Confess it, you watched episode right after episode of Emily in Paris on Netflix and found yourself pretty fixated by the American marketing and advertising exec with the ever more audacious outfits.
Israeli wonderful jewellery designer Leehe Segal confesses she also indulged in two seasons of the series, under no circumstances dreaming that Emily (Lily Collins) would really be sporting her pieces in Season 3, which aired in December.
The ask for from the sitcom’s costume designer, Segal tells ISRAEL21c, “came out of the blue and it was sheer luck we experienced 30 parts on hand to deliver right away to Paris.”
7 have been chosen, which include an “evil eye” ring, Shallow Waters, built with emeralds and blue enamel surrounding a marquise diamond and a fragile yellow gold necklace called Moonrise, established with a 50 %-moon lower diamond.
When gratifying and surely a high position for the designer, finding notice from A-listers is not something new for Bleecker & Prince, the brand Segal launched immediately after relocating to New York in 2014.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lawrence, Gal Gadot and Cynthia Erivo are all fans. High-stop stores, such as luxurious section retailer Bergdorf Goodman, also turned clients a yr just after Segal launched her enterprise.
Back again to Tel Aviv
Our interview requires area in Segal’s Tel Aviv showroom (the other two are in NYC and LA), opened two years in the past just after returning to Israel with her partner and two youthful kids.
The Haifa-born designer might feel ethereal with her gentle blue eyes and soft, wavy blonde hair, but her vision is definitive, specific and authentically unique.
This extends also to the eclectic and meticulously curated interior of the Tel Aviv showroom, furnished with a stark portrait from a gallery in the south of France, light-weight wood Scandinavian chairs and an outstanding glass display screen cupboard resting on two 50 %-round marble plinths.
Where it all began
Right after finishing her military support, Segal moved to New York to study jewellery design and style.
“I understood I wished to be in the arts but my option was far more by default. Everybody seemed to be undertaking fashion style and design and the other substitute, graphic design and style, seemed to be far too computerized. Jewellery layout satisfies me as I like operating on the little matters, the specifics, of which there are several in advance of a piece arrives into creation.”
This consists of 10 to 15 phases, Segal clarifies, from the hand-drawn sketches to 3D renderings, sourcing of elements, casting dwelling, polishing and laser finish.
Soon after finishing her diploma at New York’s Manner Institute of Technological innovation, she took her first task in “the serious world” at a diamond jewelry company in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv’s Diamond District.
“I bought to know all features of the business enterprise, not only developing but also sourcing supplies and profits,” she tells ISRAEL21c.
Classic with a twist
Following two years, Segal was all set to go out on her individual. She moved back to New York and established up Bleecker and Prince. The identify refers to two streets that are shut to each individual other in Soho, a fashionable neighborhood in downtown Manhattan.
Segal describes that she often felt caught in between the vibes of these two streets that hardly ever basically fulfill.
“Bleecker has a sense of heritage and an imperfect laid-again air, quaint new music and file retailers,” even though Prince has a modern-day up to date really feel. In their traits she sees herself, “a common soul with a bit of rugged, a flavor for the finer factors in lifetime but ready to get down and dirty when the minute arises.”
This high quality carries through in her styles, which appear to be typical but always with a little twist.
In a necklace from the Jungle of Wonderland Collection, floating gold triangles are combined with sapphires and diamonds in different measurements and cuts, placed inconsistently on the chain.
The Thunder Storm ring is established asymmetrically with gray baguette-minimize diamonds. All pieces in the complete line “correlate and can be worn with each other,” states Segal, admitting this is extremely demanding to accomplish.
This very same individuality is apparent in the choice of spot of Bleecker & Prince’s Tel Aviv showroom.
Segal describes that she determined not to open up, like numerous other designers, in the southern community of Neve Tzedek or the northern conclude of Dizengoff Avenue, but somewhere involving, on Simta Plonit, a lane with two plaster obelisks at its entrance.
The showroom is housed on the ground ground of a restored gray-and-white heritage developing from the 1920s.
True to her type, this gentrified place isn’t all neat and tidy.
“It’s just off King George Street, reverse shuk Bezalel [market], so it’s nevertheless edgy, which is what I appreciate,” she claims with a smile.
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