Alexis Bittar is one of those names in the contemporary jewellery scene that you find often mentioned in some of the most renowned fashion press worldwide. Starting out at a very young age as a street seller of antique jewellery in New York City and self taught in jewellery making, his collections are now available at institutions such as the Saks Fifth Avenue and the Museum of Modern Art besides a wide international retail presence and own brand stores.
One of Alexis Bittar’s design signatures is his preference for working with Lucite, one of the trading names for acrylic glass, which he has been sculpting like a precious material since the beginnings of his brand in the late eighties. Although in recent years the use of plastic and resins still prevails, one can see plenty of baroque inspired gold plated surfaces exquisitely mixed with crystals and semi precious stones or sole metal pieces whose highly polished and tactile finishings for sure unveil new design approaches.
Below, a selection of some pretty amazing bracelets, category which we honestly consider to be the most exciting from his collections and whose craftsmanship can be well compared to those in the fine arts.
From the collection ELEMENTS – Gold Parrot Cuff – Gold tone plate, gunmetal plate, Swarovski crystals.
From the collection ELEMENTS – Gold Gem Cluster as Ivory Coal Resin Bracelet – Gold tone plate, Mojave green turquoise, amethyst hydoquartz, mother of pearl doublet, hydroquartz green tourmaline, faux variscite, Swarovski crystals.
From the collection MISS HAVISHAM – Gold Sputnik Cuff – Gold tone plate, imitation turquoise.
From the collection MISS HAVISHAM – Liquid Gunmetal Cuff – 18k rose gold-plated base metal.
From the collection MISS HAVISHAM – Crystal Encrusted Rose Gold Ripped Bracelet – 18k gold plated, Swarovski crystals.
From the collection LUCITE – Otto Gold Large Crumpled Bracelet – Lucite, gold plate and Swarovski Crystals.
From the collection LUCITE – O’Keeffe Matte Gold Skull Bracelet – Lucite, gold plate, Swarovski crystals.
An interview with the designer including some pictures of his workshop in New York can be found here: