As an industry veteran, Maya Brenner brings experience and undeniable talent to her eponymous jewelry collection. A native of California, Maya Brenner Designs is both simple and classic, bold and modern. Founded in 1998, the collection has been sold at finer boutiques worldwide including Henri Bendel, Fred Segal, Calypso, and Anthropologie.
Maya Brenner’s jewelry has been featured in the pages of Lucky, InStyle, People, Daily Candy, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Martha Stewart Weddings, Seventeen, People Style Watch, Star, Shape, OK, In Touch, Life & Style, Self, and US Weekly. Articles written about her career have been posted on CNN.com and About.com, as well as published in Entrepreneur Magazine and The New York Times "Style" section.
Maya’s celebrity following includes Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Bilson, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Moore, Salma Hayek, Jessica Simpson, Audrina Patridge, Nicole Richie, Rebecca Romijn, Debra Messing, Molly Sims, Lindsay Lohan, Giuliana Rancic, and Rachel Ray among others.
Her jewelry has been featured on "The Today Show," “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Brothers and Sisters,” "Alias," "Friends," “Sex & The City,” "Desperate Housewives," "American Idol," "The Bachelor," "Las Vegas," and "The O.C." Maya herself has appeared on "Good Day Live's" Style File and the DIY network.
In 2011, Maya was chosen to star in her own Nissan car commercial featuring the busy life of a momprenueur that will be airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Click here to watch the commercial.
Maya Brenner owns and designs her own successful jewelry line in Los Angeles today, but before this she had a completely different life as a social worker in New York. Following in the footsteps of both of her grandmothers, Maya earned a MA in Social Work and began working at a drug treatment center. But after 5 years of leading individual, group, and family therapy, Maya was getting burnt out. She began crafting jewelry as a calming exercise.
In an Upper West Side boutique in New York one day, a saleswoman noticed the handmade necklace Maya was wearing and asked if she could see more of her work. The store placed an order and a business was born.
Just one short year later in 2001, Maya won Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star” award, joining the ranks of the design industry’s most noteworthy newcomers. Maya is an author of BEADED JEWELRY: Create Your Own Style - a how-to jewelry book. She is also a designer for Stella & Dot - a direct sales company that retails the trend setting jewelry that Maya is known for.
Lately her major source of inspiration is drawn from her most rewarding creations yet – her two beautiful children, Jack and Sadie.
My designs appeal to a variety of women with a range of personal styles. From classic uptown execs to youthful downtown hipsters, women everywhere love my jewelry because I design staple pieces that still have a sense of fun and whimsy. My designs are eye catching and fashion forward while still being wearable and classic.
One of my favorite parts of putting a collection together is taking a trend and making it my own, putting my stamp on it so that it's different from everything that's out there. For example, state charm necklaces have been around forever but I found a way to reinvent them in a brand new and fresh way that is playful and pretty (Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson, and Rachel Bilson all wear their state necklaces proudly).
I’m really into lots of layers. I love how it looks to pile on long gold chains with asymmetrical, shorter necklaces. I’ll throw in an oxidized charm necklace for good measure (I can’t get enough of mixed metals). Personalized jewelry is also huge right now. I am focusing on pieces that have an instant sentimental value for my customers such as state, zodiac, and initial necklaces.
I love things that are feminine and girlie with an edge (á la Kate Moss). I love mixing high and low, combining a dainty 14k diamond charm necklace with a chunky rope gold-plated chain.
- Maya Brenner