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Ward Landrigan, Chairman & CEO and Nico Landrigan, President


Verdura is the trade name of E.J.Landrigan Inc, a privately held corporation. Verdura is a fine jeweler and specialty retailer, whose merchandise assortment is based primarily on the fabrication of jewelry from the archives of Duke Fulco Di Verdura. Also included in this extensive selection of Verdura jewelry are vintage and estate, as well as timepieces and a sterling silver gift collection. Verdura is involved in product design, manufacturing and retailing activities.


Verdura is a fine jewelry company focusing on retail, with a limited wholesale segment. The core business focus is design-intensive pieces produced directly from the archives.

Verdura was established in 1939 by Fulco di Verdura, a Sicilian duke who began his career as Coco Chanel’s head jewelry designer. After eight years with Chanel, and most notably, designing the Maltese Cross brooches and cuffs, Verdura embarked to America in 1934. With a Hollywood connection through his close friend Cole Porter, Verdura designed colorful jewels for stars of the era, including Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Katharine Hepburn. Eventually, Verdura settled in New York on Fifth Avenue (Cole Porter and Vincent Astor were his financial backers) and immediately gained following with fashion’s best-dressed list (Babe Paley was his muse and one of his best clients). Verdura, appointed "America's Crown Jeweler" by the New York Times, was one of the premier jewelry designers of the 20th century. In 1985, Ward Landrigan purchased Verdura and continued the tradition of creating timeless designs from the nearly 10,000 sketches Fulco made in his lifetime. In 2003, his son, Nico, joined him in the family business and currently serves as President alongside his father, who is the Chairman and CEO. Today, Verdura continues to appear on the pages of the top fashion books and walks the red carpet on celebrity fans, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz.

One of the leading internationally renowned fine jewelers, Verdura is known for its innovative designs, expertise, craftsmanship and quality gemstone pieces. With the exclusive salon flagship headquarters located in New York, Verdura intends to maintain its strategic position as one of the leading luxury retailers while expanding its wholesale network both in the US and internationally. Currently there is one salon and 8 exclusive distribution points of sale for the fine jewelry collection. With its established reputation as an industry leader, Verdura annually introduces new product offerings from the archive and services an international clientele.


Chairman and CEO: Ward Landrigan President: Nico Landrigan
Chief Operating Officer: Colleen Caslin
Vice President of Finance: John Fonte
Vice President of Sales and Business Development: James Haag, Jr.
Director of Design and Manufacturing: Melissa Kuba Lederer
Director of Marketing and Advertising: Jeff Goldstein
Director of Public Relations: Caroline Packer