Nothing to Sneeze at

Short of linen handkerchiefs? Hans Appenzeller has a luxe alternative. The jewelry designer’s latest collection consists of lace translated into filigree jewelry. Appenzeller’s gold and silver handkerchiefs are made for the coat pocket.

One looks like a crocheted Brussels lace kerchief folded for the pocket and the other is an outline of a pocket square in solid metals. Instead of a ring, bracelet or necklace, Appenzeller sees this as “a nonchalant way of wearing jewelry.” Hans’s hankies can be found at his New York stores.

Born in Amsterdam, the jewelry designer attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He opened his first store in Holland in 1970, with his pieces reflecting the Bauhaus ethic, creating a functional industrial-type design in plastic, rubber and aluminum.