When Lanya Snyder was a teenager, she had a thing for friendship bracelets. But all that braiding and knotting fell by the wayside when, after visiting Arthur Elgort’s studio at sixteen, the Pittsburgh native scored herself a job for the Vogue photographer—and, so enamored with the art, decided to head to Bard to develop her own skills behind the lens. After a few post-college years spent shooting in the fashion and editorial realms, Lanya found herself between projects and back in New York after some time in California. So she reached for the thread and beads again—and, just like in high school, she couldn’t put them down.Though commercial photography is behind her now, Lanya credits those years of working in dark rooms, dipping prints in chemical after chemical, with showing her the stoichiometry behind creating a product: loading up on the technical first, and mixing it with your own aesthetics later. Most of the bracelets for her line ORA are woven from silk because, unlike cotton, it doesn’t fray, and they feature custom-cast beads in a variety of precious metals because, well, that’s how Lanya likes ‘em. “The idea is that you can share them with your friends, wear them by themselves or as a stack,” she says. “We’re going to do different stones and different shapes soon.” Which is basically just an excuse to pile on a dozen. —jiayi ying
BEHIND THE SCENES
This designer leads by example.
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