C19 sterling silver and 10k gold stack rings
Jewelry designer William Felder, a South Carolina native, has returned to Georgetown and Pawleys Island to set up a studio after 35 years in New York City, where he owned Christopher 19, a retail boutique located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. Christopher 19 was named 'Best Jewelry Store' by The Village Voice in 2013 and again in 2015. Felder grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from USC with a BFA in Studio Art, which led to his move to NYC in the early 1980's. After studying jewelry design at The School of Visual Arts and The 92nd Street Y, he set up a studio and wholesale jewelry business in the West Village with New York artist and designer Gregory Reeves, a collaboration that resulted in their first jewelry collection Bobhouse. Their designs for Bobhouse were featured in the New York Times Magazine issue 'Fall Fashions of the Times' and carried by Barney's New York, Tokyo and Singapore. In 2006 they opened Christopher 19, which became a favorite of village neighbors and celebrities such as Susan Sarandon, Sean Lennon and Goldie Hawn. In December of 2013, Garden and Gun magazine featured Felder's leather and pearl lariat necklace in their holiday issue of the magazine, describing it as 'a necklace that looks as good with a T-shirt as it does with a evening gown'. the lariat continues to be a southern favorite. Now operating from the South Carolina coastal region, William will continue his handmade signature designs under the Christopher 19 moniker. His current design interests include forging brass wire and sheet into textural forms that reveal the hand of the artist in their final manifestation. Employing painterly techniques using colorful patinas on these brass forms, Felder is exploring new directions inspired by his move back to the South Carolina Low-country. Pearls and semi-precious stones as well as Swarovski crystal are added to the palate to create a unique, wearable statement of personal style.