Banana Republic Collaborates with FIDM Alumna Chan Luu for Special Jewelry Collection

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Banana Republic is teaming up with jewelry designer and fashion school graduate Chan Luu for an exclusive line of accessories

Chan Luu’s signature wrap bracelets for Banana Republic

It is such a pleasure for me to collaborate with Banana Republic, a classic brand whose timeless collections provide the perfect canvas for my own

Banana Republic has teamed up with renowned jewelry designer and FIDM Alumna Chan Luu, to create a collection of limited-edition bracelets, which launched exclusively on May 20, 2010 at Banana Republic's San Francisco accessories-only test concept store, Edition by Banana Republic. This is the first time Banana Republic has worked with a jewelry designer to create a special collection.

The collection showcases Chan Luu's signature wrap style, which brings together custom-dyed thread or leather with unique semi-precious stones, gold or sterling silver. The 17-piece collection consists of four different styles in a range of colors. The bracelets will cost from $95 to $225.

The collection will be sold exclusively at Edition and will debut at an event honoring the store's one-year anniversary. It will then be rolled out to select stores in the U.S., Canada and Japan and online in the U.S. only beginning August 10, 2010.

“It is such a pleasure for me to collaborate with Banana Republic, a classic brand whose timeless collections provide the perfect canvas for my own,” says Luu, who studied Fashion Design at FIDM. “What makes our partnership even more extraordinary is our shared belief in celebrating the power of personal expression.”

Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and Kate Hudson have all worn Chan Luu’s designs. Using hand-cut semi-precious stones, beads and colored fresh water pearls, Chan's trademark is her artistic skill in combining unusual forms with beautiful colors to create truly striking pieces that inspire trends in fashion jewelry.

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design school, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.

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