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Alexis Bittar is a New York (US) based jewelry designer, who has recently won the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Accessory Designer of the Year award in June, 2010.
As a child, Alexis accompanied his parents to flea markets to deal with rare antiques. At the early age of 10 he was selling flowers from a hand painted cart across the street from his Brooklyn home. By high school he was selling vintage clothing and Bakelite jewelry on St Marks place. After dropping out of college he got into dance clubs and underground fashion.
In 1988, he came out with his original jewelry line and began selling it at the corner of Prince and Greene in Soho. At the time there were only 6 vendors there. At the age of 22 years he figured out a revolutionary way to carve Lucite into jewelry and started to get more attention.
Since then, he’s worked with Burberry and Estee Lauder. In 2002 he cooperated with Patricia Fields to create jewelry for the Sex and the city. He is frequently featured in the biggest international fashion magazines and his hand-painted jewelry is very popular among celebrities (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Brooke Shields, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama etc). He also often works with stylists and designers, creating jewelry for special events, photoshoots and fashion shows (Jason Wu, Michael Angel, Michael Kors, Patti Wilson and Dennis Basso etc.).
He already has three studios in Manhattan (Bleecker, Madison, and Soho) and about to expand his business to the west, planning to open three shops California – one in San Francisco and two in Los Angeles.
According to fashionista.com, every clasp, hook, pendant, bracelet, and earring is handmade by the 160 artisans employed by Alexis Bittar in his sunny Brooklyn studio. Nothing is purchased except the raw materials.
Alexis’ designs are meant for a broad variety of customers. Among the three lines of his collection (Elements, Miss Havisham, and Lucite), you can find intricately detailed floral patterns, hand-painted Lucite bangles and the absolute latest fashion jewelry. These gorgeous Alexis Bittar pieces miraculously retail from $70-$700.