Archive for August, 2009

Movado Artists’ Series

August 31, 2009

It’s a rainy Monday here in NYC, so I was looking for something bright to post this morning. These fun watches are were designed by the artist Kenny Scharf as part of the limited edition Movado Artists’ Series. I love that Movado does so much for the arts, and Scharf is just one of many artists that have collaborated with the brand to create special timepieces.

The Artists’ Series started in 1988 with Andy Warhol and has included Arman, James Rosenquist and Max Bill among others. Check out this calendar to see some of the unique, colorful watches that were born from the collaborations.

Even if you know little about Movado, you probably recognize the brand’s single dot at 12. It’s now called the “Museum Watch” because it was chosen, in 1960, as the first watch dial to be housed in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.

Shop Portero’s collection of Movado watches.

JIC’s Jewelry Trends

August 28, 2009

I would be crazy not to point you in the direction of one of the trend-savviest women in the jewelry industry, my friend and Jewelry Information Center maven Helena Krodel. She’s recently published her FALL 2009 FINE JEWELRY TRENDS and it’s a must-read if you’re into beautiful baubles.

According to Helena, these shapes were prominent on the Fall runways and will be big in the upcoming season:

U-Shape Necklaces
V-Shape Necklaces
Big Chandelier Earrings
Big Necklaces

Want to read all about the details? Definitely check out the JIC’s site for specifics.

Excited by the big necklace craze? I love this Xing Fei Gold Plated Crochet Wire Purple Green Pearl Iolite Purple Chalcedony Bib Necklace that’s pictured above. So chic and perfectly on trend for the season!

Newest Arrivals

August 27, 2009

I hope you’ve been taking some time to play around with the (relatively) new site–a lot of changes and updates have gone live and shopping is easier than ever now. One of my favorite tools is definitely the “Newest Arrivals” button that you can find under each category. This is absolutely the easiest way to see just what is new for sale on

That’s why this week’s homepage slides are all about the latest and the greatest via the Newest Arrivals search feature. It’s just a friendly reminder that shopping is easier than ever on Portero 2.0.

Runway shoes to reality

August 25, 2009

I had to share this fantastic video from New York magazine’s website–it’s the staff trying on and walking in some of Fall ’09s most gravity-defying shoes. How crazy are those Nina Ricci platforms?

If you’re looking for something a bit more manageable, these Jil Sander Slate Gray Leather Pointed-Toe Lace up Shoes are all the rage come fall, and they sure look more comfortable than those sky-high heels.

Shop our huge selection of shoes for a wide range of styles and brands for the upcoming season.

New Look for Hope Diamond?

August 24, 2009

This is pretty interesting: to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the donation of the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian, the museum will be putting the 45.52 carat blue diamond in an entirely new setting. The public gets to vote on and choose the winning design by jeweler Harry Winston, and it will be on exhibit starting May 2010. (You can vote through September 7, 2009.)

For now, the museum has created a page dedicated to the mysterious blue diamond, and you can learn a lot more about the gem, it’s myths and it’s science by checking it out.

I’m not personally sold on any of the HW designs–I find them a bit dated–but I do love all of the legend surrounding the Hope Diamond.

Want to shop Portero’s diamond jewelry? While we don’t have any blue diamonds, we are stocked with gorgeous pieces, including some lovely colored diamond options.

Find Fall Fashion

August 19, 2009

Yes, it’s still summer, but once the September fashion magazines are out, it’s time to start thinking about warm-weather gear. We’ve done the hard work for you and sussed out the trends that perfectly on point for late ’09.

If you want to get an inside peek of how the famous September issue of Vogue gets put together, definitely check out the aptly namedThe September Issue–I’ve heard it’s a fantastic glimpse into the world of high fashion and notorious editor Anna Wintour.

See what we’ve picked with our selection of exotic skin bags, rose-gold watches and bold statement jewelry.

Summer Sale is still on!

August 18, 2009

Have you scored anything fantastic yet from our first annual Sidewalk Sale? You still have a few more days to get in on the action in watches, bags, accessories and jewelry.

Just like summer, it’s going fast, so be sure to stop by and find something perfect to celebrate the season.

Go Gray

August 14, 2009

Maybe it’s all the rain we’ve had this summer, but I’m still hopelessly addicted to gray for the upcoming season. It’s the perfect neutral shade that has a bit more edge than brown or black. Just take a look at Rachel McAdams, above, carrying her favorite Bally “Keli” bag in gray suede–she manages to dress it up and down with no problem.

I think that scoring a gray bag for fall will have you perfectly in line with the trends. We have a fantastic selection available right now at prices up to 80% off retail. Want a peek at some of my favorites? Check out:

Chloe Grey & Black Patent Leather East West Bay Bag at 49% off

Louis Vuitton Automne Hiver 2008 Kohl Monogram Suede & Python Whisper PM Show Bag at 25% off

Nancy Gonzalez Grey Columbian Crocodile Shoulder Tote at 34% off

Timely Art

August 13, 2009

I just read about this great watch pictorial shot by Charles Helleu for Intersection magazine. I love how he took common industrial elements and paired them with gorgeous, high-end timepieces. I particularly like the shot above, of a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra chronograph GMT set among chain links turned on their sides.

And how cool is the Audemars Piguet Offshore Volcano Royal Oak Chronograph below? I love the pop of orange on the face with the coiled springs.

Visit the entire collection of images on Intersection magazine’s blog, and shop our selection of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audemars Piguet now!

Images Charles Helleu via Luxist

The Sartorialist

August 12, 2009

Sometimes we all need a little bit of inspiration to get dressed in the morning. I take ideas from so many different places–advertisements, magazines, movies, and living in NYC, it’s often times other people I see on the street. If you agree with me, than you’ll probably love a blog called The Sartorialist that has been around since 2005. The real-life photography, captured by Scott Schuman, gives me new ideas every day.

I just found out that a book of his portraits is being released later this month. You can purchase it in paperback or a special, limited-edition hardcover and have access to 500 of his favorite images from across the globe. Need another reason to check it out? The Sartorialist was chosen by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 design influencers, and The New York Times called it “the bellwether American site that turned photoblogging into an art form.”