February 28, 2013
After the whirlwind of NY Fashion Week, I jumped right into market week this year! Joining the Capsule Show for my 3 year with them, I revealed the first pieces from my new Heritage Collection. Inspired by indigenous ancestry, I blended new shapes with my ever constant adoration of NYC’s architecture to create a mix of tribal meets deco. I’m pretty excited about the results.
This is the StarrLight Necklace, named after the amazing art deco designer Steve Starr.
This was my booth at the Capsule Show! Day 1 and Day 2. #AlwaysInBlack
Some of the new pieces – The Metropolis Necklace, Heritage Hoops, and the Society Earrings. Deco Obsession.
Abby from Brooklyn Heavy Metal had the booth next to mine. It was so much fun hanging out with her for 3 days! I feel like I have a new partner in jewelry mayhem.
More to be revealed soon about the Heritage Collection and it’s official launch for Fall/Winter 2013!
January 9, 2013
After a killer, full-on joyous holiday season extravaganza, I am thrilled to continue the celebration of the new year with a Lucky Magazine cover feature! Jennifer Hudson rocks the Smith Bracelet on the new issue, and I must say – she wears it well!
November 8, 2012
The lovely Amie wrote a beautiful piece about me and my path to jewelry today on Shopbop’s fashion blog, Shoptalk. So excited to have my jewelry be a part of this incredible online shop and touched they wrote such a sweet write up about my work.
Thank you Amie & Shopbop!! ♥
April 20, 2012
Happy to announce, Jené DeSpain jewelry can now be found on ShopJeen.com. Find pieces from The Roaring 10’s and Black Honey collections HERE.
Thank you Erin! xx
April 20, 2012
After a busy holiday season, I decided to skip out on winter in NYC, and headed to India for a very long trip, traveling what felt like the entire country. I should say it’s a really large country, so of course, I didn’t see all of it, but damn close. It was too intense and overwhelming of an experience to go into the details, but all in all – India is like no other place I have visited before (and I’ve done a good share of seeing the world). The food is delicious, the cities are crazy amazing, and the jewelry was very striking.
I am very happy to be back home and back in my studio. There’s so much jewelry to make for Spring/Summer 2012. I have recently finished my new collection for Fall/Winter – more about that later, I promise. Til then, here are a few photos of India from my Instagram…..
These are a family of children living on the streets of Mumbai with their mother. I asked her if I could take a picture of her kids… They were so beautiful.
I tried to take photos that captured the immense color and vibrancy that is constantly present everywhere in India, but it’s challenging with just a lil iphone.
This was a bangle I found in Jaipur. I wanted to buy 100 of them to give to everyone back home, but alas there was only this one. Perhaps I can recreate it with a mould….
December 8, 2011
Despite the rain, the lovely ladies of Jené DeSpain Jewelry headed out to celebrate the holidays last night. There were sooo many parties around NYC last night, so we put on something sparkly and faced the weather. I seem to have this re-occuring habit of never remembering an umbrella, but who wants to carry an umbrella all night?! Layers of jewelry and the kindness of strangers, who offer me refuge under their umbrella, are really my only defenses against the downpour. After dashing from one umbrella to the next, I made it safely to the front doors of Burberry’s Soho location, where ELLE Magazine was hosting their annual holiday festivities. Garance, Gianna, and I welcomed the glasses of Veuve and the sounds of choice tracks spun by Chelsea Leyland.
We meet lots of pretty people and saw some old friends. I was particularly happy to see Jodi Belden. She is a very lovely lady who makes the accessories magic happen at ELLE. We chatted about the chaos of the NYC Holiday season and shared a lil bit about our plans for Christmas traveling. She has impeccable style, and I’m always inspired by what she’s wearing. Her red hat was so striking, and a brilliant choice for a rainy night out. *Note to self – procure large bohemian hat that looks fabulous with everything to defend hair against future rain-filled evening!
