Up and Coming Designer Series: Lauren Craft Launch at Coquette Boutique, Santa Monica

This season, for Spring 2013, the "Big Accessory" will be an important ingredient for your spring look, and one of the ways to do this is with a stunning piece of jewelry.  I previewed the collections of Lauren Craft, who has studied and apprenticed with some New York's finest jewelers at the shop COQUETTE, a new fashion forward boutique on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA.  This boutique featured a number of chic boutique designer brands, and was the showcase for the "mini-launch" of the Lauren Craft Jewelry Brand. 

She's out on her own now,  and her gorgeous designs are statment making and really work for both day and night and casual or formal lifestyles.  With diamonds, semi-precious stones, and designs of wit and elegance, her pieces are perfect for the girl who likes fine jewelry that is casual, and edgy.  Her skull pieces, and rings that are sculptural art pieces as well as the stunning bracelet (*pictured here) showcase her refined taste for color and form.  There is a clever mind at work here, and one that will continue to grow and change with time.  Young jewelry designers can be "taken in" by the trends, swayed by what might sell, rather than sticking to their own authentic points of view.  Lauren has seen it all, but insists on her own vision, which is evident here.  I see big things for Lauren if she continues on her own personal creative journey, with her exquisite settings that provide a backdrop to her choice of stones that speak to her, one voice at a time. The "moonstone" collection of pave style settings, create a boho glamour and the "Swag Rings" are just perfect for that swanky party or just to wear with your bobo jeans look our casual dinner look currently being featured at the boutique, which includes lines like:

  • Kate Kills Pretty – Aries Milan’s clothing line
  • Chaser
  • Calvin Rucker
  • A.L.C.
  • Camilla
  • 291 Venice
  • Ann Brooks
  • CP Shades
  • IRO
  • Johnny Loves Rosie
  • Karina Grimaldi
  • Lauren Craft
  • Lie Sang Bong
  • Mason
  • Naven
  • Noble House
  • Odylyne
  • Parker
  • Pink Tartan
  • Pleasure Doing Business
  • Rory Beca
  • Sass & Bide
  • Seaton
  • Sundry
  • Townsen
  • Vice Merchants
  • We Are Handsome
  • Young Fabulous & Broke
  • Yosi Samra

I have joined this exclusive club of admirers with Celebs, fashionistas, and art afficianados who covet these pieces and know you will too!  

For more information and to purchase a Lauren Craft Original, please go to her website:  

For information on Coquette Boutique, website:

Pikke Allen

Pikke Allen is a Writer and Principal Consultant for her own Content & Branding Atelier. Her passion for all things French is a tribute to her dad, a French teacher and devoted Francophile. She grew up on the left bank in Paris during one of the most fruitful periods in art, fashion and culture in the 1970s. Pikke has been published on a variety of travel platforms including 'Girls Guide to Paris'...(Read More)

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