I came across some inspiring words of wisdom from Andy Rooney (60 Minutes), which I obviously had to share with you my friends!read more >
As I walked to the pop up store this morning, an old friend passed by and stopped me: “I just want you to know I love your newsletters. They are so full of joy and hope… don’t stop sharing.”
I have been asked many times “Catherine, how is it you’ve been designing for twenty five years, and virtually no one has covered you yet?”
What a question to be asked, but one that deserves a thought out response.
“Catherine and Chloe Zadeh are the mother and daughter team behind ZADEH, a brand created from Catherine’s modern jewelry designs for men and women. Catherine got her start making jewelry at the 92nd Street Y of all places, and today she’s one of New York’s hottest designers. With her daughter Chloe now at the helm of the family business, the team has set their sights on creating an empire.”
– Joanne Wilson, Positively Gotham Gal
I recently saw an epic and beautiful movie “Never look away” loosely based on the life of artist Gerhard Richter.
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It’s funny to think about our mom before she was a mom. To us, she’s Kitty – bold, honest, charming, independent, strong and confident. But she wasn’t always like that.read more >
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It feels as though we’ve been overwhelmed by a media storm in recent weeks, one that’s been hard to ignore. As a mother of three daughters, I’m compelled to share my thoughts on this particular issue: that we, as women and mothers, are failing to instill certain values in our children – both boys and girls – resulting in the fragility of the female spirit, and the predation of women by men in positions of power.
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 >
“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 >
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has brilliance, power and magic in it.”
– Johan Wolfgang von Goetheread more >
The Hampton Classic horse show is the embodiment of history, tradition and timeless elegance. This summer will be our second year exhibiting there, and we feel honored to be a part of it.read more >
Quiet elegance, sober aesthetic, harmonious layout, humble material and design…read more >
It sounds cliche but it is true: traveling in a country with a different architecture, culture and people can be a great catalyst for inspiration.read more >
My family and I ventured out to Jose Ignacio for the holidays.read more >
Fashion always comes down to that last accessory.read more >
When I discovered Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona, I was blown away. How can someone have such a vision? He clearly was enlightened…read more >