Accessorize This: Kabiri

Thursday, January 28, 2010



Kabiri: A Fine Jewelry Wonderland

by Denise Grayson

There’s browsing a website, and then there’s losing yourself in a daydream. Kabiri most certainly offers the latter experience. It’s a heavenly collection of fine jewelry and accessories from dozens of gifted, studied jewellers from around the world. Some provide us new ways to present gems and precious metals on our bodies, whereas others explore shape and form by manipulating textiles or creating their own unusual pieces by fusing traditional materials with found objects. And then there’s a particular Valencian who really likes to use animal heads (don’t worry, not real ones). These works go well beyond simple adornment to push the boundaries of what is ‘expected’ of jewelry and as such could be considered ‘wearable art’. In other words, your Dad won’t get it. (Was that presumptuous? Let’s say my Dad wouldn’t, then.)




The first two accessories are hair grips -an origami and heliocentric - from London accessories and styling wonder Fred Butler. The third piece is a handknitted chain glove by Fannie Schiavoni



The vast selection of necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches and accessories encompasses a wide range of prices, from £16 for a silver whistle to a tree branch brooch of white gold and black and pear-shaped diamonds that costs more than some people’s houses. (You read right.) Yet they all sit side by side in the gallery in perfect harmony because they are each extraordinary in their own right. At Kabiri you won’t experience the typical, torturous predicament of finding that the only things you really love are completely unattainable. In fact, you’re more likely to find your favourite pieces in the relatively affordable range as creativity doesn’t have a bank account or lose its job and have to eat Kraft Dinner.

Kabiri was created in 2004 by Nathalie Kabiri to bring undiscovered jewelry designers to London. She established retail locations in some of the city’s best shopping destinations, namely its original store on Marylebone, a concession in Selfridges on Oxford Street and now a flagship in Covent Garden. If you’re in London you must make it a point to stop in and see these breathtaking pieces for yourself.







The exceptional service you receive in the shops extends to http://kabiri.co.uk, where a personal shopper is available to help you choose a special gift or offer style advice – not that you fashionable folks would need it!

Denise Grayson, our dreamy Accessories Editor, also writes about fashion on her blog, The Swelle Life.

24 comments:

Savvy Gal said...

wow beautiful pieces. it is great to admire high jewelry that can cost a person's house. : ) xo

janettaylor said...

Incredible pieces! I really love it!

Xx

Looking Fab in your forties said...

Next time I am in town, I must check out the store - thanks for sharing x

The Petite Blog said...

im loving this post. i love jewellery!!! great inspiration for my future DIYs =)

xoxo jenna

http://thepetiteblog.blogspot.com/

Scientific Housewife said...

Everything looks so interesting! How nice :)

KIRAFASHION said...

I love the rings! I am crazy about them right now ;)

daisychain said...

I'm addicted to Kabiri! Love the rings.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Wow! I adore the aesthetics of each piece - especially the rings. They are truly different from a lot of the accessories currently on the market. Wonderful post my love!! :)

The Socialite said...

Very funky pieces, very cool! :)

jen laceda said...

beautiful, beautiful organic pieces!! love them all! this is my kind of accent pieces. so unique...

Jade said...

Kabiri is one of my all-time favorite online jewelry stores! They have such a great selection of affordable and craaaazy expensive drool-worthy jewels!

Anka Papuli said...

Excuse me while I wipe off my drool. I've toyed around w/ some floral accessories, not yet deciding on one for our etsy shop, and this gives me a whole lot of drive and inspiration.

I especially love the hair grips and the necklace that looks like it's made of tree branch. Thanks so much for posting this and including lots of pictures. This is total eye candy.

xo
Anka of Anka Papuli
ankapapuli.blogspot.com
www.etsy.com/shop/ankapapuli

Jaime said...

Such unique pieces- like pieces of art!

Arizona bankruptcy lawyer said...

All of these accessories are amazing and unique. I love your taste.

Susan said...

wow, how funky! love them.
have a sweet day, xoxo

Dream Sequins said...

Thanks for your lovely comments all. And thanks, Denise, for your fab writeup, as always!!!

I'll be replying to your wonderful words in a jiffy. Today is abnormally busy.

xx

Leah said...

Beautiful items... I'm loving the hair grips. They are gorgeous!

dancinginchiffon said...

pretty!

VersaStyle said...

all about the rings..

StuddedLilly said...

they are some really unique pieces..once again. nice post :)

xo

Songy said...

They are very cool.

Hanako66 said...

those are so interesting and beautiful!

Denise @ Swelle said...

Thanks for the great comments! I find it exhilarating to take in the work of this talented collective in one sitting - I'm happy you feel the same!

Denise ♥
Accessories Editor, Dream Sequins

Carlotta said...

what a beautiful collection!!

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