By  on April 28, 2014

Scandinavian accessories designers are making a splash outside their own countries. Here are a few.


Brand: Maria Black

Designer: Maria Black

Home Base: Copenhagen-born, London-based.

Category: Jewelry

Style: Rocker Chic

Founded: 2010

Found in: Saks Fifth Avenue, New York and Boston; Selfridges, London; Voo, Berlin; Sakiri, Paris; Maria Black Jewelry, Copenhagen.

Backstory: Designed to be layered and paired, Maria Black’s mini-rings, necklaces and ear cuffs aim to deliver edgy sophistication. Her interchangeable minimalist metal pieces now include polished rose gold and diamonds, and play in the boundary space between costume and fine jewelry.

Black’s newest collection, Occasional Dream, takes inspiration and model names from the divergent phases of David Bowie’s style, with a futurist accent. Retail prices start at around $55 for oxidized silver stud earrings, and go up to $1,700 for an 18-karat cascading gold and diamond ring.

NEXT: Hyde’s Spectacles >>

Brand: Hyde’s Spectacles

Designers:
Lina Aastrup and David Nilsson

Home Base: Stockholm

Category: Eyewear (sunglasses and optical)

Style: Shades of Play

Founded: 2010

Found in: Departmentstore Quartier 206, Berlin; Marc Le Bihan, Paris; Addict, Mallorca; Day & Night, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Aplace, Stockholm.

Backstory: Stylist and former Glamour Sweden fashion director Lina Aastrup and her husband, film producer and music lover David Nilsson, named their brand after Dr. Jekyll’s wild counterpart, but say they also enjoy the idea of hiding behind one’s shades.

Collaborations with designer Ann-Sofie Back, musicians Hercules & Love Affair, jewelry designer Ligia Dias and a track list’s worth of DJs put the accent on quirky glamour.

Frames are crafted in Italy, and leather cases are made in Mallorca, where the couple lived for several years. Hyde’s sunglasses range in price from around $326 to $479 at retail.  New this season — optical frames; many are made with buffalo horn and have clip-on sunglasses.


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