Erica Elizabeth Designs
There is no better way to begin the week than by introducing you to the lovely Erica Elizabeth of Erica Elizabeth Designs. A brilliant designer and artist, Erica’s exquisite collection of breathtaking handcrafted bridal accessories and veils is sheer perfection. We know you’ll love it as much as we do. From Erica Elizabeth: “I work out of my personalized home studio in Los Angeles, California. It has been a lifelong dream to make my living as an artisan and with the support of the Internet I finally am!
I started studying jewelry fabrication & fashion at Otis College of Art and Design. To help pay my way through school, I took a job in a local bridal shop making wedding accessories. After a few years, I opened my own business; its headquarters was the living room of my tiny duplex. I found success in wholesale. As the business expanded, I began selling to hundreds of bridal salons and major department stores across the U.S.
After 25 successful years in the wholesale business, I felt that my creative side was getting lost. I wanted to reimagine my brand by creating singular designs that focused on uncompromising craftsmanship and beauty. I decided to leave the world of wholesale and go back to my roots. Now, I take great pride in knowing that everything in my shop is handmade, beautifully packaged and shipped to women around the world.I find inspiration for my designs all around me! The lush foliage of my neighborhood prompted me to explore the art of flower making, one of my favorite skills. My head ornaments are crafted with multiple layers of delicate metal florals, hand-fabricated flowers and leaves paired with softer organic materials. I pair them with soft French laces touched with freshwater pearls and gemstones to add richness and dimension.
I’ve also embraced the artisanal art of metal fabrication. This intense, time-consuming art, while so different from working with the softest silks, follows the same deep roots of inspiration. My love of nature infuses each design of winding enamel leaves with hand details finished with spots of pearl and rhinestone that sparkle and gleam with the play of light.
History speaks to me too. At the Getty Villa in Malibu, California, I fall in love with the golden crowns adopted by the Roman heads of state as emblems of rank and honor. Of course, there are the women of Rome! Their chic bandeaus and wreaths worn low on the forehead inspired a whole series of my latest headpiece designs.By embracing the design aesthetic personified by craftsmen in centuries past, my collection harks back to the lush creations of a bygone era. I sought out the most beautiful metallic silks and sourced delicate European laces to impart a vintage feel to my headpieces, bridal caps and veils. These work seamlessly with my collection of refined enamel crowns and tiaras.
I started my first business without computers or cell phones. Now, I am designing for a generation of savvy young women that can go online and purchase anything they want. The world of bridal fashion, today is wonderfully diverse and the Internet has paved the way for designers to show off their talents to the world. I have fallen in love all over again with my beloved career.” Photography credits: Caroline Tran | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Instagram: | Facebook: | Pinterest: | Twitter: