Name: Kelly Brett, Designer, Vivenne Kelly Collection
Location: New York, New York
Why She’s Awesome: This Spelman graduate caught our attention with her latest accessory line which features intricate hand painted pieces of wood mixed with elegant touches of metal. Her passion to create unique hand painted pieces using a variety of techniques such as paint splatter, color blocking and graffiti prints stems from her core belief of daring to be different.
Kelly left a career at Ralph Lauren to pursue her own jewelry line after spending some months in Paris studying fashion at Parsons. Inspired by the chic Parisian women, and the dazzling city architecture, Kelly created her first piece–a red square bangle. Kelly returned to the states and began attending trade shows, and after being profiled in WWD, Kelly’s line took off! 18 months later and her hard work is paying off exciting ways. Some of her designs have even made it on to the Ms. Carter tour, and she heard Beyonce has been rocking one of her rings. (She’s not 100% sure but the idea of it is enough!).
Check out her latest collection here: http://www.viviennekelly.com/
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