Editor Profile: Georgia Benjou, 5280

September means the prettiest foliage of the year, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly, shopping for new boots and sweaters. So recently I caught up with Georgia Benjou, venerable contributing fashion editor to Denver’s own 5280, to talk about the city’s style scene and this fall’s best trends.

Georgia has the personable demeanor and easy laugh you’d expect from a Colorado native, with none of the aloofness you’d expect from someone with a résumé that includes Chanel, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. After stints with some of fashion’s biggest houses that involved (several) trips to Paris and Milan each year, Georgia returned to Denver in 2002 for a quieter career. She connected with a 5280 editor and settled back into her home front. The rest, the cliché says, is history.

Georgia’s well-versed fashion past has kept 5280 a viable guide to the best of Denver’s style scene. So it’s with a discerning but unpretentious eye that Georgia weighs in on modern label mixing, how Denver fashion still surprises her, and too many pairs of boots (hint: no such thing).

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Georgia Benjou

As a contributing fashion editor of 5280, do you have a favorite part of the job?

I really like being on set, styling on photo shoots. The whole process of putting together a photo shoot is what I love – taking a point of inspiration, exploring it, and then working with a team to realize that. It’s always a different approach, depending on who the client is or where your inspiration point is; it’s always something new.

[In photo shoots], 5280 has taken a stand and wants the product to be locally available, and it’s interesting to see how big a spread that can be. But it’s still wearable clothing. It’s not all just runway fashion that you’ll never see in the store.

What have you found to be unique about Denver’s fashion scene, as compared to a larger city with a more established industry?

There are always stores that surprise me because of what they’re willing to branch out and take a risk on. When I first came back to Denver, there was a boutique carrying Yohji Yamamoto – they carried him for years. At the time I was seriously shocked; I would not put Yohji Yamamoto and Denver in the same sentence. But when you think about it, it totally makes sense in some ways for Denver because there are wearable pieces in his collection. There are a lot of things that are gently draped that you can wear with a cool pair of kicks, so you can definitely style it up.

And for Vanessa [Barcus], Helmut Lang works well for her; again, it’s a really modern collection that you can style up a bunch of different ways. I think that’s the key; Denver definitely has a relaxed sensibility to it. So that kind of progressive designer does well here, and I think that might surprise people.

I’ve gotten a little dismayed that from L.A. to New York to London, you see all the same stores now. It’s cool to see that Denver still has thriving local boutiques that hopefully will continue to take chances on progressive or new designers.

Sure, I’ve been to luncheons where I see women outfitted in Chanel, no doubt about it. But that’s a different [type of] person, and younger women today aren’t looking to wear Chanel head-to-toe; they’re looking to maybe take a bag and combine it with some cool Rachel Comey pieces. It’s all about how you mix it up. Having less loyalty, too, to a specific designer has really opened up that aspect of personal style.

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Do you think Denver has the potential to evolve into a more fashionable city overall?

It’s a really casual city, and I think people really prize their lifestyles here. It seems like people are either into sports, or they’re into fashion, and those two camps don’t speak. So it’s about educating people on how they can incorporate fashion into their daily lives. It’s getting people to explore their personal style more. Everyone can do a t-shirt-and-jean look here; we don’t need to show people how to wear that. Bumping that up to the next level is a bit more what people need.

What do you love about fall fashion? The season is coming up, and I think it’s everyone’s favorite for style.

Personally, I love the fall season because there’s so much more you can play with in terms of fabric. You’re not worried about staying cool, so you get to play with layering, especially luxurious wools and cashmeres; I also tend to enjoy the color palette more. I think this fall in particular is a super-strong season for outerwear and knitwear. I tend to live in knits, so I was excited to see that.

And I’m excited to see those designers who are really pushing the functional aspect of fashion. I always mention him, but Thomas Maier at Bottega Veneta – that’s one of the collections that always amazes me because it’s so wearable, and yet still so beautiful. I think Céline is the same way [even though] the price point is a whole separate story. And Rick Owens is in that category too – beautiful leather and knitwear pieces, totally wearable. It’s totally functional for modern living. So I think designers like that have really been exciting to watch.

What are some of your favorite fall trends that you’ve seen for this season in particular?

