PHOTO: Pamela Roskin, founder and head of design at 1974, a Brooklyn-based jewelry company specializing in artisan-made sterling silver pieces.
Where do you draw your inspiration? I am drawn to classics. I want my pieces to be unique and different but to stand the test of time. I like going to museums or scouring antique stores for Victorian jewelry and asking myself what makes these pieces relevant today. I want 1974 pieces to be worn a decade from now and still make sense.
Who is the 1974 girl (or boy)? She (or he) has a classic sense of style and a great eye for value. Our pieces are well made with quality, long lasting materials. They are investment pieces without a prohibitive investment.
Your jewelry is special because it is largely hand made. Can you tell us a little bit about the manufacturing process? Each piece is made by Balinese and Javanese artisans that I have been working with for over a decade. In Bali, silversmiths believe their craft is spiritual. As the younger generation shifts toward other industries, I love that 1974 is doing their share to keep handmade silversmithing alive.
You are also a fashion and textile historian. Which design period would you want to time travel to? Oh God, great question Pia! It’s also a hard one. I would love to see the actual colors and ornament worn by women in an ancient roman marketplace but I also think the 1930s would be fantastic. Or any time when bold women were in.
What colors and materials does silver pair best with? Anything! It’s one of the reasons I love it. You can dress it down with jeans and then easily transition it into evening.
Your style is classic and enduring with a hint of nostalgia. How do you incorporate this into your home decor? I’d like to think of my home as a really joyful environment that is full of expressions of love. I love layering textiles and look for well made pieces that will last. Pillowpia has great vintage aesthetic while still maintaining a classic point of view. Plus, they’re really well made. I tend to gravitate towards quality pieces.
What’s next for 1974? Gemstones coming soon…