Sight Unseen Goes Retail

When we started this website two years ago today, we had no idea we’d end up here — debuting a webshop stocked with jewelry and other wearable objects, often designed exclusively for us and frequently one of a kind, all created by some of the most exciting designers and artists we’ve had the pleasure of working with. And yet we couldn’t be more proud of this development. Today we launch the Sight Unseen Shop, an online retail space that’s been months in the making as we worked tirelessly behind the scenes, hashing out the contributors, figuring what amazing wares they’d sell with us, and how it might best be presented online (thanks Studio Lin!). Inspired by the success of our pop-up during this year’s Noho Design District, we set about assembling a group of designers who were using — or interested in using — jewelry as a way to experiment with techniques and materials, and who didn’t necessarily have a platform by which to sell those experiments.

While we may be biased, the results, we think, are stunning, including an African-inspired copper chest-plate by London designer Simone Brewster, hand-braided leather necklaces by Bec Brittain, and the first-ever jewelry piece by interiors superstar Rafael de Cardenas. Follow the link to view those works and more by the likes of Jim Drain, Kiel Mead, ConfettiSystem, Katy Krantz & Caitlin Mociun, Study O Portable, Fredericks & Mae, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Kristin Victoria Barron, Renata Abbade, Iacoli & McAllister, Silva/Bradshaw, Philippe Malouin, and Tanya Aguiñiga — with many more still yet to come.

Iacoli & McAllister’s Necklace No. Ultra. Photo by Paul Barbera

Simone Brewster’s Metropolis:4 necklace. Photo by Paul Barbera

Silva/Bradshaw’s Olla RingPhoto by Paul Barbera