Quality of Style: Claudia Kussano

The words “magic, sophistication, and modern” describe the jewelry designs of Claudia Kussano. When the elements of the Earth, an artist’s eye, and a maker’s mastery are combined, the quality of style is evident.  Aligning with the values of Swankety Swank, Claudia  seeks to evoke a symbiotic awareness of the world and our spiritual surroundings. See her work in the following images by Mercedes Abraham on Tiffany, our Brand Ambassador and my photos on the visit to Claudia’s beautiful shop in the Mission.

Tiffany wears the Fairy Labyrinth Necklace by Claudia Kussano and Swankety Swank hemp LBD.
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Claudia in her Jewelry Atelier at 591 Guerro St. in The Mission District of San Francisco.
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Earth and art with a modern flair showcase the retail windows of Claudia Kussano Jewelry Atelier.
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Earrings by Claudia Kussano on Swankety Swank Brand Ambassador Tiffany Marie.

Shop Swankety Swank and Claudia Kussano online. Visit her bricks ‘n mortar at 591 Guerrero St in San Francisco. XXOO Yabette

Hemp goes Hi Tech: Fashion Preview and Art Show

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This fantastic event is giving me life! Join me for a night of luxury, glamour, and glorification of the plant that has over 25,000 different uses!  While she has been misunderstood, neglected and underestimated, HEMP is now coming into her own and I am showcasing her with might and muse!

I have finished my year long focus in oils on hemp and am bringing you my results plus education in The Hemp Show hanging this very moment in Rosenblum Cellars Winery at The Ferry Building in Oakland’s Jack London Square. You can get a peek at some of the art here, while the rest will be unveiled online after this Artist Reception Event.Hemp Poster 2 web

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Swankspirations

Bistro De Tour Eiffel ParisMy spirit could not be dampened by the rain, nor the stern look from the waitress insisting “We don’t do that here” upon my request for a container to take the remainder of that perfect creamy squash soup with me. It was the night before my birthday and I was in Paris! I had just wondered through the streets near 24 Rue Francois 1er and stared into the windows of the closed shops of Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermes and the like. While stopping there at Cafe’ Mode for an evening bite, I sketched the scene and water colored and inked it later. I’ll always remember my happy jaunt in the rain with my light jacket and umbrella, halting in emotional surprise when I came upon the watery night view of the Eiffel Tour lights.

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Cafe Mode, Paris watercolor and ink $240

This and several like it, professionally framed by Capricorn Framing are part of my solo exhibition in the Haight Ashbury District at Blue Front Cafe at 1430 Haight St. San Francisco, CA. Continue reading

The Ridiculous and Sublime

Gorgeous Edwardian Ball Pieces By Yabette

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The San Francisco Edwardian Ball is right around the corner.  Swankety Swank is showcasing several fantastic pieces in stock that are perfect for the Edwardian Ball (and New Year’s Eve!) and Yabette is now taking orders for custom pieces.

You can find the pieces now in the Swankety Swank Shop.  For more information on ordering a custom Edwardian Ball piece, please email swankety@gmail.com.

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What To Wear For New Year’s Eve

Swankety Style for Special Occasions

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner…do you have your look together?  If you’re hunting for a beautiful piece to make your New Year’s dressing a sexy, sustainable snap, read on. We’ve got looks for both men and women. And each piece will take you from a fabulous New Year’s Eve into a stylish 2016.

The Little Black Dress

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Nothing says sexy like the little black dress. What makes this one extra-special is the cozy, hemp/organic cotton french terry material.  It has a little stretch which allows to hug your body in all the right places.  Available in sizes S-3X.  Grab the Swankety LBD here. Continue reading

Introducing the Hemp Capelet!

Cute Capelets…Your New Cool Weather Staple

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We’ve added some fabulous new pieces to the shop, and we hope that you love them as much as we do. These pieces are designed to be sexy, versatile, and fun to wear.

In the spirit of sustainability and low waste, Yabette wanted to find ways to use the off-cut scraps of hemp that were left from her currents rolls. We love the way they came together as capelets. Some of them have added liners in luxuriously warm and strong hemp fleece making them deliciously cozy around the neck and shoulders. Perfect for a layer-happy city like San Francisco. We love the silhouette a capelet gives- emphasizing the shoulders in proportion to the waist. The use of the off-cuts makes each one of these capelets unique. Continue reading

Winter Season Ready in Hemp Deb Top

I am super excited to share the piece that is going to change your life….it’s called the Deb Top!

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The Deb Top is THAT TOP…the one you reach for when you want to throw on something cute and cozy. The one you can style with different pieces of jewelry to achieve different looks. The one that can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on your vibe. (I want it within a week, take me to the buy page now.) Continue reading