The Met’s Notes on Camp exhibit opens in two weeks. Though the event is unrelated, the timing could not be better for the launch of Judith Leiber Jewelry — a collection of pieces based on the brand’s beloved campy handbags. The line features over 500 pieces handcrafted in 14K yellow gold-plated sterling silver and brass, marking creative director Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger’s first foray into the jewelry landscape.
Last night Ocleppo Hilfiger threw an intimate gathering to present the collection. Champagne and french fries (a nod to one of the brand’s most iconic bags) were served as guests — including Tommy Hilfiger and Ezra J. William — got a first look at the jewels. “We were inspired by a lot of the archival pieces, a lot of the more traditional pieces,” Ocleppo Hilfiger tells the Daily. “I love the more whimsical pieces, myself personally. I love the emoji necklace with the thick chain, and I love the boom box… and of course the french fries!”
Ocleppo Hilfiger joined Judith Leiber in early 2017 as co-owner, creative director, and global brand ambassador. Since then she has been one of its key collaborators. It helps that she has both enthusiasm and a keen grasp of everything the label stands for. “I try to think of something mundane that we could make glamorous or funny. Our litmus test is what we call the smile test,” she explained of how she keeps her ideas fresh. “Something mundane or everyday that people relate to every day in their life and making that a piece of art or a bag that makes people smile.”
The Judith Leiber Jewelry collection ranges in price from $50 to $2,000, and will be available online next month. See some of the pieces below.
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