Founded in 1918, Trifari jewelry was considered one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewelry. Throughout the years, a number of designers created for Trifari, but it was the innovative works of designer, Alfred Philippe, that created and developed their distinctive, signature look. He designed for the company from 1930-1968. This vintage image features Jane Fonda wearing faux emerald and diamond jewelry designed by Philippe.
You could probably say that I was a tomboy when I was a kid. I liked playing in the mud with my neighbors, I collected Hot Wheels like I did Strawberry Shortcake and I had stick races down the gutters with my friends when it rained. I was also enamored with the little plastic green army men that came a hundred to a plastic bag. I used to put them up all over the house and shoot them down with rubber bands. Not one green man was safe. I would put them in windows, on the shelves and in bushes and take aim. I could do this for hours! Ahh… the imagination of little people. I envy that creativity. So in homage to the little men in my childhood that gave me hours of play I decided to make a line of jewelry called, “Going Commando.” I have been wanting to create this line for years now and I made my first one awhile back in silver. But the price of sterling is so high that the line would cost a lot and would not be very affordable for my customers. So recently it came to me that I just needed to make them in brass! They are weighty little fellas, so the brass would be a cost efficient alternative. I can still do them in sterling too, ya just have to ask for a special order.
The little army men I chose to use are vintage army men, to stay true to Verve’s aesthetic. They are from the 50′s-70′s and were acquired from a vintage toy collector. Each little guy comes with his own name, of course, and a portion of “Going Commando’s” online sales will go to a group that supports Veterans families. Group TBD.