You don’t have to look far to find animal references in the whimsical creations of Jonathan Adler, the potter-turned-designer (and author) whose namesake boutiques add quirky charm to Greenwich and Westport’s shopping districts. Just a quick glance through his work will yield everything from horses to giraffes, owls to elephants, foxes to hares. We’re particularly charmed by the Ceramic Seahorse Sculpture ($150) from the Menagerie Collection. The 14-inch-tall accent, of hand-cast, high-fired porcelain bisque set on a polished nickel base, is destined to inspire daydreams of an ocean escape.
For more, visit jonathanadler.com.
The animal magnetism of actor Colin Farrell — evidenced in print work by famed photographer Mark Seliger — is adding a certain spark to the ad campaign of the newest fragrance from Dolce&Gabbana. The Italian designers bestowed the name Intenso upon the scent, one created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the brand’s first male fragrance, Pour Homme. Intenso, a woody, aromatic fragrance, is available in a 200ml bottle ($122) as well as related products such as shower gel. Mr. Farrell, you have our attention!
For more, visit dolcegabbana.com.
SO SPARKLY, SO SLEEK
Alexis Bittar, the jewelry designer-to-the-stars with a thriving Greenwich Avenue boutique, offers a new collection featuring an oh-so-sleek (and chic) panther motif. Catching our eye from the Elements collection are, from top, the Moonlight Panther Pendant Necklace ($245), the Moonlight Small Panther Hinged Bracelet ($225) and the Moonlight Resting Panther Hinged Bracelet ($295). Each features an antique rhodium crystal pavé feline taking center stage.
For more, visit alexisbittar.com.
ON AN EQUESTRIAN NOTE
Drop a note — while also supporting a worthy cause — by purchasing note cards featuring scenes from Pegasus Farm and the beautiful horses of Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. All proceeds benefit the Brewster-based nonprofit’s mission to provide equine-assisted activities for people with special needs, veterans and at-risk individuals. Featuring seasonal themes and the photography of Christine Fitzgerald, the organization’s communications director, the cards are sold in sets of eight assorted scenes ($10, plus $1.25 shipping and handling).
For more, visit pegasustr.org/news-events.
BEST IN SHOW
For those who hate being away from their beloved pups, Erwin Pearl has a fashionable solution. The Adorable Pooches Collection features the most detailed little pins crafted with hand-painted French enamel and 22k gold or rhodium-plated jewelers metal. So wear your Bichon Frise, Shetland Sheepdog or, pictured here, Black Scottish Terrier ($120) with pride. The line also includes charms and cuff links.
For more, visit erwinpearl.com.
Stuart Weitzman is the shoe designer-known-around-the-world who just happens to call Fairfield County home. Our cover boy of October 2013 was in the news recently with the announcement of his empire being purchased by Coach. Not to worry, though, since he will remain creative director. That means we can look forward to many more dazzling designs including a Spring 2015 collection dotted with animal-themed styles. Options include the minimalist spin on the gladiator sandal, Backview in Adobe Cobratex ($535) above left and Lasso in Gold Nappa ($345), left, with crisscrossing straps that coil up the calf. Visit the Stuart Weitzman boutique in Greenwich, but oh, how to choose just one pair…
For more, visit stuartweitzman.com.