Posts Tagged ‘hester van eeghen’

celebrations galore: gifts for dads & grads

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
with father’s day and graduations just around the corner, i figured it was time i started looking for unique gifts to give on those special days. i know that many of you were probably thinking the same thing. to make both of our lives a bit easier, i went ahead and did some research and carefully selected the perfect gifts for dads and grads. cheers!

~ irin

(1) henri’s tasting sampler, $160

whether dad or grad, i know they’ll love this handpicked henri’s reserve sampler kit that comes with 3 bottles of classy champagne from the premier boutique vineyards of france and easily delivered straight to the doorstep. for your loved ones who enjoy indulging themselves with the finer things in life, give them the gift that they’ll absolutely fall in love with. looks like you’ve got some competition for their affections. you’d be ok with that though, right?

 

(2) vosges haut-chocolat toucan guinness® truffles collection, $28

brand new from vosges and perfect for dads or grads is the toucan guinness® truffles collection, a twist on the classic vosges haut-chocolat truffle collections. these limited edition 9 piece toucan guinness® truffles are made with guinness® beer for astout + chocolate indulgence. presented in a purple box tied with a kelly green ribbon, these truffles are both festive and delicious! toucan guinness® truffle parfums include: guinness beer + 62% cacao dark chocolate + cocoa powder. perfect for those who want the best of both worlds!

 

(3) linnea’s lights vetiver candle

linnea’s lights first foray into the men’s candle arena with the incredible vetiver scent. earthy, rugged and altogether masculine with notes of vetiver, light musk andozone. linnea’s lights candles combine all natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candle wicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. these 9oz candles last approximately 60 hours. all of linnea’s lights natural soy candles are meticulously hand-poured in small batches and tested for quality assurance in their indiana studio. perfect for dads in need of some serious relaxation!

 

(4) stylish leather accessories from hester van eeghen, prices vary

great for grads and dads alike, amsterdam-based designer hester van eeghen has a striking line of men’s and women’s leather accessories from wallets to briefcases. for grads, what better way to welcome them into their next adventure and set them off into the work force in style with a thoughtful gift like these colorful leather business cards holders. dads will love the briefcases, computer cases and sleek wallets on offer as well. there’s something for everyone and every price point in the mix.

 

who run the world? GIRLS

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

image courtesy of kansascity.com

well i’m sure it gave some of my older, overly-active Facebook-ing family members pause when “jamie mandel likes GIRLS” appeared on their newsfeed recently, but as it pertains to the new hbo series, airing this sunday, it’s true and i can’t wait for the premiere.

created by and starring the uber-talented lena dunham, who previously created, directed and starred in the criterion collection approved and cult-favorite “tiny furniture”. let it be known too that she also currently holds the esteemed position of being my favorite person on twitter. no seriously, is there any line i wish i had thought of myself more than this one? “@lenadunham: rihanna and chris brown’s new duets make me want to go hide under gloria steinem’s bed for 72 hours”. just something she’ll add to her growing roster of accolades, i’m sure.

when i made my new york debut and a measly starting salary not quite as big as even ½ of my dreams, i shared a one bedroom with fake divider walls with two other roommates. it was… the best of times and the worst of times. as for GIRLS, the show is a comic and often gritty look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. my point is that i’ve been there, girlfriend, i just like your version a whole lot better. in the thoughtfully penned new york magazine feature story, emily nussbaum writes, “dunham’s sly, brazen, graphic comedy, with its stress on female friendships, its pleasure in the sick punch line, its compassion for the necessity of making mistakes, felt like a retort to a culture that pathologizes feminine adventure. as my younger colleague…put it, the show felt, to her peers, FUBU: ‘for us by us.’” i’m totally bringing that expression back.

