Laura Lobdell, an artist, applies the language of her art, the use of every day objects, to jewelry design as a way for her collectors to tell their story.
Precious metal versions of Champagne Bottlecaps, the Champers Collection is a signature of Laura Lobdell, a symbol of love and a reminder to celebrate every day. Each piece is signed, copyrighted, hand crafted in New York and perfect for personalization with hand engraved monograms and diamond bubbles.
Things began with The "Guitar Pick," which was originally made for musician friends who played in the Village. They would lose their picks, and call out to the crowd for quarters or nickels as substitutes. Laura sculpted guitar picks in silver and threaded them with leather to be worn around the players' necks, which their girlfriends promptly pinched to adorn themselves, creating a need for more. Laura added four related pieces to create a collection titled "Five Easy Pieces," presented in decoupage black cigar boxes: a RunoverBeerBottleCap, Bullet, Piano Key (from an antique Steinway), and the Slab ID bracelet.
Requests from women for jewelry styles in a similar whimsical vein were answered with what have become Laura Lobdell classics: "Bubbles Royale," a bubble wand in sterling silver or gold that comes with liquid bubbles, the "Match Stick Necklace," packaged in a match box illustrated with "You're My Match," and the "Champers Ring and Collection."
An avid vintage and textile collector, Laura developed a hand-knotting technique with ocean-washed silk, to create the first "Seeds of Silk" collection. New color stories emerge seasonally, including "Champagne Gypsy," "Paisley" and "Capri."
Please accept our invitation to visit 183 1/8 West 10th Street to experience Laura Lobdell's work - and to give Enso a treat. If you see a "Gone for Bubbles" sign in the window, simply call 646.272.8483 (we're likely just around the corner).
For additional details, 111 Shops in New York That You Must Not Miss, authors Susan Lusk and Mark Gabor describe Laura Lobdell at 183 1/8 West Tenth Street in New York City's storied West Village, below courtesy of the authors and publishers Emons.