Santa Monica, CA—Since launching his namesake brand in 2004, Richard Chai has been cited understated, yet sophisticated elegant apparel, notably for his menswear collections (2010 CFDA Designer of the Year) and his womenswear (2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund top 10 finalist).
Now the American designer is trying his hand at fashion jewelry, launching his first collection as part of JewelMint’s Studio Series, an ongoing collaboration program featuring exclusive jewelry collections designed by some of fashion’s most coveted names at JewelMint’s accessible retails. The limited edition collections are available only at JewelMint.com.
‘Organic Yet Graphic’
“I loved collaborating with JewelMint. It was really interesting as I have never designed jewelry before, so it was a great learning experience overall and I’m thrilled with how the pieces turned out,” Chai said.
The Richard Chai x JewelMint collection includes two necklaces, two bracelets, three rings and two pairs of earrings. All the pieces are priced at $29.99 with the exception of one necklace at $59.98.
Chai added, “For this collection I was really inspired by nature and wanted to design pieces that wrapped around fingers, wrists, and necks like branches, creating an organic yet graphic look. I liked the idea of showcasing a fine jewelry aesthetic, but in a more distressed way to give the collection an edgier, downtown feel.”
JewelMint’s Studio Series collaborated earlier this year with Giles & Brother, women’s and men’s fashion and sterling silver jewelry by brother and sister Giles and Philip Crangi. www.jewelmint.com