Delfina Delettrez Fendi is a designer and jeweller based in Rome. She founded her company, Delfina Delettrez, in 2007. Since the inception of her brand, she has developed a signature perspective using a wide material vocabulary, manifested in her original use of figurative surrealism and natural iconography including hands, eyes, bees, and lips. These adorn different parts of the anatomy, in a continuous game of echoes.
Delettrez’s latest work explores a more conceptual sense of the surreal: instead of adding, she now subtracts, viewing precious stones as self-sufficient in themselves and creating ‘phantom settings’ which give the illusion of fine jewels floating around the body.
The unique aesthetic of Delettrez’s work comes from the marriage of classical goldsmith techniques with innovative contemporary materials, progressing traditional Italian craftsmanship to create modern, futuristic jewels. Her kinetic pieces – tourbillon bracelets and rings with spinning concentric layers of precious metal, or expandable hinged bracelets named “Detaille Unique” – utilise the excellence of traditional Italian handicraft, mixing it with postmodern inspirations, the pieces are a fusion of past and future. Delettrez’s designs are hyper-modern, but still hand-made in her Roman atelier that she established in 2007.
Visit the Website: www.delfinadelettrez.com
PERU STYLE WEEK: Lorena Pestana - avant-garde, original and modern, elegant, without violating the principles of an ancient art.
Graduated architect with a project around the Chavín culture, from the north-Peruvian highlands (XIV-IV centuries BC), Lorena Pestana began her approach to jewelry during a long stay in the area of Santa María de Nieva, Alto Cashew. There he was able to investigate in depth the techniques and traditions of the Aguaruna people, perhaps the most important ethnic group in the Peruvian Amazon. On his return, in early 2002, he set up his first personal jewelry design studio in Miraflores, which a year and a half later became a successful shop-workshop open to the public, at the head of the Huaca Pucllana.
Married with two children, Lorena Pestana has continued her research and design work, together with the consequent growth and business consolidation of her brand, expanding her repertoire of techniques and materials, but without losing sight of the original traditions of the Amazonian communities, through their imagery and irreplaceable relationship with nature. His work is the most concrete demonstration that it is possible to be avant-garde, original and modern, elegant, without violating the principles of an ancient art and rather the opposite: assuming them to create a human-scale jewelry, closer to the future For the simple fact of understanding and respecting the past.
Visit the Website: http://lorenapestana.pe
Steven Lagos designs unique jewelry with classic techniques to create enduring and sophisticated styles.
“Inspiration can come from someone I see or from a piece of art, but it happens in the moment. It’s never planned.” — Steven Lagos
Visit the Website: http://www.lagos.com
The Maya Collection is a cooperative made up of refugees in Louisville, Kentucky, who utilize their native skills creating unique jewelry, handmade crafts and soaps, and various textile products. The purpose that drives these Artisans is to help themselves become financially independent.
Refugees that are relocated to America struggle due to a lack of formal education and job experience as well as the challenge of learning English. A refugee is defined as someone who flees their homeland because of danger of persecution based on race, religion or nationality.
The Artisans meet weekly a the Southside Ministry Center located at 5007 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY, 40214. Each week, volunteers work alongside with the refugee artisans to help them design products to sell locally and through this website.
We are hopeful that through this website you will get to know our talented artisans and see their amazing crafts. If you would like to volunteer or donate supplies or financial resources, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to note that we are NOT a 501(c)3 organization because our Artisans make 100% of the profits from the sale of their items. Maya Collection is a business so that our Artisan refugees can earn money to support their families.
Visit the Website: http://www.mayacollection.org
Lao Design - one of a kind fashion, unique formal and every-day wear integrating Laotian and Western design.
Laotian textiles are appreciated worldwide by experts and consumers for their craftsmanship, and even more for their close connection to the lives and destiny of its people. They are not simply pieces of cloth to wear. They are a statement of life, happiness, joy, and sometimes of reflection and mourning.
