May 08, 2013
By Jamie Wiebe | Shopping, Watches, Charity, Accessories

A Michael Kors Campaign to End Hunger
Photo courtesy of Michael Kors/ Dylan Griffin for BA Reps

Michael Kors wants to watch world hunger disappear—with a little help from new editions of its best-selling Runway timepiece, designed in collaboration with actress and philanthropist Halle Berry. The brand is releasing four unisex 100-Series designs ($295 each)—its first product created exclusively for an international philanthropic effort—and updating the bold, iconic lines of the classic Runway watch with a stainless-steel case and a gold- or silver-tone band. The dial, etched with a map of the world, is available in turquoise or navy.

For each purchase, the Watch Hunger Stop campaign will donate 100 meals to undernourished children across the globe through the United Nations World Food Programme. As a reminder of the wearer’s gift, the back of each watch is engraved with “1 WATCH = 100 MEALS,” alongside Kors’s signature.

The ultimate goal? One million meals distributed to countries like Bolivia, Uganda and Bangladesh—and thousands of ambassadors for the cause wearing their support on their wrists and watching the campaign’s march to the finish line (there have already been nearly 250,000 meals delivered) via a tracker on the project’s website.

May 06, 2013
By Erin Schumaker | Accessories

Creel-Mack maltese cuffs
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Creel- Mack

Over the centuries, the likes of firefighters, doctors and crusaders have donned the Maltese cross—originally worn by the Knights of Malta, a religious order on the eponymous island—as a symbol of protection. Today, thanks to Jennifer Creel and Chris Mack, co-creators of the jewelry and accessories label Creel-Mack, the cross is also a fashion statement.

Creel-Mack’s made-to-order Maltese cuffs come in either 14-karat white gold ($600, pictured here) or yellow gold, with pavé crystals. “It’s great for everyday and traveling,” says Creel. “It’s always a real conversation piece.” And while the classically elegant cuffs might not protect you from imminent danger, wearing one will certainly keep you out of the realm of ordinary.

February 08, 2013
By Ingrid Skjong | Jewelry, Accessories

Halley Pear earrings
Photos courtesy of Larkspur & Hawk

There is something undeniably romantic about a piece of jewelry from Larkspur & Hawk, a collection of gemstone-based pieces designed by founder Emily Satloff, who uses an 18th-century technique called foiling to manipulate a stone’s color and maximize its reflective properties. “It starts with a sketch that comes to life with a careful selection of gemstones and colored metallic foils,” she explains. “Each piece is then handcrafted to attain a unique play of light and color, fitted to each particular design. The jewel is literally transformed by its foil.”

Olivia Button earrings

The earrings pictured here—the Halley Pear (white topaz, russet foil, rose gold–washed silver; $1,000) and the Olivia Button (white topaz, fuchsia foil, oxidized silver; $1,100)—exemplify the method. Satloff, a former antique jewelry dealer and curator at the New-York Historical Society, oversees the production of her wares in New York, where all the jewelry is handcrafted. “The collection is encompassing of a broad spectrum of women,” she says. “Whether worn to the office, a day of errands or at night to a party, there is functionality in each design.” 212-340-9067;

November 29, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Shopping, Jewelry, Accessories

ift of the Day: David Webb Ring
Photo courtesy of David Webb

This sophisticated ring ($42,000), an 18-karat-gold-and-coral creation accented with diamonds and sapphires, is by accessories icon David Webb, who knows how to add just the right amount of pizzazz.

November 29, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Shopping, Accessories, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Roadster Watch Winder by Wolf Designs
Photo courtesy of Wolf

A watch winder from Wolf Designs might just be the perfect gift for a man who likes to keep the time. The Roadster ($329), inspired by a luxury European sports car, has a sophisticated look, thanks to ebony Macassar wood and polished-chrome fittings. It will make sure that any well-dressed gent—no matter his watch preference—never misses a beat.

November 29, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Technology, Accessories, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Greene + Gray Tribal-Print Laptop Sleeve
Photo courtesy of Apple

Part of Greene + Gray’s larger collection of tech accessories, this laptop sleeve ($40), made with a heavy-duty canvas shell and soft microfleece lining, is a must. The tribal-print design and leather details add some style.;

January 05, 2012
By Jordan Kisner | Accessories

Courtesy Gucci.K

With the rocketing popularity of bike shares in cities worldwide, a pair of wheels has become the must-have cosmopolitan accessory. Luckily, Gucci, which, as we noted in our November/December issue is experiencing its own renaissance, has teamed up with another iconic Italian brand, the high-end bicycling manufacturer Bianchi, to create the fashion house’s first line of bikes. Designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, the hot wheels come in two models: a white-steel-single-speed City edition with custom-leather grips for city cycling; and a black-carbon-fiber monocoque Urban model built to transition well from the street to the countryside. Add a helmet and gloves—also designed specially by Giannini—and you’re ready to ride in style. Urban bike, $14,000; City bike, $6,200;