Betroth is about trusting new creative visions to represent the modern and self-made path to love many of us have taken. To realize symbols worthy of this brave journey, twice a year, Betroth brings you an exclusive ring collaboration with creative partners chosen for their pioneering spirit and impact on contemporary aesthetics.
Derrick Cruz is a Brooklyn born designer currently influenced by the intersection of storytelling, craftsmanship and technology as materialized in the applied arts. He is the founder of Betroth, jewelry brand Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons and the influential cult collective known as Occulter. Cruz is the recipient of several international honors including the GEN ART Styles Design Vision Award for Accessories and has been featured at The Museum of Art and Design, The Santa Monica Museum of Art and Barneys New York. His work has been published in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Interview, GQ, Purple, Rolling Stone and many others. Cruz currently works in Manhattan and is a faculty member at Parson’s New School for Design. LEARN MORE
Originally from Hyogo, Japan, Kenzo Minami holds degrees in both Product Design and Western Philosophy. As a designer and artist working in New York City, he has been commissioned to create works for Mercedes-Benz, Raf Simons, Nike, Adidas, Converse, Wired, Kidrobot, Ace Hotel, and Microsoft, among others. Kenzo is one of Johnnie Walker Blue Label's "35 Under 35”, an award celebrating the brightest minds in art, design, music, writing and comedy. One of his works was recently inducted into MoMA Architecture and Design permanent collection. LEARN MORE
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in New York City in 2002. Having worked together for a decade designing sets for significant Hollywood films prior to establishing their firm, Standefer and Alesch have forged an ability to create projects without boundaries or borders, employing a range of ideas, materials, objects, and references — from the unexpected to the pedigreed to the mundane — and, through the lens of their own singular viewpoint, create alchemy. Never limited by what they designed last, the Roman and Williams aesthetic is constantly evolving, reflecting the diverse interests and profound curiosities of the firm’s principals, a practice that has earned them many devoted followers and accolades, including being honorees of the Architectural Digest Top 100 since 2011. The result is an oeuvre of instant classics — projects that transcend architecture and interiors and rise to the level of cultural polemics. LEARN MORE