Sir King Takes the Reins at Castro NYC

IndependentsOct 12, 2023

Sir King Takes the Reins at Castro NYC

After Terry Castro’s untimely death last year, the brand lives on through its second generation.

Sir King Castro
Sir King Castro is pictured at Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s New York City location.
New York—The Castro NYC story isn’t over. 
The company has announced Terry Castro’s child, Sir King Castro, will helm the fine jewelry brand after the designer’s untimely death last year

Sir King, who uses they/them pronouns, was raised steeped in their father’s world of jewelry and avant-garde design that prized personal artistic inclination over trends.  
They grew up between New York City and their father’s native Ohio, where they attended Toledo School of the Arts.  
In New York, Sir King could be found assisting Castro selling jewelry on the street or helping with small repairs in his Harlem studio. 

Castro NYC Money Muzo emerald brooch
Castro NYC’s “Money Brooch” was part of Sotheby’s “Brilliant & Black” sale in 2021. The piece is made of 18-karat gold, bronze, and Muzo emeralds.

In 2016, Castro relocated to Istanbul. With access to expert craftspeople, the designer embarked on a new chapter of creativity, crafting what his admirers consider his best work, like the pieces exhibited in the seminal Sotheby’s “Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance” sale in 2021, and its 2022 follow-up, “Brilliant & Black: The Age of Enlightenment.”  

In 2019, Sir King followed suit, leaving the Chicago College of Performing Arts, where they studied theater, to join their father in Istanbul and learn the ins and outs of his design process.  
After their father’s death, they relocated to New York City. 

Castro NYC Drip earrings
Castro NYC “Drip Earrings” 2021, are crafted in 18-karat gold and sterling silver with white and brown diamonds, a color-change garnet, rubies, and freshwater pearls. The design is an abstract interpretation of a cobra.

Now, Sir King is officially taking the helm of the iconoclastic jewelry label, ensuring it lives into the future. 
“I want to share Castro NYC’s story with the world, so people can find inspiration,” they said. 
“I see Castro NYC jewels as rare collectible sculptures more than I see them as just jewelry.” 
Sir King will dip into the designer’s archives to create new versions of the brand’s one-of-a-kind pieces for clients and bring some of their father’s never-realized ideas to fruition. 
“There are many sketches and ideas that Castro created, yet to be brought to life,” Sir King said. 
Castro NYC is debuting its identity as a second-generation brand via a partnership with art gallery Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which sells art and jewelry from designers like Alice Cicolini and Brilliant & Black alums Jaqueline Rabun and Rashid Johnson.  

Castro NYC zebra earrings
Castro NYC “Zeeporah” earrings in 18-karat white gold with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Designed by Terry Castro, the piece depicting zebra ears upon a bird’s skull was created in ode to traditional African protective amulets.

The gallery has locations in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and London. It will host a Castro NYC retrospective next year at its London location in Ladbroke Hall. 
“Carpenters Workshop Gallery is honored to represent Castro NYC exclusively and looks forward to hosting the first retrospective of the artist’s work in 2024,” said Head of Jewelry Tamara Platiša.   
“Terry Castro’s vision, craftsmanship and creativity are a testament to his artistry and innovation and resonate with the spirit of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, where creativity knows no bounds and the boundaries of collectable jewelry art are pushed.” 
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