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    Few things beat the feeling of your passions being reignited....

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    Few things beat the feeling of your passions being reignited. It’s as if your a child and anything and everything is possible. Now I’m pouring with ideas that I can barely sketch quick enough!

    Being a designer (and the owner, but that’s for another post) has two major downsides that people who are not creatives forget or do not understand these two things:
    1. If you’re uninspired you tend to shut down because we create from stimulating ideas/scenery/art/etc. It is very difficult to design on demand and really make your work the best it can be.
    2. YOU NEVER ARE/FEEL DONE. Ask any designer, they wouls tweak their designs until death if there wasn’t some sort of deadline, then once that deadline comes and passes you can barely look at the piece because you know there is something you could’ve done better. MADDENING I tell you! Never thought I’d say this, but I am thankful for deadlines because it generally is the point of no return. You must stop. This is both good and bad, but you live with it either way.

    So because I am almost done with the latest collection- #projectrosethroughconcrete -I thought I’d share an image with many of the elements of this amazing installation will be incorporated into the next collection. Cannot wait to show you all! Stay tuned!

    Until next time kiddies,
    K

    #celanewyork #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #bags #leather #canvas #unconventional #newcollection #staytuned #design #art #makeadifference #projectrosethroughconcrete #livingacause

    I am excited like a kid in a candy store about the next...

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    I am excited like a kid in a candy store about the next collection! Showing it to you all will be epic as well, because it won’t be done in the conventional manner. This is one from a few years ago. Aren’t they fabulous?

    The collection is called “Project Rose through Concrete”, and I will slowly let all of you in on what this special project entails and how you can be a part of it!

    I believe fashion and all it’s sectors are about inclusion; not what the main stream media wants you to believe. They’d rather have us painted as an exclusive, judgment filled club, when in all actuality I never felt more normal than in this industry.

    So because of that, I am inviting every one of you into the world of New York Fashion and into the fashion community. Whoever told you that you are not welcome is wrong. We welcome you with open arms. I know I speak for many when I say that.

    Here’s to #projectrosethroughconcrete and letting you all feel like you’re here with me!

    Until next time kiddies,
    K

    #celanewyork #bags #leather #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #projectrosethroughconcrete #sharingiscaring #love

    Been quite awhile, but I’m back! Just in time for what people in...

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    Been quite awhile, but I’m back! Just in time for what people in the fashion industry consider a holiday (one where you run around last minute like you’ve lost your mind kind of holidays)- #fashionweek! Here we go!
    #celanewyork #bags #madeinamerica #madeinnyc #fashion #maytheheavensbewithus #projectrosethroughconcrete

    Grateful

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    Every once in a while, it’s a great idea to stop and take stock of your life and all the great things you have- be it people around you, your basic necessities, or what is in the works.

    Today is that day for me. I do this periodically, but lately it’s been a daily practice- again, just as a reminder of what I do have in all aspects of life.

    Thank you to everyone who has and is helping me on my...

    makersrowstore: “After college and finding that too many jobs...

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    makersrowstore:

    “After college and finding that too many jobs were being outsourced overseas, so much so that I couldn’t find one myself, I actually resorted to begging for an unpaid internship just to get my foot in the door when I already had more experience than any of my peers in the industry by a long shot.

    I finally, at the tender age of 25, decided to take matters and control into my own hands and started my handbag business alone. No investors, no loans, no partners, just me alone with capital I had saved through working from a very young age consistently. It gave me the freedom to create not only my own destiny, but whatever product I wanted without having to explain or answer to anyone.

    Once the company was formed, it became blindingly apparent how little production was actually done in New York City- most famously and notably the Garment District- and it’s boroughs. The factories were near empty, quality production was a rarity, and production costs were so high that it was impossible for most to produce here.

    But, I did it anyway. I wanted to put my efforts into making that situation change for the betterment of all.

    As a lifelong New Yorker, I realized I had the power and ability to change and positively affect this situation. I made it my ultimate goal to produce all my goods in New York City or its boroughs in addition to exclusively using materials produced in the United States. It was and is an exhaustive process, but the feeling that I get in knowing I am in someway providing jobs and work for Americans is all the satisfaction I could ever ask for.
    My brand and myself are the literal definition of Made in New York and Made in the U.SA., and I take great pride in that. Knowing that each individual has the power to create and influence change is empowering and humbling simultaneously in the best of ways.

