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The LAGOS Flagship Boutique is Now Open

LAGOS, the fine jewelry brand founded in Philadelphia is happy to announce the reopening of its flagship boutique in Rittenhouse Square.

The LAGOS boutique has been a staple of Philadelphia’s historic Rittenhouse Square for more than 20 years. The boutique is woven into the fabric of this community, and we are pleased to be involved in reviving the spirit of our neighborhood.

“The Rittenhouse store is an integral part of our brand and our business,” said LAGOS Founder and Creative Director Steven Lagos. “We are eager to welcome back our customers to give them the shopping experience they have missed in the safest way possible.”

The boutique’s team is implementing new procedures to ensure a safe shopping experience for our employees and customers. Some of the updates include all LAGOS employees and customers being required to wear a face covering while in the store. Complimentary masks will be provided for those without a mask. Additionally, store associates will be required to wear gloves and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day. Jewelry will be sanitized after each try on.

One-on-one appointments are available for those who would like an exclusive and private experience in store. The LAGOS store carries the most exciting and unique styles the brand offers. New fall arrivals are now available to shop including Smart Caviar, Color Switch and the loveliest gemstone and 18K gold styles. Fan favorites like the Heart of Philadelphia will also be on offer.

We can’t wait to see you back again!

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Steven Lagos, LAGOS Founder & Creative Director: TWO-TONE PIONEER

Back in the day, a woman either chose gold or silver jewelry. It was a big fashion no-no to mix metals. Of course, rules are meant to be broken, and as an innovator and designer Steven did just that. He wanted to give women options and flexibility in styling and wearing jewelry in an effortless way.

Over 40 years ago, Steven introduced two-tone jewelry. Two- tone is the term we use to describe jewelry that incorporates both gold and silver.  You will see it throughout some of our most beloved collection like Caviar Lux, KSL and our Signature Caviar. Like all LAGOS jewelry, versatility and wearability are of utmost importance.

One collection we are particularly excited about is High Bar. This collection amplifies the gold accents for maximum impact. The smooth, reflective gold bars were designed to stand out, creating a breathtaking contrast with the texture of silver Caviar beads. “I love to play with the balance between gold and silver,” says Lagos. “And in High Bar, gold is clearly dominant, which creates a big, bold look.”

This collection is ideal for the collector who likes bold styles full of strong contrast and high shine.

40 years ago, Steven Lagos rewrote the rules on how a woman should wear her jewelry. Essentially, there is no wrong way to wear LAGOS. Mix, Match, Layer, Stack – it’s your LAGOS your WAY.

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A Message From LAGOS Jewelry Founder Steven Lagos for Mother’s Day

A note from Steven Lagos, our Founder and Creative Director:

“This will be the first Mother’s Day without my Mom. She left in late February after a brief bout with brain cancer. She was 88 years young when she passed, and was vibrant and smiling until the end.

I miss her terribly. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about giving her a call or remember a fun moment we shared. In cleaning out her house we came across her jewelry box. You can imagine the collection she has. I first gave my mother a piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day in 1969, I was 12 years old. I can clearly remember going to the counter at Gimbels in Philadelphia and painstakingly selecting a “Sun” pendant made from base metal on a long chain – I think it cost me $12. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a long tradition of gifting her jewelry for every occasion for the rest of her life.

The interesting thing that struck me the most was this “Sun” was right at the very top of her jewelry box. It was carefully placed to be the first thing she saw. As you can imagine, her collection is the most extensive collection of LAGOS jewelry that I know of. Pieces from the very beginning with experimental forays made from silver flatware and turquoise to one-of kind pieces using rubies, emeralds and precious materials. Jewels created during my many years of mastering my skills and defining my style, it contained a physical evolution of my craft and history of my career. You need to understand, there are over 500 pieces in her collection, some costing tens of thousands of dollars and yet, there it was, this silly piece that she cherished and saw every time she opened the box. It completely reinforced my idea that a gift of jewelry is a very powerful thing.

Throughout the rest of this year, I am going to highlight some of the pieces in her collection, the occasions they marked and the stories they tell. I plan to share these exceptional (and not so exceptional) treasures through the eyes of my daughter Kate on Instagram.

I want to wish every Mom a happy Mother’s Day; and look forward to hearing from you soon. Stay tuned and be well.”

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Necklace Layering with Kate Lagos

One of our favorite trends this spring is layering necklaces.  There is something so fresh and fun about taking different Caviar chains and layering them together.  We sat down with our Brand Stylist, Kate Lagos to get a tutorial in the best way to style this new trend.

Step 1: Pick a lariat with adjustable length

The KSL collection has some great new lariat necklaces that are adjustable.  It’s perfect for picking the length that just right for you.  This is a great piece to start as your base layer because you can change it to suit the other necklaces you layer on.

Step 2: Add length with a long chain

One essential step to layering necklaces is having a variety of lengths.  Our new long chain is accented with delicate diamond shaped stations to add visual interest.  It’s silver with 18K gold Caviar beads so it layers perfectly with any piece in your collection.

