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2 posts tagged "Open Ocean"

Jewelry Fit For The Stage—And Elsewhere

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DLC Brooklyn is a far cry from your average rock ‘n’ roll-inspired jewelry line—no skulls, safety pins, or punk totems here. But that’s not to say music hasn’t inspired designer Susan Domelsmith’s statement creations. “It’s very intertwined,” Domelsmith says of her line and her band, Open Ocean. Take, for instance, the guitar charms featured in DLC Brooklyn’s current collection: “I would never have thought of that if I wasn’t playing music. It takes things a bit further and helps me understand jewelry that’s good for the stage.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Open Ocean is basically a fashion-world super-group. Domelsmith plays keyboards alongside Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman, Teen Vogue accessories editor Sarah Kuhn, and Jill Bradshaw, the former owner of beloved NYC boutique I Heart.

But for non-rockers, DLC Brooklyn—whose pieces are all crafted from vintage and deadstock materials save for their clasps—offers plenty of looks equally befitting the office or after-hours at Le Bain. Domelsmith moved to New York in 2006; she launched her line two years prior, while working at an Austin boutique. Since then the line has grown immensely, with placement in boutiques like the Lower East Side’s Kaight. She’s also signed on to curate a selection of vintage jewelry for the online retailer Market Publique, which debuts September 1. “I’ve collected a lot of pieces I can’t deconstruct or pieces I wouldn’t want to take apart because they’re so beautiful as is,” she explain. “So, I’ve just been holding onto them. I hate to let it go, but it’s nice to think someone else can wear and enjoy it.”
Frequency bracelet, $140, available at www.dlcbrooklyn.com.

Photo: Courtesy of DLC Brooklyn

Perfect Tenoversix

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What with the snow falling yet again on New York fashion week, it was tempting, yesterday, to fantasize about hopping a plane bound for L.A., sans return ticket. As it turned out, the snow abated by early evening, and the party for the Tenoversix pop-up at the Manhattan location of The Future Perfect brought the City of Angels to us. If founders Brady Cunningham and Kristen Lee can’t import the sunshine, they have, at least, transplanted Angeleno style: Some of the greatest hits from their popular West Hollywood boutique have been stocked on a compact cart at the front of The Future Perfect, including eighties-inspired jewelry by Rowena Sartin, Tenoversix-brand shoes, a curated collection of CDs, and Rodin essential oils, which Cunningham reports are selling out of the L.A. store the same day they’re stocked on its shelves. “We started out thinking we’d just have L.A. designers, but then we realized it was more about creating an L.A. vibe,” she explained, pointing out that the intricately hand-beaded jewelry by Brokenfab, a Lee discovery, actually comes from England. At the party, Brooklyn-based Bodkin designer Eviana Hartman brought a little local flavor to the proceedings as well. Her band, Open Ocean, played a set out of fuzzed-out rock for the packed crowd.

Photo: Kiel Mead