    Cela New York is American Made. I am American Made.” Kelly, Cela New York

    #IAmAmericanMade #celanewyork #madeinnyc #madeinUSA #bags #smallleathergoods #womensbags #mensbags #unisex

    To the company copying Cela New York

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    I’m writing this statement because it is Fashion Week in NYC and this needs to be addressed:

    Copying or replicating my products, I’ve grown used to. That doesn’t mean I like it or condone it at all, but it is part of this business sadly.

    However, copying my products, entire company structure (that includes visuals, website, State and Federal qualifications regarding membership to specific...

    Why I will not work or Operate Business on September 11th

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    WHY I WILL NOT WORK OR OPERATE BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 11TH

     

    DIASCLAIMER: Do not misquote, take portions of my statement, share the information for purposes not intended without full use of this statement, without explicit formal written and/or verbal consent by the writer. However, feel free to share my statement in its entirety. If any of the above is violated- especially to the detriment...

    The "Real Barbie" Debate

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    This week after the new “Real” Barbie went viral (even though it has been on the internet for quite some time now), people have asked me what I thought of it and it’s representation of “Real” women. So rather than repeating my answer over and over again, I’ll try to address it as best I can right now even though I’m sure it will yield quite a few hateful comments. But hey, I’m a woman. I can...

    A piece sent to me by an incredible photog and near life long...

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    A piece sent to me by an incredible photog and near life long friend, Anthony Benussi. I can’t describe it other than to say my camera doesn’t do the piece justice. It’s superb work. On top of me being such a raging fan of his work, he not only sent me this piece but also a handwritten note (the one above) which I will treasure forever. And FYI Anthony, I am keeping my promise to see it everyday as I have it hung on the end of my bed so I wake to such a beautiful scene. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to start collecting your work! If you all don’t know him by now you should! Keep up the amazing work! Your forever fan- Kelly ;)

    Let's wrap this thing up- and I don't mean a present!

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    …so, what a crazy year it has been for everyone at Cela New York! As I did last year, I thought it appropriate to continue the tradition and recap the year and also take the opportunity to send many thanks and love to those who have been an intricate part of Cela’s continued success.

    About this time last year, the island I grew up on was still recovering from the devastation of Sandy also...

    ...and I'm back!

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    Well HELLO everyone out there in TumblrLand! It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in and I wanted to update you all on the great things that have been happening with Cela New York and myself over the last few months.

    First off (three months late but whatever) HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! Yes, that’s how long it’s been since I’ve updated but it’s been for quite a few good reasons!

    Fashion Week...

    Cela New York’s Milia bag in the front window of the Lion'esque...

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    Cela New York’s Milia bag in the front window of the Lion'esque pop up store on 47th and Lexington Ave in NYC! Store opens this Monday, November 26th so get over there and get your fave Cela bag for you or a special someone. Thank you Lion'esque and my Cela kiddies for making this a dream come true;) xx CNY

    Yes, I’m one hell of a knitter…any guesses on what it’ll turn...

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    Yes, I’m one hell of a knitter…any guesses on what it’ll turn into? Don’t even bother the guess scarf pweeeze because it won’t be one. Let the guessing begin…. :)

    What I'm Thankful For and Recapping 2012

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    Yeah, I know. I’m a day late, but I still feel like recognizing what I have been given and also what not only I have gone through, but also for those closest around me and give due thanks to those who deserve it.

    I never really write down for everyone to see what I am thankful for each year but seeing as how this year has been incomparably the most stressful and strangely bizarre year I have ever...

    Hurricane Sandy and the heart break left behind...

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    Well, I’m just going to say it. Hurricane Sandy, you have really sucked. 

    I am a girl who was born and raised in Long Island and the devastation that has hit my island, along with all those who lost their entire lives and homes due to this freak/unforgiving storm has been nothing short of heart breaking. Spending my life on this island and seeing my childhood washed away and having two of my best...

    Every time I use the caviar polish (mixed with Chanel peridot...

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    Every time I use the caviar polish (mixed with Chanel peridot paint) I have to take a pic with a Cela bag…meet the new Milia bag in gold everyone! And yes, that gold bag is just as radiant in person! xx;)

    Never got a chance to add this, but it is from our Fashion’s...

