Assessing our impact on this planet

Assessing our impact on this planet

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As the global #climatestrike movement takes center stage, we pause for a moment to consider our own impact on this planet as a company.

When we first began the KOLLECTIN journey, we were very conscious of the fact that a huge contribution to the earth waste crisis was packaging, which some estimate to be 374 pounds per person in 2016. In balancing out consumer expectations with limiting plastic waste, we opted for better structured boxes so our customers can reuse them for jewelry keepsakes, as well as limiting its impact as landfills. Meanwhile, to reduce plastics, we shifted to bagging alternatives such as cotton bags as an attempt to limit our plastic usage, which too, can be reused.

In terms of manufacturing, we only work with factories we inspect on a rotational basis, to ensure chemicals for plating and jewelry manufacturing are properly disposed of, rather than ending up in drains which leads to our shared water resources. In addition, our factories have shifted from burning coal as a heat source during winter, to the now solar energy alternative that were the result of modernizing the production force.

Ultimately, in regards to material wastage. Our hope is that by creating more enduring products, both in terms of quality and design, our customers will continue to wear them longer, and perhaps pass them on as gifts, which is at the core of limiting our impact on this planet.

For those customer who have written to us in the past to suggest alternative eco-packaging, thank you for making us aware of what we do, thus the gradual changes you now see with how we present our products. E-commerce is heavily reliant on fossil fuel to deliver our products, so we thank you as well for your patience when we bulk package your orders when we see overlaps.


Designer Highlight: Vanessa Mooney

Designer Highlight: Vanessa Mooney

Hi Gorgeous!

Pumpkin spice lattes are back, which means it's officially time to start stocking up on Fall accessories! That's what that means, right?

What better way to welcome the cooler weather than with eclectic and vintage-inspired jewelry by Vanessa Mooney? Vanessa Mooney boasts that their trends are designed for lovers, and we couldn't agree more 💕

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We especially love the Lila Stud & Chain Earrings and the Angelica Heart Necklace. Talk about heart eyes 😍

Shop Vanessa Mooney in the Kollectin app, or click HERE.

Ciao for now!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Girl Influence Power: Vanessa Dew

Girl Influence Power: Vanessa Dew

Hi Girlfriend!

The Girl Influence Power podcast with Special Guest Vanessa Dew will be LIVE today @ 1:00PM PDT on Castbox!!!

Vanessa Dew co-founded Health-Ade Kombucha in 2012 and was awarded the NextGen Innovation Award. Tune in to see why Vanessa left her pharmaceutical job to start her own business.

Download the Castbox app HERE if you haven’t already, and we’ll see you soon!

Happy FriYAY!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

LABOR DAY SALE!

LABOR DAY SALE!

Hi Lovely!

That long weekend is lookin' real nice on you.

We're jumpstarting Labor Day weekend, because obviously 😎. Now through Tuesday, get 25% OFF all Kollectin items with code LABORDAY25.

Did we mention there's FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $25? 🎉

Shop in the Kollectin app, or browse some of our faves HERE.

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Ciao for now!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Trend Alert: Gemstones

Trend Alert: Gemstones

Hi Beautiful!

Who doesn't love a little extra sparkle?

This month's #trendALERT is all about GEMSTONES 💎

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Whether you're going to work, a wedding, or even just plain grocery shopping, gemstones are a fun way to dress up any ensemble! We especially love the Maisie Earrings. Pair them with a white tee and a messy bun for bottomless brunch, or with a little black dress for a girls night out. Just don't be too surprised when the paparazzi starts snappin' your pic.

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XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Girl Influence Power: Bree Nguyen

Girl Influence Power: Bree Nguyen

Hi Girlfriend!

The Girl Influence Power podcast with Special Guest Bree Nguyen will be LIVE today @ 1:00PM PDT on Castbox!!!

Bree is Facebook's former Head of Talent and Creator Partnerships. Prior to Facebook, Bree worked for Maverick Records and Warner Bros. Records alongside artists like *NSYNC, Mariah Carey, Linkin Park, Michelle Branch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, and many more.

This'll be an episode you don't want to miss, so be sure to download Castbox HERE if you haven’t already 😊

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We’ll see you soon!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Designer Highlight: Melios

Designer Highlight: Melios

Hey Girlfriend!

Who doesn't love some everyday jewelry? Well, lucky for us, Melios has the most AMAZING go-to accessories! Their pieces are dainty yet eye-catching, and did we mention their necklaces and rings are perfect for layering?

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We especially love the Rainbow Smile Earrings and the Camille Necklace. What stunners 😍

So if you need a lil' summer pick-me-up, check out their latest styles HERE!

