Introducing the Bario Neal x Linder NYC Men’s Jewelry Collaboration
Let’s face it, really great man-gifts are hard to find.
Good thing that just in time for the holiday season, the Bario Neal x Linder NYC Jewelry collaboration launches today. This high-concept line, “Mortar” re-imagines men’s jewelry, drawing inspiration from the Linder NYC look, while maintaining the design and craftsmanship of a Bario Neal piece.
Linder NYC is comprised of designers Kirk and Sam, who renovated their Thompson Street store themselves, creating a beautifully minimal and intimate space that frames both the brands they carry and their own line.
How did the Bario Neal x Linder teams get from concept to a final product? Here’s a little insight into how a vision becomes reality:
“I really liked the shapes, and wanted to play up the sort of soft angularity of these weirder forms, sort of like a membrane” – Anna Bario
Membrane Shapes provided the initial inspiration for an enameled ring’s first sketch, later changed to cement.
Cement color samples arranged in the studio
The unisex collaboration fuses metal and cement, an innovative pairing we introduced with our recent I.O Ring design.
“I also wanted to use the cement instead of enamel because the material itself is rather soft in color & texture. I liked the rough materiality of it.” –Anna Bario
Early prototypes go through a rigorous quality control check before moving into production.
A newly carved wax version of the finalized Mortar ring is ready to be sent to casting.
The polished and cast rings above undergoing the cementing process, one of the last steps.