AVILLA is a thoughtful collection of artisan 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 consumption.
The collection is based on a love for all things unpretentious, imperfect, and natural -- each piece serving as reminder to stay grounded, slow-down, and connect to ourselves and the world around us.
Inspired by the beauty of a well-loved vintage treasure, AVILLA uses solid brass and sterling silver, metals that form lovely patinas over time. These solid metals delicately mixed with natural elements like tea-dyed bone, shell beads, and ancient stones define each piece in the collection. All AVILLA jewelry is finished with an organic hand-hammered texture, highlighting the handmade nature of each piece.
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 craft.
I am currently making all items in my Los Angeles studio and co-running the magical MoonaStar Collective shop in Topanga Canyon with other inspiring, female business owners.
SUSTAINABILITY and CONNECTION
From sourcing to production, I turn to the ways of times past — 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.