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A Leap of Style – A Vision of Ankara Prints
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Lariats and Dainty Baubles
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Sally Bass Jewelry – Taking Wearable Art to the Next Level

A Leap of Style – A Vision of Ankara Prints

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “take a leap of faith” before… Well, that’s just what designer Karissa Lindsey did when she first started her locally manufactured line- A Leap of Style. “It’s also how I want my customers to feel when they’re wearing each piece. I want them to feel as though they’ve taken a style risk on some level. The name “A Leap of Style” embodies that fully.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

The Boundless Infinity Romper (similar print) / Ethnic Print Head Wrap in Dreamweaver

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

It all began when Karissa was growing up. She goes on to further explain, “As a kid, I wavered between wanting to be a fashion designer, a writer, or the next Oprah Winfrey. My mom loved to shop, and some of my fondest memories with her were taking shopping trips to the local mall or out of town. That, combined with my love for creating led me wanting a career in design. I got “off track” in high school though when I read somewhere that most designers didn’t make a lot of money, so I put that dream on the back burner and ended up pursuing careers that were equally unlikely to make me a millionaire. I started pursuing design again in 2013.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

There was a time when she went through a rough patch, during which she went to counseling and eventually had her faith renewed. “The more my faith in Christ grew, the more confident I became; and I wanted something that would reflect that new confidence on the outside – African prints, or ankara, are the perfect reflection of that with all of the bold colors and designs. I started out just designing a dress for my birthday, and a couple of friends encouraged me to sketch out a collection. I started sketching again, which was really freeing, and I bought a $50 sewing machine on eBay and got to work. A few months later I had a “line” and A Leap of Style was launched. It’s crazy to think how far the company has come from those initial days.”

Karissa’s inspiration stems from her admiration of vintage fashion- mostly the 50s and 70s. “The silhouettes from the 50s were just so flattering to the female form, and I always strive for flattering. And the 70s were just such a fierce time in fashion – I’m currently inspired by everything from the caftans that were so popular in that decade to the disco fashion. I love recreating these silhouettes in African-inspired textiles.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand / maxi skirt / crop top

Zuwa Maxi Skirt in Cobalt Maze / A Leap of Style Crop Top

 

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand / maxi skirt / crop top

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand / maxi skirt / crop top

“At the core of A Leap of Style, our goal is to empower and inspire women through fashion. That means empowering and inspiring the women who wear our pieces, as well as the women who work behind the scenes to make the clothing and make the brand “work”. I’m expanding the team and always on the lookout for women who want to use their talents with a creative startup – if anyone is interested, they can email us at:[info@aleapofstyle.com]! Be sure to check out the website, where we’ll be adding new styles after July 4th. Also, check us out on social media, as we are constantly updating our Instagram and Facebook pages. Right now, on the blog, we feature bloggers wearing pieces from A Leap of Style, but soon I’ll be blogging more personal pieces of inspiration, advice, and such from my journey as a designer. Our team is growing, but I want to maintain a personal touch and I’m a writer at heart too, so I’m excited for that.”

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

Embellished Truths Collection Birds of a Feather Shorts

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

 

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

I had heard of A Leap of Style through social media and numerous friends. I was thrilled when I had the chance to finally meet Karissa at one of her recent pop-up shops. For this shoot, I chose five pieces that I felt really conveyed my aesthetic. I loved being able to mix ‘n match the prints, as they all seem to work well with each other. When it came time to accessorize the looks, I added my own unique flair: vintage bracelets, oversize sunglasses, necklaces, and belt.

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

LAFashionsnob / A Leap of Style / Ankara / African prints / outfit / Houston brand

** Images by Sofia Emm **

Lariats and Dainty Baubles

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage Dress- MRS. Couture, Vintage Vest- thrifted, Vintage Sandals- thrifted, Sunglasses- ZeroUV, Necklace and Bracelet Stack c/o J. LoVan Designs.)

I recently received some dainty jewelry from my lovely friend, Julia LoVan- a jewelry designer and consultant out of California. LoVan, an Iowa native, is currently residing in Orange County and not only creates jewelry, but is also working on a summer collection of sewing patterns for the modern gal. She explains, “This first collection will be a grouping of patterns that I feel any modern gal would like to know how to make for herself and for her loved ones, like a classic dress silhouette, a purse, or a camisole. After years of creating product, I found that teaching others to sew quality items for themselves (or mend their favorite items) was one of the best things I could do to help them live a less consumerist lifestyle.”

I received the Lariat Hammered Necklace, a Bracelet Stack, with a Bright Sky Blue Faceted Glass Beaded Bar Bracelet. These pieces are from the Rise jewelry collection of her ‘pet project’ – J. LoVan. J. LoVan is a sustainable company that helps to empower both local and global communities. Julia’s designs are crafted from upcycled, vintage, and new materials. I wanted to pair the bits and baubles with my white, gauzy vintage dress and olive green vintage vest because I feel that LoVan’s jewelry exudes an earthy-bohemian vibe, which is what my “wardrobe mood” was that day. Be sure to also follow Julia over at TrouvesHome.com and on Instagram.

Sally Bass Jewelry – Taking Wearable Art to the Next Level

Sally Bass Jewelry

On my recent trip to the antique shows in Round Top, TX, I was introduced to the amazingly talented Sally Bass of Sally Bass Jewelry. She was vending at the Arbor International Antiques and Interior Design Show, where I help out with social media sometimes.

When I stepped into the booth, I was literally “jaw-dropping” over every display. Jewelry created with chunky beading, bakelite, large found objects (including a vintage child’s tea set and a wooden elephant head)…let’s just say, my creative senses were going crazy with all the colorful visual stimulation! Sally and her granddaughter, Azuri were working the booth and were just a delight to chat with.

Sally was born and raised in East Africa and has also lived in the U.K. and Australia, before heading to California. It was in California that she fell in love with creating unique statement jewelry that she has been doing full-time for around 14 years now. She officially launched her brand about 15 years ago. She loves what she does and is grateful that it has been able to provide a living for her all those years.

Throughout the years, she has done a lot of traveling to find components. “Anything that I love, I buy, take home, and make something wonderful out of it.” With that thought in mind, she creates wearable art with a mixture of vintage, antique and contemporary mediums. “I marry different cultures and eras… I’m not a purist. If I like it and can make it work, that’s all that matters to me.” I admire how Sally thinks out of the box when it comes to not adhering to the ‘industry standard.’ “I don’t think you can box in creativity.”

Sally has an immense passion for Bakelite. She’ll take it to carvers in Indonesia and have the carve an antler or whatnot and have it set in sterling, then brings it back to be sold. So, along with working with timeless Bakelite, she also has a penchant for finding small unique antiquities, such as 18th Century mother-of-pearl gaming pieces that were hand-carved and etched in Hong Kong for the British. But Sally doesn’t really care what it is, as long as she loves it. “I can pick up a piece of driftwood that I think has great shape and take it home and use it.”

Sally now calls Tucson, AZ home, as she feels like it’s an artistic and gentle place to be. She says she wants to step back and not be on the road so much; instead focusing more on optimizing her website and Facebook.

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