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ALEXIS BITTAR Described As "One Of The Greatest Jewelry Designers Of The 21st Century", Alexis Bittar Went From Hawking His Wares On The Streets Of New York, To Selling His Eponymous Jewelry Collections In More Than 34 Countries Around The Globe.

DESIGNER COLLABORATIONS Collaboration With Nicola Formichetti For Thierry Mugler: Bittar Created An Exclusive Futuristic Earring For Mugler's Paris Fall 2013 Runway Show. Collaboration With 3.1 Phillip Lim: Bittar And Lim Partnered In Designing A Gold Chandelier Earring For Lim's New York Fall 2013 Runway Show.

STORE OPENINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS In March, Alexis Bittar Opened His Fourth New York Boutique On Columbus Avenue And A Boutique In Greenwich, CT On Greenwich Avenue. In August, Alexis Bittar Opened His First Boston Boutique On Newbury Street. In September, Alexis Bittar's First Ever Boutique In Soho Receives A Facelift.

 
2012

ABFAB AD CAMPAIGN Legendary Comedic Duo Jennifer Saunders And Joanna Lumley Star In Alexis' Latest Ad Campaign Dressed As Their Infamous Characters From The Hit British Show Absolutely Fabulous, Edina Monsoon And Patsy Stone.

BITTAR FOR JEREMY SCOTT Alexis Collaborates With Designer Jeremy Scott For His Fall/Winter 2012 Runway Show.

 
2011

Jason Wu and Alexis Bittar collaborate for the second time. Bittar’s exclusive collection of custom made jewels debut on the runway for Wu’s Fall/Winter 2011 show.

LAUREN HUTTON AD CAMPAIGN
Fashion icon Lauren Hutton poses as the new face of Alexis Bittar’s 2011/2012 ad campaign. Lauren is shot by famed artist and photographer Jack Pierson, and her face graces billboards all over New York City during Fashion Week in February 2011.

CHICAGO STORE OPENING
January 2011 – The designer heads to the Midwest, opening his latest retail location in Chicago, at 1710 North Damen Avenue in Wicker Park.

 
2008

Alexis opens his second retail store in New York City, located on Bleecker Street in the West Village.

COLLABORATIONS
For New York Fashion Week, Alexis Bittar collaborates with Michael Kors, Dennis Basso, and Michael Angel for their Spring 2010 ready-to-wear Collections.

FRENCH VOGUE
Bittar’s designs are featured on the cover of French Vogue, styled by fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.

Alexis’ designs appear on over 15 editorial covers in 2008 including Time Magazine, Italian Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar UK.

 
2004

In 2004, Alexis celebrates the grand opening of his first eponymous boutique, located on Broome Street in NYC; just 2 blocks from where he first began selling his wares over a decade before.

His designs are featured in the first of six worldwide Estée Lauder ad campaigns, styled by Lori Goldstein. Later that year, Bittar is named the "Rising Star of the Year" by the prestigious Accessories Council of Excellence (ACE).

The council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) invites Alexis Bittar to join them as a committee member.

 
2002

Alexis collaborates with legendary stylist & costume designer Patricia Field, creating custom designs for the girls of HBO's Sex and the City. "Alexis is a true visionary" –Pat Field.

 
1995

International interest increases and Bittar begins to export overseas to Harrod's in London and Isetan in Japan.

Alexis embarks on a personally meaningful relationship with the Museum of Modern Art.

 
1993

Bittar attends his first trade show, opening his link to a national market and sparks a long-standing relationship with Saks Fifth Avenue.

 
1992

Despite the minimalist trend of the early 1990’s, Bittar’s bold and colorful designs begin to rapidly take flight. Bittar is soon discovered by Dawn Mello–Fashion Director of Bergdorf Goodman, who offers the budding designer his first steps into the world of retail.

 
1991

Alexis relocates from St. Mark's Place to New York City's SoHo neighborhood, selling his one–of–a–kind wares on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets. "I was one of the very first street vendors there. It's a bit of a zoo now, but at the time there were only six of us." –AB

 
1990

At age 22, Alexis decides to put his scandalous clubbing days to rest in order to focus on designing his own line of costume jewelry, influenced by the antique collectibles he grew up around. He begins hand carving his lucite collection from within the confines of his one–bedroom apartment while simultaneously creating a second line, made from semi–precious stones and metals.

 
1987

Despite his rapidly dwindling attendance at school, Alexis graduates and enrolls for his freshman year of college in upstate New York. By the time his second semester begins, Alexis drops out and returns to the city to party hard, making his money selling antique jewelry & vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan.

 
1983

While attending high school at the Bronx School of Science, Alexis soon gets a taste for the city life and subsequently discovers the NYC club scene. His interest rapidly turns to fashion and design when his attendance at seminal night clubs Danceteria and Area become more frequent than his classes at school. "It was this exciting mix of underground fashion, music, and pure exhibitionism and I wanted to be a part of it all." –AB

 
1982

On his 13th birthday, Alexis’ parents give their son an entangled lot of antique jewelry. Though a seemingly odd present for a 13 year old boy, the gift sparks a long–standing curiosity and fascination with the detailed hand–craftsmanship that went into the creation of each piece. He decides to sell the jewelry on St. Mark’s Place in NYC.

 
1978

At age 10, Alexis sets out on his first entrepreneurial venture–selling flowers from a hand–painted cart, stationed across the street from his family's Bay Ridge home. "It was my parents’ idea, they wanted my brother and I to learn the value of hard work mixed with creativity at such a young age." –AB

 
1968

Born August 25th in Brooklyn, New York to proud parents Helen and Bob Bittar who both work as University professors and dedicated antique collectors.

 
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