August 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "Phillip Crangi"

Bull’s Eye: Liberty United x Giles & Brother


Philip Crangi, Cara Buono, Peter Thum, and Courtney Crangi at the launch of Liberty United

Last night at the Jane hotel’s rooftop bar, the likes of Parker Posey, Jenna Lyons, and Glenn O’Brien joined social entrepreneur Peter Thum to fete the debut of his brave new label, Liberty United. Thum works with local governments to source confiscated or bought-back firearms and melted-down bullet casings, which he then hands over to artists and jewelers to turn into covetable, and politically conscious, accessories. A portion of the proceeds from the collections will be donated to initiatives seeking to reduce gun-related violence in the U.S.

Thum tapped Giles & Brother’s Philip and Courtney Crangi to design Liberty United’s first lineup, which comprised a series of necklaces, rings, and bracelets in the form of brass, steel, and sterling-silver nails. The wares are each stamped with the serial number of a permanently impounded and decommissioned weapon and can be engraved with up to eight characters of your choosing. “It’s our signature,” Philip Crangi told of the spike motif, “but it’s a brand-new model.” Showing off a tray of brass bracelets, he added, “We made these out of smelted bullet shells.”

Liberty United's debut collection with Giles & Brother

It was Thum’s wife, actress Cara Buono, who pushed for Liberty United on American turf, after witnessing her husband’s success with Fonderie 47, a similar project that he launched in Africa. “[Thum] doesn’t do this for glamour,” said Courtney Crangi. “He does it because of his heart.”

Guests were eager to purchase and personalize their jewelry. Earlier in the evening, Philip surprised Courtney with a cuff imprinted with “MOMMY,” and Prabal Gurung chose the initials “G.U.P.” for his bracelet. While that monogram stood for “Grace Under Pressure,” it could just as easily have been read as a fitting, mission-centric message: Guns Used Peacefully.

Giles & Brother for Liberty United can now be ordered online, at Prices start at $85.

Photo: Billy Farrell/

Giles & Brother Gets Minty Fresh


Last night, Giles & Brother’s kinfolk duo, Philip and Courtney Crangi, unveiled their latest project—a collaboration produced for e-tailer JewelMint—at the still-going-strong Nolita haunt, ACME. Normally reserved for the sort of night-owl revelry nonconductive to accessory display, the restaurant’s downstairs was transformed into a mellow, intimate catacomb—a fitting setting for the Crangis to debut their new Kunstkammer-worthy creations.

“There’s a little tribal influence, and there’s an artisanal finish, mixed with a bit of an equestrian reference,” Philip, Giles & Brother’s creative lead, told (Courtney runs the management side of the business). Indeed, the designer’s motley mix of inspirations came across in hammered serpentine-spike cuffs, metal-cast horse-bit bracelets, and arrowhead-dripped necklaces—an example of which was spotted yesterday evening on Jenna Lyons, who paired it with pearls. “I stole it from Courtney,” said Lyons, “I’m not giving it back.”

JewelMint is an e-commerce site that provides its members with monthly jewelry picks tailored to their specific tastes. The Giles & Brother partnership marks the kickoff of the company’s “Studio Series,” conceived to mix accessible prices with fashion’s top-tier names. “They have an amazing ability to bring jewelry to a really broad audience,” said Phillip. The collection launched yesterday, and prices range from $30 to $90.

Photo: Courtesy of Giles & Brother

Blasblog: DVF’s Family Ties


Fashion schedules notwithstanding, Sunday night was, in fact, Valentine’s Day. And even with her fashion show the same day, Diane von Furstenberg was celebrating love as much as clothing, parading around her studio and fielding well-wishes and cards from huband Barry Diller, her grandchildren, and her various next of kin. “Tonight is all about family,” the DVF said. “But not just blood. My family goes beyond blood.”

She wasn’t kidding: Working the room of the second floor of her 14th Street store and studio, she played host to a whole slew of von Furstenberg royalists. As the designer pointed out, there was real family, like her son Alexander von Furstenberg and his children; fashion family, in the form of Ahn Duong, Hamish Bowles and Francesco Clemente; and “my baby,” as Diane von Furstenberg said, pointing toward recent CFDA inductee Phillip Crangi. “It can get very complicated,” said Coco Brandolini, who tried to explain her own heritage to von Furstenberg. Turns out Brancolini is second cousins with Alex, and also Lapo Elkann.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene