As my journalism class ended yesterday morning, I walked out the door to find a slew of precious gems and costume jewelry on stands. The breezeway in between two of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s campus’ building is open for alumni to sell various merchandise every week. I stopped in the tracks when I spotted a ring display with pieces that looked like typewriter keys. The lonely table had only a few necklace and ring displays by its side. The stand’s owner was working quickly, setting up wire rings, dangly earrings and feather necklaces, fighting against the brisk cold March air. She agreed to be interviewed, but her attention was clearly swayed by setting up the stand. Throwing out random tidbits of information and answers to my questions, I could tell there was something more than a jewelry stand to Rosey B. Designs.
A born and raised New Yorker, Rosey is an FIT alumni, who majored in computer animation and liberal arts. Realizing her passion for jewelry, she turned to inspiration from vintage pieces and used recycled materials to create rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and headpieces for her friends and other students. People started requesting certain pieces and slowly, but surely, her hobby became a business. Rosey has been designing for more than ten years, and now with her pieces sold across the globe including in high-end designer boutiques in New York, California, Florida, Boston, Philadelphia, Europe, and Japan with a team of fifteen employees in her company, Rosey knows the meaning of “Money-making Manhattan.” Her teams of reps are sporadic over the world, but based out of her New York studio.