Fri Aug 14th I attended the BCFW night 4 event at the Caribbean Arts Gallery featuring Ortega Jewelry Designs. The gallery was fairly small and included a sign in desk, step & repeat, social media banner and an area serving refreshments & appetizers. The Ortega table display and jewelry workbench were prominently displayed in the front of the showroom. The event started off fairly slow with several guests wandering in about 30 min after start time. Althea Blackford (CEO of VStyle Productions and StyleItUp411) opened the event with a wonderful welcome speech and details about the jewelry line, she then handed the mic over to Natasha Moore (BigCity FM) for what seemed like an impromptu interview with Jackie Ortega (CEO & Lead Designer of Ortega jewelry). Ortega detailed her work process, materials she likes to work with, future plans for the collection, and her inspiration for design which she noted as being her family. Jackie then provided guests with a physical demonstration on jewelry making with pieces that included a leaflet metal bodice, body chains, necklaces w/coral stone detail, and a wide variety of large link bracelets. Miss Ortega answered questions from the audience while guests viewed some of the pieces she had for purchase which were very reasonably priced. I purchased a stone necklace and received a beautiful coral stone ring. Overall the event was very relaxed/low key and it was very exciting to have close access to such an amazing designer. It is very evident that Althea (event coordinator) loves what she does and has put a lot of effort into all of the events she has planned for Boston Caribbean Fashion Week.
Ortega was previously featured on www.thehautehouse.com and can be contacted directly for collection details & purchase Ortegajewelry@gmail.com