Sabyasachi, based in Kolkata, India, is back in New York thanks to a partnership with Bergdorf Goodman.
The company has unveiled an exclusive collection of high-end jewelry dubbed “Bengal”. Byzantine. Broadway. The shimmering selection is available in the jewelry salon of the boutique. As the name suggests, the latest offerings relay a certain exuberance and pay homage to India’s heritage and appreciation of arts and crafts. Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee noted that the history of handcrafted jewelery in India was in danger due to a lack of patronage and pledged to help bring back this legacy.
Shoppers at the Fifth Avenue store will find 83 works said to be reminiscent of Calcutta and New York. The collection has hints of Byzantine glow and Broadway theatrical image. But East and West sensibilities also include references to Sicilian Baroque with the rustic adornments of Harappa. Goldsmithing accents are combined with Georgian techniques and Moorish arches are incorporated into Mughai craftsmanship. Deconstructed Maharani necklaces, hand-printed velvet clasps and enamel Greek medallions are featured. Pearls, jaspers, turquoises, rhodonites, uncut diamonds and aquamarines are some of the precious stones.
Linda Fargo, senior vice president of the fashion office and director of womenswear and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, said in a statement, “I think people will feel transported just by trying on a piece. Its rich mix of stones is both unexpected and stunningly beautiful.
As handmade jewelry uses artisan techniques rooted in India’s past centuries ago, Mukherjee expects the next generation of top jewelry designers to come from India due to consumers’ quest for authenticity. With a portfolio that includes fashion, he started his business over 20 years ago and has collaborated with brands such as Christian Louboutin, H&M and Pottery Barn. Raised in the French colony of Chandannagar in West Bengal, he moved to Kolkata in the mid-1980s and both places are integral to his designs. Along the way, Mukherjee has designed costumes for movies like “Raavan” and “English Vinglish,” as well as bridal wear for a wide range of clients.
Bergdorf Goodman will host a cocktail party and trunk show for Sabyasachi on September 7 just before the start of New York Fashion Week. The designer has other reasons to welcome New York shoppers and celebrate New York: He plans to open a store on Christopher Street in mid-October, according to a company spokeswoman. Notables like Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are already familiar with her designs for having worn them on occasion. The designer also has a solid following on social media with 5.2 million followers on Instagram.
And Fargo still has plans for the future, including a special Sunday shopping event that Sheri Winter Parker is hosting at The Shoals in Southold, NY, billed as “Linda’s Lightly Loved Closet,” the event will showcase approach recycle-renew-revive designer clothes, shoes and accessories.