THIS IS MY STORY...
A true New Yorker, the youngest of three sisters raised in the Lower East Side by a single immigrant mother who worked as a seamstress in the garment district.
Vanessa Lee graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's in Fashion Buying & Merchandising. Jewelry and accessories were always a major focus in her wardrobe. As a world traveler who has been to over 30 countries, Vanessa’s style and fashion sense have been heavily influenced by New York City and the international cultures she has embraced throughout her journeys.
Previously, Vanessa worked as a Fashion Buyer at Henri Bendel and was the Fashion Director for Montmartre. She co-founded Lionette with her former business partner in 2009 and it quickly gained notoriety among celebrities like Rihanna and Jessica Alba and fashion stylists and bloggers. In 2021, Vanessa Lee took over as the designer and head of operations and now oversees the production of each handmade collection produced in New York City’s fashion district.
Her vision for Lionette was to create a style-forward line of jewelry that transforms the way you feel when you wear it. Her goal with each piece is to empower you, build confidence, and add that extra 'umf' that takes you from ordinary to extraordinary.
Lionette is not just jewelry, it is a form of therapy that puts a smile on their customer’s faces and adds joy to their lives.