Fun at the 11th Annual Retrofittings Event! Reply

Last night Krombholz Jewelers was happy to be a part of the eleventh annual Retro Fittings, a St. Vincent de Paul fundraiser. The event took place at Music Hall for the first time and was a great success. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe event features a live auction, silent auctions and a fashion show by DAAP fashion students. Each student is given $10 to shop at St. Vincent de Paul and then retrofit the clothes into completely new designs. This year, the theme of the show was “A Night at the Opera,” so students came up with show inspired outfits.

 

 

 

Pen_Retrofittings 2013 necklace aLee Krombholz retrofitted a mother of pearl pin into a magnificent 14 karat gold necklace with fleur de lis stations with mother of pearl inlays and bezel set diamonds. The necklace was a successful part of the live auction with all proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul.

 

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Marsha of cincystyleedit.com working the audience

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Brock of Cincystyleedit.com modeling the fur cape, designed by a fashion student and created by Kotsovos in Montgomery

Cincinnati Reds kick off its 134th Opening Day! Reply

Back in 2008, Reds CEO, Bob Castellini asked Krombholz Jewelers to design and manufacture the buttons to go on the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame induction jackets that were created to celebrate the Reds Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Induction Jacket

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Induction Jacket

Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball.  Since its inception, 81 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction.  The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Logo

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Logo

As Cincinnati rolls into its 134th opening day as a professional baseball team on Monday, April 1st, the beer will flow and the Red Stockings will take the field. The fans in the seat that day will attentively take notes on the players that they believe will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame someday. Whether you have a coveted ticket to the Opening Day game or not, the Reds Hall of Fame will be open and will welcome everyone! Their incredible exhibits, including a tribute to Joe Morgan and an amazing collection of Reds autographs.

Beer and baseball has long been and source of great pride in Cincinnati! On October 6, 1880, however, seven of the eight team owners pledged at a special  meeting to formally ban both beer and Sunday baseball in the recently formed the National League. Only Cincinnati president W. H. Kennett refused to sign the pledge to ban both, so the other owners formally expelled Cincinnati for violating the rule.

The 94th Findlay Market Parade starts at noon on Monday and kicks off the 2013 season of all things good in Cincinnati! I will be keeping W.H. Kennett in my thoughts for not letting Cincinnati down all those years ago!

Red's Hall of Famers during the 2010 induction ceremony

Red’s Hall of Famers during the 2010 induction ceremony

Wrought Iron influenced jewelry Reply

If you have been following my designs in last few years, you would know that I am influenced by decorative wrought iron. I began photographing wrought iron fences and architectural elements in Charleston, South Carolina 10 years ago. While in Manhattan this past week, I collected some more inspirational photos.

I like this trellis style wrought iron with the centered ornament

I like this trellis style wrought iron with the centered ornament

Here is beautiful floral designed wrought iron fence

Here is beautiful floral designed wrought iron fence

I like this gilt element on the black wrought iron

I like this gilt element on the black wrought iron

Great repeated "iconic" shape

Great repeated “iconic” shape

Nice rounded flowing wrought iron

Nice rounded flowing wrought iron

Accessories Magazine Reply

I was in New York City over the weekend for the MJSA conference, which was incredible! One the the presenters for this conference was the knowledgeable and fast talking, Barbara Raleigh. She spoke fluently about the trends in the jewelry design and presented her future forecasts. I took notes as quick as I could, but was limited by my rusty handwriting.

One of her mentions during her talk was a shout out to Accessories Magazine. Finding that online, I found lots of the information that Barbara went through. I was so excited and quickly subscribed!

Looking at their Seasons tab and clicking on the Fall/ Winter 2013-14 seasons I found some wonderful illustrations that brought the future trends into focus. The one that resonates with me and my current style is this one.

Decadent Doll Trend board from Accessories Magazine

Decadent Doll Trend board from Accessories Magazine

This style directly relates to an earring that has been my top seller at Krombholz Jewelers.

This general style also relates to some of the shop windows I saw during my walk on Madison Avenue.

Ralph Lauren's Madison Avenue window with great embroidered Bolero jacket

Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue window with great embroidered Bolero jacket

If you enjoy understanding the correlation jewelry and fashion trends, subscribe to this great magazine: Accessories

Ashlee Mello styled a case! Reply

This past weekend we had fashion stylist and blogger, Ashlee Mello, amellostyle.com come to our store and style a feature case for our sales floor. Ashlee is a part of our fashion advisory board that we started the beginning of this year. The jewelry she picked for her feature case ranged from Victorian to modern. Many her selection were from our vintage jewelry collection. She was excited to include some of our house “JLYD” jewels paired with some of their antique counterparts.

As a part of our visit we asked Ashlee some questions about her perspective on fashion and what she is seeing in Cincinnati. Here is her interview:

What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? I really love he growing variety of rose gold options now available. It’s the perfect metal to partner with all colors in your wardrobe. Plus, it’s the perfect color for wearing more than one shade of the precious metal if you want to mix and match.

Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Definitely! Especially with the Spring color palates of neutrals, blushes and pastels in most women’s wardrobes-it’s the perfect way to add a touch of femininity.

What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion? Anything really. I personally love how the soft rose color can dainty up a strong piece of jewelry like a cuff or bold chain bracelet. The color is just so feminine and airy. Try pairing a necklace with a mint green dress or bracelets with a baby blue blouse. The color combination is so dreamy.

