Wednesday, June 26, 2013


I 'm in the middle of a new collection here at GALLERIA J ANTONIO  .
I get a wave of nostalga as I bring out my new collection  of Walrus Tusk Jewelry to the floor.

I remember the days on Madison Ave when all the jewelers sold the big - Ivory cuffs from RAJA INC .

Of course fashion and animal murder were merged and I was one of the first to stop selling Ivory at
816 Madison Ave and switched to Cow Bone, Walrus Tusk , and Boars Tusk --as well as plastics that had the look of Ivory .
 Diane Vreeland lived in her Ivory cuffs . The bigger the better .
  In the 70's ,Vogue had spread after spread every summer with Ivory Accessories , dripping next to Linen outfits.

I ran into Diana Vreeland upstairs near the Mike Todd room one summer night at Studio 54 .  I went over to her and knew her entourage would stop me so  I yelled out " Mrs Vreeland  !!!!  I am Jesse , I worked for Bob Gindi for years !!!    Bob's name got her to  stop and I had that majic moment to get her attention.  I followed, by saying
 "  I no longer work for BoB Gindi   .  I opened my own accessory shop J. Antonio- 39 Christopher Street Greenwich Village.  I would like to invite you to see my work .  "

 As I handed her my card she looked me stright in the eye and said "  The stu -dant (french accent)  learns from his master , and then he thinks he knows more than the master.  Is this the case ?   I quickly answered "  The studant learned , and surpassed the master because I also learned from his mistakes
 I took the best of GINDI  and made it better "

I waited years for her to show up or at least pass by my window, but , I never saw her again .

Oh well !!!!!
I want to belive that ,Diana Vreeland & Arthur Cook (Bergdorf Goodman Exective) and who lived accross the street, stood in my window and liked what they saw.

It's 2013 and I still hope clients stop by my window, and like, what they see
 and on occasion

Mrs Vreeland your taste and energy are missed in the world of accessiories.
You inspired me then , now and forever.