Beginning as a humble pursuit crafting original pieces for her friends, French designer Justine Clenquet expanded her jewelry practice into her eponymous label at the young age of 18. Taking cues from a variety of influences, ranging from 70’s glam rock to punk subcultures, Clenquet astutely reinterprets and blends established aesthetics with an eccentric allure. Her signature touch of glamour elevates familiar styles, such as the nostalgic choker of the 90’s, to refined adornments—all handcrafted in France with luxury materials like 24k gold and palladium-dipped metals. Clenquet’s forward-leaning design ethic invites an intermingling between seemingly disparate sentiments— delicate Swarovski crystals in ethereal shades are offset by heavy mixed-metal chains, while bold geometric silhouettes are paired with whimsical dangling embellishments, resulting in a provocative confrontation between traditionally masculine and feminine elements. Not confined solely to the domain of jewelry, Justine Clenquet’s enchanting sensibilities continue to take form in new territories, including handbags and eyewear.
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