September 6th, 2010

Dean Harris

Dean in his studio

My friend Dean Harris is an extraordinary jeweler and it is no surprise that he has been invited to participate in the Accessories Bazaar that Harper’s Bazaar is hosting next week. The two day event, September 15 & 16, will showcase some of the best jewelry designers today and is open to fashion week attendees. Over the past 10 years Dean’s jewelry has been on the cover of 24 U.S. and International magazines, but Harper’s Bazaar was his first thanks to the fabulous Brana Wolf.

Dean and I are like war buddies. We met in Paris in 1999 while working on the Louis Vuitton show. Despite the grueling hours and stressful schedule we made a great team and went on to do many shows together with both Marc at Vuitton and Helmut (Lang). I have never met anyone who maintained such a great sense of humor on little to no sleep and I am forever in his debt for polaroiding the models for the hair and make up board (my job) while I would be scrambling to cast the last girl or boy moments before the show was to open. Ah the glory days!!

Dean launched his jewelry business in 1998 and it took off quickly. With the help of his industry insider (and industry darling) status, magazines could not wait to photograph his pieces. And the rest is history.

Even though he is crazed beyond belief as it is moments before New York show week, Dean kindly answered a few questions for KiC:

What is your favorite film?
“Maurice”

Music?
“Arvo Part”

Book?
“The Mastery of Love by  Don Miguel Ruiz”

Lunch spot?
“Balthazar — great people watching.”

Non work activity?
“Volleyball.  Smacking a ball releases a lot of tension (HA!).”

Hotel?
“Hotel Ritz, Paris”.. (mine too!!!)

House present to give?
“Santa Maria Novella Soaps & Dyptique candle”

Gift received?
“A slim leather notebook that Filofax had made specially for Barneys New York. I do all my sketches in it.”

Advice?
“Persevere in the pursuit of your dreams.”

Life lesson?
“I’m still learning!”

Quote?
“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” – Ghandi

Dean Harris Jewelry is sold primarily at Barneys and you can shop directly from his website. Join Dean on Facebook too!

Upcoming trunk shows:

  • October 8-9 @ Marios, Seattle
  • October 22-23 @ Barneys, San Francisco
  • November 12-13 @ Barneys, New York
  • December 3 @ Barneys, Chicago

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