One of the beautiful things about being a boutique jewelry designer is that I have great flexibility in the work I do, and what I choose to create. I started my career designing men’s jewelry by chance: a good friend commissioned me to design a pair of cuff links for him. As my brand has grown over the years to include a myriad of permanent collections, I love to take on occasional commissioned pieces for my discerning patrons.
Bringing a commissioned piece of jewelry to life is a tailor-made process.read more >
It’s hard to deny that we are at a great precipice: as men and women, as a country, as the aggregate elements of humanity itself.read more >
My husband is always complimented on how dapper he is, but this was not the case when we met! I used to beg him to wear a bracelet to which he always responded – “Absolutely NOT!”read more >
Almost every man is reluctant when I first approach them about wearing a bracelet, my husband being the first one.
I have two son-in-law’s. They are like the sons I never had.read more >
Perhaps the most significant realization I came to after becoming a mother was what a delicate balancing act motherhood is. Being a good mother was not simply the lessons I taught them, it was also how I carried myself and pursued my own path as a complex, multi-faceted woman, that contributed to their success.
As each spring day brings us nearer to May 14, that fête des mères, remember your mother. Learn from her. Cherish her. Consider what she sacrificed for you. Most importantly, strive every day to be someone she would be proud of.read more >
Let me paint you a picture….a beautiful white federal building, restored to its original glory and boasting 22 classically appointed guest rooms. After a deliriously carefree day of sunning on the beach and exploring the shops in Bridgehampton, patrons return to their oasis. They’re greeted by striking works of art – a thought provoking piece of video art by Robert Wilson playing in the lobby, a hanging sculpture by Lee Bull adorning the breezeway between the event space and the barn. On warm summer nights, patrons dine al fresco on the tranquil outdoor patio, their palates tickled pink by Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten’s fare. Topping Rose House is a true respite for mind and body; an escape from the stress and chaos of modern life.read more >
I am a boutique jewelry design company. One of the luxuries this affords me is the ability to cultivate a relationship with my patrons, making each one an ambassador of my brand. Over the years I have refined a sixth sense about those who enter my realm, and can immediately sense who will connect with my jewelry. There is an implicit alignment between their values and my own. The minute I lay eyes on them, I instinctively know who is a ZADEH man or woman.read more >
There’s a feeling you get when you walk into a Restoration Hardware store. Each item is hand-selected, a purposeful addition to a cohesive retail environment. There is a mutual trust between Restoration Hardware and its clientele – an unspoken appreciation for and understanding of quality over quantity. Integrity over fragility. That which is classic over that which is fleeting. This ideology that flows throughout the Restoration Hardware brand is a masterful creation of their CEO, Gary Friedman.
My storyline with Gary is an interesting one that begins before we even met.read more >
If you have read my blogs, you know that Bergdorf Goodman was my launching pad into the world of men’s accessories. Zadeh cuff links were prominently displayed in that famous rotunda at the flagship store’s 58th street entrance, and my belts were given an exclusive display in the belt department. I was on cloud nine.read more >
When asked recently whom I think embodies the qualities of a Zadeh Man, I immediately thought of Andre Balazs, the celebrated hotelier behind the Chateau Marmont in LA, the Mercer Hotel in NY and the Standard near the High Line.read more >
I recently applied to join the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and I thought that including my core values would be a window into who I am as a person and as a designer.
I found it such an interesting (and revealing) exercise, so I wanted to share the results with you here on the blog. I came up with thirteen values and I will devote a post to each, so stay tuned !
I hope you will follow along and enjoy these musings.read more >
Every person has a unique body shape and build. A woman’s décolletage, the space meant to be adorned by Zadeh pendants, can have many forms – curvy or flat, short or lengthy. Our parachute cord pulley system offers the adjustability needed to accent each woman as beautifully as possible.read more >
Father’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re like me it has you thinking about the special men in your life. I am the proud mother of three amazing young women and have been lucky to share my parenting journey with an exceptionally loving and caring man. My husband David is a truly sensitive and attentive dad. He is a man of his word, an exceptionally kind spirit, a confidante, a friend and a continual source of support and inspiration for our family.read more >
Persian cuisine is truly epicurean – it stimulates all the senses. The shared experience of Persian food is a part of my homeland that still resonates strongly with me today. Cooking, eating and gathering together around the dinner table is a hallmark of our culture.read more >
The men who wear Zadeh cuff links are not traditional. They appreciate them as an artful accessory, not a necessity.read more >
Days here at the Winter Equestrian Festival are exhausting. The hours are long and the days start to blend together in a haze of sun, dust particles and loudspeaker echoes. A positive attitude is key to surviving the WEF circuit, and no where at the show grounds will you find more positivity than in the kitchen of the Tiki Hut.read more >
There is something profound about the creation of beautiful photography. When you witness the entire process, with all it’s gritty behind-the-scenes details, you’re granted a greater appreciation for the final form. Whether in a fashion magazine or on a highway billboard, each flawless, consumer facing shot required a tremendous amount of effort.read more >
Earlier this week I co-hosted a gathering of women, to listen and learn from my friend Judith Hannan, an immensely talented author. Through the conduit of her beautiful prose, Judi explores the ways in which writing can help us heal during times of illness.read more >
I always knew there would be risks in pursuing my dream. Taking an idea, nourishing it with passion, and bringing it to fruition is no certain task. I was starting as a small fish in a big pond. I was prepared for people to question my work. But I didn’t see failure as an option. I refused to sacrifice parts of myself to pursue my dream.read more >
I am the proud mother of three sensational young women. I marvel at how they’ve blossomed into such unique creatures who share so many of my core values between them.
