Like any good coupling, fashion designer Mary Meyer and jewelry designer Lila Rice have quite the backstory: “Lila and I started our brands around the same time and since then have been each other’s biggest fans—we always joke that each of us respectively has the largest single collection of the other’s work,” says Meyer. The New York-based designers have finally taken the plunge—the collaboration plunge, that is.
The two teamed up for the first time on a collection of necklaces for Valentine’s Day, all costing not much more than a dozen roses. The six pieces are simple-but-tough, matte-finish pendants (all handmade in Brooklyn) that reflect both women’s minimalistic tendencies. “[The design process was] fun—there was lots of boy talk, then lots of talk about geometric shapes and how to fit things together,” explains Meyer, adding, “to be honest, a collaboration between the two of us was very effortless.”
It’s a chic alternative to the cliché heart necklaces peddled on cheesy TV commercials—and not surprisingly, the idea came about during that other commercialized holiday: “We wanted to put out something cool and at an approachable price point, but there was no way we could fit it in before Christmas, so we thought a Valentine’s release was perfect.” Order yours at marymeyerclothing.com.