Mother-daughter duo Frances and Charlotte Gadbois are the creative inspiration behind Sloane Street, a classically chic line of 18-karat gold jewelry for today’s fashionable woman. Their exciting collection of wearable designs features unique color combinations paired with gold finishes.
“It’s unlike anything I have seen in the domestic or international marketplace today,” says Richard D. Eiseman, Jr., president and CEO of Eiseman Jewels, which is the exclusive retailer of Sloane Street in Dallas.
We sat down with Frances and Charlotte to get the scoop on upcoming jewelry trends, the celebs they’d most like to style and their own go-to pieces of jewelry.
Why jewelry? What made you decide this was your calling?
Frances Gadbois: When I was little, I traveled all over England to antique shops with my father, looking for interesting jewelry pieces to give to my mother as gifts. Those experiences sparked something in me, and I always kept the idea of starting a jewelry company of my own in the back of my mind. I had a 15-year career as an interior decorator, and during that time, I dabbled in jewelry design. Much to my husband’s dismay, I redesigned my engagement ring about five times. In 2001, I decided to chase my dream and co-founded my previous company, JudeFrancis Jewelry. It was at that point I knew I was meant to do this. Now, with Charlotte as my partner on Sloane Street, the sky’s the limit.
Charlotte Gadbois: I had always dreamed of going into business with my mom, but I was never a girly-girl growing up, so I never saw myself in the jewelry industry. When the opportunity to work with my mom presented itself, I jumped at the chance. I knew that by utilizing my mom’s design talents and my marketing vision, we could build something amazing.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
FG: I find my inspiration from travel, specifically European architecture, tapestries and iron works. I am just enthralled by their uniqueness and symmetry —everything from old rugs to ceiling cornices. I carry a sketchbook with me everywhere I go, because I never know where I will feel inspired. Sometimes, it’s something as romantic as a gorgeous old Turkish cathedral or as simple as a hotel lobby carpet.
What trends are you seeing for fall 2017 and spring 2018?
FG: Lots of orange, which I am so excited about because orange is my favorite color! I have always loved working with fire opals. In terms of styling, I’m noticing more wearable casual pieces trending.
CG: I’ve noticed a lot of long statement necklaces with big mineral slices as opposed to standard gemstones in the pendants. Small, simple and wearable is still very much prevalent for fall and spring, but that’s not to say that a big arm cuff isn’t a big trend this year, either!
What’s your go-to piece of jewelry?
FG: My baroque pearl and white topaz long chain. I wear it every day with everything! You can dress it up or dress it down, and it is definitely my go-to staple.
CG: My go-to piece of jewelry from our collection is our white topaz cushion studs with white diamonds in rose gold (SS-E009-WT-WD-R)! I am a rose gold girl and always looking for wearable and versatile pieces, so they are the perfect everyday staple. The rose gold makes the white topaz look a little peachy, so they are constantly being mistaken for Morganite (a nice problem to have!). It’s a lot of look, and a serious bang for your buck! In my opinion, every woman should have a pair, whether in white, yellow or rose gold!
Why did you decide to partner with Eiseman Jewels?
FG: From the very beginning, we thought Eiseman was the store for us. When I think of Eiseman, I think of timeless, classic, beautiful jewelry, and it’s the epitome of what we wanted in a store to represent Sloane Street.
CG: It’s actually a funny story: For our final appointment with Richard before he took on the line, we met at the Kimpton Hotel in Highland Park in Dallas. It was a stormy November night, and the hotel room had horrible lighting — but the bathroom had the most fabulous fluorescent lighting. It almost felt like you were in a jewelry store.
We decided that showing in the bathroom was our only option, so my mom and I grabbed the desk in the room and maneuvered it into the bathroom. When Richard arrived, we hesitated and told him he had to see the line in the bathroom. After a long, awkward pause, Richard turned the corner and realized why. We all laughed, and he delightfully took his seat on the toilet (covered, of course). Once we finished showing him the line, he turned to me and said, “You can go ahead and take a picture of this, because when you guys make it big, I’ll be able to tell people I knew you first!”
If you could accessorize any celebrity for the red carpet, who would it be and why?
FG: I know this would require bringing someone back from the grave, but I would love to accessorize Jackie Kennedy. She’s the perfect classically effortless woman, and she’s my ideal Sloane muse.
CG: I would love to accessorize Emma Stone because she embraces color and isn’t afraid to take risks on the red carpet. But my red carpet celebrity crush has always been Charlize Theron. She always knocks it out of the park.