Alexis Bittar, a Brooklyn native, launched his eponymous jewelry collections in the early 1990s. Inspired by his passion for antiques, including Art Deco Bakelite and turn-of-the-century Lalique glass, Bittar began his design career by selling his Lucite and semi-precious jewelry creations on the streets of SoHo. His bold designs quickly caught the eye of domestic and international buyers from world-renowned museums, luxury department stores, and high-end specialty boutiques. Described as “one of the most innovative jewelry designers of the 21st century” Bittar has created designs that have become cult favorites of A-list celebrities, including Madonna, Cameron Diaz and Alicia Keys, as well as influential fashion icons, such as Karl Lagerfeld and Patricia Field. Bittar is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA); in 2004, he won the Accessories Council’s Rising Star award, and in 2010, he was awarded a CFDA for Accessories Designer of the Year. Bittar has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned fashion designers, creating exclusive runway collections for both Michael Kors and Burberry.