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Re-introducing our column of best finds in & around New York. Edited by Rhonda Erb...


Bionda Castana Milano Shoe designers Jennifer Portman and Natalia Barbieri are the creators of “walkable art”. Their company, Bionda Castana Milano derives its name from the blond (Bionda) Jennifer and the brunette (Castana) Natalia and Milano is where their shoes are made. Their mission is to make shoes of unique design, perfect fit and exquisite quality. They have a passion for high heels, since that is what they find to be the most flattering shoe a woman can wear. Portman and Barbieri manufacture shoes for both day and eveningwear. Each pair is 100% made in Italy and is designed to give the wearer comfort and support as well as elegance and style. www.biondacastana.com

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Maja Schulz de Catallier has designed custom jewelry for such VIP clients as Queen Rania of Jordan. Her innovative creations are crafted of gold, silver, pearls, and precious stones, and are celebrated for their beauty and intricate details. With the introduction of her Feathers and More collection, Maja’s designs will be available for sale in boutiques in the United States for the first time. Now American consumers can treat themselves to jewels fit for a queen. Debut New York, 298 Mulberry Street, New York, NY www.majaschulzny.com


Clarins When the temperature soars, the heat and humidity can play havoc with your makeup. Clarins has come to the rescue with three new products that are guaranteed to keep you from having a makeup melt down. Day Screen High Protection is a lightweight, non greasy shield that provides 100% minimal protection from the sun and environmental pollution. A spritz of Fix’ Make Up will set your makeup, enhance color and prevent an oily sheen. Double Fix’ Mascara is a clear, waterproofing sealant that makes your regular mascara resistant to tears and perspiration (it can also be used as a brow gel). Used together, this trio will help you look picture perfect all summer long. www.clarins.com

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Tagua The designs of Tagua founder Casey Burry are inspired by the artisan crafts that she discovered while living in Columbia. They are handcrafted, using only the finest organic materials. The Mambo bag is made of nappa leather, hand embellished with indigenous wool weavings and metallic fish skin. It has a unique teardrop shape and a long shoulder strap that makes it easy to carry. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Tagua products go to support charitable programs throughout the Americas, so you can feel good about adding a little bohemian chic to your wardrobe. www.tagualife.com

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