Step 3: finish with sparkle

A tiny diamond pendant is the finishing touch to add that last bit of interest to your necklaces.  A diamond pendant creates shine while also adding texture to the layered look.  Plus it still looks perfect styled alone for a simpler style.

How do you like to layer your necklaces? Share your style with us on Instagram and tag #MyLAGOSMyWay.

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Galentine’s Day with Kate Lagos

At LAGOS we really love Valentine’s Day but we also can’t help but celebrate Galentine’s Day too. And this year we really celebrated big. This week Kate Lagos hosted a Galentine’s Day themed brunch in New York City at the famous Ludlow Hotel.  She invited some of our favorite influencers to join her for bagels, mimosas and plenty of LAGOS.  It was a fabulous morning of viewing the latest in the KSL Collection and seeing it styled by Kate.  The breakfast served as a relaxed, fun break from all that is fashion week in NYC.  The beautiful florals and cozy atmosphere was perfect for friends catching up and meeting each other for the first time too.  There’s no better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day than with the smartest, most confident and stylish women in New York!

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LAGOS UNVEILS INNOVATIVE NEW SILHOUETTES FOR BEST-SELLING SMART CAVIAR

It’s here, the second generation of our popular Smart Caviar collection is launching today.  The new Smart Caviar collection offers a set of distinct, luxe bracelets that help transition the sporty look of the Apple Watch® to a piece of fine jewelry. Naturally the new design has our signature Caviar beading and is designed for a modern lifestyle.

The new set of distinct, luxe bracelets are available in stainless steel and stainless steel and 18K gold. These new versions join the already popular sterling silver with diamond bands introduced last year.

Smart Caviar is designed for the modern woman. The lightweight, durable bracelet is versatile enough for every day wear and adds effortless style whether at work, at the gym, or at a formal function. The ease and practicality of a stainless steel bracelet is matched by the style and sophistication of LAGOS’ signature Caviar designs.

Every year we continue to seek out clever design solutions that go beyond expected materials traditionally found in fine jewelry.  The stainless steel is strong and durable with a fine jewelry finish that fits the LAGOS woman’s busy lifestyle.

“I love exploring different materials to bring beautiful and functional solutions to our customers,” said LAGOS Founder and Creative Director Steven Lagos. “With Smart Caviar, women can benefit from the functionality of the Apple Watch® without sacrificing their personal style.”

Smart Caviar is designed with the same fine craftsmanship that defines LAGOS jewelry and the ease of wear that makes it perfect for every day. The bracelets slip easily in and out of the Apple Watch® face and come with a sizing tool and extra links to ensure a comfortable fit.

Steven Lagos was one of the first to create the “Designer Fine Jewelry” category when he launched LAGOS more than 40 years ago. Since its inception, the brand has continued to look for ways to innovate its Caviar creations. Smart Caviar is the next evolution of the iconic design while remaining true to the original LAGOS values: integrity, intelligence, and innovation.

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Dazzle in Gold this Fall

Gold Necklaces

Gold necklaces are one of the biggest trends for fall. They are anything but boring and simple. They aren’t as fancy as a diamond ring or a pearl necklace and are perfect to be worn every day. A beautiful gold necklace is vital to your jewelry box. From delicate to statement-making, find your gold necklace style with some help from LAGOS!

The Gold Chain 

Keep it simple! A gold link necklace is perfect is for those of us that are jumping from different types of events. If you find yourself not having time to head home between your day job to your nightlife, a gold chain may be your best bet. And when LAGOS adds caviar beading to a gold chain, it becomes something much more special!

Black Caviar 

Need a more interesting look with your gold necklace?  Consider mixing gold with black caviar with the Gold & Black Caviar Beaded Necklace. This dramatic look will intensify any outfit and add something very unique to your look. Reminiscent of a tiger’s stripes, this piece is sure to garner plenty of compliments!

Gold and Diamonds

We love gold. We love diamonds. Why not combine them both? For a necklace that is all about high quality and true luxury we suggest the Diamond Caviar Necklace. This necklace has the best of everything and will be a standout on your neck.

No matter what type of gold necklace you are looking for, LAGOS will have you covered!

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MEET THE MAN BEHIND YOUR NEW FAVORITE JEWELRY BRAND

We’re so proud of our Founder and Creative Director, Steven Lagos, the man behind your new favorite jewelry brand. A big thank you to The Daily Front Row for this great interview. You can read what Steven had to say below:

How did you first become interested in jewelry?
From a young age, I knew I wanted to live a creative life. I grew up in the ’70s when there was a focus on craft, and it had a huge influence on me. I started with a small trade shop and was able to gain a lot of experience working with the more seasoned jewelers in town. They became my mentors, and I learned the techniques and skills to become a master jeweler. I began selling to a high-end department store in Philadelphia. Then one day, I cold-called Neiman Marcus, and a year later they were creating a new category of bridge jewelry and asked me to be involved.

