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MRM-accessories for both ladies and gents. We offer everything from classic vintage to re invented up-cycled designs. Our goal is to make great design and fashion elements affordable.

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A look at the history of men's fashion and style. Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Gatsby style accessory icons. How to's and color print match up advice.

 

Own the office....women wearing cufflinks

Tracy Xavier

Office elegance to after work happy hour. Cufflinks are such a fun, sexy way to add an accessory to your outfit. Whether you are an attorney or work in a ad agency, wearing cufflinks with a silk french cuff blouse and suit or with some jeans and heels. We are in love with the cufflinks. Our stores offer the best selection of women's cufflinks on line. Upcycled beautiful pieces of art created as statement cufflinks. Our cufflinks are not men's cufflinks pitched as a feminine design. Our full line covers crystal clusters, stone, Czech glass & pearls. Our clients enjoy our innovative and special packaging. When you order a few items, we package them in one of our vintage trinket boxes.

Mother's Day Sunday May 14th

Tracy Xavier

Make it a special gift this year with supporting homegrown business! Here is a bit of Historical reference for this very special day. Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. In the United States, celebration of Mother's Day began in the early 20th century. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew's Methodist Church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that they were "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world".

Magnetic scarf pins, beautiful silk scarves, handcrafted cufflinks and antique finds: Picks chosen from both stores on Etsy Woman's Renaissance & Modern Renaissance Man

Embroidery Beauty & History

Tracy Xavier

A beautiful trend with an impressive history. Works from China have been dated to the Warring States period (5th–3rd century BC). There have been different styles of stitching, different fabrics & different technique but all appreciated as an artistic expression. I found a few interesting articles to share with you. 

It is a striking fact that in the development of embroidery ... there are no changes of materials or techniques which can be felt or interpreted as advances from a primitive to a later, more refined stage. On the other hand, we often find in early works a technical accomplishment and high standard of craftsmanship rarely attained in later times.

The art of embroidery has been found world-wide and several early examples have been found. In a garment from Migration period Sweden, roughly 300–700 AD, the edges of bands of trimming are reinforced with running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, tailor's buttonhole stitch, and whip-stitching, but it is uncertain whether this work simply reinforced the seams or should be interpreted as decorative embroidery

Depending on time, location and materials available, embroidery could be the domain of a few experts or a wide-spread, popular technique. This flexibility led to a variety of works, from the royal to the mundane.

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Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items often were seen as a mark of wealth and status, as in the case of Opus Anglicanum, a technique used by professional workshops and guilds in medieval England In 18th century England and its colonies, samplers employing fine silks were produced by the daughters of wealthy families. Embroidery was a skill marking a girl's path into womanhood as well as conveying rank and social standing.

During the 17th century padded satin stitch became very popular, in order to create bas-reliefs on fabrics. Golden yarns were still popular, as ribbons and sequins. A new technique was developed to apply more volume to fabrics, a sort of bullion knot, which was made with silver yarns and looked like a modern cylinder shaped bead. The most important innovation in fashion history was represented by the introduction of lace. Lace in the 17th century was applied on collars, camisa, socks and gloves.

We have just launched our first few pieces in our women's store on Etsy WomansRenaissance

Men using Pinterest

Tracy Xavier

So if you are one of those men out there that says "What is Pinterest?", we are going to break it down for you. It's not just for women but a great tool for organizing your ideas, saving project to do lists and shopping.

First of all super easy to get started. Just add topic boards such as, bar ideas, fashion likes, hairstyles, art, food and cocktail recipes. Then just cruise the web for your ideas and build your boards. It is like a pin board, so when you get around trying that recipe you saw, just pull up your Pinterest account and without printing out the recipe you have your usable reference. We have been on Pinterest for years now, below are some screen shots of our Men's Boards.

March: His & Hers Match Ups

Tracy Xavier

After cruising through both of our Etsy stores, I decided to start a monthly blog post highlighting a few style match ups from both Modern Renaissance Man (His & Hers store on Etsy) & Woman's Renaissance (Women's store on Etsy). Enjoy, and if you every need any assistance putting a few items together......Hey, that's is what we are here for! Just convo us in our stores and we will put together collage ideas for your consideration.