When Virginie Millefiori was a kid, she wanted to grow up to be a dancer or a French braid specialist. But when it came time for college, she decided to study engineering. Though she loved science, she longed to make art. As president of her school’s drawing club, she’d spend hours sketching and painting, which led to building tiny models and then jewelry making.
The French-born designer launched her career by selling pieces at boutiques and craft shows in Paris. There, she took a class at École Boulle, an esteemed arts and crafts college, where she learned that metalsmithing is her true love. Since moving to New York City, where she now handcrafts her colorful signature designs, Virginie’s become known for creating “cute adornments for savvy, whimsical women.”