Client Spotlight: Alexis Kletjian

We are so thrilled to be working with jewelry designer Alexis Kletjian! Learn about her career, style, work, and passions below.

As a small child, Alexis Kletjian grew up in the jewelry business, playing in the store owned by her parents. Now, she doesn’t just play with jewelry, she designs her own. Kletjian, an award-winning jeweler, strives to create “jewelry that will endure in quality and style, that can be counted on to be passed down through generations.”

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Kletjian went to school to study fashion design, which gave her a comprehensive background in textiles, sewing, pattern design, etc., but her true passion for jewelry was still strong. After designing her first piece (a bangle) in 2011, Kletjian created a collection designing to sell to her friends. Now, six years later, designing jewelry is Kletjian’s full-time job.

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Kletjian’s Memorialize collection features skulls and snakes inspired by Memento Mori. It’s a Latin phrase meaning “remember you have to die” which she interprets as a celebration of life. Kletjian wanted the skulls to have a feminine and subtle look about them that’s not obvious but still carries a special message. Other collections include Lucky Stars (her most popular), Eternal, and Lotus.

In Kletjian’s personal collection, the most important pieces to her are, “my engagement ring, my 10th wedding anniversary watch, and my Oscar Bangle. Each piece represents a milestone in my life and all three pieces involve my husband, the love of my life. I also love that I can look down at my hands and be reminded of these things.” This sentiment is echoed on Kletjian’s website as inspiration for designing, “I feel so fortunate to create pieces that are chosen by customers to celebrate their love, to commemorate momentous occasions, to signify special bonds. I believe that a piece of jewelry that is carefully chosen can be an empowering style statement as well as a physical connection to our memories and to those we love.” Kletjian loves the personal connection her customers have to the pieces and believes jewelry is an extension of our identities.

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Currently, Kletjian’s pieces can be purchased on her website and in her Kennett Square, PA gallery, which Kletjian opened to expand her business and provide more opportunities to speak with her customers. The gallery not only features her own designs, but also pieces that are antique or unique; it;s definitely worth a visit.

P.S. Look for one of Kletjian’s necklaces in the soon-to-be-released major motion picture, Bad Moms 2! The piece will be worn by Kristen Bell!

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Client Spotlight: Caffé Gelato

Delaware native and University of Delaware grad, Ryan German, discovered his love of gelato while traveling Europe during his college years. Main Street in Newark lacked an ice cream parlor and few Americans ever tasted genuine gelato so German brought gelato to Newark. German and his father spent months renovating the location themselves until all that was left was the perfect gelato recipe. He traveled to Italy and attended trade shows which allowed him to establish the import connection that would set Caffe Gelato apart. Caffe Gelato ingredients are imported from Italy to create the perfect and authentic gelato. German also saw the opportunity to staff a full kitchen and capitalized.

While the gelato is amazing take a break from walking Main Street for lunch their new Fall menu has everyone talking.  The Fall Menu designed by German and Chef Jeovany Vale has everyone talking. Caffé Gelato has a relaxed atmosphere, vibrant bar, Wine Spectator award winning wine cellar, great food, delicious homemade gelato and homemade pasta. Ordering take-out has never been so easy ad they do deliver. Make sure to check for monthly specials {for a limited time, receive 2 appetizer size salads and 2 entree size pastas for just $29}

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Stop in for lunch or dinner any day of the week, but come the weekend it’s a popular brunch spot. If you are picturing a standard diner breakfast try again. Their brunch menu features both savory and sweet crepes, French toast, poached eggs with lobster, filet mignon or even with mozzarella and Roma tomatoes, elevated omelets, and variety of sharable small plates. Wear your University of Delaware gear on a Saturday and receive 50% off! Parking is available in the back lot for 3 hours free when you dine in!

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On October 29th Caffe Gelato is hosting a 10 Miler, 5k Run and 2 mile walk to benefit the Friendship House in Newark. Register now online until the Thursday before the event.

Use their online system or call them directly at (302) 738-5811 to make a reservation for your next dinner, reserve a party room, or catering.

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Kirna Zabete Founder Beth Buccini Calls the Brandywine Valley Home

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Kirna Zabete’s founder Beth Buccini in her shop’s new location in Bryn Mawr. All photography by Jim Graham

Written for The Hunt Magazine by Lauren Golt

If you’re a fashionista, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Kirna Zabete, the high-end Soho boutique (and online store) where women can discover the latest designers and shop their favorites. What you may not know is that Kirna Zabete is owned by Brandywine Valley resident Beth Buccini, who graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar’s December issue in a spread appropriately named “The Fashionable Life.”

Buccini moved to Chadds Ford five years ago with her husband and four children. “I basically left Manhattan kicking and screaming,” she says.

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After nearly 20 years there, the quiet countryside was a big change. But Buccini admits it has grown on her. “I can’t believe how much I enjoy the peace. I feel like I can take a deep breath,” she says. “It’s so beautiful and magical; I’m always happy to be home.”

Being a wife, a mother of four under the age of 13 and a business owner sounds taxing, but Buccini has it down to a science. She cites being “psycho organized,” a 5 a.m. wakeup time, and multi-tasking conference calls with school pickups as just a few of the ways she makes it all work. “I color code my calendar to correspond with each of my four children’s schedules, work appointments, and personal events,” she says. “Having the visual cue for what I need to be doing and where I need to be going really helps keep me on track.”

When a prime storefront location popped up on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, only 45 minutes from home, Buccini jumped at the opportunity. “My kids go to school on the Main Line and whenever I’d talk to other moms it would always circle back to fashion,” she says.

