[Fashion & Styling] Michael Spirito's Glam, Punk, and Art Deco Jewelry


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Top:  Michael Spirito Jewelry featured in Vanidades | Bottom:  Michael styling a lookbook & setting stone


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A reunion with college friends brought Michael Spirito Jewelry to my radar again.  I say again because Michael is BFFs with some of my dearest friends, so I knew about his jewelry since its debut in 2001. In the earlier years of operating my boutique, I had seriously thought about adding the line to my assortment, but truth be known, it was too expensive and too punk for my clientele at the time.  Now, having seen, in person, the gorgeous pieces he wore during our night out, and subsequently, researching further into his recent and current collections, I came to realize two points: 1) True talents never fade, they evolve; and 2) timing is everything. In retrospect, with his jewelry now infused with more glam, and at a lower price point, it could have been a great addition for the store.      

This obviously has not fazed Michael, as he has plenty of wholesale accounts from both prestigious specialty and department stores.  Most recently, Henri Bendel just hosted a lavish trunk show for MS Jewelry.  The media and celebrities also can't seem to get enough of him.  Just this year alone, Michael's jewelry has graced the covers of Elle (Bulgaria edition), Lucky, Nylon (Japan edition), and Vanidades. British songbird/actress Paloma Faith, Nicole Ritchie, and Gwen Stefani are also fans.  

In spite of all his success, Michael is the most unpretentious designer.  In the following interview, I'm trying to give you a glimpse of what I see- talented, passionate, and ultra-sweet guy!  


Q:  How did you become a designer?
A:  I have been an artist all my life. Since a very young age I was experimenting with different mediums of art such as sculpture, photography and painting. I began dabbling with metals at around the age of 15. This is when I realized that metal smithing and jewelry design/making was the vehicle I wanted to express my talent with. 

Q:  Describe your design aesthetics in 3 words?
A:  Glam Punk Deco

Q:  Where do you find your inspiration (s)?
A:  I find inspiration for my work in many of the same places other designers do. Museums, books, travel etc. I however take these inspirations and project them into my own point of view. My upbringing from a very large Irish/Italian Catholic family has definitely Influenced me and continues to inspire me every day of my life.

Q:  What differentiates your line from the pack?
A:  It is very important to me to not only be the Designer but to also be the Creator. There are not many jewelry companies left in America that can say everything is designed and hand made by the designer in New York City. Along with my forward designs and fine craftmanship I believe all these attributes set me apart from the rest out there. 

Q:  What do you love the most about your job?
A: What I most like about my work is the forever learning process and creative freedom I am blessed with. 

Q:  What is your biggest guilty pleasure in life?
A: My biggest guilty pleasure in life is Italian food. I can cook, eat and travel thousands of miles to experience it without it ever ground tired.




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