There’s a lot of beautiful knitwear this season – the very ‘70s-inspired sleek head-to-toe looks at Cèline, oversized chunky sweaters from The Row, and the tonal layers at Hader Ackermann. Whether it’s a flat, cable or ribbed kit, designers made it all about texture and tone this season.

Outerwear has been amazingly strong. There’s the shearling trend, obviously; the blanket coats, the capes; there’s just such a huge variety of outerwear pieces that were shown. Figure out what piece really works for you and your wardrobe; a shearling piece can easily translate from city to mountains, while, say, an oversized cape in winter white is the perfect city topper. I think everyone’s been anticipating another cold winter!

Then there are all the op-art prints in high-wattage color and graphic print. My favorites were at Dries Van Noten and cut in feminine shapes. It’s not something I would personally wear, but if it speaks to you and you can pull off this kind of a trend, all of that color and pattern will look amazing in the middle of winter.

On her personal style and the merits of a minimalist aesthetic…

[Minimalism] is a lot of what I do with my own wardrobe, and I think what I really like about it is you can always buy something that makes more of a statement, and still incorporate it into your closet. But the core of your wardrobe is really easy day-in, day-out to change up; it’s easy to travel with. I’m all about having a more pared-back and multi-functional wardrobe.

This season, are there any pieces you’re looking forward to buying?

I’d love a great mid-weight parka; I definitely am in need of something that’s more of a transitional piece. And new boots. (Laughs) Every time fall rolls around, I can always make excuses as to why I need a pair (or two or three) of boots. And again, I’ll probably invest in some more knitwear.

Those are my bigger pieces I’m looking at. More specific than that, I haven’t decided yet. I’m late – when the rest of the serious fashion people are shopping, when all the fall collections just ship, I find that I’m so busy working on photo shoots and writing online content that I have now become the late shopper (laughs).

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Are there any trends you’re not so keen on, whether it’s stuff that won’t be in fashion anymore because the weather is going to get colder, or something you’ve seen for fall that you don’t think is great?

Some of it doesn’t really seem like a “trend”. Every season rolls around, and in the fashion magazines, it’s “animal prints are in, metallics are in.” And I’m like, “OK, I’ve seen metallics for the last five years.” (laughs) But I don’t think there’s anything I thought was really awful.

Although I would say that platforms and body-con dresses, if you’re still wearing those kinds of pieces, feel really off-trend for the season. Sexiness this season is more languid, like at Altuzarra.

Then finally, season-specific or not, what are your wardrobe essentials?

In my wardrobe, I definitely would say go-to’s are my jackets, whether it’s a boyfriend cut, or a classic Chanel jacket…they’re great pieces you can play with, especially if you have a really casual wardrobe. Having something tailored that you can add and instantly dress an outfit up is a great way to maximize your closet.

Even though designers are trying to get us out of our skinnies, I have a pair of skinny black wool Jason Wu pants I adore. I especially love wearing them in the evening, because sometimes a cocktail dress feels a little frumpy to me. I even have a pair of black satin palazzo pants. I’ll pair them with a T-shirt or sweater during the day, or a silk tank top for evening.

Definitely boots of all varieties – short boots, ankle boots, tall boots – I’m big on them. I love wearing my ankle boots even in the summer on those days when it’s not stinking hot. They look cool with little dresses, skirts, jeans.

My wardrobe is so particular to me. You know how fashion authorities say that everyone needs a classic white cotton shirt – well, I don’t have a classic white cotton shirt in my wardrobe and I don’t need it (laughs).

Finally I think jewelry can really define an outfit. The way you mix it is so personal. You can buy fun pieces that you have for a season or two, and then you have the really special pieces. Some of those are investment pieces that you buy; some of them have been handed down through your family. I love mixing [high-end] jewelry with costume…I have a lot of vintage jewelry from my grandmother and her sisters, so I have a lot of [pieces] from the ‘20s and ‘30s. I think jewelry is one of the most personal ways to adorn yourself; the more eclectic the better, because that’s what makes anyone’s jewelry collection cool. Of course, Goldyn carries some amazing jewelry designers like The Woods, Selin Kent and Communion by Joy.

