A Cincinnati designer's jewelry will be available through international retailer Anthropologie.
Anthropologie will offer Arlene Aranzamendez's Konstantin line of jewelry through its online store. Aranzamendez told me that the retailer discovered her jewelry through her Los Angeles-based showroom.
"Currently, we're in several boutiques in the country and one overseas. We're very excited about getting placed with Anthropologie," she said. "This is something I've always wanted to pursue. We're hoping to be in other big retailers."
Aranzamendez, a graphic designer and brand consultant by trade, started designing jewelry in 2008. She followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, who were also in the jewelry business.
Aranzamendez launched her brick-and-mortar boutique, Atelier, in Cincinnati in June. The boutique specializes in artisinal handcrafted works, custom-made jewelry, accessories and clothing.
"I think it's nice to be representing Cincinnati as a designer," she said. "We're hoping to get a lot of support. I'm expecting to get in Antropologie right before the Christmas holidays."
In addition to Anthropologie, Aranzamendez's Konstantin line will be carried on location at The Autry National Museum Center, which is devoted to the American West, beginning in the new year. The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. will also begin offering select pieces from Konstantin's spring line in 2015.