“There open fanes and gaping graves
Yawn level with the luminous waves;
But not the riches there that lie
In each idol’s diamond eye-
Not the gaily-jewelled dead
Tempt the waters from their bed;
For no ripples curl, alas!
Along that wilderness of glass-
No swellings tell that winds may be
Upon some far-off happier sea-
No heavings hint that winds have been On seas less hideously serene.”
Some argue New York is the center of the fashion industry, where designers come to breathe in the air of insanity, and bond with other artists. Being a jewelry designer myself, I have begun to understand that where you are, and where you’ve been, shapes what you make, why you create, and your design aesthetic. Lisa Salzer, a Long Island native like myself, is the perfect example of a talented, inspired, and inspiring, New York based designer. Her new collection for Lulu Frost showcases how you can blend all of your passions, experiences, your past, and your present, to form an avante-garde yet somehow effortless, and shockingly cohesive, collection of art.
The collection was drawn from her recent trip out west, Native American history and fashion, Mad Men, and New York people-watching. “I draw so much inspiration from NYC as you never know what you’re going to encounter around each corner and the summer is always a fantastic time to people watch.” she says. This is my ode to Lisa Salzer and her “Modern Pioneer” collection.
Surprisingly, The Knife, and hot blonde models, aren’t the only good things to come out of Sweden. Meet Sweden-born jewelry designer and founder of By Boe, Annika Salame. Salame studied fashion design at Parson’s. Shortly after she graduated, she became interested in jewelry-making, and opened up shop in the Upper East Side. Her jewelry is featured in stores throughout the U.S, and she also has a quaint little stand-alone shop on Prince Street.
…..After researching a few of these young NY based designers, I’ve noticed a trend….