In 1992, Abra began creating her line out of her
Greenwich Village apartment. She took courses
at FIT and RISD after graduating from Vassar col-
lege with a B.A. in History. On a lark, she took a
chance and approached some chic Soho stores
who agreed to carry her jewelry on the spot. She
went from selling on the streets to selling to stores
virtually overnight. Abra continued to sell her work at NYC craft shows and flea markets. In the spring of 1994, she was approached by a few fashion editors who advised her to send samples to various magazines and apply to wholesale shows. Her first trade show was very successful and Abra Couture was born. The legendary Takashimaya was one of the first prestigious stores to carry Abra Couture jewelry. Soon after, the Museum of Arts and Design had cases of her work. Concurrently, Abra built an international following with stores as far as Korea to the British Virgin Islands. The versatility and unique design concepts propelled her into the league of instantly recognizable jewelry designers.
"In 1994, I went from selling on the streets to selling to stores virtually overnight. It was scary and exciting at the same time!"
Abra of Abra Couture
What makes Abra Couture jewelry so unique is the creation process. Abra designs each component of her jewelry, ensuring every detail is perfect and each necklace and bracelet are able to withstand the rigors of wear. Abra Couture is made up of two groups: resin and vintage materials, and one in gemstones.
The costume resin and vintage collection is defined by the recycling of materials, including acrylics, cotton, cast resin and plastics. It is designed to be both beautiful and affordable. Due to its handmade nature, each finished piece is unique, varying from one to the next. Abra’s signature “Cotton Ball” jewelry is fashioned out of cotton balls that have been dipped in resin and wire woven together with electroplated silver wire. Surprisingly lightweight, these eye-catching pearl-like creations are a delight to wear and always the topic of conversation.
The gemstone collection consists of semiprecious stones, fresh water pearls, and vintage crystals. Abra combines hand-selected pearls, stones and recycled glass, creating a little color story with each piece. Inspired by the vibrancy of the nature that surrounds her home, Abra often incorporates organic design elements, such as vines and flowers into these intricate semiprecious designs.
Today, Abra Couture can be found in select boutiques and museum stores nationwide. Abra presently runs a studio/store in the heart of Bucks County by appointment only. Her work is instantly recognizable and has remained proudly handmade in the USA since 1992.
Abra Couture ….. The Jewelry That Jewelry Lovers Love! Well loved and worn often!™
The Cottage, Abra Couture's Studio Store in PA