Born August 25th in Brooklyn, New York to proud parents Helen & Bob Bittar who both work as university professors & dedicated antique collectors. At age 10, Alexis sets out on his first entrepreneurial venture selling flowers from a hand painted cart, stationed across the street from his family"s bay ridge home. It was my parent"s idea, they wanted my brother and I to learn the value of hard work mixed with creativity at such a young age. AB
On his 13th birthday, Alexis" parents give their son an entangled lot of antique jewelry. Though a seemingly odd birthday present for a 13 year old boy, the gift sparks a long standing curiosity & fascination with the detailed hand craftsmanship that went into the creation of each piece. He decides to sell the jewelery on Saint Marks Place in NYC.
While attending highschool at the Bronx School of Science, Alexis soon gets a taste for the city life and subsequently discovers the NYC club scene. His interest rapidly turns to fashion and design when his attendance at seminal night clubs Danceteria and area become more frequent than his classes at school. It was this exciting mix of underground fashion, music, and pure exhibitionism and I wanted to be a part of it all. AB
Despite his rapidly dwindling attendance at school, Alexis graduates and enrolls for his freshman year of college in upstate New York. By the time his second semester begins, Alexis drops out and returns to the city to party hard; making his money selling antique jewelry & vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan.
At age 22, Alexis decides to put his scandalous clubbing days to rest in order to focus on designing his own line of costume jewelry, influenced by the antique collectables he grew up around. He begins hand carving his lucite collection from within the confines of his one bedroom apartment while simultaneously creating a second line, made from semi precious stones and metals.
Alexis relocates from Saint Mark"s Place to New York City"s Soho neighborhood, selling his one of a kind wares on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets. I was one of the very first street vendors there. It"s a bit of a zoo now, but at the time there were only six of us AB
Despite the minimalist trend of the early 1990s, Bittar"s bold & colorful designs begin to rapidly take flight. Bittar is soon discovered by dawn mello fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman, who offers the budding designer his first steps into the world of retail.
Bittar attends his first trade show, opening his link to a national market and sparks a long standing relationship with Saks Fifth Avenue.
Alexis embarks on a personally meaningful relationship with the Museum of Modern Art. International interest increases and Bittar begins to export overseas to Harrod"s in London and Isetan in Japan.
Bittar is asked to design an exclusive collection of lucite and stainless steel furniture for the Cooper Hewitt Museum, as well as a highly acclaimed line of limited edition home decor pieces for Barneys New York and Takashimaya.
He designs Burberry"s first ready to wear jewelry collection, interpreting their signature plaid onto lucite.
Alexis collaborates with legendary stylist & costume designer Patricia Field, creating custom designs for the girls of HBO"s "Sex and the City". Alexis is a true visionary Pat Field
In 2004, Alexis celebrates the grand opening of his first eponymous boutique, located on Broome Street in NYC; just two blocks from where he first began selling his wares over a decade ago. His designs are featured in the first of six worldwide Estee Lauder ad campaigns, styled by Lori Goldstein. Later that year, Bittar is named the rising star of the year by the prestigious Accessories Council of Excellence (ACE).
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) invites Alexis Bittar to join them as a committee member.
Bittar collaborates with legendary fashion designer, Michael Kors, on an exclusive runway collection for Kor"s Spring 2008 line. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London re opens their jewelry wing and asks Bittar to create an exclusive design for their "Cherry on the Cake" exhibition.
Alexis opens his second retail store in New York City, located on Bleecker street in the West Village. Later that year his designs appear on the September cover of French Vogue, styled by fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.
for New York fashion week, Alexis Bittar collaborates with Michael Kors, Dennis Basso and Michael Angel for their Spring 2010 ready to wear collections. Alexis" designs appear on over 15 editorial covers including Time Magazine, Italian Vogue and Harper"s Bazaar U.K.
Legendary 80"s icon Joan Collins appears as the face of Alexis Bittar"s 2010 poster/adcampaign. He celebrates the grand opening of his third store, located in New York city"s upper east side on Madison Avenue. He wins the CFDA"s Accessory Designer of the Year Award.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo