Today is #givingtuesday. Thanks to you, our loyal customers, we’re proud to have raised $11,280.00 over the past year for a range of non-profits, including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the NRDC and the SPLC. This holiday season we will be donating to three charities close to our heart – Undocufund, Everytown and Watts Project. If you would like to consider donating to these causes, please find more information on their missions below.
We are grateful for your continued business and support, which helps drive these donations. Keep your eyes peeled for future charity initiatives we will be launching in 2018.
A charity working with undocumented families who are victims of the California wild fires in Sonoma County.
“An estimated 38,5001 undocumented immigrants live and work in Sonoma County. Unlike other victims of the fires that have devastated Sonoma County, undocumented immigrants do not qualify for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Lack of immigration status, limited English proficiency, and fear of immigration enforcement will also impede their access to disaster-relief services, even when they are eligible. Lack of familiarity or comfort with law enforcement, county departments, and financial institutions present additional barriers. Consequently, the fire victims face significant challenges in meeting basic needs and rebuilding their lives in Sonoma County where the cost of living is very high. The UndocuFund provides direct funding to undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County and their families to help them recover and rebuild.”
A charity coalition that advocates for gun safety.
“Formerly Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Everytown for Gun Safety is now a coalition made up of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and survivors of America’s many gun violence incidents. Together, they lobby for gun control legislation on a local and federal level, as well as provide a support network for gun violence survivors.”
A non-profit animal rescue based in South Los Angeles.
“Watts Project rescues dogs and cats and re-homes them through fostering and adoption. It also runs spray and neutering programmes, as well as a reading programme connecting the South LA Animal Shelter to schools around the area, inviting children to spend a couple of hours reading to shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. The main purpose of this event is to teach children to have compassion towards animals. A therapeutic experience, it gives shelter and rescue animals a break from their sometimes stressful environment and brings smiles to children’s faces while putting their reading skills to practice.”
With the holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to travel. The English countryside is always at the top of our winter destination list, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite places to visit.
Set in the grounds of stately manor Bretton Hall, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open air art park featuring work from iconic artists including Barbara Hepworth, Antony Gormley, Henry Moore and Ai Weiwei.
Gravetye Manor is the quintessential English country retreat. This charming wood-paneled hotel dates from Elizabethan times and features log fires, tasteful chintz and stunning gardens, created by William Robinson, the father of the English natural garden.
One of the finest historical sites in Northern Europe, The Roman Baths, in the City of Bath, consist of the preserved remains of an original Roman spa. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site, flooding the baths with natural hot water.
Charleston, in East Sussex, was the country retreat of the infamous Bloomsbury Group, whose members included Virginia Woolf. Now maintained as a museum, it’s decorated interiors are worth the trip alone.
The Fat Duck is a three star Michelin restaurant run by pioneering British chef Heston Blumenthal. Known for its innovative take on modern British cuisine, book in advance for its fourteen-course tasting menu, which features dishes such as nitro scrambled egg and bacon ice cream.
Set in the beautiful English countryside, Hauser & Wirth brings its world-class gallery to the wilds of Somerset.
We are excited to announce the launch of the Kathleen Whitaker Stone Collection III. Continuing to work with unusual stones and unexpected materials, with this release we unveil a number of new styles using pietersite, vintage glass, tourmaline, chrysoprase, and grey opal. The collection also sees the introduction of vegetable ivory, a sustainable organic material harvested from the nut of a palm tree. The range has also expanded to include bracelets and necklaces for the first time, alongside second and third editions of select, favorite designs. We hope you love it as much as we do.
Kathleen Whitaker Red Venetian Glass Earrings (left) and Pyrite Pendant Necklace (right).
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with designer Ulla Johnson for the second time, creating a bespoke jewelry collection for her Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week show. Featuring pink muscle shell, white and gold mother of pearl shell, and moonstones, all set in sterling silver, the twenty new styles will be available exclusively at the Ulla Johnson store in New York next spring.
“My background in ceramics is where I explored for the first time… how to make something sculpturally compelling but also functionally effective, and how to hone efficient, spare design.” Kathleen talks to Ravelin about her design inspirations and path to making jewelry. Read the full conversation here.
We share some of our favorite places from a recent trip to London.
A beautiful space with wonderful aromas,
Marylebone concept store Perfumer H creates bespoke seasonal fragrances.
In the heart of Saint James, Cafe Murano offers authentic Northern Italian
flavors from Michelin-starred Angela Hartnett.