XOXO,
Your Friends at Kollectin

Style Star of the Month | August 2019

Style Star of the Month | August 2019

Hi Gorgeous!

We’re so excited to announce our next Style Star of the Month: NIKÉ!

In addition to being ambassadors for KOLLECTIN, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Niké is no exception. Her creativity, drive, and passion to give back to the community are traits that KOLLECTIN deeply admires and values.

Get to know our most wonderful Style Star of the Month:

NIKÉ

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Niké is a Nigerian stylist, artist, and activist. Her passion is for the homeless youth in her Los Angeles community. She works alongside the United Nations and volunteers weekly to feed and help the homeless. Niké has a special place in her heart for the homeless because years ago, she was homeless when she came to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. During that time she learned many lessons, especially that life’s possibilities are endless, and as long as you are tenacious and have faith, any dream is yours to make a reality. She expresses thanks to her friends (who she considers family), family members and everyone who has mentored her along the way for all of their support and love. She finds her inspiration through all of you and hopes to use this space to inspire you all in return.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

To one day retire in my country of Nigeria. However, first, to have my own sunglasses line.

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

James Blake is my favorite artist and I do tend to listen to him as I get ready for work every morning. I am a huge Olivia Palermo fan. My style is polished and I do look to her for inspiration.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY? SOMETHING YOU CAN’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT.

My pearl earrings.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

I normally don’t describe my style as it changes based on my mood. However, if I were to describe it in one word, I’ll say “Polished”! Whether I’m experimenting with of-the-moment trends, or infusing my outfits with a splash of color, or tastefully wearing an elegant hat, I’ll say the outcome is consistently pulled together. I also try to make sure my outfits are accessible, a savvy mix of designer investments (Balenciaga and Givenchy) and high-street finds (H&M and Zara).

AS A KOLLECTIN STYLE STAR, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN USING KOLLECTIN TO SHOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND INFLUENCE OTHERS? WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT KOLLECTIN?

I love how interactive the app is. The variety as well.

WE ARE SUCH A BIG FAN AND WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOU! WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

My sunglasses line!

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CONNECT WITH NIKÉ ON INSTAGRAM - @SPECSANDBLAZERS

VISIT NIKÉ’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/SPECSANDBLAZERS

Trend Alert: Anklets

Trend Alert: Anklets

Don't call it a comeback.

This month's #trendALERT is all about anklets ✨

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Anklets are making their way back into our wardrobes and into our hearts. We especially love dressing up our beach ensembles with the Abigail Anklet Set. Pair them with heeled sandals and a mid-length dress and you'll feel like you're on vaca year round 🌴

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XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

FLASH SALE! 15% OFF for National Girlfriends Day!

FLASH SALE! 15% OFF for National Girlfriends Day!

Hey Girlfriend!

Happy National Girlfriends Day! 💁

What better way to honor the special bond of friendship than with some jewelry?

Ok, a glass of vino or two with your BFF doesn't hurt either 😉🍷

TODAY ONLY use promo code GFDAY at checkout for 15% OFF all Kollectin items in the Kollectin app!

Go ahead, treat yo’selves!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Announcing the "Girl Influence Power with Nadia Lee" Podcast

Announcing the "Girl Influence Power with Nadia Lee" Podcast

Hi Beautiful!

Guess what? We're launching our very own PODCAST!!!

The Girl Influence Power with Nadia Lee podcast hosted by Kollectin's CEO, Nadia Lee, will be streaming LIVE every other Friday starting THIS Friday, August 2nd @ 1:00PM PDT!

And GUESS WHAT?

Our very first special guest is ... *drumroll please* ... RAQC!

RaqC is a social influencer, TV & radio personality, and overall fierce and fearless business woman. Did we mention she also has her very own line with Kollectin? HoopC by RaqC only includes some of our fave hoops on the planet! 🙌

So save the date, and be sure to download the Castbox app to tune in LIVE on Friday, August 2nd @ 1:00PM PDT and join in on all the fun! There may even be a few surprises in store 😉

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XOXO,
Your Friends at Kollectin

Trend Alert: Hair Clips

Trend Alert: Hair Clips

Hi Gorgeous!

This month's #trendALERT is all about that hair clip life ✨

We LOVE a good hair accessory, especially our faves: hair clips! Clips with bold embellishments are here to stay, so why not update your 'do with some minty fresh accessories, like the Carmen Hair Clip Set in Green?

Did we mention they also come in pink and white?

File these under Hair Toss Worthy 💁

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Happy World Emoji Day! 15% OFF!

Happy World Emoji Day! 15% OFF!

