For more than 20 years, designer Monique Lhuillier has been known for wedding dresses. Her modern gowns have been seen on red carpets across the globe, and celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Lauren Conrad, America Ferrera, and Jamie Chung have all worn dresses from Lhuillier’s collection for their wedding days. Now, after branching out into bridesmaids' dresses, shoes, engagement rings, nail polish, and even registry-worthy crystal, the designer has introduced men’s wedding bands to her repertoire. The collection, available exclusively at Blue Nile in 18-karat gold and platinum, features engraving in Lhuillier’s signature "Embrace" pattern; plus, there's room for you and your groom to customize your text. Here, the designer gives insight into her debut collection for grooms.
What inspired you to launch a men’s collection?
Launching a men’s collection was an organic next step in the evolution of the jewelry line. I wanted to offer couples ring options that share a similar aesthetic that can be a daily reminder of their special day.
What was your design inspiration for the line?
I’m always inspired by romantic sentimentality. Each piece in the collection is sophisticated and elegant while still being masculine. I wanted the collection to be the perfect accompaniment to the women’s jewelry line.
What trends have you seen in the way men are approaching jewelry that shaped your designs?
I’ve found men are wearing jewelry much more regularly, so I wanted to offer a collection of modern styles that men can wear daily.
Do you see that more couples are looking for similar or matching bands, or are they more drawn to unique designs?
Every couple is different depending on the individual’s personal style. I design various styles for different personalities so everyone can find something that they want to wear every day.
Do you see more men buying their own bands, or are brides shopping for their grooms?
I believe women have a strong opinion, but as the man will be the one wearing the ring every day, the decision is ultimately his.
Also, when couples are two grooms, do you see them drawn to matching bands?
Like any couple, it depends on their individual style and personality.
I absolutely love that there’s a rose-gold option in the men’s collection; have you seen more men drawn to this metal?
I've always been drawn to rose gold and I hope couples are as well. Many men today are looking for a way to individualize their band, so I wanted to offer a variety of metal choices.
Will men’s bands continue to be an evolving part of the Monique Lhuillier collection, or is this a one-time capsule?
Yes, this is a collection that will be continued. I have some new ideas for the coming seasons, and I'm very excited to see how the assortment evolves.