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Interview with King Dude

Hello all – my name is Sarai Nissan and I just started as an employee as Goldyn. I’m a photography student with a penchant for all things spooky. My first post on the Goldyn blog is an interview with the prolific Thomas (TJ) Cowgill, the body behind King Dude and one half of the clothing line Actual Pain. Here we chat about dying young, the occult, his artistic influence and other eerie dearies such as the jeweler JL Schnabel of Bloodmilk, the fashion brand Ovate and Flying Coffin, musicians like Grave Babies and Denver’s own Munly as well as Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and much, much more.

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Thomas (TJ) Cowgill: Do you have a predisposition that makes you think you might die?

Sarai Nissan: Honestly, I think it’s because I have no interest in getting so old to the point that I can’t do what I like to do, I think that’s mostly why I don’t intentionally plan on living to be very old but that’s kind of morbid.

TC: Well, I know what you mean, but part of it is though, as you get older your interests change so vastly and you take on a different archetype of the same person.

SN: I agree, do you think you are going to keep doing King Dude and Actual Pain when you’re eighty?

TC: No, all things must come to an end. Those things will end in due time I suppose. I would like to think that Actual Pain can continue on with somebody else but it’s hard to find someone who shares my vision exactly. King Dude is a different thing and that will end. The whole thing about King Dude too is that it’s about creating an image and creating an aesthetic. But there is definitely a very religious aspect to King Dude and I am definitely a very spiritual person who believes in a lot more than what is here.

SN: What brought you into that aesthetic of the dark and occult in King Dude and Actual Pain?

TC: Nothing that I do is intentionally dark, I don’t think of it as dark but I do realize that is appears to be dark. What I tend to talk about is regular life stuff that is changed up a bit. I have had a fascination with the esoteric worlds and the hidden meaning of all religion and cults and anything that reveals the higher truth.

SN: Have there been any specific influences, not just musically, within King Dude or Actual pain that struck you in other mediums?

TC: Yeah! For example the Psychic Recovery Institute line that I designed, I was really into Dione Fortune’s book Psychic Self Defense. In my music you can draw really quick parallels from other artists and I don’t mind at all.

SN: How is it working with Emily Denton (of Stickers) on Actual Pain as opposed to King Dude being primarily your project?

TC: It’s great. She encourages me to do King Dude and I encourage her to pursue what she wants to become. She is also a seer and knows what people want. It was her idea to do leggings for example and I was like “I don’t think people want leggings.” Sure enough they did. In regards to King Dude it has always been my thing but I have had great help from a great many people who believe in us.

SN: Denver is considered an “up and coming” city in regards to music and art, how is that “scene” in Seattle comparatively or just in general?

TC: Denver has some really great bands that have stayed for a really long time. Seattle is more transient; bands tend to leave or people that are very talented. [In regards to Denver] Wovenhand. Sixteen-Horse Power, and there is Munly who does that other group Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Slim’s son plays in The Sterling Sisters.

SN: Yeah! With Scout [Pare-Phillips]

TC: Yeah, with Scout. There is just a vast array of talent in a place like that, but you guys I think [Denver] are weirder than Seattle. I absolutely love my city and my friends that play in bands there, like Grave Babies and Stickers, Emily’s band, are amazing bands.

SN: For anybody who is interested in Actual Pain or King Dude what are some other groups or brands that you think they would also enjoy?

TC: I think the people I will be releasing records for [Not Just Religious Music] and working with Chelsea Wolfe has been a great pleasure. I’m doing a record for Foie Gras out of San Francisco, this band from Philadelphia called Dreadlords, a seven-inch for this band Bain Wolfkind.

TC: I like brands like Black Scale from Oakland also Flying Coffin from Seattle, he was very helpful the coaching needed to do my own clothing line.   And I love Ovate from Montreal, it’s very high fashion but her aesthetic and her ability to craft what she makes is really incredible. Also Jess, who makes Bloodmilk..

SN: Yes, Jess is so lovely.

TC: Yeah, her stuff is just incredible, and if you see how she makes it, I guess I like people who are very hands on in their process; all of these people that I have mentioned are very hands on and care a very great deal about what they’re doing. I don’t know too much about any other newer brands but I guess that would be it. I’m sure there’s more, I’m sure I’m missing someone. [Laughs] I could regret that later.

