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Local interest
Milwaukee fashion designers add style to the city

August 2011

Fashion Editor/Stylist: Jordan Dechambre
Photographer: Dan Bishop
Fashion Assistant: Hannah Schlei
Hair and makeup: Angela Howard for Impression Salon, Mequon
Model: Nancy, Ford Models Midwest, Jennifer’s Talent and Lori Lins Model Management


Mink by Amanda Ergen blue-and-white stripe dress, Blush, Milwaukee

Renotta Thompson silver cuff bracelets and circle earrings with turquoise beads, Next Door, Brookfield

Valerie Erato yellow wire ring, Lela, Milwaukee

Home by Heather Hambrecht blue clutch, Shoo, Milwaukee



Mink by Amanda Ergen purple dress and studded belt, Blush

Staci Schemm key necklace, Lela

J. West Circle Necklace, Ma Jolie, Milwaukee and Bayshore Town Center

Linda Marcus Design black clutch, Lela

Valerie Erato copper wire rock ring, Lela



 

Shannon Lee Molter fur collar sweater with jeans, www.etsy.com/shop/fiberous

Renotta Thompson earrings, Next Door

Valerie Erato black ring, Lela

Coach wedges, Boston Store


 

 


Shanel Regier black velvet dress, Lela

Kara Marie black with crystal necklace and ring, Luci

Linda Marcus Designs black pouch bag, Lela

Jessica Simpson pumps, Boston Store



Shanel Regier white eyelet dress, Lela

Valerie Erato gold rock ring, Lela

Kara Marie crystal earrings, Luci

Staci Schemm crystal/pearl necklace, Lela

Steve Madden pumps, Boston Store


 

 

THE DESIGNERS

Amanda Ergen
Design Label: mink
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: The female form, color, music
Favorite Designer: Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs
Claim to Fame: Contemporary knit dresses
Where to Buy: Blush, Milwaukee, and www.minkstyle.etsy.com

Heather Hambrecht
Design Label: (h(om)e)
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: Life, beauties and evolutions
Claim to Fame: One-of-a-kind, eco-conscious leather handbags
Where to Buy: Shoo and Milwaukee Art Museum Store, Milwaukee. Custom orders at home.threads@gmail.com

Val Erato
Design Label: Bead and Toggle Jewelry Design
City: Milwaukee
Claim to Fame: Wire-wrapped rings — each is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Where to Buy: The Corner Bazaar, Lela and Actaea Works, Milwaukee; Viktor Viktoria, Mayfair Mall; Magnolia & Co, Wauwatosa; The Dooryard Gallery, Elm Grove; The Gingerbread House, New Berlin; Patricia Shoppe, Whitefish Bay; www.etsy.com/shop/beadandtoggle

Renotta R. Thompson
Label: RRT Designs
City: The hills of Erin
What Inspires Me: My materials, my tools and my hands.
Favorite Designer: Ralph Lauren every Sunday in the New York Times.
Style Icon: Georgia O’Keeffe
Where to Buy: NextDoor, Brookfield, and the Milwaukee Art Museum Store

Staci Schemm
Design Label: Lulu’s Petals
City: Wauwatosa
What Inspires Me: Each vintage piece I use inspires what I create from it.
Claim to Fame: One-of-a-kind, modern jewelry pieces created using repurposed vintage items.
Where to Buy: Lela, Milwaukee, and Stacia’s, Hartford

Linda Marcus
Design Label: LMD or Linda Marcus Design
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: Nature and the strong women around me.
Favorite Designer: Vivienne Westwood
Where to Buy: Lela and the Milwaukee Art Museum Store, Milwaukee; Gigi of Mequon; www.lindamarcusdesign.com

Jodi Westmore
Design Label: J. West
City: Milwaukee/Shorewood/Tel Aviv, Israel
What Inspires Me: I travel the world in search of inspiration, beautiful stones, sacred symbols, totems, talismans — and my jewelry is a reflection of my love for the many cultures, tribes and people I have encountered that share their magic and their medicine for the healing of this world.
Claim to Fame: Jewelry that not only adds to the beauty of the wearer, but also inspires a sense of holiness and well being.
Where to Buy: Ma Jolie, Bayshore Town Center and Milwaukee; jwestjewels.etsy.com; custom orders available

