Introducing the LES AMIS private collection
We are back! We took a little hiatus from our social media space but have been Oh So Busy! We are so excited to launch our own eponymous jewelry line – Les Amis. Bracelets, earrings, necklaces… All at great prices! Check out www.shoplesamis.com!
Our private collection pays homage to the traditional Indian craft of Jadau jewelry. Jadau, which means ‘Enameled & Engraved’ originally flourished under the Mughal Era (16 C) in India and is now the specialty craft of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Our Jadau accessories are handmade in lakh (a kind of wax), covered in copper and gold plated with 22k gold. They are decorated using natural pearls or semi precious stones in the Kundan tradition. The sides of the beads have been decorated in the traditional Meena Kari method which is the art of decorating metal with enamel. It involves decorating the surfaces of metals by attaching, or fusing colored glass powders, precious and semi precious stones. Before the introduction of claw settings for securing gems, stones were set in ornaments in the Kundan style by embedding stones in lakh and gold plating it. Meena Kari was often used to ornate the reverse side of such pieces so that both sides looked beautiful.
Our collection is a contemporary take on this beautiful craftsmanship. The bracelets look great worn as singles and even more dynamic when stacked in twos, threes and fours! We hope you enjoy it. – Ami & Amisha @ Les Amis
Thank you for sharing your engagement pictures with us Niki! We loved the photographs, and you both so incredibly happy! What a beautiful couple!
Congratulations from Les Amis! And of course, we love that you chose to wear our earrings on your special shoot! Great choice of color! Love it!
Les Amis + GAIA Empowered Women = Lots of Positive Karma
Why Positive Karma you ask? Because we are driven by a mutual desire to make a positive impact on the lives of our customers and our vendors. How you ask? By bringing beautiful products loaded with stories and warm fuzzies to the market while creating an opportunity for our customers and communities to give back.
We love that with GAIA Empowered Women, we have the opportunity to impact the lives of women and their families living in our own communities in Dallas. Their mission is to empower marginalized women through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success. If you follow them on their Facebook Page, you’ll get to see a ton of pictures of the 5 refugee women they employ to create their pieces, and their adorable children!
We really are thrilled to have found Paula and Lauren and it’s been a pleasure working with them. We had a really wonderful meeting about a month ago and I felt like we were completing each other’s sentences. Not to mention, their bracelets are adorable! They are made with vintage repurposed fabric and leather strips – braided and looped with a unique button or bead. We've got all our friends wearing them! Including my husband and my 2-year old daughter!
Through a living wage and continued training & development, GAIA's goal is to lead the 5 women they currently employ in Dallas to financial independence and self-sufficiency. Gaia has helped them and their families find their way here in Dallas, develop a stable livelihood and create a community for them and their children. All their product is handmade using vintage, repurposed, or sustainable materials. GAIA is partners with the International Rescue Committee, which is how they found the women that work with them. The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
Here are some pictures from our recent Les Amis summer trunk show in Dallas.
GAIA's Youngest Customer Possibly!
My 2-year old daughter loves wearing the triple strand bracelet!
SHOP ONLINE HERE for the Bracelets!
Here is a little snapshot of who the GAIA women are -
Catherin is a Burmese refugee who recently arrived in Dallas with her two children after spending over 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She loves to learn, listen to music, and has a radiant smile that gets brighter every day.
Rana is an Iraqi refugee who fled Baghdad with her artist husband in early 2011, seeking a better life and safer environment in the US. She holds a college degree in Interior Design, and hopes to use her artistic talents to build a career in her new home.
Muna came to the US from Iraq with her husband and two young children in 2009. She has a degree in Physics, and taught high school in Baghdad. Muna can also knit, crochet, and is a skilled seamstress who once sewed wedding gowns for brides in Iraq.
Maria, a Burmese refugee, recently arrived in the United States after spending 13 years in a refugee camp with her husband and three young children. Maria loves to cook and enjoys creating a warm home for her family.
Born in Tunisia, Latifa arrived to the U.S. as a refugee from her husband's native country of Iraq. She was a highly regarded seamstress for one of the largest clothing manufacturers in Jordan, where she lived for the last nine years. Not only does she enjoy sewing, but Latifa also loves to swim and is an avid reader.
SUMMER BRACELET TREND ALERT!!
