By  on July 19, 2010

As a child, Marissa Alperin designed jewelry — plastic beaded baubles, friendship bracelets, safety pin bangles — which she sold at the annual Atlantic Antic street fair in her native Brooklyn, N.Y. But the hobby faded, as childhood fascinations do, and Alperin went on to study international business. She then worked as a translator, first in Washington and then back in New York, where she rediscovered her love for jewelry. After studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she launched her collection in 2002, setting up shop — literally, both studio and store — in a Brooklyn Heights building owned by her grandparents.


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