Divine Jewelry: Miracle Icons by Mary Jo Pane
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Mary Jo Pane's inspiring jewelry combines antique religious icons with a chic tarnished feel to bring a sense of coolness to spirituality. Her line has been featured in every top magazine: Elle, Rolling Stone, GQ, People, New York Times and more, with A-list clients including Bruce Springsteen, Anderson Cooper, and Patti Smith (see below for more). Put your faith back into the religion of fashion by going to Barney's Co-Op to purchase one of the heavenly designs.
What inspired you to begin a collection of religious icons to wear as jewelry?
A combination of being in NYC in the weeks after 9/11 attacks and a friends serious illness. I wanted to go back to my childhood make the saint jewelry that I had worn and make it cool.
Who are your ideal clients?
The spiritually evolved, including Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Anderson Cooper, Matthew McConaughhey, Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, Angel Corella, Bruce Weber, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal
What icons are most popular?
St Francis of Assisi, St Rita, St Anthony, St Joseph and of course St Christopher
Who were your favorite designers for Spring 2010 fashion, why?
Marc Jacobs because he has his vision and stay with it. Clements Ribeiro a visual treat to the eye and so darn feminine!
What are the must have items for the cold winter months? For the Spring?
Warm boots, cashmere, hat, scarf, gloves,and socks, lots of Kiehls Crème de Corps., Miracle Icons. Spring color and patterns, some classic leather pieces, great belt and an armload of Miracle Icon bracelets.
What current fashion trend would you do away with?
What is a significant fashion moment in your life?
Toss up between meeting Giorgio Armani at Barneys while making jewelry, and Versace Couture show at his palazzo Via Gesu Milan.
What are your favorite spots in New York, shopping and otherwise?
Barneys, Muji, Union Square Farmers Market, Madison Square Park, the reflecting pond at Lincoln Center, Bethesda Fountain, Gramercy Park,
Who are your favorite artists?
Cy Twombley, Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock
What one word describes your style?