NEW YORK, — Rodrigo Otazu is an artist. He is a jeweler, photographer and icon of the fashion world. Well known as “Jeweler to the Stars”, his work is edgy, chic and voguish, prevailing alongside the sirens of global contemporary culture. Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lopez count amongst his celebrity clientele.
Rodrigo works independently these days from his studio in Manhattan, New York, where he creates designs for jewelry under his self-managed brand, Rodrigo New York. His exquisite and distinctive pieces are made in Milan according to exacting manufacturing standards, and he exerts personal control over the entire process. Rodrigo sets his own agenda, living and breathing his craft. There are attempted imitations of his work, but his zest for life permeates; and his creations are testament to his unique talent.
‘I provide something different, especially my couture pieces, they are an emotional statement.’
Translating emotional statements into memorable couture and ready to wear pieces is hard to emulate and Rodrigo is master of his craft in this respect. It’s no wonder his talents are demanded by the A list characters of the fashion industry includingJean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Giambattista Valli, and Viktor and Rolf.
Rodrigo’s creations are a magnet for fashionistas and stylish women in all of the world’s most prestigious fashion hubs including Paris, Moscow London, Milan, New York, and Tokyo. His flagship store in New York showcases his newest creations including those from his “Made with Love” collection, recently modelled by Katy Perry for Italian L’Uomo Vogue and by Christy Turlington, reknowned Calvin Klein and Vogue model.
In addition to his deluxe prêt-a-porter jewelry using Swarovski crystals, cabochons and semi-precious stones, Rodrigo New York ranges also include a pure Silver range and a unique, one-off Diamond collection that he designs for DeBeers. Rodrigo’s relationship with Swarovski is significant and enduring. He counts himself amongst one of Swarovski’s celebrated and chosen designers making jewels for Swarovski’s “Atelier” workshop range, as well as personally designing the jewels that Nadia Swarovski wore to the Swarovski “Fashion Rocks” concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.