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93. Pamela Love

Founder of Pamela Love N.Y.C., How To Make International Design, Locally

93. Pamela Love

“I design things that are a pain in the ass to make,”says Pamela Love. “I sketch endlessly, but almost nothing becomes an actual product because I either change my mind or it’s impossible to make.” The designer’s eponymous line of jewelry features tough pieces–skulls, spikes, crystals, and the like–inspired by her interest in science, religion, and astrology. Love’s work has earned international recognition and, most recently, a nomination for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. (The winner will be announced in New York on June 4.) Love produces all her pieces in her New York studio, ignoring the affordable appeal of factory production. “Everything passes through my hands, and we take a lot of pride in that,” she says. “It’s hard and it’s expensive, but it’s something our customers respond to.”

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Timeline

  • 2008

    Gets a full-page feature in French Vogue

  • 2009

    Creates a line of jewelry for HBO’s True Blood and designs a collection inspired by Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are for Opening Ceremony

  • 2010

    Hosts her first New York Fashion Week presentation.

  • 2011

    Chosen as a runner up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award; wins the Ecco Domani accessories design award; spots rock star Stephen Tyler wearing her designs on the Jumbotron at a concert

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