Fashion + Jewelry: Andy Thê-Anh + Polar Bear Diamond

Here’s a story equal parts drive, ingenuity, and kismet. After a series of missed connections and mistaken identities, Reuben Tom Kee, creative director of Polar Bear Diamond, and Canadian fashion darling Andy Thê-Anh literally bumped into each other. Apologies and introductions led to the pitch Tom Kee had been waiting for: to incorporate one of his jewelry designs into one of Thê-Anh’s dresses. Thê-Anh considered the concept in relation to his collection. There was a dress that could accommodate it, with a few alterations. “Let’s do it,” he decided.

 

The collaboration capped two runway walks—at Montreal and Toronto Fashion Weeks, where the Fashion Design Council of Canada billed Thê-Anh as one of Canada’s fashionable Group of Seven—and led to an enhanced partnership: Polar Bear, which was the principal sponsor for Thê-Anh’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection, was also to sponsor the next two lines. Now that’s a fashion connection worth its wait.

 


This Andy Thê-Anh dress bakes the jewelry right in.

Photo courtesy of Reuben Tom Kee, Polar Bear Diamond

 


The deco-inspired design features 174 diamonds, 26.30 cts. t.w. Estimated retail value is $55,000 (not including the connector sections). Best part? It’s convertible and can be worn sans dress.

Photo courtesy of Reuben Tom Kee, Polar Bear Diamond

 

The Designers:

 


Fashion’s Andy Thê-Anh

Photo courtesy of Reuben Tom Kee, Polar Bear Diamond

 


Reuben Tom Kee, of Polar Bear Diamond, with TQS-TV news anchor and Quebec Cancer Foundation spokeswoman Estelle Begin. A portion of ticket proceeds from the fashion show went to QCF.

Photo courtesy of Reuben Tom Kee, Polar Bear Diamond

 


Polar Bear Diamond designs

Photo courtesy of Reuben Tom Kee, Polar Bear Diamond

 

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