Welcome to Out & About: The random loves, likes, inspirations and thoughts from the people behind Hatch Collection—an edited collection of pieces to keep us all looking chic and beautiful before, during, and after the baby bump. A place where you can meet other savvy and influential women with ideas to share and things to say, discover great items and pieces you can fill your home with and gift to others, find inspiration that can keep you dreaming and imagining, and get style tips to bring gorgeous to your every day. Read more about us here.
Renown jewelry designer and mama of two, Carolina Bucci's eponymous line of fine accessories have obtained merited fanfare. Born in epicenter of Italian craftsmanship, she has taken the traditional craft of jewelry design and infused her own modern take, the result of which is a collection of distinctive pieces with enduring appeal. Her father and grandfather made the Bucci name synonymous with fine jewelry craftsmanship—Bucci has jewelry design in her blood. Even with a rich family heritage in the jewelry industry, she has paved her own way internationally, especially with her ubiquitous Lucky collection (now available on HATCH!).
Inspired by friendship bracelets that she made and exchanged as a child, the Lucky collection is comprised of uniquely crafted bracelets of braided precious metals and fine silk. Italian artisans hand-make each piece using traditional crafting techniques. Braided on Florentine looms from 18-carat gold and colored silk thread—double knots secure the bracelets to the wrist—they are elegantly accented with a tiny charm dangling from one of the knots.
Images courtesy of The Telegraph, Billionaire.com, and CarolinaBucci.com
We are thrilled to debut a new HATCH shop—The Goods, a finely curated collection of pieces to accent your life from bump to baby and beyond, delivering soft, cozy comfort, warmth, and even good fortune. We scoured the globe for pieces that every mama would need-want-love…and The Goods was born. From house shoes hand-crafted in Patagonian Chile, to luxurious Swiss-made tights and Italian-designed bracelets, the lineup offers adored accessories from some of our favorite brands and exclusive pieces unique to HATCH.
With comfort and style as cornerstones of our brand, Chilote House Shoes are the perfect example of both, made by local artisans in South America. Lounging with the little one is made easy with a mini matching pair too—the Chilote Child. Other wearables we’ve introduced include a Cashmere Sock Bundle, an oversized, lightweight Cashmere Scarf and Fogal Sunsuelle Tights, constructed of a high-quality cotton-cashmere blend. The Goods that are of the one-size-fits-all variety maintain our top-shelf sensibility. Carolina Bucci Lucky Bracelets are luxe yet laid-back, with 18-karat gold woven with silk—a boho-chic style and a cool take on a charm bracelet. The Erbaviva Mommy-To-Be Gift Box features highest quality, organic Stretch Mark Oil, Stretch Mark Cream. And finally (lest we forget), be it list-making or note-taking, our leather-bound gild-edged Sh*t I’m Forgetting Journal is a must-have for mamas (or soon to be ones). You may want to pick up two, ya know, for when you misplace the first one…
THE GOODS/ 01 Chilote House Shoes 02 Cashmere Scarf 03 Fogal Sunsuelle Tights 04 Cashmere Sock Bundle 05 Carolina Bucci Lucky Bracelets 06 Chilote Child 07 Sh*t I’m Forgetting Journal 08 Erbaviva Mommy-to-be Gift Box
We love outfitting bumps and now we’re thrilled to be filling bellies. We’ve teamed up with Mouth.com—our go-to destination for indie food and tasty gifts—to satisfy those sweet, sour and savory desires with curated collections of treats—to enjoy from pregnancy through life with a new baby. What better way to complement our latest collection and marry our appetites for fashion and food? Introducing The HATCH Cravings Collection at Mouth.com.
Every expecting mom needs two things, a well-stocked snack drawer and a good bump wardrobe base. While we have had the latter covered, The Cravings Every Month subscription will fill your snack stash and limit those late-night trips to the market. It makes an incredible gift for your favorite mom-to-be (and for you…Treat yourself, literally!). Each month, the recipient of this subscription will receive two jars of the crunchiest, most cravable pickles and two sweet treats such as cookies, chocolate bars, caramels, hard candies, and more to satisfy those I-want-it-now cravings of the sweet, salty, and sour variety. With options to select a three, six, or nine-month package, it’s a creative present, and a gift that keeps on giving.
Great for congrats gifts, expecting parents will love a Cravings Every Month subscription and also the Pregnancy Survival Kit. Rounding out our Cravings Collection are The New Baby Taster and The Back in the Saddle tote, that will inspire your social life post-baby.
Whether as a gift or an I-deserve-to-indulge treat, we know you’ll love it.
Ly Ngo is a creative force behind one of our must-visit online destinations for all things fashion, beauty, and more. As Refinery29's Editorial Art Director she helps to create the stunning visuals that make it a bookmarked daily read for so many. As a New Yorker for over 12 years now, she has adopted the “New Yorkers wear black” mantra and does so ever so chicly. Creative to her core, the mama-to-be designs children's books, embroiders and reads in her spare time. We sat down with Ly to talk about fashion and pregnancy. Here's what she had to say:
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Minimal, black, whatever I’m feeling like.
How has your fashion sense changed since baby (or since you got pregnant)?
Not really! I still mostly wear my pre-pregnancy clothing. They’re usually the things that have a lot of stretch and are body conscious.
Mother/Child matching, yea or nay?