The right demographics, an amazing space and the hunger for style gave Buccini the push she needed. “The store used to be a SEPTA station garage, so the ceilings are high and there’s great natural light,” she says.

Buccini hired interior designer Steven Gambrel—who designed the Soho store as well as her Chadds Ford home—to do the Bryn Mawr’s chic and sophisticated interior. “Steven really understands my spirit,” Buccini says.

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Black chandeliers, vibrant pops of color (including Kirna Zabete’s signature red), a plush pink shoe room and exposed ceiling beams give the space a fun, modern flair. It’s the perfect place to house designer pieces from Stella McCartney, YSL, Celine, Gucci and more.

When it comes to her personal style, Buccini, who was voted “best dressed” in high school, says, “I love to push my fashion boundaries, while remaining appropriate.” She cites Lee Radziwill (Jackie O’s sister) and London-based stylist Julia Sarr Jamois as her style icons and says she’s loved fashion for as long as she can remember. “I can tell you what I was wearing for every major event in my life, and in high school I used to write down every outfit I wore,” says Buccini.

When asked about upcoming trends, she says, “I hate the idea of trends. Fashion is about finding your own personal style and knowing what looks best on you.”

The past few years have been a whirlwind for Buccini and Kirna Zabete. First, she bought out her business partner of 17 years, Sarah Easley, becoming the sole owner. Next, she opened a pop-up shop in East Hampton, which, after a hugely successful season, is now a year-round boutique. Last fall, Buccini opened Kirna Zabete in Bryn Mawr and this fall she plans to open the doors on a Palm Beach location. Meanwhile, Buccini also completely revamped her website to grow her e-commerce business which she calls “a natural extension” of the brand. (We’d be remiss to not also mention that Kirna Zabete created capsule collections with three big retailers: Target in 2012, Nine West in 2013, and Gilt.com in 2015.)

With so much competition in the retail space, how does Buccini keep Kirna Zabete fresh, relevant and oft-visited? “Since opening in 1999, I’ve had the same mission: to have the best edit of the most important designers of today and tomorrow,” she says.

Buccini is known for talent-scouting, having first discovered labels like Thakoon and Veronica Beard when they were unknown designers. A great selection of clothing and stellar customer service is what Buccini believes sets her apart from other stores. She also believes that shopping is an experience and she strives to make her stores a destination women want to visit. “Everyday you have to put clothes on and you want to feel great,” she says. “I want customers to look and feel their best.”

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While Buccini is known to dress celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz and pal around with Jessica Seinfield, she leads a more low-key life when she’s home in Chadds Ford. The weekends are usually spent on lockdown with her family. Buccini loves to stay in and entertain, horseback ride with her children and visit her favorite local shops and restaurants. “My husband and I love La Fia in Wilmington and Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square. We also love to take the kids to Ravanesi Pizza in Glen Mills. It’s definitely the best pizza in the area,” she says.

For the perfect gift Buccini visits Wild Thyme in Centreville. (“The owner, Laurie, has the best taste.”) For home décor and a dose of inspiration she loves Terrain. (“I’ve been asked 3 different times for my company ID, so clearly I’m there a lot.”)

What does the arrival of summer mean for Buccini? “My goal is to be in a bathing suit as much as possible,” she says. “I love a great cover-up. I also love the idea of a summer dress. You pair one with flats for day and heels at night, throw on a pair of fabulous earrings, and you’re all set.”

Buccini’s upbringing in Virginia Beach is the reason she loves the surf and sand. “I just love being near the water,” she says.

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Fall ’17 Trends

Can you believe fall is just around the corner? We reached out to our clients and asked what to expect this season. While you can never go wrong with the classics, we always welcome new, chic trends.

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Fall fashion this season is all about “wearable trends and interesting textures” according to Nikki Kemper, of ELLIE Boutique, “bell sleeves are a nice departure from last season’s cold shoulder.” While we loved the off the shoulder and cold shoulder trends it’s time for something new and we are looking forward to the fresh take on bell sleeves. Other things Nikki’s excited for are, “Two toned diamond lace from Trina Turk, marbled prints from Michael Stars, a whole new collection of bright colored paisley and prints from everyone’s favorite shirts by Cino.”

Fall is the perfect season to venture into vintage. This season Carroll Laurence, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Social Stylate, says she’s excited for “Vintage inspired everything. I love mixing old with new… vintage shopping is one of my favorite pastimes.” We found these two links, Vintage Shopping and An Insiders Guide to Shopping Vintage in NYC, for lists of vintage shops in New York City.

Another thing we’re excited for is new color trends. Lauren Golt, Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Social Stylate, says, “I always love the colors of fall fashion and this year we can expect to see a few surprises, like Grenadine and Butterum.” Grenadine and other power reds dominated New York Fashion Week and will make a great addition to our closets. The colors like Butterum, Navy Peony, and Neutral Gray are perfect for staple pieces while Ballet Slipper, Marina, and Golden Lime provide pops of color. Lauren’s goal for the fall “is to wear less black and venture out of my fashion comfort zone.” And that’s a goal for everyone, especially with such great colors available.

Meanwhile for makeup, expect something more dramatic. Lizzie Johnson, Co-Owner of Houppette said, “It seems like designers are pushing the envelope again with innovative design, metallic touches, more texture, and bold color. I’m excited to see color cosmetics following suit with bold liners and lip colors, and a fearless fashion-forward attitude from our favorite brands.” Summer makeup tends to be minimal, with “Makeup-less makeup” as everyone’s go to. So this fall we are excited to break out our bold liners and lips.

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