A native New Yorker, Paige’s relationship with fashion is a curious one. With a jewelry designer for a mother, a father in textiles and a grandmother who Paige describes as a “pioneer of statement jewelry,” one would assume that her childhood was filled with games of dress-up and experiments in adornment.
Nonetheless, fashion was in her blood, and destiny. A student of French and Art History, Paige was enrolled in summer graduate courses at Paris’ Le Sorbonne when she got an internship at Chanel as an assistant at the fashion shows.
So crazy that Paige dove into a career in fashion. She went from working in Cotton Inc.’s fashion library to launching her own upscale handbag and accessories line, Frou by Paige Novick. But after ten years, intuition told her it was time for a change and so she wounded a jewelry label called “Paige Novick”.
Built on a platform of paradox, duality and, of course, imperfection, Paige’s line grew from a leather bracelet to a series of elegant statement pieces, each of which exudes an easy air of nonchalance.
The designer’s artistic influences range from architecture to Abstract Expressionism (she has an affinity for the shades of Mark Rothko’s soothing paintings). She adores the masculine versus feminine qualities of Helmut Newton photographs and succeeds in recreating this classic contrast in her work. Heavy metals, fine golds, semiprecious stones and Tahitian pearls come together to create a look that is at once strong, confident, flirtatious and seductive. Perched on the top of fringed black diamond earrings or standing alone as a belt buckle, the quirky snail is the essence of Paige Novick, the jewelry line; it is also a representation of Paige Novick, the woman. While she describes herself as quite “imperfect” and even “a bit disheveled,” she infuses each of her pieces with her delightful flaws, strength and vibrancy.