We recently journeyed to New York City and had the pleasure of a behind-the-scenes studio visit with the lovely and talented Catherine Canino. It was super fun to catch up with the designer (did we mention she is LOVELY), check out her NYC space (it’s to die for), and play dress up with her latest creations (um, we need the Indigo Collection, STAT).
Tucked into the sophisticated Oscar Blandi Salon on Madison Avenue, Catherine’s studio is a jewelry oasis. As long time fans of her handcrafted jewelry, it was especially gratifying to see her latest works of art. We were especially moved by her Indigo Collection -- big, bright, and bold blue hues intermingled with her trademark classic American motifs, equestrian bits and stirrups, nautical knots and hardware, and antique locks and closures.
We also learned more about the gorgeous mother of pearls used in Catherine’s designs. The pearls are handcrafted from mother-of-pearl shells, which have been collected by South Sea fisherman at depths of 50-150 meters. The large shells are carved into bead shapes, then lacquered and polished over 18 times to draw out the pearl’s natural color and luster. The result is an organic, handmade, lustrous pearl that rivals Tahitian in look but not price.
Thanks Catherine for a fabulous visit! We can’t wait to come back.