New York-based artisanal jewellery designer Lisa Linhardt of Linhardt Design teamed up with luxury sportswear brand Nicholas K for its Spring 2017 collection.
The collaboration highlights the eco-minded nature and dynamic design of both companies and features 55 total pieces, all of which were locally manufactured.
Linhardt, named “New York’s Green Jeweler” by New York Magazine, crafts with Certified Recycled metals from select refineries and works solely with responsibly sourced gemstones. The award-winning company is a FairMined gold licensee and the only jewelry business in New York that is a Certified B-Corporation.
With environmentally friendly business practices and sustainable materials at the core of the Nicholas K brand, partnership was an instinctive fit. Designers Nicholas and Christopher Kunz were amongst the 10 finalists of the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge in 2015.
For the Spring 2017 collaboration, Linhardt’s bold sculptural jewelry was inspired by “repurposing,” a concept she envisioned with her former professor Rob Butler years ago. The practice emerged organically while the two were purchasing metals from silver scrappers to melt down. Since the vintage pieces, like vessels and tableware, were already beautifully crafted, Linhardt instead began cutting them up to create her jewelry.
The Spring 2017 collection was inspired by these hand-smithed sugar bowls and water vessels that were shaped into freshly designed cuffs while maintaining the integrity of the original artwork. The accessories were then recreated in exaggerated forms, by the lost-wax casting process, and also recreated with intensive hand-smithing used in generations past.
Linhardt’s recycled metal jewelry “imitates the contours of the desert,” the backdrop and main source of inspiration for the Nicholas K Spring 2017 collection. Nicholas K’s recent designs pay homage to the Bedouin culture that, like Linhardt’s repurposing model, “illuminates a life of simplicity and grueling efficiency.”
One of Linhardt’s recent styles, the Tempest Ring, won the American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards and was granted first place in the Evening Wear category of the 2016 GemDiva Awards, organized by The Women’s Jewelry Association. The ring has also been featured in Vogue magazine and was worn by Cyndi Lauper at the 2016 Grammy’s.
Linhardt was born and raised in New York City where she honed her aesthetic to encompass elements of architecture, wearable art and sophisticated timelessness. Her jewelry has been featured in magazines including Vogue Italia and Harper’s Bazaar and worn by celebrities including Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Kerry Washington.
Designer Lisa Linhardt of Linhardt Design
SS’17 Jewelry Collaboration with Nicholas K
New York Fashion Week, Thursday, September 8th
The Dock at Skylight Moynihan Station
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