Marc Alary is a French born, New York based jewelry designer who launched his first fine jewelry collection in November 2009. Marc has enjoyed continued attention from the fashion press and is primed to develop further with his latest collection, which will arrive in autumn 2012.
After growing up in Toulouse, France Alary moved to Paris to study Graphic Design & Illustration at the prestigious Ecole Supérieure de Design, d’Art Graphique et d’Architecture Intérieure.
In 2003 Alary moved to New York where he started to work on designing prints, graphics, and T-shirts for DKNY and Louis Vuitton (where he also designed embroideries).
After 2 years Alary began to freelance for Marc Jacobs designing everything from graphics for T-shirts, dresses, jackets & linings, to designing hardware for bags. His work went on to include redesigning the Little Marc Jacobs logo, and designing jewelry for the main line collection. After freelancing for several years for Marc Jacobs, Alary watched his role grow in to one that covered all lines of the company; main line collection, Marc By Marc Jacobs and Little Marc Jacobs.
It was while working at Marc Jacobs that Alary decided to take his passion for jewelry further and in 2009 launched his own collection. Alary left Marc Jacobs in fall 2011 to concentrate on the growing demands his business.
Marc Alary’s debut collection of animal jewelry in gold and precious stones, entitled “Ménagerie” draws its inspiration from childhood, where an array of antiques and trinkets remain vividly alive in Alary’s memories and were sources of endless fascination. In Alary’s childhood the animal kingdom acquired its mythic powers and intensity, and these imaginary safaris became a continual inspiration. “Ménagerie” is Alary’s tribute to that world, an inventive re-creation of it. Elephants, panthers and zebras are all present in the collection along with flamingos rendered in gold platinum and diamonds, sapphires, rubies and tourmalines, all in addition to articulated monkeys cheekily clutching rubies with tails and hands.