Under her eponymous brand, Grace Lee designs stylish fine jewellery suitable for everyday wear

Despite the pandemic, Los Angeles–based jeweller Grace Lee opened her first-ever retail store in Venice, California. Here, she talks to Tatler about where she got her inspiration and how she found success.

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You left a successful career in finance to become a jewellery designer. Why?

It was a wonderful opportunity that allowed me to do something I love. It also enabled me to manage my own schedule. My daughters were very young when I first started designing and I didn’t want my career to dictate the amount of time I spent with my family.

Tell us about your biggest professional achievement.

This would have to be the opening of our flagship retail shop in Venice, California, which we pulled off during the pandemic. Everything took longer than we expected, which made the store opening more challenging. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it forced us to ease into the world of retail.

What life lesson are you taking into 2022?

Never take anything for granted.

Who inspires you?

Italian jewellery designer Elsa Peretti.

What trends should we champion this new year?

I love to stack rings during the winter months and layer necklaces over a turtleneck.

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