A national of Laos, I design and create contemporary textiles with firm roots in Laotian traditional styles and weaving traditions. Influenced by the spiritual power of Buddhism and its many symbols enshrined in centuries-old art, the motifs embodied in my textiles reflect humankind's eternal longing for happiness and enlightenment. My work depicts a diverse assortment of pieces to echo the rich history and cultural heritage of Laos, and represents the artistic inspirations and manual skills of an era long gone by. All pieces are made from silk and/or cotton, naturally dyed and hand-woven on the traditional Lao loom.
My products include outstanding fashion objects, like dresses, skirts, jackets and shirts, giving new life to vintage textiles by integrating them into uniquely designed formal and every-day wear. Contemporary art-to-wear combines traditional Asian styles and also Western influences from around the globe and from my current home, New York/New Jersey. At the recent Bellevue Arts Museum Fair 2011, my designs were honored with the prestigious Carol Duke Artist Awards of Excellence.
About the Brand
Today, Lao Design offers one-of-a-kind fashion, unique formal and every-day wear integrating Laotian and Western design. The brand reflects the special history and tradition of producing quality textiles in Laos. Bounkhong continues that tradition by producing contemporary pieces that are hand-woven on traditional looms, reviving century-old Laotian weaving traditions and at the same time giving new life to vintage textiles. Dresses, skirts, jackets and shirts, are wearable pieces of art uniquely designed by Bounkhong.
The company also offers decorative and wearable shawls along with stylish scarves in different sizes, colors and patterns. Home goods such as wall-hangings, bedcovers, quilts, pillows and cushions, are also available in unique patterns/motifs, various colors and patterns, combining traditional Asian and Western styles.
Bounkhong greatly appreciates all the opportunities he has had to participate in prestigious, well-known art shows through out the United States.
Visit the Website: www.laodesignonline.com
The very heart of our business was formed upon our values of supporting non-profit missions of setting women and children free from anything that enslaves them; including human trafficking, abuse and violence. In the creation of all of our products, all of our labor is fair trade, made in the USA, right here in NYC, supporting single mothers, abused and trafficked victims and true industry artisans that handcraft our products locally.
Our materials are as sustainable and local whenever possible. We use the finest Italian leathers, all of which are semi-vegetable dyed by hand. They are very special, aged and distressed skins which are the highest quality available. We do our best to keep our collections as pure to the vision of sourcing local, and doing business with other ethical businesses that will support and employ women who have come out of life threatening circumstances.
Gina La Morte is a Celebrity Fashion Stylist turned Fashion Activist who wanted to use her fashion experience for good by helping women and children get saved and transformed out of the human trafficking trade. Known for her design esthetic of modern bohemianism La Morte's history in creating a socially conscious fashionable lifestyle for the modern woman began in 2008 when she was founder and Editor-in-Chief of Boho magazine. Boho was an award-winning publication that was founded on the principles of staying stylish while still living a sustainable and socially conscious life. La Morte's experience as a Celebrity Stylist for People Stylewatch, O the Oprah magazine, W magazine, MTV, CBS morning show, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and more have always supported her vision of fusing fashion and philanthropy. Her first fashion collection, TRADE by Gina La Morte is a continuation of that socially conscious story of combining her passion for giving back with her love of styling that can translate into what real woman want; to make a difference in the world and remain stylish while doing it.
Visit the Website: www.tradebyginalamorte.com
Puerto Rico Diseña features independent designers, makers, collectives and local brands that make up the island’s thriving creative community. Founded in 2013, our mission is to inspire people through design to choose local products and foster creative entrepreneurship.
We are inspired by people who do what they love and discovering new designers and products. We think small batch production and sustainability matter when it comes to design. We are driven by a big belief that this tiny island has some pretty outstanding people creating and innovating everyday and we want to share that with the world.
We started Puerto Rico Diseña for one simple reason, to make it easy for people to discover design and quality craftsmanship. Founded by Michelle Perez Kenderish, the idea for the site was inspired in 2013 through a collaboration with Marilu Purcell, Andrea Bauza, Melissa Ramos Borges and Auralis Herrero Lugo during FAD (Feria de Arte y Diseño) an art and design fair in San Juan, in an effort to document and share the work of some pretty outstanding local makers, designers and artists.
WHAT WE DO
We support design entrepreneurship by developing commercial platforms, concept stores, curating exhibitions, designing events and creating content that promotes local talent.
