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Heirlooms In The Making In L.A.

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Trends come and trends go, but simplicity is chic forever. That’s the design philosophy behind Mannin, the line Suzanne Donegan founded to create “the seven basics of the jewelry wardrobe.” (Fashion historians will hear echoes of Donna Karan’s classic Seven Easy Pieces.) The Mannin collection has since grown, but its spirit remains the same—and that’s a spirit that appeals to L.A. designer Jenni Kayne, who has curated a selection of Donegan’s designs for her West Hollywood shop. “I think we share a similar sensibility, which is based on wearability and practicality but always feels cool and new,” Kayne said. “Her jewelry complements my collection in the best way.” Customers have responded to the well-edited selection of recycled-gold pieces, as well as a new option—monogramming. Kayne even had her own signet ring hand-engraved with her husband and son’s initials. Donegan was quick to point out that her pieces are meant to be collected as heirlooms. “With the engraving, each piece becomes unique and special. The jewelry can be passed down through families and through the generations,” she said. Which, Kayne noted, was exactly her intention.

Mannin is now available at Jenni Kayne, 614 Almont Drive, West Hollywood, (310) 860-0316.

Photo: Courtesy of Mannin

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