One of my very favorite parts of being a shopkeeper is finding the variety of things we sell. From books, to jewelry, to jam–if it strikes a cord and catches my fancy, we most likely will give it a go! So many things we sell we have a connection to, like a place we are fond of, or something is made/written by someone we know, which makes selling the good so very personal. Today’s assortment is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but the tread is the connection and love.
Cynthia Nims is an old friend who just wrote this fab new oyster book. Jim Henkens has been a customer for many years and so beautifully photographed it.
These vintage French medallion necklaces are some of my very favorites jewels we sell, and we have carried them for many years. Andrea, the maker, who I just adore, brought in a fresh batch a week or so ago. Each one a small work of art.
Our friend Lisa wrote The Official Preppy Handbook over 35 years ago. It is a classic. I have started finding/selling copies I find as it has been out of print for years, so I love offering it in homage to my love of all things prep and honoring a friend.
New York and jam love meet on this one. Small batch preserves & jams are some of my favorite little gifts. These I found at The Fancy Food show in SF awhile back. They just arrived yesterday.
The pitchers I wrote about the other day have been a hit! They are not yet on our website so I thought I would post them here first, as we have gotten tons of inquires about pricing. These are the largest of the 3 styles I brought in. The top and bottom are $110 each and the middle gem is $125.
And lastly, a little wrapped up WK gift for our friend Alex’s 60th birthday. There is nothing I/we like better than to walk the floor and help a customer pull things to make a thoughtful gift. Here a pair of mini Champagne bottle cufflinks were the boxed surprise, surrounded by the sweetest book to mark the occasion tied off with a vintage number six Bakelite domino.
As far back as my wholesale showroom days, I have always sold jewelry. I love going to the shows and seeing all the new designs that the artisans come up with each season. The above quote necklaces spoke to me on many levels. One, they have a vintage feel to them that you know I really like. Plus you know my weakness for anything with words or quotes on them. These necklaces married the two every so perfectly. Made in upstate New York, each piece is engraved with a short quote/thought, to wear and be reminded of. We carry an assortment of quotes, but the above seemed to sum up sentiments that I think ring so true each and every day.
A new round of the simplest & sweetest LOVE bracelets arrived at the shops just in time for Valentine’s Day. Done in a gold, silver or brass finish–the bracelets are embossed with LOVE several times. It creates a piece that works perfectly solo or added with other bracelets and will be a stand-out among the grouping. To give or to keep.
I just finished composing a new round of vintage ephemera necklaces. These are pieces we have carried over the years at Watson Kennedy, made up of things we find on our travels. I try and vary the necklace that holds the vintage pieces, but I keep coming back to this version of the hand, because I like it so much.
The ring works perfectly for holding a collection of things. I keep a box in my office which holds ephemera I find on trips that I think will work for these necklaces. When the creative composing mood strikes, I bring out the box and get to work.
Each necklace always has a vintage key. Always. I have been making these necklaces for quite some time, and I just think a vintage key holds years of stories from the travels it has taken, so I always include at least one. Or many.
From there, I just start adding things I think work well together. Each piece telling a little visual story. Over the years I have found amazing whistles in England. These are always a hit on the necklaces.
I always find cool medals & religious medallions when we are in France. They add such great patina and history to the pieces.
Actually that is why I like making them. They really do have a history, filled with the beauty of the past, made into something beautiful for the present.
Actually, at Watson Kennedy, the cameo has never left. Imagine my surprise when I read in Vogue a few months ago that the cameo has made a big comeback. I laughed, because we have carried cameo earrings & necklaces for as long as I can remember.
I guess we are cooler now. I smile as I type that. It all seems so silly. A cameo is a Classic, with a capital C. A classic never goes out of style.
We carry intaglio and cameo. The difference is, an intaglio is carved into the surface of a medium. A cameo is a raised image above the surface. The variety we carry are created by a small group of artisans in Western Europe. Glass, fossilized ivory, jet and shell are used to create the spectacular pieces we carry at Watson Kennedy.
As I mentioned in a post a week or so ago, I am much happier with the clarity of the images I am getting of the baubles we carry. All the above jewelry is some of my very favorite that we stock.