This is jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann’s store, which opened quite recently on Lafayette Street, dangerously close to my home. Considering the fact that the place is so new, I consider it quite an accomplishment that they already know me by name there. I have, in fact, been such a loyal and enthusiastic customer that I’d imagine if this place were a bar instead of a jewelry store, they’d have created a cocktail for me by now.
There’s a French fashion editor connection, of course. When I did my post on Paris Vogue’s Capucine Safyurtlu, I became obsessed with the stack of bracelets she seems never to leave the house without. The mix varies, but she always wears the simple bands of varying widths that you see here.
Frequently she mixes in brighter pieces, comme ça. Which is very cute, but mostly it’s the bands that have obsessed me: I suspected that, like everything she wears, they maybe appeared simple at first glance, but were in fact, highly specific in their rightness. I had no idea where they came from and figured it was something secret and French and perfect and I never would.
Meanwhile, life moved on and so did I. Pretty much. Then the Bidermann store opened, and—because I’m familiar with her stuff from boutiques and Shopbop and Net a Porter—I paid a visit. And got chatty with the shopgirls, and it all came together. Turns out Bidermann and Capucine are best friends, and the bangles, as you can see from my excellent modeling job here, all display symbols of love and good luck. They are wonderful but they are not cheap (or readily available outside of her stores). Don’t they look gorgeous all together? I would have liked to have purchased them all. It’s possible I purchased a couple.
I definitely came home with one of their Soho bracelets, because I’ve been a fan of them for a while. It adds a nice, chill pop of color to my stack. That I will return for the red one seems probable.
I also sprang for this one, decorated with what looks like scarabs. It’s a little punk rock, but in a very soft, exceedingly French way.
Bidermann really covers the waterfront, price-wise, which I appreciate—she has pieces with precious stones that cost in the tens of thousands, and then others like this nifty ring, which doesn’t go for whole lot more than $100.
I have hit serious critical mass on snake rings at the moment, but were I not, I might have gone in for this.
I love the look of this rope bracelet: so damn classic, but a little tough, too.
A friendship bracelet, all grown up.