What started out as "Lemon Drops"...a nifty little line of ribbon earrings that I created on the A Train heading from my classes at FIT, to my apartment, in upper Manhattan, has grown into on u designs & finds today.
on u was founded in 1989 as a side line to my fashion stylist career in New York's Fashion District. I would hand-sew bracelets every day during my commute to, and from, work. At the time, we lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Greg and I would work until late at night at an old card table. It was the only thing in our dining room. It's all we needed.
Way back when, the on u line featured early watch piece broaches and hand-sewn bracelets and earrings made with antique, vintage and Bakelite buttons. There's a few out there still... with hand-sewn on u tags in them. Fashion icons: Barneys New York, Barneys Japan. Bloomingdales. ABC Carpet & Home featured my jewelry on their floors.
I find inspiration for my designs in everything I do... Maybe because it's all I do... (sort of). I love taking a little bit of something and creating a ''look' from it. It's totally rewarding.
We came to Richmond, Virginia, in 1993. 9/11 occurred.. Everything changed. We decided to pursue a dream...
Now my jewelry line features hand-knotted, hand-crocheted glass, vintage and semi-precious beads. Signature items take advantage of antique, vintage, even ancient, buttons, trinkets, claws, mati, amulets, coins and textiles. Bits and pieces of the world. That we've gathered from throughout the world... I just love to collect. (You see, I told you that there were other things that I love to do...).
Our new Studio on Grove Avenue in Richmond, is now bustling with items from our world travels and just a few well-deserving local artisans. It's ever changing.
Stop by to see the incredible finds from Van Du Vanres in Paris and Portobello Road in London.
But back to the jewelry... You'll feel it when you wear just one piece. Then, you'll want another. And another. It just kind of happens.
Each design is meticulously created with fascinating knots, colors, contrast, and dimension. Features that, knowingly, separate the on u line from the ordinary.
Please shop the few select high-end boutiques that carry the line.
Or visit us at one at one our shows... Or here, at onujewelry.com. But if you really, really want to feel it, touch it, wear it, and, well, just get it... we'll see you at our new Studio... on u designs & finds located in the heart of Richmond's nationally renowned shopping district - Libbie & Grove Avenues.
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