Tassels are a girl’s best friend

The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I already have the perfect gift idea that appeals to both sexes! You see, we’ve been talking a lot about seeing my BB girls in love recently, so I thought rather than suggest you be all romantic this V.Day, we want to see you get kinky! Well… within reason of course – some things are best left for the privacy of one’s own bedroom!

I’m talking, of course, about my Mae West Sleeves – those sexy, sassy fringed accessories that instantly put the va-va-voom into any outfit. The whole concept of these sleeves was really a gift from me to my girls. Back when I started designing my fringed bags, I’d get feedback from some customers that they love, love, LOVED the fringe but didn’t always want to have to carry all their belongings with them when they were dancing. They wanted the freedom to swish and sashay on the dance floor without a care in the world.

They asked, I listened. After all, I’ve always been a big believer in freedom and so I decided to create an accessory my girls could wear – something that would move and follow the shape of the body without any constraints. They started out as gloves, but I felt that as my women are all so free, they needed to be able to move their hands freely… and I also wanted them to be wearable in summer and winter alike. And so, the slip-on, long-fringed Mae West Sleeves were born and became another iconic BB piece.

Who better for this accessory to be named after than the self-created star of cinema in the 20s and 30s (and beyond), Mae West? An actress, a comedian, a singer, a writer and of course, a sex symbol, she was like the blue print for today’s empowered BB girls. Mae West had such a strong presence in what was such a masculine world. I loved watching her in Western movies and so when the time came to pay her tribute, of course it had to be all about fringe!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: fringing is a state of mind. It’s all about freedom and movement and the Mae West Sleeves are the very epitome of both. When I wear them personally, I like to keep it simple and let the accessory do the talking. Just a pair of jeans or shorts and a vest… or just a pair of cowboy boots, depending on the occasion! They really are the ultimate party piece – see how amazing the gorgeous stylist, artist and BB girl Kaylee Boyer looked when she wore them at her recent New York engagement party.

So, if your partner or lover needs a little nudge in the right direction, be sure to ‘accidentally’ leave this blog page open when you next pass him your phone or iPad. Or you could always snap them up yourself and save them for his super sassy Valentine’s Day surprise. Handmade by my artisans in Tuscany – we use super-soft lamb leather that’s normally reserved for gloves – they come in classic black or ivory so take your pick. If you order from my online shop now, we can deliver in time for the big day.

Forget diamonds this Valentine’s Day… tassels are a girl’s best friend.

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