Fashion Statements

Noelani Love '05

As an undergraduate at Washington and Lee, Noelani Love ’05 often made homemade jewelry as presents for friends. Before long her friends were getting constant “Where’d you get that?” questions, so Noe set up a table in Elrod Commons and sold her in-demand creations. That was just the start.

Next month, Noelani Designs, offering her handcrafted earrings, bracelets and necklaces, will celebrate its fifth year in business. Noe established the company only months after she graduated from W&L with a double major in studio art and Spanish. In December 2005, she moved to Hawaii. Although she grew up in North Carolina, Noe’s mother is Hawaiian. Her handcrafted designs are clearly inspired by her environment. She has described her style as “part island-glam, part elegantly exotic.”

Noe’s jewelry is available online from her website, but you can also find her creations in stores from Hawaii to New York (not to mention Japan). Here’s a list of the stores.

In a feature about Noe in Hawaii-based DISfunkshion magazine in late 2008, she described the inspiration for her work: “Most of my pieces have an element of nature, whether it be made out of natural materials, [like] shell, wood, feathers, stones, or in the abstract shapes of nature. Everything beautiful on this planet comes from nature and I think it’s important to preserve that beauty. My jewelry is wearable art that is a tribute to our sacred space.”

2 Responses to “Fashion Statements”

  1. 1 Jeff Hanna July 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    We’ve updated the photo. Hope this one is OK. Thanks for being in touch.

  2. 2 Noelani Love July 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Thanks for featuring my company. The first day of August will actually be the 5th year anniversary of Noelani Designs, LLC. It’s been a wonderful journey, connecting and communicating with so many people, especially women, throughout the years as a business owner. I feel good knowing that I empower women everyday, by accentuating their natural beauty with my creations.

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