Do you wear a lot of jewelry? Do you want to wear non-gaudy, contemporary, timeless jewelry that lacks an association with gender? I have something for you!
It’s a brand called ALL_BLUES, a Swedish designer brand from duo Fredrik Nathorst and Jacob Skragge. Their wears are all understated, intriguing take on classics. Instead of a little bangle for your wrist, they’ve hammered and polished the idea of the basic bracelet into a shiny flat C. They do an excellent job toying with shape and finishes, like beveling a ring and carving off metal to form a bracelet. There is a slightly unfinished quality to them that lands in the brands’ minimalism. They are fundamental pieces, unadorned and unblemished, a quality that would frustrate most of our parents and QVC shoppers and any other person who craves embellishments on their everything.
You should also know that ALL_BLUES and Acne have collaborated in the past, creating an irresistible Swedish synergy that might make your brain implode. The pieces with Acne were extremely streamlined and matte and, while similar, were different enough that they made sense as a spinoff series. (While most of the pieces have since been bought, you can find some of their stuff on Acne sale racks. Y’all get on that.)
2015 was a breakout year for the brand but, considering their recent showing at Paris Fashion Week and being named Elle (Sweden’s) accessories designers of the year, 2016 is going to be even bigger for them. Check out their latest collection on their website and be on the lookout for them because they will absolutely be popping up everywhere very, very shortly. (Because they currently aren’t being sold in the US yet.)