Retailer Spotlight: Custom Jewelry Company Teece Torre

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The Stackables 90

Retailer Spotlight is our series featuring clothing and accessory brands that may not be household names, but are exciting, fashion forward and chic and perfect for the curvy ladies this magazine caters to. This week we had the chance to sit down with Patricia Caruso of Teece Torre, home of beautiful custom made jewelry.

Tell us about your company. How it got started and the jewelry you make.

Teece Torre Jewelry got started as a birthday present for a good friend.  In between directing commercials, I had some free time. I wanted to give my close friend something special.  I always had an idea for a huge multi-strand bracelet of gemstones, but could never find the exact one I was craving: a multi-strand gemstone bracelet that fit like a cuff. So, I figured out how to make one by trial and error.  I used coral beads from an antique necklace I had and made one for her.  When she opened the present, there was silence in the room and everyone started asking me about the bracelet.  I left the party with two orders for gemstone bracelets, one amethyst and one garnet.

The Carris
The Carris

What makes Teece Torre jewelry special compared to other custom jewelry lines?

Teece Torre jewelry is absolutely custom made.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind in gemstone placement and the randomness of beads.  The customer can make requests for any changes and collaborate with me on their very special piece.  I make pieces from photographs or a simple idea a client may have. My pieces are reasonably priced so everyone can wear real gemstones.

Describe the woman who would wear Teece Torre jewelry.

The woman who wears Teece Torre Jewelry loves real gemstones and the updated classics.  She knows her own style and what looks good. She has excellent taste and will spend her hard earned money on a few wardrobe pieces that become her staples and “go to” pieces that she can accessorize. She isn’t into fads and instead builds a wardrobe based on what she can wear now and years from now.

What’s next for Teece Torre jewelry? Any new jewelry lines on the horizon?

I am always creating new pieces every week. I’m always looking for new gemstones and gem combinations. Next for me will be custom clasps and a line of bracelets for teens. Right now, I’m just enjoying creating beautiful pieces for those who appreciate them.

Follow Teece Torre on Twitter @TeeceTorre

Retailer Spotlight: Los Angeles Based Luxury Brand L’Cheriyve

Retailer Spotlight is our series featuring clothing and accessory brands that may not be household names, but are exciting, fashion forward and chic and perfect for the curvy ladies this magazine caters to. This week we had the chance to sit down with Brandon Gerson of L’Cheriyve, an amazing company that makes Trenchcapades, the sexiest trench coats you will ever see.

L’Cherie Black Trench

Tell us about your company. How it got started and the lines your produce.

L’Cheriyve was founded in March of 2012 receiving our Trademark for Trenchcapades in September 2012. We were created by women for women and invites you to experience what it is like to truly be adored.

A Los Angeles luxury lifestyle brand, L’Cheriyve, inspires women to embrace their inner femininity and to be adored by those around them. L’Cheriyve is pioneering a new apparel category with their trademarked Trenchcapades™, an exclusive line of season-less couture trench coats; their unique twist on boudoir photography; and their intimate line of playful belongings.


The Trenchcapade is our signature product featuring an eleven-piece collection. It is our sexy, yet sophisticated rendition of an iconic trench coat, designed for women who want to be adored. Each of the 11 Trenchcapades are available world wide exclusively via L’Cheriyve’s immersive online shopping, personal fittings at our Los Angeles Studio, and private events and showings.

Hand crafted in Los Angeles, the Trenchcapade™ is a couture accessory, only available in limited quantities, that brings together sumptuous fabrics and exquisite details that accentuate the female figure. The Trenchcapade inspires an adventure waiting to happen.

With so many outerwear lines available to consumers what makes L’Cheriyve special?

Luxury brands have lost their exclusivity and have diluted their product lines to become available to the masses. L’Cheriyve provides its clients with more than just another product or service, and they get to have a unique experience that brings a distinct joy to their lives. L’Cheriyve produces a limited number of Trenchcapades solely in couture fabrics & leather skins, which can only be purchased online through

The beauty of the Trenchcapade is that it is not available at any of your typical retail stores and won’t be seen on every corner.  Our elegant boudoir photography is shot in a French inspired studio specifically created to ensure a creative, safe, luxurious space to capture the most gorgeous photos in unique, eye catching backgrounds. We hand selected only the finest “Playful Belongings” to encourage adventurous, intimate fun.

Describe the woman who would wear a L’Cheriyve coat. 

