“I feel like I have been designing this collection for the last 20 years,” Zoe said. “I sketched and drew a lot of inspiration from my archives. And my research involved a lot of trial and error. After the first prototypes, I decided if I liked this or that, changed chains and stones.”
Zoe has quite an impressive personal jewelry collection too, which I have been able to see the two times I’ve toured her closet. She loves vintage Chanel, Miriam Haskell, Lanvin, Cartier and Bulgari pieces.
Her new collection is about giving her customers a taste of that glamour, albeit a less expensive one. “People want fun things that they can wear with jeans and a T-shirt and make their look that much better, which is why each piece has a lot to it,” she said.
When the jewelry collection expands beyond Neiman Marcus into other stores for spring, the line also will broaden to include smaller, more subtle pieces — in other words, not so much bling.
“For me, I have never stopped wearing big jewelry, some bigger than my appendages,” Zoe said. “But it’s not for everybody. And since my son has been born, there are more delicate things that I sleep in and don’t take off. Anita Ko made me a necklace that’s a vertical bar engraved with my son Skyler’s name and birth date, and Hilary Tisch made me a couple of delicate pieces with his name on them too.”
So will fine jewelry be next?
“Why not? I never say never. It’s the same reason I will probably go into high-end evening wear eventually. Why not play with the real stuff?”