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MarLa Studio
Designer Story
MarLa studio is love, hope, chance and grit - cast in metal. A versatile unisex collection of essential pieces designed to give every look a subtle rock-n-roll vibe.

MarLa Studio jewelry was founded by MarLa Wallerstein, in Evanston, IL. Her first collection in 2008 was a series of etched Hebrew pendants featuring poetic excerpts of prayers on the front, English translations on the back.
MarLa studio is love, hope, chance and grit - cast in metal. A versatile unisex collection of essential pieces designed to give every look a subtle rock-n-roll vibe.

MarLa Studio jewelry was founded by MarLa Wallerstein, in Evanston, IL. Her first collection in 2008 was a series of etched Hebrew pendants featuring poetic excerpts of prayers on the front, English translations on the back. Cast in silver and bronze, they appear edgy and modern with a mysterious ancient twist. Compelling phrases such as "With all your heart - soul - might", transcend religion, appealing to a universal spirituality. These initial amulets were atypical for "spiritual" jewelry combining a punk rock aesthetic with tradition, meaning and finely crafted sophistication. They hit a fashion nerve, caught on quick and the collections grew from there.

“I make the jewelry I desire. Inspiration can come from text, a pounding bass line, ancient history, Roman ruins, photos of the young Mick and Keith... Whatever the source, it's something I have a strong, visceral reaction to... It's got to embody both a female and male vibe as we all possess qualities of each gender. For me that's what makes compelling, honest, powerfully intriguing art...

"I create jewelry to withstand active daily wear - to be an essential part of your look, your daily gear, your personal armor. I don’t design as casual or formal, these pieces should feel right on your skin and look as inevitable with silk as they do with black leather. Elegant yet intrinsically rugged, effortless cool is the goal."

Although a one woman operation, the brand has considerable reach. Loved and worn by models (off and on duty), rock stars and soulful individuals world wide, the brand enjoys a cult-like following. Sold at marlastudio.com, select online boutiques, and brick and mortar stores throughout North America, MarLa studio jewelry is made entirely in the USA.

Marla Wallerstein has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and earned her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design where she was a teaching fellow in the Art Department at Brown University.
MarLa studio is love, hope, chance and grit - cast in metal. A versatile unisex collection of essential pieces designed to give every look a subtle rock-n-roll vibe.

MarLa Studio jewelry was founded by MarLa Wallerstein, in Evanston, IL. Her first collection in 2008 was a series of etched Hebrew pendants featuring poetic excerpts of prayers on the front, English translations on the back. Cast in silver and bronze, they appear edgy and modern with a mysterious ancient twist. Compelling phrases such as "With all your heart - soul - might", transcend religion, appealing to a universal spirituality. These initial amulets were atypical for "spiritual" jewelry combining a punk rock aesthetic with tradition, meaning and finely crafted sophistication. They hit a fashion nerve, caught on quick and the collections grew from there.

“I make the jewelry I desire. Inspiration can come from text, a pounding bass line, ancient history, Roman ruins, photos of the young Mick and Keith... Whatever the source, it's something I have a strong, visceral reaction to... It's got to embody both a female and male vibe as we all possess qualities of each gender. For me that's what makes compelling, honest, powerfully intriguing art...

"I create jewelry to withstand active daily wear - to be an essential part of your look, your daily gear, your personal armor. I don’t design as casual or formal, these pieces should feel right on your skin and look as inevitable with silk as they do with black leather. Elegant yet intrinsically rugged, effortless cool is the goal."

Although a one woman operation, the brand has considerable reach. Loved and worn by models (off and on duty), rock stars and soulful individuals world wide, the brand enjoys a cult-like following. Sold at marlastudio.com, select online boutiques, and brick and mortar stores throughout North America, MarLa studio jewelry is made entirely in the USA.

Marla Wallerstein has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and earned her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design where she was a teaching fellow in the Art Department at Brown University.
Q+A
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

As a designer I'm able to realize my personal fashion vision. I create pieces I most desire but haven't quite found. It's inventing a world, vibe and look that changes and grows as others wear and integrate with their own sense of style. I love seeing my work out in the world, being enjoyed.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A FASHION DESIGNER?

As a designer I'm able to realize my personal fashion vision. I create pieces I most desire but haven't quite found. It's inventing a world, vibe and look that changes and grows as others wear and integrate with their own sense of style. I love seeing my work out in the world, being enjoyed.



WHAT HAS BEEN YOU BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

At MarLa studio I'm the everything person. I love it because every aspect of the brand is thoroughly my design. The challenge is time allocation, but I believe that will always be the case. Never enough time.



WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION?

The style and vibe late 70's and 80's punk mixed with icons like Richards, Jagger, Patti Smith, Bowie, T-Rex.... I find them endlessly inspiring. I love the fluidity and sexual energy of the clothes and the music. It was all new, powerful and rich in imagery. For me, they epitomize effortless cool. When I work with metal the ideas come to me. When I style my editorial shots I channel that era in rock n’ roll.



WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DESIGNER?

I've always been an artist and received a BFA and MFA in Printmaking. Designing in metal was a natural progression. I wanted to create objects for the skin - for people to be intimately connected to. I loved fashion and wanted to make the pieces I craved for myself. Jewelry design was the perfect fit.
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