SN: [Laughs] I’m sure it’ll be fine. Thank you so much for talking with me, it was nice chatting!

TC: Of course! It was nice to meet you.

Be sure to check out King Dude‘s show this Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, at Larimer Lounge: 2721 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

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Sweater Weather Has Arrived

Though every season in our home state of Colorado is undeniably pretty fantastic in its own right, Fall is hands down our favorite here at Goldyn.  Between the leaves gleaming gold and red, the nostalgic feeling of going back to school (ok fine, reality check: we’re not going back to school.  Even if you aren’t, though, one can’t help but feel the pull…), and that slight crisp chill in the air as the sun goes down, it’s a handsome season.  Plus, you know what that means, sartorially speaking: sweater weather.  Swoon!  Below are a few of our favorite new cozy knit arrivals, which include some key trends for the season like dolman sleeves, furry knits, cropped fits and oversized shapes.  Enjoy!

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Some of our favorite Fall sweaters… Clockwise from top right: Iro, Ryan Roche, and Helmut Lang

Behind the Scenes: Flight to Luxury

This past weekend one of the biggest charity benefits and Denver fashion events of the season took place – Flight To Luxury, a hangar party and runway show that benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.  We’re big fans of the Boys and Girls Club here at Goldyn, and so when we were asked to present on the runway we were more than happy to help.  The only downside of working so many runway shows, however, is that we rarely get to actually see any of our shows ourselves (wah wah, I know I know)…. From what we heard and were able to peek at it was a beautiful event, and we were pleased to hear that a lot of money was raised.  Here, though, is a peek at the way we view runway shows – behind the scenes.

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Ready for takeoff…making our debut on the red carpet at Flight to Luxury, pre-event

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Backstage with the hair and makeup team

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Goldyn’s opening look, just before heading out on the runway, featuring Oak and Andrea Li jewelry

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More Goldyn looks before hitting the runway, featuring Helmut Lang, Rachel Comey and Zoe Twitt

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Backstage craziness before the show

John Varvatos Pop-Up Shop Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who came out for our exclusive John Varvatos Fall Pop-Up Shop this weekend!  We had a great time seeing you all, sipping on some PBR, and listening to DJ Tyler Snow’s apropos mix of 60s and 70s rock and roll and punk.  Check out some pics of the day below, courtesy of new Goldyn Girl Sarai Nissan.

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DJ Tyler Snow spinning some jams at the pop up

Attendees at John Varvatos

Attendees at the John Varvatos pop-up shop

Attendees at John Varvatos

Attendees at John Varvatos

Playlist: John Varvatos x Goldyn Rock n Roll

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a Goldyn and John Varvatos fav (photo credit of Ark Times)

In anticipation of our Fall Pop-Up Shop with iconic menswear designer John Varvatos this Saturday, we put together a special playlist of some of John Varvatos’ favorite rock n roll (and ours too, coincidentally).  Being such a music-centric designer, we thought it was only fitting.  With gems from bands like The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, punk rockers The Buzzcocks and The Distillers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more, we’re pretty stoked on it.  Take a listen and share if you have Spotify! 

Coming Soon….FALL

It’s that time of year again…. there’s a slight chill to the air as the sun goes down, and the leaves are maybe, just barely, beginning to turn their color.  Well, ok maybe it’s just that weird tree with some issues across the street, but still.  Fall is in the air!  As any fashion junkie will tell you, Fall is our favorite time of year, because it means LAYERS!  And KNITS!  And COATS!  Oh, and did we mention LEATHER?!  So many good sartorial things happening this time of year. 

I wanted to give you, dear reader, a little preview of some brand new collections we have coming to Goldyn this Fall, which we could not be more excited about. 

First up is CFDA/Vogue Fund finalist Ryan Roche.  Ryan specializes in uber-cozy cashmere knits that are made sustainably by a women’s cooperative in Nepal.  But these handmade creations are not just your average knits, my friends… Think super fashion-forward, wardrobe knock-outs that happen to be made with the softest damn material you’ve ever felt.  We’re vying for her as the winner of the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fund (and I think she has a pretty darn good chance, if you ask me), but until then, we’re honored to have her join our portfolio of forward-thinking designers.

