Kande Hall, FIDM alum, full-fledged fashionista and Francophile for life; that’s how those who know her define Los Angeles-based jewelry designer. She whose new collection has generated a grassroots buzz across Southern California.
“I started collecting these vintage medallions during a trip to France. They were quite intriguing and each had its own special characteristic—a certain vibe. When I returned home, I began combining them with strands of pearls and rough-cut stones to create a look that I considered to be very hip and undeniably feminine. I’d wear them to work, running around town or out to dinner. Almost immediately, friends, clients and even strangers on the street took notice and needed to know where I bought them. The day I was approached at a meeting and sold a necklace off my neck—French Kande was born.”
Hall’s love affair with pearls started years ago with an opera length string of white 8mm pearls she received as a gift from her husband. Soon, any outing would be an occasion to drape them around her neck. From a black tie affair to riding on the back of a motorcycle, Kande was always a vision in pearls. She would tie black ribbon on them, add jump links to combine other pieces or twist them together with other necklaces. Over the years, her collection grew. “I’ve just got a thing for pearls, and now I’m designing jewelry for other women who love them too,” says Hall.
Kande designs and provides the initial assembly in her atelier in Manhattan Beach. But don’t assume these beauties carry a high price tag just because they are handmade in LA. “I’m very aware of the economy’, confides Hall. ‘From the beginning, my line was designed to make your heart beat a little faster...at a price you wouldn't think twice about it.”
Characterized by its chunky, yet feminine style, Kande's jewelry is made to be worn with a LBD or jeans and a tee. “I want the person wearing my jewelry to feel confident, classic, and sexy.”