R A W L U X U R Y
D I V I N E A N D S A V A G E
Photograph by Christian Witkin.
"I am inherently attracted to flaws and rough edges, natural beauty. Untamed design forms a knowing perfection."
– Jennifer Elster
The original of each designed piece from the J. ELSTER Collection is hand sculpted and hand crafted by J. ELSTER and branded at The Development in New York City. There is utmost care to detail at every turn.
Unfinished edges, jagged lines, and unexpected cuts are signature elements in J. ELSTER's original philosophy of design. Embrace the imperfections as they are a part of the untamed and knowing sophistication.
Jennifer Elster is so pleased to present her collection of handcrafted, raw luxury accessories. Utmost dedication has gone into the development of each piece.
The original inspiration for the collection was based on an interaction in the desert.
Elster is a writer, director, and performer with a preoccupation with the unknown. Elster disappeared into The Development, her underground studio in New York City, for many years. She wrote, directed, and produced an upcoming and unpredictable film series, as well as created numerous performance art pieces. Artists such as Yoko Ono, Terrence Howard, Alan Cumming, Marlo Thomas, Moby, Famke Janssen, Rosie Perez, Jørgen Leth, Liya Kebede, Rufus Wainwright, Paz de la Huerta, Questlove as well as many others, have participated in her projects. Elster's unusual instructions for her subjects in her films have marked her as the pioneer of Unknown Cinema.
During the post-production phase of her films, Elster was drawn to making things with her hands. She created the practical and aesthetically perfect pouch for her essentials – phone and keys – which she wears all the time. Elster then crafted different pouches, sized for different purposes. Soon she began to hand sculpt arm pieces, neck pieces, and headpieces, which together with the pouches formed the J. ELSTER Collection. Unfinished edges, jagged lines and unexpected cuts are signature elements in her original philosophy of design.
The original of each designed piece from the J. ELSTER collection is hand sculpted and handcrafted by Elster and then branded by hand at The Development in New York City. There is utmost care to detail at every turn. Embrace the rough edges as they are part of the knowing sophistication.
Elster began her career creating conceptual characters for the late David Bowie and styling for the covers of, and in such magazines as The Face, Dazed and Confused, Rolling Stone and Time.
Elster was born and raised in New York City, where she continues to create in the multi-faceted living installation, The Development.