Posts Tagged ‘2011’

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!

Sometimes you meet Pretty on the Outside/Pretty on the Inside

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”.

Working Class Magic

June 29, 2011

Have you ever seen so much JDS jewelry in an editorial!? Very excited to announce Working Class Magazine’s Summer issue, which chose lil me for its cover story, has launched! It’s such a huge honor to be a part of this magazine and to be the cover feature of The Om Issue is beyond words. A massive thanks to Marcel Dagenais, editor in chief, for asking me to come along on this rad project. I had the pleasure of styling this shoot with Marcel, while Susie Sobol rocked the makeup for our model Yael Greenberg, with this incredible set design created by the ladies of Domestic Construction. These gorgeous photos were shot by the super talented, Tracy Morford. This woman knows how to take a photograph. The story itself was written by my friend Danielle Sipple, whose words flow from her with such beauty, it’s astounding. She flew all the way from Vancouver BC to spend a week with me in NYC to write this story. We wandered through the streets of the fashion district together, soaking in the beauty of my muse, Gotham City, both us of reveling in her majesty. You can read her piece about me and Jené DeSpain Jewelry on the Working Class Magazine website, and scope the entire issue online. http://www.workingclassmag.com – I can’t recommend it enough.

Bright Young Things: Jené DeSpain

In the meantime – enjoy Tracy’s photos for the story. Um, this is some seriously holy bling. Woah.

JDS Black Leather & Brass Collar and The Rockefeller Collar w/ Amethyst Swarovski

JDS Barclay Necklace as Headdress, Blood Carnelian Empire Earrings, & Barrymore Necklace with Green Onyx

Gunmetal Sugarcomb Earrings, Hexagon Stacking Rings, Multi-Ribbon Necklace, & Assorted Ribbon Bracelets

June 29, 2011

It’s been a busy start to Summer 2011. Well, let’s be honest, it’s been a busy year. I obviously blow at keeping up with this blogging thing, but it’s on my list of things to focus on, so here I go. Jené DeSpain Jewelry has been getting some awesome press lately. I’m so incredibly appreciative of all the amazing bloggers that rock my work on their blogs. Just to highlight a few of these lovely ladies, check out these stories about JDS jewelry on ShoppingsMyCardio.com and at CaliVintage.com.

http://www.shoppingsmycardio.com/2011/05/17/currently-coveting-jene-despain-jewelry/

http://www.calivintage.com/2011/05/a-very-blustery-day.html

Courtshop is now online!

January 6, 2011

So excited to announce that my favorite NYC soho boutique, Court, just launched an online shop. Nicole and Lisa are my total go-to whenever i’m in need of a new article of clothing. they have impeccable taste in clothes and always carry things that you can’t find anywhere else in NYC. they recently launched their own Court label jeans, and they are hott hott hott.  i am very proud that Jené DeSpain jewelry has been a part of Court since the beginning and i am so excited that it’s now available through their website. Check out this story that Styled On wrote about the new shop: http://www.styledon.com/fashion/features/articles/for-cool-girls-only-court-gets-digital

and revel in the wonder of their new online shop at: http://www.courtshop.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

Black Honey in entirety…

December 3, 2010

The Black Honey Collection is a collection of urban inspired jewelry with lots of edge. Created in the Spring of 2011, pops of 14k gold are highlighted with flashes of shiny gunmetal, while constructed pieces of raw brass are accented with black leather.