Models who become successful entrepreneurs are already a familiar story in the fashion industry. Today’s generation might know Karlie Kloss’ cookies, but for us in the fashion press, retailers can put in their shopping radar Britt Bolton and her eponymous jewelry line.
Bolton’s story illustrates how modeling gives someone a better appreciation of fashion. Having worked full-time as a model for 10 years, she developed a liking toward fashion styling and crafting jewelry. She enjoyed designing accessories so much that every time she would travel for photo shoots, she would stop by a local gem or bead store to buy some materials that she could work with.
“I remember one time, when I traveled to Peru for only 24 hours, I almost missed my flight back home because I could not pass up the opportunity to visit a local bead store,” says Bolton.
Initially, Bolton says that she just made jewelry for fun. It was only after countless “where-can-I-buy-these” inquiries from her friends and acquaintances that she seriously considered the idea of entrepreneurship.
And so she took the leap, and Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were there to catch her.
To be exact, even as a relatively young brand, Bolton’s jewelry have been worn by some celebrities and were featured in magazines like Vogue and Numero.
Among her current merchandise, Bolton’s celestial-inspired pieces are some of the most on-trend in jewelry these days. We’re particularly drawn to her crescent moon necklaces, which are Lady Gaga-approved.
Growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho, Bolton has fond memories of staring into clear night skies with a vivid view of the moon, stars and constellations, which are her inspirations for launching celestial-inspired items. “I feel that if all of my jewelry were placed in a night sky, they would tell a story and it would make perfect sense on how it all came together,” she says.
Retail: $125 (crescent moon necklaces)
—Eugene Y. Santos