August 27th, 2013
August 26th, 2013
This weekend, I got the chance to celebrate my 45th b-day with my girl Iris and Carl Apfel.
Iris turns 92 on Aug 27th and Carl turned 99 on august 4th…… get into it!!!
We had a 30 person dinner at Tocqueville on 15th st.
Iris, Carl and I.
Some of the guests: Lady Fag, Viva, Edwin, Kevin and Martin…
Iris getting her gifts with Mary Alice Stephenson instagraming in the background.
August 23rd, 2013
Its just been announced that we’ve won the 2013 ACE Award- Brand of the Year, awarded by the Accessories Council.
It’s an enormous recognition to win this ACE award. To start a company and watch it progress to the point that it surpasses the individual and is recognized as a brand is an achievement most entrepreneurs would dream of. I am fortunate to now be one of a team that has become a global brand
Its also nice to be in good company, past recipients of ACE Awards have included Sean Combs, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Camila Alves, Nicole Richie, Mandy Moore, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Ricci, Jessica Simpson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Stella McCartney, Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Neiman Marcus, and Marc Jacobs to name a few!
In addition, I want to thank all the stores we have partnered with over the years, who have watched and supported the brands growth as well as you guys, the fans and clientele.
Thanks so much!
Read my full interview on NY MAG’s THE CUT:
August 21st, 2013
I’ve heard that Berlin is now the coolest city. Supposedly it was NYC in the 80′s and early 90′s, then London and now Berlin. And it is one of the most interesting cities today.
With a population of 4 million people, Berlin captures a manageable urban feel compared to NYC.
I spent some time over the years, trying to figure out why Berlin has been so great for the last 10 years. I came up with a few ideas:
The fall of the Berlin wall is still recent enough that there is a combination of exploration and excitement. The clash of the 2 civilizations is still palpable which creates its own energy.
Europeans on the whole are slightly less inclined to maximize in capitalistic ways off of art and culture. There is an appreciation for the artisan, small store, and artist without turning into Costco.
Youth are flocking to Berlin for art, music and culture. They bring an underground energy that I haven’t seen since London in the 90′s. There is something authentic about the environment compared with the now formulaic Williamsburg.
It’s steeped in artistic culture, from Art Nouveau, Deco to Bauhaus.
There is the contradiction of the society following strict rules, like riding a bicycle on the right side of the street to swinging the pendulum to anything goes. Their Nightclubs remind me of NYC in the early 80′s, a combination of the movie Cabaret with New Wave- the like of which I haven’t seen since New York circa 1984.
As a whole, the people of all ages still live with an apologetic undertone for WW2. As much as the acknowledgment is necessary, it has also created an unpretentious atmosphere compared to other great cities like Paris. They are overall friendly, excited to meet people etc.
They don’t seem to have the same ageism that we have in the U.S. They glorify all ages and all ages are respected. For instance in the center of Berlin there was an exhibit of a woman in her late 60′s dancing in slow motion or in clubs, elderly people are given preferential treatment.
They are not trying to compare themselves with any other city. They are authentic in who they want to be. They accept that they are unique.
Berlin has the biggest parks I have ever seen. Grunewald is an actual forest in the city, where people can swim in the lakes and relax as if they were in the country. Deer roam with foxes.
If you do go, I highly recommend Karl Lagerfeld’s hotel, Schlosshotel im Grunewald. It’s an Alma hotel and is still a boutique size with impeccable taste.
At least that’s my take on it.
The architect, Niedermeyer’s ode to Bauhaus .
Schlosshotel im Grunewald.
An ad at the airport:
Translation:who needs top-models in order to apply this top model
You know I love a costume..LGBT park fair.
Dancing at 2pm outside with a platinum wigged up hottie.
Swimming in Grunewald.
An outside silent movie playing with orchestra.
August 20th, 2013
4,000 feet up, in the mountains of Monistrol de Montserrat in Spain, there is a monastery that was built in the 12th century- although there are records of the sight first being used as a worshiping ground as early as 888 ac.
In order to get there, you either take a tram or an insanely steep railroad to reach the top.
Once you are up there, it is otherworldly and you find yourself out of breath from the thin air.
Here is the tram station, in its old 1930′s building
The steep train.
The distance the tram takes, I have an incredible fear of heights, even though I’m a butch jeweler!
At the top, catching my breath and doing my best pose
View through the arches
The monastery built into the mountains
Inside the Church.
The amazing thing is that they brought these materials up with no tram or train.
It seems to me that this place should be one of the wonders of the world.
August 16th, 2013
August 16th, 2013
August 12th, 2013
Peyton List hits the Teen Choice Awards wearing one of my bracelets!
August 7th, 2013
Who’s not a fan of Jodie Foster…?
From her role in Taxi Driver (which is still used as inspiration in the fashion industry) to her part in Silence of the Lambs.
Here she is starring in her new movie, Elysium. Check it out- she is sporting my hand sculpted, hand painted Lucite pyramid earrings.
And here she is again! Wearing my Miss Havisham pyramid earrings in rhodium.
Rock on lady!
In theaters August 9th!
August 1st, 2013