Founded by the husband-and-wife team Jessica and Jason McMahon, Lilah Gabriel’s collection of tangled, layered and mixed-medium accessories celebrates the idea of memories.
This story first appeared in the April 25, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Comprised of necklaces and bracelets in rich shades of orange, yellow and navy, juxtaposed with a steady palette of neutrals, the line retails from $120 to $550 and is available at lilahgabriel.com and several independent retailers in Houston and Austin, Tex., such as Muse Boutique, Coquette Boutique and Kickplate.
“The inspiration was the idea of familiarity, a girl going through her grandmother’s jewelry box and seeing the different styles,” Jessica said. “There is a lot of Art Deco and Art Nouveau inspirations within our pieces, and we always add a little bit of urban edge to it so it’s not too soft.”
The design duo, who recently found out that they’re finalists for Texas’s Next Top Designer contest, incorporate techniques such as hand-knitting and Japanese and Peruvian braiding done in silk charmeuse, metal thread, brass and steel into many of their pieces, as well as the layering of chains in varying colors and sizes.
Prior to the line’s launch, Jessica’s career included stints designing yogawear, jobs at Alice Ritter and Champion, and with “Project Runway” season two winner Chloe Dao. Jason is a fine jeweler with experience in jewelry sales.
Launched in fall 2010, the two are gearing up to enter their third season, which for fall includes the introduction of fingerless gloves with pearls and knitted chain detailing.