Julie Bradley-Norton’s jewelry business started with a pair of leather pants that no longer fit. After holding out hope that she would fit into them again (who can relate?), Julie eventually gave up, got out her scissors and began cutting – voila…up-cycled leather jewelry!
“I love the feel of the leather in my hands and its endless possibilities,” says Julie. “I meticulously cut each piece by hand with an exacto knife and cuticle scissors. I then paint one side with a metallic paint because I want contrast to wear the piece with dark or light outfits.” The result is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.
Julie’s company name, “Florance and Leah,” honors her grandmothers – one a social butterfly immigrant and the other an artistic, quiet farm girl. Although both have passed, they continue to inspire this self-described “Jersey girl.”