Becca Mapes’ sense of humor all over her jewelry designs—think earrings in the shape of actual ears and nameplate necklaces that read “boss”—but don’t let that fool you into thinking she’s anything less than super serious about her business. The Ithaca, NY native grew up with three sisters and über-creative parents in a house across the street from her grandparents’ Windenbrook Farm—which lent its name to her based-in-Brooklyn line, Winden. Becca’s own love of art started in middle school, and, encouraged by her tight-knit family, she translated it into laser-like focus on the future. “I only applied to Pratt Institute. I wanted to go to art school and I wanted to move to New York. And that's what I did!” Becca explains. After falling in love with the detailed, precise work of fine jewelry at school, she graduated and began a two year stint working for another baller Brooklyn business woman, In God We Trust’s Shana Tabor.
In 2013, Becca launched her own line of cheeky pieces rendered in fine materials—think lip-shaped studs holding a diamond and big, classic hoops in solid gold. A few years in, she’s also learning how to help the line evolve to match her more grown-up style. “When I started I had lots of playful, light-hearted ideas. But as I’m getting older, I’m figuring out my own style and becoming a bit more serious.” From the looks of things, we’d say that’s the head and the heart coming harmoniously together. —jane gauger