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The COUTURE Podcast
36 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
The COUTURE Podcast with Erica Molinari
A former U.S. Olympian, Erica Molinari never would have guessed she’d one day be designing jewelry. Drawn to the technical aspect of jewelry fabrication, Erica also discovered that she loves the process of coming up with a concept, and making it work. We were thrilled to sit down with Erica to hear about her background as an athlete, how her training continues to fuel her approach to her business, and the freedom she feels in being a self-taught artists.
52 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
The COUTURE Podcast with Jade Trau
As a fifth generation diamantaire, designer Jade Trau has an intrinsic understanding of diamonds that allows her to reinterpret classic styles with a unique and fresh perspective. It was a delight to sit down with Jade to hear about her life-long affiliation with diamonds, the ongoing joy she feels in being able to do what she loves for a living, and how grateful she is for the support she receives from her community.
48 minutes | May 9, 2022
The COUTURE Podcast with Tariq Riaz
Designer Tariq Riaz initially embarked on jewelry design in an effort to solve a problem. The exercise resulted in a newfound obsession with jewelry design and fabrication that he knew he needed to explore, and with his wife's support, Tariq began to immerse himself in learning everything he could about the craft. With a background in engineering and robotics, Tariq's work evokes a form-meets-function sensibility that has already garnered him wide-spread recognition and enviable accolades.
31 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
The COUTURE Podcast with Lauren Godfrey
While working in her previous career in advertising, Lauren Godfrey, the designer behind Harwell Godfrey, learned how to take an idea and turn it into a reality. Drawn to the tactile nature of jewelry design, Lauren also discovered that working with precious metals and gemstones was a profound way to connect with her spirituality. With a loyal following of collectors that includes some of the world's most inspiring public figures, multiple awards and accolades, and a dedication to giving back to a number of charitable causes that are near and dear to her heart, Lauren is looking forward to fully engaging in the ongoing evolution of her brand.
46 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Monica Rich Kosann
While working as a fine art photographer, Monica Rich Kosann became fascinated with seeking out vintage powder compacts, cigarette cases and lockets and turning them into keepsakes for her most beloved clients. The stories these heirlooms evoked resonated with her process of capturing the essence of her photography subjects in order to convey their unique stories. Over time, Monica’s fascination organically evolved and she threw herself full force into jewelry design, creating lockets that debunk the notion that these timeless classics need to be just one thing. In this episode of the COUTURE podcast, we learn how Monica applies her creative lens to lockets and charms, resulting in pieces that are both sentimental and sexy.
20 minutes | Nov 21, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with King Baby Studio
King Baby Studio has long been a go-to jeweler for some of the biggest names in Rock n’ Roll (and for those who embody a Rock n’ Roll aesthetic!). We were thrilled to sit down with Ben Binder, Director of the brand and the son of its founder, Mitchell Binder, to learn about the brand’s commitment to authenticity, how the brand started and how it continues to evolve, and the important role that family plays in the overall company dynamic.
33 minutes | Oct 24, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with David Gusky of DAVIDOR
Fine jewelry house DAVIDOR creates pieces that evoke a sense of precision and sophistication. Its unique use of lacquered ceramic pays homage to ancient jewelry craftsmanship, and yet the brand’s ethos is actually a seamless blend of both tradition and innovation. We were thrilled to sit down with the brand’s founder, David Gusky, to discuss the years he spent developing the concept for the brand, the inspiration for its widely recognizable arch motif, and what the future holds for the evolution of the brand.
40 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Paula Crevoshay
Artist Paula Crevoshay is widely known as the “Queen of Color.” A painter from a very young age, Paula continues to “paint” with precious gemstones and metals, playing with refractive indices and the light of the earth itself. Tune in to our discussion with Paula where we discussed her approach to jewelry design, her supernatural ability to see color and her belief that the events of her life are pre-ordained.
25 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Jacquie Aiche
Designer Jacquie Aiche is ever-cognizant of the powerful effects gemstones and minerals have on the human form, and her sensual, effortlessly chic silhouettes beg to be layered and stacked and worn as talismans of strength and protection. Tune in to our latest episode of the COUTURE Podcast to learn more about Jacquie’s journey, and to get some inside tips on what gemstones we all need to be wearing right now!
69 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Marion Fasel
We sat down with Marion Fasel, Jewelry Historian, Author, Curator and Founder of The Adventurine, to learn about her rise to prominence in the jewelry industry, to discuss her curated exhibit, "Beautiful Creatures," at New York City's American Museum of Natural History, and to hear more about her philosophy regarding jewelry and jewelry designer's relevance throughout history. As Marion tells us, "To me, the jewelry designers ARE the celebrities!"
