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71 ?5th Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.Australian designer Nora Kogan’s path to owning a shop in Brooklyn is as twisted as one of her signature pieces. Born in Odessa, Russia, and raised in Melbourne, Kogan lived in Austria, Italy, and Japan (with summer visits to the Moscow country­side) before settling in New York City in 2001. “My jewelry reflects my eclectic upbringing,” she says. “It shows a connection to my Russian past…to folk­loric passions. But I also love medieval jewelry, the refined Japanese aesthetic. And I’ve always been taken with surrealism.” Her Park Slope space, which she’s co-owned since 2009 with longtime partner Karen Mancuso (left, with Kogan), is a fitting reflection of her singular style, with kangaroo skins, vintage jewels, and Brooklyn graffiti coexisting in gor­geously imperfect harmony.Hands OnKogan likes to display her jewels using offbeat props. Dise
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