For nearly 30 years, the Oswald family of Kutztown has strived to add a little sparkle to women's lives with its Sorrelli line of antique-inspired heirloom jewelry made of Swarovski crystals. Now, the family is expanding its reach with a selection of pendants and cocktail and statement rings available at Nordstrom stores across the country and online at shop.nordstrom.com.
"It's always been about self-expression and women feeling beautiful," Sorrelli Jewelry brand manager Amanda Zeigler said of the collection created by husband-and-wife team Kermit and Lisa Oswald.
Ms. Oswald studied design at Kutztown University and started creating accessories to wear to New York parties frequented by such famous folks as Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and Keith Haring.
"She wasn't very good at sketching. Kermit was an artist. He could draw, so he would help her draw out designs," Ms. Zeigler said. "But she had this eye. Even to this day, she has this eye and this sense of what women want."
The couple later moved back to Kutztown, where they live on a farm and turned an 18th-century barn into their design studio. For years, pieces also were manufactured in Kutztown. As demand grew, the family purchased a factory overseas staffed with skilled craftsmen to handle production.
Today, the Oswalds' children are contributing to the business, which is still headquartered in Kutztown with a flagship store on Main Street. In addition to Nordstrom, the jewelry is carried by hundreds of independent retailers across the country, including some in Pittsburgh. One of its newest and fastest growing accounts is Trunk Show Boutique in Upper St. Clair.
"I think everyone in Pittsburgh should be ready and excited," Ms. Zeigler said. "Sorrelli has really taken off around there."
Learn more about the collection at www.sorrelli.com.
Make-A-Wish Foundation ninth-annual Shopping Extravaganza: Shop jewelry, purses, cosmetics, home goods, leathers, gourmet foods and more for a cause at Valley Brook Country Club, McMurray, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free, and valet parking is available. Information: 724-942-1200.
Men's trunk shows at Larrimor's: Spruce up his style with made-to-measure Oxxford suits handmade in Chicago and custom-made shirts with a range of fabrics, cuffs, monograms and pockets Thursday at One PNC Plaza, Downtown. Information: 412-471-5727 or www.larrimors.com.
"Dressed in Dior" how-to sessions: Receive makeup and skin-care tips from master sessions at Macy's at South Hills Village organized by national Diorshow artist Joseph Johnson, national Dior trainer Coleen Gaughan and their team of regional stylists. The Dior fall/winter color palette also will be on display.
Master sessions will be held Friday and Saturday. Call 412-854-6889 for times and reservations. A deposit is required and is redeemable toward a Dior product. Those interested in makeup consultations only can visit the Dior counter at Macy's 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday without a reservation.
Skin Center Medical Spa open house: The center's Mt. Lebanon location will welcome the community to see its new surgical facility and learn about cosmetic surgery, body contouring, QuickLift mini face-lifts, CoolScuplting fat reduction and nonsurgical and anti-aging treatments. Guests will be invited to observe live demonstrations of injectable treatments, such as refining dermal fillers to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Members of the vein treatment team will be on hand to offer complimentary vein screenings.
Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. It's 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. RSVP at 1-800-429-1151. Information: www.theskincentermd.com.
Glimmer of Hope campaign rolls out at rue21: In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cranberry-based retailer is selling "Big or Small, Let's Save Them All" T-shirts, accessories and lip gloss. As part of the campaign, rue21 will make a donation to A Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that provides funding for pre-menopausal breast cancer research. Shop the line at www.rue21.com.
Purple Purse campaign raises money, awareness for domestic violence: In recognition of October's status as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, purple purses stuffed with information on prevention and warning signs are being passed across the country, including in Pittsburgh. People also can visit www.purplepurse.com to share a virtual purple purse with family and friends. Actress Rosario Dawson and The Allstate Foundation have partnered on the effort, and for each purse that's passed and checked in on the website, Allstate will make a donation to the YWCA's domestic violence survivors and women programs.
Macy's unveils plans for first phase of Millennials initiative: The department store chain announced that it will launch 13 new brands and expand 11 labels already in stores in an attempt to target and better accommodate consumers ages 13 to 30.
"We have identified Millennials as a priority customer for Macy's, and we know that growing our relevance for this customer will start with product," Macy's chief merchandising officer Jeffrey Gennette said in a release.
New additions will include Marilyn Monroe apparel and shoes, Keds, G-Star Raw, Ezekiel Clothing, Argyleculture and MADE Fashion Week, runway-inspired looks from fashion shows at MILK Studios in New York City. RACHEL by Rachel Roy, Material Girl, American Rag accessories, kensie, Steve Madden handbags and Smashbox Cosmetics are some of the brands slated to undergo expansions.
Tyra Banks plans new comedy series about her awkward teen years: The former Victoria's Secret model has another project planned for the small screen. Deadline.com reports Tyra Banks recently sold to ABC a scripted television series called "Fivehead."
"In high school, if you have glasses, you're a 'four eyes,' if you have braces, you're a 'metal mouth,' but if you had my forehead? You're a 'fivehead,' " she said.
Brad Pitt's Chanel No. 5 spot premieres to mixed reviews: The actor's ad for the fragrance may be only 30 seconds, but it has stirred hundreds of comments -- and many aren't impressed. "Awkward," "pretentious," "uncomfortable" and "cringe-making" are some of the words people have used to describe the commercial, which depicts black-and-white shots of him praising the perfume's resilience in the ever-changing world. The campaign marks the first time a man has been the face of the fragrance. Check it out on YouTube to judge for yourself.
To have a style or fashion event considered for Stylebook, send listing to Sara Bauknecht at email@example.com. First Published October 23, 2012 4:00 AM