MINTsider

Inspirations, obsessions, and all things Mint

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BEATRIZ PALACIOS FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?
A: I think it is or certainly was in the past a part of Spanish culture for the women to be creative and self sufficient. Traditionally in Spain, Madrid also had the greatest supply of materials for dress making and design. Also, my mother has had a strong influence in my work since I was a little girl by creating my own pieces out of the beads and fabric left from my mother’s more elaborate designs. So I guess it is something I have always been around due to my mother and also my city.


Q: What do you love most about Spain?
A: If the solar system was Spain, the dinner table would be the sun which everything rotates around. When I am in the process of creating a new collection, I bring the work as it develops home to my parents’ house and discuss the pieces with my mother and sisters. These are the things I love most about Spain, the culture of family and food.

Q: How would you describe Spanish’s signature style? 
A: This is a very difficult question to answer because the culture and history of Spain is so deep and rich. I would say that the signature style would reflect the Baroque and modernist architecture and a bold use of color and materials.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 
A: I have made jewelry now for the past fifteen years and the influences in my work have been varied and quite diverse. More recently, my aesthetics have been influenced by modern art at the turn of the last century in Europe such as Suprematism in Russia and the Art and Craft movement in Scandinavia and Britain.

Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes? 

A: The design processes are unique in the sense that the prototypes are created as single pieces of art. Each of these works are hand crafted by myself and a small group of seasoned artisans at my workshop in Madrid. It takes at least three months to develop each collection after the elements have been decided. The pieces are created from raw materials such as camel bone and semi precious stones.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BEATRIZ PALACIOS FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your home country and native culture influenced your designs?

A: I think it is or certainly was in the past a part of Spanish culture for the women to be creative and self sufficient. Traditionally in Spain, Madrid also had the greatest supply of materials for dress making and design. Also, my mother has had a strong influence in my work since I was a little girl by creating my own pieces out of the beads and fabric left from my mother’s more elaborate designs. So I guess it is something I have always been around due to my mother and also my city.

Q: What do you love most about Spain?

A: If the solar system was Spain, the dinner table would be the sun which everything rotates around. When I am in the process of creating a new collection, I bring the work as it develops home to my parents’ house and discuss the pieces with my mother and sisters. These are the things I love most about Spain, the culture of family and food.

Q: How would you describe Spanish’s signature style? 

A: This is a very difficult question to answer because the culture and history of Spain is so deep and rich. I would say that the signature style would reflect the Baroque and modernist architecture and a bold use of color and materials.

Q: How would you describe your design aesthetic? 

A: I have made jewelry now for the past fifteen years and the influences in my work have been varied and quite diverse. More recently, my aesthetics have been influenced by modern art at the turn of the last century in Europe such as Suprematism in Russia and the Art and Craft movement in Scandinavia and Britain.

Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes? 

A: The design processes are unique in the sense that the prototypes are created as single pieces of art. Each of these works are hand crafted by myself and a small group of seasoned artisans at my workshop in Madrid. It takes at least three months to develop each collection after the elements have been decided. The pieces are created from raw materials such as camel bone and semi precious stones.

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BETTY CARRE FOR AROUND THE WORLD

Q: How has your native country influenced your designs?
A: My country, Brazil, and its culture have greatly influenced my designs in several aspects, such as the variety and brightness of the colors and the fun and happiness of its people. Those are exactly the characteristics that I love about Brazil.
Q: How would you describe your signature style of jewelry?
A: To describe my style is to describe Brazil’s with all the above, plus the sophistication and beauty of the Brazilian women, harmoniously combining all the natural stone colors with the brushed 18k green gold.
Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes?
A: All of our pieces are 18k gold plated over brass and nickel free, with natural stones and crystals. 
BEHIND THE DESIGN: BETTY CARRE FOR AROUND THE WORLD
Q: How has your native country influenced your designs?
A: My country, Brazil, and its culture have greatly influenced my designs in several aspects, such as the variety and brightness of the colors and the fun and happiness of its people. Those are exactly the characteristics that I love about Brazil.
Q: How would you describe your signature style of jewelry?
A: To describe my style is to describe Brazil’s with all the above, plus the sophistication and beauty of the Brazilian women, harmoniously combining all the natural stone colors with the brushed 18k green gold.
Q: Do your pieces feature unique materials or design processes?
A: All of our pieces are 18k gold plated over brass and nickel free, with natural stones and crystals. 
Hope your celebrations are filled with fireworks, friends and of course style. Happy Independence Day! 

Hope your celebrations are filled with fireworks, friends and of course style. Happy Independence Day! 


YOUR PASSPORT TO HANDCRAFTED TREASURES

 

Dreaming of faraway places but stuck at the office? Aren’t we all. Give into your wanderlust and escape with us this summer as we travel the globe with our new “Around the World” series. Our design team has curated collections from Brazil, Spain, Greece and Turkey for a taste of the designers’ unique styles.
 
