April 7, 2021


Bellevue fashion designer launches knitwear brand with unique material

SSKEIN clothes are made from the hair of Peruvian baby Alpacas. #k5evening

SEATTLE — Elisa Yip is the visionary behind SSKEIN, a clothing line that specializes in luxury knitwear.

“I love knitwear!  It’s my favorite category to wear because it’s endless possibilities,” explained Elisa. 

The opportunity to create her own brand came about in June 2020, after a professional loss.  After more than 10 years at her dream job designing for Nordstrom, the pandemic led to her getting furloughed. 

She admits at the time of not even knowing what a furlough was. Months later, the temporary layoff would become

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Dia & Co, The Leading Clothing and Lifestyle Brand for Plus-Size Women, Launches into Swimwear

NEW YORK, March 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dia & Co, the leading clothing and lifestyle brand for style in sizes 10-32, announced today the launch of it’s newest category: swimwear continuing their mission to provide every woman access to stylish options that make her look and feel her best. The collections represent Dia’s belief in the power of style to transform, and provide customers with fun, fresh, fashion-forward swimwear. A digital-only retailer and community of more than 5 million women, Dia & Co is launching with top swim brands to offer its community an expansive selection of swimwear

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Dior Launches Gem Dior Watches and Jewelry Together

GEM DIOR: Victoire de Castellane is launching a new line of abstract, 1970s-flavored watches and jewelry called Gem Dior, a striking collection that features patches of various gemstones — marking the first time the Dior designer has created a watches and jewelry collection together.

Like many in the sector, the launch was postponed due to the pandemic crisis, and comes as the luxury industry shows signs of improvement, thanks to robust demand in Asia.

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“It’s a style that I would describe as abstract-organic,” de Castellane said. The prominent design is de Castellane’s second watch model for

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Missoma Launches Its First Fine Jewelry Collection

Counting fans in Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and a few hundred thousand people on Instagram, Missoma’s appeal is hard to deny. The British jewelry brand is loved for making trend-forward, affordable pieces—and its empire’s reach is steadily growing. (November 2020, for instance, saw the brand introduce men’s chains that Connell Waldron would undoubtedly approve of.)

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Missoma’s open heart signet ring on a trip to Sussex. March 3, 2018.

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Now, for the first time in Missoma’s 13-year history, the brand is tapping into fine jewelry. Called Missoma Fine, the brand’s foray into 14ct

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Fashion Designer, Niiamar, Launches Documentary on Prime Video

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Fashion and costume designer, Niiamar, launches his debut documentary on Prime Video.

The documentary, dubbed NIIAMAR: It Is What It Is, captures the inspiring experiences and challenges faced by fashion and costume designer, Niiamar Felder. Poised for a breakthrough in the fashion industry, NIIAMAR showcases the entrepreneurial spirit of a trail blazing talent. In this 26-minute film narrative, Niiamar designs a Fall (2014) collection, with a host of friends, all adding High Passion and High Drama.

Niiamar is a graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and has been a fashion and costume

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Fashion designer launches jewelry collection for hearing aids and cochlear implants after losing her own hearing

Deafmetal has launched a jewelry collection designed to be worn by people who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. (Photo: Deafmetal/Jolene Broad Photography)

Deafmetal has launched a jewelry collection designed to be worn by people who use hearing aids or cochlear implants. (Photo: Deafmetal/Jolene Broad Photography)

An audiologist and a fashion designer with hearing loss have teamed up to create a jewelry line specifically for people who want to add a little sparkle to their hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Deafmetal, which launched in the U.S. earlier in the week, began with an innovation by Finnish fashion designer Jenni Ahtiainen. After losing her hearing in 2018, Ahtiainen was challenged with finding a way to make the hearing aids she now requires more

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