The union of two exceptional entities is an amazing thing. Extra virgin olive oil and balsmic vinegar from Tuscany, Will and Kate under the pews of Westminster Abbey and Chanel espadrilles with some great J-brand skinnies… There is no doubt that the best things in life come in pairs. So naturally, when Calypso approached Frieda and Nellie to collaborate on an exclusive necklace, we were beyond thrilled. We admit, keeping this collaboration a secret hasn’t been an easy feat. But finally, on this beautiful 82-degree, sunshiny day we can show the world the fruits of our labour: The Queen of the Night.
We haven’t been this excited about a major announcement since Marc Jacobs started designing for Louis Vuitton or the new season of Orange is the New Black aired on Netflix. With that being said, this news blows PVC totes and made for binge-watching TV dramas out of the water. Like us, we’re sure you want to know everything there is to know about this killer collab. Frieda and Nellie’s social media team had a unique opportunity to sit down with Stacy and Sarah to learn a little more about the ‘QOTN,’ here’s what they had to say:
Q: When and how did you decide to collaborate with Calypso?
A: We always loved the beachy, upscale vibe of Calypso St. Barth and knew we wanted to work with them from the get-go of Frieda and Nellie. We were doing a trunk show at Henri Bendel in the early Spring and the jewelry buyers from Calypso stopped by and suggested we collaborate on an exclusive project. We were all like YESS OF COURSE! We put together a few samples and worked with their team back and forth to create the most unique, special, groovy necklace and eventually finalized the design for the Queen of the Night! Both teams had the goal of creating a statement piece that was both memorable and practical, we hope our shared customers are as excited as we are about final product!
Q: What elements do Calypso and Frieda and Nellie share?
A: The Calypso woman is pretty similar to the Frieda and Nellie woman, she is a smart, inspired, bohemian, boho chic, adventurous, art and travel loving individual who loves to push the boundaries of her style. She also appreciates quality, the small things in life and always makes a statement. Working with the Calypso team has been wonderful in that we were able create a unique piece that truly showcases the lifestyle of both brands, and that of our customers.
Q: How did you decide on the name “Queen of the Night” for your new statement necklace?
A: We knew we wanted the necklace to be strong and powerful (even though it is super lightweight) and used Cleopatra as our inspiration. It actually has a bit of an Egyptian flair. On that note, the Queen of the Night seemed perfect to convey it’s bold, regal qualities.
Q: What are your favourite characteristics of the QOTN necklace?
A: We love the eye-catching silvers of the paddles but also really love the greys and rare vintage Swarovski milk glass, aurora borealis and jet black colored crystals above. These elements fuse modernity with vintage charm. We can’t forget the silk-ribbon ties with tassels at the end that make it versatile and adjustable. The F&N girl can wear her necklace at any length depending on her mood or outfit, pretty groovy.
Q: Speaking of which, if you were to wear it with one outfit, what would it be?
A: Definitely with a Calypso lace tank, J-Brand boyfriend jeans and Chanel ballet flats during the day with a ton of stackable friendship bracelets. But at night we’d wear it long long with a signature Calypso wrap dress in fuchsia or ecru with espadrille wedges (maybe throw on some Frieda and Nellie tassel earrings and an Edie Parker clutch for good measure). Very New York.
Q: So cool that you guys are collaborating with a major retailer like Calypso, do you have any other major collabs coming down the pipeline?
We’re so so excited to announce our first collaboration with Calypso and look forward to many more exciting projects together in the future, so keep checking our Insta and Facebook for more announcements ;)
How cute is Corinna with the Calypso Broome St. manager Stanley? Thanks for letting us stop by to shop!
Can’t get enough of the Queen of the Night? Read the product description here first from our exclusive press release:
Powerful and mysterious, the Queen of the Night necklace gilds any outfit with its bohemian charm. Inspired by spring dew atop the petals of cool white dahlias. This statement necklace evokes the movement of long meadow grass paired with the gleam of the sun’s rays off New York’s Chrysler building. Both functional and flirty, this piece is adorned with adjustable hand-dyed silk ribbon finished with metallic tassel ties. Bold and fearless like a crescent moon at midnight, the Queen of the Night necklace is unexpectedly lightweight and versatile. Worn with a simple white tee or intricately patterned sundress, its milk glass stones, jet hematite and black diamond gems add a sprinkling of lux and a dash of vintage glamour to any costume of the modern woman.
100% hand-dyed silk ribbon
Sterling Silver Stardust Sparkle Beads
Silver metal fringe centerpiece
Swarovski Crystal Necklace (milk glass, aurora borealis, jet hematite, and black diamond)
Centerpiece Width: 3.5”
Centerpiece Length: 3.5”
Silk Ribbon on each side (including tassels): 23”
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