Today’s Do What You Love Feature comes from Tre-Femmes Accessories by Roseann D’Elia. She handcrafts individual pieces of jewelry in her studio located on Long Island. Her jewelry is designed to be multi occasional and sometimes multi functional. It appeals to many different types of women and, now men and children as well.
Roseann D’Elia is a native of New York City, learned early on to appreciate fine craftsmanship through working with some of the top designers of our times. Roseann takes pride in her work with a focus on durability and functionality and all things timeless.
Her pieces are carried in many mid to high-end boutiques on the east coast, west coast,Canada and internationally. She creates jewelry that is intimate and sophisticated, yet unpretentious.
Tell me how and when everything started. I always wanted to be a part of the “Garment Industry.” My grandfather was a presser when he came to this country right after the war. In the early 1980’s, I landed a job with Fox more Casuals I was hired as an office manager and was later promoted to buyer of knits and woven’s. In late 1982-83, the company decided to move the New York buying office to Brockton, MA. I was young and felt I had enough time under my belt to land my next great job. I did. I went to work for one of my number one vendors, D&D Imports Ganine Sweaters. The owners of the company took me under their wings and taught me everything I needed to know and more about merchandising and production. After 4 years, I felt it was time to move on to bigger and better things for my career. I joined Nautica International and was head of the women’s knits and woven’s division. During my time at Nautica, I knew I wanted more. I moved on to become the associate to the President of the largest belt manufacture in the united states. The rest is history.
When did you first know that you wanted to be in fashion?
When I was a little girl and always wanted to wear my mothers’ jewelry, shoes & handbags.
If you weren’t in the fashion industry, what would you like to be doing? I always wanted to be a detective.
Tell us about your fabulous store and what products or serviced do you offered? While I do not currently own my own brick and mortar, I do share space with a fabulous boutique located on Long Island. The shop offers a beautiful selection of clothing, candles, perfume, handbags and home decor. The main focus of Tre-Femmes Accessories is the wholesale and manufacturing of its hand-made products. I currently sell to boutiques all over the country and internationally.
How would you describe your personal style? Classic, yet Contemporary.
Who is your favorite designer? Stephen Dweck.
If you had a choice of all designers in the world, who would you prefer to work for? Why? Ippolita. Her designs are classic and time less.
Are there any special projects you would like to work on? I would like to be working with the Susan G Komen org. creating a single classic piece of jewelry in an effort to raise enough money to help the many women in this country who need treatment that is not attainable to them.
Which magazines do you read? Which magazine is your favorite? I read Lucky, Instyle, “O”, Shape, Women’s Day and Town & Country.
What motivates you? Everything and anything.
What’s next for you? I have been collaborating with a company in Skandinavian on medical technology for jewelry. We are currently at the stage of having the product and materials approved by the FDA.
What do you do in your down time? Garden. I love being outdoors. I love watching what I have set in the ground grow into something beautiful.
Big thanks to Roseann for taking the time to talk to Unik Apparel Style!