His new role? The jewelry market director at luxury retail site Moda Operandi.
The site is known for its virtual trunk shows, allowing consumers to shop complete designer collections or a highly curated assortment of pieces handpicked for the most discerning and sophisticated of shoppers. Where sales might be sluggish for traditional jewelry retailers, fine jewelry is said to move apace on Moda—buyers have a knack for spotting emerging talent and hard-to-find luxury jewels, and Kahn’s expertise will help shape the direction for fall and the upcoming holiday season.
With Kahn’s input, Moda has added three new fine jewelry lines to its stable of designers (which also includes Daniela Villegas, Maria Canale, and many other JCK editor favorites). Kahn chose key pieces to include in each trunk show after spotting them during Las Vegas Jewelry Week and, below, shares what influenced the team to land on this exquisite fall lineup.
“Single Stone specializes in restored engagement rings and wedding bands, and we wanted to explore the bridal jewelry market with atypical bridal styles,” says Kahn. “I’m a fan of vintage-style diamonds, old mine cuts, and rose cuts seen across the assortment. I believe the most fresh look in diamond jewelry is antique. Old is new again.”
“I was inspired by Christie’s Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction,” says Kahn. “Between the influence of the sale and my love of Indian jewelry design, the use of seed pearls in this collection really felt unique. The craftsmanship is so evident in each stitched pearl.”
“Loren’s collection feels timeless because of the age-old techniques she employs,” says Kahn. “Her pieces, while modern, are wearable. At the same time, they wouldn’t feel out of place on Cleopatra.”
Top: A highlight from the Moksh online trunk show now live on Moda Operandi: Taantvi Teardrop ring in 18k yellow gold with full- and rose-cut diamonds, natural rubies, and Japanese keshi pearls handwoven with a silk thread, $7,380
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