Based in fashion-forward New York City, PAZ COLLECTIVE’s founder and president, Judy Ganeles, is an aficionada of El Mundo Mexicano. After spending many years collecting and dealing in Mexican art, Mexican rare books and vintage Mexican silver, she focused her attention on developing an international appreciation for the modern jewelry designs from Taxco, Mexico; the silver capital of the world.
In 2002, the curator of a traveling exhibit “William Spratling And The Mexican Silver Renaissance” appointed Judy as the retail supplier to the museum gift shops in conjunction with the exhibit. With that, PAZ COLLECTIVE opened its doors to the wholesale marketplace and has since focused on fashionable and unique, handmade sterling silver jewelry.
After being inspired by a recent trip to India and craving some razzle-dazzle, PAZ began establishing jewelry workshops in Jaipur, India in 2011. This new collection of handmade sterling silver and 18kt gold plated jewelry features a colorful array of semi-precious gemstones and adds a fresh look to PAZ COLLECTIVE’s sterling repertoire.
Recently PAZ COLLECTIVE launched a textile collection of scarves from India. This new line has been met with incredible success, surpassing the company’s expectations. PAZ scarves feature natural fibers, often incorporating hand-weaving and hand-dying techniques by skilled artisans.
PAZ COLLECTIVE has grown immensely over the last 13 years; from just Judy, to upwards of 10 employees at any given time. Throughout this growth in manpower and distribution, PAZ has remained committed to only working with artisans and workshops that meet fair trade guidelines. Her personal relationships with these families and workshops are seen in the global diversity of the collections and the over-all quality of craftsmanship.