Jewelry designer Lauryn Flynn draws inspiration for KNIGHT$ OF NEW YORK jewelry from a motley assortment of sources, and this unique vision results in an equally individual collection of baubles. We talked with the designer about her inspiration, as well as the meaning behind the symbols in her line.
SHOPBOP: You've worked at some of the top houses in fashion, and you've styled some of Hollywood's most famous faces. What made you decide to launch your own jewelry collection?
LAURYN FLYNN: At Calvin Klein and Burberry, I was constantly surrounded by world-class designers, beautiful people, and luxurious products. After having a Jerry Maguire-esque conversation with myself, I decided to take a break from the luxury business to begin designing one-of-a-kind custom clothing and jewelry. I started selling my designs to my friends and celebrity clients, and KNIGHT$ OF NEW YORK was born.
SB: Tell us about the inspiration behind KNIGHT$ OF NEW YORK?
LF: I see jewelry as an expression of oneself, like a favorite tattoo that you can put on and take off. I wanted to create a jewelry line that embodied confidence, uniqueness, and individuality. Whoever wears my jewelry, I want them to become fearless. I am slightly obsessed with and inspired by Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, Tank Girl, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Max, the character from Where the Wild Things Are. I basically took all these inspirations, threw them into a blender, mixed in some cool, and out came KNIGHT$ OF NEW YORK.
SB: Your brand has four pillars: armor, shield, sword, and stone. What is the significance of each of these?
LF: Armor represents strength, shield stands for protection, sword is for the warrior, and stone signifies inner beauty. The armor and shield pillars are designed to protect the wearer from negativity and life's everyday challenges. The sword and stone pillars are designed to inspire confidence and make the wearer feel stronger and more powerful.
SB: There's a protective element to the symbols you include in each collection. What made you take that approach to design?
LF: Confidence is everything. Without it you can feel vulnerable, unprotected, fearful, or alone. With confidence, you can be strong, fearless, unstoppable, a warrior. Take the Bleeker Armor Collar Necklace, the Jane Sword & Stone Earrings, or the Lafayette Armor Pendant for example. To people on the outside looking in, these items might appear as just another piece of jewelry. I wanted to give the person wearing the jewelry an internal confidence that no one else can see but you. Be strong and feel protected without ever saying a word.
SB: What are some of your favorite pieces from this collection?
LF: I live for the Bowery Shield Necklace, the St. Marks Armor Cuff, and the Mulberry Sword & Stone Cuff because I think they're so badass. I wear them every day with everything. That's the beauty of this brand. You can keep the jewelry nice and shiny and dress up an outfit for a night on the town and a red carpet appearance, or you can wear KNIGHT$ OF NEW YORK every day and bang around and let it get dirty. I also love the rings. I wear them all together, and I think it looks killer.
Remember, at the end of the day, you wear your jewelry. Your jewelry should not wear you.
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