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Art / Decor / Home, Lifestyle, Style / FashionAmarilis SarangoComment

RECAP OF MY FIRST COLLECTION

As mentioned in my last blog post, Black Velvet is evolving. 

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Turning an ending into a new beginning is exciting, but I'll always remember where I started and how far I've come. With growth comes letting go, right?  While I'm currently working on some new amazing product ideas for Black Velvet, it felt a little sad to see my online store empty. As if it never happened at all. So I wanted to pay a little tribute to my first collection. Combining hard and soft textures, The Onyx Collection captured the fall in beautiful monochromatics geometric and organic silhouettes. It was a lifestyle inspired set of a few home decor, artwork, and fashion accessories. Each piece was handmade by me and had a personal touch.  Here I’ve featured a couple pieces from the collection.

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THE DESERT SKULL

The multiple layers in this paper goat skull artwork gives the illusion of a 3 Dimensional sculpture as you walk by it and view it from different angles.

 

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CAPTURING THE FALL IN BEAUTIFUL MONOCHROMATIc GEOMETRIC AND
ORGANIC SILHOUETTES


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THE WHITE PALMS

The multiple layers in this artwork gives it a depth as the top cut out palm casts a shadow beneath it.

 

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THE INTERSECTION

Geometric design that resembles the leafless branches with their many limbs and forks during the fall and winter.

See blog post for more about the inspiration behind this piece.

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TRINITY SET

The Trinity set included a zipper pouch and card holder that were versatile travel accessories that can be used to store everyday essentials such as cards, phones, money, or beauty items. The outside black faux leather texture and matte gunmetal studded accents made this a stylish addition to any handbag. The inside was lined with a black and white jacks print and included a small inside pocket to store small items such as business cards. 

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THE BLACK MAMBA

The Black Mamba was a hidden- zipper pillow case that made a bold and sophisticated statement. The faux leather gave it a luxe finish. Offset with The Aberrant, it brought drama to any modern sofa, chair, or bed set.

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THE ABERRANT

The chevron black and white patterns on this pillow case are reminiscent of the design found on The Aberrant California King Snake – hence, its name. Together The Aberrant and The Black Mamba make a uniquely contrasting pillow case set.

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THE V WORD

Style / Fashion, LifestyleAmarilis Sarango2 Comments
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THE V WORD: VISION. VALUES. VEGAN. 

To kick off the new year, I felt the need to write a post on the new direction Black Velvet will be heading. It’s been awhile since my last blog post, and, to be completely honest, 2017 was a tough one. Due to personal and financial hardship, I almost gave up on Black Velvet.

But then I remembered, that’s not my style.

Despite the pitfalls of life and struggles with my health, I began a journey of recovery, healing, and self-discovery. As my personal journey towards wellness continued, I regained momentum and noticed I wanted to make sure the values I believed in were also reflected in everything I do, including my passion project and brand, Black Velvet.

2018 AND BEYOND

My vision has always been to grow Black Velvet into a badass, minimalist, luxury, fashion lifestyle brand (that’s a lot of adjectives, but it's necessary). Black Velvet is my baby and it truly is a representation of who I am. So, when you say you get my brand, it’s like you get me.

With that said, I still want to pause and really think about where I want this brand to go. I'm in the process of restructuring Black Velvet and figuring out how I want to take it from here.

In the spirit of minimalism, I feel the need to scale back and narrow my focus. I may expand into new product areas while pulling back on others, or I might stop selling products all together and just focus on blogging and curating. It all depends on my resources and making the best of what I have to work with. Although, truth be told, I am a creative at heart and giving up making things by hand will be difficult for me to part with as I feel that's what makes Black Velvet unique.

We’ll see where this year will take me. But other than structure and aesthetics, I wanted to dig a little deeper.

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ESSENTIALISM AND VEGANISM

My love for minimalism as a lifestyle lead me to discovering the philosophy of Essentialism — the disciplined pursuit of less. I truly believe in essentialism as the bigger picture to minimalism where living a happy healthy balanced lifestyle can be achieved by only focusing on what is essential.

My personal journey towards overall wellness and compassion for animals lead me to exploring and adopting Veganism. While transitioning to a healthy whole food plant-based diet, I learned that veganism extends far beyond just taking a stand against animal cruelty in what we eat, but also in the clothes and accessories we wear, the skincare and beauty products we use, and much more. These choices impact the environment and the people who also suffer from it. As I found myself becoming more health and environmentally conscious, it made sense that my brand should evolve as well and reflect these values I stand for.

This is why I’ve decided to transition Black Velvet into a luxury vegan, cruelty-free, lifestyle fashion brand.

My fashion accessories were never made with animal products, but I must be more aware of where my materials are sourced and make sure they are ethically produced, eco-friendly, and non-toxic.

I’m also going to be more mindful with which brands I promote on my social channels and blog while seeking collaborations with similar vegan lifestyle companies.

In the meantime, if I’m unsure of whether the products in a “style inspiration” post are vegan-friendly, I will tag the post with #styleinspoonly. Eventually I’ll exclusively only promote vegan-friendly style inspirations as I find more and more brands with my sense of style.

So, if you’re out there, please reach out! Together we can be a unified voice in an industry that needs change.

I invite you to join me on my journey. Follow me at @blackvelvetstyle #wecandothis #veganisthefuture #ethicalfashion #veganminimalist #positivechange