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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.

 

Who Loves You Dad!

Tracy Xavier

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Dapper Dad in all shapes and sizes. Wear a bit of History! Vintage cufflinks in original boxes, Free trinket box packaging with 2 items purchased. Silk ties in all styles with an incredible selection pf pocket squares and tie bars.

Cotton Batik pocket squares, vintage silk woven ties, antique upcycled magnetic tie tack MagTAK. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Cotton Batik pocket squares, vintage silk woven ties, antique upcycled magnetic tie tack MagTAK. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Special estate sale antique finds. Collar bars & cufflinks

Special estate sale antique finds. Collar bars & cufflinks

Authentic old school. Preppy, paisley pocket square with silver golf tie bar. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Authentic old school. Preppy, paisley pocket square with silver golf tie bar. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Wear a bit of History! A great selection of rare cufflink sets in their original boxes. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Wear a bit of History! A great selection of rare cufflink sets in their original boxes. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Dapper Lite. Sand washed feel watercolor pocket square with fish hook tie bar. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Dapper Lite. Sand washed feel watercolor pocket square with fish hook tie bar. Modern Renaissance Man on Etsy

Magnetic Tie Tacks, what are they and how to wear them.

Tracy Xavier

Fashion always repeats itself, but now with a magnetic twist. We invented a tie tack that not only serves a purpose of securing your tie without poking holes in your fine fabrics, but also lends itself to a revived fashion statement from the early 1900's. We have put together some styling examples for reference. Our Mag TAKs are constructed with very powerful magnets that can be used on ties, jacket lapels and on hats as a hat pin. The style options of the Mag TAKs that we offer range from modern and minimal designs to authentic antique pieces from the 1900's upcycled as magnetic pins.

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Worn high on the tie right below the knot. Make a statement and start a conversation

Worn high on the tie right below the knot. Make a statement and start a conversation

Examples of upcycled antique pieces from the 1900's. Incredible detailed designs and picture stories told by the artists of their day. Interesting article on our blog " The History of the Button" by Charles Dickens.

Examples of upcycled antique pieces from the 1900's. Incredible detailed designs and picture stories told by the artists of their day. Interesting article on our blog " The History of the Button" by Charles Dickens.

Striped enamel upcycled Mag TAK with paisley silk covered back button

Striped enamel upcycled Mag TAK with paisley silk covered back button

Upcycled elements with a fun twist with a magnetic silk covered back button

Upcycled elements with a fun twist with a magnetic silk covered back button

Order 2 or more from any of our stores and get them packaged in a unique vintage trinket / stash box FREE! Looking for a particular style or color? Just contact us for ideas. Do you have some ties that you would like to match up with some Mag TAKs? Just send us some images and we will present back to you selections for your consideration. Have some fun with your accessories while starting a conversation. The ultimate nod to historical fashion and style while doing your part to recycle.

The Original MagTAK.....Magnetic brooches for Mother's Day

Tracy Xavier

Whatever her style, we have you covered. Upcycled little jewels reinvented as magnetic pins and brooches to wear with your scarves, on your lapels or as a unique conversation starter on your hat. Vintage crystal clusters, mod Mad Men style, antique hand painted porcelain and stone. Silk & leather covered back buttons. For Mother's Day......buy two or more and get a free vintage trinket box, packaged as a gift.

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.

The history of the tassel

Tracy Xavier

I ran across this great article on Martha Stewart's and thought it was worthy of sharing.

Suede choker & tassel necklaces featured are available in our Etsy store: Womans Renaissance

Suede choker & tassel necklaces featured are available in our Etsy store: Womans Renaissance

The tassel has almost always been a symbol of power and prestige. The word for "tassel" originated from "tassau" -- which, translated from Latin, refers to a clasp at the neck of a garment. In the beginning, tassels served as a weaving knot in garments to prevent unraveling. Then, over the course of time, they took on a more powerful significance: They were worn by ancient priests and military officers as talismans that warded off evil spirits. Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was unearthed from his tomb wearing them around his neck.

In 330 AD, Roman emperor Constantine decreed that all Christians should be clothed, leading to a high demand for tassel trimmings. Flash-forward to 540 AD: Emperor Justinian and two Persian monks smuggled in silkworms from China -- just to make the tassels fancied by royalty and aristocrats in the Western world.

We can thank the French for turning the tassel into a trendsetter. Around the 16th century, the Guild of the Passementiers established the art of "passementerie." It took seven years of apprenticeship to be trained in this craft, and a single tassel would cost the equivalent of thousands of dollars to commission, not to mention weeks of labor and valuable materials. (Can you imagine how long it might take to weave the trimmings for an entire throne?!

Scholars from Oxford and Cambridge affixed them to their graduation caps to mark their intellectual superiority. The church tied them to robes to denote rank among clergy members. Napoleon decked out his imperial throne with them. King Louis XIV even commissioned them to decorate all royal costumes and residences. Shortly after that, the rest of the Western world followed suit by adding them to, well, everything and anything. They inspire us to feel smart, strong, even statuesque.

By Alexandra Churchill

Pearls and chunky chain tassel necklace and Boho beaded tassel choker: Woman's Renaissance.

Pearls and chunky chain tassel necklace and Boho beaded tassel choker: Woman's Renaissance.

Very Gatsby antiqued gold and topaz tassel necklace & fun and funky hippie beaded choker

Very Gatsby antiqued gold and topaz tassel necklace & fun and funky hippie beaded choker

Amber and gold tassel brooch and antiqued brass super long chain neck wrap necklace

Amber and gold tassel brooch and antiqued brass super long chain neck wrap necklace

Great authentic old school vintage finds! Elegant crystals and gold/ Mod snake chain & pearls

Great authentic old school vintage finds! Elegant crystals and gold/ Mod snake chain & pearls

So, whether you are more of a Gatsby, Downton Abbey gal or a true blue Boho hippie type....empower yourself with some great tassel designs.