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It’s Market Week Baby!

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. 

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This is the StarrLight Necklace, named after the amazing art deco designer Steve Starr.

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This was my booth at the Capsule Show! Day 1 and Day 2. #AlwaysInBlack

ImageSome of the new pieces – The Metropolis Necklace, Heritage Hoops, and the Society Earrings.  Deco Obsession.

ImageAbby 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! 

Starting off the New Year with a cover feature seems just about right.

January 9, 2013

Happy 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!

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Shoptalk introduces Jené DeSpain….

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!! ♥

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Discovering India….

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…..

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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.

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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.

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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….

Holier Than Now

December 15, 2011

When Jené and Ann met this summer, they instantly connected. It was one of these special encounters that happen only once in while. Jené admires Ann’s intelligence and incredible sensibility for the new cool things. Always on top of the trends, Ann  provides high quality content on her two blogs Holier Than Now and Cult Of Pretty . And Ann gives Jené her love back : “Her work gets straight to what’s really the ideal for me”. So it was natural for them to partner up and organize an amazing Holiday Giveaway ! They’re  giving you the chance to win the fabulous gunmetal SugarComb Pendant!

Take your chance and enter the giveaway on Holier Than Now here!

Did you know….

June 29, 2011

i started a tumblr page? yep, i bit the bullet. mm hmm. pretty pictures abound.

http://jenedespain.tumblr.com/

 

 

January 6, 2011

in complete procrastination of 1021 things i am supposed to be doing today, i thought it completely important to post a photo of the new scarf that my friend Alyson just sent me! she actually sent me 2 amazing scarves, but i’m holding out on showing you the second one because i’m going to rock it during Spring and show it to you then!

Alyson is hands down one of my favorite people on this planet. She is an incredible designer with a soul so bright, i can feel her awesomeness 3000 miles away (she lives in Portland). Her clothes are stunning and should you fancy some new items, which i know you do, check out her website: http://www.alysonclair.com to scope her pretty, pretty new collection.

i can't decide what i love more, the charming print or its perfect shade of hermes orange?

The other object that i am completely smitten with this week is this gorgeous, shiny Stag’s head that my “mother-in-law” gave me.

Wait… what do you call your sweetheart’s mother if you’re not married? your “lover’s mother”? your “hunny’s mummy”? is there a term for this? with the amount of peeps in committed relationships that aren’t married, i feel like we need a new term for one another’s parents…. just a thought.

ok, back to my obsession – this amazing Stag, which i do believe needs a name, is now grandly adorning my dining table, along with the matching snowflake platters that Glennis (my lover’s mother) also gave me. how awesome is she!? i can’t stop smiling every time i walk past my table. it’s just so pretty.

i hope you are enjoying this beautiful winter afternoon somewhere cozy with lovely things to look at.

xx

a winter's table

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June 5, 2010

this spring has been a busy one for popular urban street artists here in nyc. shepard fairey had his big opening at Deitch Project on May Day (a party that i stood in the longest line for any event i have ever attended), while Banksy has been famously popping up all over San Francisco and recently left a few of his gems here in Soho, Chinatown, and Brooklyn, and of course, there’s swoon. here are a few of their recent pieces that i have the grand pleasure of walking past in my regular nyc travels…

hands by swoon in williamsburg

Banksy in Wall Street

Shepard Fairey on 29th street outside of the Ace Hotel

artist unknown, possibly swoon... so beautiful

JDS Jewelry at the New Limelight Marketplace

May 12, 2010

this last weekend the new Limelight Marketplace opened in Chelsea with much anticipation. for those of us that partied in this old cathedral as kids, it has been a long wait to discover the new fancy digs for this gothic NYC landmark. i am delighted to report – the place is amazing. every detail from the gorgeous black and white interior (my personal favorite choice of color palate) with sharp wallpaper and shiny tiled floors to the decision to keep the old stained glass windows gives this new shopping center a chic, modern atmosphere that will make you want to stay and linger in its beauty for hours. my favorite boutique in the market is Old Hollywood! operated by a great group of savvy, foxy ladies with owner Tiffany Porter at the wheel, Old Hollywood is the best shop in the market not only because they sell the most fabulous merchandise (locally made jewelry, including mine), but they are also the only independent shop in Limelight. so the next time you find yourself needing the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, skip on over to the market and immerse yourself into a world of pretty decadence. and be sure to tell the girls at Old Hollywood that i say hello!

The Roaring 10's at Old Hollywood in Limelight Market

beautiful glass displays

Paris is Red. Chrysanthemums are Charming.

May 3, 2010

pink is a color that stirs a slight reservation in me. perhaps a childhood of pink explosion has led to an adulthood of pink moderation. occasionally,  i do have my moments of pink joy. my bike is a beloved friend of mine. she is fast. she is daring. she knows the streets of nyc well  and guides me through their chaotic maze with comfortable ease. i never leave her outside overnight and when i do have to lock her up, i give a reassuring squeeze to her handlebars and tell her not to let anyone fuck with her, promising i will be right back. when we’re not out tackling the traffic and potholes, she hangs out in my kitchen.

this morning at the market, i was choosing new flowers for my house and spotted some adorable, tiny, pink mums. i love chrysanthemums. the repetition of their petals is so alluring to me. they’re sexy, those petals. anyway, i saw the pink mums and thought of my bike. so i decided to bring her home a bouquet. after all, my bike totally deserves to be courted and flowers to prove my adoration seemed like the perfect expression of smitten pink joy.