Like many new fashion lines, Rebekah Lea Schwartz’s was created when she couldn’t find anything that suited her own taste. The luxury jewelry label launched this past June, but Schwartz wasn’t just testing the waters with a minimalist line. The Manhattan-based designer debuted her namesake label with an extraordinary four collections for consumers to delight in. But even though the well-rounded designs display Schwartz's talents in a way that would make you think she’s been crafting jewelry for years, it took some experimentation in other aspects of the fashion industry before she settled on jewelry.
Born in Northern New Jersey, Schwartz was never too far from the fashion mecca that she now calls home. Always sure that she would work in some form of art, she set off to refine her skills in Boston at both The School of The Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Still unsure of which medium she wanted to settle in, Schwartz dabbled in textile design, painting, personal styling, and fashion, and finally had her “ah-ha!” moment while working for a clothing designer. Having realized that there was little to no unique, fine jewelry on the market that she was interested in wearing herself, she went to town creating a collection that she was asked to design for the respected clothing line, and was then inspired to create her own label.
Rebekah Lea Designs consists of four collections— “Monomoy,” “Forbidden Forest,” “Stonality,” and “TRV”— all inspired by different aspects of Schwartz’s life. “Monomoy” reflects her childhood summers spent on East Coast beaches through the sliced shell and starfish shapes that are prominent throughout the collection. “Forbidden Forest” is a celebration of the beauty that can be found in death, shown through recreations of nature’s most delicate creatures like birds and reptiles. The pieces in “Stonality” mimic the colors and shapes that can be found when looking through a kaleidoscope, and finally “TRV” was inspired solely by the shapes of the Manhattan skyline, which is visible from the designer’s own home. The entire line ranges in price from $480 to $10,000.
To see the whole collection, visit RebekahLeaDesigns.com.
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