Thursday, March 29, 2007
About Erika Peña:
Peña moved to New York City, on her 18th birthday, to pursue her career in fashion and attend Parsons School of Design. After working with top designers Donna Karan and Josie Natori, the Puerto Rican native was inspired to launch a clothing line called “epe”. It was during that period that Peña collaborated with a number of different designers on various projects that led her to the launch of the Erika Peña line. Inspired by her move from Puerto Rico to New York, Peña conveys this experience through her jewelry, which is a bit rough and edgy, like New York, and a bit light and airy like the Caribbean. As the company grows, more prominent stores are carrying the Erika Peña line, with the most recent being Henri Bendel, Fred Segal, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Calypso and Paul & Joe International. Not only has the line had a great response with the retailers, but also with the press and celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Ashlee Simpson, Fergie, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston and Brooke Shields have been sporting the hottest accessory line, Erika Peña.
The Kika collection includes twelve pieces ranging in price from $58 to $130. The line consists of various styles of lucite designs that translate easily from day to night. Kika combines an eclectic mix of lucite charms and beads with gold vermeil and sterling silver chains. Special attention has been paid to create the color palette for the Kika line, from differing shades of earth tones such as browns, blacks and clears, to bright, vivid hues including pinks, blues, greens and purples. ‘Blanca Earrings’, chandelier style teardrops and the ‘Ramon Necklace’, faceted oval lucite beads in combo colors strung on long sterling sliver chains, are highlights of the Kika collection.
Visit Erika Peña online at www.erikapena.com