Wednesday, September 15th, 2010...11:27 am

Manimal Fall 2010: Alaskan Winter

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At Pivot Boutique in 2008, during the world’s most incredible eco fashion sale you’ve ever seen, I bought a pair of Manimal ribcage earrings marked down to $10. They came in a kraft paper box, spray painted with a stencil in gold paint, with a little feather inside for awesomeness.

Aren’t sweet little touches like that the best? I could tell this brand was special!

I’ve gotten about a million compliments in the life of wearing those earrings, and after designer Kristen Lombardi was amazing enough to send me one of her scrap necklaces, I got about a million more on it.

People are always like, “is that suede?” And I’m like, “yeah, it’s from Manimal, it’s leftover suede from making moccasins.”

So this summer as I was planning the re-launch of my own apparel, knowing I wanted to partner up with some of my favorite jewelry designers for accessorizing my photoshoot, I was quick to ask Kristen to participate. She let me offer two of her necklace styles for sale in my store prior to the launch of her full fall line, Alaskan Winter. What an honor.

And here Alaskan Winter is now, in all its glory! Inspired by Inuit imagery — masks, totem poles — Kristen has created a color palette to die for and, to go ahead and get specific, a tote bag for the gods. (Isn’t it amazing?)

All images here are from the newly updated Manimal site, where pieces are available now for $30 (the pouch necklace) to $220 (the double fringe bootie). Something for everyone.

Oh and also: Baby moccasins!

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