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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Monkey tricks
Monkey stealing a banana. Articulated monkey pendant is encrusted with pavé Champagne diamonds and is carrying a Yellow Sapphire Banana. Courtesy of Marc Alary.

Monkey stealing a banana. Articulated monkey pendant is encrusted with pavé Champagne diamonds and is carrying a Yellow Sapphire Banana. Courtesy of Marc Alary.

 

Pluralism of styles does not warrant innovation. In present-day fashion, product, and jewelry design we mostly see repetition: revivals made contemporary with minor updates in cut, color, and size. Jewelry, by definition a means to personalizing an outfit, suffers from a similar malaise. The field lacks creativity and compensates for it with great numbers of bigger and colored stones.

When attention shifts away from stones and back to movement, articulation, and organic design exciting pieces materialize. Such is the case with Marc Alary’s work. Alary, a well-pedigreed French graphic designer, who made New York City his home almost 15 years ago, applied his talent in graphics, fashion, shoe, and jewelry design for some of the biggest names in New York’s creative industries. He launched his own line of jewelry in 2010.  In June, three short years later, he was nominated in the top ten of the annual CFDA Fashion Fund finalists.

Inspired by nature, Alary interprets movement with an engineer’s precision to manufacture pieces in gold and precious stones. His work, sophisticated and humorous at the same time, reminds us of the tongue-in-cheek French singerie (monkey tricks) of the eighteenth century. While the monkey has played a prominent role in Alary’s work, it is not alone. There are alligators, elephants, cheetahs, zebras and the occasional flamingo. Grouped in caravans and playful ménageries, Alary’s creatures are the heroes of his stories, as independent and playful as they are willing to belong to their new master.

This is where Alary has already made a mark: Adept in the craftsmanship of storytelling, he brings to life story bites that fit in the wearer’s personal story. Alary’s pieces are beautiful, precious, and age well. His characters are adaptable, friendly, and entertaining, a treasure trove of wonder and power for the wearer.

Monkey stealing a banana. Preparatory sketches. Courtesy of Marc Alary.

Monkey stealing a banana. Preparatory sketches. Courtesy of Marc Alary.

Positioned to revive American High Jewelry, Marc Alary aspires to continue innovating contemporary luxury by paying equal attention to art, science, technology and engineering, all of which form the building blocks of his work. (Visit Marc Alary’s website)

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