September 3 2014

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Sara Beltrán Wants to Be Your BFF


Clunky metal bangles, meet the challenger to your throne—one that stylish girls may remember from that great fashion institution, summer camp. Yes, embroidered bracelets, the kind we used to call friendship bracelets, are having a bit of a moment. (It girl Alexa Chung’s been rocking a wrist-full lately.) The good news? You don’t have to knot them yourself anymore. Stylist-turned-designer Sara Beltrán’s got you covered, with her new collection, Dezso.
Beltrán weaves her bracelets in electric hues of cotton and finishes each off with gold- and silver-cast embellishments: shark’s teeth, seashells, leaves, and her line’s totem, sea horses. All play nicely off spring’s surfer-hippie vibe, without making you look like you live on a VW bus. The friendship bracelets generated most of the buzz at Beltrán’s trunk show at the Crosby Street Hotel yesterday, but the Texan designer, who recently moved to Jaipur, India, has a full jewelry collection as well, with bangles, rings, necklaces, and cuff links. She’s been making the most of Jaipur’s resources, working with 18K gold, fossils that date back 65 million years, raw diamonds, and red sapphires. Each piece has her signature sea horse worked into the design, sometimes carved on the back or as the clasp for a chain. “It’s funny,” Beltrán says, “I grew up in the desert, now I live in the desert—but everything I design is about the sea.” As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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—Laurie Trott

Photo: Courtesy of Sara Beltrán



  1. newyorksilly says:

    Damn! I wish these were around when I was younger. I’ll never get those hours back. Those friendship bracelets took forever and a half to make. Fortunately, I didn’t have too many friends. Actually, that’s more unfortunate than fortunate.

  2. daisylimah says:

    love! and also be in fashion now, until the very use Miley Cyrus!

  3. Valerio says:

    I’m sorry to say but these bracelets are more for kids or teens. It’s a heritage of the hippie years in the late 60s and beginning of the 70s. Love and Peace etc. what brought us that, nothing more then more misery in this world. I’m sorry for Sara Beltran but she can’t expect that a woman between the age of 25 and 80 will ever wear her bracelets. They go for the more sophisticated bracelets of Van Cleef and Arpels, or other jewelry designers.

  4. robbybobby says:

    where do you get these from?

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