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MEET THE DESIGNER: SUNDARA MAR

Most teens that get into jewelry-making in high school share a few pieces with their friends and move on, but not Vanessa Martinez. She launched her first collection, called Marva Atelier, out of her Houston home when she was just 15 and kept at it, honing a style that combined edgy metal and delicate stones. As she got older, Vanessa also wanted to explore a lower-impact way of making a fashion statement, and in April 2018, while studying marketing at the University of Houston, she launched ... READ MORE

Most teens that get into jewelry-making in high school share a few pieces with their friends and move on, but not Vanessa Martinez. She launched her first collection, called Marva Atelier, out of her Houston home when she was just 15 and kept at it, honing a style that combined edgy metal and delicate stones. As she got older, Vanessa also wanted to explore a lower-impact way of making a fashion statement, and in April 2018, while studying marketing at the University of Houston, she launched a new line, Sundara Mar, that uses cellulose acetate made from 100% renewable resources like recycled cotton and wood pulp. This stuff isn’t just about function, though—it’s also a flexible form that comes in a wash of rainbow shades and pearlescent patterns that allows her to make light-as-air hoops and mobile-like pendants for fans of all ages.

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