Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FRUGAL FASHION: Kenneth Jay Lane

Kenneth Jay Lane launched his costume jewelry brand in 1963.  Since then his pieces have been worn by celebrities, royalty, politicians and fashion girls alike.  It's one of those 'under-the-radar' type brands that people just know about.  The main reason I felt compelled to spotlight the label is the affordable luxury appeal it has.  Most of the pieces are made in the USA, feature luxe detailing like gold plating and range from $40-$900 depending on the piece.  On a recent shopping trip around the city I noticed a major gap in this market when it comes to costume jewelry; I saw very cheap pieces that were $10 and would probably tarnish and break within a weeks time, or very expensive pieces upwards of $1000.  So for those of you who have had a similar shopping experience , check out Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry available at saks.com, shopbop.com, net-a-porter.com, and other fine online retailers.  And while you're shopping I recommend my favorite pieces, the KJL signature enamel/gold plated animal bangles; funky yet chic.

 Gold Plated Pendant Necklace, $40 www.net-a-porter.com
 Knotted Pendant Necklace, $215 www.neimanmarcus.com
Double Leopard Head Bangle, $198 www.shopbop.com

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