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Exhibit: Cubism in Every Day Wear

Exhibit: Cubism in Every Day Wear

It may be the first time someone’s asked you to ask yourself: How can I incorporate cubism into my personal style? We’re hoping you already do – at least with your jewelry. As a jewelry brand  it’s no secret we’re completely obsessed with shapes, shades and geometry.  So it’s no surprise how excited we are for this week’s exhibition opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will celebrate four early twentieth century cubist artists.

Braque, Leger, Gris, Picasso...we’re not sure these artists expected us to incorporate their aesthetic into our personal style, but we can’t imagine they’d be disappointed we did so. We perused and curated our favorite picks for home décor, clothing and accessories inspired by all things of the cubist persuasion…

1. Kelly Wearstler Oragami Box

2. J.W. Anderson Sweater

3. Issa Patterned Coat

4. Pierre Hardy Clutch

5. Roksanda Ilincic Dress

6. Tamara Mellon Boots

7. Monica Rich Kosann Triple Row Mosaic Bracelet

8. Monica Rich Kosann Rose Gold Pyramid Clutch

9. Rani Arabella Chess Pillow

10. Nason Moretti Tumbler Set

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Inside Monica’s Photography Studio

Inside Monica’s Photography Studio

We’re always looking for the story behind everything here at Monica Rich Kosann, so we often find ourselves asking; what makes a designer tick? In this case, we decided to take a tour through Monica’s photography studio, to see just what surrounds her on a day-to-day basis.

Our favorite part though is the ever-changing wall of Monica’s photography; reminding us first and foremost that she is an artist (as all great designers are).  Peruse the moodboard of Monica’s studio…

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The Cigarette Case That Could

The Cigarette Case That Could

We were watching Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris the other day, and we couldn’t help but treasure the moment when F. Scott Fitzgerald took out his gold cigarette case for a smoke, as he sat discussing Zelda Fitzgerald with Hemingway.

Cigarette cases are near and dear nostalgic accessories for us, as they’re really the root of Monica’s brand. It was on trips to Europe while flea-marketing that Monica collected antique cigarette cases and compacts which she loved putting her clients’ photos into. It was something new, going into something old, creating a kind of modern heirloom.

The concept of the modern heirloom is now at the root of everything Monica does, as she went to Italy and found the old molds of these antique treasures that she now makes new again. It’s the accessories from the early 1900’s that are her favorite inspirations for the brand. Peruse Monica’s original cigarette cases and compacts; like all good collections they were the start of something great…

SHOP OUR IMAGE CASES HERE

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Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift: Design A Custom Locket With Monica

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gift: Design A Custom Locket With Monica

An heirloom speaks to some sort of journey, and culminates into a story; it's our favorite part of what we do here at Monica Rich Kosann. While many associate heirlooms as things from the past to be passed down, we've created the opportunity to literally create your family heirloom with the designer herself - Monica Rich Kosann.

You may be asking how that's possible; it's the gift for this year's Neiman Marcus fantasy catalogue, and the custom locket experience is truly one-of-a-kind. It's a three-day journey that starts with a meeting with Monica in the German historic town of Idar Oberstein, home to some of the worlds finest gemstone cutters. It continues into a quest to find and design the perfect locket that will no doubt become part of your family's history.

We're happy to be one of the ten extraordinary experiences in the Neiman Marcus fantasy catalogue, and are excited to continue to bring the creation of heirloom lockets (among other keepsakes) into the 21st century, and perhaps, your home.

Find out more, here.

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The Art Of The Handwritten Note: Inspired by Matisse’s Cutouts

The Art Of The Handwritten Note: Inspired by Matisse’s Cutouts

Starting October 12th, the MOMA will be celebrating Henri Matisse’s cutouts (a style he turned to exclusively in the 1940’s) through a 5-month-long exhibition displaying approximately 100 of his pieces. While exploring some of the cutouts ourselves, we couldn’t help but see certain similarities between Matisse’s paintings and our favorite stationery collections.

As dedicated admirers of all things timeless, we are – and always will be – astute believers in the art of the handwritten note. In a sea of e-cards, texting, and tweeting, we’re still suckers for delicious stationary packaging and letter-pressed artfulness.

