Kara Ross Celebrates 10 Years with First Store

The new Kara Ross boutique at 655 Madison Ave. (George Chinsee/WWD)

The new Kara Ross boutique at 655 Madison Ave. (George Chinsee/WWD)

2013 marks 10 years in business for Kara Ross. The New York-based brand that started out with a focus on high-end jewelry has since expanded with diffusion lines, Kara by Kara Ross and Gemstone Collection, as well as luxe leather handbags, while continuing to create bold fine jewelry with an interesting mix of materials and textures.

Last week, another milestone was reached with the opening of the first standalone store at 655 Madison Avenue in New York City. A petite but beautiful space, 275 square feet, the store feels like the inside of a jewelry box (and isn’t that really what they should be?). Cream tones with gold accents serve as a backdrop for the fine jewelry collection and handbags that will be sold there, while other collections are available online or in one of the 50+ stores that carry her pieces.

The interior of the new Kara Ross boutique in NYC. (George Chinsee/WWD)

The interior of the new Kara Ross boutique in NYC. (George Chinsee/WWD)

The Fall 2013 Petra Collection featured in the window.

The Fall 2013 Petra Collection is featured in the window.

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Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts

Kara Ross

Kara Ross

A collaboration between the Urban Zen Foundation, Council for Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and eBay has brought together nearly 150 designers to support Haitian artisans. Each designer, including 22 jewelers, has personalized Haitian-made papier-mâché hearts that are being auctioned off on eBay from now until May 2 (8am PT). 100% of the proceeds go to the Urban Zen Foundation, founded by Donna Karan, which promotes economic development through job creation and vocational education, helps raise awareness, and highlights the creativity of artisans in Haiti. I’ve posted some jeweler contributions posted, but go to the eBay site to see them all and bid.

Colette Malouf

Colette Malouf

Ten Thousand Things

Ten Thousand Things

Fenton

Fenton

Ippolita

Ippolita

Paul Morelli

Paul Morelli

Stephen Dweck

Stephen Dweck

New York Fashion Week Day 1 Jewelry Round-up

Fashion Month has begun with New York Fashion Week kicking it off officially on Thursday. So far it has shown that Vine is probably going to be very popular, but Instagram still rules. A few jewelry designers did presentations on Thursday including Dannijo and Kara Ross, and on the runway Kimberly Ovitz’s 3D printed jewelry debuted.

Dannijo Fall 2013 Presentation

Dannijo Fall 2013 Presentation at the Jane Hotel.

Dannijo came into their presentation with lots of buzz after a flattering article in the New York Times was published the day before about how they have successfully tied their brand to a desirable (and envious) lifestyle, mainly through effective social media use. The collection presented Thursday was entitled ‘Vanities’ and the designer sisters, Danielle and Jodie Snyder, showed a slightly more muted than usual palette of their signature bib necklaces and ornate designs, which were inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. The glamorous scene was set with models in long jewel-toned evening dresses in the Jane Hotel ballroom,  which was covered in velvet and flowers with moody low lighting. Co-hosted by Rashida Jones, it also attracted models Coco Rocha and Hilary Rhonda, as well as fashion blogger Leandra Medine aka Man Repeller.

Dannijo Fall 2013 Presentation Jewelry

Dannijo Fall 2013 Presentation Jewelry

Kara Ross showed her Fall 2013 collection high above NYC at the Time Warner building, with gorgeous views of Central Park as the background for an exotic collection. Snake skin, horns and ‘ebony’ resin were on display along with the occasional bolt of cobalt. Truly a collection fit for the Year of the Snake.

Kara Ross Fall 2013 Presentation Jewelry

Kara Ross Fall 2013 Presentation Jewelry.

On the runway, the hottest topic jewelry-wise was of course Kimberly Ovitz and her 3D printed jewelry, which I’ve posted about before. True to her word, within hours of the show on Thursday the pieces were available to buy online through Shapeways. Possibly the quickest runway to consumer transaction ever??

Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013 Runway

Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013 Runway

Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013 Runway

Kimberly Ovitz Fall 2013 Runway