“I truly believe it takes 10 years to be an overnight success.”
Wendy Brandes is like a cool shiny star on the sky of a hot summer night. Now why would I say such a thing about somebody I have never even met? Well, probably because I am in the middle of the flu, thus heavily sedated and under the influence of strong antibiotics… or probably because Wendy Brandes is not only an extremely talented and hardworking artist, but a truly nice person. And finding a truly nice person in this crazy world is sometimes a challenge. Now, everybody pick their favorite so that we can move on.
WendyB is a New York based jewelry designer and fashion blogger. Her jewelry is beautifully creative and really one-of-a-kind. She is also dedicated to make you laugh with every little blog post of hers. I believe that whatever life brings to her, she makes the best of it. She’s deeply in love with her husband, her work, history, culture and beauty. Somehow even through Internet, she manages to make you feel that you know her, that you can tell her every dirty little secrets of yours, and she won’t only keep it but embrace it. Don’t believe me? Try it! I dare you!
Wendy Brandes graduated from Columbia University. Before becoming a successful jewelry designer, she established a career in media and marketing. She worked as an editor at the Wall Street Journal, CNN and People Magazine for over 10 years.
She always wanted to do something fashion-related and entrepreneurial. She’s been designing since her childhood when she often grabbed an old piece of jewelry and converted it into something else. Before starting her own company in 2005, Wendy was already designing for herself (for example her engagement and wedding rings), simply because she couldn’t find pieces she wanted – pieces with personality.
WendyB hates Fashion Police and self-proclaimed stubborn fashion experts who are trying to kill creativity by judging other people’s outfit. Her jewelry is inspired by interesting historical women, such as Queen Elizabeth, Queen Min, Marie Antoinette or Lady Jane Grey. She creates with humor and always puts some twists in the design. Wendy is famous for her mechanical pieces and lockets.
You can hardly imagine the amount of work being put into the process of bringing a single piece of Wendy Brandes design to life. First the model for many pieces is carved out of hard wax, and then a silicone mold is made. After making the silver mold and the silver model, Wendy can do further refinements to the design. Then another mold of the improved design is made, and finally casted in gold. And if the piece is just a little bit complicated (three-dimensional, multi-part or mechanical), all of it is done by hand. Sounds fun, right? They look fun for sure. Take a look!