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A new vision of luxury, inspired by the rich and complex cultures of the African Diaspora.
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KHIRY: Jewelry Inspired by the African Diaspora

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KHIRY SS16, Lookbook shot by Cody Min
KHIRY SS16, Lookbook shot by Cody Min

About The Brand: 

KHIRY is a line of high-end fashion jewelry founded by designer Jameel Mohammed during his sophomore year as a Political Science major at the University of Pennsylvania. Mohammed began designing jewelry in 2014 while interning at Barneys New York, but it wasn't until the summer of 2015 that KHIRY's first fully-resolved collection took shape. 

With a focus on femininity and a goal of identifying and celebrating a global African aesthetic, KHIRY embodies strength, femininity, power, and romance. Crafted of quality materials, including polished brass plated in 18K gold, silk and leather cording, and semi-precious stones, KHIRY is for the woman who luxuriates in standing out, and yearns for a fresh and distinctive perspective on high-quality jewelry. 

The collection has been recognized by leading fashion industry publications, such as Paper Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar China, The Walk Magazine, Wall Street Journal Magazine and Man Repeller. 

KHIRY SS16, Khartoum Ring w/ Rose Quartz
KHIRY SS16, Khartoum Ring w/ Rose Quartz

The Mission:

For so long fashion has drawn from an extremely narrow set of references, and offered such a limited perspective on what was beautiful and luxurious. In the past century, luxury has been synonymous with Europe, with Milan, London, and Paris. 

KHIRY's mission is to present a new definition of beauty, a new vision of luxury, and a new ideal to aspire to. Each collection explores the beautiful and diverse cultures of the African diaspora, uncovering the parallels between distinct cultures and reinterpreting traditional cultural elements into contemporary luxury goods. 

KHIRY SS16, Lookbook. Shot by Cody Min
KHIRY SS16, Lookbook. Shot by Cody Min

Spring ‘16 Collection:

SS16 Inspiration Images
SS16 Inspiration Images

KHIRY's first outing, the Spring/Summer '16 collection, is grounded in the idea of metropolitan Africa and a focus on traditional cultural iconography which shines through in the midst of the continent's modern metropolis The collection began with the music of Fela Kuti, along with images of Nigerian university students in the 60's and 70's, and the work of Malick Sidibe. Spring ‘16 is also grounded in 70's Dakar as portrayed in Djibril Mambety's seminal film Touki Bouki, the nomadic Dinka people of Sudan, and the Sleeping Muse sculptures of Romanian-born artist Constantin Brancusi. 

Our Spring '16 collection is an assemblage of sleek, bold and romantic fashion jewelry, crafted from polished brass plated in 18k gold, and hand embellished with leather cord and semi-precious stone.

Images from KHIRY SS16
Images from KHIRY SS16

Why We Need Your Help

Throughout the past few months we've worked with a production specialist to set up a chain of suppliers that can produce KHIRY's first collection efficiently and at a high quality, and after rounds of negotiation and production trials we're confident that we can produce the collection beautifully. Still, to be able to meet factory minimums and bring the KHIRY vision to life, we'll have to raise a not-insubstantial sum: about $20,000 dollars.

Rewards 

 

 $25

-Your selection of the Kickstarter Exclusive Bracelet with Rose Quartz on 18k gold-plated snake chain, or Tiger Eye on premium silver-plated snake chain.14" length with lobster spring clasp and 2 inch extender chain.

-or-

-The SS16 Inspiration Bracelet with Rose Quartz on 18k gold-plated snake chain, or Tiger Eye on premium silver-plated snake chain.

We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred styles and colorways.

$75

*Kickstarter Exclusive*

Small Mask Pendant , 1 inch height, suspended on delicate 18" snake chain with lobster clasp. 

$100

KHIRY signature Nude Khartoum Ring plated in 18k Gold or Polished Silver, 40% off of retail price.

$125

Khartoum Ring with Rose Quartz or Tiger Eye stone . 

We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred colorway.

 $175

Khartoum Ring with Semi-Precious stone; Rose Quartz or Tiger Eye, and Nude Khartoum Ring plated in 18k Gold or Polished Silver  

We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred colorway.

$250

-Limited edition small mask pendant plated in 18k gold or silver, on delicate 18 inch snake chain with lobster clasp and Ebony Wood and 18k Gold Plated Mask Charm Bracelet We will email to confirm your preference of metal color.

-Nude Khartoum Bangle plated in 18k gold or silver

-Khartoum Bangle plated in 18k gold and hand-wrapped in black or white premium leather cord. 

$500

Embellished Khartoum bangle hand-wrapped in black or white premium leather cord, and KHIRY Signature Nude Khartoum bangle plated in 18k Gold, or Polished Silver . 

We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred colorway.

$750

A trio of any ring, bracelet, and pair of earrings from the KHIRY SS16 collection.  

We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred styles and colorways.

$1000

A complete set; any combination of one bracelet, one necklace, one ring, and one pair of earrings from the KHIRY SS16 collection.

Thank You!

We're incredibly gracious for helping us to bring the KHIRY vision and philosophy to life! Thank you to everyone has supported us thus far, in ways material and immaterial, as KHIRY has developed and progressed. We couldn't have made it this far without you.

Risks and challenges

This will be our first season of scale production so the biggest vulnerability with our project is the potential for production delays.

KHIRY's production is managed by a professional with a decade of production experience with top luxury brands. The KHIRY team is also working in tandem with a reputable manufacturer with a well-defined process, and decades of experience in the production of high-quality fashion jewelry.

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    Our sincerest thanks and an acknowledgment on the KHIRY website.

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    -Your selection of the KHIRY SS16 Inspiration Necklace with rose quartz or ebony wood on 18k gold-plated snake chain, or Tiger Eye on premium silver-plated snake chain.14" length with lobster spring clasp and 2 inch extender chain.

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    -The SS16 Inspiration Bracelet with rose quartz or ebony wood beads on 18k gold-plated snake chain, or tiger eye on premium silver-plated snake chain.

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    -Handwritten thank you note from the Creative Director, on fine calligraphy paper and an acknowledgment on the KHIRY Website.

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    -Limited edition print of a sketch from KHIRY SS16, hand-signed by the creative director and printed on fine calligraphy paper.

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    *KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE*

    -Limited edition small mask pendant plated in 18k Gold or Polished Silver, on delicate 18 inch snake chain with lobster clasp.

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    -KHIRY signature Nude Khartoum Ring plated in 18k Gold or Polished Silver, 40% off of retail price.

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    -Khartoum Ring with Rose Quartz or Tiger Eye stone

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    -Nude Khartoum Ring plated in 18k Gold or Polished Silver

    -Khartoum Ring with Semi-Precious stone; Rose Quartz or Tiger Eye.

    We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred colorway.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    -Limited edition small mask pendant plated in 18k gold or silver, on delicate 18 inch snake chain with lobster clasp.

    -Ebony Wood and 18k Gold Plated Mask Charm Bracelet

    We will email to confirm your preference of metal color.

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    -KHIRY Signature Nude Khartoum bangle plated in 18k Gold, or Polished Silver.

    -KHIRY Embellished Khartoum bangle wrapped in black or white premium leather cord.

    We will send a digital look book to choose your preferred colorway.

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    -A trio of any ring, bracelet, and pair of earrings from the KHIRY SS16 collection.

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    -A mini-collection of any ring, bracelet, and pair of earrings from the KHIRY SS16 collection.

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Funding period

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