Last week, I ventured to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and stayed at the Marriott Hotel and Resort. As I went out to the pool and beach area, I found a table filled with stars, flowers, shells, and hearts. These were all charms hanging on necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The designer behind the line, Ceramic, is Nilsa, who has been using clay as her main resource along with cotton polyester blended rope as support.
Having designed for 30 years, Nilsa never sketches before making her inspiration into beautiful pieces. It’s too “time consuming” and she dreams up each piece as she makes it. Her main inspiration? Cookie cutters. Having sold her pieces at the Marriott for the past ten years and other hotels around Puerto Rico, these pieces are handcrafted and unique. It’s actually anything but cookie cutter!
With our generation and technology today, why do we spend that extra ounce of energy to manually rewind our watches and clocks if almost all electronics feature automatic settings? Cell phones are our right hand man and can tell time just as easily. It is just that buying or receiving a watch usually incorporates a feeling of nostalgia; maybe it was a graduation, birthday, anniversary, or retirement present. Watches can represent milestone memories. Inspired by the iconic styles of watches found in the flea markets, brands today are incorporating the concept of vintage, and long-time established brands are bringing back their original styles to men’s and women’s watches sold today. Until the next spring ahead, it’s about time to fall back to old school.