Christopher 19 is one of the West Village's better boutiques depicting edgy urban elegance, retailing one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry and accessories, as well as working one-on-one with clients fabricating custom designs. Seasonal costume and fine jewelry collections in silver and gold are accompanied by fashion accessories as well as some home decor. The selection defines hip and easy with a look that is a little rough and slightly primitive, yet possesses a quality of refinement found in a classically polished piece. There is something appealing to everyone in this jewelry boutique with its unparalleled assortment of original designs.
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Christopher 19 , formally known as Christopher Roca, launched in 2006 by international jewelry designers William Felder and Gregory Reeves. The duo began in the '80s with their first collection, Bob House Studio, carried by Barney’s New York and was featured in The New York Times Fall Fashion section. After wholesaling in Chicago and California, the designers settled into their alluring West Village retail store complete with a downstairs workshop to accommodate their wholesale production.
Along with its signature creations, Christopher 19 showcases 12 unique domestic and international designers. Collections incorporate raw semi-precious stones from local Brooklyn designers, such as Miranda Hope’s warrior style jewelry, and fossil shark tooth pieces; vintage inspired costume jewelry from New York’s iconic Miriam Haskell, and beautiful rugged stones from the sustainable and socially responsible designer, Mellissa Joy Manning, with her line of 14k gold bands and imperial topaz.
Also gracing the store are pieces from the popular UK designer, Philippa Kunisch. Her feminine jewelry is made using brass alloy with opal glass beads, and colorful faceted crystals in a variety of sparkling diamond cuts. Kunisch's nontraditional media combinations and technique result in vibrant yet classical designs for a vintage-modern look. Gifts and accessories entail scarves, hats, trendy leather bags and humorous antique animal head plates by Angela Rossi.
Co-owner Reeves had sadly passed in 2012. Exploring a variety of arts throughout his years, Reeves creativity had caught the eye of Miriam Haskell's executives where he was recruited to design for the relaunch of Miriam Haskell's Heritage Line. The store maintains it's delightful exhibition of beauty as Felder continues designing and curating fine collections from burgeoning designers while slowly re branding from Christopher 19 to C19.
At Christopher 19 shoppers are swept into a world of natural forms blending raw elements with polished touches for a refined take on primitive and classic pieces. From delicate aquamarine stones set in 14k to strands of chunky pyrite luster stones, Christopher 19 introduces signature designs sculpted from precious and semiprecious metals and minerals giving a fresh take on timeless design.