When it comes to fashion, jeweler Carl Doubét Hendry favors spontaneity.
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You know the name, of course: Carl Doubét Jr. Jewelers. You know the store, nestled on Kennett Pike in Greenville. And you know the history: a family business that’s enjoyed success for more than 100 years.
But do you know the man?
That would be Carl Doubét Hendry, and he’s refreshingly laid back and unimpressed with himself—and his closet.
“Honestly, I just pick up whatever catches my eye,” says Hendry, the fourth-generation owner and designer at Carl Doubét Jr. “I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping with the thought of one thing in mind. If I see something, and I dig it, I buy it and reason, ‘Eventually this will work its way into the wardrobe rotation.’”
That rotation runs the gamut, from Goodwill steals to Armani suits. “There’s no rhyme or reason to my style,” he says with a shrug. “I just enjoy pieces.”
The 32-year-old takes his fashion cues from an eclectic trio: director Ed Wood, journalist Hunter S. Thompson and his great-grandfather Carl Doubét—“The dapper jeweler,” Hendry says—who ran the family store in Pennsylvania “back in Chester’s heyday.”
“I go from suits to this,” he says, gesturing to his casual T-shirt, no-frills military-influenced khaki jacket and newsboy cap. “I’m far more impressed with the name on the door than the label on my clothes. The store is like an extension of myself. People find their outlets in different ways, and this is my canvas.”
This particular canvas is swathed in simplicity. That idea is the influence behind his newest line, Taku, which features one-of-a-kind bracelets, rings and earrings.
“People enjoy having a piece like that, something that no one else can have,” he says. “These are organic shapes that you see in the landscape on your daily travels. This is a line for the 17-year-old to the 77-year-old.”
On Hendry’s business card, his official job post is Director of Inspiration. The wording may be unorthodox, but it’s a mission he takes to heart.
“My great grandfather had his own style and flair. Same for my grandfather and mother,” Hendry says. “Now, as the fourth generation of Doubét, I’m able to inject my style and look for the next generation.”
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