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September 3 2014

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Scosha Serves It Up

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Tali Lennox, Scosha Woolridge, Jemima Kirke, and  Chelsea Leyland

“There’s something very tender about her jewelry,” said Jemima Kirke, referring to the work of her friend of over a decade, Scosha Woolridge. “You never have to take [her pieces] off, and they look like you’ve been wearing them forever.”

The two creatives, who met years ago in Mexico (Kirke’s family was there on vacation; Woolridge was traveling the world, painting and moonlighting as a masseuse at the hotel where the Kirkes stayed), joined forces to present the Williamsburg-based designer’s latest work at Soho’s Taka Taka yesterday afternoon. The presentation was kitschily—and quite cleverly—playful: Bold gold rings, delicate thread-woven bracelets, and handcrafted, North India-inspired sterling-silver and iris-blue necklaces circled the room via the Mexican-Japanese restaurant’s sushi conveyor belt.

Scosha's new collectionThe presentation included the Australian’s first fine-jewelry collection—a diverse assortment of intricately crafted ruby-, diamond-, turquoise-, and emerald-studded 14- to 22-karat gold and platinum rings and necklaces—alongside new men’s items (lots of fuss-free, effortlessly fine woven bracelets, and anklets punctuated with silver pendants) and beach-ready Resort pieces (bright opal and diamond-speckled baubles).

Chelsea Leyland and Tali Lennox shared a booth with Woolridge and Kirke, and guests sipped red and white sangria and nibbled on cucumber, shrimp, and Oaxaca rolls as the charms made their way through the room.

“This all started when I was traveling and backpacking in India,” said Woolridge of the inspiration for the various lines. “I loved the textures and was mesmerized by this little girl—she had her ear pierced by a needle and thread. It was so sculptural. So practical. It was all very organic.”

Photos: Paola + Murray

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