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
BUY . BUY BUY!
You inspired me then , now and forever.