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She may not have been “born in a trunk/In the Princess Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho,” as Judy Garland once famously sang, but designer Tenielle Franklin says she holds a fascination with the beauty of vintage French travel trunks. So much so that Franklin was inspired to create an entire jewelry collection, The Hardware Collection, around them. Taking elements found in the trunks, such as locks, traps, studs and handles, she mixes them with softer, feminine elements, such a ribbon, lace, semiprecious stones, crystals, etc., creating a counterbalance between the light and the heavy.

What someone else might overlook, Tenielle sees a treasure. Like this Lock & Handle bracelet for instance, whose chief decorative element is a padlock making it sort of a charm bracelet.

Suggested retail: $200; Call: (360) 836-4355

www.tenielle.com

 

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Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com