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Leather Flame Earrings - Black


$148.50 Members


PRODUCT: Leather Flame Earrings - Black
MADE: New York City
MATERIALS: Leather, sterling silver French loop ear wire
DESIGNER: Lorraine West
An MCA Exclusive!  Lorraine on her Leather Collection, "I went from selling these leather pieces in the streets of New York's Soho in 1999, to landing them in the legendary Patricia Fields boutique within the same year. It was the beginning of retailing my work in stores. My early experience in creating leatherwork with André 3000 and Erykah Badu evolved into a heightened level of patternmaking that involved precise planning of design layout then meticulously cutting the leather into different shapes."

Lorraine West has always had an affinity for creating original art. As a wife, mother and artisan, her handcrafted contemporary and fine jewelry pieces are inspired by love and a passion for connecting with people on an intuitive and authentic level. Not only are her elegant pieces striking, but you feel them; they're designed to reflect your own inner beauty and power.

As a self-taught craftswoman, Lorraine pays homage to her Caribbean roots mixing bold and minimalist design sensibilities. Working with her hands comes naturally, thanks to her mother, a baker and her father, a carpenter. Welding and manipulating precious metals is what heals her soul. It’s more than a technique; it’s a spiritual process that’s poured into every design and is evidenced by jewelry that is as much high-end art as it is high fashion. Her symbolic and geometric designs have not only been seen on stars from Zendaya to Beyoncé, but also on countless everyday people who are drawn to the excellence of her craft.

Lorraine graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Illustration and lives in Brooklyn with her son and husband, who both continue to support her handcrafted creations, all made with Love.
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