in the pilot, we’ll meet the characters and hear hannah (played by lena), tell her parents that she’s, at least, “the voice of a generation”; after a weekend visit to the house i grew up in and an ill-advised scan over some of my own ancient, angsty diary entries, it became painfully clear that voice would not be my own. dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with judd apatow and jenni konner. the cast also includes jemima kirke, allison williams, and zosia mamet. episodes were shot in new york at places you’ll recognize as some of your favorite neighborhood haunts and, as unavoidable comparisons to that other hbo show roll in, does also include sex near the city.

while i anxiously await the pilot like the rest of you, that didn’t stop me from making some rash judgments in the meantime. based on some sketchy first impressions, i’ve had a fun time assigning each character some of my top picks from my favorite clients. do you think i got it right?

hannah: endearing protagonist and way funnier than your average everygirl, hannah has a penchant for eating cupcakes in the shower. step it up a notch with these unbelievably delicious caramel marshmallows from vosges haut-chocolat. you’re worth it.

marnie: highly responsible and very put-together, she has a very adult job at a very adult art gallery. whether or not you’re in love with the job, best to look the part with this highly covetable hester van eeghen inner circle bag: perfect for the office but holds everything you’d need to blow off steam at post-work drinks after a long day.

jessa: jessa is british, bohemian and an occasional nanny who has traveled to as many different countries as she’s had boyfriends. now that she’s making new york her home, she’d love to set the mood with candles from linnea’s lights, like the new wild honeysuckle, earthy vetiver, and rich cashmere scents.

shoshanna: a girl’s girl with sex & the city dreams and brooklyn nightmares, her friends tend to dismiss her as a suburban innocent, but she consistently proves to be a surprising source of wisdom. cheers to that over some bubbly from henri’s reserve, and better make it rosé.

~jamie

a color story: featuring hester van eeghen

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

according to rachel schechtman, founder of fabulous new shop story, the landscape of retail is ripe for change. ”one of my beliefs is that the future of retail is going to be less about consumption and more about content and community,” she says. and that’s precisely why rachel created the concept of story. story is a 2000 square foot store located on 10th avenue in chelsea, overlooking the gorgeous highline, that has the point of view of a magazine. its offerings change every 4 to 6 weeks like a gallery, and it sells products just like a normal store. what sets story apart, however, is that story will change out all its merchandise, design, and fixtures and completely reinvent the entire theme every couple of weeks around a new idea. story debuted with the theme of love when it first opened in february. this month’s theme? color!

this month is extra exciting for us here at the markoff group because story will also be featuring one of our own beloved clients, hester van eeghen, a natural fit when it comes to to color. don’t you agree? we highly recommend stopping by this bright, colorful space. and if you have yet to get your hands on hester van eeghen’s vibrant designs, you must stop by for a unique opportunity to see, feel and try the pieces on for yourself. we just know you’ll fall in love.

here are some photos we took on our most recent visit to story.

let’s take a look inside, shall we? (location: 144 10th avenue at 19th street)

this month’s theme: color

hester van eeghen’s confetti clutch dipped in brown, orange, pink, and green – what a burst of color!

hester van eeghen’s confetti clutch in black, grey, and cream – perfect for anytime of day!

on the right: hester’s fishy ray in deep red
on the left: hester’s amazon clutch in red and orange

 

here’s another fishy ray in a mesmerizing turquoise. i absolutely love the sparkle. this is one of my absolute favorites and always a great conversation starter at parties.

as you can see, each section of story is sectioned off into different vibrant colors – oranges, pinks, greens, and hester van eeghen fits right in. i love the concept, and can’t wait to go back to pick up some lovely trinkets for myself. what’s your story?

~ irin

 

 

you’re invited: meet designer hester van eeghen & view her new collection!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

we’re thrilled to be hosting famed dutch designer, hester van eeghen, during her whirlwind visit to the states at vosges haut-chocolate soho (132 spring street), from 6 to 8pm.

get festive and kick off the (almost) weekend with us as we celebrate the one year anniversary of hveus.com, the incredible and newly launched fall/winter collection, and meet the designer herself. her stories will leave you breathless and the designs on offer will lift your spirits. believe us when we say, you won’t want to miss it.

looking forward to seeing you all there!