Family has played a big role in Brady Legler’s development as a jewelry designer and painter. He began designing jewelry in 2008 at the age of 19 with the inspiration of his Italian grandmother, Lou Legler (“Nana”). A fashion model from the 1940s to the 1960s, Lou had her own ideas on what was fashionable: “Never blend in, find something you like and add something of yourself to it.” His own mother Shelly Legler, also a model, is the brand ambassador of his eponymous line.
“My jewelry embodies the same principles as my Nana’s fashion philosophy,” Brady says. “I like to think of my designs as elegant, smart, sophisticated day-to-night luxury pieces.” Brady’s time as a student of product design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York helped to hone his aesthetic. His jewelry combines simple geometric figures—triangles, rectangles, and circles—with familiar shapes such as pencils, paintbrushes, and even guitar picks to create unique and timeless pieces.
Besides his jewelry, Brady’s paintings have gained him a wide audience. The paintings have sold worldwide and samples of his artwork have appeared in Elle Décor, Modern and Hunger UK magazines. “Art is all about color for me. When I pick up a paintbrush my goal is to add depth, movement, and emotion but I cannot attain any of these without the right colors. If I’m having a down day, I go to color to recharge me.” His abstract works of art can vary in mood from the raw and spontaneous to the thoughtful and serene. Images from the paintings are now being translated onto wool and silk rugs handmade in Nepal.
The 26-year-old divides his time between New York, Los Angeles and his hometown of Kansas City. Vogue, GQ, Grazia France, Women’s Wear Daily, The Robb Report and The New York Times are other publications that have featured his work. Brady is currently developing a ready-to-wear women’s line of clothing, t-shirt lines for men and women, and a men’s jewelry collection and hopes they will be as well received as the women’s jewelry, the paintings and the hand-woven rugs. The jewelry and clothing collections are handmade in the United States.