Visit the Website: www.puertoricodisena.com
Ana Paula Pavan - Contemporary jewelry inspired by the rich colors of Brazilian gemstones and minimalist features of everyday life.
Graduated from GIA London, the designer has her work inspired by stories she was told, the rich colors of the Brazilian gemstones and the simple and minimalist features of everyday life, creating jewelry that can be worn at any occasion and that celebrate special moments.
---------------------------------------- "I can remember the first time I truly fell in love with jewelry. It was my 15th birthday and my grandmother gave me a ring as a present. A pearl in the center, surrounded by tiny diamonds, the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. But the best part was yet to come, everything changed with just one sentence: “Your grandfather gave it to me on my 15th birthday.” From that day on I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted stories to be told through jewelry pieces and I wanted to be the one that helped people on this journey of storytelling. A wedding ring, a small pendant to celebrate the birth of a baby, a future family heirloom. That’s where I want to be. In the details, inside the process, designing the jewel and also designing its story, so the future generations can feel the same way I felt when I first touched that little piece of metal, pearl and stones that told a beautiful love story that day. I want to make every moment celebrated and passed through generations, keeping people connected. I hope I can keep telling stories and being inspired by them everyday."
Visit the Website: www.anapaulapavan.com.br
TelmaDA is Jewelry and Design. It’s a story that tell´s a possible agregation of “my two worlds”, Design and Architecture. Always under a very unique and genuine perspective.
TelmaDa is a brand that combines architectural concepts with contemporary design. It is born basing itself on contemporary jewelry. The first intentions of creating this brand occurred in Rome where Telma worked as an architect…. When she returned to Porto, Portugal, her sketchbook was taken out of the drawer and thus the “IN” collection was developed for POP´s competition.
TelmaDa is born out of a one of a kind concept, seeking the use of industrial materials usually associated with construction, in the contemporary jewelry context. An innovative language that gives new value to non-noble materials in a unique and exclusive segment as that of jewelry. Designed for the contemporary woman, versatile, who likes and demands to be unique. We prime ourselves for the difference and uniqueness in the art of “well-being”, where each piece is handmade with love and dedication.
We produce unique and exclusive pieces. They are handmade in an irreverent and unique design, where its inspiration, even though it can come from any direction, has its main focus in architecture, in its volumetric expressions, with all its volumes and voids as well as the asymmetries that please us so much. As if the planning of a building would be present in such an element as a simple necklace.
Visit the Website: www.telmada.com
We create fashion jewelry, jewels that integrate the glamor of Indian designs with the latest trends in Spanish jewelry. Contemporary designs, with a top handmade finish, TIAHRA, wants to convey a sophisticated, vibrant and Mediterranean image for its women. TIAHRA jewelery is made of Brass (Brass). Then bathe in 24k gold, adding a 2 micron bath and a special 'E-coating' for jewelry, which helps the life of the jewel.
Kunal Manghnani, a young Spanish descendant of an Indian family of great jewelry tradition is the main designer. From father jeweler (of brilliance), Kunal grew up surrounded by the best experience and technical quality that has been handed down from father to son for centuries in the city of Jaipur. From an entrepreneurial background, Kunal has been lucky enough to study, work in London, Dubai and Africa. Its Hispanic-Hindu roots, with the marked imprint of its family heritage and passion to know other cultures, gives it a unique vision and inspiration that tries to transmit with its modern designs.
At TIAHRA each jewel is created by skilled artisans, who watch every detail of the elaboration, to obtain the highest possible quality. From the first moment, we focused many hours on the selection and quality of the stones, only using material of a Premium quality. With the help of designers from the best design school in India, Kunal and his team, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) strive to create different, unique and elegant jewelry. We are always abreast of trends in fashion, we draw two collections annually so that our customers can always acquire a jewel of the forefront. We divided our pieces into four types of jewelry categories; Rings, Earrings, Bracelets and Necklaces.
Enter and enjoy the colours of our pieces and their exclusive designs.
