Royally inspired, our new collection reigns supreme
When it came to finding inspiration for our new holiday collection, we didn’t have to look far. Just across the street, actually.
Of the many astounding beauties Arcata, California, is known for, our beloved Victorian homes and buildings are majestic wonders. (Fun fact: our Carson Mansion is considered the grandest Victorian home in America and is rumored to be the model Walt Disney used for Disneyland’s iconic clock tower.)
Having all those elaborate and gothic turrets, gables, spandrils, wraparound porches, and sweeping staircases in ready view leaves a lasting impression. And they’re a never-ending source of artistic innovation for our designers to draw from.
You’ll see this vintage grandeur in the collection’s elaborate filigree, the precisely lasered points, and in the deep, dark, moody hues of the crystals and gemstones. No doubt, Queen Victoria would have coveted these exquisitely handcrafted pieces—as would any of the royal style icons of the age. Oh yes, while QV might have been the most posh and powerful, there were a handful of other regal fashionistas whose sartorial statements were legendary. Perhaps being the ones who inspired the phrase “dripping in gemstones,” these fabulous and f-a-n-c-y ladies made fashion-forward attitudes part of their royal decree.
Can you imagine being one of these glam gal’s stylists? Not to mention, getting a peek inside their jewelry chests? (Hopefully, smelling salts would have been on the ready because we’d be on the floor!) But when it comes to the vintage royals we’d most want to style, there are five who stand crown and shoulders above the rest. And while technically they don’t all hail from the Victorian age, their love of glamour and opulence makes them the queens of our hearts.