Inside Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons

The newly-opened LES space is just as much an art gallery as it is a retail location.

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Designers Derrick R. Cruz and Christine Samar welcomed us inside Occulter, the recently-opened brick and mortar location for Cruz's wondrous and spooky jewelry label, Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons located at 83 Orchard Street.
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Designed in collaboration with architect Huy Bui (who also co-owns the adjoining restaurant, An Choi), the spare, slim LES space perfectly showcases Cruz's signature pieces with "floating" movable wooden shelves that attach magnetically to the metal walls.
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Horsehair tassel necklaces and gold and silver rings in various weights are some of the simpler pieces in Cruz's body of museum-caliber work.
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Braided horsehair and leather bracelets.
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An 18k gold cast honeycomb necklace, which Cruz describes as a "preservation effort" in response to the shrinking honeybee population across North America, is both a statement piece and a wondrous example of the fading art of wax casting.
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Taking inspiration from Navajo shamanic rituals, Cruz fashioned a limited-edition collection of large-scale neck pieces from salvaged piano keys and leather.
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Another bib-like necklace—this one featuring piano ivory—reveals Cruz's eye for discerning the extraordinary, even spooky, beauty in everyday objects.
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Rubberized pocket notebooks sit alongside a curated selection of record albums and books on esoteric subjects such as 14th-century alchemy, adding to both the decor and the inventory of curiosities.
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