Visit the Website: www.tiahra.com
AmberVend is offering an exclusive and unique Amber jewellery made from natural Baltic Amber and 925 sterling Silver. All products in our shop are made by the finest jewellery producers and professional jewellery studios. Each producer have been carefully selected and have years of experience in Amber and Silver industry. Producers are participating in the most important fairs of the Amber in the world. Therefore, our customers can be assured that the materials used to create jewellery available on AmberVend fulfill the highest quality standards and the latest trends. Our products are certificated by the National Chamber of Amber. Products which are offered by AmberVend are addressed to people who appreciate the style, elegance and desire of heaving luxury items.
Our company is placed in a beautiful city of Gdansk. As local patriots we decided to promote Gdansk, Poland and region of the Baltic Sea. Because of the convenient geographical location and near local producers we made a decision to create first in our region aggregate with the most valuable local amber offer.
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Craftsman by passion, self-taught and creative in the soul, Christophe imagines, designs and makes contemporary jewellery in gold and silver, crimped gems fine and ornamental, but also of pearls and pebbles.
When looking for the purity of the lines, this designer highlights that inspires each gem to echo its flicker, its sweetness, its geometry.
Imagination of Christopher born in titles evocative and poetic, the stone collections or the aesthetics of the jewel was born Pearl.
Each jewel Christophe realizes is a unique piece signed of his mark. Working on command, it adapts to your size and your desires a chosen gem amongst its collections, or your idea a reality.
All the creations of Christopher Hummel are a deposit model with the INPI.
Visit the Website: www.ch-bijoutiercreateur.fr
Marmol Radziner Jewelry is a natural extension of the architecture firm Marmol Radziner, which integrates a range of design services, including landscape, interior, exterior, furniture, prefab, housewares and jewelry design. The same master craftsmen who work on full-scale building details and furniture in the Marmol Radziner metal shop, handcraft rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants from bronze. All of our jewelry pieces are proportioned for both men and women and are available in light, natural, distressed, dark and a unique "torched" finish.
Marmol Radziner Jewelry began when Design Principal Ron Radziner, FAIA, couldn't find any men's jewelry that was minimal, yet solid and strong. Remembering a piece of metal he once found on the beach and wore as a bracelet, Ron designed a cuff. He asked the metal shop craftsmen to fabricate it with the same dark patina as the hardware in the Vienna Way Residence. Soon after, Ron's wife Robin Cottle, and a few architects jumped in to design pieces they wanted, eventually creating a collection.
Anne Black is a Copenhagen based ceramicist who´s career evolves around her devotion to applied arts & craftsmanship. Her excitement of working hands-on with the clay were initially inspired by studying ancient Chinese porcelain in school. After graduating from the design school in 1996, she worked in various collective pottery workshops in Copenhagen, creating her porcelain objects, which combine Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, into functional handmade porcelain pieces.
In 2005 Anne transformed her pottery skills and workshop into a development project, when she created a ceramic factory, in the north of Vietnam, together with Mrs. Hang (Vietnamese). There she had the chance to work closely with skilled artisans with whom she exchanged ideas, knowledge and inspiration.
The facility initially received support from the Danish aid organisation Danida and has over the years matured into a socially sustainable factory with more than 50 artisans, who produce Anne´s porcelain, with meticulous skill, by hand, day by day.
While given access, to clean working environment, insurances, health programmes and increased economic opportunity, these artisans, at the same time, preserve treasured traditions of craftsmanship in Bat Trang, a famous village in Vietnam, known for its history within ceramics.
2013 was another transforming year for Anne Black, when she added her Copenhagen based concept store black. There she curated a selection of international high-end brands, within fashion, furniture and design accessories together with her own lines of handmade porcelain.
Anne who is also a mother of 3 kids, lives just a few blocks from her Copenhagen based shop. Her favorite spot is the workshop, where she creates new objects. She has long ago joined forces with her husband Jesper Moseholm creating a small family business in Denmark, with an international reach. And in Vietnam, she is a member of the Hang family, and the 7th generation producing porcelain in Bat Trang.
Luu Anh Tuan, a leading Hungarian fashion designer of Vietnamese origin, started his own brand, ANH TUAN in Budapest in 2006. In 2008 at Fashion Awards Hungary, he was given the ‘Young designer of the Year’ award, an award by the trade in recognition of his accomplishments.
