I am so happy I discovered Flutter by Jill Golden. I actually worked with Jill when she was at Lancome and I was at Men's Vogue and always admired her jewelry. She was designing back then as well and was always wearing some fabulous creation from her collection. Like me she finally got swept away be her entrepreneurial instincts and founded Flutter. We will talk about the jewels in a minute as I know this is what you really want, but of course I want to share a little more of the backstory and inspiration.
You see, Jill is a major travel enthusiast. She has a passion for exploring the world's diverse cultures and draws all of her inspiration from societies and places that differ from her own. I love that her website combines travel and design, so I want to share an interview from her site that will give you great insight into Flutter.
"AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DESIGNER: Jill Golden
You’ve created a website and a business combining two seemingly unrelated interests — jewelry and travel, why? I think creativity, and in my case jewelry design, is inspired by passion. I am obsessed with exploring other countries and cultures, and it is through my travels I am inspired to create beautiful things. Even the name of my business, Flutternyc, is inspired by my love to spread my wings and “flutter” the world.
Let’s discuss your inspiration, what things inspire you? Color, visiting new places – near and far, seeing other people achieve their dreams, beautiful textiles. What was your first passport stamp? Jerusalem when I was 17, the summer after highschool.
What are your top 5 favorite destinations? In no particular order: Paris, northern “up north” Michigan, Italy, The Rocky Mountains and Buenos Aires.
Where are the next 5 places you would like to travel? India, Turkey, Morocco, Maldives and Colombia.
What’s your most useful travel tip? Even if you don’t speak the language, a smile and good manners translates across every language! Try and find someone who knows someone who lives where you are going – there is no advice like that of a local. Oh, and pack dryer sheets in your suitcase-they eliminate that airplane odor.
What’s your favorite travel website? Tripadvisor.com, tablethotels.com
What can’t you leave home without? The list is long, as hard as I try I have not mastered the travel light concept: Ipod (sometimes 2 depending on the distance), Bose noise cancellation headphones, cashmere blanket, water, rosebud salve & Biotherm Biomains hand lotion, books, soduku puzzles….and that’s just for the plane!
So, when did you start making jewelry? Actually, I sold my first “jeweled” item when I was 9 – beaded barrettes to the trendy tween store in my hometown. My whole life I have been creative and crafty but as an adult my first professional jewelry job was in marketing for Cartier. A few years later I started designing jewelry – making myself earrings and necklaces and then friends, colleagues and strangers started asking to purchase my designs…so while on a jury duty lunch break in downtown nyc, I stopped by the county clerks office and established flutternyc.
What do you consider luxury? Luxury is inspiration and aspiration. Luxury makes you feel good, both physically and emotionally. A luxury doesn’t have to be a thing, it could be an experience like a fantastic voyage, but we often find things luxurious because they help us feel better, look better, live better, love better…..
OK, so tell us some of your life’s luxuries? To me, the ultimate luxury is travel…sometimes in the form of a 5 star hotel, a day reading a book under a tree, exploring a flea market where no one speaks English, having a glass of wine with lunch, eating an ice-cream in the hot sun, discovering a new artist or photographer in a little gallery, discovering new designers in tiny boutiques. If I can use this, travel, as inspiration to create a beautiful piece of jewelry that can evoke this feeling of a luxurious moment, then I’ve succeeded.
What about favorite things? They change all the time as I discover new things but here are today’s:
Artist: Ryan McGinness
Stationery: Paper by Stelier lzc
Designer: Chloe, Jenni Kayne
Bag you covet: Bottega Venetta and classic Chanel
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose
Hair product: Kerastase Oleo Relax
Perfume: Trish McEvoy #9
OK, they say home is where the heart is, tell us about your home: My home is New York City.
I’ve lived in nyc since: I moved here on a bit of a whim after college - 15 years later I still call it home.
I live here because: There is something new to see or learn every day, I am inspired by the people I meet – there is no single definition of a “New Yorker”.
My neighborhood: I live on the Eastern edge of the West Village – 1 block in any direction is filled with a different spirit and wonderful boutiques and restaurants.
My favorite restaurant: is different every day, dining out is entertainment and I love to try new places all the time.
My favorite museum: Cooper Hewitt, National Design museum, The Costume Institute at the Met and the Frick.
My favorite shops: Barneys NY, bird in Brooklyn, KIRNA ZABÊTE.
I get around nyc: Walking or on the Subway (use hopstop.com)."
OK now for the gorgeous jewelry. First on my list is the Gracia Bracelet, which is made from quartz and gunmetal ($350) and the Teresa Necklace ($450) made from natural turquoise and gunmetal. They are both part of her Barcelona collection, inspired by the city's seductive ambience. The designs draw reference from the masterfully architected lampposts created by the city's native son, Antonio Gaudi.
Next, one of my favorites is the Greece Collection which combines an ancient mystique with a modern twist. I am a major bracelet girl and love the Bangle Bracelets ($145-$185). The rounded square shape and details make them true standouts...make sure to layer them as they more and more fab as you pile them on. The Soller Bracelets are part of the Mallorca Collection and are tan leather with semi-precious stones ($150). These tap right into my Boho Chic nature. These also look great layered and combined with the other pieces in the collection. One last final tidbit...like me, Jill doesn't really believe in seasons per se. Her designs are created to work together from season to season and are meant to be mixed and worn togther, so nothing ever goes out of style!!!
Come meet see Flutter at Retail Therapy at 515 East 72nd Street/Miraval Living. The more I write about the event, the more I realize just how spectacular it is going to be!!!!