The beautiful pieces of Stanley Hagler N.Y.C.® and the Studio of Ian St. Gielar have been featured in these prominent publications:
October 1, 1995
Memo:TROPICAL WILDLIFE SOUTH FLORIDA SPECIES OF DISTINCTION
MICHELLE GENZ Tropic Staff
The glass pearls and rhinestones Ian St. Gielar uses in his jewelry are often as old as he is. And like him, they have their roots in Europe. Once a year, the 32-year-old Polish-born designer forages through warehouses in Germany and Czechoslovakia, scouting for forgotten glass beads in factories long out of business. Then he sets to work in the small studio of his Hollywood home. Using no machines and not a drop of glue, St. Gielar's big hands string beads no bigger than a pinhead onto gold-plated thread. Then he wraps the strings like dewy spider web around filigree leaves, stars and flowers. A single necklace can take eight hours but sells from $250 to $1,500. He has become, in four short years, what one prominent dealer calls "the new generation" of collectible costume jewelry designers.
St. Gielar was director of room service at the Intercontinental Hotel when he met Stanley Hagler, last of the great costume jewelry designers of the era of Coco Chanel. Hagler took him on as a protege. Now St. Gielar designs jewelry full time. His splashy showpieces have sold to stars like Whoopi Goldberg, Melanie Griffith and Morgan Fairchild, through a chic vintage jewelry shop in Hollywood, Calif.'s, Sunset Plaza.
St. Gielar's pieces also have sold at Romanoff in Bal Harbour. A line of pearls and rhinestones is in a Tokyo department store. There are pieces in swank boutiques in London and Germany. So far, most of his pieces have been sold under the name of Hagler, who uses St. Gielar's designs for most of his line. But when St. Gielar meets with buyers from Federated stores (the parent company of Bloomingdale's and Macy's) in October, he will finally be showing them a line under his name.
"He's entitled," says Hagler. "I think he could knock the market upside down."