Inspired by ancient cultures and modern form, AVILLA is a small collection of handmade jewelry by Michelle Léana Perez.
Embodying intention and slow fashion, each piece is made-to-order in my Los Angeles studio, reducing waste and encouraging conscious purchasing.
The collection is based on a love for all things wabi sabi, earthy, and natural. Brass and sterling silver both form lovely patinas over time, reminding us of the beauty of imperfection and age. Many pieces in the collection feature metals delicately mixed with natural elements like tea-dyed bone, shell beads, and organic cotton. All pieces have a hammered finish to give them the feeling of an ancient artifact to be treasured for many years.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I’m a New Orleans native, but currently call Los Angeles home. My love for wearable art and working with my hands aligned when I took my first metalsmithing course in 2015. Soon after, I decided to pursue my passion for creating full-time and began my line — AVILLA — the name, made to represent all of the places I come from and, in turn, draw inspiration from. My work and business-model continue to evolve over the years to reflect my love for living a slower life, consciously consuming, and connecting through art.
Aside from creating jewelry, I love visiting soulful places, thrifting, nature bathing, and most importantly—cats. I am equally interested in spirituality and science, blending the two in my daily life and beliefs.
I am currently making all items in my Los Angeles studio and co-running the magical MoonaStar Collective shop in Topanga Canyon with other amazing local, female business owners.
SUSTAINABILITY and CONNECTION
From sourcing to production, I turn to the ways of the ancients — using simple tools, working with natural elements, and creating with intention. I am always looking for new ways to pursue conscious, small-scale production.
My commitment to keeping my line handmade and small-scale is to maintain the beautiful connection formed when sharing something made by hand with another.
Each order is lovingly wrapped in minimal, recyclable or reusable packaging.