May 28 2010
A few years ago I was in New York when a friend insisted I go with her to see some jewellery by a new designer called Justin Giunta. The jewellery was stocked by Sucre, a fashion-forward boutique tucked away in the West Village on leafy Bleecker Street which sells the collections of young, little-known New York designers who are set to be the next big thing. Fast-forward a few years and indeed Justin Giunta’s Subversive Jewellery line is gracing all the important fashion pages – including those of How To Spend It.
Now I never visit New York without stopping by to see which designers have been singled out by the duo who run Sucre, the renowned buyer Candace Mohr and eyewear-designer Selima Salaun. On my most recent trip I bought a carved double ring with ruby stones (first picture, $265) as a gift for the friend who introduced me to Sucre, designed by Japanese jewellery-maker Yayoi Forest, whose studio is based in Brooklyn. They were also stocking a great collection of chunky weave collars and necklaces by Toki (second picture shows Toki necklace with blue thread, $380), Justin Giunta’s new Deviated line of looped pearl collar necklaces (third picture, $275), and of course Selima Salaun’s latest range of sunglasses (from $325; notoriously hard to find, even in New York).
And, although Mohr and Salaun focus mostly on local talent, they have recently been looking further afield and have just started stocking a new clothing line called Aiko, made in LA. The collection – consisting of just 14 pieces, all made from French terry cotton and Lycra (from $140) – has some simple draped cape numbers and monochrome structured tops that would give Lanvin a run for its money. “It’s the next big thing,” my Sucre-obsessed friend assures me. And I believe her.