Meghan Patrice Riley


Designer Name:
Meghan Patrice Riley

Label Name:
Meghan Patrice Riley

Website:
http://meghanpatriceriley.com

“I’m so excited and honored to be able to present my new collection to the Nolcha and New York fashion scene! It’s a huge accomplishment and been a goal of mine since I started creating. To have it come to fruition is amazing!”

 

Background
 I grew up in Southern California and lived constantly at the beach but ended up in the Bay Area doing policy work after college. I started taking metalsmithing classes amidst my grant writing and fell in love with metal…and I ran with it! I set up my own metals studio and started playing with materials. My first collection was picked up by SFMoMA and from there I just kept expanding and experimenting.

 

Vision
 I love to create pieces of wearable, sculptural jewelry that flow on the body. I’m constantly looking at new materials and figuring ways to reconfigure them into elegant collections. It’s a constant exploration!

 

Signature style
 Black and white and red all over.

 

Influence
 I’ve been obsessed with Alexander Calder’s work for years, not only his sculptures but his jewelry work. He had a lifelong long love of wire which I share. Also, in terms of out-there-looney-tunes creativity I love Elsa Schiappareli. She made the most beautifully tailored and constructed surrealist fashion that was still accessible.

 

Brand philosophy
 Elegant and classic with a hint of quirk. My goal is to create pieces that become my customers signature uniform.

 

Making it happen
Every day in every way.

 

Celebrity crush/fans
 Ninh Wysocan. It sounds weird and I don’t know if she’s a celebrity but I’m obsessed with her jewelry collections!

 

What does New York City mean to you?
 Change, freedom, flexibility.