My First Sample Sale, NYC-style

16 Aug

Chris Habana "Opulence" necklace - my personal fave

This week I was finally able, for the first time, to hit up one of the awesome happenings Daily Candy oh so sweetly sends to my inbox. It was a sample sale featuring three local jewelry designers, but up until I climbed the narrow stairs to the even narrower first floor apartment, I had no idea what to expect.

I was promptly offered a glass of vino (my, what a great start!) and heard that the three designers had just, sort of,  spontaneously got together (none of them knew each other previously, they just respected each other’s work) and decided to have a little sale.

Gabriel J Shuldiner was in the building, and there was Chris Habana and the lone chica, Elizabeth Knight. It was a very NYC gathering, with a mix of shoppers, assistants to the designers, friends, in this tiny apartment that could comfortably hold about five people. Wish I’d taken decor pics, because the walls had tons of funky, latino-esque religious art. Ah, next time, if there is one!

Elizabeth’s pieces were eclectic and very paleontological….

…made from the actual vertebrae and skeletons of frogs and other little creatures, like this pin. Tres, tres cool.

Her pieces were such an incredible mix of gruesome (in a totally good way!) and delicate. Bone lovers unite.

Then Gabriel Shuldiner’s pieces were mini-versions of his sculptures, using recycled and modified resins. Very dark and amorphous, yet strong and sexy…

Chris Habana’s pieces reminded me of the Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch/when-Queen-Latifah-was-a-rapper era, without lookout like a played-out 90s re-creation. Hip-hop slang and, yes, opulence was abound; it was just the right amount of understated.

And sure enough, the Hip-hop fans, have come a callin’. I hear Kelis is a fan of the above earrings, and that’s just who I could envision in them. I also picked Rihanna or M.I.A in a close second.

My favourite thing about this, my first sample sale: super small and intimate, and despite that there wasn’t a rhinestone in sight, I thought everything was beautiful.

The next time you see me, I plan to have some “opulence” around my neck.

Till then,



4 Responses to “My First Sample Sale, NYC-style”

  1. Uedson February 20, 2013 at 07:47 #

    I adore your writing. Thanks for the gligge today…really…a water fall to drown out the to die for lapping of waves? More money than brains my dear! Thats all I have to say..oh maybe one more thing….are they truly happy?

  2. hloocy February 21, 2013 at 08:24 #

    LN5x7r vfzerinzsjgr


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