Yea or Nay: George Frost X Michael Bastian Jewelry

Posted on August 20, 2014

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    • RussellH88

      I just imagine all of these things hanging around Johnny Depp’s neck at once.

      And the keychains will be hanging from the holes in his hat.

      • PinkyK

        Or in his hair….

      • sagecreek

        Hee! You beat me to it :)

      • Karen Belgrad

        LOL, first thought: “does he design exclusively for Johnny Depp?”

      • poorellensmith

        Johnny Depp at Burning Man. Or just, you know, walking down a Manhattan street.

      • evave2

        You are so mean, RussellH88. I love you.

        I can see myself wearing most of this stuff (I think these are interesting minimalist type necklaces) but my husband, NEVER. Now even as a gift to me on MY birthday.

      • Tigerfly

        It’s the Elderly Gay Windchime Collection!

        • Melvis Velour

          As they say at Queer Bingo “Bingo, Bingo, BINGO!”

        • Darren Nesbitt

          My eyes went over the “ly” and I just saw The Elder Gay, it sounds like a really cool book lol.

    • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

      Does this cross the cultural appropriation line? It seems like it would, but I don’t feel qualified to make that statement.

      • carrie

        I had the same thought.

      • Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation

        I would say it does, since they’re clearly going for the look of traditional handicrafts, and having them made and sold at a pretty high price by an American company seems disingenuous to me…which is not quite the word I’m looking for, haha.

        Disclaimer: I’m a white American, so perhaps I’m not exactly qualified either.

      • Sarah

        I don’t think that it is wrong to appropriate the motifs of another culture for decorative items. At least, it’s always been done, and now we are perhaps needlessly sensitive to it. (Disclaimer: I do not think it is okay for religious objects to be used in that way, so if that’s the case here, I certainly don’t like it.) However, in the case of THIS jewelry, I dig it – because I already own a lot of stuff that looks just like that – and I bought it from fair trade stores and actual Tibetan people. So, yeah – maybe if you’re going to practice cultural appropriation, you should get your gear from the actual culture that is producing the stuff.

        • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

          In that respect, it reminds me of Urban Outfitters “Navajo” line. If you want to buy Navajo products, buy them from the Navajo people. Not some fat white douche who is profiting off their aesthetic without paying anything back to the community.

          • Sarah

            Yup. I think that’s where the crime lies – taking things that have been part of people’s culture forever and marketing them like the next “new thing.” I mean, I guess the keychain aspect is a little different, but really. I have had that bracelet number 5 for twenty five years. My dad brought it back from Hong Kong for me.

          • Kent Roby

            According to that argument, it is wrong to wear silk or a sarong.

            • holla

              along that line, then it’s also wrong to wear the colors red, white, orange, blue, black, yellow, green, or purple. and so are those crosses for earrings, necklaces, printed shirts. I think it’s ok to celebrate and support other cultures/spiritual practices. I think the point is make sure your buy from places that are supporting the local culture/practice and not from someone cashing in on a trend.

            • Kent Roby

              But pretty much every designer has been inspired by other cultures. It’s an idea that sounds nice to say (buying straight from the source), but is impractical in reality. When I hear people overuse the term “cultural appropriation” I worry that the meaning of the term gets completely diluted, and therefore doesn’t carry the weight that it should in more obvious cases.

            • holla

              the fact that it’s hard to get straight from the source is the reason those items are special and more appreciated, and the more reason to get straight from the source. it’s like real designer stuff vs knock offs

            • Kent Roby

              Believe me, I would love to have the time and money and inclination to fly to Bali every time I want a Bali beaded necklace!

            • holla

              lol, I have a guy for that ;)

      • holla

        looks like stuff they got from China or Chinatown and marked it up 1000% (I am Chinese)

      • Milka Munn

        No.

      • demidaemon

        I don’t know. I tend to ask that question after I’ve determined something’s aesthetic and use value, to see how one would be viewed for actually wearing said items.

    • Kathy

      Did they have to put ALL of it on the model at once?

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        “We only get the one photo, better show everything off at once!”

        • Kathy

          I mean, seriously! Dude’s wearing a tie, belt, be-ribboned leather collar, and all the stuff too!

          • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

            Am very surprised they didn’t utilize those few inches of bare wrist.

          • Kitten Mittons

            And a fan, maybe, in his pocket? I imagine wearing all that stuff at once would make one a bit sweaty.

      • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

        Seriously. Dude — take off all but one accessory before you leave the house, or whatever it was that Chanel said. Whatever she said, she was right.

    • tiny_bookbot

      Obviously nay to wearing them all at once. Clearly the poor man in the advert doesn’t understand how accessorizing works.

      Also, nay to the vaguely upscaled “stoner backpacker”/”college junior who just got back from study abroad” aesthetic here.

