"I’ve always had a sunglass obsession."
Pamela Love is a CFDA Award-winning jewelry designer, but she makes aesthetic improvements to more than just your collarbones. Her Tumblr showcases her inspiration: fungus, rock candy-bright gemstones, various old things, arrowheads, and flowering skulls, which have so far wound up on jewelry, design collaborations with Marchesa, Topshop, and Opening Ceremony, an online vintage store, and of course, on NYC’s coolest streets. (Love is an O.G. New Yorker.)
Whatever she does, it’s with a mix of rock ‘n’ roll and mysticism, and she’s now bringing that aesthetic to your face. Love has recently announced a way exciting eyewear collaboration with Selima Optique, which will feature two iconic styles priced just under $400: Sophie, a curved wayfarer style, and Allison, a retro cat-eye. We had a quick chat with Love over the weekend while she held a meet-and-greet and Barneys (Brooklyn, natch) to talk about the expansion of business. (She also recently launched Pamela Love Fine, a decidedly more delicate range of fine jewelry that launched in February with 28 pieces.)
Which celebrity or historical figure would you most love to see wear your jewelry?
Neil Young or Georgia O’Keeffe.
What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
Gold and silver, turquoise, opal, and diamonds.
Why did you decide to launch Pamela Love Fine?
Our customer is growing up and as the brand expands we are reaching new audiences, including those who have a love of fine jewelry. Launching fine really brings a different, more elevated element to the brand.
And why eyewear?
I’ve always had a sunglass obsession – my collection of vintage eyewear is almost as large as my antique jewelry collection. I’ve always dreamed of designing my own and I’ve always been a huge fan of Selmia Optique. The first big purchase I made when I moved to NY in 2001 was a pair of Selima sunglasses.
Are the two styles Allison and Sophie named after anyone in particular?
Two of my first employees who embody the collection.
What is something besides sunglasses and jewelry that you never leave the house without?
Lots of jewelry.
Do you have any rules when it comes to layering jewelry?
Don’t be afraid to mix metals.