Ryan Roche cardigan

Ryan Roche cashmere cardigan in the most beautiful blush pink

Ryan Roche open knit sweater

Ryan Roche’s open knit cashmere sweaters are the perfect Fall layering pieces

Ryan Roche furry sweater

Ryan Roche’s nubby, textured knits are our staff fav

 

Another collection that we’re proud to announce is cult handbag label Building Block.  With sleek, minimalist shapes that are timeless and classic, Building Block’s collection of bucket bags, satchels and totes are meant to “clear away conventional standards of luxury by magnifying what is essential and editing out excess.”  We are in l-o-v-e. 

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Building Block’s best-selling bucket bags are on our wish list

 

Lastly, we’re excited to add one of our favorite fashion bloggers, Jess Hannah, as a designer to our website as well, with her collection of delicate, minimalist gold jewelry.  J. Hannah’s jewelry is made to be worn and never taken off.  Using recycled 14k gold and conflict-free diamonds, J. Hannah creates delicate, sweet stacking rings, necklaces, and earrings that are meant to bring beauty, confidence and power to the modern woman. 

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Jess Hannah’s 14k gold rings are calling to be stacked

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Blogger Jess Hannah in her namesake jewelry

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Blogger Jess Hannah wears her 14k gold, delicate jewelry

Designer Profile: Selin Kent

Editorial photograph from Selin's website featuring Nico, Koko, mini Koko, and Hex rings

Editorial photograph from Selin’s website featuring Nico, Koko, mini Koko, and Hex rings

 

There’s an appeal in fine jewelry that’s not from a boyfriend – a visible manifestation of an independent spirit. So it’s a strong-willed woman that wears designer Selin Kent’s jewelry – relishing of a ring that’s the fine-jewelry antithesis of a sugary engagement band, this is a woman who can take care of herself.

And so begins my fixation with Selin’s gold-and-diamond finger baubles. It takes a powerful je-ne-sais-quoi to make a girl fall hook, line and sinker for designs so spare, but the psychology eludes me.

I came across the Nico ring – a vertical bar of white diamonds set against a double band of black gold – right before Christmas last year. I don’t remember whether I saw it first in the editorial photographs on Goldyn’s website and then chased it down in the store, or the other way around. I just recall precariously lifting the bell jar under which the ring resided and then snatching it to slide onto my right hand, a move that brings to mind Emily’s vivid accusation to Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada: “You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choos, I saw it.” I’m sure there was an obvious lustful gleam in my eyes. But heartbreakingly, albeit luckily for my limited bank account, the ring was too big, slipping off even my middle fingers. I perched it back under its heavy glass shelter, with a promise to the ring I’d be back for it. Knowing me, I probably said that last part out loud.

Editorial photograph from Selin's website featuring Nico rings in black and yellow gold

Editorial photograph from Selin’s website featuring Nico rings in black and yellow gold

A move to New York City and six months buried the fit of desire for the Nico ring in the back of my memory. But then in July I visited Selin’s NoHo apartment for this story, and our chat brought back the longing nearly full-force. I half-heartedly told myself I would hold out; wait for a new job as a reason to pass off the splurge as a reward. But by now I know better than to believe my own weak vows about swearing off.

So during a recent trip home to Denver, I stopped by Goldyn to say hello and try on the Nico ring again; a dangerous endeavor, with the temptations I know lie within the boutique’s walls. For one more day, I forced myself to leave the store empty-fingered, but by then the indulgence was no longer a question of if but when. The siren song of Selin’s collection was too strong. I would return within the week; my jewelry collection was gasping for air and disposable costume jewelry was not the resuscitation it needed.

Wearing my rose gold Koko ring with white diamonds

Wearing my rose gold Koko ring with white diamonds

In those few days during which I steeled myself to hand over my credit card, Selin’s rose gold Koko ring imprinted itself in my mind – decidedly less edgy than than the Nico’s black gold, but in a way even more architectural with its clean use of negative space. I’ll admit that a price tag half that of the Nico had something to do with it, but the Koko ring’s quiet but impactful statement made it my perfect “starter” piece. Paired with a gold mid-finger band, it stands out as a wearable piece of Instagram-worthy modern art. It has me reaching for things with an oh-so-casual sweep of my right hand and planning outfits around it. I’m not even a little bit sorry for the splurge.

