Jamaican Designer Mateo Bijoux’s Industrial Strength Jewelry

June 6, 2014

Words by Summer Eldemire, Photos by Luca Khouriโ€”


Montego Bay boy turned New York gentleman Matthew Harris, aka Mateo Bijoux, has quickly built his jewelry line by the same name into a recognizable brand. Mateo Bijoux is best-known for the zipper necklace which started his collectionโ€”and was notoriously spotted on Rihanna. Itโ€™s since been seen in W, Vogue and Instyle magazines and is sold in department stores Macys and Nordstrom.

Witty, honest and open, Matthew has a sharp sense of humor, poking fun at the fashion world of which he is a partโ€”as well as himselfโ€”when we meet at his sunlit studio on New Yorkโ€™s Upper West Side on a casual rainy morning. โ€œThese Jeans are Saint Laurent, thats why they have the emaciated, rock and roll vibe,โ€ he says, adding, โ€œI was a club kid at some point, every Jamaican isโ€

His jewelry reflects that sharp sense of humor: He takes tools such as zips and scissors that are meant to be useful and makes them into non-functioning, but beautiful, adornments. โ€œThe moment you see a tool you recognize, thatโ€™s us,โ€ he says.

He moves full throttle inside his studio, talking about โ€œchurch shoes,โ€ insisting I eat my macaroons and giving us a sneak preview into his future collection which, as expected, is even better than the previous. ย All without once sitting on the couch for longer than 30 seconds. I donโ€™t see this hurricane slowing down anytime soon.

Click here to read Summer Eldemire’s Q+A with Matthew “Mateo Bijoux” Harris.