Nadine McCarthy Kahane: New York City

Security Check: Nadine McCarthy Kahane is the founder of Stone & Strand, the leading online luxury fine jewelry destination. She grew up between Singapore and London, with brief stops in Argentina, Switzerland and Philadelphia along the way, before finding her home in New York City.

What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I went to high school in London, and worked there for many years after graduating from Cambridge. While at Cambridge, I spent a summer as an intern at the UN headquarters in New York and fell in love with the city. The hot dogs, the summer heat, the cocktails, the small apartments (2 to a bed), night life…

I moved to New York two years ago with my new husband, fulfilling my dream of going back there, which took over ten years! Stone & Strand works closely with British designers, and we serve clients in the UK as well. The British jewelry industry is exceptionally creative and filled with talent, and it’s exciting to play a role in bridging the gap across both markets.

Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
My accent is best described as confused, and as someone of mixed heritage people find it impossible to place me, and are often surprised when I say I’m from the UK. In my mind, I actually mean that I’m from London (who leaves the M25?) and to me both worlds are the same, the people, the energy, the creativity – I feel at home in both places.

How can New York and London better engage with each other?
We need to bring back the Concorde – and make it significantly cheaper! Aside from this I do believe there is an incredible exchange of information and talent, which could be further encouraged through collaborations with partners in similar fields, just across the pond.

Favorite NYC secret spot: Saturdays Surf NYC outdoor coffee shop – A touch of Brooklyn in Soho with this relaxed outdoor area perfect for the afternoon pick me up.

Favorite London secret spot: Gordon’s Wine Bar – a candlelit underground tavern in the center of London. Just don’t organize a birthday party there on the sunniest summer day of the year like I did!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? After London and New York, you’ll find me in Switzerland on the very top of a mountain. The most beautiful place on earth.

In flight entertainment:

  • What’s playing in your headphones right now? I only watch movies on planes – and the last flight from the UK was spent catching up on Oscar Nominated films like Philomena and American Hustle. One British, one American – Americans pretending to be British, the British finding their past in America. You would think I made it up for this blog post.
  • And what are you currently reading? I am reading tons of magazines, and working my way through a novel called Lenin’s Kisses. It’s taking a while!

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