Favorite things of jewelry designer Maria Tash

Favorite things of jewelry designer Maria Tash

    (Maria Tash)

(Maria Tash)

Since opening her first piercing studio in Manhattan’s East Village in 1993, where she specialized in navel jewelry, Maria Tash has come a long way.

It now owns 12 stores around the world, from Los Angeles to Dubai, Miami to Kuwait, and is planning its Fall 2022 collection which will be released in October.

Inspired by the London punk and goth era of the seventies and eighties, the New York designer is a master of creating fine jewelry with a twist. From the placement of the piercings to the jewelry themselves, he translated this aesthetic into something more delicate. Tash explains: “When I started piercing, there was only very industrial body jewelry, thick steel rings and barbells available. I wanted to intersect the world of piercing with high jewelry.”

The designer has always been obsessed with layered garments that complement each other, a concept that was first introduced to her as a teenager: “As a teenager, I developed a love for multiple ear piercings and fell in love with images. of Indian weddings and their elaborate multiple lobe, cartilage, nostril and septal jewels ”.

    (Maria Tash)

(Maria Tash)

No wonder she is famous for her skill in shaping unusually positioned piercings to suit a client based on the anatomy and taste of the ear, a system she has patented as Curated Ear. And the options are endless.

Whether you are looking for a yellow gold ear climber with pearls, a pair of delicate diamond hoops or an opal nipple barbell, its brand is based on the use of body manipulation as a celebration of personal expression and self-expression. individuality, a concept that is close to the designer’s heart.

We caught up with Tash to talk about jewelry, style, and of course her favorite things.

What are you doing right now?

I recently opened a store in Dallas and Los Angeles. Working on the design of these stores was a lot of fun for me and my team. I also worked on the Fall 2022 collection which will be in store and online later this year, which took years of work with a theme that is personal and exciting to me.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry you own?

My Van Cleef & Arpels Charms 18k watch with graduated diamonds that accentuate the bezel and bracelet with pavé diamonds. I admire the charm mechanism that allows for robust 360-degree movement around the bezel.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry in your current collection?

My floating diamond tassel earrings are so special and my favorite. They are light, full of sparkle and movement and have a lot of pear-shaped diamonds which is one of my favorite shapes. I wear them every day, in my lobes or in the helix when I want them to act as a supporting actor to an even bigger pair of earrings in my first holes.

    (Maria Tash)

(Maria Tash)

Do you have a favorite gemstone?

Diamonds. I am obsessed with finding diamonds with a spectacular return of light that can be worn continuously and that look amazing no matter where the day takes you.

When you started your business in 1993, are you seeing the return of 90s and Noughties jewelry trends?

In the 1990s, the perception of piercing and jewelry was more extreme than it is today. It was more of shock than beauty. Today I am known for innovative designs and thoughtful mechanisms that allow for continuous wear. I don’t think of piercing as a trend, but I have noticed a shift in attitude towards being more inclusive and accepting the modification of the body as a whole.

Ear piercings, especially multiple lobe and cartilage placements are popular. I coined the term Curated Ear which is the idea that people can mix and match jewelry based on their personal style and ear anatomy. It’s all about self-expression.

What inspired you for the first time to start a jewelry line?

My love for jewelry and passion for piercings existed from a young age. It started as a child, rummaging through my mother’s jewelry, box and draperies on myself. I remember in my teens attaching studded necklaces between the ears, creating a hanging ear-to-ear effect and wrapping the wire between two fingers to create a two-finger ring.

In the 90s, navel piercings intrigued me and I wanted to create beautiful custom jewelry for that area of ​​the body that paved the way for a full collection and eventually opening my first shop in Manhattan’s East Village. .

How would you describe your personal style?

I really enjoy putting together shirts, skirts, belts and coats in ways never seen before. I rarely wear a single designer and have a lot of fun creatively combining the work of many people to enhance my silhouette. I love mixing soft chiffon silks with suede, cashmere and leathers in the form of belts and straps with an emphasis on the waist for an effective soft vs hard juxtaposition of fabrics.

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What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?

I am very fond of different tailored coats. In the winter months, I actually plan what I wear under my coat based on the coat color I want to wear that day. I’ve been getting clothes made for me for a couple of years now and it’s so fun for me to select the fabric, adapt the shape of a pattern to my taste as I try the muslin version first and then the final item in the intended fabric fit perfectly to my body. This procedure is not unusual for men with tailored suits, but for women it is not common as we are not offered that service.

What is an object you can’t live without?

My Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani lipstick usually in shade 503 or 102. Even when I rest my lashes from wearing mascara every day, I don’t feel ready to go out without this matte lipstick. I feel pale and undressed without it.

    (Maria Tash)

(Maria Tash)

What is the highlight of your career?

It is difficult to choose a single moment! I am very proud of my largest store to date, the Melrose Place headquarters in Los Angeles. It is over 6000 square feet and has a large sculpture of an iconic three-pointed eternity ring that extends from the first floor and appears to pierce the second floor. I was also deeply honored that Rihanna wore me to the MET Gala in 2021.

How do you find time for yourself on a busy schedule?

I usually go for a night walk in Manhattan when it’s not that busy to relax and do that kind of mild but very healthy exercise on weekdays. Then I can also listen to my motivational videos as I walk, without interruption. When I get home I take a shower, put on my silk pajamas and watch about 30 minutes of a classic movie (mostly from the 30s and 40s). I brew a specially formulated herbal tea by my acupuncturist and put La Mer neck and décolleté cream on before bed.

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