What's in a Name

J. Landa

Kate Stukenberg  |  Photos by Photo by Phoebe Rourke–Ghabriel.
December 16, 2013

When Jay Landa decided to remodel J. Silver, his 15-year-old Rice Village jewelry boutique, he looked no further than the interior designer of his own Southampton home, Kirby & Company’s Dennis Brackeen. Brackeen, known for his bold strokes, transformed the retail shop into a statement-making jewelry box to coddle Landa’s collection of gems, and his international jewelry designers Chan Luu, Alexis Bittar, Dian Malouf and Uno de 50. The transformation is global in design — think vibrant green-lacquer walls, ethnic-style woven wallpaper dotted with taxidermy, dark-stained wood floors and a runway of herringbone-pattern marble highlighting rows of custom display cases through the center of the shop. Antique Chinese doors hide storage areas, while well-lit shelf upon shelf showcase the glittering merchandise. A gold-studded multicolored herringbone wall has a bold turquoise lacquered door, while custom-beaded chandeliers twinkle overhead. Landa says that the pronounced change in the store’s appearance determined a name change was in order. And with that, J. Silver has now become J. Landa. 2412 Rice Blvd., 713.807.1644; jsilverdesigns.com.