Our summer crush is definitely on our Turkish silk bracelets!
Wrap bracelets and ethnic bracelet wraps are much the rave right now and the response to our uber colorful silk bracelets from Turkey has been great! They are all unique, hand created with braided silk scarves and silk poufs. Each one has a colorful stone as a pendant – from Lemon Topaz's to Ruby Lite's. They are fun, vibrant, flirty and add a little pizzaz to pretty much anything you wear this summer!
Check out our front of page insert in this months Dallas Modern Luxury! They really look great stacked too!
Feathery soft silk, faceted stone with vermeil links – adjustable clasps will fit any sized wrists. What's their to think about?
Your wrist will definitely stand out this summer.
Don't forget the Sunscreen!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
11:00am to 8:00pm
Come and Go through the day
5335 Montrose Drive
Meet local designer
Paula Minnis, from
Gaia for Women
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Remember, 10% of all proceeds go to the Global Fund for Children.
Wine and snacks will be served.
The HUGE Les AMis memorial day sale. Take 30% off SITEWIDE – on all fashion accessories and designer jewelry from Les Amis. That's right – It's off the WHOLE SITE. Lots of awesome and unique designer jewelry – earrings, necklaces, bangles and bracelets, rings and scarves to enjoy for the summer! Take your pick!
BUT HURRY – Sale ends May 28th. Discounted Prices reflected at checkout!
Shop Here. Give There. It's so geniously simple. Effortless to look good and feel good at the same time.
WHIRLWIND OF A TRIP!
Fun times with Friends and the Global Fund for Children Spring Gala – NEW YORK CITY
The PS22 Chorus of 2012 gave a rousing performance of 3 songs from their repertoire at the Global Fund For Children Gala last night! http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com/2012/05/ps22-chorus-performs-at-global-fund-for.html
The kids were so animated and all kinds of amazing!! The performance was also dedicated to Nathalie, an amazing PS22 Chorus fan, who is in the midst of a difficult fight against cancer. You are in our thoughts!
At our trunk show at the Post Gala Reception at the GFC Event. Interestingly enough, both Amisha and I (although separately) were at the same venue 11 years for a smashing New Years Eve Party! As luck would have it – we hadn't even met each other yet!
Amisha, Ami, Ana Maria Argudo (Individual Giving Officer at the GFC) and Neesha Nanda Rahim (our Charitable Partnerships Advisor) at the Gala. Love the way this picture turned out despite the fact that it was well past midnight – we all look pretty chirpy!
The GFC Spring Gala was very inspiring. It was so good for us to be in the company of so many people that care about the work the GFC does. We got a chance to meet a lot of people – from NYC, DC as well as a few members of the Dallas Leadership Council. The event was held at Guastivinos under the 59th Street bridge in the city and started out with a pre-Gala reception. There was an amazing band of young teenagers from the Harlem School of the Arts. They also had a choir from PS 22 perform for us – absolutely delightful and animated children. It was so empowering. The message for the night was Change is Now. And it was so beautifully echoed by the kids that performed for us…
We had the opportunity to hold a trunk show at the After Party that night – It was a fabulous party – we got home around 1 am in the morning!! Made a detour to pick up some Kati Rolls from the Roti Roll company on the upper west side. Delish!! Miss the food in NYC! Should have brought some flat shoes ;o)
We also had the opportunity to meet up with some good friends! Had dinner at Centro Vinoteca down by West Village – fabulous food and amazing company!! We had brought a few of our jewelry pieces to show the girls – They loved it! Felt like we had a little jewelry “tupperware” party at the restaurant!
Amisha and I left NYC feeling proud and blessed at the same time. Proud to be a part of the GFC family and blessed to have the opportunity to have been in the company of so many people committed to see the betterment of young children everywhere.
Pics to come!
We touched on the Charity Bracelet kit with our previous post, and now it's time to show you some behind-the-scenes action that went down a couple of weeks ago. It takes a village. So, meet our Les Amis village:
We want to thank all of our friends and family who helped us with this project. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without your support. To say that we're grateful to have you around would be a massive understatement. And with that LA mush-moment aside, it's time to check out what went down and the work that went into our new Charity bracelet kids, so, without further ado…
Who knew putting together the Charity Bracelet Kit could be so fun right? We'll get those kits up on the site soon!