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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,

Mercantile

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Dressing for Spring, Now

Dressing for Spring, Now

Although it doesn't feel like spring yet - hello, surprise snow storm - we're getting stocked (and stoked) for warmer weather in the store.  With every shipment comes more flirty dresses, bright colors and floral prints and we couldn't be more ready. 

Even if the pieces your purchasing for the upcoming season don't seem practical for the weather outside, it's hard to resist wearing a new item in your closet.  Rather than wait until the temps rise dramatically, it may take months after all, layer your new, spring-y pieces under chunky sweaters and scarves or over textured tights and long sleeve shirts.  You'll get more use out of your new clothes, while staying cozy against the chill.

From L to R: Eileen Fisher sweater, M Missoni skirt, Rag & Bone "Abbot" fedora, Chan Luu necklace, Rag & Bone shearling backpack, T by Alexander Wang rib turtleneck, Theory "Kyon" dress, Hartford cashmere beanie, Rene Escobar bangles and Vince "Signature V" cross body bag.

This is the perfect opportunity to mix colors and textures in unexpected ways, lightweight silks for Spring pair beautifully with a fuzzy sweater.  Go bold with your choices, you won't regret it.

XO
Mercantile

Red, Red, Wine

Red, Red, Wine

Call it what you will - bordeaux, plum, shiraz, garnet, wine - but deep, rich burgundy red is THE color of the fall season.  Midnight blue may have given it a run for it's money, but bordeaux is the clear winner here and it's reign will definitely continue into the holidays.  

It's an easy color to incorporate into your closet and works well for both day and evening.  We've put together a bordeaux heavy look that's super bold yet still easy to wear. 

From L to R: Grisal scarf, Rag & Bone Range fedora, Vince Signature V shoulder bag, Rag & Bone Petra pullover, James Jeans Penney cord and Stutterheim Stockholm raincoat

When wearing more than one piece in this hue, keep your silhouettes clean and your accessories neutral so the color can shine.

XO
Mercantile


Sporty Chic

Sporty Chic

It's not solely because we're in portland - the home of modern athletic wear and originator of the athleisure trend - that we're excited about the sporty-chic look that's happening for Fall.  The style is, in fact, totally versatile.  It's easily dressed up or down, depending on the silhouette and fabrication of the pieces you choose.  

Sporty does not have to equal casual, a silk skirt or trouser from T by Alexander Wang paired with a cashmere sweater and sky high suede pump will take you straight from day to evening (see below), while cropped sweats from ATM plus a luxe, cotton tee with athletic accents paired with a leather jacket are perfect for saturday errands and lunch with friends. 

Vince Cashmere Cowl Neck Pull-Over, T by Alexander Wang Satin Skirt, Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora, Rene Escobar Chain Link Bracelet, CLP Metallic Snakeskin Cuff and Vince Signature V Modern Bucket Bag.

The trend, in it's many forms, has been featured by many of our favorite designers, including Akris Punto, Max Mara, Rag & Bone and Vince.  You don't need to take it too far, it can be as subtle as a contrast racing stripe down the leg of your crepe joggers, a mesh knit, cashmere sweater or simple the addition of sneakers to your ensemble. 

XO
Mercantile