Gabor Nagy (1953-1999) established one of the great legends of the Silver Jewelery world, one that deserved more respect than it received in the 10 years since his passing. His brand Gaboratory brought together the modern kings of the biker fashion world – Bill Wall, Travis Walker, Logan Riese, Steve Gerlach, I could go on – who have all gone on to establish their own brands that have kept the aesthetics, quality and values that Gabor stood for very much alive. Needless to say all of these brands and especially Gabor have been staples of the Japanese fashion scene since the early 90s. Throughout the first Silver Boom Gaboratory joined Chrome Hearts as the ultimate male jewelery brand and after his death his original work has become ludicrously collectible and well out of my reach.
Now comes word that the disputes over rights to his name might well be over and handed back to his widow Maria, who quite rightly wants to keep the brand alive and more importantly produce new designs that are respectful to the originals. We can only look forward to what she can bring to the brand and it is worth noting that the whole of the Gabor back-catalog can be re-created with the old moldings (albeit with different silver markings). So all in all I think at last we can look forward to a proper re-launch for the brand, one that frankly cannot fail.
The jacket in the picture above means a lot to me, I remember when I was growing up and I first saw Shaq wearing his. It was just in a different league to anything I had ever seen before – the epic amounts of silver work from the the giant snake and bones to the hundreds of skulls on the arms, the exotic leathers I had never seen used before like elephant and of course the classic biker tribal artwork. The one above is a new version from the modern Gaboratory and I think Nagy would approve. The use of the different grains of alligator for the sake of tailoring is fantastic and there is not an inch of the jacket that has not been paid the greatest of attention.
For once I am not going to bang on and on and on about the price and value of the brand. It is exactly as expensive as you would expect, but this is the kind of thing you only buy once in a lifetime. I have one bracelet from Gabor and it is the only item of jewelery I wear without fail every single day. Everything else can change, but not that.