An expertise in industrial production and love of hand-made craft are the foundation of WXYZ Jewelry. Drawing inspiration from science, art and industrial design, WXYZ Jewelry builds structures through repeated elements. Experimenting with unconventional materials and innovative production techniques to create custom components, WXYZ jewelry fuses the rigorous and the playful in an idiosyncratic dialect. Founded in both logic and experimentation, WXYZ Jewelry stands at the intersection of the obvious and the unexpected.
WXYZ Jewelry is designed and produced by Laura Wass in Brooklyn, NY. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Laura explored traditional goldsmithing techniques and contemporary jewelry design with courses at Alchimia in Florence, SUNY New Paltz, and UArts. Upon graduating, she entered the jewelry industry working for CFDA award winner Philip Crangi and Giles & Brother, a position that provided her the distinct opportunity to manage design development for collaborations with brands such as Reed Krakoff, Coach, Swarovski and DVF. She went on to work for Metal Dynamics, a leading manufacturer in the luxury fashion industry, where she was taken on as the mentee of Bob Adelstein, CEO and manufacturing mastermind. There, she managed product development and technical design of jewelry and handbag hardware working directly with American and European clients, as well as factories abroad. After these fundamental experiences in the industry, Wass launched WXYZ Jewelry for the Fall/Winter 2012 season.
Photo by Ysa Perez