Curator’s Choice: 10 Stylish Finds for the Holiday Season

Brand consultant Beth Terry chooses 10 under-the-radar pieces for this holiday season

by Maria Bobila

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Beth Terry has worked in fashion, beauty and the creative arts. But what she prides herself on is finding tomorrow’s top talent today. Guided by her great eye for beauty and innovation, Terry selected gifts for every archetype.

Intellectual

Novelty clutch

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The Backstory: Paris-based Olympia Le-Tan transforms first-edition novel covers into quirky clutches. Made from colorful felt and featuring hand-stitched detailing and gold trim, these fun, smart-looking little purses have become the most sought-after accessory for everyone from “It” girls to bookworms. Why Gift It: “Don’t keep this in your closet, display it on your bookshelf.” $1,810 at justoneeye.com

Creative

Polka-dots for everyday dining

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The Backstory: Products by Marimekko, known and loved for its mod-era graphics and colorful textiles, just keep getting better. Since launching in 1951, the beloved Finnish company has expanded its apparel collection to include a wide array of accessories, bags, and home décor. Why Gift It: "Polka-dots are exuberant; so are creative types. I love the strong contrast between black and white, and the way these dots pop.” $18 and up at marimekko.com

Athlete

Gyakusou running pants

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The Backstory: Jun Takahashi, founder of the cult label Undercover, joined forces with Nike to create Gyakusou, an exclusive running-wear collection that blends Nike’s time-honored functionality and Takahashi’s minimalist aesthetic. The name Gyakusou translates as “running in reverse,” and comes from the combination of the Japanese words gyaku, which means “wrong” or “reverse,” and sou, which means “run” or “running.” Why Gift It: “So much is unexpected here—the subtle burgundy color, the thoughtful collaboration with Nike. Takahashi is an avid runner, so expect high performance and comfort.” $180 at aloharag.com

Rebel

Chain-link fingerless glove

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The Backstory: Swedish designer Fannie Schiavoni uses raw chain metal to create her trademark body harnesses for the fashionably daring. Not surprisingly, her pieces have struck a chord with statement-making musicians like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Rihanna. Schiavoni’s collection has expanded to include intricate and detailed necklaces, bracelets, bras, crop tops, and even dresses. Why Gift It: “Chain metal is my weakness, and this fingerless glove is the perfect gift for the rebel. Each piece is strongly handcrafted. Wear with a T-shirt and blazer.” $290 at justoneeye.com

Caregiver

Sunswept body products

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The Backstory: Adam Eastwood and Franco Wright of the Scent Bar in Los Angeles and its companion site, luckyscent.com, have created an exclusive perfume collection for Target. The collection aims to introduce the duo’s core business, that of discovering rare fragrances, to a clientele that extends beyond what Eastwood calls the “perfume head.” Why Gift It: “Scent Bar consistently produces beautiful products and makes shopping for fragrances online simple. They’re a standout in the industry, and the citrusy Sunswept scent they created for Target smells fantastic. Great packaging. Great pricing.” $9 and up at target.com

Visionary

Pipe earphones

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The Backstory: Danish audio-design company Aiaiai specializes in simple, high-quality headphones that offer industry-caliber sound quality and modern aesthetics. Its Pipe earphone, created in partnership with influential design firm Kibisi, boasts an ergonomic design and modern minimalist look. Why Gift It: “You can take these sleek, DJ-approved earphones anywhere. What Visionary wouldn’t want a pair?” $60 at aiaiai.dk

Queen/Executive

Diamond Leaf earrings

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The Backstory: Elise Dray launched her namesake label in 2009 after studying at the prestigious BJOP school for jewelers in Paris. Dray’s designs always tap into a fantastical animal theme, rendered in diamonds, opulent gemstones, and other precious materials. Why Gift It: “My eyes light up when I see an Elise Dray creation. Her enthusiasm for nature—and diamonds—is irresistible.” $11,501 at matchesfashion.com

Spiritual

Moon bell necklace

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The Backstory: The late world traveler Lou Zeldis started making jewelry while living in Peru during the 1970s. He created one-of-a-kind designs with organic materials at his studio in Bali, where he sought inspiration and solace up until he passed away earlier this year. Why Gift It: “This handmade piece instantly connects energy to the wearer.” $150 at farfetch.com

Fashionista

Silk georgette corseted gown

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The Backstory: Ballet dancer-turned-fashion designer Hogan McLaughlin was first discovered by style icon Daphne Guinness on Twitter. Guinness has continued to champion McLaughlin’s flourishing design career by including his pieces in her installations at Barneys New York and The Museum at FIT. Why Gift It: “Hogan creates pure fashion fantasy, and this dress is for any Fashionista looking beyond the ordinary. He’s young and self-taught, and this dress is just one of his masterpieces.” Price upon request at Hogan McLaughlin

Advocate

Philanthropic footwear

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The Backstory: Similar to Toms, two-year-old French company Twins for Peace makes classic lace-up sneakers that offer the added benefit of being charitable. In addition to the brand’s Shoe Project philosophy of “buy one, give one” (to a child in need), the packaging for its products is made from 90 percent recyclable materials. Why Gift It: “Cute sneakers. Great charity. No need to say more” $92 and up at Twins for Peace