Birabiro Jewelry Trunk SHow; Macy's INC International Concepts Embellished Button Ponte Red Coat; Merry & Bright

Though winter isn’t officially underway just yet, this weekend’s snowy forecast derailed my trip to New York City, causing me to miss the Birabiro jewelry trunk show and holiday party in Harlem on Saturday, December 9.

Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show & Holiday Party; INC International Concepts Embellished Button Red Ponte Coat; Merry & Bright

My daughter, Channing, who does live in Harlem went as my surrogate to take photos for this post and shop the party.

Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show & Holiday Party; INC International Concepts Embellished Button Ponte Red Coat; Merry & Bright

If you remember back in the fall, I hosted a Chico’s MeetUp event in New York City, where I met many fabulous, inspiring women, including Lydia Gobena, the woman behind the Birabiro. She’s a Georgetown University Law grad, who is an oh so fancy trademark lawyer by day, wife, mom of two, and jewelry designer by night.

Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show & Holiday Party; Macy's INC International Concepts Embellished Button Ponte Red Coat; Merry & Bright
Location: Char’s at the Tracey Mansion; Wearing: Macy’s INC International Concepts Embellished Button Ponte Red Coat and Over-the-Knee Cole Haan Black Suede Boots similar here.  Accessories: Fashionphile here at The Real Real Chanel Tweed Flap bag, J. Crew Factory Black Statement Earrings here in fuschia and Forever 21 Cocktail rings.

After our runway shenanigans at Chico’s on Broadway, my daughter, Kenya (our Face Forward Photos photographer) and Lydia headed to Salumeria Rosi on Amsterdam Avenue for Italian alfresco dining for the preferred one-on-one. 

Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show Invite

That’s when I got to know more about Lydia. Like, she is a native of Ethiopia, an Intellectual Property Lawyer, and has been a partner at New York’s Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu since 2005. The jewelry fascination started early as a child making beaded necklaces. She decided to start taking silversmithing classes in 2001. Birabiro Jewelry was born in 2011 out of the need for oversized rings and bracelets to fit her small hands and wrists.

From our enlightening conversation at dinner, Lydia sounds like a great fun mom, fantastic wife, and determined to succeed as a custom jewelry designer. She also has a supportive network of New York City friends.

Birabiro Jewelry Owner at Barawine in Harlem.
I Missed the Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party. Etsy Store owner, Lydia Gobena at Barawine in Harlem for her Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party.
Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party at Barawine in Harlem
I Missed the Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party at Barawine in Harlem.  Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show.
Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party at Barawine in Harlem.
I Missed the Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show at Barawine in Harlem.  Birabiro brooches on display at Barawine.
Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show at Barawine in Harlem.
I Missed the Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party at Barawine in Harlem. Birabiro necklaces on display at Barawine.

The photos above are a snippet of what I missed at the Birabiro Jewelry Trunk Show and Holiday Party at Barawine in Harlem. If you’re still shopping for Christmas, Hannukkah or something for yourself, check out Lydia’s Birabiro Etsy store.   Lydia offers a fun and bold collection of brooches, rings, and necklaces with names of the pieces inspired by her Ethiopian culture.

Did the snow alter your plans over the weekend?  If yes, let me know what you did instead. I was able to shop for Birabiro pieces through the photos my daughter shared with me. I can’t wait to wear my piece!   

Thank you for reading.  Have a fabulous and stylish week.

 

 

 

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