On Friday, October 9th, 2009, from 6-9 p.m., Ultra Studios Luxe Lifestyle + Gallery in South Fayetteville will host the launch of l : e custom design’s jewelry collection called Vintage Goddess. Founded by local Jewelry Artist Lauren Embree, l : e custom design creates handmade artistic jewelry and accessories using reclaimed and vintage materials, semi-precious stones and other natural elements.
Local band Lafayette Lounge Players will perform live during the reception. Attendees will get to view the latest fall styles designed by local Fashion Designer Brooke Benham, creator of the Native Couture Collection and owner of Ultra Studios, which is located at 118 W. South Street in South Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Embree grew up in the artistic community of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. She volunteered at several galleries and art events, learning the ins and outs of managing an arts-related business firsthand. After relocating to Fayetteville in 2003, Lauren began experimenting with jewelry design. As demand grew for her work, Lauren quit her corporate job and began making jewelry as a full-time business in 2009.
Embree’s designs combine her external visual aesthetic with her internal values. According to the artist, the Vintage Goddess collection highlights works refashioned from vintage and castoff jewelry, as well as naturally occurring materials. Inspiration for the line included Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. More information about l : e custom design and a sneak peek at the Vintage Goddess pieces are available at lecustomdesign.com.
During the Friday opening, the Lafayette Lounge Players (comprised of local musicians Brad Haj, Dan Hicks, Will Collins and Dave Embree) will be performing live funk music. Keep up with upcoming performances at gignest.com.
Ultra Studios is open weekly, Tuesday-Saturday, from 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Ultra Studios takes individual custom measurements and keeps the records on file for up to one year, so shoppers can achieve custom, flattering fits on all clothing purchases. All clothing and accessories comprising the Native Couture collection are designed and made locally at Ultra Studios.
The retail space is currently featuring new Native Couture designs by Brooke Benham, items by designer Mark Hughes of Regalia Handmade Clothing, crocheted floral scarflettes by Marlene Guyer, sterling silver jewelry by Eric Kurple, jewelry by The Elegant Vagabond and, of course, original and unique pieces from l : e custom design’s Vintage Goddess jewelry collection.
For additional information, contact Owner and Designer Brooke Benham at 479-935-4040, or drop by the store at 118 W. South Street.