Bonbon Oiseau [French. bon-bon wah-zoh: candy bird; good good bird; sweet bird; beautiful bird]
The Bonbon Story:
Brooklyn NY designer Deborah Stein launched Bonbon Oiseau’s first collection in 2004. Her distinctive limited edition designs have been creating a buzz amongst fashionable women around the world. Deborah’s background as a painter and her extensive world travels, have breathed a unique perspective and a sophisticated visual and cultural vocabulary into her work. Deborah spent two years in India with a toymaker family working with miniature objects. She traveled all over the country uncovering the stories and techniques of traditional artisans around India. It was here she took notice of countless expressions of adornment and developed her passion for handmade and recycled techniques.
Deborah’s fascination with visual story-telling, exotic antique materials and the eccentricities of nature has led to her beautiful off-balanced designs. Working alongside with her small staff of artisans, the results are the beautiful hand-touched designs you'll see season after season.
Each season, the collections narrate a story, with each individual piece a vignette from that story.
A Story of Adventure: a collection based on the Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days, (Spring 2008); A Story of Love: the tale of Bonnie & Clyde presented for Fall 2007; Past collections have been homages to trees and to bird feathers using rare Bohemian glass from the 1920's; Bonbon's signature collection, Les Historiettes (Little Stories) are visual poems of antique glass, freshwater pearls and vintage charms.
Notes from Bonbon:
We travel twice a year to Paris to source much of our antique glass and other elements we use in our work. All of our studio scrap metal is repurposed--nothing is wasted in the Bonbon Oiseau studio and we use no gemstones unless the source is revealed as ethical.
We love to work with brides or anyone looking for something special as a gift or for an event. Clients can also send old charms, beads or stones to be re-worked to create a very personal "Bonbon" of their own.