The pro : Michal Kadar, who launched the brand in 2016.
The place: The sleek and recently completed Cadar Workshop in the historic Fuller Building on Madison and 57th New York. The expansive space on the fifth floor also serves as the brand’s showroom.
The pieces: Bright and contemporary gold designs with an innovative movement that allows for fresh transfigurations. For example, a gold center pendant from the Reflections line can be turned over to reveal a diamond. “My jewelry is simple, but there is something interesting and unique about each piece,” Kadar explains.
The process: After browsing the brand’s existing collections, the client will share their ideas for a bespoke piece with Michal, who will sketch out a rough concept and then sometimes make it up in silver for a test drive. “For a brand new design for a special client, I would recommend sampling it in silver first, so we can see if the fit and design is comfortable and make sure we have the right proportions for the look we’re trying on. to get, ”says Kadar.
The designs are sketched in New York then handcrafted locally or in Italy. At the end of the process, which can take up to 4 months, Kadar aims to deliver a piece that resonates with the customer and is, above all, portable. “Jewelry is very emotional and personal, and the customer should really like the pieces I design and feel comfortable with them,” says the designer. “I believe jewelry should be worn everyday, not kept in a safe.”
The pro : So Mimi
The place: The chic, airy, and chandelier-lit studio of Mimi So’s Midtown in New York City, located just steps from Rockefeller Center.
The pieces: Whimsical creations full of energy and character, from bumblebee studs and star-shaped earrings to delicate arch-shaped and floral-inspired rings that flourish with colorful gemstones.
The process: Customers can relax on velvety sofas and talk about their ideas as Mimi’s sketches with various colored pencils. “I’ve always liked the personal time to get to know the customer,” says So, who launched his brand almost two decades ago. During the meeting, Mimi will often present different types of settings with stones like sapphires, citrines and diamonds to help refine a look. “We have an extensive live material library for customers to compare stone sizes, different shapes and strip widths. This way it is truly personalized.
Once the design is chosen, Mimi will begin to piece it together in the New York studio. “All of our models are made in New York because I live there and my workshop is really my home – I live in my workshop more than in my own home! Then said. Depending on the complexity of the item, the process can take up to 6 months or, in a true gift emergency, much less. “We are known to work wonders for these very spontaneous crazy couples in love and others who needed a piece yesterday!”
Advantages: Stephanie Wynne Lalin and Jenny Klatt, founders of Jemma Wynne
The pieces: Fresh and modern pieces with edge and personality – think rose-embellished diamond rings, angular hoop earrings, stackable bangles and dainty gold necklaces perfect for layering.
The place: The 9-year-old New York label’s glam studio Daun Curry in Midtown, where jewel-toned sofas and chairs contrast with crisp black-and-white rugs and window treatments. The walls are full of colorful pop art.
The process: Sit down and chat with Stéphanie and Jenny. “We take the time to understand their personal style and what they’re looking for,” notes the designer duo. “We ask them how they will wear this piece: is it for everyday or for a special occasion? Having good communication with our customers is one of the most important things in achieving a successful custom part. The pair usually start drawing after the first date brainstorming session.
Once a part has been finalized, it takes up to 12 weeks to build. Customers can be very practical or entrust Lalin and Klatt with the details. “We keep our customers up to date with the process – some like to be heavily involved while others prefer to be surprised with the end product. Regardless of the client’s style of engagement, face-to-face consultations often trigger a longer-term relationship, which both designers cherish. “We like to meet and work closely with people who are collectors of our pieces. There are a lot of clients that we have known for years and have become very close friends.