team dori is off to the big apple!

the ENK accessorie circuit is right around the corner, and team dori will be off to the big apple in just a few days!

a fun event where trendy stores & boutiques meet designers of fashion accessories, the ENK takes place at the heart of new york city from aug. 5-7. (for more information on the shows team dori will be attending, check out the events page of our site)

but before we’re off, its time to pack … here’s a list of 10 must-have items that you can be sure to find in our tote bags as we strut the city streets of new york …

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1.  face sunscreen: so important to cover that face of ours to avoid any future damage
2.  sweatshirt: always nice to have something cozy to wear when it gets cool
3.  
camera: to capture all the memorable moments @ the show!
4.  hat: when we’re outside, to shade us from the heat; when we’re inside, to look stylish!
5.  sneakers: comfy to walk around in when we’re standing on our feet all-day-long
6.  sunglasses: no explanation is ever needed for some cool shades!
7.  umbrella: you never know when a city storm might hit ya’! better safe than sorry 🙂
8.  headphones: while waiting for the subway, its always nice to listen to some tunes …
9.  vitamin water: to stay hydrated & keep us on our toes!
10. almonds: to keep us energized & is simply a great source of quick protein

so what are the 10 items you take with you when traveling to a new city?

*** be sure to stay tuned next week for some fun pics from the ENK event!

tuesdays with dori

 

this week, we asked dori …

team: what is most rewarding about having your own jewelry line?

dori: in my eyes, each piece of jewelry that leaves the studio is like a “message in a bottle.” when my jewelry is seen worn at a party, a bar, a restaurant or even in the press, to me, it means that someone has found the bottle, received my message and I earned a new friend 🙂 this is what makes me truly happy. although i consider myself to be a private person, i am always favorably surprised by the level of recognition that I receive, and feel honored.

message in a bottle ...

so we ask you: what is most rewarding about your job? 

dori’s weekend getaway: turkey!

a few weekends ago, dori & giora (husband) ventured to istanbul, turkey for a weekend getaway to visit good friends, attend a friends’ wedding & have some fun. they came back from a much-needed relaxing trip & filled us in on all the tasty foods, museums & local spots! follow their adventures below for your virtual vacation through istanbul …

local foods 

everywhere they looked, there was watermelon … fresh, cold watermelon did just the trick to stay refreshed. an istanbul tradition, street vendors sold fresh watermelon from the cart at every street corner!

tasty watermelon!roasted corn, toasted chestnuts & turkish delight ~ oh my! parked all around the city in colorful wagons were more street vendors filled with fresh cuisine, rich of culture & history. roasted chestnuts & grilled corn on the cob available on every corners, & the turkish delight tasted as delightful as it looked. one could never walk the streets hungry! 

museums, museums, museums!

first stop, the museum of innocence, which had its grand opening just a few weeks prior. the first museum in the world to be based on a fiction-book written by nobel prize winner & turkish author, orhan pamuk, the museum of innocence represents “Istanbul’s upper class beginning in the 1970s, a time when mr. pamuk was growing up in the elite Nisantasi district.” dori especially enjoyed her experience, as she just started reading pamuk’s novel.

next stop: the topkapi palace museum, which overlooked the beautiful scenic view of the marmara and bosphorus.

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last stop: the istanbul modern museum of modern contemporary art, which primarily features art pieces from turkish artists. needless to say, dori always finds ways to surround herself with magnificent artwork and inspirational artists!

dori @ the istanbul modern

here comes the bride! 

giora studied engineering in zurich years ago & his good friend’s son was getting married! the wedding was most certainly the highlight of the weekend. overlooking the amazing oceanic view, dancing ’til dawn, delicious food & cake … a memorable night for all …

touring the town 

their last day was spent venturing the city with friends & getting their final taste of turkish culture. first stop: a much favored “sweets” bakery by the locals: saray muhallebicisi. dated back to 1935, the saray was the place to go for a sweet escape! from milky desserts, sweet pastries to honey & cream, a stop at the saray is a must!

next stop: a refreshing ayran drink @ the ara güler kafe! ayran, also know as laban, is a beverage mixed of yogurt, cold water (& sometimes salt) is just the fix after a day of city touring. ara güler kafe is named after güler himself, an 83-year old turkish photojournalist of armenian descent, also known to have taken photographs of salvador dali, among others. the cafe, located just below ara’s old home, has now turned into a personal museum. ara was known to visit the cafe daily and visit his friends & make new ones.


dori & giora say farewell …
vacations are never fun when they’re over .. but good things always come to an end 🙂


do you have any weekend getaways planned this summer?

tuesdays with dori

in this week’s tuesdays with dori session, we asked …

team: would you say there are any cultural or historical references in what you do?

dori: over the years, i appreciate that my work contributes to the conservation of a traditional, feminine craft, the roots of which are planted in the origins of human culture. there is an inherent beauty in the fact that we do everything by hand, in a company of women. it is a tradition that is on the verge of disappearing from our world.

team: so speaking of tradition & history … when did the world of jewelry first enter your life? jewelry box - taken from pinterest

dori: lets just say that jewelry is a part of my private every day world …

as a little girl, i would search & examine through my mother’s jewelry box! necklaces, brooches, colorful buttons and fabrics are the things i played with regularly as a child. it seems to me, that at this point in time, i have not yet grown up at all! 🙂


well, we think “growing up” is overrated, anyway … we will probably all be “playing” with jewelry our whole lives, thanks to you! 🙂

tuesdays with dori

its our favorite time of the week again … tuesdays with dori!
each week, dori sits with the team & shares with us her stories about life, professional experiences, hobbies and favorite past times … read on & stay tuned each tuesday for the “tuesdays with dori” posts, and soon it will be your favorite time of the week, too!

this week, we asked dori …

team: we all know you studied textile design … so how exactly did you get into fashion jewelry?

dori: i graduated from the shenkar college of fashion in tel-aviv, specialized in fabric design at tootal fabrics in manchester, UK and at cyril kowalewsky’s studio in paris. during my studies of textile design, my dream was to be recognized as a designer who brings her own unique style, color palette and motifs to her creations. over the years, i was bothered by the fact that i had no control over the way the end-user saw my textile designs or used them. my prints were scattered all over in many countries and were never presented as one mass, as a collection of serious design work. designing and making textile-based jewelry was the way to expressing and to fulfilling my dream.

team: ok, so then what road did you take that lead you to the path of embroidered jewelry?

in my earlier career as a textile designer, i worked as a freelancer, creating designs which were sold to fabric makers. the work was about exploring with shapes to create atmospheres in color in proportion to the human body. after years of practicing textile design, we moved to paris, where I studied painting at the academie de port-royal. it was a period of exploration; i was looking for new ways to express myself. among other things, I was experimenting with collages from textile materials. this is how the soutache cords landed on my desk. from there on, the road to jewelry was fairly short. i started with small color compositions in textiles which evolved into my first creations, beautiful lapel broaches. with time and experience, i developed a needle work technique which is suitable to the creation of textile-based jewelry and realized that the jewelry path is the right path for me!

so there’s a little history lesson for all you dori fans out there! stay tuned for more stories & learn more about this talented artist & jewelry designer 🙂