Chin Teo F/W 15 Collection
Fashion continuously changes at a breakneck pace which brings a throwaway sense of entitlement about the artisans, who run at a slower pace. With young designers taking control of today's fashion, it leaves little to no room for those who focus on traditional values and quality construction. Despite the dwindling pantheon of artisans, it brings me delight to present to you Chin Teo's F/W 15 collection. I have always been a fan of Chin Teo's traditional approach to making jewelry, but his bringing new life to metalsmithing and artisanal craftsmanship is something exhilarating. Something about his new collection brought a juxtaposition of peace and calamity. Intentional cuts and refinements became statements of his personal style. His chains feature subtle and soft detailing that balances well when paired with his tortured-style sterling silver .925 rings that were forged through fire and acid to have a washed and sanded down texture and appeal. Everything from his 18k yellow, rose, and white gold rings and necklaces, through his more affordable .925 works leave the viewer to be mired at the fact that one can still hand-make this evocative work and survive on talent alone. Chin Teo is a prime example of artisans out there who believe in quality construction, and refining traditional techniques in order to seamlessly mix the old with the new.