Nothing like a classic, wooden timepiece for the corporate fashionista always on-the-go!
Photos: Colten Avers
Location: August 1 Five, San Francisco
Watch: C/O Jord | Metallic micro-pleated dress: Ambiance SF | Rings: Miraya | Aisha Box Clutch: Miraya
10 years ago, I did something that I brag about till date: I broke the Limca Book of Records (national, India) for fastest typing on a standard keyboard, with a speed of 171 Words Per Minute. There was one thing that will top the list of accolades I received that year: a tawny, statement eco-drive watch that my dad gifted to me. Kareena Kapoor endorsed the brand, and I wanted it the second I saw it. It was priced at INR 10,000 (which was a BIG amount at the time) and I accidentally read the tag as INR 1000, so I was sheepishly excited about scoring a deal. My dad bought it for me anyway. A decade ago, I learned to appreciate the value of time, money, and a bloody good watch! Normally, it doesn't take me a second to turn down endorsements, but this incredible, luxury brand called JORD Watches (pronounced YORD) really piqued my interest by taking me back to that post-Limca win in a jiffy. No brand has ever done that before.
JORD watches was conceived by Salman Shah, now Chief Design Officer and Lead Designer at JORD. "It was founded from a very selfish place, honestly! Years ago, a friend of mine purchased a wood watch from another company, and I ordered one for myself. When I received it, I was less than enthused because of the poor quality," shared Shah. I, on the contrary, find it absolutely selfless and noble that this experience resulted in the creation of intricate, sophisticated watches that have a fraction of the impact on the environment compared to a traditional metal/ plastic watch.
Normally, I would condense an interview for it to flow with my story, but Shah had such a compelling take, and his passion for JORD shone through his words. Here are excerpts from my tete-a-tete with Salman Shah:
1. The first thing I think of when I look at a JORD watch is nature/ eco-friendly. Was that the intention?
A great majority of the wood we use comes from furniture remnants. It takes very small pieces for us to create the cases and individual links so we are able to utilize what would otherwise end up in a waste cycle. The Maple we source is completely renewable, and as is expected in the industry – all of our Koa comes from damaged trees or trees that were brought down by a natural weather event. So, sustainability is somewhat inherent in the industry, regardless of us making a dedicated effort on it. Aside from sourcing, environmental safeguards during the manufacturing process is important to us so all of our watches are treated with natural substances, no hazardous chemicals. Not only for the sake of the environment, but for those who work on the watches. The watches are conditioned with natural tung oil. That’s it! In all honesty though, we find it difficult to attach the terms eco-friendly or sustainable to any consumer product and we don't think it's right to lean on that as a benefit for our customers. My original goal, and the company's current focus, is to create quality timepieces that feature beautifully grained woods.
2. What was your first ever watch collection like, and what was the same or different compared to your most recent?
The first watch in the JORD line was our Fieldcrest series. Still one of the most popular, it's a classic, everyday piece that is great for men and women. It's simple, and one of the last in our collection to feature a wood face. Our newest release, the Conway is our first ever men's chronograph and it features a really nice movement, the Miyota 0S10. It features a sapphire crystal, standard on most of our watches now, and is the first watch to show knurling (a cross hatch engraving technique) on the wood as well as a mixed wood and metal link band. I really love this watch and I'm looking forward to using what we learned during it's development on future series.
3. In a world where smart watches and fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular, how does JORD differentiate itself to stay relevant?
Our whole team is a big fan of the smart watch/activity tracker segment! In terms of staying relevant, I believe that there is no replacement for an attractive timepiece and I don't personally think the current smart watches are all that attractive. It's a one note look, and either that works with your look or it doesn't. Analog watches are a throwback for sure, but a watch can really elevate someone's style - and as convenient as our phones are for telling the time it's a fairly hollow exchange. When I reference my watch for the time, it feels more meaningful.
4. What are some aspects that are exclusive to the JORD brand?
Something many consumers may not realize is that we have by far the best customer service division in our industry. You can access us through live chat on the website, call us, email us, message us on Facebook, DM us on Instagram, tweet at us! We have an amazing group of knowledgeable team members who can answer questions about the line, custom engraving, our manufacturing process, watch care, conditioning, operations, you name it - we are so happy to engage with our customers about anything having to do with our company and our line. For customers of JORD, it may now be your watch but it's always going to be our product and we're going to stand behind it. I don't want to ever see a JORD watch sitting unworn on someone's dresser!
I hope you enjoyed those insights into JORD, because I sure did. Nothing like a brand that is led by a passionate visionary!
Now, for the part you're all actually here for: JORD was generous enough to offer a $100 gift card to one lucky winner, and a $25 code for ALL of you stellar readers that enter the giveaway! All you have to do is fill out your name and email on this form to enter. This international giveaway is open to everyone. GOOD LUCK and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Photos: Emily Wolfe
Location: Second Floor of The Ferry Building, San Francisco
Gold Booties: BCBG Max Azria | Earrings: Miraya (coming soon!)
There are days when I have a styling epiphany in the middle of a meeting, and there are days when I aimlessly browse through the Internet hoping that inspiration strikes. As I keep exhausting outfits from my wardrobe for each post, I have come to realize that innovating is NO easy feat, fam. And if you’re a Type A stickler like me who needs an outfit to come together like a perfect symphony, you’re going to have to get used to sleepless nights. But as I accrue more sleepless nights, I get better at this whole effortless styling thing, and that feels hella rewarding (on a very intrinsic and personal level, and that’s what counts the most.)
Ever since I snagged these textured gold booties during BCBG Max Azria’s closing sale, the pressure to style them was at an all-time high. I got a ton of DMs asking me how I would wear them, and honestly, I HAD NO IDEA. I am still getting used to having an intent behind a purchase now that my outfits are out there for the world to see. But I’ll tell you this - the expectations, readership, compliments, love, and the support, all amount to gratification that is more than I can ever express, and more than you’ll ever know. So please keep those DMs coming because however daunting they may seem at first, they really do keep me on my tippy toes, and paradoxically, grounded.
On that hardly-insightful, sappy, and grateful note, I present today’s outfit: a black Anarkali Kurta. I almost always favor lehengas and contemporary silhouettes over kurtas, but the gold booties demanded a midi-length outfit. I got this solid black Kurta made on a whim during my trip to India, and you know just how much I love an outfit that I can deconstruct at will, don’t you? So, if your Kurtas have been stashed away in your closet, bring ‘em out along with your booties to hit the refresh button on your ethnic wardrobe.
In other news, the last few weeks have been particularly busy, leaving me very little time to shoot and post. But I'm stoked that that will change in less than a month. I also have some exciting new endeavors coming up (one involves New York!); you'll be the first to know as soon as I can share more. :)
Bring out those Little White Dresses!
Photos: Colten Avers
Location: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Oversized jacket: Old Navy | Fuchsia Pumps: Old Navy | Mini Tote: Melsanv | Black Temple Choker: Miraya
Having spent a considerable amount of time discovering, developing, and defining my personal style, I don’t particularly find it appealing to flit about town in styles and silhouettes that I’m not familiar with. I am committed to sharp cuts, flattering silhouettes, tailored outfits, and classics, but all it takes is one piece for me to consider switching things up. Like many of you, I’m guilty of fashioning an entire outfit around a pair of shoes or a bag I just bought, and today’s outfit is an outcome of that.
Serendipity. Yin-Yang. The Law of Attraction. Apologies if that sounded like a string of pretentious gibberish, but I promise I'm going somewhere with this.
Photos: Emily Wolfe Photography
Location: Grand View Park/ Turtle Hill, San Francisco
Dress: H&M | Jewelry: Miraya (coming soon!)
There are countless moments in life that are so precious, you almost feel frustrated that they come without a pause button. But few are so momentous that you finally understand the value of a passing moment. Here are three such moments from my life that affirmed the belief that the universe rigs everything in your favor:
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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