Our buyers know a good thing when they see it—and sometimes even before that. As much as they’ve always loved the delicate, wear-every-day fine jewelry pieces by Jennifer Meyer, they had an inkling that the multi-talented designer had more up her sleeve. So as the 10th anniversary of her namesake line rolled around, they were on board for a capsule ready-to-wear collection, even though she’d never designed clothing before.
“When Barneys approached me about designing the pieces, I think I said yes before they even finished asking me!” Meyers told us of the collaboration. “I was so honored to have been asked, and it only felt right that I would take part in such an exciting new venture with family. I learned to design clothing exactly how I learned to design jewelry: I just jumped in feet first and did it!”
We recently toasted the 12-piece collection with a star-studded soirée in Los Angeles, a setting that was only fitting given that it’s both Meyer’s hometown and a partial inspiration for her designs. “The vibe of the collection is California girl meets chic Parisian,” she said. “The pieces are sexy and beautiful, but also a little sweet. I wanted to have your staples—the classic jean jacket we’ve all been looking for, your go-to cardigan, and the perfect sundress that pairs just as easily with sneakers as it does with heels.”
To find out more about the capsule, we turned to Hillary Kerr, co-founder of Who, What, Wear and a huge fan of Meyer’s jewelry. Kerr and Meyer met up for a quick breakfast in Freds Beverly Hills to chat about both the ready-to-wear collection and the milestone of Meyer’s anniversary. Check out the video, then scroll on for a closer look at the collection.
“With jewelry, I always start with 18K gold as my canvas and work from there. With clothing, it’s not so simple. Given the vast array of fabrics to consider, colors and silhouettes, you need to have a strong vision and follow that vision so it guides you through the process.” – Jennifer Meyer
“I started with my favorite things and mood boards. What are my go-to items? What feeling do I get when I wear them? I wanted to design clothes that I can live in. I truly feel there is something for everyone. I want a mom to find something for herself, just as easily as for her teenage daughter. I want everyone to have something that excites them.” – Jennifer Meyer