Mochila Bag Addixion draws you in with bright colors and aninteresting story behind their bags. (Annie Bang Photography)
The Skybar at Mondrian is definitely on to something great with its poolside series, the Full Moon Bazaar Trunk Show.
Last night marked the event’s third installment, this time really pulling in the celebration of the full moon with a tarot card reader and jewelry designers showing off items featuring black pearls, rose gold richness and indigenous handbags with a truly cosmic background.
The handbags, by way of northern Colombia, were put on display by Mochila Bag Addixion’s owner Andrea Gomez. She explained that Wayuu men and women from La Guajira make the bags with a process where the men weave the shoulder straps and the women weave the bag itself. The practice is thousands of years old and comes from the tribe celebrating and preserving its culture.
In addition, each bag was aesthetically pleasing, with bright, inviting colors. I was immediately drawn to the hues, the story behind each piece and how they fit in with the spirit of the Full Moon festival theme. Just like everyone at the event, each handbag was an original.
I also ran across designer Samantha Garelick, who runs Samilynn Jewelry. She started out as a personal chef, but eventually felt she had a calling to create jewelry. Her line had a feminine feel but with a little bit of power and command to it for strong female spirits. Fear not, men. Samilynn also has a men’s line that is inspired by the masculine form, nature and could appeal to all males, too.
Having traveled all around the world, Garelick is able to translate her experiences into the pieces. Born in New York and with her transition to a Southern California lifestyle, her jewelry really speaks to both male and females everywhere.
Event producer Jonathan Stinson took the time to make sure that the event evoked exactly what the Full Moon represents. There were so many amazing vendors, including L.A. handbag favorites Linea Pelle, T-shirt line Sol Angeles, Art by Aesthetics and exciting clothing from Downtown’s 10 Corso.
Perhaps the most full-circle embodiment of the show was Antigone Speaks. Antigone Vastakis, a fifth generation clairvoyant came to the bazaar by way of Greece but is now based on the West Side. I immediately was enveloped by her energy, positivity and welcoming nature. Vastakis was accurate with reading my energy, and the tarot cards she pulled were spot on. Walking away from her, I really felt like I was one with the stars. She even wrote down affirmations and my numerology number for me to take home. She also offers Feng Shui, aura readings, astrology, numerology and a host of many other services.
With an open bar for its first hour, poolside seating and fabulous vendors, this event series will have no problem continuing to draw crowds through the summer and beyond.