Sometimes the best press for a designer is simply just wearing it out. That's how we stumbled upon New York artist Hanna Sandin's new line of sometimes sculptural, sometimes soft jewelry that goes by the Swedish name for "same," Samma. On this particular evening Sandin had layered three of her Leather Wrap necklaces in gold, black and silver—an enticing display that prompted enthusiastic compliments and a bar napkin information exchange. Lo and behold, another night on the town, another spotting. This time, it was designer Mary Ping sporting a brass wire Samma creation, Big Loop, that sources say is often Ping's centerpiece. A few days later a quick drop-in at Sandin's Wall Street studio led to the revelation (and increasing admiration) that despite her emphasis on simple patterns and repetition, no two pieces she creates ever come out looking exactly, well, the samma.
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