Londoners are abuzz about the new wing of the Tate Modern, but it’s the Tate Britain, one of the UK’s oldest and most illustrious museums, that resonates most. It’s a quiet classic that never disappoints.
With multiple locations across central London, Fernandez & Wells is the perfect spot for a quick coffee, hearty sandwich or an excellent charcuterie plate.
London has an abundance of beautiful public parks but Saint James is a particular
favorite for its lakes and lush greenery.
As friends and fans of Apiece Apart, we were excited to collaborate with them on their beautiful Pre-Fall 2017 lookbook. Our Sequin Ring pairs perfectly with their effortless and minimal designs.
With summer on the horizon, our thoughts are turning to vacation destinations. Here we share some of our Paris essentials.
La Cave Du Septime, a wine bar housed in a converted shoe repair shop,
is perfect for small plates and an afternoon glass of wine.
The recently reopened Picasso Museum features over 5000 works of art,
including pieces from Picasso’s own personal collection.
A chateau-turned-hotel in the middle of the city, Saint James Paris boasts everything from stunning interiors to an award-winning restaurant and lush private gardens and spa.
When in Paris, make time to visit Au Passage, which offers beautiful bites and cocktails.
Ask for the Fever Tree Tonic and Maidenii Vermouth with lemon twist.
As huge fans of Solange, we were honored to see the boundary-pushing musician, artist and activist wearing the Kathleen Whitaker Stone Collection to an event for Coachella.
Solange wears the Kathleen Whitaker Chalcedony Earrings.
Spring is here. With cherry blossom season underway, we wanted to share some of our favorite spots in Tokyo.
Yaeca has a number of beautiful lifestyle stores in Tokyo, each worth a visit. Our favorite is the Yaeca Home Store, for its expertly curated mix of furniture and homewares.
Enjoy authentic Kaiseki cuisine at Kuroiwa, a beautiful and tranquil restaurant that offers a welcome respite from the bustle of the city.
Tucked in the backstreets of Ebisu station, Wine Stand Waltz is a must for a relaxed evening drink. A bijou wine bar, it has space for 10 patrons only, and serves natural wines from Europe and Japan in Baccarat glasses.
Situated in Meguro, south of Shibuya, Claska is one of our favorite hotels in Tokyo. A modern, minimal yet comfortable space, each of its 20 rooms is uniquely designed. The hotel also features a restaurant, lifestyle shop and an adjacent art gallery. A popular spot with discerning travelers, booking early is advised.
Ginza West is an old school Japanese tea room established in 1947. With it’s pristine white table cloths and silver service, it’s the perfect place for afternoon tea and cake.
Arts & Science stores are dotted throughout Tokyo, selling a well-edited selection of clothing, accessories and homewares. Highlights include vintage workwear and handcrafted textiles.
We have long admired Maggie Gyllenhaal for her bold acting roles and her activisim. We were honored to see her wearing Kathleen Whitaker jewelry for her recent interview with Apiece Apart, where she discusses balancing
family with work, and how to be an outspoken yet thoughtful advocate for rights that matter.
Maggie wears the Kathleen Whitaker Large Gold Fan Earrings.
To help you plan your next trip to New York, a round-up of some of our favorite spots in the city that never sleeps.
Neue Galerie is a museum that specialises in early 20th century German and Austrian art and design. The building itself is as exquisite as the collection, designed by the same architects as the New York Public Library.
Named after Neue Galerie co-founder Serge Sabarsky, Café Sabarsky evokes Viennese cafés at the turn of the 19th century, from the vintage furniture to the light fixtures.
The Greenwich Hotel is a Tribeca landmark and a modern New York classic.
The Frick Collection houses a distinguished collection of Old Master paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts. It’s also worth visiting for the building, one of New York’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions.
Open in various forms since the 1920s, The Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village is a neighborhood favorite.
The Met’s new contemporary art outpost, The Met Breuer, opened it’s doors in the former Whitney Museum space earlier this year, giving new life to one of New York’s oldest art institutions.
The Carlyle Hotel is a New York classic, and has been charming visitors with its elegant, Art Deco interiors since the 1930s.
We were happy to partner with Ulla Johnson for both her Spring 17 New York Fashion Week show and her Spring 17 lookbook. Our Chalcedony and Large Gold Fan Earrings are the perfect accompaniment to Ulla’s feminine designs.