The years blur now, but most likely in 2000, just before the dot-com bubble was about to burst, I was on a rocket ship of a software company called Blue Martini Software. I was one of the first 40 employees in July of 1999 and just a year later, the company was going public with hundreds of employees all over the world and, at its peak, a $4B (with a B) market cap.
I stopped into the Saks Men’s Store in Union Square and noticed a vitrine of cufflinks. A pair of sterling silver martini glasses were adorned with a green peridot stone to represent an olive in the martini. But Blue Martini Software’s logo featured a lemon twist. I asked a sales associate if it would be possible to order a pair with a yellow-ish stone instead of green; the next week I got an answer. I ordered ten pair to give out as gifts to co-workers plus a stud set for myself. I still have my links and stud set today.
A third-generation designer, and the first in jewelry, Robin founded his namesake line in 1993. Objects and architectural details are the core of each new design crafted in sterling silver. Robin studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). In 2006, FIT awarded him the Mortimer C. Ritter Award, one of the highest honors given out by the Alumni Association. Robin Rotenier was the first jewelry designer to receive this prestigious award. In December 2008, Silver Promotion Service asked Robin to join the inaugural group of ten “Designers of Distinction.”Robin carves his models, and each piece is finished by hand, distinguishing it from machine-made items. It is Rotenier’s passion for design and attention to details that truly set his work apart.
On Thursday, May 9th, Robin Rotenier will visit our store and club from 6pm-9pm. In addition to his wide assortment of cufflinks, he’ll have some women’s jewelry on hand as well.