(Source: Alekka; Frieda and Nellie Fantastical Fancy Necklace, $282; Lionette Dream Catcher Earrings, $375; Robot Pendant, $80)The appeal of a pair of Lionette Dream Catcher Earrings ($375) is twofold: One, they’re a beautifully-crafted original design, and two, it’s unlikely that you’ll see anyone else wearing the Swarovski-encrusted gems. This is precisely how Alexandra Voyatzakis wanted to shake-up the market when she founded Alekka, an online trove of accessories from emerging designers and artisans.
(Source: Alekka; Mini Red Grecian Jewelry Bowl, $30)An avid traveler, Voyatzakis curates a collection of jewelry ($40–$755), handbags ($108–$364), scarves ($79–$212) and home decor ($30–$110) found across the globe. The former fashion journalist’s wanderlust has led her to skeletal framed sunglasses by Australian label Ksubi ($224), knitted Stela 9 hobo bags imported from India ($108) and ceramic jewelry bowls hand-painted in Greece ($30). Stories and photos documenting Voyatzakis's trips are featured in the site’s Digital Diary, and include reflections on Rome and Punta Cana, among various other destinations.(Source: Alekka; Ksubi Caelum Glasses, $224; Stela 9 Shiva Hobo Bag, $108) Adding to merchandise culled from far corners of the world is a selection of stateside-made baubles. Resin-and-copper robot pendants crafted in Miami ($80) and rhinestone-embellished necklaces from NYC jewel house Frieda and Nellie ($282) are worthwhile splurges, but try to leave a little something in your travel budget.