Kenny J

10/18/2008

Kenneth Jay Lane has made some of the most amazing jewelry I’ve ever seen. His costume confections have graced women from all walks of life – from Jackie Onassis to Diana Vreeland, Elizabeth Taylor to the Dutchess of Windsor (who it is said is buried in a belt me made for her.) I did not know until recently that he was first a shoe designer for Delman and Christian Dior and he used his free time to create flashy baubles. They were such an instant success that Saks Fifth Avenue sold its entire initial inventory in one day. He was one of the persons included for “high fashion” in the Andy Warhol Screen Tests and a guest at Truman Capote‘s Black And White Ball.  In 1996  he published Faking It and he continues to do his thing from his home in the Stanford White mansion in New York City.

His vintage pieces are highly collectable and frequently sell through Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Doyle New York action houses. To get his goods on the cheap, check out the line he released a line with QVC under the name KJL.

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