For native Texan and current Austinite, Leigh Elena Navarro, pursuing the art of crafting jewelry has been more than just a career goal; it has been a lifetime in the making. Originally from El Paso, Leigh began learning the processes for fusing enamel and glass together at the young age of five from her mother, Susan, a talented enamellist herself. Throughout her childhood, Leigh would excitedly accompany her mother on trips to art fairs where she was greatly inspired by Susan’s large enamel wall hangings. It was this appreciation of and talent for handcrafted art combined with a natural entrepreneurial flair that convinced Leigh’s mother to allow her to start making and selling jewelry with her – all while Leigh was still in elementary school. And with that, Leigh was hooked – and began her pursuit of exploring her creative path.
“Leigh’s experience in the fashion industry and her background in enameling prompted a move back to Austin, Texas, in 2005 where she aspired to start her own line of hand-crafted accessories in a city that prides itself on supporting local, small businesses. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Leigh’s aspirations quickly became a reality when she launched her own brand, Leighelena – a combination of her first and middle name. Her collections showcase the enameling process, which in a true display of cyclicality, her mother now helps her to produce, along with work in leather and exotic skins.”
We love the unique style of jewelry that Leigh creates. What’s even better is how great her jewelry pieces would be as Christmas presents for all of your friends! Thanks to everyone who came out to the Leigh Elena Trunk Show and Happy Hour yesterday! Her collection will be in store all weekend as well so be sure to come in and take a look at all of her amazing pieces! You can find more at elizapage.com!