Here’s a reminder: fashion shouldn’t be taken seriously. Sometimes, a playful twist and an added nostalgic accessory can be just the thing to upgrade your look and uplift your spirits. And with summer still out of reach, we could use a little lifting of the spirits.
Layla Alter’s jewelry brand, Alterita, is here for the rescue! Launched in 2018, it has quickly and rather effortlessly caught the attention of publications like Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Refinery29, thanks to its whimsical designs. “I’m very childish at heart,” admitted Alter in an interview with Teen Vogue, adding: “I’m very connected to my younger self.”
Amongst her more child-like designs are glass charms, cherry earrings, and heart-shaped necklaces—things you can sport at the beach or rock to a late-night outing.
According to Alter, she began collecting her charms in 2018 from Mexico and Southeast Asia and has made a series of one-of-a-kind pieces, which resulted in an exclusive collection with Opening Ceremony. More recent collections feature glass charms handmade locally. “I was like, ‘What would I want to wear on the beach?’ I want to be wearing lemons. I want a headband,” says Alter.
Clearly, this is only the beginning for this young designer.