Lest anyone needed reminding, Nicky Hilton is not only the younger, less controversial Hilton sister, she’s also a fashion designer. Since first entering the design sector with a collection of handbags for the Japanese label Samantha Thavasa at age 17, Hilton, now 26, has launched a clothing line called Chic by Nicky Hilton in 2004 and is on to her next project: a line of Nicky Hilton costume jewelry launching for fall.

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“I’m a crazy jewelry collector,” says Hilton. “I’ve always known since I was a teenager that I wanted to do a line. Whenever I bought something, whether at a flea market in Paris or a bazaar in India, I’ve been collecting pieces.”

 

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Hilton says she’s been approached by “tons and tons of different people,” but it wasn’t until she met Chad C. Haggar, ceo of Titan Brands and Hilton’s partner in the endeavor, that she decided to go ahead with a jewelry collection. “He really shared my vision of high quality without the high price tags,” she says.

The line is divided into three collections, Art Deco, inspired by her mother and grandmother’s David Webb pieces, and Spike and Snakes, which range from classic Deco to contemporary edgy, and wholesale from $35 to $480. Endless.com has the exclusive on the line through the end of this year, when Hilton plans to expand to department and specialty stores.

 

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