Nero-Seder’s newest design venture is in collaboration with her sister, Deirdre Nero, a local lawyer who has Alopecia Areata, a disease resulting in hair loss. The sisters’ “B.A.L.D.” line, which stands for “Bad Ass Lawyer and Designer,” will showcase earrings with a more mainstream flair aimed at making the statement that “You’re beautiful with or without hair,” Nero-Seder said.
The first pieces of the B.A.L.D. collection will be featured during The District Factory’s August events. Fifteen percent of B.A.L.D. sales will be donated to Alopecia Areata-related charities, including The National Alopecia Areata Foundation and The Global Alopecia Mission.
For more information about the Aria Nero and B.A.L.D. collections, visit arianero.com.
Similar to Nero, Susie Rekechensky of Phairytale Jewelry, 38, brings together thrift and vintage materials to “give a heartbeat back to things that have been dormant for a while,” Rekechensky said.
Rekechensky revives these pieces not only by reusing discarded jewelry, broken chains and old coins for her collection of necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets, but also by embedding something special within most items: a chunk of a healing stone.
A couple of years ago, Rekechensky began going to an acupuncturist, who gave her a quartz crystal to carry around in her bag.
“I don’t know if it was just a mental thing, but I started to ease off the stress,” Rekechensky said.
Now, most of her pieces are home to a piece of fluorite, rose quartz or tiger’s eye.
“It creates a special connection with the piece,” Rekechensky said. “Your jewelry is really the heartbeat of your wardrobe, and I really like to give that rhythm to every piece of Phairytale Jewelry.”
Rekechensky was introduced to vintage as a little girl by her mother’s best friend, who worked with antiques. Rekechensky frequented estate sales, and her mom’s friend passed along hand-me-downs, once leaving 6-year-old Rekechensky with a pair of high-heeled cowboy boots.
“That’s where the love and care for the vintage stuff came from,” she said.
Then, about four year ago, Rekechensky became inspired by little shops in New Orleans while on vacation there. After 15 years as a graphic designer, she started her own jewelry company and has continued doing print and web design for a marketing agency four times a week. She also designs the promotional pieces for Phairytale.
Rekechensky sells her pieces online and at The District Factory, and also creates custom pieces for her clientele, who often bring her beloved family heirlooms to incorporate into a new piece.
For more information about Phairytale Jewelry, visit phairytalejewelry.com.
A common thread among the designs featured at The District Factory is that many have been recycled from mainstream, old or wasted materials to create one-of-a-kind products.
Eco-friendly designer Lisu Vega, 32, uses this technique by creating her own fabrics of silk, charmeuse, chiffon and cotton.
“Everything is unique,” said Vega, who lives in Midtown and moved to Miami-Dade County nine years ago from Venezuela. “Every piece is a baby for me.”
Vega designs a line of women’s clothing fashioned with trendy designs, like tribal prints. Then, she creates colorful and textured accessories pieced together with scraps of her used fabrics and stones.