Q&A | Les Amis Jewelry Dishes with The StyleShaker

It's time for a little 'Q' and a little 'A' from a favorite jewelry line of mine, Les Amis...

Meet Ami Doshi & Amisha Patel, the two friends, namesakes, and design duo behind the amazing jewelry line that redefines the term 'arm candy,' and doesn't stop there. ..The Les Amis collection  continues to serve up serious design with significant inspiration behind it each season. But don't take my word for it, this is all about their words. I asked, they told.

See what they had to say:

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1. Where did the name Les Amis come from?

Les Amis -It’s a little play on our names and an ode to the fact that we are friends as well (les Amis is friends in French).  We love that the name shares a little piece of our story, and portrays that the spirit of friendship is the basis of our partnership. It grounds us, and is a great reminder to us to work together as a team.

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source: www.neimanmarcus.com

2. What is your inspiration behind the line (especially those bracelets)?

We both share a love for travel and are often inspired by the beautiful things made by the people we come across. We found the Jadau beads on a sourcing trip to Mumbai and immediately knew we wanted to incorporate them into our private label. We are both familiar with Jadau and Meenakari jewelry – it’s a craft that is used to ornate a lot of traditional Indian jewelry. We both love the history, the gorgeous colors, the beautiful skill that goes into it, and were inspired to create jewelry that celebrates this craft that is both contemporary and modern.

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source: www.neimanmarcus.com

3. What makes Les Amis, Les Amis? 

Amisha and I bring a slightly different aesthetic to our jewelry. She has spent a lot of time in India, Africa and the UK, combined with my background in India and Singapore – we find ourselves creating jewelry that combines different cultural influences in a fresh way.  Also, our tag line is Shop Here. Give There. 10% of our net proceeds benefit the Global Fund for Children, whose mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. Les Amis is committed to donating 10% of our net profits to this innovative organization.

GFC uses donations from its strategic partners, including Les Amis, to fund grants to community-based groups that work with some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

4. What are your favorites & why?

My favorites are the single bracelets. They look so pretty worn singly, and so striking when stacked – either in the same colors or in an assortment. The little Jadau center bead is so delicate yet it stands out. We have them in 15 different colors and sell them as singles and in sets of 4 on our website.

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source: www.shoplesamis.com

5. Tell me something I don't know about the line...

Our collection pays homage to the traditional Indian craft of Jadau jewelry.  Jadau, which means ‘Enameled & Engraved’ originally flourished under the Mughal Era (16 C) in India and is now the specialty craft of Jaipur, Rajasthan. 

Our Jadau accessories are handmade in lakh (a kind of wax), covered in copper and gold plated with 22k gold. They are decorated using natural pearls or semi precious stones in the Kundan tradition. The sides of the beads have been decorated in the traditional Meena Kari method which is the art of decorating metal with enamel. It involves decorating the surfaces of metals by attaching, or fusing colored glass powders, precious and semi precious stones. Before the introduction of claw settings for securing gems, stones were set in ornaments in the Kundan style by embedding stones in lakh and gold plating it. Meena Kari was often used to ornate the reverse side of such pieces so that both sides looked beautiful. 

with love

– Ami & Amisha @ Les Amis

Keep the inspiration coming and check out more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

Bring on the Beading | Shop Spring Trends

Just bead it. Yep, I said it, I went there. Spring trends are the topic, and you can't talk about them without mentioning one of the best trends in the bunch, beading. It's about embellishment. Layer after layer of bold beads can be found on everything from blouses to dresses, handbags to heels, you name it, it's been done. And if not, pull out the Bedazzler and go all DIY on whatever you've got. Or don't...

Instead of having to dig through countless product shots and runway looks to see how you can bring this trend into your reality/wardrobe without going overboard, I've gone ahead and created a condensed recap. Check out my favorite six looks that pulled off beads galore on the Spring runways, and then, flip through a few pages of handpicked products to shop.

The list is where it all begins. Here are the top 12 Spring trends (click on whatever trend you want to try out, or go straight to bead land and keep scrolling below):

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Inspiration is key, and where better to soak some up than the Spring 2013 runways. Case in point, see six runway looks from various designers that illustrate how to pull off the trend:

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Spring 2013 Collections: 1. Peter Pilotto 2. Prada 3. Elie Saab 4. Rodarte 5. Bottega Veneta 6. Rodarte

(all courtesy of www.style.com)

When it comes to beading, it's all in the details. Something so teeny, tiny, and shiny can cover serious ground when it comes to all fashion categories. Below are just a few edited shopping picks you can peruse for a little Spring prep before the temps heat up. It's always good to be prepared:

 

 

These lists only last as long as the stock does, SO, a sense of urgency is encouraged. That said, if you see something you love (translation: can't live without and must have immediately) but it's not in your size or sold out, let me know and I will hunt to find it (or similar options). Try me, or not, it's totally up to you. I do this for my clients on a daily basis so I want to extend the same offer to my readers, just cause I happen to appreciate you all. And B, it's such a pain when  you fall in love with a pick and then can't find it, or don't have the time to dig. I have my secret spots and ways to find these picks. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (rare), but if you never ask, you'll never know.

You can always shop the rest of the trends (see the graphic at the top of the post and click at will), but in the mean time, should you want to keep the browsing going strong and yet are looking beyond the trends, head over to where it all happens, the StyleShaker Closet where the rest of the favorites are handpicked weekly and sent into their respective categories for your shopping pleasure. Click away and get to shopping:

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See more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.