OPENINGS: kataoka jewelry (11.19.18)
kataoka jewelry is a fine jewelry company that has made its way to Tribeca all the way from Tokyo. To celebrate the opening of their new flagship store, we spoke with Anis Boudraa, Chief Operating Officer, to learn more about what you can expect…
Tell us about kataoka…
kataoka is a fine-jewelry company founded in 2011 in Tokyo by Yoshinobu Kataoka, an artist, and goldsmith with over 25 years of experience. Since its foundation, kataoka has pursued timeless beauty through the creation of wearable art.
What makes kataoka unique?
kataoka jewelry is masterfully made by hand in Tokyo using precious gems and metals. The gold is custom-blended to Yoshinobu Kataoka's specifications and is exclusive to our brand.
Precious gemstones cutting, milgrain edges and other finishing touches are all applied by hand, and the use of traditional crafting techniques emphasizes the beauty of our natural materials.
What inspired you to open kataoka in Tribeca?
New York is a fascinating and stimulating city, and we many of our customers are from New York. We wanted to bring our creations to a broader audience in the US, and we knew that TriBeCa was the place to be; its architecture and history resonate perfectly with our ethos.
What can locals expect when they visit kataoka?
A unique minimalist environment with Japanese and American inspirations, unique handmade creations presented in display cases dating way back to 1870's Japan.
What are you most excited about when it comes to opening the shop?
The most exciting part of opening the shop is to have more people understand the art and craftsmanship behind every kataoka creations, as well as our philosophy– Over the past 40 years, the global jewelry market has been saturated with poorly crafted, homogenized, and over-priced jewelry that produce a staggering amount of toxic industrial waste.
Taking its roots in the Japanese heritage of exceptional craftsmanship and understated elegance, kataoka jewelry was founded as a response.
No harmful chemicals are used in the kataoka jewelry production process. All jewels are handcrafted with gemstones and diamonds that are handpicked and handset and produced in limited quantities to ensure minimal environmental impact.
What are the store hours?
Tuesdays-Fridays - Open 1 pm to 7 pm
Weekends - Open 11 to 7pm
Closed on Mondays