The World of Jewelry Designer Coralia Leets
Have you ever wondered why we don’t host our own sample sales? It is after all our specialty. Well, you can stop wondering now, next week we are bringing you Atelier Coralia Leets Samples Sale at 80% off Retail. We are very proud of our collaboration and you should absolutely check it out. In the meantime, Greta, our miracle worker intern, has been in touch with Coralia, who graciously agreed to answer some of our questions.
Born in Nicaragua, Coralia Leets moved to Florida when she was sixteen. After pursuing a career in Public Relations and Business Administration, she decided to launch her eponymous jewelry line in 2001. Now sold in Bloomingdale’s, as well as in speciality stores around the world, the line is an embodiment of Leets’ signature “gritty meets pretty” aesthetic. I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about what inspires her designs.
Greta Jenkins: From your social media accounts, it seems that you gain a lot of inspiration from travel. Is there a location that has particularly inspired you?
Coralia Leets: A place that always has inspired me is perhaps busy street in big cities: London , Istanbul, summers in the Italian Riviera, Paris, and New York City. By watching urban style I am always hunting for great looks, texture, and colors. At the end of the day in my quiet time I like to put together my own interpretation of what is going on in the fashion industry.
GJ: Do any of your pieces remind you of a specific trip or vacation spot?
CL: When I think of minimalist (small , delicate, simple elegant) design I think about France, for sure, and now the same tendency is expanding into our USA market.
GJ: How has your home country of Nicaragua influenced your designs?
CL: I love my country and I was only 16 years old when I left and moved abroad, but every time that I can visit I try to make it fit into my busy schedule. I will say probably my childhood has contributed to what I do today and the passion that I have for design .
GJ: What do you think the next big trend in jewelry will be?
CL: It has been 3 years that the whole fashion industry has changed; we are in the process of catering to the new generation of baby boomers. The next trend in jewelry goes from very minimalist with strong design to an elaborated pieces representing personality, definition, texture and, finally,to set apart each designer with their own look.
GJ: Where would you like to live if you won a few million dollars?
CL: I will probably like to stay where I am now in life, rather than move to a different place.
GJ: What are your three favorite things to do in New York?
CL: Loved to eat in ethnic restaurant that only Big Cities like NY can offer; have a foot massage while walking the streets after a busy day; and visit the Department Store windows as well as to visit unique upcoming designer shops.
By Mirela Gluck and Greta Jenkins
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