I would have to credit my mom and my own curiosity for making me the jewelry designer I am today. I was born and raised in New York and always exposed to the fast pace and the high fashion. As far back as I can remember, my mom and I would go antiquing to find treasures and undiscovered hidden gems we could sell to others at antique shows. We would go for hours just looking for that one special treasure or that one secret hidden unique item. At the antique shows, I would watch as admiring collectors would come to my mother’s booth to see what new treasures she had found. My mother always enjoyed sharing all her knowledge of her treasures with others. The idea of searching for treasures, along with unique and undiscovered items to share with others, always resonated with me. This ignited my passion in business. When it came time to choosing the college I would attend, I chose the business school at Washington University in St Louis to obtain my BSBA. After graduating, I pursued another passion of mine and continued my education receiving a law degree. While my legal career took me away from jewelry, I kept in touch with fashion, jewelry and art. Despite all my education, I did not find my true passion until 2003 when I fell in love with a piece of jewelry that I saw at an event. I was able to find this designer who suited my style so well, I then dropped everything and began representing her collection. Over the years of successfully representing this designer, I realized that I also had a yearning to design my own jewelry.
In 2016 Makhala was born.