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Photography Steven Yatsko, Styling Ashley Owens,
Stylist Assistant Julia Jackson, Set Design Teresa Hermann,
Makeup Mark de los Reyes, Hair Takayoshi Tsukisawa
Models Lera Tribel of Next Models, Nick Rea of New York Models
Q and A with siblings Courtney and Philip Crangi of GILES & BROTHER.
Courtney (Giles) and Philip (Brother) started working creatively together as kids. Years later, they now work side by side in their Manhattan studio – a workspace adorned with beautiful decor, eminating their warm aesthetic. Together they create iconic jewelry that is both perfectly timeless, and refreshingly modern.
Q: How was Giles & Brother created?
A: We had been creating fine jewelry, lighting, furniture, hardware—but we wanted to branch out into another market that was more accessible to a broader audience. We wanted to make jewelry in a different way, using materials outside the confines of traditional precious metals—materials like brass and leather that take on a life of their own and become more beautiful over time. It was important to us to create a separate brand for that kind of work to exist in the world, to separate it, at least in our minds, from our fine jewelry. This was almost 12 years ago.
Q: What was the motivation behind coming together to build a brand?
A: We’ve always had a really distinct point of view that, when we started Giles & Brother, we felt was missing in the industry. That voice is still clear and consistent today—even though the vernacular of fashion jewelry has changed so much in the interim. We are makers. The two of us made almost every single thing coming out of the studio for years. It was not so much that we decided to build a brand, it was really the only thing we knew how to do—and because we have each other to fill in the gaps, the brand really came out of our process.
Q: When did you start working together creatively?
A: Courtney: When I was seven and Beau was nine, he enlisted me as his bench worker—making hundreds of wire rings for him to link together to make a chain-mail shirt for his halloween costume. *laughs*
Q: What is it like to work as a brother and sister duo?
A: As with every partnership, there are challenges, but it’s amazing creating something new and beautiful, and putting it out in the world together.
Q: What is the process when creating a new line?
A: Every collection begins with inspiration, which can come from anywhere. Then the real work begins as we integrate that inspiration into pieces that communicate the spirit of Giles & Brother.
Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?
A: For Giles & Brother, we really love combining brass with leather. There are just so many amazing combinations with these materials.
Q: What parts of your collection are made in New York?
A: Right now, our Men’s collection is made entirely at our New York City studio.
Q: What does quality over quantity mean to you?
A: At the core, we believe in authenticity, materials, details and design, and when any of these elements becomes compromised by a rush of demand, we scale back, reassess, slow things down.
Q: If you could live in any building, which would it be?
A: Courtney: The House from “The Royal Tenenbaum’s”
Beau: I’ve always wanted to live in the top of the Chrysler Building, as envisioned by Kurt Vonnegut in “Jailbird”. It was the showroom of the American Harp Co. Oh, and it has a badminton court.
Slide One // Button down: Sandro, Trench Coat: Sandro, Skirt: Nomia | Slide Two // (Her) Denim Top: 3×1, Trousers: Stylists Own, (Him) Blazer: Billy Reid, Jeans: 3×1 | Slide Three // Blazer: Nomia, Skirt: Nomia | Slide Four // (Her) Button Down: Sandro, Trousers: Stylists Own, (Him) Button Down: Sandro, Jeans: 3×1 | Slide Five // (Him) Button Down: Billy Reid, Trousers: Billy Reid, (Her) Button Down: Nomia, Shorts: Billy Reid.