    • Libster

      Jewelry from the museum store…

      • Man Dala

        With a label underneath: “Assyrians: 4 – 6c BC.”

    • KinoEye

      George Frost X Michael Bastian presents the Fall 2014 Elderly Gay Windchime Collection. Coming soon to a Johnny Depp near you.

      • Anna

        You could use him to ring for tea if you pull on 12-14, he’ll have at least half a dozen of those. Each.

        • Kathy

          And they double as fishing lures.

          • Anna

            Gotta love multi-purpose jewelry!

            • Kathy

              It’s like the Swiss knife of jewelry collections.

            • smayper

              I bow down to you.

      • Aidan B

        I think pretzel crumbs just came out my nose.

    • ashtangajunkie

      Some of it is pretty, but there’s not really anything “new” here.

    • sojourneryouth

      On the right kind of man, with the right kind of style, many of these could work. I can see Idris Elba in some of these, for example. However, it was a terrible styling idea to drown the poor model in ALL THE JEWELRY! Poor dude looks like he just escaped from some sort of Etsy torture dungeon.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        You win an upvote just for “Etsy torture dungeon.”

    • Jennifer Bober

      As someone who designs jewelry, I can only say, meh.

    • Glam Dixie

      This is so far outside the realm of any male I know or have ever known in my life that I don’t feel qualified to judge, but hey, when has that ever stopped me? Nay! ;)

    • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

      I love all these pieces, but then I’m all about men getting a piece of the bling pie. Just not all at once, please.

    • Grumpy Girl

      This collection is not speaking to me. Granted, I tend towards boring and classic looks, but I want to see designer stuff with luxe materials at least. As someone else pointed out, much of this looks like stuff you see from craft fairs (which doesn’t make it bad; just makes it not designer-worthy, to me.)

      • SouthernGirlRena

        I would like to know how much number 6 costs because I’m pretty sure middle school girls have been making those at camp for years and years.

    • LibKat

      Oh so much nay. My friends grandkids are making half of those “designs” at camp. And in better color ways.

    • @Biting Panda

      Pretty sure all of these pieces can be found in the “Mahi Exotics” in the local Outlet Mall.

      • Glam Dixie

        I did not know there was such a market for horse hair, I could hook some folks up! (does the ‘call me’ sign)

    • kimmeister

      NAY. Although the last one would make a nifty zipper pull. And #13 could be used to finely clean the vents in my car.

      • MRC210

        I’m thinking of #13 as a keyboard duster myself.

        • kimmeister

          Multifunction tool! Although I’ve always just turned my keyboard upside down, banged on it, and let all the crumbs fall out (so many that you could nearly make a bagel out of them).

    • papillon

      There are not enough nays in the world.

    • kmk05

      Kitsch. Too kitsch.

    • BayTampaBay

      NAY!

    • hughman

      Personally, I LOVE this look. HOWEVER I would never in a million years buy this from Michael Bastian. As a former jewelry designer myself, I can tell you you can go into any good bead store and find all these pieces ready to be easily assembled.

      But I get the look. Except for that model pic where the guy just looks like an insufferable pretentious twit.

      • Nancer

        Thank you for commenting on the model pic! What were they thinking? That won’t move any product, unless your goal is to look like a – well – insufferable pretentious twit!!! :]

      • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

        “Except for that model pic where the guy just looks like an insufferable pretentious twit.”

        Bless.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I can get most if this at any low-rent tourist trap in any China Town: out.

    • Nancer

      It doesn’t bring anything new to the party, does it? It’s fine but also boring.

    • iloathethesea

      Holy Orientalism, Batman.

    • RescueMe23

      My mother makes better…

    • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

      “Let’s relive that time Mike went somewhere foreign and thought he was Buddhist for a year!”

    • Freynika

      I design jewelry myself, and this is no great shakes. I don’t know if those coins or stones are anything special, but I’d walk right past all of them at any price. All the knotting/twisting/weaving techniques in the world can’t save these, even if they are supposed to be men’s jewelry.
      OUT

    • Bonnie Blue

      I think Michael Cole as Pete Cochran wore #10 on Mod Squad. I say Nay.

      • Imasewsure

        My giant giant crush when I was 10…. luckily not my fashion inspiration however!! :)

        • Bonnie Blue

          They were cool for the times : ) !

    • lalahartma

      Nay – go shop at your local farmers market or craft fair.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Negatory. It looks like the stuff they make in community college classes based on repurposed thrift store finds.

    • alyce1213

      What, no mah jongg pieces? I’ve seen better at crafts fairs.

    • Bad Idea Jeans

      If their target customer = Buddhist monks, yay. Otherwise, nay.

    • Sanglots longs

      “Asian” booth at craft fair. Maybe a little buzzed. But I actually don’t mind it, anyway. Just in moderation, and on the right person.

