When Jill Platner opened her New York City boutique at 113 Crosby Street in 1998 there were no other shops in the vicinity. “The jewelry was displayed on saw horses and nails stuck in the wall,” remembers the designer. Now her gallery is surrounded by big name brands in what has become a full fledged wing of the Soho shopping district. Platner stands out as a unique destination with her original assortment of creations including large scale sculpture, table top items, silver and gold jewelry and diamond engagement rings. Custom made walnut display cases feature the jewels on stones, branches and logs, Platner has found, bleached, dyed and waxed. Each of the larger wall cases is tricked out with special lighting that gives a refined museum quality to the presentation. A splash of color is added to the earth tones of the shop with a Pour painting by Holton Rower, a childhood friend of Platner’s and grandson of the artist Alexander Calder.
One block away from the boutique is Platner’s studio where she constructs almost everything in the store as well as prototypes for special projects like her fittings, hardware and accessories for Waterworks. Despite the fact pounding, torching and power tools are used in the space it maintains the designer’s clean and earthy aesthetic.
Personal touches: The soundtrack in the boutique and studio center around Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. Platner’s love for the pop star extends to a collection inspired by him, named Moonwalk.
113 Crosby Street, New York City