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What's the story behind Nissa Jewelry?
I started Nissa because I couldn’t find the kind of jewelry I wanted to wear, so I started making my own. After working in advertising for years, I dropped out of my MBA program and went to design school. I had started making my own clothes and boutiques started approaching me to carry them. I then got a design degree from International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. While still a sophomore in the program, I was named by WWD “One to Watch” as an emerging designer. Shortly after, I moved to NYC. When I got laid off from my advertising job during the recession, I sold everything I could (all my fancy clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags that I had collected over the years). I used the proceeds to start Nissa Jewelry and the rest is history!
Favorite item from the current collection?
The Loveland Necklace. It took seven months in production to get it right, but I love it.
Who is the Nissa Jewelry girl?
Edgy and confident customers are drawn to the line initially, but there’s really something for everyone. I would say it’s vintage inspired with a modern twist. The Nissa girl is the kind of girl who plans her outfits around her accessories, not her clothes.
Favorite jewelry trends for 2015?
Statement earrings, choker necklaces and I love that the hippie/boho look is back in a big way.