TenThousandThings Pays It Forward
After twenty years in the jewelry biz, TenThousandThings’ David Rees and Ron Anderson have a lot to be thankful for. The pair got their big break in 1993, when Kate Moss donned their signature cross pearl earrings in her now-iconic Calvin Klein ads. (Not a bad start, eh?) Since, the designers have racked up a seriously star-studded clientele that includes Julianne Moore, Cyndi Lauper, Christy Turlington, and Susan Sarandon. And they’re using their twentieth anniversary to show their patrons some gratitude.
Over the past two years, Rees and Anderson have worked on a multifaceted project they call Love & Adorn, for which they crafted a collection of one-of-a-kind precious and semiprecious wares inspired by their favorite customers. Inez & Vinoodh photographed sixteen of TTT’s clients, such as Freja Beha Erichsen, Kristen Stewart, Olivier Theyskens, and ballerina Heather Watts, wearing the anniversary range, which is up for auction on CharityBuzz.com through February 27. One hundred percent of the proceeds from each piece will be donated to the wearer’s charity of choice (the True Colors Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and Every Mother Counts among them). “The people who have supported us throughout the years are very important to us. Our way of celebrating our twentieth was to honor their patronage by supporting something they really care about,” said Rees. As for how Inez & Vinoodh got on board, Rees admits it was all Ms. Moore’s idea. “Julianne was the first person I spoke to who absolutely wanted to be involved, and when I asked her who she wanted to be photographed by, she said, ‘Inez & Vinoodh!’ I just thought, Oh God, how am I going to get them?” Lo and behold, Rees’ friend Lisa Immordino Vreeland introduced them at a dinner party. “They said yes in a second, because they’re cool and incredibly generous.”
“This project appealed to us because it is about giving back as a celebration of [TenThousandThings'] twenty years in the business,” Inez & Vinoodh told Style.com, noting that they were drawn to the designers’ “generous spirits.” Altruism aside, the project was apparently barrels of fun. (For instance, Sarandon’s son came in and played the ukulele during his mom’s photo session.) In fact, the photographers had such a blast during the shoot (which originally appeared in the January issue of V) that they’re collaborating with Rees and Anderson on a jewelry range for Fall 2013. Just in case there was any doubt, charity really is the gift that keeps on giving.