Jennifer Fisher’s empire was sweetly and serendipitously born in 2005 with a simple charm necklace, custom made to commemorate the birth of her son Shane. Immediately, friends and strangers alike began clamoring for clues as to the ornament’s provenance, and Fisher realized she was onto something. That innocent initial piece paved the way for what has since grown to become an extensive jewelry collection comprised of over 4,000 charms, handmade chain link necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, rings and earrings ~ all designed with a rigorous, minimalistic city aesthetic, a casual edge. We sat down with the designer in her studio on the eve of the 2014 CFDA Awards, at which she was deservedly nominated for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.What brought you to New York?
LOVE! I met my husband Kevin here.
How did you get your start in fashion?
I actually was a wardrobe stylist for years in Los Angeles mainly for television commercials ~ a complete accident as I studied Business Marketing at USC.
Whose style do you admire?
Career highlight (so far):
Being nominated for the CFDA Swarovski award this year for Accessory Design
How has the industry changed since you’ve been in it?
I now see a shift of more customers wanting fashion fine jewelry over costume This morning, I woke up and made my son chocolate chip strawberry pancakes
My favorite artist is Jean-Michel Basquiat
I’d like to steal the entire shoe floor at Barneys on Madison
My greatest fashion moment was when I wore a classic ivory Tom Ford suit to interview in front of all the Fashion Fund judges at Vogue when I made the top 10 of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund
My greatest fashion regret is selling all my old Balenciaga Arena bags
To be a good designer, it’s crucial to travel for inspiration
My fashion pet peeve is people wearing open toe shoes with nasty toenails
Every woman should own a charm necklace
Every man should own a well-tailored suit
My favorite place to shop is online (aka Net-A-Porter)
These days, the thing I wear most often is my Celine slide sandals
The coolest place I’ve ever been is Iceland
Right now, I’m obsessed with juicing
Vintage is smelly until properly laundered