Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader met while studying Sculpture and Metals at Massachusetts College of Art, and quickly bonded over their paralleled backgrounds in the dental industry- each had learned the basics of jewelry making while working in prosthetic dentistry and orthodontics as teenagers. In contrast with their one-of-a-kind, gallery-minded curriculum, the girls aimed to create a fashion forward jewelry collection that would bring their progressive design philosophies to the ready-to-wear market. In 2007 they moved to New York to follow this dream.
Lady Grey released their first collection in 2009, and within just months it had been featured in worldwide publications including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, W, and Vogue Japan, and launched with the most coveted retail outlets such as Bergdorf Goodman and Selfridges. That same year, Lady Grey brought home Gen Art’s “Designer of the Year” International award in accessories.
The designers retain the signature Lady Grey aesthetic through their distinctive use of materials and bold structures, steadily evolving with each collection. With their FW15 collection, they find beauty through the pairing of unlikely components, contrasting elements and illusive compositions. Pieces featuring flawed, earthy Pyrite cabochons set side by side with pear cut, brilliant, manmade Swarovski Crystals create an unlikely harmonic union. Elements of surrealism, hands and arms in positions contrary to all reasonable expectations, embellished with handmade chain tassels flowing from the wrist, prove to be as beautiful as they are enticing. All pieces in their collections are designed to be striking when worn alone, or layered in multiples to create unlimited and unique compositions and stories. Their balance of beauty and bravado, with ingenuity and wear-ability, has garnered Lady Grey focused attention from top publications such as The New York Times, ELLE, Marie Claire, Vogue, and Purple magazine.
Lady Grey is currently selling in over 30 luxury retailers worldwide, throughout the U.S., United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Australia. Celebrity fans include Beyonce, Rihanna, Elizabeth Olsen, Rose Byrne, Solange, Selena Gomez, Grimes, and Emilia Clarke, among others.