We reached out to Capsule designer Alexander Caputo to learn a little more about what to expect from his young jewelry and accessories collection. Caputo talks his inspiration, the customer he designs for, and gives us a few ideas on what we might see for SS16. Catch the full Q and A below and see the collection at Capsule Paris.
What is your professional background story?
I have been designing accessories for over 12 years! I started with the Gap, designing all of their men's accessories. From there I went on to do consulting design work for factories and vendors working with some of the biggest retailers in the U.S. and abroad. I started my namesake collection, Caputo & Co. in the Fall of 2011. Launching your own collection, or business is tough, especially in fashion. But I've been lucky in a sense that I've established a great customer base and I try to bring new and exciting pieces each season. Caputo & Co. is found in some of the best retailers, big and small all over the world.
Tell us about your brand – what is the inspiration behind the collection?
The inspiration for Spring 2016 came from my recent visit to the Maldives. Being right smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean on this tiny atol, you get a sense of total tranquility. You are also literally surrounded by this beautiful sea of every shade of blue. It was breath taking to say the least.
The sky and the ocean at times merged to create a virtually seamless horizon. Besides the infinite blues, there were wonderful palettes of azures, teals, turquoises, and cerulean. I wanted to bring all of that richness into my collection!
What is a key item for SS16?
This is a really hard question because we offer many beautifully crafted pieces, which work well on their own, or stacked on the wrist, as I like to wear them. For Spring 16 we are introducing an intricately braided sterling silver and wax cord bracelet. Our classic and timeless triple wrap is always great.
I'm wearing our brand new brass cuff now.
Describe your customer:
The Caputo & Co. customer is a guy who wants to elevate his style with the right accessories. Our modern artisanal collection is perfect for him.
Our guy is stylish but not at all into a trend. He is someone with a great eye for detail and appreciates craftsmanship. He is equally at ease traveling
the globe or just hanging with family and friends. He's on the go, he's adventurous, and socially conscious.