Thursday, January 8, 2009

FRANGOS NIKOLAS: BIJOUX EXTRAORDINAIRE







HIGH END FASHION JEWELRY WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FOLLOWING

ACCESSORIES SHOW, JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER, NYC
January 6th, 2008

Words, Images by Judith Ecochard

Wow!

That was our reaction as we stopped dead in our tracks in front of the FRANGOS NIKOLAS booth at the recent tradeshow.

Admittedly, we are not big jewelry people----- as in if we have to put it on and take it off like our clothes, we probably won’t wear it.







But these baubles, both the big bold statement pieces …and the more subtle, conservative samples of the massive inventory carried by this 22 year old, Greek based, family owned firm…boasts exceptional workmanship (BY HAND)…and are stylish.

AND EYE-CATCHING.










We had to wait (and wait) to speak with one of the owners, Frangos Panayiotis…because the booth was so jammed with buyers.

It was worth the wait as we got the scoop on what’s hot.

“We follow the trends and colors,” Panayiotis noted, and cited olive and “petrol” greens, and amber as popular colors for the glass stones and Swarovski crystals that his firm uses.

“Sets are selling well” as in lariat type long necklaces with huge colored stones-paired up with matching cuff bracelets and rings.

Multi-strand necklaces and bracelets are also selling well for Spring 2009...as are big stone rings that are always in demand.

Metal colors that are popular with this collection include silver (silver plate) and gold tones on brass.

“We are inspired by the golden age of jewelry…the 60’s and 70’s,” Panayiotis added.

We think this vintage feel assortment of jewels are outstanding and explains why the retail orders were flying out of the booth.

RETAIL: No store locater on the website but the collection is sold in 20 countries.