Bernie Dexter

February 11,2013

Bernie Dexter is a pin up model who has for modeled for several retro inspired clothing companies and lucky for us … Classic Hardware jewelry as well. Bernie is one of the most recognized pin up models in the rockabilly and retro pin up girl genre.

I first met Bernie years ago at a musicians benefit concert in August 2008. We had several mutual friends so it was nice to get to hang out and get to know each other better. I was familiar with her husband, Levi Dexter, of the band Levi and the Rockats  from many years ago. He was a huge influence in the rockabilly music scene since the 1970s.

In the past few years Bernie has designed her own vintage inspired clothing line. The designs are adorable and we love that it is all American made! She has a great eye for patterns and design and has had great success on popular websites like Modcloth. Her designs are also sought out internationally, especially in England and Australia.

Bernie is a very personable, fun sweet gal and I really enjoy when I get to spend time with her. She has a huge fan following on Facebook where she is often posting new designs and pin ups shots mainly taken by her husband, Levi, who does a great job with the photography. They are a very adorable team!

Check out her website for all the latest.

Classic Hardware loves Anna Sui

September 10,2012

Last Thursday night I was watching Project Runway and was so excited to see Anna Sui as the guest judge! She is one of my favorite designers.  Her line is fun, modern and well made with a great retro flair (be it the 40s, 60s or Edwardian) and a laid back rock and roll romanticism. Her use of color and mix of patterns are always creative and unexpected. Plus, she stays true to her classic black and cream palette that is timeless.

I was even more excited when I realized she was wearing a Classic Hardware necklace on the show.  It was a double star necklace I had created for her a couple of years ago. She has told me that she wears Classic Hardware on a regular basis and has bought my necklaces for her runway models as gifts and also for her store. I feel very honored to have such an amazing designer, who I admire so much, enjoy my work as well. Anna Sui Rocks!!! Check out her work HERE.

I was fortunate enough to attend a couple of her runway shows. New York Fashion Week is this week. Her Spring 2013 show is this coming Wednesday. Check it out HERE.

Anna Sui going Classic


Anna on the judges panel


Me with Anna in her Soho store