There is a secret child within all of us and one of the things that seem to be a common thread amongst all kids, of any age, and that is we all love a treasure hunt. Then if you add the unexpected pleasure of being in the presence of one of the great unsung heroes of the fashion jewelry business ... well then …. This was an experience that needed to be recorded in words. The hours spent at CJS will interest those who have more than just a superficial interest in fashion. By this, I mean for those who have a great respect for fashion and design as well as those who possess a deep and abiding interest about the history of fashion including the pioneers who were the foundation of what it is today.
From Wikipedia... With the advent of the Mod period (1960’s) came "Body Jewelry". Carl Schimel of Kim Craftsmen Jewelry was at the forefront of this style. The Boston Museum Of Fine Art recently displayed Carl Schimel's "Chastity Belt" created in 1969 in their "When High Fashion Inhaled The '60s—'Hippie Chic'
Their business is structured as a “go to” destination in a way that allows for literal total immersion and exploration of materials. Imagine in this day and age being able to buy raw materials or even ready-made items that are sold by the pound. Please keep in mind that this is not a tourist or entertainment destination but literally a hidden treasure that is buried in a nondescript building on one of the many streets that were once part of the millinery/garment center of NYC. They cater to “the trade” as it is aptly named!
Big thanks to CJS Findings, Carl and Elyse, for welcoming me into your amazing world….