Curator Corner: Solange Knowles

“I recently moved part-time to New Orleans, which means setting up a new recording studio right away!” gushes eBay curator Solange Knowles about the inspiration for her first collection on eBay’s new platform, eBay Today. "I like to create an energy in the space that inspires and aligns with my personal style. Here are my dream picks.“

To check out more sweet speakers which Solange handpicked, take a peek at the rest of her Sonic Playground suggestions (click here)

(Photo: Neil Rasmus and Angela Phan of BFAnyc.com. Text by Jauretsi)

Curating a few of my favourite things for eBay...

Today I helped eBay launch some clever new features designed to make online shopping an even more engaging and personal experience. As an eBay curator I’ve been asked to pull together collections of things I love

My Style’ is a collection of beautiful, stylish pieces guaranteed to set the tone whether they’re designed to adorn your house, your bookshelf, or you, yourself.

I think style isn’t about big brand names, it’s about showcasing your own unique essence! What you do, say, how you carry yourself, what you wear and how you live. Each choice you make plays a part in creating the incredible you.

Style is ever-evolving and the items I’ve selected for my eBay My Style collection are either pieces I am already enjoying in my world, or they are on my ‘objects of desire’ list. Create your own collection of visual happiness. Let gut instinct guide you and have fun putting together something beautiful.

My ’Kids Stuff’ collection is an accumulation of children’s toys, books and equipment my son and nephews already have, things I know they’d love, things I treasured as a child and things I secretly wouldn’t mind having as a big kid today. This collection gives you so many options for ways to play, learn and spend time together.

My Garden’ collection might come as a surprise to some people: I doubt many people would pick me as a keen gardener! Believe it or not I love growing my own herbs and flowers. My Mum is excellent at growing veggies and fruit, so I just steal these from her! Gardening is a weekend ritual for me and one of my favourite ways to unwind.

Hopefully they inspire you to explore eBay and curate your own collections of pieces that you’re passionate about. Share your collections on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest or email them to people if you want to drop a hint or two ahead of a special birthday! And don’t forget to follow my #eBaycollections to discover the pieces you love, and the pieces you didn’t even realise you wanted!

Join the conversation @ebay_uk #eBaycollections  

Follow my fellow eBay collections curators Reg Yates, Kelly Hoppen, and Alex James.

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Pharrell Dropped New Stuff on eBay

Pharrell just streamlined his belongings and lucky for us. The Grammy winning toy collector put some of his items on eBay, from the classic Adidas’ Stan Smiths to a Murakami print. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit From One Hand to Another, a nonprofit giving kids new technologies, arts, and media to meet their potential. Bid before May 22nd.

Run, don’t’ walk, to GivingWorks/Pharrell

Curator Corner: Book Binding 

One of the most studied of eBay curators, TheShelfLifer, is a tenacious searcher of beautiful books. His latest affinity is the hunt for rare books of English and French origin, whom he feels that “share a passion for turning library shelves into exotic displays of leatherwork and metallurgy”. Take this book for example, Evangeline by Longfellow (seen above), an outstanding First Edition sold on eBay for $3900. 

To see or purchase one of the other books from this collection, visit Bound for Perfection. To follow ShelfLifer’s finds, visit his curator page. 


Curator Corner: Shining Sea

eBay curator Callisto LOVES Jacques Cousteau. He writes of his nautical-themed collection, “Shining Sea”: “For those looking to bring a little more of the life aquatic into their homes, dive into this collection of seaworthy housewares." "Be forewarned,” he jokes. “You can live here. Forever." 

Take a look at the full "Shining Sea” collection

(Photo: Courtesy of various eBay sellers. Text: Jauretsi)

Curator Corner: YSL Wallet

Slightly obsessed with this YSL wallet which not only is a new shiny toy, but genuinely serves a functional purpose – 12 cardholders, 3 bill holders, and 1 zip change pocket. 

Curated by Phoebe for her eBay collection entitled C'est la Vie, which includes more luxurious products from Louboutin to Balmain to Givenchy. Take a look here at the rest of the products in this collection. 

(Photo: Courtesy of eBay Seller queenbeebeverlyhills. Text: Jauretsi)


Curator Corner: Pharrell’s Basics

“Accessories are the rock stars”, writes eBay curator Pharrell Williams. “Keep your clothes simple” he adds. That means sporting a simple strong pair of blue jeans, white T-shirt, and some funky flair. For example, how about a stainless steel gold tone flask? Or perhaps sterling mic cufflinks, or Colette Converse’s by Kevin Lyons? 

Take a look at the accessories (seen above) and more hand-picked items by visiting Draped Up

(Photo: Courtesy of eBay Sellers)


“Up All Night” Collection by Pharell Williams

We’re loving the collections created by Pharrell on the new eBay platform, eBay Today. If there were ever a top 10 list of items you would need to “stay up all night and get lucky”… these items surely fit the bill (including this ace Versace jacket for H&M Black Blazer Jacket). 

Take a peek at his entire Up All Night Collection

(Photo: Images courtesy of eBay Sellers. Text: Jauretsi)


Curator Corner: Craftsmanship

Once you experience the glory of expert craftsmanship, it’s hard to go back. One of the eBay curators, Overstock, culled together a range of items from an oriental wool rug to to a multi-drawer dresser to a whitehall dingy. The common denominator? All conceived of skilled makers. 

Take a look at the whole collection entitled Expert Craftsmanship

(Photo: Courtesy of eBay Sellers. Text: Jauretsi)


Curator Corner: First Dates

Looking to bring out your inner romance? One of our eBay curators, GiftCurator, gathered a smart collection of items – from jewelry to music players – to woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Our fav piece from this collection, however, is the epic Picnic Basket complete with cutlery, plates, wine glasses, and napkins.

Take a look at the rest of “Young Love’s” items to step up your love game this season. 

(Photo: Courtesy of eBay Seller asavings)


Curator Corner: Tech

eBay curator Phoebe puts together a group of items for tech heads that want it “better, stronger, faster”. Listen to your music on Harman Kardon’s Soundstick speakers, or snap an excellent photo on the Samsung NX300 Digital Camera.

Peruse these (seen above) and 11 additional products at Tech Built Better

(Photo: Courtesy of eBay Sellers)