Cheaper than a new outfit and one size fits all, fashion accessories became the ultimate impulse buy in a tough economy. As such, there’s a cascade of sparkly bangles at almost every store you enter these days. Still, the new Maria Rivolta jewelry and accessories store at Southdale Center stands out from the masses.
The designs are contemporary without seeming trendy. There’s bold color and unexpected materials such as shiny enamel and leather cord. The pieces are perfect for everyday wear. Bonus: Most of the jewelry is less than $50; sunglasses and truly standout watches range from $44 to $98.
Popular throughout South America, the collection, designed by Argentinean Maria Rivolta, caught Marge Schwab’s eye on a trip to Buenos Aires last year. A career retailer from Minneapolis—Schwab’s last position was vice president/general merchandise manager with Tomorrow’s Mother Maternity —Schwab knew she’d struck gold. And silver. She arranged to bring the line to Minnesota, opening the very first U.S. store in Edina (a welcome pick-me-up for Southdale). Schwab is already thinking about other locations in the Twin Cities—and beyond. Southdale, 952-926-2897, mariarivolta.com