The Koko ring is the first satiation of my hunger. I sense the Nico ring, in all its black glory, is next; they say you never totally get over your first love. To quote Stella Tennant, I fear the obsession is with me forever.


Minimalist but statement-making, delicate yet badass – Turkish designer Selin Kent has mastered these types of juxtapositions in her fledgling fine-jewelry line of architectural rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces made from every color of gold and diamonds – perfectly described in Selin’s own words as “minimalist pieces that are a little bit thoughtful.” Launched in late 2013 after a year of development, the line brought a few fluid adaptions along the way. “Initially I envisioned having more silver and a little less gold, but once I started designing, I found that the designs were more conducive to gold.”

Speaking on her influences, she says, “I feel like I would have been an architect in another lifetime. I take a lot of inspiration from [modern] forms. On a visual level, the clean lines of Scandinavian design. And then certain 20th-century modern artists from the Bauhaus movement; the interplay of the shapes they use.”

On a less tangible level, Selin infuses the pieces with life through the names she gives them – her first collection draws influence from blues, rock and jazz musicians, with the jewelry having cool-chick monikers like Françoise and Ella. “How many double-bar rings can you have? I felt like I needed to give the pieces a personality,” she explains. “Music has always been a constant source of inspiration, so I thought I’d pare that in.”

Yellow gold Françoise ring with white diamonds

Yellow gold Françoise ring with white diamonds

Editorial photograph from Selin's website showing Françoise ring in black gold with black diamonds & assorted Hex rings

Editorial photograph from Selin’s website showing Françoise ring in black gold with black diamonds & assorted Hex rings

Selin’s two big influences, music and architecture, have me curious why she chose jewelry design. The craft was not the field she started in, and Selin’s path in the newfound trade evolved organically. “I fell into it in a really random way. My first job out of college was at a market research firm in New York – a high-powered, corporate job. And I sort of had a reaction against sitting in front of a computer all day, and I wanted to learn how to make something with my hands.

“I’ve always been curious about how metal was worked with; I had no idea how something so hard could be malleable and bend. So I just signed up for a class pretty randomly and took classes after work and on the weekends for about two years while I was at my old job, and then ended up going back to school and enrolling in a two-year program.”

Though she misses working with her hands, Selin’s built-in business smarts guided her to the decision to let go of making the pieces in her line herself. “I can’t run a business and and scale it and make the pieces all at the same time. I have more production-oriented pieces…I made a decision – did I want to run a business, or did I want to sit behind a bench all day?”

Despite the minimalistic nature of the jewelry, Selin appreciates that it doesn’t necessarily resonate with every woman. “I wouldn’t really want to create jewelry that would work with every woman because that wouldn’t be very interesting [jewelry]. When I was initially designing, I wasn’t really sure who it was for…someone who appreciates luxury and high-quality items, but doesn’t necessarily want to scream it. Maybe [the girl] who would go more for the Alexander Wang bag rather than the Louis Vuitton bag with the logo.”

Editorial photograph from Selin's website showing new stackable ring designs

Editorial photograph from Selin’s website showing new stackable ring designs

This consciousness of style identity makes cohesiveness a key theme of the line. When I ask what she sees as the jewelry’s signature stamps, Selin elaborates, “I like giving people the option of creating their own story…I created the first collection as quite a stackable collection. I think oftentimes the pieces look better paired with other pieces that you may already own, or pieces from my collection. The strongest ones even fit in together, sort of like puzzle pieces. So I’m working on a few designs that have that sort of signature.”

The growth in the line’s distribution has been respectable – Selin has gained footholds in New York, California, Istanbul, Tokyo, Paris and London. She’s in about ten stores by her own count. But Goldyn holds a special place in her heart as the first boutique to pick up her collection. And though she has one eye on the possibility of a few major department stores for the future, right now Selin is happy sticking with the more personal experience of dealing in small shops. She also stays conscious of spreading herself too thin. “I’d rather be represented by 15 stores that do really well than 50 that aren’t selling so well.”