Shannon Molter
Design Label: Shannon Lee
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: Nature and the tiny facets of our environment that often go unseen. I am excited to give those subtleties a place to resound and be recognized for their exclusive beauty.
Favorite Designer: I admire the late Alexander McQueen very much. He pushed the boundaries of technique and material, blurring art and fashion. He deserves to be acknowledged for endless contributions to an industry of similarity.
Style Icon: Agyness Deyn. I love her fearless combination of casual, punk Twiggyness.
Where to Buy: www.etsy.com/shop/fiberous; custom orders at shannonmolter@gmail.com

Shanel Regier
Design Label: Shanel Regier
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: Currently both Art Nouveau and Art Deco ... I love the organic, asymmetric, curves and themes of Art Nouveau. At the same time I am drawn to the geometric and linear symmetry of Art Deco.
Claim to Fame: Vintage-inspired sculpted/structured dresses; more recently, draped dresses in fluid fabrics.
Where to Buy: Lela, Milwaukee; custom orders/private showing at shanel@shanelregier.com

Kara Yearling
Design Label: Kara Marie
City: Shorewood
What Inspires Me: The beauty of Swarovski crystals and how brilliantly they reflect light. Their sparkle emits an energy that inspires me to create stunning pieces of jewelry.
Style Icon: Lady Gaga. She has a very creative, edgy style. No matter how radical and outrageous her wardrobe is, she wears it proud and without any fear.
Claim to Fame: Crystal Bling Rings made with Swarovski Elements.
Where to Buy: Luci Boutique, Milwaukee, and Eva’s Bridal, Oak Creek


Mink by Amanda Ergen blue-and-white stripe dress, Blush, Milwaukee

Renotta Thompson silver cuff bracelets and circle earrings with turquoise beads, Next Door, Brookfield

Valerie Erato yellow wire ring, Lela, Milwaukee

Home by Heather Hambrecht blue clutch, Shoo, Milwaukee

From TOC: Shannon Lee Molter, white needle-detail dress and spider necklace, www.etsy.com/shop/fiberous

Kara Marie crystal earrings, Luci, Milwaukee


THE DESIGNERS

Amanda Ergen
Design Label: mink
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: The female form, color, music
Favorite Designer: Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs
Claim to Fame: Contemporary knit dresses
Where to Buy: Blush, Milwaukee, and www.minkstyle.etsy.com

Heather Hambrecht
Design Label: (h(om)e)
City: Milwaukee
What Inspires Me: Life, beauties and evolutions
Claim to Fame: One-of-a-kind, eco-conscious leather handbags
Where to Buy: Shoo and Milwaukee Art Museum Store, Milwaukee. Custom orders at home.threads@gmail.com

Val Erato
Design Label: Bead and Toggle Jewelry Design
City: Milwaukee
Claim to Fame: Wire-wrapped rings — each is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Where to Buy: The Corner Bazaar, Lela and Actaea Works, Milwaukee; Viktor Viktoria, Mayfair Mall; Magnolia & Co, Wauwatosa; The Dooryard Gallery, Elm Grove; The Gingerbread House, New Berlin; Patricia Shoppe, Whitefish Bay; www.etsy.com/shop/beadandtoggle

Renotta R. Thompson
Label: RRT Designs
City: The hills of Erin
What Inspires Me: My materials, my tools and my hands.
Favorite Designer: Ralph Lauren every Sunday in the New York Times.
Style Icon: Georgia O’Keeffe
Where to Buy: NextDoor, Brookfield, and the Milwaukee Art Museum Store


Mink by Amanda Ergen purple dress and studded belt, Blush

Staci Schemm key necklace, Lela

J. West Circle Necklace, Ma Jolie, Milwaukee and Bayshore Town Center

Linda Marcus Design black clutch, Lela

Valerie Erato copper wire rock ring, Lela

 


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