American born and influenced by his family's collections of art and antiques, Matthew developed the impressive ability to produce artistic sculptures and other art even at a very young age. His ingenuity led him to an architecture scholarship at the Savannah College of Art and Design but he later transferred to Bellarmine University where he completed his studies in liberal arts, specializing in sculpture.
After his graduation, Matthew traveled extensively around the world exploring exotic destinations such as India, South East Asia, Japan and Europe. During his adventures, he had the opportunity to learn about jewelry production and stone cutting from gemstone dealers and manufacturers. Building on these experiences, Matthew combined his technical knowledge of jewelry manufacturing with his design expertise.
The birth of M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza came in 1998 when the designer introduced began selling distinct jewelry pieces in his hometown, Kentucky. Thereafter, Matthew traveled to New York where he was quickly recognized by fashion giants Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Since its debut, the fashion world has fallen head over heels for Matthew's characteristic bohemian-luxe jewelry creations.
Matthew is recognized as a leading American designer and his signature styles and works have been featured in leading style publications such as US Vogue, Italian Vogue, Japan Vogue, German Vogue, Latin Vogue, W, WWD, Time, New York Times, US Bazaar, InStyle, US Elle, US Glamour, Cosmo US, US Bazaar, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, Hong Kong Bazaar, Singapore/Malaysia Bazaar and Australian Bazaar.
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