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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

If you’re a jewelry professional attending the big Las Vegas trade shows next week, come visit me during my debut at JCK’s LUXURY show! I’ll be at booth LUXEE 28, part of the INTERVISION experience in the Elite Enclave Ballroom at Mandalay Bay. You’ll be able to see my Maneater rings in person. You’ll also […]

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Monday, December 14, 2015

In 2010, I wrote about a Wall Street Journal story by Christina Binkley called “The Problem With Being a Trendsetter.” It was about how small designers’ products get ripped off by companies that can afford to mass-manufacture cheap versions of signature designs. (Two years later, this would happen to me with Topshop.) Binkley’s story mentioned Elle […]

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I’m sad to see that Patricia Field is closing her eponymous store. I used to browse there when I was in high school; I couldn’t afford to buy anything, but I liked to look. Back then, the store was located on East 8th Street. My most memorable visit was on July 31, 1984, when my […]

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I’m not a big fan of fast fashion, but I do like this H&M ad. It does strike me as a bit odd that this was done to promote H&M’s clothes-recycling program. Companies like H&M popularized disposable fashion in the first place and now they’re trying to look noble by offering a quasi-solution to the […]

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Several recent articles have grabbed my attention for various reasons — sometimes, unpleasant reasons. Starting out on the bright side, I enjoyed the Wall Street Journal’s story about how Janis Joplin came to write the acapella song, “Mercedes Benz.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE WSJ STORY ABOUT JANIS JOPLIN. As a designer, I’m always interested […]

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Friday, September 5, 2014

If you lived in New York City in the 1980s, you might be familiar with a nightclub called Area. From 1983 to 1987, Area transformed itself every six weeks or so to express different themes, which included Night, Gnarly, Surrealism and Suburbia. (I went there just once while I was in college and I felt […]

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I’m happy to announce that Jewel Gallery in El Paso, Texas, is now carrying my social-media-inspired WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line! Celina Ortega, the gorgeous sales manager at Jewel Gallery, came across my work in JCK Magazine and — voilà! — I’m in Texas. Here’s a peek at the store. This spot looks cozy. […]

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

This photo was taken during my senior year of high school (1984/1985). The oversize sweatshirt was from a New York Store store called American High. It had a Camp Beverly Hills kind of vibe and put its “American High” seal on basics like sweatshirts, t-shirts and high-top sneakers. Earlier this week, my sister reminded me […]

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that my parents are moving out of my childhood home in New Jersey. They’re clearing out all their old stuff, so I visited last weekend to take a look around. I couldn’t believe some of the things I found! Just last month I was trying to figure out when I’d […]

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The reaction to my “romantic, gothic, alien” jewelry that I hear (and enjoy) the most is, “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life.” Other jewelers gasp when they see that my golden egg locket opens to reveal a tiny, diamond-eyed silver chicken … which, in turn, opens to reveal three gold eggs. I […]

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