Catherine Canino Jewelry | Go Behind the Scenes with Jewelry Designer – Favery

Catherine Canino Jewelry | Go Behind the Scenes with Jewelry Designer Catherine Canino

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Get up close and personal with jewelry designer Catherine Canino and her classic American jewelry. 

Describe the neighborhood your studio is in?

I am fortunate enough to consider New York City my studio with a few mini-locations....

Our factory is in the heart of the jewelry district on 47th street. This is a gritty, commerce and manufacturing driven locale where I roll my sleeves up and get things done. We do all master model work here: casting, metal hardware clean up, and assembly.  Having trained as a metalsmith at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), this is forever in my bloodline!

Next stop, Madison Avenue and 55th street where we have boutique space at The Oscar Blandi Salon. Oscar's clients are celebrities, CEOs, socialites, and women of style. We try our most directional designs here, as the client base is indicative of future trends.
Catherine Canino at her retail space in the Oscar Blandi Salon.
Finally, my apartment, which is a quiet refuge in lower Manhattan overlooking the East River. This is where a lot of ideas churn into designs.

What is your favorite thing about your studio?

That I have forever had a dog at my side. Poco, Otto, and now Enzo. 
Designer Catherine Canino and her dog, Enzo.

What is your earliest memory of designing?

 1972, the kitchen table with my dad...rigatoni and yarn necklaces.

What do you do to when you get creatively stuck?

Getting stuck reminds me of RISD. A design challenge, AKA a problem that needs to be solved, needs research. Go to the library. Look at art, architecture, old jewelry. It's actually fun to get stuck because growth comes out on the other side.

Making renderings into reality.

Where do you go or what do you do for creative inspiration?

My design heritage is equestrian hardware, but I love nautical links.

Nautical Links provide inspiration for designer Catherine Canino.

I have a great book on knots which is very inspiring. Materials (stones, leather, etc) always generate ideas.

Beads provide inspiration for designer Catherine Canino.

I have been going to the Brimfield Antique Show for decades to look at old metal parts, objects, estate and costume jewelry and furniture.

Nautical Links provide inspiration for designer Catherine Canino.

Name three to five things you can’t work without and why?

1. Daily exercise 
2. Caffeine 
3. An organized desk. Louis Mueller, my RISD prof, said, "A clean desk is a clean mind." I love that. 
4. My dog.
5. Seeing my son at the end of each day!

What’s the best advice you ever received?

"Business is a series of problems that need to be solved."
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
"Look for the good in everything."
Jewelry Designer Catherine Canino reviews first samples for an upcoming show.

If you had to choose a favorite piece of jewelry you designed, what would it be and why? 

Our Pebble Pearl Earrings! I remember the moment I sourced this material in this shape and visualized the design. We have since added many colors and sizes and sold tens of thousands. I'm so proud of the simplicity and longevity of this style.

Catherine Canino's Pebble Pearls in Production

Visit Catherine Canino's full collection at Favery.

As Always, Shine Bright!

XO

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