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Gift Bag: The Czarina of 36th Street

On sale and in studio: Kimberly Baker’s brand new Russian Royalty-inspired collection

December 4, 2009


Maybe it’s the statue of Lenin just around the corner from her intimate boutique, but more likely it’s her love of literature and history. As wearably sophisticated and intelligently complex as ever, the new collection by Kimberly Baker borrows from Russian coronation decoration, heirloom gem-cutting techniques, and the dark, shadowy world of rich pageantry.

Giftees who love solid, weighty, but still dreamy, fairy tale-laden adornment crafted by local artisans for a world-wide audience will appreciate Baker’s collection now more than ever. The mixed-metal elements and engineered gem-like but gemless rock-solid looks with references to rose cut diamonds, laurel wreaths, and regal, gothic sorcery, conspire to create a sense of renewed vision and amped-up, cooler, prettier, and more-current-than-ever urgency to Baker’s line.

And lucky you, you can even score a deal on it.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 5th, a storewide savings of 20% is in effect. Cruise the slideshow for some of my favorite views from inside the shop, but know this: Mimosas will flow, customizable elements await your genius personalization efforts, and Baker will be on hand to offer insight and gift-buying guidance as the spirit of Catherine the Great watches over it all.


In the mood for more locally made jewelry, and jewelers? Tis the season after all. Across town, also on Saturday, at A Mano, our fav First Ave shoe store will host Baker’s contemporary, Jaime Joseph. In-store get-togethers like Bakers as well as the ring-maker’s trunkshow offer a chance for really enlightened shopping. You understand the process, the piece, and the backstory, and the gift — whether to you, your mom, your beloved, or your baby sis — has that much more meaning.

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