By Michelle Graff
“When I was looking for space I was looking for something that would give me the feeling of a gallery,” Michal Kadar said of opening a studio/office in New York. The clothing-turned-jewelry designer will introduce her fine jewelry line at the upcoming Couture show in Las Vegas.
New York--Clothing-turned-jewelry-designer Michal Kadar, who’ll make her trade show debut this summer, announced last week that she’s opening an atelier for her fledgling jewelry brand, Cadar, this fall in New York.

In an interview with National Jeweler last week, Kadar said her New York City space, which she is leasing, will function as both an office and a studio.

While she will not be open to the public generally, she will take private appointments with, and sell to, clients.

“It’s really important for me to meet people who are wearing the jewelry,” she said. “The connection with … the woman who’s going to buy is very important for my work.”

The space also will be a place where she can show her collection to retailers who are interested in carrying her line and see samples of her pieces as they are finished. Kadar sketches out her designs and has them manufactured either in the Diamond District or in a factory in Italy.

Cadar’s office/studio will be located in the Fuller Building, occupying a total of 4,190 square feet of space on the fifth floor. The Fuller Building, a New York City landmark dating from 1929, is located on the corner of Madison Avenue and 57th Street.

Construction on the office space is expected to be complete by the fall.

The Fashion Group International selected Kadar as its 2016 “Rising Star” in fine jewelry; past winners of this honor include Paige Novick and Margery Hirschey.

Kadar also recently picked up the aid of jewelry industry veteran Ralph Destino. The Cartier chairman emeritus is working as a director for the company while retaining his role as senior director of international business development at jewelry buyer Circa.

Kadar, who spent years designing women’s clothing and had her own label and boutique in Tel Aviv, will make her trade show debut this June at Couture in Las Vegas.

She said for her, transitioning from fashion design, which has become very “fast,” to fine jewelry affords her the chance to create something that’s permanent and to put more thought and detail into her designs.  

“I wanted something that will stay forever,” Kadar said.  “And I’m really enjoying every piece that I am doing and really giving a lot of attention to detail.”

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