    • quiltrx

      That model picture is so hilarious–I couldn’t see the jewelry very well for the laugh-tears streaming down my face!
      Some of the pieces are interesting, but I think the scale is WAY off for your average fashionable guy to want to wear these. Too big and “look at me.”
      An aside: Dharmashop has some similar ideas, better executed, for a lot less.
      ETA: I forgot to say NAY.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Also a NAY, for these very reasons.

    • http://fibonaccisequins.storenvy.com/ Danielle

      I think I bought #2 in multiple colors off a cart at the mall in middle school. Red was passion, purple was royalty, etc. Damn, I miss Power Beads.

    • Aidan B

      YEA to the model, NAY to the tacky jewelry.

    • Maria

      Pinterest – a new use for old salon hair swatches.

    • snarkykitten

      I feel like street vendors have been hocking this look for years outside the metro

    • Brett

      Johnny Depp at the Kathmandu Airport trinket shop.

    • OffToSeeHim

      I think my second grader made me that first one in art class.

    • Kara Keenan

      I’ve seen it before. At Cost Plus World Market and Target, when they’re feeling worldy.

    • Terri Terri

      Looks like something you’d see for $4.99 at H&M or Forever 21.

    • MoHub

      This all looks very artsy-craftsy.

    • conniemd

      Looks like the jewelry I see at the Farmer’s market jewelry stands $7.00 for one, two for $10.00. But I like them so Yea.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I like it well enough for what it is, but must vote NAY based on the prices. Come on.

      Also, I can’t think of a single man I know who would wear the necklaces. They’re too big.

      • conniemd

        I voted yea, despite the prices, because I liked them. In fact, they’d good women’s jewelry as well. I like clunky jewelry. Also like #3 and #11 for their simplicity.

    • frannyprof

      I can buy all of these pieces for about $1 at Venice Beach. Heading down there right now to do just that. Anyone want me to get them something?

    • JauntyJohn

      Yea and yay to some drama and scale in men’s jewelery.
      OF COURSE they’re not for every man… the door is only now slowly swinging a little wider on that. But It’s a start.
      Price (too high for most) and branding will help alter who/how these get worn.

    • Snailstsichr

      Looks like someone got a grab-bag special from Fire Mountain Gems and went to town.

    • boweryboy

      NAY. They do nothing for me. Also, ugly. Although, the partner would be all over the beaded pieces (and has actually made some that look similar).

      I think it’s a leftover influence from his Ren Faire/belly dancing days (yes, you read right).

    • Janet B

      Some good, some silly.

    • MarissaLG

      I would LOVE to know how many $160 horsehair key chains they end up selling.

    • Imasewsure

      It looks like cool stuff I could pick up at the flea market in Berkeley but gotta go NAY as fancy guywear….. No to the Depp… but maybe yes to Rocker Pixie Jesus if he wants to buy a bracelet or two though

    • marlie

      All of these pieces make me think of tourist gift shop items. There’s nothing here that I haven’t seen before. Also, the styling on the model makes me dislike it even more.

    • amanda siegelson

      i make and sell my own jewelry – and i have long since wanted to create things for the boys… none of that is what i would have come up with. i think they are all hella-ugly.

    • what not

      “I just got back from Nepal and am totally a citizen of the world. Want to come back to my place to talk Eastern philosophy, smoke a bowl, and see where it goes from there?”

    • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      This is kinda gross.

    • decormaven

      This is something someone is calling his “creation”? Hey, dude, someone already “created” these looks. I’m pretty sure #2 has been for sale at my yoga studio for a couple of years.

    • MilaXX

      I font even want to know how much these glorified etsy projects cost. Nay for me but I bet Johnny Depp and Jared Leto would say yea.

    • Elisabeth Ashley

      Not a huge fan of this on this particular model but I do like layering necklaces. And is there some pic of Johnny Depp I haven’t seen that everyone keeps referencing?

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        Just his general style. He tends to wear a lot of jewelry of the Western and New Age varieties.

    • Mr. J.

      Always remember: take seven things off before you leave the house.

    • thimble

      I don’t have the faintest clue why he thought it was ever a good idea to design this collection, when it is obvious in his work that he never leaves his ‘american style’ comfort zone.. this is just completely uninspired and cliche.

    • smayper

      I’m a sucker for beautiful beads so I would definitely wear #2 if it were a) in the form of a necklace and b) given to me.

      • smayper

        Also, the shaving brushes can go away.

    • hellkell

      How very Cost Plus World Market. NAY.

