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On Our Radar: Mannin Insignia Collection

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“At this more affordable price point, it’s the idea of allowing people to become collectors of pieces,” Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Suzanne Donegan describes of her new Insignia Collection, which builds upon her original 18-karat gold fine jewelry line Mannin, launched in 2009. “You’re still building the basics of your jewelry wardrobe.” This new bridge collection is entirely based on accessible sterling silver, with equal offerings in sterling and 22-karat gold overlay ($150 to $450, totaling 40 variations). Working with a family of craftsmen in downtown Los Angeles, Donegan chose four special fonts from old engraving books, which are now applied by a machine. “It’s much more interesting for me to be able to work hands on,” she says of the production process, which she chose to keep local. “There’s a dialogue that goes back and forth with the craftsman and the artisan between who’s making the piece and what the design is.”

The notion of modernizing the ideas of bespoke and customization was an important influence for Donegan, whose own Irish heritage played a big role in the line’s development. Named for her grandmother’s Irish hometown, Mannin’s pendants, charms, and the looming idea of heritage draw on the traditional Irish tartan that is used to identify a district or family. “The collection had this idea of roots and personalization and where we come from.” In its sustainability and longevity, it lives up to Donegan’s ideal: “It’s something that we’ll hand down to our children.”

The Mannin Insignia Collection is now available at Manninfinejewelry.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Mannin

Heirlooms In The Making In L.A.

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Trends come and trends go, but simplicity is chic forever. That’s the design philosophy behind Mannin, the line Suzanne Donegan founded to create “the seven basics of the jewelry wardrobe.” (Fashion historians will hear echoes of Donna Karan’s classic Seven Easy Pieces.) The Mannin collection has since grown, but its spirit remains the same—and that’s a spirit that appeals to L.A. designer Jenni Kayne, who has curated a selection of Donegan’s designs for her West Hollywood shop. “I think we share a similar sensibility, which is based on wearability and practicality but always feels cool and new,” Kayne said. “Her jewelry complements my collection in the best way.” Customers have responded to the well-edited selection of recycled-gold pieces, as well as a new option—monogramming. Kayne even had her own signet ring hand-engraved with her husband and son’s initials. Donegan was quick to point out that her pieces are meant to be collected as heirlooms. “With the engraving, each piece becomes unique and special. The jewelry can be passed down through families and through the generations,” she said. Which, Kayne noted, was exactly her intention.

Mannin is now available at Jenni Kayne, 614 Almont Drive, West Hollywood, (310) 860-0316.

Photo: Courtesy of Mannin