The response to Jose Bribiesca‘s architectural inspired jewellery wasn’t always a positive one. When he first began, his quirky, bespoke designs were slow to find their place, a little sci-fi looking and peculiarly futuristic, José was told he was way ahead of his time. “Come back in 50 years,” his naysayers said. Fast forward 50 years and the Texas-born, New Zealand-bred craftsman has since inspired the world over with his ingenious rings, having securely found his place amongst the jewellery cognoscenti. To celebrate Bribiesca’s half-century crafting imaginative pieces, WORLD — the retail store cum cabinet of curiosities — will be showcasing an exhibition of his works, with a guest appearance from the man himself.
This Thursday, at its Tyler Street flagship, the avant-garde fashion house will present a range of Bribesca’s innovative designs, including a limited collection of collectable rings that have been created especially for the event. A José Bribescia piece is instantly recognisable. His first métier — 40 years working in the architectural field — lends itself to the angular, chromed structures that have come to be the craftsman’s calling card. Perspex details in a melange of saturated hues adorn the constructions, creating unlikely jewellery that is at once simple and striking, clunky yet feminine.
If it’s the quirky and the captivating that lights your fire, it’s without a doubt that this utterly unique collection is worth delving into. And with a collection of limited, collectable works that are available for sale on a first come, first served basis, alongside a chance to meet José himself, this one night only event is set to be one to remember.
The José Bribiesca exhibition will take place at the WORLD store on Thursday 23rd August 2018, from 5pm – 8pm. To RSVP, click here.
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