What is currently your favorite color(s)? I’m very much crushing on Pantone’s Cab~ret (Pantone 18-2140) from their Spring color report. Since the color of the year is Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463), I’ve been probably having too much fun partnering the two together for an electric pink and orange color combination that screams summer! And of course, adding rose gold accessories-especially my stackable rings!

What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? I’m fairly addicted to Women’s Wear Daily-I read the newspaper on a regular basis at work and am constantly perusing their website. (I’ve even got the digital content app for my iPad.) Style.com is a HUGE go to for me, especially in my career life. I am on that website daily. I also love seeing what my fellow Cincinnati style bloggers have to say about trends and their personal spins on them. Two of my favorites are Tamia of www.thestylesample.com and Marsha + Brock of www.cincystyleedit.com. All of these ladies are beyond!

Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? This last year I’ve actually been on the hunt for fresh designers. One of my friends introduced me to October Anniversary. I love the eccentricity of their earlier collections. I’m also a sucker for timeless masters like Cartier.

Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? Such a tough question-there have just been and still are so many talented figures in the industry, it’s hard to choose just one. However, if I have to label anyone an icon, it would probably be Cristobal Balenciaga. His career began at the House of Dior in the same time of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and their careers shaped the world of haute couture. Dior referred to him as “the master of us all” and after their time together, Balenciaga moved on to his own design house and gifted the fashion world many infamous proteges: Oscar de la Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanual Ungaro, and Hubert de Givenchy. The Balenciaga legacy has always been a well-tailored line full of color and their semi avant garde pieces are simply timeless.

An Interview with fashion bloggers, Folk and Feather 1

I had a great chat with the fashion bloggers that go by Folk and Feather.

Co-bloggers Betsy Wecker and Becki Young have a great spirit and a wonderful following of fashionista around the country. Here are notes from our conversation.

What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? I’m always drawn to chunky jewelry, so it’s nice to see cuffs, cocktail rings and big, layered necklaces continuing to trend. I also love to see organic materials like agate, wood and leather incorporated into pieces.

Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Cincinnati’s fashion zeitgeist has long erred on the side of conservativeness, so you tend to see people wearing more delicate, conventional pieces. But depending on where you are in the city, you’ll definitely sense an edgier, more eclectic vibe.

What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion? Anything, really. It all depends on the look you’re going for. Both Becki and I are huge fans of mixing conservative, “sweet” elements with slightly tougher ones (e.g. lace with metal, leather with diamonds). Also, if you’re wearing bolder jewelry, keep the rest of your look more understated. For most people, it’s important to let either the accessories OR the outfit make the statement, not both.

What is currently your favorite color(s)? As far as metals go, we run the gamut from gold to rose gold to the occasional silver and pewter. It really all depends on the piece. For spring, pastels are super hot–we love canary yellow, peach and seafoam green.

What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? The main source of inspiration for Folk & Feather came from reading other fashion blogs, most notably personal style (Fashiontoast, Cupcakes & Cashmere, the Glamourai) and street style (the Sartorialist, Garance Dore) blogs. I also read Vogue and Nylon cover-to-cover.

Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? Neither of us are at the point in our lives where we can afford fine jewelry, but we love Givenchy and David Yurman.

Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? I don’t have an icon in particular; rather, I draw my inspiration from street style–from the things everyday people are wearing. I work downtown, and I’m often blown away by the creativity and unique character I see in the personal style of everyday Cincinnatians.

Stop by Krombholz Jewelers and check out the feature case that they styled from our jewelry! I think you will enjoy their aesthetic!!! Make sure to also check out their blog at http://folkandfeather.tumblr.com

An interview with bloggers: Style Edit Reply

The following is an interview we did with the bloggers, Style Edit in late January 2012.

Their blog address is http://www.cincystyleedit.com/

  • What current fine jewelry fashions do you like? Style Edit: Jewelry has become more delicate, but still with a vintage style. Think jewelry made from lace. The red carpet jewels are featuring one statement piece rather than big jewels everywhere. Daytime jewels are still bolder and layered, but dressy jewelry is smaller and finer.
  • Are you seeing this fashion on the street of Cincinnati? Style Edit: White metal is still dominant even though yellow, rose and mixed metals are popular in other bigger markets.
  • What clothing styles and accessories go with this fashion? Style Edit: Lace is a component of a lot of the fashions. We are also seeing a lot of hair accessories like hairbands and jewelry pinned into woman’s hair.
  • What is currently your favorite color(s)? Style Edit: Metal colors we love gold and the combination of black and gold. We love bright colors including tangerine and coral.
  • What are your favorite sources for fashions (i.e magazines/ blogs/ websites)? Style Edit: we love http://www.theglamourai.com/. As far as a magazine, we like InStyle and Elle
  • Do you have a favorite jewelry designer? Style Edit: House of Harlow 1960 http://hoh1960.com/ is our favorite. This brand is created by Nicole Richie. We particularly like the geometric styles. We also like Tiffany’s and Simon G in fine jewelry.
  • Who is your current favorite fashion icon and what influence are they having on you? Style Edit: We don’t have one specific person, besides perhaps Audrey Hepburn, but the ones that have caught our attention recently are Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, The Olsen Twins,  Rachel Bilson and Rachel Zoe.