By Samantha Smikle
Sucre is a small hub on Bleecker Street for flourishing independent designers who shine amidst the mass-produced in the neighborhood. Inside, Wendy Nichol stands as one of them with her spring and fall 2008 collections showcased and discounted for followers who have been waiting for the day.
I’m sure you’ve come across her pieces on many a fashionistas. Her cone earrings, and studded rings and cuffs are signature pieces – what seems like a simple post earring from afar is really a small gold rivet! This effect comes from Nichol’s love of mixing “precious with hard.”
The Brooklyn-based designer began making pieces out of her home after moving to NYC from Toronto. It was the most practical thing to do. With a hungry jewelry market and no size restrictions, the freedom for creativity was there and the choice was easy. What is not so easy is building a brand for yourself, which Nichol has done. Known for her glamorously edgy pieces, Nichol injects this season’s styles with color (snake skin hoops in blue or purple) and contrasting materials (black pearl with cone pendant & mixed chain necklace). She saves rich materials like Italian glove leather for her fall collection, which includes heart-shaped pendants and earrings wrapped in the leather.
When asked about the girl she designs for, Nichol describes her as one who is “living in L.E.S or Williamsburg, having drinks and going out on dates with boys.”
357 Bleecker Street (between Charles and W. 10th Streets)