We first met Soldano at his family restaurant La Giostra in Florence, Italy in 2002. Ever since, we’ve been completely enamored with his arms-length of cuffs and bangles, which he never takes off. Stacked to the max, each of Soldano’s bracelets tells a story of where he’s been and makes for a colorful representation of his lifetime journeys. Get inspired by Soldano’s use of arm jewelry and individualize your look:
Think you have travel troubles? Check out DANNIJO designer Danielle Snyder featured in the New York Times for her hilarious account of traveling with jewelry. Danielle is pictured in the Gavina necklace, Ryan back-purse, and Doma cuff, the perfect pieces for a traveler chic look. See below for the full story.
“My sister Jodie and I are always traveling for work. As jewelry designers, we need to go to a lot of shows. We can’t pack lightly and usually bring about four suitcases filled with our work.
Most of our stuff is made from heavy materials and metals. So part of the routine for us when we fly is getting stopped by security. Our jewelry sets off the alarms, and we’ve become accustomed to arriving early to go through private screenings. Most of the time, it’s not a hassle. We’ve got it down to a science and know how to unpack and repack our bags with little effort, even though I’m the worst packer ever.
On our recent trip to a Paris trade show, we were stopped at security and asked to empty our bags. I didn’t really think twice about it. But somehow, this experience seemed a little different. One of the agents walked over to another agent and they started whispering to each other. Both gentlemen came back, and one of them then told us that it seemed that we were carrying a very dangerous object.
My sister and I just said, “Huh?” Of course, we were a little concerned, thinking that maybe someone stuck something in one of our bags when we weren’t looking.
One of the agents then started to unpack our bags. Though our jewelry is sturdy, he was a little rough with the stuff. I kept asking what he was looking for and then the object in question finally appeared. It was our Cosima necklace. It’s a really bold piece of jewelry, with large, metal triangular spikes.
My sister and I looked at each other and breathed a huge sigh of relief. We started laughing and explained to the two male agents that it was just a necklace from our collection, not a weapon of mass destruction. I even modeled it.
They didn’t think we were funny. And they thought we were lying. The agents couldn’t believe someone would wear it, and one agent kept repeating that he believed it was a weapon. He even tried to prick his finger on one of the spikes. He told us the piece was going to be confiscated. At this point, we were frantic.
I tried to explain that we were jewelry designers going to a trade show, and this was simply a piece from our collection. I tried to put up a convincing argument, and so did my sister. But the agents weren’t buying it. The next thing I know a few other guards came over and started to try and take apart some of our pieces. My sister and I were freaking out.
But then a few women guards came over to assist. One of the women started digging through our bags. She started to pull out pieces and was showing those pieces to her female colleagues. I kid you not. One of the women guards was holding an earring up to her ear and another was trying on a ring. Apparently, they liked our stuff.
It was only at this point that the male guards gave up. I think they realized that our necklace probably wasn’t a weapon. And I think they also got tired of listening to a bunch of women talk about jewelry. They let us through.
We took the names of the women agents and sent them a piece of jewelry when we got back to say thanks.
We didn’t send anything to the male agents, though, since I still think that a few of them believe that our necklace is a lot more deadly than it is stylish.”
Jodie and I have gone to Paris three times now for work, and unfortunately it never lived up to its reputation until our most recent visit. The first two times I attributed our discontent to three things: 1. We don’t speak a lick of French (Bonjour and Je T’aime won’t get you by) 2. There was no romance (just Jodie and I) and 3. We worked the entire time so we never got to really explore the city.
In case you’re planning a trip to Paris, be sure to check out these few restaurants that we absolutely adored:
1. ANAHI (Restaurante Sud-Americano/Argentinian) 49, rur volta. Tel. 01 48 87 88 24
The steak is out of control. Its always busy so you’ll have to call in advance for a reservation, but still be prepared to wait. It’s a hole in the wall and super cozy. Totally worth the wait.
2. 404 (Moroccan Cuisine) 69, rue des Gravilliers. Tel. 01 42 74 57 81.
Great ambience in a cozy setting. Delicious Moroccan food. Get their recommended dishes (we had something with lamb and loved it). Gets crazy late night, so get there on the earlier side if you’re not in the mood to party.
3. CHEZ RENE 14 Boulevard Saint-Germain.
French bistro with adorable ambience and classic French food. Unfortunately, Jodie and I ordered the wrong thing (again, we don’t speak French, but Jodie swears she’s going to learn). Stick to classic French Steak and Frites (which everyone around us seemed to have), and you’ll go home happy. Our saving grace was the chocolate mousse and homemade icecream… and lovely maitre d (who spoke English).
4. FOUJITA 2 Restaurant Japonais 7 Rue du 29 Juillet. Tel 01 49 26 07 70.
Authentic Japanese. It’s an absolute hole in the wall but the sushi is heavenly. Our concierge grew up in Paris and swore by this restaurant. Be sure to finish off with the Green Tea icecream. We had two servings back-to-back because it was just that good.
5. ANGELINA (Tea Room) 226 Rue de Rivoli.
Great for an afternoon tea break and a pastry or two. Loved the ambience–so regal and ornate. I wasn’t a huge fan of Mont Blanc (their signature dessert) or their famous l’Africain chocolate, but we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless.
6. HEMINGWAY BAR at Hotel Ritz.
You have to walk through a long hallway decorated with sponsors’ weird clothing and jewelry to get to Hemingway Bar, but don’t let that deter you from your mission. The drinks are (obviously) way overpriced, but it’s such an incredible world in there, that you have to at least have a drink. We love the Serendipity (the Hemingway House cocktail) and the Dry Martini.
We didn’t have enough time to check out a few highly recommended restaurants (by reputable sources, of course), but we will for sure next time. Here they are:
Le Coup Chou,Derri‚àö¬Ære, andApicius. Stay tuned for our favorite French brands and shopping spots…