Since 1876, Whiting and Davis have made beautiful metal accessories and clothing that have been favorites of the fashionistas. The mesh handbag is undeniably their most iconic item that put them on the map. The first mesh bag was created in 1892 by Charles Whiting using metal rings that were painstakingly joined by hand. Luckily by 1912, a machine was invented that automated the mesh making process, making them more accessible on the market. The ringed mesh was continued to be used through the 1920's until the flat armored mesh took off. The flat armor, seen in the purse above sold by Ledbelly, easily became the most popular and sought after design as it was easy to paint interesting designs on it. Each decade brought new and innovative structures and designs. They were especially popular in the 1970's. They caught the light beautifully as they danced under the disco ball. Whiting and Davis have managed to be a favorite of celebrities for over 140 years and are still being seen in magazines and on the runway today. Lady Gaga herself had a silver gate top Whiting and Davis handbag. These bags are strikingly gorgeous and make a perfect small purse for special occasions, especially weddings.
It is unfortunate to see so many accessories and clothing go into disrepair because they are no longer seen as fashionable. Every piece of jewelry still has the potential to be something beautiful for the modern woman. When this floral brooch seemed to be at the end of its wear life, it was given a boost by repurposing it into a gorgeous hair comb. Hair combs are most popularly used by beautiful brides on their special day either as a simple hair accessory or to secure their veil to their head. They do not have to be these big extravagant headpieces like Carrie Bradshaw's bold bird. Even the small and dainty combs pack a punch. This floral comb is gorgeous and versatile. It can be used with many themes and color schemes such as vintage weddings, romantic, rustic, bohemian, beach weddings, and so much more. The coral color is timeless and gorgeous. The symmetry of the design makes it look clean and modern while still managing to keep that traditional and vintage charm it has. The subtle pearls also adds that element of traditionalism that many brides try to achieve with their aesthetic. Jewelry and accessories is the easiest way to make the bride stand out amongst the crowd on her big day.
Whether its is because of your mom, grandma, aunt, or the ladies at work, odds are you know Avon for their makeup, brochures, and their use of Sales Representatives. The company, then called the California Perfume Company (CPC), was founded in 1886 by David H. McConnell, who sold perfume sets. The first of those famous brochures came a decade later in 1896. The name Avon was used to sell cosmetics in 1929 and the name of the entire company was officially changed in 1939. By 1957, there were over 100,000 Avon Representatives, the vast majority of them being women. Avon jewelry doesn't appear until 1971. They quickly became the largest jewelry manufacturer in the world. The following year, the number of Avon Representatives reaches 600,000 and by the end of the decade, the number surpasses one million. Avon has made it a point to empower women for the last 130 years, giving them opportunities before they were even allowed to vote. This vintage Avon bracelet is a remnant of the Avon boom of the 1970's. It sports a cool minimalist mesh design and is plated in 14k gold. Its design makes it easy to wear on a daily basis or to a formal occasion. It feels sleek and modern, yet it still holds that retro feel that is popular nowadays.
These gorgeous gold tone clip on earrings are signed with the iconic Trifari crown mark. In 1910, Gustavo Trifari founded Trifari and Trifari with his uncle. He made his way through the famous Ellis Island in 1904 from Napoli at the young age of 20. When his uncle left the company a few years later, the name was officially changed to Trifari. The company really took off in 1930 when they hired Alfred Philippe as their head designer. The signing of the jewelry is very important, especially for Trifari, claiming "If it isn't signed, it isn't Trifari." This design features faux pearls and Aurora Borealis beads. The beading gets its name from the varying colors that appear when the light hits them just right. The design is reminiscent of a leaf or a clam shell. They are very unique and artistic. They can also be compared to famous works of art, specifically The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). The famous painting depicts the Roman goddess Venus standing on a clam shell as wind blows through her hair. The earrings are beautiful and so unique and are definitely a conversation starter. Be prepared for compliments if you decide to pair these with your next stylish outfit.