Leo grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York. She was five years old when her mother first helped her string small sun-bleached animal vertebrae on a shoelace to be worn as a necklace.
Leo’s father is an antique dealer and genealogist. Growing up, she was surrounded by his heirlooms; a prized collection of mother of pearl and ancestral photos. The items enchanted her and she loved the story each piece told.
Leo continues to surround herself with heirlooms, gems, and talisman. Since graduating from Pratt Institute, Leo Black has put forth two collections in New York using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. Her design inspiration is informed by family history, personal rituals, the American South West, and the Spice Girls.
Last year she moved her full-time studio from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California. All pieces continue to be made by Leo with care, consciousness and precision. She hopes you’ll find the same magic in the talisman she creates that she found as a child in her father’s antique shop and in the rivers of the Catskill Mountains.
EDUCATION & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Leo graduated with a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is the recipient of the Pratt Award for Excellence, The Tiffany & Co. Scholarship Award, as well as the Kara Ross Award for outstanding thesis work.
MADE IN LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK
Each piece is first sculpted by Leo herself before it goes into production using the ancient lost-wax casting technique. Each piece is made to order using recycled metals whenever possible and ethically sourced stones. We work closely with a 4th generation hand engraver and master stone setter. All of our jewelry is produced in Los Angeles, California and Manhattan, New York.