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BOSKAVICH TEREBA: NEW TERRAIN
Artist and filmmaker John Boskavich, best known for his work on Sandra Bernhard’s stage and screen productions, has a new partner. This time he’s working with L.A. fashion designer Tere Tereba.
Together they’ve produced a jewelry collection with a strong sense of humor. The sterling silver line, accented with 14-karat gold vermeil, interprets classic symbols of luck, happiness and prosperity — along with other themes.
For fall, the pair offers a whimsical group of jewelry called “Eat Your Vegetables” featuring “14-Carrot” necklaces and “Corn-on-the-Cob” chokers. They’re also doing “Tranquility Beads” — sterling silver-dipped Prozac and Valium pills strung into necklaces, rosaries and crosses. Tereba says they aren’t interested in trends, but rely on their own sense of style and intuition about what’s fun to wear.
Wholesale prices for the designers’ newest collection range from $25 to $280. Boskavich Tereba pieces are sold through New York’s Showroom Seven and at Henri Bendel, Maxfield in L.A., Ultimo in Chicago and Knit Wit in Philadelphia.
“I like to experiment with problem-solving,” says Nicholas E. Papadakis of his designs. “I needed a bag. The line simply spun out of that need.” Soon he had private clients requesting his rugged bags, and Man-Made Industries was born.
The current collection includes black and brown suede and leather shoulder bags, backpacks, attache cases, belts and date books that can be lined in silk, velvet or linen. Papadakis also uses clear industrial plastic. Each design is accented with handcarved wood and brass or bronze hardware that, according to the designer,”will tarnish with time to add dimension. I want these pieces to age.”
Papadakis has a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, where he took courses in woodworking, sculpture, welding and glass-blowing. “My interest with industrial fabrics and techniques evolved from that training,” he says. The durability of the materials must also have impressed him, since each bag he produces comes with a tag reading, “I will outlive you.” The line, which wholesales from $75 to $225, has been bought by Untitled and Sam E. Wagner, New York, and a number of other small boutiques.
According to family lore, says jewelry designer Divonne Jarecki, “I was named for the French spa town, Divonne Les Bains, where I was conceived.” Jarecki’s father, a professor at the University of Heidelberg, was also a professional gambler, and her early childhood was spent in some of the great casino towns of Europe.
A graduate of Columbia University and Boston University Law School, Jarecki recently abandoned the law for jewelry design. Of her designs, she says, “My main idea is that it be clever and unique. Every piece should have a twist, something to say.” Her collection of sterling silver and 24-karat gold vermeil jewelry, called Divonne, features intricately crafted pendants, chains, rings, earrings and cufflinks, fashioned in the form of globes, sundials, suns, moons, stars, gargoyles and even fish. “It draws upon motifs of many ages, ones which can be instantly personal,” Jarecki says. Wholesale prices range from $35 to $298, and the line has been bought by Charivari, New York, and Nan Duskin, Philadelphia.
Susan Lazar designs scarves, but that doesn’t make her a scarf designer. She also creates capes, boleros, hats, rain capes and vests and will soon launch a full-fledged clothing collection. “It all depends where the fabric takes me,” Lazar says.
The designer, who has a degree from Cornell University in Textile Science and Business, studied sportswear design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked for designer Randolph Duke, where, she says, “I learned all about construction and fit.” A visit to her showroom reveals a variety of works in progress, from luxurious mohair, cashmere and wool wraps to fake fur boleros and berets.
“It’s all about drape and contrast,” Lazar states. “I like to line a gray pinstriped muffler with a bright fuchsia or green satin, to lend both a shot of color and a softer feel to the design.” Wholesale prices for her collection, which has been bought by Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tootsies, Houston, range from $36 for a fake fur scarf to $625 for a cashmere cape.