Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Alexis Bittar at the Houston Galleria. While I was expecting to peruse through the latest jewelry and have a brief moment to say hello, I was pleasantly surprised at Alexis’ openness and generosity with his time.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this American designer, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite jewelry designers. Alexis was born and raised in New York by parents who possessed a love for antiques. This influence as well as their support of his passion for jewelry played a great part in his successful career. In fact, Bittar began selling jewelry and vintage clothing as a teenager and continued doing so as a young adult after dropping out of college.
Inspired by his love for antique jewelry, Bittar began designing his own pieces teaming up with everyone from Burberry, Jason Wu, Jeremy Scott, Phillip Lim, and even Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field. Not too bad, right?!? While his first major design collaborations took place in the late 1990s, Bittar’s first self-titled boutique opened in New York City in 2004. Since then, Alexis has not looked back seeing his pieces on the likes of fashionistas such as Iris Apfel, Faye Dunaway, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Joan Collins, Michelle Obama…ok you probably get the picture.
For my fellow Bittar fans, you are most likely familiar with his legendary Lucite pieces. This is what took Alexis to new heights and for good reason. Once glance at one of his bangles, and you know exactly who created them. I love them because they are fabulous for any occasion whether it’s a day in the office or a night out. In fact, I will be sporting this lovely bangle tomorrow at Runway for a Cure supporting the LLS foundation. More on that soon.
Bittar’s jewelry has garnered attention for many reasons, but one thing many have agreed upon is that each piece is truly a work of art. I had the privilege of having a nice chat with Alexis himself, and he spoke about his love for detail. As I marveled upon the flower bangles, he showed me how each petal is designed to move naturally as though it was a real flower. As an attorney, my job is all about paying attention to detail, and I have a new-found appreciation for his designs. While he and I briefly exchanged travel stories, I was quite surprised to hear that he wasn’t directly inspired by his countless travels. The pieces have such a worldly edge, and some are even featured in the Museum of Modern Art!
I always love championing designers who are good to their consumer base. Alexis is definitely one of them. We talked about everything from boys to Arabic food. I learned that Alexis is actually half Syrian! He even happily embraced the idea of chatting via face time with his greatest supporters. You can’t beat that!
I highly recommend checking out some of his artwork at your local Nordstrom. They even have some sale items online!
Each Alexis Bittar creation is crafted by hand, and you won’t regret your purchase!