Fremont’s scent super-store, Essenza, is hosting a launch event on August 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. for Achtung, a collab between local perfumer House of Matriarch, artist Rick Barchenger and emerging designer Aronhix who has created textiles based on Barchenger’s black and white mandala-style drawings.
House of Matriarch perfumer Christi Meshell explains a bit about Barchenger and their collaboration:
I made the first glittersweet bag in the basement of my Seattle home with a piece of vinyl from a yard sale and a 40-year-old sewing machine.
As sales spread across the country, glittersweet grew to employ a small, local factory to produce our growing collection of bags. Each bag is hand-sewn with original appliqué designs, using retro upholstery vinyl and colorful cotton fabrics.
Concrete Chic is a lifestyle brand for modern ladies age 22-35, who believe in working hard so that they can play even harder: Street-inspired clothing for a new adult generation desiring to present themselves as smart and sharply dressed, while retaining their youthful street sense. Independent, daring, and rebellious at heart, we believe that success is the greatest revenge.
Kwill speaks to the girl on the go who wants to look flirty, feminine and tough all at once. She likes to accentuate her body with 50’s and 40’s inspired cuts with an edge. Kwill accommodates this with its fit and flare dresses made with varying materials from silks to leather. Speaking to the soft yet strong qualities every woman possesses. All garments are designed with mixing and matching in mind for optimum versatility and use. For the whimsical, practical woman of intelligence and taste Kwill is the perfect fit.
Gait is a line inspired by Classic menswear. Giving clients opportunity to express their personality and style, creating a bridge between the gender gap. With such excellent fit and styling, even women want to be seen in it. This Collection is suitable for both genders.
The Karen Ashley line is dedicated to being an outward reflection and affirmation of our customers’ goals and dreams; we are committed to the journey. Sophisticated and refined the Karen Ashley customer embraces her femininity, and she is powerful, confident, sure of herself. We are committed to offering satisfying and compelling experiences by utilizing the finest materials, exceptional workmanship, attention to detail and outstanding customer service.
Label Name: JuleanoThe Juleano aesthetic is a collection that is inspired by modern, contemporary, and unconventional items. These can range from the paneling of a skyscraper, to the organic waves of smoke flowing through air. Many of the designs have a geometric or symmetrical design that shows balance on the body.
Jonquil & Mr Black is a couture and made-to-measure line of handluggage and accessories hand-built from vintage or antique raw materials. Our customer, like our aesthetic, informs the future while invoking the past; turns the mundane to memorable. Due to the rarity and non-sustainable nature of our textiles, product runs are limited editions.
Personal Style: Leschi’s Erika Dalya Massaquoi is a fashion chameleon, absorbing and reflecting the many moods and styles of her influences, which are as diverse and far reaching as the Miami of her childhood and her parents’ interest in civil rights and modernism. “I’m all about the high/low mix,” Massaquoi says. “You see me in vintage mixed with Africana and JCrew, Marni or Prada with a pair of beat-down Converse. I’ve been wearing those since 1986.”
Gingerlyn Bellus has been designing custom one of kind garments for about 20 years to individual clients. Some of the examples of her projects, have been everything from; Costumes, Cos-Play (Anime), to Ready-to- Wear for Men and Women.
As for the Ready-to-Wear collections, the Bellus brand focuses on classical styles of clothing with an edgy but a modern twist, with attention to detail work. Influenced by historical, and sometimes anime inspiration, and a mixture of fabrics that gives its defined look.
Chinatown–International District-based Jessica Park, the designer of the ultrachic Ampersand As Apostrophe line of bags (and one cool necklace), is really into the concept of transformation. “Almost all of my bags can be transformed for multiple ways to wear,” she says. Her most popular bag, the Buffalo Parcel ($795), for example, has at least seven possible incarnations, considering it has a black metal chain, two shoulder straps and can also be carried as a clutch.