Inside The Studio With Lady Grey

After meeting at school in Boston, designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader discovered that they not only shared the same aesthetic, they shared the same entrepreneurial spirit. The ladies made the move to New York after graduating, and immediately began production on their line, Lady Grey. Martinelli and Le Guyader invited us into their Brooklyn studio space, and spoke to us about their experiences as female business owners, how they get inspired, and what it's like working with a best friend.. Photography by Kathryn Wirsing.


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    Lady Grey

    Marie Claire: When you moved to New York and started this business, what challenges presented themselves?

    Jill: Promoting the business—and ourselves—was a littie challenging. Networking and promoting was different for us, we were used to designing in our studio! 

    Sabine: Because of our education and our background—we studied more design than business basics—it was a little harder for us then someone who might have learnt more of that in school.

    Jill: With things like that it was tricky. And learning how to keep the integrity of the jewelry we're making, but producing more of it, that was tricky. Finding that balance. We still probably do so much more work then we should do, but the amount of work that goes in to each piece is huge. 

    Kathryn Wirsing
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