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Gurhan and John Varvatos–A New Jewelry Renaissance

Being a long-time fan of Gurhan, both the designer and the man, and a long-time fan-from-afar of designer John Varvatos, I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that they have collaborated on a new men’s jewelry collection that they’ll be launching at COUTURE 2018! Knowing what I know about Gurhan–that he is a true renaissance man who is as passionate about music as he is jewelry, and that he had an entire life in the music and nightclub scene before discovering his love of working with pure gold–and having the impression I have of John Varvatos, and the rock n’ roll sensibility he brings to his line of clothes, accessories, fragrances and anything else he touches, I would have guessed these two would hit it off immediately!

“Jewelry has always held an important place in our brand DNA,” explains Varvatos. “Last fall while searching for the right partner to further develop and create a more robust collection, I met renowned jeweler Gurhan Orhan. We immediately connected on so many levels. Together we’ve created a very special and unique signature collection.”

“It is a dream for me to have found a partner who shares my passion for rock music and the style that goes along with it,” enthused Gurhan. “My own line of jewelry is an important reflection of one part of my life–world history and ancient cultures. John’s line enables me to celebrate another huge part of my life–music! Every part of creating this jewelry line for John Varvatos has been about sharing the same ideas, mentality and passion. I love working with John as much as I love the line we have created together.”

The design process typically entails long afternoons where John settles in at Gurhan’s TriBeCa-based Atelier, and together they meticulously review and inspect beads, stones, colors, textures and design drawings. The synergy of the two designers will take the collection beyond the John Varvatos brand stores and, for the first time, to wholesale distribution.

The first collection, which we’ll all see at COUTURE May 31-June 4, is comprised of over 100 pieces, is crafted using precious and semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver, bronze, brass, leather and 18k gold, and has a distinctive style–strong, independent and edgy while completely realizing the rebel spirit inherent to the Varvatos brand. To book an appointment to see the John Varvatos collection contact or stop by to see Gurhan and his team in their ballroom, Alsace 1.

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Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman is the president of Last Word Communications, which spearheads the public relations for the COUTURE show. A 15+ year veteran of the COUTURE community, Michelle is obsessed with all things jewelry and watch related! To be included in COUTURE Musings, email Michelle at

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