Patricia Bonaldi, the Brazilian designer of her named brand PatBO, has launched her first ever jewelry collection in collaboration with Ranjana Khan.
“We met by accident!” Bonaldi shared with Forbes from São Paulo, where she will open a new store in the coming days. “We were both on vacation in Careyes, Mexico over a year ago, started dancing, and that’s how it all started.” Bonaldi later discovered several of Khan’s pieces while shopping in Cartagena, Colombia and fell in love with a feather ring. This fearsome moment got the phone call that led to the collection we see today.
PatBO is known for its tropical, bohemian aesthetic with bold prints and feminine details, worn by holiday glitterati around the world. Accessories always feel like such an authentic extension of her current line when she draws inspiration from Patricia Bonaldi’s homeland in Brazil and produced right in her hometown of Uberlândia. And for those who have been fans of the brand since the beginning, it’s an exciting “about time” moment.
In this first jewelry capsule, each style draws design codes from Bonaldi’s original prints with a blend of unexpected and eclectic materials. Designer Ranjana Khan, who hails from Mumbai, India, shares a similar passion for travel and gets much of her inspiration from her globetrotting adventure. The lava rock, silk leaves, Swarovski crystals, baroque pearls and seashells are intricately placed throughout the collection, all handcrafted by Khan during her travels through Indonesia, Colombia and Italy. The extraordinary creation is a white headpiece made with over a dozen ostrich feathers, glass beads and crystals, depicted as both a fashion statement or for a bride.
Aside from similar passions and design aesthetics, what really drew Patricia Bonaldi to Ranjana Khan was, above all, their shared values in craftsmanship and the support of artisans in their home countries. Almost ten years ago, Bonaldi thought of ways to improve his production and decided to open his own school so that the designer could educate, train and completely produce his collections in his hometown of Uberlândia. More than 400 artisans have learned to embroider, sew and paint through Bonaldi’s school and are the hands behind PatBO’s haute couture craft.
The jewelry range is available today and sells for between $ 330 and $ 795, and for sales made through the brand’s e-commerce site, PatBO.com will donate a percentage of the profits to Child Rights and You, which supports disadvantaged children in India.
Discussions about future jewelry collections are already underway, and as for Patricia Bonaldi’s next adventure, the jet-setting designer has her sights in Peru.