Hi Lovely!

Fun Fact: July 17th is the date displayed on the calendar emoji, which is why it's World Emoji Day! 📅

We know. It blew our minds, too.

What better way to celebrate W.E.D. than to get 15% OFF all Kollectin items TODAY ONLY, including our fave new piece: the Heather Necklace!

Enter code EMOJI at checkout and you'll be ready to 🙌🎉

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✌️& ❤️,
Your Friends at Kollectin

Designer Highlight: Cleobella

Designer Highlight: Cleobella

Hey Girlfriend!

Nothing says summer like the PERFECT summer bag, am I right? Well, we’re OBSESSED with Cleobella's line of super trendy, super versatile bags!

Inspired by travels and handmade with love, these bags are the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Whether you're hitting the beach, planning a picnic, or flying to a far off destination, Cleobella has you covered for all of your summer outing needs 😎

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Be sure to shop their collection in the Kollectin app HERE, and don’t forget to write us a postcard!

Ciao!

XOXO,
Your Friends at Kollectin

Style Star of the Month | July 2019

Style Star of the Month | July 2019

Hi Gorgeous!

July already?! We’re not complaining. Pass the sunscreen because we’re LOVING the sunshine here in Southern California! 😎 Speaking of, we’re so excited to announce our next Style Star of the Month! Our very own LA-based LAURA BARRETT!

In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Laura is no exception. Her love of fashion, creativity, and versatility are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Get to know our most wonderful Style Star of the Month:

LAURA BARRETT

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Sure! I am originally from Long Island, New York but I moved around a lot as a kid. I lived in Michigan, Florida, Arizona and the UK before moving to Los Angeles so I've kind of been all over the place. I am a huge foodie, I love to cook, and I'll try just about anything (food wise) once. I'm a huge feminist and I love supporting other women and female owned businesses, my favorite color is orange (weird, I know...), and I am deeply obsessed with Halloween. I originally moved to LA 7 years ago to pursue acting, which is still a huge passion of mine - especially comedy - and I kind of fell into the social media scene because my agent told me I needed followers & I had no real idea of what I was doing or the fact that I was creating a business and a brand. I started gaining followers by posting outfits and photos at places that I guess were considered "cool" (if you consider chilling in LA nightclubs cool because that's probably all I was doing at the age of 23 lol) and started to find my foothold in the industry. At a certain point a start up in Santa Monica approached me to head up their social media division because they liked what I was doing and while I personally thought I was WILDLY under-qualified a department head role, they believed in me and gave me a shot. My career in this crazy world kind of started from there.  Aside from that, I tend to thrive under a bit of chaos, so I my apartment is always a bit of an organized mess and I tend to do my best work at the last minute. 

 WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

Oh god, there's so many. I was asked to speak on my first panel at a marketing conference in Las Vegas this past year, so that felt like a really cool milestone, to be considered an "expert" in my field before I was even 30. I really enjoyed public speaking more than I thought I would so I'd love to be offered a keynote speaking position and eventually I'd love to do a Ted Talk. 

I'd love to write a book. I promised my grandfather before he passed away that I would write a book about my life. 

Another one would be finding a way to combine all my passions into one cohesive Job. Like, can I have a show where I make everyone laugh while cooking bomb ass food and wearing head to toe Chanel? Is that an aspiration? 

And also, boring as it may sound to some, I am really looking forward to starting a family someday in the near future, maybe I'll become a mommy blogger or something? Who knows. 

 WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

Ok well, let me start by telling you that my music taste is super all over the place and makes no sense. One minute I am blasting Backstreet Boys and the next I'm rolling down the freeway bumping Bone Thugs & Harmony, so, no one should really listen to me about music. But I guess I'll give this a shot anyway.

Currently I am loving Lil Nas X and everything he stands for, which probably sounds so insane coming from a 30 year old woman but I am loving how unapologetically himself he is. Coming out as a gay man who is involved in both rap AND country music - two genres that are notoriously homophobic, at only 20 years old, is really brave and inspiring. That and 'Old Town Road' is a dope song. Another would be Madonna. From a very young age my mom was playing Madonna songs for me and her whole career is just badass, she's such an icon. 

My fashion inspirations are a bit easier. I love the Olsen twins. I love Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, I realize that Carrie was a bit problematic but like, her wardrobe was NOT, ok. A more current one would be Lily Collins, I love everything she wears and HER BROWS man, I'd kill for those brows. 

 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY? SOMETHING YOU CAN LEAVE HOME WITHOUT.

