A Look Inside Editor and Jewelry Expert Stellene Volandes's Closet

The Editor in Chief of Town & Country curates her closet as an extension of her Upper East Side home.

Stellene Volandes Closet
Thomas Loof

Many people prefer to hide their closets from guests’ curious eyes. Stellene Volandes sees hers as an extension of the rest of her Upper East Side space. “I entertain a lot at home, and I never want any part of my apartment to feel off limits,” explains the Editor in Chief of Town & Country magazine. Of course, if your walk-in wardrobe included Phillip Jeffries woven-rattan wallpaper, Patterson Flynn Martin cheetah carpeting, and brass sconces from the Urban Electric Co., you wouldn’t cordon it off, either.

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Sidney Garber rolling bracelets and an Hermès Kelly dog bracelet atop a Lauren Adriana box.
Stellene Volandes Closet
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Two years ago, Volandes, the author of Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design (Rizzoli), enlisted interior designer Blair Harris to create an organizational system for her jewelry and chic clothing.

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An embellished Dries Van Noten coat.
Stellene Volandes Closet
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The result is custom cabi­netry that houses her daily uniform of black Marni pants, white Marni and Derek Lam blouses, and colorfully embellished Dries Van Noten and Prada evening coats.

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Her Shoe Collection
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Sliding shelves allow easy access to her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps (“I walk to work through Central Park in those shoes almost every day”), and woven Dior baskets on a center island hold strands of colorful Janis Provisor beads.

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Jewelry including a rivière by Larkspur & Hawk; necklaces by Vhernier, Temple St. Clair, and Antonia Miletto; a vintage Hermès pendant; a vintage intaglio; and a vintage bracelet from Greece.
Stellene Volandes Closet
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Volandes, who hosts the 92nd Street Y jewelry talks and will give a lecture with Van Cleef & Arpels this month at L’École School of Jewelry Arts, uses her baubles as a bellwether for the kind of day she expects to have. If she has on pale-​colored pieces—say, strands of Elena Votsi beads—things should be rosy.

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A Sidney Garber gold torque necklace and Marie-Hélène de Taillac earrings.
Stellene Volandes Closet
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If the going will get tough, she doubles down on Sidney Garber rolling bracelets, adds something from Lalaounis, and wears her Verdura Maltese Cross, a gift she bought for herself when she became editor of Town & Country in 2016, higher on its chain.

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A Dries Van Noten coat and clutches by Roger Vivier and Nancy Gonzalez on Volandes’s book.
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“When Catherine the Great had a really big meeting coming up with her generals, she would put on more emeralds,” Volandes says. “That’s one of my favorite jewelry stories.”

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Elena Votsi earrings and a teardrop pendant necklace by Janis Provisor.
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A selection of Volandes’s bags, including a black lizard clutch by Parisian jeweler and designer Muriel Grateau.
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