Many designers create jewelry, but only a few can wow us while doing it. Accomplished designer Leonard Bridges falls in the latter, with his alluring jewelry line, Paralux.
His collection lures in jewelry connoisseurs with his signature braided style infused with modest beauty. The statement necklaces and bracelets feature gilded shine, beaded detailing, and more. Made with â€œindustrial materialsâ€ and â€œold-world craftsmanship,â€œ the monochromatic pieces are fashionable works of art. Most importantly, they are also products of creative expression and inspiration.
â€œI went to exotic, chic surfing destinations around the world like Teahupoo, Tahiti; Biarritz, France; Madagascar; and Cape Verde,â€ said Bridges, fresh off the heels of the â€œB Seen!â€ event featuring his line at Bloomingdaleâ€™s SoHo in New York. â€œThose places are exotic, [off] the beaten path, and have gorgeous water and surfboards. I love their beach vibe. Their rich flavor inspired me.â€
This exotic flavor makes it difficult to choose the collectionâ€™s magnum opus, but the â€œLoletaâ€ ($95) is a gorgeous gold choker, and â€œThe Marrekeshâ€ ($98), a corded bangle, makes a memorable impression. Several pieces warrant a double-take while perusing the collection. The pieces stand out for their effortless aesthetic and look good with almost any top.
Bridges explains Paraluxâ€˜s evolution. â€œI launched my line because I have been creating things my whole life,â€œ said the designer, who created the line in 2010. The former boy scout made macramÃ© and crocheted as a teenager. His creative projects, like making friendship bracelets, evolved into Paralux. â€œEach collection feels like an endless process – from sourcing materials to design – but it is all worth it.â€
Years before becoming Paraluxâ€™s chief designer and CEO, Bridges showed that imagination is a requisite for any fashion visionary. He transformed his classical training at The Traphagen School of Fashion in New York, and La Chambre Synical De La Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, into dynamic realities for fashion heavyweights like Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, and Liz Claiborne. Now, he has used those experiences to create his own line of signature jewelry for both men and women.
â€œIt gives me great pleasure and honor to see my pieces in stores like Bloomingdaleâ€™s and on customers,â€œ he said. â€œOnce a piece is done, I am allowed to share what I have been creating with other people who love what I am doing; This is what makes me happy!â€
Be sure to check out Paralux designs.