​J. W. Cooper: It’s All About the Art

by Todd Rauchwerger

If you happen to walk by J. W. Cooper at the Bal Harbour Shops on Collins Avenue, your eye will be drawn directly to the motorcycle on our display floor. The motorcycle, a 1998 Harley Davidson Road King, really pulls a lot of people into the store, and not just because it’s a motorcycle in a jewelry and fine art gallery. People are drawn to it because of the glass mosaic depicting Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” that covers its body. In each of the mosaic’s star clusters sits a semi-precious citrine, moonstone, opal, or sapphire. It is a really unique work of art, and in a way, represents what the store, carrying luxury handmade accessories, luxury leather belts and sterling silver buckles, has come to mean.

J. W. Cooper is all about the art.

Our handcrafted collection of jewelry, accessories, and fine art pulls inspiration from many different styles. We have belt buckles to fit every aesthetic, from practical and simple to ornate, one-of-a-kind pieces. In the front case, you’ll see a lot of sleek and elegant styles that you can wear casually, or even pair with a nice belt and your Armani or Zegna suit. Everything hinges on your buckle selection, so once you feel like you’ve found one that fits your style, you can head over to our belt selection. We have an wide array of quality choices—alligator, lizard, stingray, ostrich, and calf skins—in a variety of colors and widths.

We also work with different jewelry makers and artists to provide you with a unique selection of items exclusive to J. W. Cooper. You won’t find many of these fine pieces, made both in the United States and abroad, in any other stores. For example, one particular piece we are proud of, a bracelet of 18K gold skulls with diamonds for eyes, came to us from a gentleman in Europe. The artists we work with draw inspiration from the animalistic, the macabre, and the totemic from various cultures around the world.

At J. W. Cooper, we believe that art has the power to transform the mundane into something special. For that reason, we create and curate our selection of handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind accessories, and rare fine art to reflect that ideal. If you like to walk a path less traveled, come in and see what we have to offer. We are sure to have something that will fit your distinctive style.