All in Meet the Designer

Say No To The Infernal Cycle of Fashion

On my left, a fashion industry that churns out 52 collections a year, is designed to make us feel “out of trend”, that plays on our insecurities—and I’m not even going to wade into the ethical debate of waste production, energy consumption and all that c*@p.

On my right, a fashion industry that nurtures artisanal fabrication by specialised ateliers, full knowledge of the supply chain, hiring of apprentices to transmit artisanal know-how and techniques, and small seasonal collections.

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A Quiet Boldness with OlgaJeanne

OlgaJeanne woven ribbons provoke the same frisson as traditional gemstones and shiny metals which we have come to expect when we think of jewelry. I find it fascinating how a subtle variation in the weave of the ribbon (soutache or gros grain) impacts the mechanical movement of the necklace, its harmony with the body.

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The Understated Glam of Isabelle Michel

Isabelle Michel’s jewelry is deceptively simple. A clean, bold style is the first impression. But a careful look reveals the perfect balance of the pendulum, the complex weave of the chain, the mix of materials. A vintage Hermes cabochon here, a paper-clip neck chain there, the rounded edge of a disc or the ombre of a cornelite stone — all is subtle and nuanced.

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