Prepare to “Be…dazzled” – Alexander McQueen
Founded and designed by Detroit natives Karen & Eric Erickson, Erickson Beamon was born out of the same spontaneous spirit that carries the brand forward today. Working with a local designer on their premiere runway show in the early ’80s, Karen Erickson knew that jewelry was necessary. But little did she know that by merely stringing crystals and beads onto suede, she was launching a company that would soon be featured in Vogue, and credited with creating the chandelier earring.
Though the collection has grown exponentially in the past 30 years, the same handcrafted aesthetic is still Erickson Beamon’s trademark. Walk into their design studio in Manhattan’s West Chelsea and visitors will find artisans sitting before trays laden with crystals and semi precious stones, meticulously assembling each piece by hand. With an abundance of creative energy to tap into, it’s little wonder that Erickson Beamon is an in-demand collaborator for fashion houses like Donna Karan, John Galliano, Zac Posen, Givenchy, Anna Sui, Marchesa, and Emanuel Ungaro. “Erickson Beamon is really an overdose of beauty and creativity,” says Dries Van Noten. ”The jewelry from Erickson Beamon is original and has such variety that every woman, from romantics to the hard core, can fall in love,” says Olivier Theyskens, explaining an endless list of private clients like Madonna, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Taylor Swift.
Erickson Beamon’ inspired artistry has been immortalized in the collections of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum, where the “Dollhouse” chandelier earrings are permanently housed. Erickson Beamon has also been honored with a retrospective exhibition, first curated in 2003 by Simon Doonan for the windows of Barneys in honor of the brand’s 20th anniversary. The retrospective has since traveled as far afield as Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford.