PLUS Model Magazine Sparks Controversy with Gutsy Photoshoot

PLUS Model Magazine features Patty Tobin jewelry

PLUS Model Magazine features jewelry by Patty Tobin in it's January 2012 issue that has sparked a media frenzy with it's "Plus Size Bodies: What’s Wrong With Them Anyways?" feature story.

PLUS Model Magazine recent feature, “Plus Size Bodies: What’s Wrong With Them Anyways?” has sparked a major media frenzy over the past week that’s reached around the globe and led to feature stories on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, and dozens of other newspaper and blog websites.

ABC's Diane Sawyer covers PLUS size models story

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Our involvement with this issue, of course, started when Patty Tobin jewelry was selected for the January 2012 issue that features plus-size model Katya Zharkova in a gutsy photoshoot that has since been characterized as “explosive” and “thought provoking.”

The question the issue poses is simple: What’s so wrong with plus sized bodies anyways? The answer: nothing.

Entertainment Tonight reports on Plus size bodies controversy

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Then why has this story stirred up so much controversy you ask? Because, in addition to the fact that women today are bombarded with countless weight-loss advertisements every single day by a multi-billion dollar industry that preys on the fear of being fat, according to editor-in-chief of PPM Madeline Figueroa-Jones who wrote the hot topic article, the fashion industry has continued to support the dwindling figure of your average American model. Despite the fact that 50% of women in this country today wear a size 14 or larger, the vast majority of models today continue to shrink down to anorexic proportions.

Plus Size Bodies: What's Wrong With Them Anyways?

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Frankly, our position on the issue is this: These women are beautiful! They’re healthy, they’re curvy and it’s about time we start addressing the fact that the “full figured” woman who takes care of herself and styles herself is as lovely as her smaller counterpart. Good things not only come in small packages but in larger packages too!  The idea that mainstream perception of “full figure” is synonymous with “fat” or “unhealthy” is ludacris!

Patty Tobin jewelry always makes a statement but has never made a better one than it has here in Katya’s photo shoot.  We often style this pearl lariat down the bare back of a black tie ensemble, but Jacci Jaye takes it to a whole other level by draping it down Katya’s bare back with nothing else but her Christian Louboutin’s.

We are so excited for the follow up story PPM’s February issue will feature on the story behind the shoot. The teasers are out and Patty Tobin jewelry is featured!

Get the Look - Luxe Jewels by Patty Tobin

Check out more on "Get the Look -- Luxe Jewels" featuring Patty Tobin

For now though, check out the latest installment of “Get The Look” featured by PPM. It highlights the “Luxe Jewels” Katya Zharkova wore for the photoshoot, including our Patty Tobin jewels. “[Donning] nothing but goegeous baubles, bangles and beads” by Patty Tobin and Atelier Minyon, stylist Jacci Jaye shares with readers where they can get the same look. Check out the story online here and look for it in the next issue of PPM out February 1st 2012!

Patty Tobin has always believed that accessories rule when it comes to fashion.   A woman’s outfit may be her canvas, but her true style – that which is most unique to her personality – is found in her accessories: her jewelry, her shoes, her bag, her belt, her scarf. It’s always been our motto that jewelry is the “ultimate fashion accessory” and it seems so appropriate to use it here – where a woman’s size has no baring on her beauty or style whatsoever. Whatever your size, Patty Tobin jewelry is a one-size fits all luxury for every woman.

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Loving this bride’s “something blue” from Patty Tobin

January 5, 2012  |  Get The Look, Who's Wearing Patty Tobin

We love working with brides at Patty Tobin and every once in a while we get extra special lucky to work with one who wants to go a little outside the box. A few months ago, then bride to be, Veronica Pecnik, came into our store looking for her wedding jewelry. While most brides stick to the traditional white pearl variety of jewelry, Veronica was looking for something different. She saw our turquoise shard necklace and fell in love. It was to be her “something blue” and let’s just say, after seeing the wedding photos, the girl blue it out of the water on this one. She looked absolutely fabulous in her gorgeous v-neck white satin gown with this one of a kind statement piece. She couldn’t have been happier with how the necklace looked with her dress and we couldn’t have been happier to help make her wedding day that much more special.

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blue bridal jewelry by Patty Tobin

Bride, Veronica Pecnik, wearing her "something blue" by Patty Tobin.

Fashion lovers take note: Esthetique is where it’s at!

December 31, 2011  |  Get The Look, News & Events

Esthetique released their fourth issue this week and Patty Tobin jewelry is all over it! We’re so excited to see our jewelry in these AMAZING spreads. Yuko Nakao is the stylist for the magazine and she is absolutely top notch! We just love working with her and when you check out these images, I’m sure you can see why.

Patty Tobin mother of pearl torsade as seen in Esthetique

Mother of Pearl torsade by Patty Tobin in blue as seen in Esthetique's fourth issue ($595).

We are always talking about all the different ways you can wear Patty Tobin jewelry — whether it’s layering it with another piece, wearing the clasp to the front, or being a little more daring and wearing some of our longer pieces off your shoulder or draped down your back and Yuko totally gets it! Her talents coupled with our jewelry and the amazing photography of Brian Offidani, hair by Yas, and makeup by Monique Mansour, Esthetique provides the fashion find of the year for all you fashionistas out there looking for inspiration.

