If the line Lulu Frost had a slogan, it would be “in with the old, out with the new.” Turning glimmering finds from the Titanic era into attention-grabbing earrings and stand-out necklaces worn by, well, a high percentage of Met Ball attendees, Lisa Salzer has one of those storied beginnings. After spending her childhood traipsing around her grandmother’s estate-jewelry shop, Lisa unveiled her first designs—made from repurposed Plaza Hotel room numbers—while wrapping up her art history degree at Dartmouth, she cold-called Barneys, and they bought everything.
Breathing new life into lost keys, shoe buckles, buffalo coins, and antique crystal, Lisa, who’s been at it since 2004, is now a genuine powerhouse—she has collaborated with the likes of J.Crew, Alexander Wang, and Chris Benz and has earned the sort of following that gets her work in the pages of Vogue on the reg. “It took me awhile to get my courage up to start cutting and breaking down old jewelry, honestly, because it was so precious to me,” Lisa explains. “But now, I have a different viewpoint on it. I love to make it into something fresh and new.” —carlye wisel
Behind The Scenes
How Lisa Salzer Gets Down With Vintage Materials She makes the 1860s feel not so far away.Sustaining a jewelry line with its roots in insanely unique vintage items can’t be easy, but Lisa Salzer acts like it ain’t no thang. And girl knows how to get creative. Watch how the so-talented whiz behind Lulu Frost turns Art Deco dress clips and Victorian shoe buckles into wear-it-now magic. —carlye wisel"These Deco Earrings used to be dress clips from the Art Deco period—around the 1920s or 1930s—and they range in size because women used to wear t... READ MORE »
Lulu Frost’s Super-Stylish Posse Get ready to pick up some mad tips.Lisa Salzer’s pals are as stylin’ as her vintage-gone-modern jewelry. Want proof? The Lulu Frost designer intros us to the women—drop-dead-gorge models and beauty heiresses included—who inspire and wear her kick-ass work. —carlye wiselElettra Wiedemann: ”Elettra Wiedemann is such a classic beauty. You know, her mother is Isabella Rossellini, and her grandmother was Ingrid Bergman. What I love about her is that she has this timeless elegance and incredible li... READ MORE »