A few months back, we were scoping out Maryam Nassir Zadeh to see what new designers the chic shop-keeper had on her radar. While her boutique always offers an eyeful, we were particularly taken with a new jewelry line by the name of
: unusually rustic-glamorous pieces of handmade copper, brass, and nickel-silver jewelry all hewn in Mexico. The designs--almost a cross between what you might find around the neck of Frida Kahlo or Diana Vreeland and locked behind glass at a Mayan archeological museum--reveal an uncommonly bold sort of beauty, but also the hand that made them.
Annette: "Yes, our grandmother was a painter in Mexico during the '30s and '40s, and she also designed her own jewelry. She had an amazing studio in Mexico City filled with pre-Columbian figures, beads, feathers, and bones. So, we wanted to combine our love of fashion and visual arts to make a new collection that followed in her footsteps."
Annette: "It's been very organic. One of us will start with a drawing, and the other will finish or add to it. We then work very closely with an artisan in Mexico who hand-makes our pieces in a workshop. As we work, we modify our pieces on the body to achieve balance and composition. For our first collection, we took inspiration from art books, antique jewelry, architecture, street-wear, and a recent trip to Japan."
Phoebe: "A woman who is in a seductive relationship with herself...the empowered woman of today."
Annette: "A lot of our inspiration is drawn from antique jewelry, art and architecture—although it's not intentional, we love the idea that something we are creating now is building its own history."
Phoebe: "The lovechild of Iris Apfel and Tilda Swinton."
Annette: "Again, our grandmother and designers like Calder, Art Smith, Coco Chanel, Matthew Ames, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alber Elbaz."
I could definitely see your necklaces on Alber's runway.
Annette: "La Dolce Vita if it was remade by Yohji Yamamoto."
Phoebe: "I would have to agree!"
Phoebe: "A vintage Lanvin suit, a YSL vest, Gaultier pants, a Givenchy ruffled top, and an Electric Feathers poncho dress."
Annette: "My vintage Armani jacket, Bottega Veneta pants, Margiela strappy heels, Norma Kamali dress, and a Limi Feu top."
Phoebe: "'Chauffeur' by Duran Duran or 'Come As Your Are' by Nirvana." Annette: "'Sugar Me' by Lynsey De Paul and 'Cause an Effect' by No Fixed Abode."
Annette: "We found a pair of Calvin Klein brogues and a beautiful hooded red cape at the vintage store Metropolis."