Caroline Ventura and I met late on the evening of her birthday. I’d spent the day at Ann Street Studio, styling this fashion story, and she’d arranged to pop by afterward for a spot of tequila and a shedding of clothes ~ what better way to commemorate another year older?! Cocktails + nudity are a tried and true combination for bonding, and indeed we made instant friends. I was so impressed by her lack of inhibitions, her devil-may-care zeal for celebrating her body and the life well-lived within it. Not that I was surprised by her candor; I’ve long been a fan of BRVTVS, her artfully minimal jewelry line, every piece of which reflects the guileless charm of their free-spirited maker.Where are you from?
I grew up on the beach in Southern California, but I am a New Yorker through and through.
What brought you to New York?
A combination of work and love. Thankfully, I ditched the old job, but kept the man.
How did BRVTVS begin?
I was really unhappy with the direction my previous career was going and was looking for something creative to keep me sane. What started out as a sort of hobby eventually turned into a huge passion for design and simplicity.
Who are your favorite designers?
I always love looking to the Swedes for their approach on minimalism. Hope and Acne are two of my favorites. Also really love what the girls from Apiece Apart are doing right now, and there will always be room in my closet for things vintage and thrifted.
Whose style do you admire?
Jane Birkin, Patti Smith, Lauren Hutton. A lot of women throw these names out as style references, and for good reason. These ladies always stick to what’s true to them. I also really love Joe Strummer. The man had total style, on stage and off, and always had the greatest boots.
Career highlight (so far):
Besides running around naked with two lovely ladies? Creating a few different ear cuff styles for Jason Wu’s SS/13 collection.
How has the industry changed since you’ve been in it?
Metalsmithing has been around for centuries, and was always a bit of a boy’s club. There are so many new female additions to the field ~ women who are really getting their hands dirty and learning how to saw and solder right along with the men. My #1 social media addiction is Instagram
New York’s best hidden gem is The Cloisters ~ a few minutes on the train and you’re a world away
I’d like to steal all my husband’s perfectly worn chambray shirts
Modern art is “I could do that” + “Yeah, but you didn’t”
Romance is never underrated
I’ll never be exactly who you want me to be
I want to be always true to myself, first
When I get dressed in the morning, I think can I get one more wear out of this before I have to wash it?
The thing that would surprise people most about my job is how difficult it is to design something that looks so simple
My greatest style regret is those super low rise jeans from the early 00s ~ the ones where the zipper was like an inch and a half long
My top beauty essential is this
Every woman should own a fragrance that is uniquely her own
Every man should own a real wallet and a nice belt
The key to life is pie.
When I’m feeling stressed I play my favorite music really loud and pour myself a drink
These days, the thing I wear most often is high-waisted vintage Levi’s and a worn-in button down.
The coolest place I’ve ever been is Morocco
Vintage is telling a new story with something old
Being a glamourai means being the best version of yourself that you have to offer ~ even if you’re in sweatpants and a dirty t-shirt