Every entrepreneur has their own nugget of advice for running a business, so I ask Selin for hers. “I guess knowing what to outsource is one of the most difficult but the most important [aspects]…It’s difficult to let go of certain things when you’re used to doing them. But then there are people who will do them so much better than you, who can really help you. For example, outsourcing the sales to my showroom was a turning point in my business in the last year…A lot of it is just trial and error. You gotta go with your gut, see what works, and if something’s not working, you adjust.”

Click here to shop Goldyn’s selection of Selin Kent jewelry (including earrings and necklaces), and see Selin’s full collection here.

Urban Nights: A Runway for a Cause Wrap-up

On Friday, August 1st Goldyn was excited to take part in a special runway show with an even more special cause:  Urban Nights, benefiting Urban Peak – a shelter for homeless and at-risk youth.  The backdrop for this large-scale production was an outdoor area adjacent to event space Mile High Station, under the Colfax viaduct – a fitting place for the “urban” theme.  Goldyn showcased Summer and PreFall looks on the 200′ long runway with about 1500 people in attendance.  Attendees bid on a variety of incredible auction items like trips to Mexico and sports packages, raising money for this very worthy cause.  To learn more about Urban Peak, visit urbanpeak.org.  Check out our photos below of Goldyn’s looks from the show, thanks to our friends Tara Pattie and Frankie Bushell.

Jumpsuit by 6397

A playful jumpsuit from 6397

A look from Oak from Goldyn

A Pre-Fall look from Oak, available now at ShopGoldyn.com

A look from 6397 and Helmut Lang

Casual chic done right from 6397 and Helmut Lang available at ShopGoldyn.com

Cutout waist dress from Mara Hoffman

A cutout waist dress perfectly suited to go from day to evening from Mara Hoffman

Day dress by APC

A casual day dress in linen from APC, paired with a necklace by Native and Nomad and clutch by Grey Sunshine

Cutout dress from Helmut Lang

This cutout back dress from Helmut Lang offers a demure front view with a surprisingly sexy back

Laser cut leather skirt from Zoe Twitt

A laser-cut leather skirt contrasted with a simple tee offers the perfect look for evening from Zoe Twitt and Helmut Lang

Leather varsity jacket from Oak

Rock and roller meets jock in this men’s look from Oak and APC

Oak Scarf Vest

A fashion-forward men’s look featuring drop crotch pants and a vest with scarf from Oak

Oak shawl collar sweatshirt

A dapper men’s look featuring a shawl collar sweatshirt from Oak and selvedge jeans by Raleigh

UMS Round-Up

Bryon Parker is best known as Courtney Parker’s husband and contributing member of Denver-based noise rock group, Accordion Crimes. He will be a Contributing Music Blogger for Goldyn, reviewing concerts and bands, both locally and nationally. For his first review, Bryon shares his Top 4 Picks from the 2014 Underground Music Showcase: Hollow Talk, Tjutjuna, South of France and Scatter Gather.  

HOLLOW TALK (July 24th, Hi-Dive) One of the first acts slated to perform on night one of the
Underground Music Showcase were one of the most anticipated. It seems like every musician friend of mine had Hollow Talks number that night. Being dissembled for nearly a year and a half, this reunion performance was as focused and melancholy as a poem by the great Walt Whitman. A sound that could be best defined as dark folk-rock with hints of post-punk abandon.

hollowtalk

Hollow Talk

Hollow Talk’s sound was a combination  of  previous projects that trace back to the member’s dissolved acts (D. Biddle, Lion Sized, Ideal Fathers, Machine Gun Blues).  Their leader, Duncan Barlow, maintained a degree of confidence that fit the discretion of a performer with nothing left to prove. At times, he channeled a desperate vocal delivery comparable to the late Mark Linkous. Howling choruses proceeded whispered verses. Droned out keyboard lines worked seamlessly around well-crafted shoegaze guitars. The drum and bass combinations were thunderous and pounding. Their quiet-LOUD-quiet dynamic was in full force and each player fully serviced the set of well-constructed numbers. This band set the bar very high. No other act performing on Thursday measured up to the dynamics of Hollow Talk and compositions like ‘Jacksonville’ never sounded so hopeful.