Explore each collection here.
 
Stay tuned this month as we interview the designers and share style inspiration from each country!
YOUR PASSPORT TO HANDCRAFTED TREASURES
 
Dreaming of faraway places but stuck at the office? Aren’t we all. Give into your wanderlust and escape with us this summer as we travel the globe with our new “Around the World” series. Our design team has curated collections from Brazil, Spain, Greece and Turkey for a taste of the designers’ unique styles.
 
Explore each collection here.
 
Stay tuned this month as we interview the designers and share style inspiration from each country!
Happy first day of summer! Here’s to hot nights, beach waves, tan lines, and sun-soaking style.

Photo credit: Georges Dambier

Happy first day of summer! Here’s to hot nights, beach waves, tan lines, and sun-soaking style.

Photo credit: Georges Dambier


Spotlight: Topanga Canyon // Topanga Collection 



Named for: A picturesque sanctuary of canyons, winding roads, and bohemian vibes
Loved for: 2-way stretch, breathability, and fashion-meets-function style 



From the breathtaking mountain views to the surfer-yoga-hippie culture, Topanga Canyon is its own world. It doesn’t quite feel like LA yet it’s close enough for us to visit when we need a break from the noise. Here’s our ideal ibyc staycation: 



10am: Head to Inn of the Seventh Ray for brunch and get zen in their outdoor patio over the best Belgian Waffles you’ve ever had (promise); be sure to take a walk to explore all the nooks and crannies on the lush property 



12pm: Make the scenic drive through the canyon to Topanga Beach. We insist you roll down the windows, blast some Neil Young, and feel the harvest moon vibes 



12:30pm: Grab your Mexican blanket and sprawl out on beautiful Topanga beach - a favorite surf spot and the first beach marking the entrance to the 27 miles of Malibu ahead



3pm: Time to get active… in our activewear of course! We suggest the Topanga Racerback Tank in blue for a pop of color and our beloved Topanga Leggings. Take the Eagle Rock hiking trail from Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park – panoramic views and just hard enough to forgive the Belgian Waffle moment earlier. 



6pm: You absolutely cannot miss the Full Moon Horseback Rides that the The Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch offer. A guided 90 minute ride starting at dusk, as you soak in the evening air and search for shooting stars – need we say more?
Spotlight: Topanga Canyon // Topanga Collection 
Named for: A picturesque sanctuary of canyons, winding roads, and bohemian vibes
Loved for: 2-way stretch, breathability, and fashion-meets-function style 
From the breathtaking mountain views to the surfer-yoga-hippie culture, Topanga Canyon is its own world. It doesn’t quite feel like LA yet it’s close enough for us to visit when we need a break from the noise. Here’s our ideal ibyc staycation: 
10am: Head to Inn of the Seventh Ray for brunch and get zen in their outdoor patio over the best Belgian Waffles you’ve ever had (promise); be sure to take a walk to explore all the nooks and crannies on the lush property 
12pm: Make the scenic drive through the canyon to Topanga Beach. We insist you roll down the windows, blast some Neil Young, and feel the harvest moon vibes 
12:30pm: Grab your Mexican blanket and sprawl out on beautiful Topanga beach - a favorite surf spot and the first beach marking the entrance to the 27 miles of Malibu ahead
3pm: Time to get active… in our activewear of course! We suggest the Topanga Racerback Tank in blue for a pop of color and our beloved Topanga Leggings. Take the Eagle Rock hiking trail from Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park – panoramic views and just hard enough to forgive the Belgian Waffle moment earlier. 
6pm: You absolutely cannot miss the Full Moon Horseback Rides that the The Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch offer. A guided 90 minute ride starting at dusk, as you soak in the evening air and search for shooting stars – need we say more?
The new look for summer?Ladylike with a twist. Forget prime and proper and put your best foot forward. We guarantee it’ll be love at first step. Get the LookShoeMint Classic PumpShoeMint Kody Flat


The new look for summer?
Ladylike with a twist. Forget prime and proper and put your best foot forward. We guarantee it’ll be love at first step.

Get the Look
ShoeMint Classic Pump
ShoeMint Kody Flat

We’re excited to share a special collection from our ShoeMint co-founders, Rachel Bilson & Nicole Chavez. Their designs for June have us obsessed and wanting more! Lucky for us, they’ll release new collections every month featuring their signature style and design aesthetic, plus tons of style tips and insight into their exclusive designs.
Check out their June collection here.
P.S. There’s a pair shown above that’s coming very, very soon. Can you guess which style? Stay tuned!
We’re excited to share a special collection from our ShoeMint co-founders, Rachel Bilson & Nicole Chavez. Their designs for June have us obsessed and wanting more! Lucky for us, they’ll release new collections every month featuring their signature style and design aesthetic, plus tons of style tips and insight into their exclusive designs.
Check out their June collection here.
P.S. There’s a pair shown above that’s coming very, very soon. Can you guess which style? Stay tuned!