Q+A: Alexis Bittar On The Beauty Of Lucite And His Brand Of Maximalism

ALEXIS_PORTRAITBrooklyn tastemaker and jewelry designer Alexis Bittar has come a long way since selling his handmade designs on the streets of New York City’s Soho in the ’90s. Today, he’s got more than 200 employees and a seemingly endless supply of imagination, creating a new era of refinement showcased in his coveted Lucite, Elements, and Miss Havisham collections — back on Gilt today at noon ET. Read about his inspirations (antiques! punk rock!), and then shop the most lust-worthy Alexis Bittar pieces for spring.

StyleFile: When you sit down to create a new collection or collaboration, how do you begin? Are you an artist with a method to his creative madness, or is it a different experience every time?

Alexis Bittar: I look at historical references. I love antiques. I try not to look at other jewelry, but I do look at the runways and feel where I want things to go and what was missed. I try to harness that energy and embody it in jewelry.

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Marina B’s A-List Fan Club

Getting your start in the family business isn’t exactly the road less traveled — unless that family is the legendary jewelry dynasty known as Bulgari. Marina Bulgari, granddaughter of founder Sottiro Bulgari, designed under the Italian brand for years after graduating college, but launched her own namesake line in the late ’70s, leaving her heritage mark to just a single initial. The Roman-born designer’s strikingly colorful gems — available for the first time today on Gilt — soon caught the eye of the international jet set, and were a favorite of Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, and Princess Grace. Today’s A-listers are equally charmed by the bold, sculptural designs: See how celeb devotees like Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, and Amy Adams wear Marina B, and get the look for yourself with a stunning, heirloom-worthy piece from our sale, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

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Sustainable Style: TOMS’ Founder Blake Mycoskie Talks One for One.®

“We’ve helped over 250,000 people get their sight back, and that’s growing every day,” says TOMS’ founder Blake Mycoskie, who expanded the brand’s successful One for One.® model, originally created with their signature slip-on shoes, a few years ago to include eyewear. Which means that with every pair of sunglasses — debuting on Gilt today — sold, TOMS helps restore sight to a person in need, through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses, or medical treatment.

Ready to do your part? Shop the TOMS Eyewear collection, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

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#ItsInTheBag: Celebrating Our Exclusive Cambridge Satchel Mini Collection

Gilt + Cambridge Satchel Company Mini Capsule Collection BreakfastThe Cambridge Satchel Company‘s candy-colored bags are the go-to sidekicks of the street style set, so naturally we feted the launch of our new exclusive capsule collection of the brand’s Minis with help from a snap-worthy pack of bloggers, editors, and celebs over breakfast at The Pavilion in NYC’s Union Square. We treated guests to dozens of picture-perfect mini essentials (think Essie nail polishes and pint-sized Diet Cokes) to play up their brand new bags in covetable Insta-ready shots, no filter required. Get inspired by reality-star-turned-designer Whitney Port’s well-styled stash — featuring The Mini in pastel pink, one of 10 colors available exclusively on Gilt — and score your own from our sale, starting tonight at 9pm ET.

Gilt + Cambridge Satchel Company Mini Capsule Collection Breakfast

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