Born and raised in New York City (by a Cuban mother and a Greek father), Seville Michelle is a self-taught jewelry designer who brings her unique background to life in her work by re-imagining the accessories of her youth. Growing up immersed in the fashion and jewelry trends of the 1990’s, Seville wore large doorknocker earrings, big gold chains that shimmered with pendants of religious saints, and icons throughout her adolescent life. Her creative palette expanded beyond chunky gold jewelry in the glamorous nightlife scene of the mid 90’s. As a designer she merges street style with luxury in a very New York City way, always referencing her city life roots, and identity.
Seville entered the design world in 2009 with a full line of epaulets (shoulder jewelry), a concept never before seen, Glamour.com sites her as being the inventor of the edgy concept. Patricia Field’s store in New York became a flagship for Seville’s eponymous line of accessories, a personal accomplishment for her since she spent years as a patron. With the support of the House of Field, Seville began developing new concepts, and emerged from her “think tank” with an idea that would captivate trendsetters, and tastemakers alike. "The fantasy for me of wrapping the “doorknocker” earring in Italian leather was like adding diamonds to a Casio." Her earrings quickly grew a cult following, among some of the biggest names in music, international press and retail attention followed. The earrings were soon carried at Nordstrom and Mario Testino photographed a pair on Nicole Kidman for the 2012 Fall issue of V magazine.
In line with Seville’s talent for reinventing 90’s trends, her new collection for “Choke Me” features religious icons reminiscent of medallions hanging off of big gold chains. Iconic religious figures and symbols are reinterpreted from the traditional male-dominated imagery into imagery that embraces the power and influence of the feminine divine. Made in brass, dipped in gold, ”Choke Me” is a feminine cleansing that explores the male-dominated pillars of faith found in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The collection was selected by the fashion collective VFILES to help launch their new global marketplace. A huge accomplishment as Seville Michelle is the only jewelry designer to have been selected. She joins MADE, the fashion collective that curates year-round events that connects talent in fashion, music, art and culture with visionary brand partners.
Social media influencers, and music muses such as Faith Evans, Ashanti, Teyana Taylor, Bebe Rexha, and Sofia Richie are amid the recent stream of people wearing styles from Seville’s new collection. This adds to the growing list of celebrities who all have worn Seville’s jewelry such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mike Tyson, Rihanna, Prince, Nicole Kidman, Ciara and Nicki Minaj. Her work has been photographed for V magazine, Elle Indonesia, People, French Glamour, Glamour and many others.
Seville lives in Queens, NY with her toy Maltese, Sofie.