Nizhoni Lee is a Navajo and woman-owned small business that is based out of Flagstaff, Arizona. Kimberly Lee is the owner and designer behind the brand, which specializes in handmade jewelry made from upcycled salvaged leather. She believes that everyone is given a natural talent so they can give back to the world, so she feels that creating these sustainable wearable works of art is her way of giving back.
Lee grew up in Black Mesa, AZ, and comes from a long line of artists. She would watch her mother forge jewelry from seed beads, while her father made alabaster sculptures. Her parents always encouraged her to experiment with using different forms of mediums when it came to the arts and crafting.
Her brand was established in 2018, when she noticed a need for more cutting edge, yet eco-friendly accessories. ‘Nizhoni’ is Navajo for “beautiful.” She finds inspiration from Navajo rug textiles and colors that are found in nature.
The statement earrings in the photos are the Floral Swarovski Leather Earrings. They are beautifully made, using angelus leather paint, Swarovski beads, dyed horsehair, Czech seed beads, leather, and sterling silver hardware.
Images by: Rya Pie Pictures