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    Never got a chance to add this, but it is from our Fashion’s Night Out Prep at Mario Diab Salon with Kenecia Lashae, Dana, Rachel, Sarah and Chris. Enjoy!

    Mom, Dad, Cela New York and the NYODN

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    These two crazy cats are who I call Mom and Dad, Nancy and Ramon Mayo. Now while the picture of them getting up on some rocks for their daughter’s hair brained scheme for a photo shoot isn’t enough to put them into rockstar status (considering my mother would rather be set on fire than have her photo taken), they’re background story and how we got to this point on a beach in front of a camera...

    Dana Healy- Best Friend, Yogi, Angel

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    Dana Healy. Oh, there is so much I can say about this woman and I hope some of the things I write here will suffice to paint a good enough picture to show you why we have been friends for nearly twenty years (Oh goodness, dating myself again) and why she deserves this written recognition.

    Dana and I met on a bus going to summer camp when we were about 9 years old, (I always love saying we have...

    Rachel the Unstoppable

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    To many of you I am sure she is just as stunning to your eyes as she appears to me, but unlike many other beautiful women Rachel has this intangible yet palpable inner beauty that can only be told through the story of how we became friends and the amazing, dare I say, pioneering woman that she is today; and most importantly why I wanted to use her and her story as a message for my brand to women...

    Always darkest before dawn...

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    After what was probably one of the most frustrating days I can remember today, I received this amazing email from jewelry designer/stylist extraordinaire Melissa Molinar who I have commissioned a piece to be made for Cela New York’s Launch Party on September 6th, also Fashion’s Night Out. Since a portion of profits from both handbag pre-orders and Melissa’s designs for Cela New York will be...

    Not only am I made in the USA, but so is Cela New York;)

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    Not only am I made in the USA, but so is Cela New York;)

    Happiness! New materials = new ideas…… :D

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    Happiness! New materials = new ideas…… :D

    My fashion experience thus far: Part 1

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    I can definitely say that I did not follow the traditional route to get into the fashion industry. Coming from a university mainly known for business education with the focus on the graduating population flowing into the corporate finance, pharmaceutical, well, basically everything but fashion, I was a bit of a crossroads. With my bachelors degree in hand, I found myself begging every fashion...

    The Yoga Palms exclusive yoga bag! Limited run so make sure to...

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    The Yoga Palms exclusive yoga bag! Limited run so make sure to get yours ASAP! Goes on sale July 12!

    What a weekend...

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    Well if you’ve had a second to check out the post below, you’ll see what I’ve been up to this weekend! The whole weekend was a proper mixture of reality and surreality which I still am wrapping my head around.

    The great thing about my job is that I get to call it a job, because as a kid I thought this whole existence seemed impossible. I have also always had this great tradeoff with the universe...

    What I’ve been up to…Cela New York’s new season shoot!

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    What I’ve been up to…Cela New York’s new season shoot!

    Reading stack right my bed and trust, I’m not mad about it. I...

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    Reading stack right my bed and trust, I’m not mad about it. I love broadening my knowledge so if you have any more suggestions let me know!

    The cool blue salt water with the sun beating overhead is my idea...

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    The cool blue salt water with the sun beating overhead is my idea of heaven. Beach baby ;)

    Beautiful summer sunsets in NYC. Wish you all were here!

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    Beautiful summer sunsets in NYC. Wish you all were here!

    Friday nights on the East Side with the best person I know, Rocky...

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    Friday nights on the East Side with the best person I know, Rocky B :)

    After a morning at the factory in NYC, I headed out east to see...

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    After a morning at the factory in NYC, I headed out east to see the progress on my best friend’s new yoga studio. Nice end to the week!

    My favorite necklace. And yes, that’s an anatomical heart there.

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    My favorite necklace. And yes, that’s an anatomical heart there.

    Cela New York in Flare Magazine. Doesn’t it just look heavenly?

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    Cela New York in Flare Magazine. Doesn’t it just look heavenly? 

    I am, blogging?

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    Hello to everyone who has stopped by! My name is Kelly Mayo and I am the owner and designer of Cela New York. 
    Be assured everyone, this is actually me typing away at you. Unlike other brands who pass off blogging duty to some poor intern with no interest in this medium (oh, I am POSITIVE you can all name a few yourself), I won’t be doing that anytime soon. This will be under my control for as...

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