August 23 2014

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Mandy Coon Bugs Out


Mandy Coon’s bestiary gets a little larger this season. The New York-based designer and Ecco Domani winner scored a hit with her much-loved (and often copied) bunny bag and channeled jellyfish for her seasonal print last Spring. Now for Fall, she’s skipping the fluff and fish in favor of the flies. Coon will debut a small collection of fly jewelry, made with Made Her Think’s Meredith Kahn, at her February 12 show at Lincoln Center. (It’s a new, bigger venue for the label, and signals another step toward the big time.) At a preview yesterday, Coon explained that she’s an avid collector of vintage bug jewelry and came across an early American bug brooch, which set her thinking about her own accessories. Her brood grew to include a ring, a necklace, and two brooches in gunmetal and rhodium, with Swarovski crystal details. As in art, so in life—is Coon an appreciator of in-the-flesh insects, too, we wondered? “Not so much,” she said with a laugh.

Photos: Courtesy of Mandy Coon

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