Designer to Know: Leslie Paige Jewelry

Designer to Know: Leslie Paige Jewelry

Leslie Paige McElroy has always been a creative type. From working as a pastry chef to launching her own jewelry line — McElroy brings passion and craftsmanship to the table no matter the project. And with our Leslie Paige Jewelry trunk show coming up this weekend, we sat down to find out just what makes this up-and-coming designer tick.

Leslie Paige McElroy

1. How did you become involved in jewelry design?

I had been a pastry chef for the majority of my career and I wanted to make a change. I wanted to create something more permanent. It would take me three days to make a wedding cake that would be eaten in a matter of minutes. I also had this idea for what I call the perched setting. I wanted something like it for myself, so after searching for weeks, I decided to have it made. As I began to wear my design, others began wanting it for themselves. This prompted me to design new variations and other items.

2. Where do you find inspiration?

Most of my designs come from my own desire to have a piece. With the perched setting I was trying to find a way to showcase the back of the stone as well as the front. I have always liked the back of stones and wanted to show how the back can be just as beautiful as the front.

Perched Setting

3. Can you describe your design process?

I usually start by sitting down with my caster and working on how to best produce a design so that it is a strong, quality and comfortable piece. Next I choose the stones. I look for stones with color or shape that make them stand out.

4. What is your favorite part of the design process?

Seeing the finished piece. I love seeing how this idea in my head comes together and how people respond to it.

Leslie Paige Jewelry

6. What is your favorite material to work with?

When you work in the culinary industry you quickly learn that if you start with the best possible ingredients then you will get the best possible finished product. I find this to be true with jewelry. I use only solid gold, natural diamonds and natural gemstones. 

7. What was it like being featured in British Vogue

It’s great getting the international exposure and hearing from people around the world who love my designs!

British Vogue

8. Goals for the future?

My goal is to grow the Leslie Paige Jewelry brand while continuing to expand on the unique statement designs. Coming soon: cuff bracelets and men’s puzzle rings.

Thank you Leslie! We can't wait to have you in store this Friday and Saturday. To check out more designs by Leslie Paige Jewelry, click here.

XO,

Mercantile

Summer Formalities

Summer Formalities

Being in the full swing of summer, it seems appropriate to discuss the inevitable formal events that pop up along the way. From your cousin’s wedding to a work conference or luxurious date night — we’ve got you covered for all your posh warm-weather needs.

RED VALENTINO DRESS & LIZABETH EARRINGS

RED VALENTINO DRESS & LIZABETH EARRINGS

For the inevitable summer wedding; a starry dress means you will sparkle all night without taking attention away from the happy couple. An added bonus: its short length and sheer sleeves mean you’ll stay cool while dancing the night away. Keep your accessories minimal, but don’t forget to don earrings that compliment your starry motif.

VERONICA BEARD SCHOOLBOY DICKEY JACKET, A.L.C. TRIXIE DRESS, KURTULAN NECKLACE & SHIRALEAH ZIP WALLET

VERONICA BEARD SCHOOLBOY DICKEY JACKET, A.L.C. TRIXIE DRESS, KURTULAN NECKLACE & SHIRALEAH ZIP WALLET

For the career woman in need of stylish professional wear; opt for a patterned day dress topped with a classic blazer. The versatility of this dress means you can easily transition your look from day to night. For day wear, pair with black booties and minimal jewelry. For after work drinks, shed the blazer and add a black clutch and red lipstick.

ANNABEL INGALL CAMILLE SADDLE BAG, RENE ESCOBAR SILVER BANGLES & MCQ COTTON DRESS WITH LACE

ANNABEL INGALL CAMILLE SADDLE BAG, RENE ESCOBAR SILVER BANGLES & MCQ COTTON DRESS WITH LACE

For the modest mouse who wants to beat the heat: try a sleeveless maxi with a lacy bottom. The full-length lace ensures that you won’t reveal too much while simultaneously keeping your look cool and breezy. Add a bag for a pop of color and layer on bangles for some subtle bling. Wear to dinner at an equally chic restaurant.

XO,

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Red, White, and Bling

Red, White, and Bling

The perfect outfit is perfectly proportioned. But what about the proportion of clothing to jewelry? This Independence Day, embrace your sparkly side and create an outfit that shines as bright as the fireworks by adding more than a few pieces of bling.

Start with a simple red, white and blue ensemble. A pair of blue jeans and a lightweight tee keep things classic and are easily punched up by a red jacket. The versatility of this outfit means that the footwear options are endless, although sandals or loafers are a good place to start.

FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

FABIANA FILIPPI COTTON JACKET, THREE DOTS BRITISH COTTON TEE, AG JEANS THE PRIMA, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR NECKLACE BLACK DIAMONDS, KISMET HEROINE LONG STAR EARRING BLACK DIAMONDS & SAMIRA 13 JEWELRY FRINGE BRACELET

Finally, layer on the bling. The star shape of these Kismet earrings and necklace pay homage to the Independence Day theme. Their dark color also ties in nicely with the dark wash of the denim. A fun Samira 13 fringe bracelet adds a final layer of playfulness to the look.

XO,

Mercantile

Color Blocking

Color Blocking

Bright summer hues make the perfect statement pieces, but why not take your colorful look a step further? This season we dare you to play with bright hues and try color blocking!

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

FABIANA FILIPPI WOOLEN SCUBA OVERCOAT, HARTFORD HYSOPE BLOUSE, VINCE STOVEPIPE TROUSER, SUZI ROHER HEIDI CHARCOL SCARF & DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY BOND WOVEN LEATHER TOTE BAG.

Color blocking can be a daunting task, but fear not! These simple steps make creating colorful looks as easy as pie:

1. Choose a dominant piece. The yellow scuba coat in this look is obviously the crowd-pleaser. None of the other colors outshine it.

2. Pick colors that contrast. If you look at a color wheel, colors that contrast are at opposite points of the wheel. For instance, the cool blue of this Harlow top perfectly contrasts against the warmth of the yellow coat.

3. Don’t mix in too many hues. By sticking to only two or three colors, each one can speak for itself without being lost.

4. Tie it all together. Pick a few pieces whose colors are exactly the same. For instance, the black of the handbag and trousers in this look create a sense of continuity in the outfit.

And there you have it! A quick and easy guide to creating a color block outfit that is both fun and sophisticated. Have fun mixing!

XO

Mercantile

Graphic in G. Kero

Graphic in G. Kero

Created as a result of artistic passion and consumer frustration, G. Kero is now a brand modeled by celebrities and fashionistas alike. The love child of artist Marguerite Bartherotte, the French bohemian began painting designs straight onto t-shirts when her brother was dissatisfied with the t-shirt selection around him.

G. KERO SUPER JUNGLE

G. KERO SUPER JUNGLE

The brand has since grown into a worldwide presence, but stays true to its origins by using bright, painted designs. The name G. Kero gains its origin from the short film, Giselle Kérozène, a name which Batherotte herself has since adopted as a pseudonym.

G. KERO SUPER SEX BOMB

G. KERO SUPER SEX BOMB

So take a note from stars like Elle Fanning and Cara Delevingne and keep it casual. Pair your graphic G. Kero top with denim shorts and a leather jacket. Or if you’re looking to make a bolder statement, follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss and keep the rest of your outfit black. Our favorite model rocked her graphic top with leather leggings, a black shag jacket and a black clutch.

XO

Mercantile