The statement piece: Small, yet mighty. Quiet, but memorable. It’s the item that makes your ensemble come to life, or the accessory that can quickly soothe a clothing-catastrophe. Sometimes you stumble upon a gem, and other times the universe guides it right into your lap.
When your sidewalk-strolling leads you over the thresholds of local indie boutiques, a new world of artistry is found. From North Park to South Park, through Little Italy, downtown and even on a moving clothing truck, we hunted down the best jewelry and accessories to start the New Year with a big statement.
Discover the top accessories at these San Diego boutiques
The piece: This South Park shop keeps it down-to-earth with the WeWood Wood Watch. These hip, dramatic and environmentally-concious watches give back and plant a tree with each purchase. The 100% natural wood is free of toxic chemicals and totally eco-friendly, while staying stylishly stunning. $120
The occasion: Sport it anytime as your main timepiece, or once-in-a-while as a conversation starter.
The piece: These Jolie Knotty Ties have been a top-seller at Dolcetti Boutique for over a year. “We can barely keep them in stock,” said co-owner Minét Taylor. They’re playful, feminine and flirty in pastel colors with bejeweled accents. Pack of three, $16
The occasion: At the office, secure your locks in place with these chic ties.
The piece: These Foxy Lady earrings are handmade by local artist Monica Hui Hekman. They’re created from 24-gauge sterling silver, riveted to a piece of hand-cut hardwood and then finished with semi-gloss lacquer. The Make Good shop features art, accessories and home goods handcrafted by locals in San Diego and Tijuana. $48
The occasion: Wear them to show off your foxy side on a night at the bars.
The piece: This simple Art Deco-inspired necklace hangs pretty on a gold chain with three pronounced, cubed jewels sold in either cobalt blue, rich burgundy or emerald. Find them on the Therapie Boutique, a mobile shop operating out of a revamped RV. $16
The occasion: Dress up any thrown-together outfit instantly with this eye-caching necklace.
The piece: The Reaction Patina Cuff by Loa Designs flaunts a whimsical blend of color on the hand-formed solid brass piece with natural hand-painted patinas. Each cuff is uniquely its own, varying in color and hue. All of Loa Design's pieces are handmade in San Diego. $110
The occasion: This cuff screams style-maven when you pair it with an all-black ensemble for your next date night.
The piece: This Artisan Canvas Tote by DePalma is handcrafted in organic canvas and cognac leather. Keep all your essentials on hand with the convenient inside pocket. The sleek-looking bag is large and in-charge, perfect for a diva on the go. Available in cream or black. $164
The occasion: It's the tote that can carry it all. Take it out for a long day of running errands and ruling the world.
The piece: These handmade Black Retaining Earrings from the Crow Jane line by artist Jessica Robin feature stacked black rings and vintage steel point drops with an antique gold chain and brassy, sassy hooks. These stunners are three-inches long. $42
The occasion: The earrings will do all of the talking when you wear them for a night out with the girls.
Inifinity Scarf at To Hell in a Handbag
The piece: This Infinity Scarf by Sour Sugar is handmade in San Diego and an artist’s original. Each one uses different fabrics and features a zipper pocket, perfect for storing your cell phone, sunglasses or keys when your hands are tied. $40-$60, depending on fabric and length.
The occasion: San Diego has chilled over for what feels like forever. Stay bundled up in one of these babies.
To Hell in a Handbag, 3302 32nd St., North Park. HellinaHandbag.co
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