Nora Kogan had a boutique on Fifth Avenue, South Slope near where I lived in Brooklyn. At the time her jewelery store was called St Kilda and I guessed she was Australian. I was right. She was from Melbourne by way of the Ukraine. We started talking and I liked her immediately. She was funny and bright and I just knew she had a great life story.
To top it off, her jewellery (you can shop online or at her Williamsburg boutique) is hilarious, elegant and visceral. Just like Nora! Her distinctive bijoux are worn by Madonna, Scout Willis and Susie Lau.
I was so pleased to talk to Nora in this episode of Head Ovary Heels. Nora was in her apartment in Park Slope. I was on the verandah of our Queenslander in Brisbane. At one point the electricity went out (such is our old Queenslander) and I had to run downstairs to the fuse box, flick the switch, turn on the modem and get the internet going again. Thankfully Nora was chill throughout.