Growing up in Los Angeles, jeweler Lizzie Mandler had no shortage of creative influences. “I’ve always been surrounded by artists of all different types and all different fields,” she recalled. “I never really thought twice about whether or not L.A. was an appropriate place for me to be as an artist and as someone who works in fashion,” she continued. “It’s home, but also, it’s really refreshing to be detached from the fashion world and to be able to jump in and out as I choose. Jewelry doesn’t really have to be part of the fashion world—it can be as much as you want it to be, but it doesn’t have to be.”
Mandler is speaking to the recent change in the amount of attention the fashion community is paying to her hometown, but also to her own development in fine jewelry. Her line, which shares her name, lays a foundation in simple, handcrafted gold and jewel-accented pieces. The offerings are classic at heart—gold and diamond studs are a staple—but they also have an irreverent modernity. Take, for instance, Rihanna wearing Alber Elbaz’ fur-lined pantsuit with her hands literally covered in Mandler’s stacked rings at Lanvin’s Fall 2014 show. Mandler’s pieces can carry real attitude just as easily as they can demonstrate sophistication.