New York City. Oct. 9, 2020. When Jesse Marlo Lazowski, founder and creative director of Marlo Laz Jewelry, unveiled her Tie Dye jewelry collection, it was (not surprisingly) an instant hit. In retrospect, however, Tie Dye now seems like a wearable dose of happiness delivered to us by serendipity. Who couldn’t use a little punch of kaleidoscopic color and boho-chic vibes in these Covid-19 times?
The DNA of the collection speaks the worldly and vividly colorful spirit of the brand (who isn’t familiar with Lazowski’s whimsical Porte Bonheur pieces?) while honoring the origins of tie dye.
“Tie dye first appeared in Peru is 500 AD, then in Asia in the 8th century in the form of Shibori,” says the designer. (Shibori is a Japanese method of dying fabric. “In the modern Western sense, tie dye is emblematic of the 1960s and of peace, free love, revolution, and freedom. From a fashion standpoint, I’ve collected tie dye pieces throughout the years from Prada, Valentino, The Elder Statesman, and Proenza Shouler.”
Specifically, though, Lazowski’s travels through Puglia, Italy, a few summers ago is the more immediate inspiration for Tie Dye. She spied some incredible tie-dye plates that gave birth to a vision of pendant necklaces. Awareness of Italian paper marbling techniques, too, may have had a little influence.
“As far as I am aware, no one has ever made a piece of Tie Dye fine jewelry before,” she continues. “It’s really unlike anything that’s ever been on the market, and I think that’s why people were so blown away by the collection.”
The collection includes large and mini-size Tie Dye pendants and necklaces as well as signet rings and earrings. A trio of color palettes feature Lavender, Celeste, and Dove, with three distinct patterns dubbed Aurora, Spiral, and Mandala. All pieces are made in 14k gold while the enamel designs are hand painted, making each one unique. And a bonus in these hyperpolitical and “I’m speaking” times? A woman is the force behind each and every creation.
“Tie Dye pieces are hand painted by our incredibly talented female enamel artist in New York,” says Lazowski. “The entire production of the collection, from start to finish, takes place in New York.”
The gemstone palette, meanwhile, is drawn from the enamel colors found in the collection. “In the Celeste color palette, we use tanzanite, aquamarine, and peridot,” Lazowski explains. “For Dove, we use black diamonds and garnet. And with Lavender, we pair pink and orange sapphire.”
Tie Dye is in stores now and available for special order on the Marlo Laz website. Retail prices start at $1,400.
Tie Dye Lavender signet ring in 14k yellow gold with pink and orange sapphires by Marlo Laz, $2,930; available online at Marissa Collections
Tie Die necklace in 14k yellow gold with gemstones by Marlo Laz, $3,920; a similar one with tanzanite and peridot is available online at Net-a-porter
Mini Tie Dye earrings in 14k yellow gold with tanzanite, aquamarine, peridot, and diamonds by Marlo Laz, $4,200; available online at Ylang23
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