lizzie and kathryn fortunato
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Most designers worry about the sales of their wares covering things like rent and groceries, but when Lizzie (left) and her twin Kathryn (right) got started, they were primarily concerned about paying for spring break. As undergrads at Duke University, the two Wilmington, Delaware, natives sold their attention-grabbing jewelry at on-campus trunk shows, drawing in swarms of girls looking for something stand-out to wear for a special occasion. “If a trunk show started at 6p, there would already be a line at 5:30, and everything would be gone by 6:15. They would be madness—like, sorority girls gone wild,” Kathryn recalls.
Lizzie handled the design end of things, and Kathryn fielded the business and marketing side. But when they moved to Manhattan after graduation, they pursued the kind of careers that come with a regular paycheck and health insurance—Lizzie headed into fashion PR and Kathryn into a
job at Goldman Sachs. Some of their college pals infiltrated the New York fashion scene, though, and commissioned Lizzie to create hulking necklaces or layered bracelets for photo shoots or runway shows. Soon enough, the interest basically demanded that the girls launch a full-blown collection.
Their fanbase grew exponentially from there—with clothing designers like Suno and VPL wanting to collaborate, too—and the Lizzie Fortunato Jewels loyalists remain as hardcore as ever. “It’s amazing: The girls who used to buy three pieces back then are still the ones who get a piece every season,” Kathryn explains. “Some of them have collections better than anything we have of our own work.”
Behind The Scenes
The Fortunatos' Grandmothers They’re involved—as in, they even help with production.Lizzie Fortunato, with constant help and occasional prodding from her business-minded twin Kathryn, has been making and selling jewelry since she was a teenager. Two of the sisters’ earliest collaborators, teachers, and inspirations were their grandmothers, who love them always—even when they don’t approve of their color palettes.PATERNALMarian Fortunato a.k.a. “Granny”Born: February 7, 1930, in Wilmington, Delaware (where Lizzie and Kath... READ MORE »
A Short Film with Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato Oh, what’s this? An Of a Kind MOVIE? We couldn’t be more thrilled to give you the chance to catch of glimpse of our past edition coming together and to see the two smart, stylin’, and supremely articulate women behind Lizzie Fortunato in action—like, words coming out of their very own mouths and stuff! And, speaking of twosomes, Youngna Park and Jacob Krupnick of Wild Combination made this video magic possible. Okay, time to press play! —ericaOf a Kind: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels from Wild Combi... READ MORE »
Lizzie Fortunato Gets her Blog On The internet is the jewelry designer’s latest medium.Lizzie’s blogging pose.Since Lizzie Fortunato launched her blog A Fortune Found this summer, it’s become a killer outlet for her—a passion project, even. Storytelling is a big part of her namesake line of complex, reference-melding accessories, and, as her sister and business partner Kathryn puts it, “Expanding her narrative has been good for her.” It also helps that Lizzie has tremendous taste and follows sites that we are outraged to... READ MORE »