The brains (and beauty) behind NYC bakery Vegan Divas, Fernanda Capobianco, launched her stunning new jewelry collection last night at FP Patisserie on the Upper East Side. The New Yorker Collection is a truly unique set of statement pieces that Capobianco hand-curated and brought to New York from Brazil. Each piece, named after a different NYC neighborhood, is made from gold covered wire, intricately spun with a crocheted technique into sparkling shapes—adorned with glittering crystals. Something about each of the collection’s pieces echoes the modern trends of statement jewelry, but the crochet technique makes this collection stand on its own. The strong beading and mixed metals give the collection the New York edge that inspired its name. Maintaining a relatively moderate price point (nothing is over $300), it is accessible while being completely distinctive.
For Capobianco, living a cruelty-free lifestyle is of the upmost importance, and these beautiful, fairly-sourced accessories uphold her moral standards. A portion of the proceeds from jewelry sales benefits Amanda Hearst’s Friends of Finn Committee, a division of the Humane Society.
As such, Amanda Hearst accompanied Fernanda Capobianco as a charming hostess to those of us lucky to see the collection live.
The Meatpacking Necklace, which was covered with mixed metallic beading that could match almost any outfit, was easily one of our favorite pieces. We also loved the Park Earrings, gold and burgundy circles with delicate fringe, which add that “wow” factor to a simple ensemble. Fernanda sported the “Greenwich” earrings and necklace, which with her simple nude-colored dress, served as stunning standout pieces.
Guests also had the opportunity to munch on Vegan Divas’ goodies, and even the meat-eaters among us were gobbling up the bite size pastries. Our absolute favorite was the dangerously delicious cheesecake cups, with a thin crust and organic raspberry jam. We could not believe that there was no actual cheese in them, much less that they were extremely low in calories! Although Joonbug loves vegan food, we can admit that typically with traditionally cheese-based dishes, there is often a strange aftertaste with vegan substitutes. Yet, not only was this absent in Vegan Diva Cheesecake, but it was also one of the best cheesecake we have ever had. Do yourself a favor and pop into Vegan Divas on 1st Avenue and try it for yourself. Thank us later.
You can find the New Yorker collection on the Vegan Divas website, or in store. We have a feeling the line will sell out quickly so grab them while you can!