46 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Katherine Jetter
Designer Katherine Jetter first made her mark on the fine jewelry industry with the introduction of fresh, contemporary designs featuring opals from her native-country of Australia. She is now recognized for prolific collections that highlight a vast array of extraordinary gemstones sourced from across the globe, and with her multi-brand storefront and Atelier in Nantucket and Boston respectively, Katherine is thrilled to showcase the collections of other artists whose work she admires and respects.
55 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Fernando Jorge
While he may still be waiting for a call from Beyonce, Fernando Jorge has been lauded by the media, he’s been awarded countless accolades, and he has been courted by some of the most highly coveted stores in the world. And yet, Fernando continues to be kind, humble and curious, and he remains committed to expressing his voice and representing the current spirit of our time through his jewelry designs. Tune in to learn about Fernando’s initial discovery of jewelry design, his journey to obtaining expansive knowledge of the art form, and the ways in which his Brazilian heritage and his life experiences inform his design process.
39 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
The COUTURE Podcast with Valerie Messika
Valerie Messika’s high-profile collaborations with Gigi Hadid and Kate Moss are illustrative of this designer’s distinctive ability to appeal to a devout audience of well-heeled and stylish women from across the globe. Born into the diamond trade, Valerie was surrounded by important diamonds from a very young age. In our latest episode of The COUTURE Podcast, Valerie shares with us her vision, her journey, her creative inspirations, and the incredible love story that brought her and her husband (and business partner!) together.
40 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Buddha Mama
While it’s now instantly recognizable for its exquisite gemstone, enamel, diamond and high-karat gold jewelry, Buddha Mama had humble beginning at the kitchen table of its founder, Nancy Badia, who decided to string beads in order to raise money for her Buddhist center. In our most recent COUTURE podcast, Nancy and her daughter and co-designer, Dakota, share with us the gradual evolution of their brand, their creative process and their nostalgia for non-stop travel and hole-in-the-wall bars.
47 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Stephen Webster
For designer Stephen Webster, a normal routine is the absence of routine. He’s perpetually jet-setting across the globe to visit clients and make personal appearances, but when COVID hit, Stephen found himself grounded at home in England. We caught up with Stephen, remotely, to hear about some of his adventures in quarantine, and we also reflected on some of his past experiences, his drive to give back and his dedication to creating a sustainable brand.
50 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Jeff Feero
Managing partner of Alex Sepkus, Jeff Feero, loves a challenge. Whether it’s finding a solution for a design dilemma, fixing up one of his many vintage cars, or establishing a complex agenda for one of his infamous, annual road trips, solving problems is his creative outlet. Several weeks into sheltering in place due to the pandemic, Jeff started think about how he could keep in touch with his loyal clients, while possibly making some sales along the way. In late May, Jeff purchased a vintage camper van, which he’d come to think of as his COVID-19 Customer Tracing Van. After ensuring the camper was road ready and comfortably habitable for long stretches of time, Jeff got behind the wheel and embarked on the first of many long-haul trips to visit stores across the country.
37 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Tom Heyman
The venerable design house, Oscar Heyman, has been continuously operating since 1912. Still family-owned, Oscar Heyman makes magnificent jewelry utilizing the finest gemstones sourced from around the globe and has designed for maisons such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. We spoke with Tom Heyman and learned about the collaborative process involved in making each of its exquisite designs, including a bespoke piece created for one of the world’s most famous jewelry lovers, Elizabeth Taylor.
62 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Mattia Cielo
With his proud Italian heritage, artist Mattia Cielo wants his brand to speak to a new generation of jewelry aficionados. His collection is his dream, and he wants to share his dream with the industry. Mattia is steadfast in his belief that fine jewelry is transcendent, that it represents unity and is symbolic of human resilience and strength. We were thrilled to talk to Mattia via Skype about his work and life experiences, his beautiful designs, and his unrelenting zest for life.
33 minutes | May 20, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Lynn Yaeger
Fashion correspondent Lynn Yaeger is a well-known fixture within the global fashion scene. Touted as one of the industry’s most influential people, Lynn has long been the muse of several prominent fashion designers. Lynn is also a NYC institution. With her distinctive, iconic look, Lynn garners attention wherever she goes. We were so excited to speak with Lynn, remotely, to talk about her rise to prominence, her penchant for collecting, and her recent discovery of her love for contemporary jewelry design.
37 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
The COUTURE Podcast with Bibi van der Velden
Artist Bibi van der Velden considers herself first and foremost a sculptor. Her primary artistic medium informs her sublime jewelry designs in many ways, including her drive to create pieces that don't need a "body" to become something. A lifelong collector, Bibi's jewelry transcends the expected and often incorporates unique and unusual materials, giving her work a sense of adventure and discovery. We were so happy to have a Skype conversation with Bibi to discuss her designs, Auverture designers and relief fund, what she is doing during the pandemic and her own personal experience with COVID-19.
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