We had a great evening making new friends and drooling over the Burberry’s new Winter collection. Thank you ELLE for a wonderful party. Now we’re off to battle the night on our way to the next adventure…
December 2, 2011
City block after city block, event after event, work drinks after round of work drinks, pretty face after really pretty face…. After a while, it all seems to bleed into one long blur. Another gallery opening, another round of air kisses, another taxi dash to make that meeting on time. Don’t get me wrong – i LIVE for this life. It makes me grit my teeth with lust and the insanity, the impossibility of it keeps me up all night long and drives me from bed at the earliest hour I can justify bolting from the sheets. I can’t get at it fast enough. But there are aspects of it that can leave a girl to wonder, who is real in all of this?
And then you meet someone like Jennine. She is the brilliance behind The Coveted.
She is a rare find in this Gotham City. She’s what I like to describe as “pretty on the outside/pretty on the inside”. We all know a special character that fits this detail, and when we get to spend time with them, it feels like we are receiving a blood transfusion. Renewed and inspired, we walk away remembering what we adore in the surprise of the genuine ones.
I met Jennine this Summer through a mutual friend (Ann, from Holier Than Now, who is also a GEM!) She invited me to come share an afternoon with her at her office in Soho. After arriving 15 mins late to our meeting (taxi problems, so I jumped out & sprinted the last 12 blocks from the LES over to Crosby St.), I was so upset about my tardiness. Jennine was completely understanding and made me feel right at ease. We talked about our work, our families, our favorite things about NYC, and then wandered out into the cobblestones of Soho. She shared with me a little about her mother, who was adopted as a child, and her indigenous roots. Jennine commented on how native inspired jewelry was meaningful to her, and it immediately sparked an interest in me. I wanted to create some pieces for her that captured the essense of my style blended with an indigenous look. After much thought, I hand wove and braided different leathers together with brass chains and findings to create a bold breastplate pendant featured on a long detailed chain. I LOVE this necklace! And Jennine has been amazing enough to wear it in many of her latest blog posts on The Coveted. She even recently took it with her to her beach vacation in Hawaii. I can help but admit a glow of happiness and a lil envy when my jewelry gets to travel to far away places. I put together a lil montage of images of Jennine wearing the necklace. All of these photos are from her beautiful blog, so hop over there to check out these lovely pictures and to see tons more of her gorgeous style. With one virtual dose of The Coveted you too will discover how special and talented Jennine is, and why I find her uniquely “pretty on the outside/pretty on the inside”.
November 11, 2011
Dear JDS blog readers, meet Garance. Garance is the new PR Girl at Jené DeSpain Designs, and she’s UHmazing! Originally from Paris, this girl has style, class, and is wicked smart to boot. Last night, after a full day in the studio, we decided to hit the streets of Soho to party hop. Glamour magazine threw a lil fete at Bebe, serving glasses of prosecco with a lovely blend of pomegranate & blood orange juice. After a quick glass of champagne and a loop around the room, Garance and I bounced over to the Mulberry store on Spring Street to mingle with the lovely ladies of Elle magazine. In grand celebration of their upcoming Spring 2012 collection, Mulberry’s launch party was bright and poppy, just like their new designs. Theodora Richards womaned the music at her dj booth, while trays of fresh strawberry cocktails floated around the room in excess. Garance and I chatted with bloggers and stopped to take part in the flip book station set up in the back of the boutique. We bounced a beach ball around for 8 seconds while a computer captured the action, and 2 minutes later, a printer spit out a perfectly adorable lil flip book of our ball tossing. I caught up with Kate Lanphear and Anne Slowey from Elle, while Anne’s lil daughter danced around with a Mulberry crossbody. Who knew an infant could have such great taste? All in all, it was a great night out.
November 7, 2011
We are excited to announce that the Chrysler earrings just landed in LUCKY’s december issue! Each month, the magazine features stylish staffers who share their tips on dressing for work. This month, Cynthia Elliott a Senior Planning Manager at amazon.com rocks a pair of JDS Chrysler earrings. Her mantra ? Quality over quantity. We’re glad she chose JDS!