Catherine Hall Kirpalani

Catherine wearing a J. Catma coat in silk ikat

Knowing where to look can help immensely when trying to make a nascent idea come to life. For Catherine Hall Kirpalani of J. Catma, that assistance was close at hand—namely her husband, Bob Kirpalani, and her sister-in-law Reshma Kirpalani. “Bob would bring me the most exquisite gifts from India, and I was taken with the luxurious textiles, jewelry, and other ancient artisan works,” says Catherine. Then she visited India herself and experienced the wonders of the Silk Road firsthand.

Pictured: assortment of J. Catma jewelry, including old-toned chandelier earrings, bracelet cuffs, rings, necklaces made from colorful beads

All the jewelry is made with semiprecious stones set in sterling silver or sterling with a 22-karat-gold overlay.

J. Catma clutches and scarves

An array of J. Catma’s vivid fabric clutches and scarves

Her first foray was scarves; now there’s jewelry, napkins, throws, shawls, and more. Her excursions have yielded treasures like embroidered shawls and block-printed fabric, which she fashioned into pajamas.

“I’ve also learned where the birthplace of a craft is, and we now only source from there—Chikankari embroi­dery from Lucknow and pashmina textiles from Kashmir, for example.” — Catherine Hall Kirpalani, J. Catma

Limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces are showcased at trunk shows and charity event pop-up shops as well as retail outlets such as the Grand Bohemian Hotel gift galleries. There’s little risk the collections will ever feel stale. “I could go a million times and still find something exciting and wonderful,” says Catherine.

Photographed by Laurey W. Glenn