ABOUT NISSA JEWELRYFounded by Nissa Wegienek in 2008, Nissa Jewelry is an eclectic and unique collection that emanates uptown sophistication with a downtown edge. Hand-made using primarily recycled materials, the collection offers bold and versatile designs, taking inspiration from forgotten vintage pieces and updating them in creative, modern, unexpected, feminine ways. Inspired by the jewels' history, Nissa redesigns each piece, preserving its original qualities. Known for unique details such as signature "collar" necklaces, mixed metal finishes, and "back dangle" earrings, the pieces are designed to be worn multiple ways.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin 1996, Nissa moved to Chicago to attend graduate school. Not finding the passion for her MBA program, she decided to pursue a degree in fashion design at International Academy of Design and Technology. While still a sophomore in the program, she launched her first collection. As a guest designer of Gen Art at the InStyle Magazine show, Nissa's pieces were instantly picked up by Saks buyers and local Chicago boutiques. Soon after, WWD coined Nissa as "One To Watch" in an upcoming designer story.
After graduating from IADT, Nissa shifted gears and moved to NYC to pursue a career in fashion advertising. After being laid off from her position as an Account Director due to the recession, Nissa finally decided to pursue her dream of jewelry design. Start up costs for Nissa Jewelry were generated by Nissa selling her designer wardrobe on Ebay. While heartbreaking to say goodbye to best friends Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs and Brian Atwood Nissa was equally excited to finally dedicate her time and energy to her jewelry design.
A few years and a few less shoes later, Nissa's jewelry is sold in boutiques and department stores throughout the world such as Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus Cusp, Free People, South Moon Under and Shopbop.com. The line has appeared on celebrities including Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Rachel Bilsen, Carrie Underwood, Zooey Deschanel, Katherine Heigl, Giuliana Rancic, Maria Sharapova, Natalie Morales, Gabrielle Union and Katherine Heigl. It has been featured in numerous publications including Elle, Vogue, InStyle, Lucky, People Stylewatch, Women's Wear Daily, Seventeen and Time Out. And on television on American Idol finalists, and on E! News, Giuliana and Bill, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America and Gossip Girl.
Nissa splits her time between New York city and Washington DC where she lives with her husband, Kevin, her son Smyth, and their shetland sheepdog, MacTavish Murphy Rasmussen Wegienek.