James Allen, a fashion designer whose jewelry has appeared on many high-profile brands, is one of the best in the business when it comes to creating a piece of jewelry that will stay with you for years to come.
Allen, who is best known for his work on “The Office” and “House of Cards,” told us that his collection of vintage pieces can be a lot of fun.
“The best thing is when you see the work and you see it in person, it’s just incredible,” Allen said.
“I was like, I can’t wait to do this,” Allen recalled. “
“When I was a kid, I had these really big, beautiful diamonds and I’d never seen anything like that. “
I was like, I can’t wait to do this,” Allen recalled.
“When I was a kid, I had these really big, beautiful diamonds and I’d never seen anything like that.
It was like a dream come true.”
In fact, Allen was able to pick up on the artistry behind his creations at a young age.
“My mom, who was a jeweler at the time, was always saying, ‘James, the best thing in the world is when a young girl is trying to do something,’ ” Allen said, recalling his mother’s comment.
“She was like the mother of modern jewelry.”
Allen’s jewelry has been featured in fashion magazines like Glamour and Cosmopolitan, and he has a knack for finding new and unique ways to incorporate vintage pieces into his designs.
He said that he always takes pride in his collection.
“People come up to me at shows and say, ‘What do you do for a living?’ and I’m like, what do you mean?
I’m the first person to think, ‘Oh, I’m doing this,'” Allen said of his collection, which he keeps to a small handful of the more than 1,000 pieces he’s created over the years.
“And that’s a very important thing to me, to have a unique piece.
I love the attention to detail, and the care with which I create each piece.
There’s a certain kind of respect that I have for the craftsmanship of the jewelry, and it’s a little bit of a gift to me.”
It’s no surprise that Allen loves his jewelry.
“He’s always been a collector, and this is what makes him so successful.
He’s always got the passion to get out and find what he’s looking for,” said Marc Guggenheim, Allen’s co-owner.
Allen said that his jewelry is “very unique and original,” but that he has also found the time to work on some more “modern” pieces, such as an 1894 Louis Vuitton watch that he is currently working on.
“It’s a vintage watch that’s so special, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything,” Allen told us.
“There are a lot more pieces out there that are pretty similar to what I’ve done.
I just wanted to give people something they would never get.”
Allen said his work has also been used by actors and actresses in the past.
“James is a very good example of someone who’s always looked at things differently,” Guggerheim said.
Allen also has an interest in the history of his own career, as well as in his personal life.
“All of his work is very personal and he’s a really good guy,” Gugaheim said of Allen.
“A lot of his stuff is like that, like, vintage, vintage pieces.
There are pieces that are very, very, vintage.
I think people are surprised to find a man of his caliber.”