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Thistle & Bee Opens New York City Store

Feb 12, 2015 9:41 AM   By Amber Michelle
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RAPAPORT... Luxury sterling-silver jewelry brand Thistle & Bee celebrated the opening of its first retail outlet on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan in New York City with an intimate cocktail party.

The 600-square-foot store, Thistle & Bee Too, has added a full selection of plus-size pieces to its standard options, some of which include colored gemstone or diamond accents.  In the wholesale business for 20 years, the firm has its jewelry in 1,400 independent jewelry stores across the U.S. 

“We are the first to kowtow to the plus-size market,” said Richard Castagna, the managing director and designer for Thistle & Bee. He noted that 35 percent of all U.S.  women are 25 pounds or more overweight and that this market is underserved. 

“We are offering something that most don’t have. We have ring sizes from 6 to 12, extended-length necklaces and bracelets ranging from small to extra large,” he noted. 

To meet its exacting quality standards, Thistle & Bee produces its jewelry in its own factory in Bangkok in a facility with 300 employees.  “Our pieces are for women who are into classically inspired jewelry. She can wear it just as easily 10 years from now,” said Castagna, who noted that the brand plans to open more stores in areas with a large population of plus-size ladies.

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