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Everything is possible in the world of Marnie Greenwood. In six years, the Houston-based designer of Marnie Rocks jewelry and accessories has gone from making necklaces at her kitchen table to owner of a budding lifestyle brand with an A-list clientele including Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba. Not even the weather can slow her down.
This story first appeared in the January 5, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
When Hurricane Ike displaced her family of six for about three months, Greenwood channeled the experience into a new collection for spring. Marnie Rocks has always been quirky and playful, but the Ike-inspired line has more edge. “All of the materials I’m using are things you would discover if things were turned over, like the tree that fell in front of my house — lots of natural rock, odd shapes, mixing bright silk cord with stones. It’s very organic, really glamorous.”
While jewelry is the line’s core, Marnie Rocks also boasts colorful rainwear printed with hearts and peace signs, ombré metallic python handbags, canvas overnight bags, cotton scarves and whimsical crib bedding. It might be the only collection to offer a python fanny pack for hipster moms.
Prices start at $45 for a scarf or earrings, and most of the jewelry retails from $175 to $450. It’s sold on marnierocks.com, her stores in Dallas and Houston and Fred Segal in Santa Monica. And she’ll be handing out some of her latest looks at the Golden Globes Style Lounge swag suite this month.