They are are a study in contradictions. They are at once strong, but soft. Confident, but humble. Outspoken, but attentive listeners. They are my most stylish ambassadors because of their beauty and integrity as people.read more >
At Zadeh, we do not sell. We share. For Catherine, each of her designs is worthy of, nay, deserves, to be put in the spotlight. As I sit and watch Catherine’s interactions, it’s clear that she is no saleswoman. She is an educator. She is a storyteller. She is a historian.read more >
I’ve never been destined for a 9-5 desk job life; it doesn’t suit me and I feel stifled by the rigidity of corporate culture. For the last six years of my post-collegiate life I was lucky enough to live and work on the elite equestrian circuit. I traveled nationally and internationally to beautiful show venues, populated by beautiful people with a shared love and reverence for the equine athlete.
This is why working with Catherine was so intriguing to me. In my short time here I can tell no two days are the same. There is flexibility and creativity and out-of-the-box thinking that is both infectious and thrilling.read more >
The supporting cast of materials often used in fine jewelry can be incredibly delicate, meaning they cannot withstand water, sweat, or the rigors of day-to-day wear.
We sought to defy this trend. Designs by Zadeh work in harmony with the elements. We aren’t afraid to use and wear our jewelry. The more well-used they are, the more beautiful they become.read more >
I love gold. The weight and opulence of it; how it can exist beautifully as a centerpiece or as an accent. Gold is the ultimate expression of luxury.read more >
It has been a whirlwind week. After just a few short phone calls last week, I hopped in my car and drove to Wellington to begin working for Zadeh NY.
With the celebration of all things “love” just around the corner, women are eagerly anticipating the gifts their boyfriends, fiancés and husbands will lavish on them. Men, on the other hand, are tasked with the challenge of finding the ultimate gift – perfectly suited to their beloved; a material expression of just how much they are loved.
Why is it, though, that the burden of gifting responsibility lies so heavily on the shoulders of men? Love is a two way street. The giving of gifts should be too.read more >
We are thrilled to welcome a new team member to Zadeh NY. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge of the horse world, having spent many years traveling the elite horse show circuit. She also appreciates the finer things in life: fine cuisine, leisurely napping, and of course, exquisite jewelry.read more >
“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” – Paulo Coelho
Simplicity is a breath of fresh air in a time of ornamentation.read more >
Exactly a year ago, a New York artisan helped me repurpose an old sapphire, lost in translation, set in a very boring and expected sort of way. I loved the stone but hated the setting.
Entering his quaint atelier, I came across a rather large piece of dark ebony wood lying around and asked if we could incorporate it into a design.
“Of course…just imagine it and I will carve it.”read more >
I’m excited to finally share these videos from my collaboration with Vanity Fair & Patron. The first video provides a little taste of what my life is like – from my home, to my bus ride to the office, my meetings with my vendors, my inspiration, and a preview of some new designs!
The second video is from the #ArtofPatron party that I was invited to, as part of the collaboration. My husband, my daughter and her fiancé all joined me – you might notice them cheers’ing in a little cameo in the video.
I feel privileged to have been a part of this project, with my favorite tequila brand and my favorite publication!
For the past few months I have been getting a lot of compliments on my website. “So cool, so clean, so chic…” (just passing along their comments). It does look so different!
The new website is Sophie’s work. Sophie is my daughter.
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I am not sure how it happened or why, but last week I was invited to be part of a collaboration – a video series – with Vanity Fair and Patrón Tequila. They were in search of an artist whose work and life encapsulated their tag line: “it doesn’t have to make sense to be perfect.”read more >
Last year, we launched a campaign to raise money for the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. It was a deeply personal initiative and one of the most important things we have done at Zadeh. We can’t stress enough how honored we have been to be a part of their amazing mission.
With your help, through sales of the Wish Bracelet, we donated over $25,000.
The funds helped the Dubin Center launch their inaugural annual Breast Surgery Fellowship.
Last week marked our third annual pop up at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, one of my favorite weeks of the year. We have been loyal admirers of The Scout Guide Equestrian, and last week Molly and Susie came to say hi and preview the new fine jewelry collection, inspired by the timeless, luxurious, iconic aesthetic of equestrian lifestyle.read more >
I think there’s something beautiful about tomboys – about wearing ‘boyfriend jeans’ or your boyfriend’s shirt, yet still being chic and feminine. My daughters rarely wear dresses or tight clothes, they opt for flats over heels, they wear neutral colors, they don’t take hours to get ready. In more ways than one, they are the brand.read more >
We love meeting our clients in our studio. One of the best parts of our job is getting to know our everyday models and styling them in designer favorites.
The other day, an investment banker made an appointment to buy a few pieces for his wife. He walked into our studio in his classic cut suit, a conservative belt, traditional shoes, and an elegant watch.read more >
I’ve been designing jewelry for about twenty years. You might expect us to be a huge company by now, in lots of stores all over the world. We’re not. We sell to a very select few high-end (and high-taste) specialty menswear stores, mostly in the US. We sell to our private clients, many of whom have been coming to us for years’ worth of special occasions. And recently, after much prodding from a lot of our clients…read more >
We recently posted our first video. The responses have been amazing, so we wanted to share the true story behind the making of this video, a quintessential New York story…read more >