One of my favorite things about the journey of shopping is finding the undiscovered: That item or designer that hasn’t exploded and remains relatively unknown in the tomb of a shopkeepers’ good taste. It’s a total rush, instantly transforming me into the archeologist of my childhood dreams. I want to send out a telegram to all of my friends reporting…
Over the summer, Paula and I were shopping at Elizabeth Charles in San Francisco, and were immediately drawn to a cluster of show-stopping rings stored in a pretty glass case. They turned out to be 1960′s vintage, designed by Arthur Court. Even though a purchase wasn’t made, we both left drooling. I’m sure they deployed the Windex on the case once we left.
Fast forward to this past holiday. While out again with Paula and my husband, as she mentioned in her last post, we popped into EC to say hello. Unprompted, my husband fell in love with the same exact rings. Lucky for us, Arthur Court’s daughter, Charlene, was in-store doing a trunk show. She explained that since finding the rings in her father’s studio, she was immediately inspired to continue the collection, adding to his original work using her father’s archives to fabricate her own baubles of bracelets and necklaces.
Lucky for me, I received an extra holiday gift that day. A vintage Arthur Court, lovingly sold by his daughter. It fit like a glove, which meant it had to be mine. You can see it on my “claw like” hand in Paula’s snapshot from It’s Not You, It’s The Table.
Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites from Charlene’s collection. More awesomeness can be seen at charlenecourt.com.