Posts Tagged ‘jené despain’

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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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

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.

Jené DeSpain jewelry now available at Refinery 29!

October 21, 2010

in the land of the world wide webosphere, there are so many fashion blogs and online shops that it can feel a lil daunting. where is one to find the latest news, and which boutique has the hottest stuff?

um, hello.

Refinery 29.

if it’s happening in NYC, LA, or anywhere in the fashion world, Refinery 29 will tell you about it first. i adore the tidbits they share with their readers all day long and love all of the gorgeous designer pieces they sell through their shop. i’ve been a big fan for years. i hate to admit it, but i probably read Refinery 29 as much as i read the NYTimes, which is pretty much all day, every day.

so with all of my adoration, i was super excited to wake up this morning to discover that Refinery 29 has started selling my new Black Honey collection!!! they feature Thistle and Clover, a pretty pretty pretty boutique in brooklyn, on their site and are carrying JDS through Thistle and Clover’s shop!

all my thanks to the amazing team at Refinery 29 and a very special thank you to the lovely ladies of Thistle & Clover. ♥♥♥

Now start your shopping!

Refinery 29 Designers: Jené DeSpain

Blowin Up!

October 15, 2010

lately, JDS jewelry is reveling in the limelight. i heart amazing stylists and editors. many thanks to all the awesome people who i have had the great opportunity to work with this Autumn. ♥♥♥

 

Jene DeSpain Roaring 10's jewelry featured in October NY Time Out Magazine

Jene DeSpain Empire Earrings in Lucky Magazine's Fall Fashion Issue

Life keeps streaming by…

July 13, 2010

wow, where did this last month go? careening by. amid a thousand june events, the opening of the Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery, was a night to be remembered. the show was curated by Beka Economopolous and Jason Jones of Not An Alternative and showcased the work of 13 artists, including the Yes Men.

Beka Econopolous and Jené DeSpain at Eyebeam Gallery

my evening kicked off with the opening at Eyebeam with amusing interactive art pieces to investigate and lots of wonderful people to chat with. My favorite piece in the show was created by Giana Gonzalez titled, Hacking Couture. She broke down fashion labels into a grid that charted the visual fundamentals of each brand into an aesthetic code. her comment on fashion houses is that any major brand can essentially be recreated by anyone who hacks into and follows the specific code of that brand. as a designer, i’m not sure how i entirely agree with this theory, as it removes the personal creativity that each designer brings to her/his fashion label, but it’s an interesting concept. her charted display of the break down of  brands such as YSL, Versace, and Gucci, made it simple to understand that each major design house does have a “code” that it routinely follows with each new collection. all in all, super thought provoking and cool subject to ponder.

Beka, Leonidas, and Jené DeSpain

After the opening, a large group of us wandered out into the Meatpacking District to find some food and more yummy drinks. a ton of parties were happening all around the neighborhood, including a silly red carpet event that a few of us couldn’t resist. when you see young ladies parading around on a red carpet, what else can one do but jump right in? we snagged a shot of beka and myself hamming it up with the poor young one that happened to be on the carpet as we walked by. after a moment of confused surprise, she warmed right up and struck a pose with her arms around us for all the cameras, before we winked and dashed off to our evening’s next adventure.

Meatpacking District Red Carpet Mischief

Let the Summer Fashion Parties Begin!

June 6, 2010

one of my favorite things about NYC summers are the evening fashion events sprinkled throughout each week’s calendar. a party here, a party there. a soiree in soho, a dj spinning at an anniversary  in williamsburg, a new opening in the L.E.S., and prosecco as far as the eye can see. in addition to all day music concerts on the williamsburg waterfront and free movies in Bryant Park, this array of fashion events gives every girl perfect opportunities to show off her new summer apparel. i kicked off the sultry night celebrations this first week of June on thursday at Oak’s opening party honoring Obey’s new collection and then headed over to Charlie & Sam for their 1 year anniversary party. Oak has the most amazing array of hand dyed tank tops, and i highly recommend checking out Samantha Pleet’s new dresses and jumpsuits at Charlie & Sam.

hanging out with Samantha Pleet at Charlie & Sam

on friday night, i bounced over to Court’s soho shop to give my ladies, Nicole and Lisa, big hugs and sip on the Crystal Head vodka/lemonade mixers they were serving up all night. Crystal Head is dan aykroyd’s vodka company, and he was super cool to donate some of the beautiful skull shaped bottles of his delicious vodka for Court’s yummy drinks. on saturday, a few of my wonderful friends came into the city from Boston for a visit, and we went over to check out the new Renegade Craft Fair in williamsburg’s McCarren Park. over 300 indie artists from the NE came to set up shop and show off their wares over the weekend. all in all, it was a great start to summer parties. now the only question is, what will i get to wear out and about next week?

Nicole, Lisa, & I at Court

lovely soho ladies celebrating summer at Court