Alexis Bittar is described as "one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century." Alexis started selling his hand-carved Lucite and gemstone creations on the streets of New York before quickly being discovered by the fashion world.
The mid-century Brutalist architectural style emphasized simple, block forms, and raw concrete. The Brutalist Butterfly collection juxtaposes that rugged form with the soft and organic shapes of butterflies, pearls, and fabric cording.
Lucite, or polymethyl methacrylate, is a transparent thermoplastic that dates back to the early thirties when it was developed as acrylic safety glass. Lucite is light and shatter-resistant and lends itself well to molding, cutting, and carving.
Costume jewelry design and production exploded during the Depression where modern manufacturing methods and affordable materials provided an alternative to fine jewelry. Costume jewelry became an independent art form as designers discovered new uses for plastics, such as Lucite, glass crystals, and metal plating.