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South America indigenous accessories are little by little, getting fashion recognition. We are talking about pieces that have been fashionable for ages in countries, as Colombia and Brazil, and now they are making fashion statements worldwide. And we love it.

Case in point, the Tagua Nut used for creating rings, bracelets and necklaces are now a source of inspiration by many new designers.  This crazy, chunky and organic nut, found in the Amazon, is molded and dyed to create the perfect tropical vibe.  In addition, you will not only be making a fashion statement by carrying this unique staple, but local artisans are being paid fair wages for creating them.

By designer Dandi Maestre

Another example is the Arhuacos Wayuu Mochila, created only by the Northern pre-columbian Wayuu tribe in Colombia. Each mochila is a unique hand woven bag that tells a story of the artisan who created it.  The production of the bags usually take two to three months as artisans craft each bag to preserve the tradition rather than to make money, therefore they are not mass produced.   For this reasons no two bag are the same.  Now, fashion Mecca J.Crew has finally acknowledged the impeccable craftsmanship found in these bags and launched its own version of the mochila.

I think it is the perfect time to go ethnic!

J.Crew Version


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The Black Book

Thanks to Nina Garcia and her Little Black Book of Style!  Full with tips and tricks, basic insights, inspirations and a trip through time, this book fulfills its promise to provoke the senses by contemplating fashion as part of one’s inner identity.

Quoting fashion icons from Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, to the genius minds of Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci, The Little Black Book, makes it entertaining to anyone who might be under the magic spell of fashion.   With contributing fashion anecdotes, amazing illustrations by Ruben Toledo and Q&As from Heidi Klum, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more, it is surprising that we managed without it!

Great Illustrations

Nina Garcia is to be admired, not only because she is an authority figure in the fashion industry; or because she is the equivalent of Simon Cowell in Project Runaway; or not even because she is from our native hometown Barranquilla, Colombia, but because she makes the most important fashion point finally obvious to everyone!  The latest It Bag should not inspire your personal style, but instead, YOU should be your own fashion!

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We wonder how or when did recycling old items became so fashionable? Surprisingly, you get to think that it is actually normal to spend a small fortune in a piece of clothing, a handbag or even shoes that were used by several other individuals before you!  The older, more raggedy and worn out, the better!  Unbelievable but so true.  That is the magic about fashion, the beauty of the unexpected.  Vintage has introduced itself in the fashion world and revolutionized the concept that new is not always better.

Chloe Sevigny and Sienna Miller

Take a look at our fashion muses, Vintage Queens Chloë Sevigny and Sienna Miller.  They are the experts in selecting vintage, one of kind items and mixing them with modern day-to-day basics.

Your grandma’s cocktail dress, Aunty Annie’s 60’s hard wear belt or your Mom’s go-go boots….well just forget about those go-go boots, and mix and match them with a basic LBD or a classic white tank top and jeans, and voila! Fashion magic at its best.  So, go around, search for that special vintage piece that will set you apart from the rest and explore different options, because remember, timeless is for ever.

For great finds and Mandrake PR’s fave vintage store in Miami check out  C. Madeleine.

The Ultimate Vintage Find

Hermes, Timeless Classic

Great Finds at any Vintage Store

Old with the New: The Mix and Match Game

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PETA's Campaign

Not only has monetary reasons made fur less fashionable in the past decade, but it has been more of an ethical and personal decision.  We have all heard and seen PETA’s aggressive Fur Is Dead campaign against fur, but aside from the blood, the rotting carcasses and sad-faced animals, does fur still emulates luxury?  Yes, sadly it does, but now a new trend has evolved and that is faux fur.  Many famous retailers and designers as H&M, Forever 21, Stella McCartney, BCBG Max Azria and Juicy Couture, among others, have made the conscious decision to forgo fur completely from their collections.  And what a fabulous choice this has been, not only is faux fur economically accessible to everyone but there is no apparent sign that distinguishes real from synthetic, besides not having a dead animal’s skin covering your body.

Faux Fur Options

Not visible difference

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Every last Friday of each month, The MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) located in North Miami, Florida celebrates Art Walk & Jazz Night at the MOCA.  On its latest event, Mandrake PR was there to appreciate some local modern art.   During this wonderful night, a Colombian artist was included to the night’s repertoire and that was our very own Marl Vilaro. His collection of tribal inspired accessories were on display for everyone to enjoy next to other great pieces of art at the vintage fashion and art boutique, Art with A Purpose, located in 791 N.E. 125 Street, North Miami, Florida 33161.

Our experience of MOCA’s Art Walk & Jazz Night was one remembered as a moonlight night visiting art galleries while enjoying wine and jazz tunes by Jean Caze and as one, we recommend and we are sure to repeat. For more information about MOCA’s nightlife schedule visit: http://www.mocanomi.org.

Exploring Some Art

Jazz Entertainment

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Here is a sneak peak of Mandrake Public Relations beautiful showroom, equipped with all the necessary tools to make a valuable impression.  Located in sunny Bal Harbour and few miles from the Bal Harbour Shops, where fashion icons make their homes as Chanel, Custo Barcelona, Lavin and Roger Vivier.

Perfectly situated with hypnotizing views of the bay and Downtown Miami, who would want to work in this heaven?

Tempting, isn’t?

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Market Boutique

After the official launch in the sunny city of Miami, Florida during the month of May, Silvana Danies Jewelry continues to take over the city.  Now, her fine selection of one-of-a-kind semi precious jewelry will also be available at Market, the fashionable indie-boutique located at The Shops By The Falls, 8851 S.W. 136 Street, Miami, Florida. Starting June 2010, Silvana Danies Jewelry will join a select group of local up and coming designers that make Market Boutique so unique.

We invite you to take a minute and enjoy some quality retail time.

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