Sky blue topaz marquises flanked by two grey-blue spinel pear gems.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Sometime late last year, we decided that we would expand our ready-to-wear collections, whilst continuing to do bespoke work for select clientele. The reason for the expansion was a little unorthodox from a business perspective, because profit wasn’t the primary motivator. Rather, being based in Singapore – a population of approximately 4 million people – has allowed us to reach a limited number of people. For us to share the Karen’s work as well as to raise awareness for other important social issues via our designs at the impact we felt were needed required us to go international. And thus, that is what we’re doing.
Come 29 Apr – 1 May 2010, we’re taking part in Blueprint as part of Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX), a high-concept fashion trade fair that’s held simultaneously with the Audi Fashion Festival in Singapore. Buyers from high-end departmental stores like Harrods and Liberty will be making their way to Singapore just for this event. It’s significant in a number of ways – not least because it’s the first of its kind in Asia as well as our first trade fair. On both counts, it’s terribly exciting and rather intimidating.
On 1 May 10, Blueprint opens to the public at an event called Emporium . It promises to be extremely fun and educational for people interested in fashion– a day of awesome music from a live DJ, fashion shows, the opportunity to interact with designers, both local and foreign, and the chance to purchase never-released-before sample pieces.
The team’s been working immensely hard for this – 2 am working on linesheets, craftsmen working through some weekends, and all of us cracking our heads over visual displays, given the limited space that comes with trade fairs. I have to thank every single one of them – who at this very moment, are probably working – the label would have merely remained a vision in my head without all of you. It’s now down to the wire – let’s do it.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Detachable hooks in 18KT white gold and G colour, VS clarity diamonds.
Drops in checkerboard mossy aquamarine and london blue topaz. Emebllished with diamonds.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
As a result, the challenge was fusing their two distinct preferences into a single piece. S-girl and I rejected the more overt pieces of organic texture and agreed that we would keep the shank classic and straight in order to spare S-boy a heart attack. ;)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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We’re very blessed that the bezel series was met with such great success during our sustainability event. Thus, we’ve decided to do it again for those who missed it – this time, it’ll be with a lot more jazz with the good people at Tang+Co, Singapore.
Particularly, I am excited to meet Beverly Feldman, luxury shoe designer extraordinare who will be to mingling with guests. I’ll be flying in just for the event (in on the 16th and out 17th morning – phew) to speak with guests on our pieces and allow for customisable elements to our newly launched bezel series.
There will also be a fashion show – beautifully strong and vibrant colours – and lots goodies on discount for that night only. Our pieces will be 20% off retail and guests will receive a further 50 sgd discount off purchases worth 400 sgd nett.
Do drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend the event – we’d love for you to be there. Space is limited though and we’re allocated only a few seats which is why we’d need a RSVP.
Date: 16 Apr 10
Venue: Tang+Co Orchard
Time: 1900 - 2100 hrs
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Image taken from Bluenile.
Working with a client who wants to invest in a diamond solitaire involves a part of my brain that designing doesn’t usually tap. What usually happens is that we send off a list of criteria to the diamond brokers and they respond with a beautifully organised excel spreadsheet of data. I sit down and analyse the first cut before sending it off to my client with some preliminary recommendations. Very, very rarely will we find a stone out of this first cut of information. Thus, it’s back and forth with more excel spreadsheets to analyse while talking to the client in real time in order for both of us to understand what we truly want from the diamond.
This analysis and time spent is understandable, because there are typically 13 factors (much more than the usual 4Cs) to adjust for when we make such a decision. In this particular case however, we had to deal with something else that was slightly…unique.
S-boy was pretty certain he wanted the following: a square radiant-cut diamond over 1.0 carat, great colour, good clarity and an excellent cut. Florescence wasn’t an issue, although if it were present, it would have to have a blue tint. We found a number of diamonds that fit in perfectly with this criteria; however, they were ALL rejected because the carat number wasn’t “right”. S-boy said that the diamond number had to be “lucky” and finally, at 2 am in the morning one night, we found the stone… the perfect 1.28 carat, F colour, VS1 clarity. ;)
S-boy proposed to S-girl with the certificate on their second anniversary and it was a happy yes. What did we do with the stone? We’ll write about it soon!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
“Unbroken rings are universal symbols of eternity and we wanted to keep true to that. Where we steered away from tradition was the asymmetry of the bands. We wanted the rings to convey a certain sense of deliberate imperfection that is avoided at all costs during today's weddings; too often, we try to get everything perfectly symmetrical forgetting that life isn't like that. It is beautiful no doubt, but wholly imperfect. And we hope that the rings are a little representation of the timeless love that is breathtakingly beautiful, yet humanly flawed.”
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The earrings come with detachable hooks – delicate coloured pieces with milgrain and pave. We wanted to give the option to have the hooks worn by themselves and yet allow women to slip in different coloured gems to match their particular outfits for that day.
The necklace pendants come in different sizes, gems and lengths, allowing the user to wear it singly as a delicate embellishment. Alternatively, there would be an option to really dress up in a kaleidoscope of colours (albeit still classically) with a series of three necklaces of different lengths against a plain background.
The bangles, apart from being open-ended, also give the option of wearing it singly, doubly or as a trio. They work well for work as a single bangle but I have to confess I’m partial to them as a stack. Particularly, they look amazingly glamorous as a set of three, because it gives the impression of a vine winding around your forearm, studded with six flawless checkerboard gemstones.