LAURA HANDLER is the name and brain behind Handler, a full service design firm based in New York City.
Prior to forming Handler, Laura's professional experience ranged from jewelry design for Cartier and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, to designing fashion and home accessories in Milan, Italy.
In Milan, she designed sunglasses and handbags for the fashion designer Krizia, laminates for Sottsass Associati's Memphis Collection, and began a long standing collaboration with the international jewelry house Pomellato, for whom she has designed an extensive collection of contemporary sterling silver products and 18 karat gold watches.
Her international roster of clients not only includes firms in the U.S. and Italy, but also in Germany, Great Britain, The Phillippines and Japan, proving that appropriate design speaks an international language.
She has been a professor of product design, a guest critic, a lecturer on design, and served as a judge in international design competitions. Her work has received numerous awards, been exhibited in museums around the world, and is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum–a division of The Smithsonian Institute.
To keep her perspective fresh, Laura occasionally leaves her studio in New York City, and retreats to her updated log cabin in Paradise Valley, Montana.