Jewelry as Art: Alexis Bittar

My Alexis Bittar bangle; photo by Sophie McMillan

While undeniably luxurious, with many designs featuring precious metals and semi-precious stones, we feel our work should be accessible, unique and attainable. ~ Alexis Bittar

I don’t wear a lot of jewelry; a pair of earrings, my beloved watch, and a bangle or necklace every now and then, round out my jewelry collection. But several years ago when I found out about jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, I knew that I had to incorporate some of his precious art pieces into my life, as my own collectibles. Bittar’s story alone is worth owning a piece: Brooklyn-born Bittar, using Lucite and semi-precious stones and metals, began selling handmade pieces on the streets of Soho. Perhaps he was inspired by his parents who were both university professors and antique collectors. His hand-carved Lucite bangles and bold creations were discovered in 1992 by Dawn Mello, Bergdorf Goodman’s then Fashion Director. In 2004 he opened his first boutique on Broome Street, Soho, and went on to open a total of 15 stores in the United States. In 2010 Bittar became the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year. The success of the brand is the view that each piece is to be seen as collectible – modern heirlooms that will stand the test of time and trends. Alexis Bittar sold his business to Brooks Brothers in 2016 and he now works exclusively in philanthropy, but his jewelry as art will certainly stand the test of time.

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