Hmmm.. I don't know if this counts as an accessory but I don't leave home without spritzing on a nice perfume. Other than that, I'd say i love a good dainty necklace.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

It's constantly changing but I think overall I am pretty classic. I like trying new trends but I don't spend a ton of money on them. If I'm going to invest in something I want it to stand the test of time. 

 AS A KOLLECTIN STYLE STAR, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN USING KOLLECTIN TO SHOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND INFLUENCE OTHERS? WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT KOLLECTIN?

As I mentioned earlier I am a huge proponent of working with companies that are geared towards helping women succeed, so that's a big part of why Kollectin appealed to me so much. I use it to showcase the things I am loving, I like to throw in my favorite dainty pieces but also some fun statement pieces that you can use to mix things up! It's great to be able to have all your favorite pieces in one place and be able to direct your followers to a tiny boutique and just say "oh you like this stuff? Head to this one super easy place to get all of it, and it's priced lower than anywhere else you could find it online, so everyone wins."

WE ARE SUCH A BIG FAN AND WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOU! WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

There's so many things coming up! I am currently in a long distance relationship with a lovely man in Europe, so I have kind of switched gears on my page to make it a bit more travel focused, so that's new and exciting. I also want to start focusing a bit more on body positivity. My body changed a lot as I crept into my 30s and it's taken me a moment to get comfortable with having curves, so I'll likely be opening up a bit about that journey soon. Outside of social media I'll also be contributing to some comedy podcasts coming out soon so stay tuned for those as well!

CONNECT WITH LAURA ON INSTAGRAM - @THELAURABARRETT

VISIT LAURA’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/THELAURABARRETT

Gia Gunn + Kollectin Featured on The Pride LA

Gia Gunn + Kollectin Featured on The Pride LA

Hi Lovely!

Check out this amazing piece! The Pride LA interviewed our girl Gia Gunn on honoring authenticity, overcoming discrimination, and her new Kollectin capsule collection, Neon Vice.

“Ichikawa broke down in tears explaining the struggle so many transgender men and woman face. Risk of murder is high. “A lot of trans women are forced to sex work and prostitution, and that’s the way they are being murdered, because companies and businesses won’t just hire these people,” she said, adding that online market places, like Kollectin, provide empowering business opportunities for those in the trans community.”

Read the full story below:

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Trend Alert: Shells & Pearls

Trend Alert: Shells & Pearls

Hi Beautiful!

Happy July! How was your Fourth? We celebrated by grilling up some BBQ, hitting the pool, and rocking some fab shell and pearl jewelry, of course! They’re only one of the hottest trends for summer 😎 A mix of shells and pearls with splashes of bright colors are ALL the rage.

Don’t believe us? Check out some of our picks below to see for yourself, or browse some more on our editorial page here!

Peace, love, shells & pearls!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Kollectin Featured on E!

Kollectin Featured on E!

Hi Girlfriend!

Who doesn’t love E!? We sure do! That’s why we’re so excited fashion expert Brooke Jaffe featured Kollectin tortoise shell hoops as part of her Favorite Summer Trends segment on E! News! Bloomingdale’s, Steve Madden, Barneys, H&M, Macy’s, J.Crew, and Lulus were among the brands also featured in the segment.

Click below to see more:

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Gia Gunn + Kollectin on Gloss Magzine

Gia Gunn + Kollectin on Gloss Magzine

Hi Gorgeous!

We’re so excited to share that Gia Gunn as well as her Kollectin capsule collection, NEON VICE, were featured in Gloss Magazine! Gia talks about Pride and how 10% of NEON VICE proceeds will be donated to the Trans Wellness Center.

“For her new capsule collection with Kollectin, Gunn is donating 10% of all proceeds to the Trans Wellness Center. The colorful jewelry line, rightfully named Neon Vice, shows off Gunn’s love of glam fashion with the use of mixed materials in large statement pieces. Her jewelry is as bold as her personality. It’s easy to see why Gunn, the HBIC herself, has a bracelet/necklace/earring set named ‘HBIC.’”

Click below to read more:

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin

Gia Gunn & Nadia Lee on "Beautiful Hollywood" Podcast with Melanie Camp

Gia Gunn & Nadia Lee on "Beautiful Hollywood" Podcast with Melanie Camp

Hi Lovely!

We’re so proud of our ladies!

Kollectin CEO Nadia Lee and Kollectin Style Star Gia Gunn guest starred on an episode of Melanie Camp’s “Beautiful Hollywood” podcast. Spend your morning commute or lunch break listening in as they discuss their own personal struggles and triumphs as women and what it takes to be a woman entrepreneur in the modern world.

Click to listen to the full podcast below:

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You go, girls!

XOXO,

Your Friends at Kollectin