Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Color, color, everywhere. Deep, rich cherry reds, sweet violets, tantalizing teals. And orange. I just can’t get enough of it.
With South Louisiana summer right around the corner, and spring in full bloom, these rich, bold hues are showing up everywhere. But so are softer pastels.
That means you don’t have to have a starburst of color this summer, but you need a little splash. And we found it in Cocodri’s new line of colorful stingray cuffs.
A jewel of the sea often dubbed “immortal leather” because of its durability, the stingray skin is tanned and dyed and then superbly crafted right here in Lafayette into a flexible cuff. Stingray leather is among the most beautiful and exotic of skins, its texture resembling tiny round, rock hard pearls; you won’t resist running your fingers across it. “It’s just such an interesting skin,” says Kiki Frayard of kiki in River Ranch, the exclusive retailer of the Cocodri cuffs.
Cocodri has been producing the cuffs for two years and just introduced several summer colors, including turquoise, coral, ivory and coffee bean. Many of the new summer shades take on a two-tone look, as the lining — a rich, canary-yellow Italian calfskin — barely peaks out from underneath the bracelet. Cocodri co-owner Mary Tutwiler says stingrays are not yet harvested for commercial use from the Gulf, but she’d like to see that happen. “I’m willing to explore it,” she says. “I’d like to see a stingray industry develop here because of the local tannery [Reptile Tannery of Louisiana].”
Frayard also sees potential in developing a local industry that takes advantage of this exquisite resource. “All of the top designers are using touches of stingray,” she says. “You see a lot of it on purse handles and clutches. The Cocodri cuff is a stylish and smart investment, because it lasts a lifetime and certainly won’t ever be out of style.”
The flexible bracelets, which start at $130, mold to any size wrist, Frayard says, and look great stacked with bangles or leather wraps. “People are also wearing them with their watches.”
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
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She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
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