Before Designer Loren Barham and I were introduced during the Bloggers' RI jewelry tours last spring, I was a fan of her jewelry company Loren Hope and had been watching from afar. What had instantly drawn me to her work was her vibrant 2016 Spring/Summer collection, which had been beautifully styled and photographed in Hawaii.
Each of LH designs makes a statement without intimidating or being pretentious, and because of these characteristics, they are versatile and can be worn for all sorts of occasions, from casual brunch with the in-laws to cocktail hour with the girlfriends.
Truly, I found it impossible not to fall in love with Loren Barham's designs, including how her love story with jewelry began and how it is influencing her business approach.
From letting her creativity go wild as a child by reassembling old baubles in her grandmother's thrift shop, to her strong desire to reignite Providence's long forgotten title of "Jewelry Capital of the World", it is clear that Loren Barham is on to something precious. Parts used for Loren Hope's luxury level costume jewelry originate 100% from local partnerships. Truly - it does not get any better than this, especially for the Shop Small Shop Local, fashion-inclined fans - like me.
When asked about her inspiration behind a collection and where it comes from, Loren Barham said to have always been drawn to nature, art, and architecture from the art deco period.
Loren Hope has been featured in ELLE, Vogue, InStyle, Real Simple, The Zoe Report, Glitter Guide, Lucky Magazine, Southern Living, Redbook, Refinery 29...the list goes on. To add one achievement on top of another, LH's biggest highlight in 2016 was their new partnership with giant retailer Nordstrom, which now carries their pieces both in stores and online.
I invite you to watch our full interview to get better acquainted with this North-Carolinian-turned-Rhode-Islander designer, who is making waves in our little state and beyond! Pieces featured in the video can be found below.