TJUTJUNA (July 25th, Hi-Dive) I was driving an off-white van with the other members of Accordion Crimes sitting shotgun. It was an overcast afternoon at nearly 6 o’clock. The radio was gently humming a local AM station as the street sounds from South Broadway were leaking in with the occasional raindrops. Finding parking in Baker with a thirty foot Econo-line is easier said than done. At last! My luck was restored near a bus stop on Lincoln Avenue. While the other members of my noise rock trio were cool as a fucking cucumber, I was not. I communicated my desire to not miss Tjutjuna‘s set to my mates as we brushed past other UMS patrons at the street level. A break in traffic found us jay walking our way over to the Hi-Dive. The time was nearing 6:30 and the venue was packed. After maneuvering around the doorman, I found my best viewpoint from the side stage.

Tjutjuna

Tjutjuna

I sipped water from a styrofoam cup and  watched as this three-piece of bearded thirty-something’s demonstrated an impressive take on aggressive instrumental soundscapes. I was immediately occupied by what I heard.  Their last two songs left a strange impression on me. It was as if this trio were from the future and all of the waves of music they drew influence from were from the year 2020. I felt like a tourist. It was refreshing and I was awe struck. Gentle psychedelia rose above primal drumming. Keyboards delivered color and timbre. Beautiful hues of dissonance and angular crescendos. The guitar sounds were distorted and melodic. All three members appeared to be in some kind of trance. I did not see them ever communicate with each other. They were calculated and as tight as a jazz trio.

After only witnessing a mere fifteen minutes at the tail end of their set, I was left wanting more. I will make it an effort to see this band again. I wish I had more to say but traffic cut my time at this show short.

SOUTH OF FRANCE (July 26th, Main Stage) Having already a developed, preconceived notion about South of France based on a memorable in-store performance within the confines of Goldyn, I was intrigued about how this band would play out on the main stage. To my discovery, they had since added a fourth member on bass as well as a new drummer.

South of France

South of France

Colorado Public Radio’s own Alicia Sweeney took to the stage to introduce them with courteous enthusiasm as a, “breezy surf pop band!” Under any other circumstance, this description would have sent me headed in the other direction. My second impression of South of France relays the stance that they are a cut above the rest. Once again, they came across as pioneers of sincerity. The music fit their own compartmental style. The vocal interplay between Jeff Cormack and Kelly Lueke fulfilled continuous hooks above the jangle of retro guitar pop. Listening closely and scratching the surface, I heard traces of The Zombies and The Velvet Underground.

If you’re as cynical about music that fits commercial placement as I am, I’d argue that it would do you good to give this band a chance. It may just renew your love of concurrent indie rock.

SCATTER GATHER (July 27th, The Hornet) The first show on my Sunday schedule aligned with a band called, Scatter Gather. Having never heard of this act before, I thought I would look them up briefly. Their contributed UMS bio read, “Just a couple of dudes who like lightening and the smell of rain”…Really? Nothing more than that?  OK, fair enough. I didn’t hold it against them too much. I remember thinking, “I hate writing about my band too. It sucks.” At the end of the day, I think most people were turned off by “just a couple of dudes who like lightening and the smell of rain.” At UMS, people want the two-piece band with the memorable name followed by career ambitions and plans to take over the music world. Most people want the two-piece band that have good PR and the opening slot for The Black Keys. I suppose I’m not like most people. This is why I consider myself one of the thirty privileged people to have seen Scatter Gather.

Scatter Gather

Scatter Gather

Before their set and while tuning his guitar, the singer/guitarist took off his shoes and shirt and set them neatly in the corner. I was a little uneasy about this and what would follow left me completely caught off guard. It was as if the drummer only listened to DNA and the guitar player only listened to Fugazi. And it was magical. They often sang together, completely incoherent to everyone else and completely in their element. No one was bothered by this because it came together in such a way that was their own. They’d scream, sing and thrash about… and it was a rather joyous event. This is the band that sounded like drums falling down a staircase in 3/4 time. They could harness dynamics and win you over with their complete control only to take their own train off the track. It was as equally challenging as it was accessible.

I don’t mean to create hyperbole, but Scatter Gather was the best band of the Underground Music Showcase. This band represents the very spirit of what the UMS is about: local, underground, independent and pushing musical boundaries.