By  on April 26, 2010

On her first date with husband-to-be Robert Frankel, Lisa Frankel, then 17, kept the cork from the bottle of wine they shared — a Château Léoville Poyferré, ’55 — and turned it into a pendant. She added an 18-karat gold bead and strung the DIY bauble on a leather chord. By 1983, Frankel (née Phillips) had spun her jewelry-making hobby into a full-fledged business, L. Design, which focused solely on a private clientele. Now she’s finally ready to open her doors to the public.

Much has changed in these past 27 years, however. The Boston-born, Miami-based Frankel has turned the company, now named Phillips Frankel, into a family affair; daughter Danielle, 26, is her design partner (and the Frankel in the updated moniker), while her son and son-in-law, a former investment banker and a lawyer, respectively, handle the business and marketing side. In fact, it was Danielle who suggested the recent change in direction. “I really encouraged her to make the move,” says the younger Frankel, who officially joined the firm in 2006. “I saw all of this great demand that we weren’t necessarily getting ahold of. Now we can get to the next level.”

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