The L’Cheriyve Woman craves experiences that are luxurious and exciting. She seeks exclusivity and uniqueness, the essence of playful and fun sensuality.  A woman who is feminine, she possesses a passionate spirit and more than anything she desires to simply be adored.

Where can one find your coats? Do you have your own boutique?

Our Trenchcapades are available on our website or in our Los Angles show room. Currently we are participating in the Bryant Park Holiday Shops in New York City and we will be there until January 5th. Our coats are not available in retail.

What’s next for L’Cheriyve? Any new lines on the horizon?

All of our Trenchcapades are made in limited quantities. Once we use up the specific fabric we retire that product.  Therefore our Trenches will always be xclusive as they are made in limited runs. No more than 40 of any one trench is ever made.

We are considering again participating in New York Fashion Week, as we received such rave reviews and exposure in September of 2013. At that point we would début our next collection.  We are also rolling out a line of bracelet handcuffs.

L’Cheriyve Bracelet Hand Cuffs are hand crafted in Los Angeles. They are offered in:

  • Sterling Silver, gunmetal dipped, 14K gold dipped.
  • With Pave Cubic Zirconas in Sterling Silver, Gun Metal Dipped, and 14K Gold Dipped
  • Both the Pave and Plain can be offered in solid gold with diamonds upon request.

You can follow L’Cheriyve on Twitter @LCheriyve

Retailer Spotlight: Outerwear Company Santa Fe Apparel

coffeeshop coats

Retailer Spotlight is our series featuring clothing and accessory brands that may not be household names, but are exciting, fashion forward and chic and perfect for the curvy ladies this magazine caters to. This week we had the chance to sit down with Christopher DeGaetano of Santa Fe Apparel, an amazing company based out of New York that creates outerwear lines for kids and adults.

Tell us about Santa Fe Apparel. How did it get started and the lines that are produced

Santa Fe Apparel is a family business established in 1995 by Joseph DeGaetano and his partner, Victor Rousso. In 1998 the company’s flagship label, CoffeeShop, was created for young women looking for trendy, fun outerwear with great quality at a reasonable prices. In 2006 I joined my father, Joseph, at the company. My sister, Mary Shawn, came on board 6 months later in the Spring of 2007.

Since the creation of CoffeeShop, the company has launched a number of labels dedicated to meeting the changing needs of our first CoffeeShop customers. Our missy line, Mo-Ka, was created for those CoffeeShop customers that were now looking for more timeless styles, but still craving the fashion and fun that CoffeeShop is known for.

Mo-Ka Irridescent Hood
Mo-Ka Irridescent Hood

LatteBLACK, our contemporary line, was launched for CoffeeShop customers that were looking for more sophistication in their outerwear, utilizing better fabrics and a more European look. In 2007, Santa Fe Apparel launched the CoffeeShop Kids line, enabling our original customers that have now moved on to the Mo-Ka and LatteBLACK lines to relive the fun of CoffeeShop with their own daughters and nieces.

With so many outerwear lines available, what makes Santa Fe Apparel special?

One of the best feelings a customer can have is to find a brand they love and have that brand grow with them. In addition to the great quality, styling, and price of our labels, the women that buy and love our brands know that as go through their lives, we will be there, from their first day of school until the day their own daughter attends her first day of school.

Describe the woman who would wear your lines

A CoffeeShop girl is a fun, smart, and energetic, young woman that loves fashion. She is trendy, always knowing the hottest styles and how to put them together, but also loves having a goods time with her friends and doesn’t take herself too seriously. And she appreciates the value of a quality made garment at a good price

A Mo-Ka women is looking for styles with a twist. The type of coat that will always be in style, but features something new. She wants a great fit, with great quality, at a reasonable price and will always notice the little details that make her coat both timeless and cutting edge.

A LatteBLACK women is looking for sophistication and fashion. She is modern, independent, and looking for a coat that describes her perfectly. She wants high quality and a unique look that is a true statement piece. A coat that says, “This is who I am”

A CoffeeShop Kids is a girl who makes everyone she meets smile. She wants to look just like her “big sister”, in CoffeeShop, and considers the whole world her playground.

Where can one find Santa Fe Apparel’s coats?

Our labels can be found in department and chain stores throughout the US and Canada, as well as over 500 specialty boutiques.

What’s next for Santa Fe Apparel?

We are really excited to be moving into the plus size category. Our plus size customer loves the styling of our lines, but wants a coat that is made with her in mind. We are now going to be able to offer her the perfect combination of fashion and function! We already have a few styles available in plus size, and are going to be expanding the collection greatly in 2014.