When you launched the brand, what was your initial vision?
I founded LAGOS based on the idea that jewelry is the most personal form of art you can own. I wanted to create jewelry that women would cherish and feel confident wearing. I saw that there was a gap in the marketplace for wearable fine jewelry, and I liked the idea of creating a product with a distinct point of view. I saw how Calvin Klein was building a brand with jeans, and I wanted to do that with jewelry.

How do you describe your aesthetic?
My approach to everything is form follows function. It’s easy to make things that look great, but it’s how things fill a physical or emotional need that make women cherish them.

How has that approach evolved over the years?
We’re always looking for ways to innovate our Caviar designs. I travel all the time and get inspiration from all over the world. I consider myself a treasure hunter because I’m out in the world, always looking for new materials to use. I go to dozens of shows each year searching for the next thing. For me, it’s really about taking old-world craftsmanship and enhancing it with technology, without changing what makes it special.

What do you consider to be your first major success?
Everyone measures success differently. I felt successful when I was running my trade shop. I felt successful when I first got into Neiman Marcus, and when we hit certain business milestones over the years. There hasn’t been one major moment; I continue to celebrate the successes as they come.

How was the Caviar Collection born?
Caviar is the signature design of LAGOS, featuring handcrafted beading that’s present in every piece in every collection. It was born in the 1980s when I was working on a hematite necklace that reminded me of caviar, which universally represents luxury. It felt like the perfect fit for the growing brand I was building, and customers have really responded well to it.

How do you achieve that Caviar effect in the manufacturing process?
Our process is proprietary, but I can tell you that the Caviar beading is crafted in ateliers by artisan jewelers, and it takes hundreds of steps to complete a single Caviar creation. The unique texture is really a feat of expert craftsmanship and engineering. It’s the nesting of the beads that make the jewelry move with the body and feel like a second skin.

What’s the story behind the “Smart Caviar” piece? How does that work with the Apple Watch or another smart device?
I developed Smart Caviar because I’m a big fan of the Apple Watch design and functionality, but I felt it was missing a fine jewelry element. As with all our collections, I just wanted to offer options. So we introduced Smart Caviar, a fine jewelry bracelet for the Apple Watch. It’s perfect for the modern woman who doesn’t want to sacrifice style in order to stay connected.

Where is LAGOS currently sold and distributed?
The brand is available at lagos.com, as well as luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and more than 250 independent jewelers around the country. We also have a flagship store in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. In terms of scale, we currently sell over 250,000 pieces per year.

Why is LAGOS so popular in the Hamptons?
Our signature Caviar design is comfortable, wearable, and easily transitions from day to night. It works for the Hamptons lifestyle because it has a look that can take you from the beach to dinner.

What are your favorite things to do out East?
I wish I had more time to spend in the Hamptons. I spend most of my time “out East” but in Asia. I travel constantly for business and pleasure, and I love exploring local art, culture, and people.

What are your most popular pieces at the moment?
Smart Caviar is one of those rare collections that has been both commercially and editorially successful. It was a huge hit when we launched and continues to sell. Our classic Caviar rope bracelets in 18K gold, sterling silver, and black ceramic are also customer favorites.

How has the advent of social media changed your business?
I’ve always been an early adopter of technology, so we were quick to offer online access to our brand. It’s a great opportunity to connect directly with consumers in real time versus the old way, where we were only having one-sided conversations through advertising. Now, we can communicate with our loyal brand fans and introduce LAGOS to a new generation at the same time.

If you were to host a dream dinner party, who would the guests be?
I like spending time with interesting people who inspire me. The strong, bold women in my life would be first on my list — my daughter, my fiancé. Then probably some of the artists I follow and collect. In fact, I recently hosted a dinner party where we mixed journalists with politicians, artists, professionals in film and hospitality. It’s fun to see so many different personalities come together and inspire one another.

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Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Featured Designer: Steven Lagos

OUR FOUNDER STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT FOR THE CFDA

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This month, designers and celebrities took to New York for the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. The CFDA is a prestigious organization of the foremost fashion & accessories designers in the country.  Our very own Steven Lagos, designer and founder of LAGOS, took center stage as a featured member on the CFDA website.

The CFDA shared a bit of Steven’s backgrounds and the history of LAGOS. 40 years ago this summer, Steven began designing jewelry in Philadelphia and started his namesake brand. He always knew he wanted to create jewelry. “Jewelry is eternal and one of the most personal forms of art,” he shares.

LAGOS has evolved over the years, from the introduction of our exclusive Caviar design in 1984 to the arrival of Black Caviar in 2015, to a brilliant silver & diamond collection called Caviar Spark in 2017.

CFDA recognizes Steven for his beautiful designs, which are inspired by the art and culture he spots while traveling around the world. In addition, he is forever inspired by the LAGOS woman, the muse that represents bold femininity.

Join us in celebrating Steven Lagos and learning more about the CFDA here.

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