Here are some of our favorite Matisse cutouts juxtaposed with the custom stationery that – we think – keeps the written note alive…

Photo 1: Featuring Smythson Blue Stationery

Photo 2: Featuring Dempsey & Carroll Stationery

Photo 3: Featuring Kate Spade Stationery

Photo 4: Featuring Connor Stationery

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One Last Surf: Ten Items To Make Summer Last

One Last Surf: Ten Items To Make Summer Last

Although we love the beach, probably our favorite time for outings by the sea is when the weather begins to become brisk, and you can walk along the sand in a chunky cable-knit and boyfriend jeans. You know, like when Diane Keaton wore  that killer khakis-and-cream-turtleneck outfit in Something’s Gotta Give. 

This fall, we’re particularly inspired by all things seaside as we debut our sea charms collection. It’s a line designed specifically to a grouping of boulder opals, that possess colorations evoking tones and colors from the oceans.  Is there any reason these colors can’t be enjoyed in the cold months as well? Not really, especially since crisp air on a windy Hamptons beach is kind of our jam.

It may be a theme we were able to incorporate into all-year-round jewelry, but it’s not so easy to find all-year-round apparel and accessories whose shades bring us back to the surf. Here are our top ten picks that can still evoke a beachside kind of mood in the last month’s before winter…

1. "Patience" Seahorse Charm Necklace

2. Essie Spring Collection Nail Polish

3. Acne Studios Sweater

4. Frame Denim White Jeans

5. Byredo Parfums Pulp

6. Fornasetti Sole Di Capri Candle

7. Stella McCartney Sunglasses

8. The French Riviera in the 1920s

9. Chevron Tall Drinking Glasses

10. Dream Journal

*Header Photo by Leroy Grannis

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A Charmed Life: Sea Charms for Old Hollywood

A Charmed Life: Sea Charms for Old Hollywood

This fall we were inspired by our sea charms one-of-a-kind collection, which evokes colors and tones from the ocean. The collection inspired four very special everyday charms; fitting for anyone whose heart belongs to the sea. The ocean’s filled with some of our favorite symbols, so what symbol would you give – well – a symbol?

Ever inspired by timeless old Hollywood, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves which of our charms we’d give to which old Hollywood starlet. Who evoked the sensitivity of the starfish? The one-of-a-kind nature  of the pave fish?  The quiet patience of a sea horse? Here’s what icons we thought embodied each…

To the iconic Audrey Hepburn we’d no doubt give our Seahorse charm. The seahorse symbolizes patience and grace as they roam the seas at a gentle speed, but always achieve their goals. To us, Hepburn embodied quiet grace, patience and poise under pressure.

To the ever-beautiful Grace Kelly, we’d give the starfish. They’re known to be sensitive, beautiful and delicate creatures –all qualities we think of when hypnotized by movies like To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, and High Noon.

To Katherine Hepburn we’d give our Octopus intuition charm. The Octopus senses everything in it’s surroundings and seems to effortlessly glide around the ocean in constant magical motion. We couldn’t help but think of the way Hepburn glided, gracefully bounced and bantered around the sets of movies like A Philadelphia Story or Bringing up Baby. There’s surely not another actress more fitting to this charm.

To Marilyn Monroe we’d no doubt give our one-of-a-kind pave fish charm. The one white diamond fish swims in a golden school with the crowd, but always remains true to itself. Didn’t Monroe do just that?

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Coveted: One-of-a-Kind "Secret" Ring

Coveted: One-of-a-Kind "Secret" Ring

If you had a ring that bore a secret message, what would it say? An Oscar Wilde Quote? A date representing a special anniversary? Or perhaps your personal mantra.

One of our favorite one-of-a-kinds in the MRK collection is just that; a ring that holds a secret. You can pick what goes inside, so just how that secret is different from person to person, no one-of-a-kind is the same as anything else. This one in particular comes in the form of a Center Trapiche Emerald with Diamonds on the Sides and Cabochon Accents. It wasn't always a perfect emerald; like anything else it began with inspirations and sketches. Peruse through the journey of this one and only one of a kind...

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