    • empath

      pretentious, over-priced fashion victim-fool-born-every-minute low-craft stuff that could be had at any import store — or hippie store at the shore — for 1/10 of the catalog prices… really, a waxed cord bracelet with 8 knots and 8 small brass beads for $60 — it probably cost 6 cents to make.
      but hey, Johnny Depp can go from an aging windchime to a ‘beadybopper’

    • suzq

      #13 and #14 because you never know when you will need to give something–or someone–the brush off!

      • BLauDGaspode

        Or to dust off a dirty chair in your favorite cafe.

    • suzq

      All these knots…I’m having macramé flashbacks from the 1970’s, man!

    • V No Privacy

      Only in Bushwick

    • myristica_fragrans

      this is such hipster douchbag jewelry.

    • Judy_J

      Etsy.

    • demidaemon

      The model is working this shit, but I’m pretty sure this falls into the FMO category, especially if it isn’t gender neutral jewelry. NAY, methinks.

      • boweryboy

        Yeah, that model is working all the jewelry. All of it.

    • SophieCollier

      This entire line was created just for Jared Leto.

    • KT

      This is a really weird observation, but at first glance, I totally thought the model was Anna Kendrick in drag.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I would wear 3, 4, 5, 7, & 11.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The Elderly Gay Windchime Collection. Not getting Johnny Depp as a spokesmodel for this collection was a serious missed opportunity. Aaaannnddd I see this joke was already made. That’s what I get for not reading all the comments before posting.

    • Milos Mom

      Seen it all before. Next…

    • LeelaST

      Who decided that the best way to advertise these accessories was to wear all the things all at once?

    • KayEmWhy

      Hipster beardo weirdo jewelry. I did this years ago. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      I have a thing for hippie surfer jewelry (growing up in Virginia Beach and Cartagena…) so this is interesting. I don’t know if my boyfriend would wear any of it, and almost certainly not for what it will be priced at. I might get him another friendship bracelet to replace the one he got while visiting Cartagena that fell off though.

    • Stubenville

      Where’s the necklace with the little silver cup for tasting wine?

    • KiwiFanGirl

      I have seen jewelry like this for decades. There is nothing new here, including cultural appropriation :-|

    • Robert Gilley

      didn’t I see these for a quarter in a street market in Beijing?

    • AdamBR

      I went to the website to check out the prices. Except for #6, which costs $60, everything in this collection is in the $100-$180 range. From a design perspective, all of these jewelry are fine if uninspired (and as everyone else said, these aren’t anything new). However, to charge such a high price on them is utterly ridiculous. You can go to Amazon or your neighborhood yoga studio (hell, I found #4 at Aldo for less than ten bucks) and buy these 90 percent cheaper.

    • kategs

      Love the styling way way more than the actual jewelry which is just fine but not stellar.

    • sleepycat

      they look like the cheap tourist trap crap.

    • mmebam

      First year law student’s Etsy store to help pay for school… For 1/10th of the price.

      • Gatto Nero

        “Etsy” was my first thought, too.

    • DesertDweller79

      My grandmother owned a craft supplies store when I was younger. I used to make jewelry from her supplies and sell them at her store. It would cost about $1.50 for the supplies. People would buy them for $20-$30.

      This is to say: I could make these for approximately $1.50. How much do they cost?

    • Man Dala

      NAY. Isn’t the hipster trend on its way out?

    • Ali2044

      Maybe I’m old, but I feel like this faux-riental trash is about 15 years too late.

    • Jarethee

      Having lived in Asia for a really long time…You can get any of these at a Chinese street market for a dollar. Not impressed with the design, but I am with the people that are going to make a bazillion dollars off of these when they’re actually really cheap to manufacture.

    • Innuendo

      Chinese tourist gift shop

    • Brian G. Cox

      Those are some seriously overpriced Buddhist mala beads/bracelets.

    • JynxTheCat

      I love the look of these but those siling little knot trick bracelet jawms NEVER EVER WORK.

    • StrandedFashionista

      I do like keychain #14. Otherwise I’m not really a man jewelry kinda person.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      two words: johnny depp

    • FuhUgh

      That’s some arts and crafts fair realness. I can just picture the funky middle-aged lady beader behind these “designs.”

    • Melanie

      NO. soooooo tacky :(

    • librarygrrl64

      I wear more than my share of “ethnic” boho stuff. But my price point is significantly lower and my stash comes from hippie flea markets and Ten Thousand Villages. ;-)

      So it’s “yes” to some of these, but “no” to the ridiculous prices and “NO” to a guy wearing any of this (unless it is part of his culture of origin).

    • altissima

      Johnny Depp’s complete jewellry box.

    • Jellybeanz

      Everything looks like a cheap souvenir. I could have bought any of those items for pennies while travelling through Asia. I’d be ashamed to wear any of the accessories in front of my Chinese and Japanese friends, because they’d laugh until they cried at how ridiculous the pieces look.

    • Jennifer Gruenert

      Because culture theft is always in style!