Today we launched the Ben-Amun Bridal collection, which is undoubtedly going to be an incredible resource for jewelry-seeking brides everywhere. In honor of the launch, we sat down with Ben-Amun designer Isaac Manevitz to learn more about his work, his inspiration, and his thoughts on style. Isaac is truly a pioneer in the fashion jewelry industry, and we’re honored to carry his Ben-Amun line on Charm & Chain!
Charm & Chain: Isaac, you’ve dressed a ton of celebs over the years including Kate Moss and Rihanna, and one of our favorite pieces you’ve designed is the cuff Jackie O wore in the early 90s that you reinvented last season! If you could have one celebrity wear Ben-Amun alive today who would it be? Who do you think are the new style icons of our time?
Isaac Manevitz: The supermodels of today like Miranda Kerr, Coco Rocha and Karlie Kloss are always flawless and effortlessly look put together! They’ve created such a chic moment, these are the classic young women designers look to for inspiration. Rachel Bilson and Olivia Palermo are young trendsetters that are always trying something new and unexpected. Rachel Zoe is one to admire for her own style and trendsetting ability along with her ferocity in business. I would love any of these women to wear Ben-Amun!
C&C: We know you’re originally from Egypt and find most of your inspirations though travel. Where is one place you haven’t been and would like to visit? What has been your favorite trip to date?
IM: I would love to visit Japan! Going back to Egypt a few years ago with my wife, sons and grandchildren was very inspiring. My business and life has been in NYC for so long and as much as I thrive on the excitement of the city, it is nice to go home and see places from my childhood, family and old friends.
C&C: Singers often say they know they made it big when they first heard their song on the radio. When did you know you had “made it” as a jewelry designer?
IM: In the early 1980s, Ben-Amun was one of the only fashion jewelry brands… before then, everything was extremely simple and very tiny! I wanted to create pieces that were bigger and better and give women pieces to be excited about that really add to their wardrobe and reflect their personality. I got a lot of no’s from department stores when I first started out until the buyers at Neiman’s and Bergdorf’s finally said yes! When I saw Ben-Amun in the Bergdorf’s window on 5th Avenue, I knew I was on to something and all my hard work was worth it! Soon after that, Ben-Amun was featured on the cover of Vogue which was a huge accomplishment!
C&C: Ben-Amun has become one of the top brands for bridal jewelry. What are your favorite styles for the big day? Should a bride go simple or more glamorous for her wedding? Do you think she should wear clear or colored jewels or classic pearls?
IM: I always say more is more! You only get one wedding (hopefully!) so why not make a statement? Crystal deco and pearls always go well together and look great layered. Adding some of our sapphire deco pieces is a cool way to tie in your something blue! Of course any bride’s choice should reflect her personal style, just a bit more glamorous.
C&C: What is the one piece of jewelry every woman should own? What are your must-haves for this season and as everyday staple pieces?
IM: Our gold watch link bracelet is a classic Ben-Amun piece that can be added to any every day outfit. A touch of gold makes any look more polished. A great classic pair of crystal chandelier earrings add a ton of glamour and are super flattering to the face for evening. A chunky short link necklace that will hold its own with sweaters and outerwear is a must have every Fall and this year, hand bracelets in particular are the hottest trend!
Shop the Ben-Amun collection here, and Ben-Amun Bridal here!