Considering their combined experience designing for labels like Reed Krakoff, Eddie Borgo, and Nautica, it was pretty inevitable that Kofi and Kristin Essel—husband and wife!—would team up on a side hustle. Outta the gate, they knew they wanted their jewelry line to reflect their soul mates POV. “We named the line Third Crown because it’s about us coming together to form a third entity and creating something beautiful that is an embodiment of both of us, ” says Kristin.
But there’s also an additional influencer in the mix: New York City. “I’m really into the hard grit of the city—like looking at the sleek, bold buildings,” shares Kofi. It’s easy to see that energy reflected in pieces like a scaffolding-esque gold-link bracelets and archway-inspired rings. And as for the crown side of things? Pop royalty Beyoncé and Solange are fans, so they’ve got that angle pretty well covered, thanks. —katie nave freeman