New York—Artist and designer Brian Burkhardt not only won Lifetime TV’s reality design competition “Project Accessory,” but he also emerged the victor of the Kenneth Cole challenge of episode 6.
As a result, Burkhardt had his winning handbag and jewelry creations produced as a capsule collection. They will be sold at Kenneth Cole’s New York and Miami stores (Burkhardt lives in Miami), as well as on Kenneth Cole’s website.
A highly conceptual jewelry designer, Burkhardt built his collection around the unicorn, carving a black twisted horn out of resin. The horn became the focal point and is seen adorning a clutch handbag ($300) and a lariat necklace ($48). Burkhardt also expanded the collection for the capsule, adding a belt and twisted cuff.
There is a charitable element as well; 100% of net profits from the collection are donated to AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation, in support of amfAR.
The event, which was held at the New York store on February 23, was open to Kenneth Cole preferred customers, as well as media and guests, who got to mingle with Burkhardt as well as “Project Accessory” contestants Nina Cortes, James Sommerfeldt, Adrian Dana and Christina Caruso. Mentor Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti and of course, host Kenneth Cole, were on hand to extend their congratulations.
Also in attendance was Burkhardt’s wife Trisha, who is a collaborator on the avant garde jewelry designs for their site Triian (www.triian.com).