Patty Tobin pearl necklaces as seen in Esthetique magazine

Left: Multicolor freshwater pearl double-strand necklace by Patty Tobin ($695). Right: White and silver keshi pearl torsade by Patty Tobin ($895).

You can page through the latest issue online simply by clicking here.

Patty Tobin pink keshi pearl torsade as seen in Esthetique

Patty Tobin's pink keshi pearl torsade as seen in Esthetique, $895.

Patty Tobin for Yurga

December 13, 2011  |  Friends of Patty Tobin, News & Events

Yurga Lago (left) and Patty Tobin (right) at Klaipeda trunk show.

Jewelry designer, Yurga Lago, recently hosted New York jewelry designer, Patty Tobin, at her boutique in Klaipeda, reports a local magazine there. Guests of the evening previewed Patty Tobin for Yurga – a new collection of luxury necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all made from semiprecious gemstones and precious metals. Everyone in attendance agreed the only difficult part of the evening was choosing which one of the designer’s stunning pieces was their favorite – a very positive overall reflection of the night, we think.

This event and a second trunk show in Vilnius held the same week marked the first of many joint ventures between the two designers. With help from Tobin, Yurga’s jewelry made its debut on the CBS Early Show when Dr. Jennifer Hartstein sported one her new pins on a segment back in November.

Yurga and Tobin are also gearing up for the opening of a joint showroom in New York City around April 2012 with a debut party for Yurga hosted by Tobin at her Chelsea boutique later that fall. The two believe their collaboration is just the ticket for expanding each designer’s global audience, their clientele base as well as their brand recognition on an international level.

It is all very exciting and we can’t wait to build more on the success of December’s shows in Lithuania, so stay tuned for more over the coming year!

View the article online by clicking here.

Patty & Yurga Celebrate After Debut in Klaipeda

December 5, 2011  |  Gift Ideas, News & Events

From left to right: Patty Tobin, Yurga Lago and friends, Agla, Ruta, Nika, and Diva, at tree lighting in Klaipeda.

After a successful show in Vilnius, Patty traveled to Lithuania’s coastal city of Klaipeda with Yurga last week and was welcomed by friends, clients and media for her second show on Saturday. The reception was wonderful. Guests came with flowers and good wishes for Patty and left with reserves on their favorite pieces for the holidays. Many boasted of their excitement for such a wonderful addition to their favorite Lithuanian jewelry designer’s collection now that Patty and Yurga are in full collaboration mode.

You could really feel the holiday spirit in the air at both events. The women were lovely and so eager to welcome a new designer and her beautiful collection to their cities. There is not enough that can be said for Yurga herself, an amazing jewelry designer she is, but such a wonderfully sweet woman besides. We are so thrilled to be partnering with her and to welcome her into our own family here at Patty Tobin. Yurga is convinced the holiday season will be successful and has no doubts that she’ll sell out Patty’s entire collection!

Once the holidays are behind us, Patty and Yurga will be moving full steam ahead in their collaboration efforts with plans to open a joint showroom in NYC sometime in 2012. Patty also plans to host Yurga’s U.S. debut in NYC next fall. Exciting developments lay ahead, so stay tuned for more!

From left to right: Patty Tobin's green fire agate necklace and bracelet sets; hessonite garnet briolette necklace and earrings shown next to blue topaz earrings and smokey topaz torsade; bali sterling and freshwater pearl necklace.

Patty Tobin Debuts in Vilnius & Klaipeda This Week!

November 29, 2011  |  News & Events

After so much planning and anticipation, Patty has landing safely in Vilnius and is now gearing up for not one, but TWO, holiday trunk shows in Lithuania! Our gracious host, Yurga Lago, a renowned jewelry designer in her own right, has been nothing short of amazing. With her help we will be debuting the Patty Tobin collection in the city of Vilnius on Thursday, December 1st from 7:00PM-9:00PM, at Yurga’s boutique. Special guests and press have been invited to attend, so that they might have a chance to meet Patty in person and see her beautiful collection of semiprecious gemstone and freshwater pearl jewelry first-hand.

I saw the collection before Patty left and it is totally “signature” Patty Tobin: gorgeous pearl and gemstones ropes, luscious “gemmy gem gem” torsades, stunning pendants, matching earrings and bold cuff bracelets. One thing is for certain: The women of Vilnius are in for a real treat!

New to the plan — and a very exciting addition — is our second show, which will be hosted again by Yurga at her larger boutique in Klaipeda, a beautiful city situated right on the coast of Lithuania where the mouth of the Nemunas River flows into the Baltic Sea (talk about a great venue). The show will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00PM.

Stay tuned to hear how it all goes!

