Keeping Up With the Kalans: Talking to Mother-Daughter Duo Suzanne Kalan and Patile Kalandjian



Behind the scenes with the women who are bringing baguettes back in a big way Suzanne Kalan has always been enamored of baguettes—those slim, rectangular cuts of gems often lined up like soldiers, in perfect uniformity. But the designer longed to liberate them from their relentlessly organized settings. Kalan saw those rows as sets of dominoes yearning to be knocked down. “I love baguettes,” she says, “but I thought, What can we do with them that’s not so typical?”  Kalan upended their prim queues, tilting and angling them to transform what was orderly and tidy into something kinetic—unruly, but undeniably elegant. From afar it can look like a simple baguette bangle. But the flashes of light it sparks suggest what you see when you get closer: individual diamonds of varied shades and hues, all askew. In the process, Kalan started a riot. Her innovations—such as transpa
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