which, combined with superior raw-cut hides in natural tones, conveys a strong, clear style message. Young designers from different backgrounds and countries joining the company’s own master craftsmen and technicians to creates continuity with the past, yet projects Roberto del Carlo into the future. Real luxury and design blended into a modern, practical product. Made in Italy, because style is a gesture."
DelRae: Based out of San Francisco, Del Rae is a "a blending of my [owner Del Rae] American upbringing, my diverse professional background, eclectic personal interests and my sincere appreciation of the French art of perfumery. I believe perfume speaks so much to the need for beauty in our lives."
Liesl Pawlil: Liesl describes her jewelry with one word: "Psychometry." Stating that, "as soon as I learned of the word and it's meaning, it resonated with me. It is a word with implication that perhaps those special pieces of jewelry that we frequently adorn, do actually hold something of us within. At a young age I crossed paths with a psychometrist. My encounter with her rocked me and further embedded within me that feeling that certain pieces of jewelry that we cherish and frequently wear, really do become a talisman."
Polder: Polder is a Parisian brand, founded by Dutch sister-duo Madelon Lanteri-Laura and Natalie Vodegel. Their focus is on a handmade quality that utilizes "shapes [that] are very pure;" and with colors and finish that "aim at creating a visually strong and acknowledgeable product."
All quotes come from individual artist statements