Support Small Business Saturday & Get 15% Off Your Purchase at Patty Tobin

November 22, 2011  |  News & Events

Everybody knows about Black Friday, but do you know about Small Business Saturday?? This coming Saturday marks the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday — a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

Black Friday has notoriously been the “kickoff” for holiday shopping with big box retailers offering major discounts on everything from home electronics to clothes to bedding, but there are a lot of businesses that get left behind on this “Superbowl” of shopping days and that’s all the little mom and pop stores like us who can’t afford to offer 75% their merchandise.

But here at Patty Tobin, we’re doing our best to offer you a big discount on jewelry! For one day only, we’re offering our customers 15% their purchase at our Chelsea boutique (108 W. 17th Street) and on our online store!!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a great deal on holiday gifts AND to support a local, family owned small business 🙂 It’s a win-win deal! VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP NOW! (Enter this code to receive your discount: SBS1126)

Charity Luncheon at United Nations Plaza Showcases Patty Tobin Jewelry

November 4, 2011  |  News & Events, Philanthropy
Patty Tobin Showcase at United Nations

Top left: Patty Tobin with the president and members of the board of the Islamic Heritage Society; top right: Patty Tobin with luncheon chair, Anwar Al-Mansoor.

Yesterday’s showcase at the United Nations Plaza was a smashing success. The women attending the Islamic Heritage Society’s annual luncheon loved the jewelry and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the reception. The event was a special fundraiser for the poverty-stricken country of Somalia with proceeds going to benefit the women and children of the area – a cause we were more than happy to support. The president and board members of the Islamic Heritage Society, along with Anwar Al-Mansoor, the luncheon chair, couldn’t have be lovelier. We hope to work with them again for their annual shopping event this coming Spring.

Patty Tobin Trunk Show in Vilnius on December 1st!

October 28, 2011  |  News & Events

Our tickets are booked and the date is set for our December 1st trunk show in Vilnius!! This beautiful city is the capital of Lithuania and one of the most up and coming cities in the world today and we couldn’t be more excited to debut Patty Tobin’s collection here in December.

City of Vilnius, Lithuania

The beautiful city of Vilnius, Lithuania

The city displays such an incredible variety of both architectural expression and willpower with an incredibly pleasant and cultured people. Vilnius is home to a deep and interesting history and “has preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical buildings as well as its medieval layout and natural setting,” according to UNESCO’s World Heritage List (1994).

Whiskey Topaz Necklace by Patty Tobin

Patty Tobin will be bringing a collection of gemstone jewelry like this Whiskey Topaz Pendant Necklace for her Dec. 1st trunk show in Vilnius.

The city’s rapid growth has made it an epicenter for business in the Baltic Countries and is a destination any world traveler should strongly consider. In 2009, Vilnius was named the European Capital of Culture, and we can understand why. We are thrilled to be hosted by Lithuanian jewelry designer, Yurga Lago, at her boutique in Vilnius to showcase Patty’s collection for our first international showing. We will be bringing a collection of gorgeous semiprecious gemstone necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all handcrafted here in the states.

Lemon Topaz Rope by Patty Tobin

Beautiful, faceted gemstone necklaces like this Lemon Topaz Rope will be available for sale during our trunk show at the Yurga Lago boutique on Dec. 1st.

Event details:

What: Patty Tobin Trunk Show

Where: Yurga Lago Boutique,
Traku St. 16, Vilnius, Lithuania

When: December 1, 2011

Details will be continually updated on our Events page, so stay tuned!

Support Women In The Military With A Shining Service Bracelet

Women in the military show off their Shining Service Bracelets
Women serving abroad proudly show off their Shining Service Bracelets.

We’re proud to announce the official launch of Shining Service Worldwide™, an organization dedicated to showing appreciation and support for women currently serving in the military, military vets and military spouses. We’ve been a proud participant of this initiative since the beginning and we couldn’t be more pleased with the growing recognition garnered for the 1.8 million women who have served in our armed forces.

When you take a moment to consider the fact that only 1% of Americans serve to protect the other 99% of us, it’s truly an extraordinary service that we couldn’t live without, and one that too often goes without sufficient thanks. In particular, the women serving this country too often fall through the cracks and do not get the attention they deserve, which is why Patty Tobin has partnered with Linda Franklin to develop this important cause whose sole purpose is to support these very women at home and abroad.

Designed by Patty Tobin, the Shining Service Bracelet™ is our way of bringing attention to our military women and also to help fund our mentoring services. Our black and clear crystal bracelets are a beautiful way to say thank you to our women in service and to show your support for veterans and military wives. A portion of proceeds go directly toward our mentoring program, which helps these women to acclimate back into civilian life after active tours.

Additionally, the Shining Service blog has been designed to encourage military women to use their voices and tell their stories. It is meant to be a resource for them to show that help and support is available to them from various sources. The third part of the program is the Shining Service Makeover Missions, which offer beauty makeovers at salons all over the country to these women as a way to reconnect with their feminine side. It also incorporates a three-month mentoring program for each woman, following her makeover, to help her continue to build her self-esteem once home from service. Each woman is provided with an executive mentor and a military mentor so all bases are covered.

More information is available on the Shining Service Worldwide™ website. Get involved today and show your support for these amazing women.

Women in the military wearing their Shining Service Bracelets