I recently had the pleasure of taking a peek into the Vanessa Mooney design studio, located in downtown Los Angeles. Vanessa Mooney is known for her vintage-inspired, rocker-chic and boho jewelry and has been seen on the likes of Katie Holmes, Vanessa Hudgens and Sienna Miller. Vanessa, who is the great-granddaughter of Harry Warner (one of the original Warner Bros.) is self-taught and launched her line in 2009, with one idea in mind: “let uninhibited design intuition lead the way.” She gets much of her inspiration from the many cultures and ethnicities she experiences during her travels. Mooney’s studio is housed in a very chic loft with breathtaking views of the surrounding city. I had the chance to meet the staff (unfortunately Vanessa was out-of-town) and see first-hand all the supplies and work that goes into making a bracelet or necklace. I previewed some classic pieces, as well as pieces from the new Holiday Resort and Spring 2012. I also saw some of the fringed handbags and tried on the comfy moccasins (available in tribal or animal print) that are now apart of the line. My favorite pieces I saw that day were the “Spear Me” pewter/brass necklaces, the African tribal collection, the rings and the “Dream Catcher” necklace. After personally viewing the collection, I am now an avid fan. Her jewelry is perfect for layering and creating that bohemian edge to any outfit, whether it be for work or going out. The line ranges from $50-300 and can be found at Urban Outfitters, Shopbop, Free People, Calypso, LF and Planet Blue. For more information and to shop the line, check out the website.
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