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Spring 2017 Trend Report

Ashleigh Timchenko

Every season, the fashion powers that be tell us what's hot, what's stylish, and what we *need* as our new staples. And while I like to think most of the items at Fosterie are more timeless than trendy, there's no denying some things just work well with fashionable friends. 

Pantone is the authority in all things color... Keep scrolling to check out what's hot and happening now in Fosterie and in fashion!

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Niagara Blue

Swinging Sensations! Introducing our *NEW* Tassel Earrings!

Ashleigh Timchenko

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 


It's definitely feeling like a lucky day around here!

We're so excited to share with you the newest member of the Fosterie family... larger than life, beautiful and bright, luxury for your 'lobes....*drum-roll please*... TASSEL EARRINGS!

I won't keep you here long so you can jump to the site and snatch a pair for yourself (also because that cool GIF will make you dizzy if you watch for too long ;) but before we go a few good things to note:

  • These pretties are a Fosterie exclusive, co-designed with and hand-crafted by two sweet sisters, Laura and Ana, in Medellin, Colombia. I shared inspiration, trend information, and chose color stories, while the girls went to work on the final designs.
     
  • The sisters specialize in graphic and intricate metal work and together, we combined styles to create a totally unique look that represents Fosterie perfectly - a fusion of traditional methods and modern designs that's bold, contemporary, and always chic. 
     
  • They're produced in small batches. Every silk thread tassel is cut and sewn by a real human. Each metal element is dipped by hand. 
     
  • They're fresh and fun! Guaranteed to make a BIG statement and add a punch of pizzazz.
     
  • Best of all, they're ethically elegant, supporting a sustainable mission and helping small makers thrive. 

Keep scrollin' for a quick preview!

While these aren't one-of-a-kind like many of our items, they are in small supply. Don't miss out!

xo,

Ashleigh

P.S. I would loooove to hear your thoughts on our new earrings. These are truly one of my favorite items to date. I know... I say that about all of them. But I really mean it, always. We're striving to keep growing and getting better, for our artisans, charities, and YOU. So lay it on me! Love the colors? Wish you saw a certain shade? Yay or Nay?? Hit me up below and let me know!

Winter Lookbook has Landed

Ashleigh Timchenko

We recently photographed pieces of Fosterie's Winter Collection in my hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee and I'm so excited to share some with you! Katherine Joy Photography did an amaaaazing job of capturing the boho-luxury vibe that you guys have come to love, showcasing some of our best-selling and most buzzed about products this season.

What started out as a chaotic turn of events in planning, turned out to be a beautiful happy accident, because sometimes that's just life's way of giving you what's meant to be. At the eleventh hour we decided to use a location that wasn't originally part of the plan, but turned out perfectly and with special meaning to boot. (Love it when that happens!) On family property, at a log cabin my grandfather built when I was just a baby, (and where I stay when I'm back in town) we frolicked in the leaves, enjoyed hot cocoa on the porch, and caught "snowflakes" with our tongues. (Insider secret, tiny bubbles look like snow on camera!)

Have a look at some of our favorite captures from the day! Click to enlarge and see them in their full glory!

Special thanks to our beautiful models, Kimberly and Lynn! ❤️️

In good company...

Ashleigh Timchenko

I'm soooo excited to announce our recent partnership with Accompany

If you aren't familiar, it's only one of the BEST online hubs for fair trade,  ethical and sustainable, luxe items from all over the world.

Together, we produced two exclusive mochila bags, complete with a "Fosterie for Accompany" label, as well as stocked them with some gorgeous Flores bags, fun key fobs, and travel inspired stud earrings

Check out these snaps of our exclusive products!

It's such an honor to be included in their line up of amazing designers and brands. Every time I see this, I just have to pinch myself! 

Your support of Fosterie means so much to me, and the artisans and small batch makers we support. Kisses as usual! 

Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life

Ashleigh Timchenko


As Fosterie approaches the one year anniversary later this week, I’m feeling insanely grateful. It wasn’t planned this way intentionally, but it does seem fitting that the launch coincided with the season of Thanksgiving. (The day after to be exact.) And though this time of year is without a doubt important for retailers, it’s also the best time for reflection, for friends and family, for cozying up by a fire, and reminiscing on all the little things that make life wonderful.

For Fosterie, a reminder of where we started, the growth experienced this year, and excitement of plans to come are just a few that top our list. So much has changed since the beginning but one thing remains, the support I’ve received from friends, family, and former strangers who’ve become customers and friends has been the biggest blessing so far.

Wishing you and those you love a wonderful Thanksgiving.

With warmth and gratefulness,

Ashleigh
 

 

Oh, snap - new camera straps!

Ashleigh Timchenko


I'm so thrilled to share the newest item in the Fosterie fam with you today...
one-of-a-kind camera straps! These babies are simply BEAUTIFUL and are sure to be a conversation starter whether you're a full time professional photog or never graduated from Photography for Dummies. (Hand up! = me.)

Even though there were some production delays that had me about to snap, I couldn't lose focus of the picture perfect product.. Things finally just clicked, and the image in mind came to life, better than expected. (And now I'm finished with the terrible puns, but that was a 100% true story.)

Inspired by the woven straps on our handbags, we made it camera friendly by removing the fringe (because as cool as it is, no one needs a fringey photo bomb) and adding leather details giving it a clean, sleek appearance. But aside from looks, here are a few of the details that really make these amazing: 

  • Each strap is one-of-a-kind, woven by the Wayuu tribe in Colombia. The weaving technique has been passed from mothers to daughters for generations. Though you may see similar colors and patterns, no two are ever exactly alike. 

  • Even though these straps are handwoven, they're no wimps! They're built to provide a steady hold without stretching.

  • The larger than average width makes them comfy for carrying, even a heavy camera.

  • The cotton woven material is breathable and soft so it won't itch your neck or shoulder. 

  • The fasteners mimic those of trusted photography brand straps so you can feel confident that your precious cargo is safely attached and secure. The black attachment straps and glued and sewn inside the leather piecing, for extra hold.

  • Three ways to wear it! Each strap adjusts up to 53 inches long, so you can comfortably use it as around the neck, on the shoulder, or cross-body style. 

  • The leather is locally sourced in Colombia. Each strap is completed by hand by a small batch leather smith in Medellin. 

  • For each bag sold, $1 is donated to help aid in providing food, water, and basic needs to the community and children of Colombia.

On a personal note, these were an absolute blast to make. Unlike the leather handbags, the consideration of the overall aesthetic and how it will work into someone's wardrobe or lifestyle was less of a factor, and the ability to use loads of color and try new things really got to shine. (Hello, there's a snake skin in the collection!) I'm a huge fan of photography and it was so fun to put together an accessory that pro's and hobbyists alike could appreciate. Whether you love neonsneutrals, or need solids for your job, I tried to include a little something for everyone. 


With love and good lighting ;)

Ashleigh