In order to draw inspiration for work, the young designer has travelled across Europe and the Far East learning cultural crossovers. Then he spent a semester at London College of Fashion, finally returned to Hungary and made his first collection of women wear.
As a result of the success of the fashion show in Budapest, he was invited to the Prague and Zagreb Fashion Week; gaining popularity at both events.
His SS/2009 collection presented during the New York Fashion Week, his AW/2010-11 succesfully presented at the London Fashion Week his Houte Couture Collection at DEP Fashion Show in Hanoi, Vietnam last year.
ANH TUAN’ s characteristic leather scale shield was in nearly all mayor cities of Europe (Helsinki, Berlin, London) with exhibition ‘TasteMOMEnts’ the aim of which is to present the most progressive actors of contemporary Hungarian design.
The uniformity of ANH TUAN apparels and bags evolve from the unique use of textures and fabrics developed by the designer, which has become his handmade trademark. His collections of contrasts embody luxury.
The designer often applies forgotten craftsman techniques which he combines with modern ones. The special combination of leather and fabrics is finished off with metal accessories.
Anh Tuan designs two collections per year annually which are available in his Budapest showroom as well as in several boutiques.
His works regularly appear on the pages of international glossy and subculture magazines (Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Joy, The Room, ELLE, ELLE dekor, Pool, InStyle )
Reiko Kaneko Ltd is a company designing fine bone china in elegant, functional shapes; glassware and terracotta that is beautifully thin and light; and pure white china dipped in rich glazes to produce unique studio pieces. It’s been an interesting journey so far.
After studying design at Central Saint Martins, Reiko started out designing a range of products which she had made around the world but it was the joy of working with ceramicists here in The Potteries, and tapping into over two centuries of knowledge in fine bone china production that led her to concentrate on ceramics and in 2012 move her studio from London to Stoke on Trent.
Reiko spent her childhood in Japan and still makes frequent visits. Japan has not only been an inspiration for the elegant simplicity to which she strives, but the key to her appreciation of craft and craftsmanship. Reiko has collaborated with makers in different materials both in England and in Japan and is right behind the recent renaissance in regional heritage and craft hubs. In addition to design work, the company finishes many products in-house and is experimenting in the studio with new reactive glazes.
Where will this journey take us? The plan for the moment is to be part of a creative community here in Stoke on Trent, to keep pushing our idea of what beauty in ceramics is, and to continue making everyday products that create a bond with the user.
The jewellery world is shaped by preconceptions. These inevitably form conventional jewellery, primarily as accessory of body adornment. When jewellery is not worn it is places in a box, drawer or other encapsulating precious container. It becomes invisible and obscured from further admiration.
Throughout my jewellery I strive to provoke these preconceptions; To make the wearer and viewer re-evaluate the perception of what jewellery is and the value of its use.
Each piece has a dual quality; The ability to be worn, yet simultaneously does not require a body to be complete. When not worn the plinth gives the jewellery a sculptural quality. It inhabits a space to be admired purely as a sculpture.
F E S W A consists of three main lines: The Haute Collections, The biannual collections and The diffusion ranges.
THE HAUTE COLLECTION: WORN-NOTWORN; THE ABIOTIC COLLECTION
With an underlying motive to provoke jewellery’s preconceptions, this collection consists of oversized jewellery objects to purposefully question the value of its use. This is my take on haute couture and the pieces will therefor be hand made upon request in precious materials such as silver, gold, Tahitian pearls, diamons, mink and fox.
THE BIANNUAL PRET-A-PORTER COLLECTION; THE BIOME COLLECTION
This collection consists of ready to wear jewellery and objects. Materials used in this collection are mainly silver, gold plating, freshwater pearls, smoky quartz and fox.
THE DIFFUSION RANGES; THE ECOTONE COLLECTION.
This line is a pared down version of the F E S W A style vision. A biannual collection where pieces will be added, updated and developed to offer a stackable and playful take on the signature aesthetic. Rough textures in blackened silver and gold are combined with freshwater pearls and semi precious gemstones to characterize a luxurious pared down palette.