The Judith Leiber brand, known for its whimsical crystal-laden evening bags, is branching out — but not too far, launching a contemporary jewelry collection.
The new jewelry assortment was designed by creative director, Dee Ocleppo, who is also co-owner and global ambassador. Ocleppo, wife of Tommy Hilfiger, came on in 2017, four years after the brand was acquired by Authentic Brands Group.
Ocleppo didn’t need to look far for inspiration — her jewelry takes its cue from the brand’s classic crystal-encrusted miniaudierés from the countless Judith Leiber Couture collections, as well as the brand’s newer diffusion line, using motifs such as rainbows, French fries, cupcakes, popsicles and cocktails.
Nearly every piece is produced in 14K yellow-plated sterling silver and brass, with pieces using brightly colored pavé hues, set with hundreds of colored cubic zirconia stones, some so large they simulate gemstones.
“When I came on board, I wanted to add a little bit more whimsy and playfulness into the bags,” Ocleppo explained. ”We wanted to keep the jewelry connected to what we are doing with the handbags, the idea of playful statement pieces, so it was a natural progression.” The extensive Leiber archive, said Ocleppo, also played a key part in her design.
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