Obsessed: Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Druisy Ring

We have totally embraced the minimalist trend. There is a simple formula that predicates going to work in the morning—wake, shower, and dress, which usually entails a black slender-cut bottom and a gray slouchy top… and repeat. And while our garments have taken a back seat in precedence, we definitely find the time to wear a “good” accessory. So naturally (while we rarely take style advice from the likes of Cameron Diaz) when we saw Cameron’s agate liquid gold ring... Read More

Trend: Hard Knocks

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for girly and dainty. Sometimes what you really want is a night out with the boys: a dark dingy dive bar session, PBR’s or whatever your go-to can of beer and maybe some old school punk rock… All this makes us want to throw on some rough and tumble jewelry. And hey, most of these are sharp and pointy. If some dude gets to frisky, you could always take it off and use it to deal with him. Clockwise from bottom left: 1. BiJules... Read More

Heavy Metal

We love us some chunky rings at The Pleat. Samara is partial to her mother’s panther ring (hmm . . . Cartier???), while Julie rocks her gifted Tuleste Market piece. Desiree wears anything chunky left in her shower (currently this and this) and Tiffanie has been coveting a 6-carat engagement ring (kidding Dermot). The truth is, these “finger accessories” express one’s individuality in a flash. And although rings in bright poppy colors with a retro vibe... Read More

Designer Spotlight: Kub Jewelry

Since its summer 2009 debut, we’ve been admiring the steady growth of the Kub Jewelry line, designed by prop stylist Katie Mayer. After talking to Katie, we were almost surprised she didn’t start her jewelry line in the womb. By now, she’s been working in the design field for almost two-thirds of her life. At the young age of 12, while most of us were being hazed at summer camp or doodling hearts in our Trapper-Keepers, Katie was already putting together a... Read More

Designer Spotlight: A Postcard Bijules

When we heard that artist and jewelry designer Jules Kim, and long time friend Jessie Cohen, were collaborating on a series of images titled “Skin Flicks” we had to share. These images were inspired by Victorian French postcard nudes, in which the models in the old postcards were never fully clothed and often wore  jewelry. With little to lose, Jessie put together a great crew including photographer Frej Hendenberg & stylist Jessie Cohan and asked to have Jules provide... Read More

Endless.com Launches Jewelry Sales

We PLEATers are serious fans of one-stop shopping. Despite hundreds of retailers, from Miu Miu to Mango, just blocks from our Soho headquarters – we mostly blow our rent money online, rather than on location. Why spend hours going from store to store, when you can buy everything you need in one place? The cool people at Endless.com know this, which is why they just added 68 jewelry brands, with over 3500 styles, to their already impressive roster of shoes, bags, and small accessories.... Read More

Designer Exclusives

Exclusive. Exclusivity. Exclusiveness. Being New Yorkers, we PLEATers have a love/hate relationship with the concept of exclusivity. Unmarked doors, unlisted phone numbers, velvet ropes, and closed guest lists are about as rare as a cabbie telling you his meter is broken. In fact, it’s probably easier (and less likely to cause bodily injury!) to sneak into the mayor’s office than past the scary clipboard “hostess” at Le Bain. And being in fashion, god forbid you... Read More

Obsessed: Aoi Kotsuhiroi Ring

Long black feathers and smooth dark beaks. Midnight black crows cover every surface and all is quiet. Quiet and dark. No, not Hitchcock. Marc Jacobs’s store in NYC’s West Village. This year’s Halloween window display featured a blanket of the sinister birds covering the entire front of the store. A few even strayed covetously outside the window box and into the shopping area. The store created a miniature world that combined a beauty and a darkness that sent... Read More

The Golden Touch

After numerous seasons of clunky, artsy, statement-jewelry, sleek and sculptural pieces have come to relieve our eyes. To say nothing of our necks, earlobes and wrists. While the “made-it-with-my-glue-gun” look isn’t quite behind us, its equally bold, yet more streamlined counterparts are here anyway. They make perfect companion pieces to the pared-down, minimalist look that has been dominating the runways and streets. These pieces’ value is that they’re... Read More

Fashion Zen’s Top 5 Fall Picks

She’s young, thin, gorgeous and Dutch (always a plus in ThePLEAT’s book) but above all, ridiculously stylish. You want to hate her, or better yet be her. Just forget it. Both are impossible. Meet Iris Gravemaker, blogger of cult favorite, Fashion Zen. Unlike other style bloggers, this 27-year-old fashion student focuses not only on inspiration and runway reporting, but also showcases her own personal style throughout the week. We were so impressed with Iris’ playfully sophisticate... Read More