The A-List Life: Jacob & Co.’s Jacob Arabo Dishes on His Celeb Clients

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 1.03.47 PMJay-Z and Beyoncé don’t give just anyone a shout-out, but one listen of their hit “Upgrade U”, and you’ll hear them name-drop a certain Jacob the Jeweler — otherwise known as A-list jewelry designer Jacob Arabo. The man behind Jacob & Co. — whose wow-factor watches are available on Gilt today — is known for encrusting his signature pieces with blinding doses of diamonds, and we got the inside scoop on his go-to inspirations, his life motto, and his most extravagant design yet.

StyleFile: What is the most memorable custom design you’ve created for a client?
Jacob Arabo:
One of my most memorable custom designs was the result of a collaboration with Pharrell Williams and the renowned artist, Takashi Murakami, for the Design Fair in Basel. Pharrell asked if I might design some special pieces (there were a total of 7) that reflected some of his favorite things. The resulting pieces were very well received and sold for a high amount and then were generously donated by the buyer to the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. I was honored to be asked to take part in this project and had great fun bringing these pieces to life.

SF: When did you first become interested in designing jewelry and watches?  What were your initial inspirations?
JA:
Ever since I was child, I had an insatiable creative vision. I would see images and designs in my mind and seek innovative ways to bring them to life. By age sixteen, I found my passion in jewelry design. Jewelry is art, not only in the way that it is pleasing to the eyes like a still life, or a sculpture, but also in the way that is sensual to the touch, and takes on different lives with different wearers.

Nature, in particular, has always played an influential role in my creative processes, from my early designs to my new Jacob’s Web collection. Traveling keeps my inspiration alive. The more I travel, the more I see the wonders our world has to offer. As long as there is more of the world to see, my creative visions will never end.

SF: What is the most over-the-top piece you’ve ever designed?
JA:
I would say the most over-the-top jewelry pieces that I have created to this point, are the gold and diamond glove and bolero jacket from the Rare Touch collection. In creating these pieces I had to take into consideration not only the design, materials and aesthetics, but the also the fit and comfort of the wearer. Unlike earrings or a necklace that may lay stationary, these pieces are meant to move in sync with the natural movement of the wearer, making the design process more complex, but the final product all the more mesmerizing.

My latest watch masterpiece is the Astronomia Tourbillon. I wanted to create a timepiece with a modern, innovative twist on the astronomical roots of horology. While conventional astronomical complications trace the real-life movements of our planets, I focused on the vision of the movement, placing every element of the Astronomia Tourbillon in constant, visible motion, all under the control of the oscillator at the heart of the tourbillon. Through combining sophisticated watchmaking with the highest level of horological arts, the movements of Astronomia Tourbillon gives the wearer the feeling of looking up with wonder at the night sky.

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Summer Photo Diary: Tucker’s Gaby Basora Shares Her Favorite Snaps

With Labor Day just around the corner, we’re saying our last goodbyes to summer and reminiscing on a season well spent with help from one of our favorite designers, Gaby Basora, the eclectic-cool mind behind NYC It brand Tucker — back on Gilt today. The dyed-in-the-wool free spirit has lived everywhere from Seattle to Amsterdam, but Basora kicked back in the breezy coastal weather of her northeastern stomping grounds, hitting up family picnics, museum shows, and the go-kart track. Check out some of her favorite personal photos, featuring the designer in signature, print-splashed Tucker pieces you can score for yourself in our sale.

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go kart-Go-karting upstate in Hillsdale, NY-

surf lesson- Surf lesson at Coreyswave in Montauk with great teacher, John -

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Fall Fashion: Style Advice from Alice + Olivia Designer Stacey Bendet

If her Instagram account is any indication, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has mastered the #OOTD. Her personality-packed looks are a constant source of inspiration, so we tapped her to share some outfitting tips based on her favorite fall pieces. Check out the video, then shop all of Stacey’s picks — think leather-trimmed tops, graphic houndstooth coats, and glitter novelty sweaters — in our sale today to get a jump start on a seriously stylish season.

 

 

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#HankyPankyLove: Lingerie Worth Obsessing Over (Plus, Win $500 Vouchers for You & a Friend!)

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Hanky Panky‘s cult following is myriad — and what do you expect from the brand behind “The World’s Most Comfortable Thong”? From their signature, low-rise skivvies to flirty PJ sets — all available on Gilt now — there’s plenty to obsess over, so we enlisted Hanky Panky’s biggest devotees (AKA our members) to share the #HankyPankyLove and tell us why they can’t get enough. And we’re taking the love story to the next level with an exclusive prize: $500 vouchers for you and a friend (runner-up prize: two $250 vouchers). Enter today and up your luck by sharing your entry: For every friend who enters through your invite, you’ll receive an additional shot to win. See official guidelines here.

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