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Monica Rich Kosann’s collection of 18-karat gold and sterling silver lockets, charm bracelets and other fine jewelry is rooted in the idea that every woman has a story to tell.
Monica’s began her career as a fine art portrait photographer using black & white film and darkroom techniques that are wholly unique in our digital age. The personal nature and heirloom quality of her portraits informed her interest in jewelry design. She started creating lockets and charm bracelets, which she launched at Bergdorf Goodman and a select group of fine jewelers. Today her collections are offered in her lifestyle shop at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and over 100 fine jewelry and specialty stores.
For Monica, the jewelry design process is driven by one question: “Can a woman give this piece of jewelry to her daughter in 20 years?” Monica says, “I hope that my collection creates heirlooms for our generation while maintaining an enduring sense of fashion and timeless style. Living and cherishing stories is universal to us all. A locket depicts a moment unique to the wearer. A Charm Necklace captures a singular idea about the woman who wears it, while a charm bracelet celebrates the story of that woman’s life—in a way, it is like a fingerprint, totally unique to the wearer.”
Like her lockets and charm designs, all of Monica’s collections, be they Pocketwatch Keys, Planets or Poesy Rings, fuse a timeless heritage of design with a contemporary and modern sensibility.
Monica is a member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Her book Living With What You Love was published by the Clarkson Potter division of Random House, and her newest book A Possession Obsession will be published in the fall of 2016 by Glitterati Incorporated.
“Photographs capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” - Karl Lagerfeld
Monica Rich Kosann has been creating fine art black and white portraiture for over twenty years, capturing defining moments for families and individuals across the world. Like Edward Steichen, one of the turn-of-the 20th century pictorialist photographers that she admires, Monica literally designs with her camera, capturing beautifully composed yet intimate moments. Each portrait tells a story, reflecting the moment while simultaneously remaining contemporary. The designer admits to liking the nostalgia of black and white: “it’s more timeless and classic…and very emotional.”
Monica received her first Rollei camera when she was sixteen. She quickly began taking art-quality photos and never looked back. Today Monica’s client list includes well-known personalities such as Usher, Maria Bartiromo, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony. While based in the New York area, Monica travels extensively to work with clients in and around their homes or on location to create treasured heirlooms that will remain in their families for generations.
All of Monica’s images are created using old-style film and darkroom techniques that are becoming increasingly treasured in this digital age. She prints archival silver gelatin photographs on a range of fine art papers and encourages clients to frame them as they would any other piece of art, creating what she calls “the fine art of family for the home.” Clients cherish Monica’s photos and the narrative that they create for years to come.
Monica studied her craft at the International Center of Photography, RISD, the Sorbonne and Austria’s International Academy of Art.
For photography inquiries, please contact Monica's photography studio via firstname.lastname@example.org, or (203)972-9193
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