Luz Ortiz moved to Brooklyn from the Dominican Republic when she was just nine years old—i.e., she’s been a BK-dweller since way before it was, like, a thing. After a quick detour to D.C., she enrolled at The Art Institute of New York City with her sights set on becoming a fashion designer, one who maaaybe dabbled in making jewelry from time to time.
But serendipitous stints working for famed nature-inspired metalsmiths Robert Lee Morris and Pamela Love got her rethinking that plan of hers, and, after graduation in 2013, she set up her own shop in the city. Following in her mentors’ footsteps, Luz looks to the world around her when dreaming up her droplet-like pendants and tiny tablet earrings—and, in her case, that means the landscape of city life: “I’m a big fan of Art Deco and mid-century modern. But it's really daily life, the buildings and nature I see, that inspires me.” Safe to say that, blow torch in hand, she’s doing her borough proud.