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Quiet Storms, a new Brooklyn boutique and e-commerce site, hit the ground running when it opened its doors this past May. What separates it from other jewelry retailers — including its neighbors, Catbird and Mociun — is its eye for jewelry's most modern and rule-breaking designers.
Founder Reshma Patel, who worked in fashion PR for more than a decade, had never worked with jewelry before opening Quiet Storms — something that allowed her to approach the launch of her store as a consumer, rather than a buyer, with a near-tangible passion for jewelry. Her well-selected roster, made up of designers that are rethinking what counts as timeless jewelry, is a result of that obsession.
Within the space, you’ll find sleek cuffs, reworked metal chokers, and single earrings from designers like Charolette Chesnais, Annelise Michelson, and Delfina Delettrez, along with a slew of other designers doing exciting (and refreshing) things with metals, glass, and gemstones.
“What I love about each of our designers is that they each bring their own unique perspective,” Patel shares. Travel and discovery play a big part in her selection of brands: Some of the designers are local, like hoop-obsessed newcomer Sorelle, and some are as far away as Japan, like Hirotaka, which specializes in reworked shapes and diamond accents. “It’s been so fun to bring them all to Brooklyn, to a neighborhood I’ve lived in for almost two decades.”
The price range is pretty vast. Shoppers on a budget can grab a pair of Kathleen Whitaker studs for under $50, and shoppers for whom the word “budget” is a foreign concept can buy a white gold and pearl bracelet from from Lia Di Gregorio for more than $6,000. The bulk of what you’ll find falls somewhere between the $200 to $1,000 mark.
The store itself is calming and challenges both the sterile look-but-don’t-touch feel of high-end luxury stores as well as the twee Anthropologie vibe of smaller boutiques. Quiet Storms falls somewhere in the middle; jewelry is displayed in glass cases or laid out on marble slats that are surrounded by walls draped in ivory fabric and plush furniture. (You can take the full tour here.)
If you’re not based in New York, don’t sweat. The vibe of Quiet Storms isn’t lost on the e-commerce site. There, you’ll also find full designer profiles and stories, and the entire range of collections.