Nay. I almost exclusively wear black, and I don’t think it’s really fair to the baby to not let her have color in her life.
What traits are you hoping your child inherits from you?
Hopefully she’ll get my creativity and practicality, and a little touch of crazy (but within reason, of course).
Describe the HATCH piece that you’re wearing and how you styled it.
The Walkabout Jumper is great because it’s slim but still comfortable. It’s a full-coverage piece that can easily be styled with a leather jacket and some boots/loafers.
What trends are you currently loving?
I’m really into the mix of high and low lately, especially minimal basics mixed in with big statement pieces.
What pre-parent fashion trend do you hope makes a comeback in your closet someday (i.e. what do you miss, if anything)?
I hopefully plan on bringing them all back. I tried not to change too much while pregnant, but being able to get into those high-waisted, super-skinny black jeans again would be great.
What bag are you currently carrying?
Building Block’s backpack has been perfect to carry everything I need in the day on both shoulders without throwing off my balance.
If you could only keep 5 things in your bag for you and baby/child, what would they be?
Josie Maran Argan Balm, Eve Lom Kiss Mix, Mustela Wipes, An All Black Swaddle, and a Lamby Pacifier.
Where was your last vacation and where will your next one be? Kids, please or kid-free?
My last big vacation pre-pregnancy was Paris. We’ve been talking about where we’ll go next with the baby, and I’d love to go back to the South of France and see a little of Italy in the summertime.
Top 3 ‘dos’ for dressing during pregnancy.
Definitely wear what makes you feel like you, whether it be a harness, a tight black dress, or a leather jacket.
Photo credit: Sunny Shokrae
Pregnant fashion blogger Chriselle Lim is seeing red. On Who What Wear's Styled By series, she shows us how to wear fall's it-shade. She beautifully bares her bump in a crimson frock, lightly layering with The Trench, and rounding out her look with buckled booties.
Shop The Trench for fall.
A Cup Of Jo blogger and longtime friend of HATCH, Joanna Goddard stopped by (with her gorgeous and pregnant friend Michelle) for a visit with HATCH founder Ariane, and to shop our newest collection. See her picks for Fall/Winter 2014.
Nothing compares to fall in The City. Changing leaves, a wardrobe swap, and a definite change of pace. As days seem shorter and cooler temps are ushered in, we layer up, don our best boots, and savor our last days of dining al fresco. Here’s the HATCH Fall Guide to some of our New York City favorites:
BEST PRESSED / Arguably the most animated and well-known juicer in Manhattan, Melvin Majors, Jr. of Miss Lily’s & Melvin’s Juice Box has a longstanding history with the neighborhood. He will keep you coming back for his healthy Jamaican concoctions. The Rootsman—Coconut, Kale, and Banana is a must-try.
Where/ Melvin’s Juice Box, 130 West Houston St., Greenwich Village; 646-588-5375
When/ Monday - Friday 7:30am-10pm & Saturday/Sunday 8:30am-10pm
BEST BOUTIQUE BET / Want to walk a mile in your favorite fashionista’s shoes? You can, at Eva Gentry Consignment. The not-so-thrift store is a collection of barely (or never) worn designer threads and shoes owned almost exclusively by top fashion editors. Stop in and snag some boots to pair with your favorite fall dress.
Where/ Eva Gentry Consignment, 371 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; 718-522-3522
When/ Monday - Saturday 11am-7pm & Sunday 11am-6pm
BEST TIPS / Channeling the neighborhood’s industrial past, nail salon tenoverten brings back the simple pleasure of getting a mani-pedi. Outiftted in neutral shades, natural materials like limestone, wood and seagrass, and the coolest metal pedicure basins, this is not your ordinary nail spot. Schedule an appointment for tenoverten Custom Pedicure.
Where/ tenoverten, 132 West Houston
When/ Monday - Friday 10am-10pm & Saturday - Sunday 10am-8:30pm
BEST TEA TIME / Having tea in the quaint East Village tea room Podunk is reminiscent of dollhouse tea parties as a little girl. Its eclectic décor and hodgepodge of tea kettles and teacups make for a perfect Sunday afternoon. Drop in for cucumber tea sandwiches and tell owner Elspeth that we said hello.
Where/ Podunk, 231 East 5th St.
When/ Monday - Saturday 11am-8pm & Sunday 12pm-8pm
BEST BED/ A boutique hotel with a cool vintage vibe, The Bowery Hotel is close to exquisite dining and just a cobblestone’s throw to the best shopping in Soho and neighboring NoLita for a mix of international designer retailers and independent shops.
Where/ The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery; 212-505-9100
BEST BOUQUET / Flowers are even more beautiful when they come with a story. Brooklyn floral shop Opalia, named for the Roman goddess of abundance, is worth a visit as they craft a fragrant narrative with each stem from the interior of their rustic Boreum Hill storefront.
Where/ Opalia Flowers, 377 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn; 718-634-9160
When/ Tuesday - Friday 11am-7pm & Sunday 12pm-6pm
BEST SMALL PLATE / A classic New York favorite, Grand Bar at the Soho Grand Hotel offers patrons a space rich with leather, oak and gold accents. A simple, yet delicious menu begs us to sit and stay a while. Try Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta and the Edamame Dip.
Where/ Soho Grand, 310 West Broadway; 212-965-3000
When/ Thursday – Saturday 6pm-2am