Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader met while studying Sculpture and Metalsmithing at Massachusetts College of Art, and quickly bonded over their paralleled backgrounds in the dental industry- each had learned the basics of jewelry making while working in prosthetic dentistry and orthodontics as teenagers. In contrast with their fine-arts curriculum, the duo aimed to create a fashion-forward jewelry collection that would bring their progressive design philosophies to the ready-to-wear market. In 2007 they moved to New York to pursue this dream.
Lady Grey released their first collection in 2009, and within months was featured in worldwide publications including ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, W, and Vogue, and launched with the most coveted retail outlets such as Bergdorf Goodman and Selfridges. That same year, Lady Grey brought home Gen Art’s “Designer of the Year” International award in accessories.
The brand is well known for its social activism and charitable partnerships - raising and donating a portion of sales to social justice initiatives and environmental causes - as well as its focus on small-scale, localized production with the majority of the collection made entirely in-house at their NYC studio. The designers retain their signature aesthetic through distinctive use of materials and clever concepts which steadily evolve with each season.
Their balance of ingenuity and wear-ability has garnered Lady Grey focused attention from top publications and landed the brand on the floors of luxury retailers internationally and throughout the U.S. Celebrity fans include Solange, Rihanna, Elizabeth Olsen, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and singer Grimes, among others.