As a descendant of the Tiffany Family (my great uncle started the stained glass division of the New York-based jewelry company) I delight in colors, patterns and the engineering of totally new jewelry looks. My grandma and grandpa Delano were the first to show me watercolor and stained glass techniques that have been passed down over generations. I learned weaving, needlepoint, crochet and knitting from Nana Krider. By age seven while living on a boat in the Bahamas I was using macrame patterns to create plant holders and jewelry. Throughout my childhood I experimented with paper cutting, painting, sketching and even created dog sculptures covered with cat tail and pussy willow fluff (water plants from the lake). In the fourth grade I started my own company as the custom-creator of crocheted flower barrettes. Somewhere along the way I focused on getting a “real” job. I went into education and had a wonderful career in state-side and international schools. I authored the Same Day Different Choices book series (https://www.facebook.com/SDDCLLC/). Teaching was a way to see the world, SCUBA dive, meet friends from many different cultures (including Tahiti) and globe trot at will. The career path was fulfilling on many levels but in some ways I had turned my back on art. Leathered Pearls is my return to child-like joy and wonder. My one-of-a-kind ensembles are like beautiful creatures living in the wild. They move easily, express freedom and add joy to their surroundings. People who visit me at markets, festivals and art shows know they have wandered into a realm of creativity. Encouraging inner playfulness through style is my goal. Tahitian Pearls are known as the most exquisite pearls on the planet. In Tahiti the people believe the pearls give their wearers courage and strength. It is said that they draw anguish from the body and seal love. These pearls are hand-tied on the strongest, softest leather. Thank you for joining Leathered Pearls on an elegant adventure! Kendra Delano
What Clients Have to Say
My first experience with Leathered Pearls was as unique as the artist behind the mystifying craftsmanship. Soon after, I discovered Leathered Pearls aren’t just an accessory or expression of identity, but a unification of the bond we share in mind, body, and soul. Each piece carries significant meaning to the artist and those that choose to wear it, and it’s this uniqueness and individuality in every item that sets Leathered Pearls apart from the ordinary to a realm of greater meaning. So, if you’re a free spirit chasing the wind, there’s a piece for you to connect with. If you’re a serene soul who relishes the feeling of sand or grass beneath your bare feet, there’s a piece out there that will remind you of that inward tranquility. And if you’re somewhere in between and want to look unique and fantastic in a way that’s more than just expression, I highly encourage you to give Leathered Pearls a look.
I first met Kendra in 2011 on a beautiful Mayan Riviera Beach and was totally captivated by her beautiful pearls and sea-inspired jewelery. I bought my first piece right off her neck...literally! Each trip back, I added to my collection and bought special pieces for special people in my life. Buying online, I can always trust that Kendra will create a piece I will love, selecting the prettiest, most perfect pearls for me. I love the feel of Leathered Pearls against my skin! BTW I do have 7 in my collection and have bought 2 or 3 others as gifts.
Several years ago, Kendra and I met while she was living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our friendship quickly became evident. We had a connection! The connection Kendra and I share is similar to the connection she has with “leathered pearls”. Kendra infuses her heart and soul into every piece of “leathered pearls” jewelry. “Leathered pearls” is much more than a necklace or bracelet. Every piece is original art with a connection to the artist and the spirit which inspired the piece. “Leathered pearls” is intelligent jewelry, in that each piece is named by the inspiration Kendra feels from the piece. “Leathered pearls” materials are all natural and worldly, from the Tahitian pearls, to the leather and beach glass. “Leathered pearls” jewelry makes a statement about both the artist and the wearer. Stunning with understated elegance.
Ever since visiting St Barths I have loved pearl and leather jewelry, both for men and women. I have had an amazing experience in working with Leathered Pearls. Immediate response, high quality products and unique artistic pieces. I have ordered items for myself as well as many gifts and have never been disappointed.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Tim Angevine- Coolpix.com
Special thanks to our H&M duo, Emily Follweiler and Ken Hazlett -KenHazlettHair.com
Most enthusiastic photographer (and DJ): Michael Jackson Event Photography.
Our amazing graphic designer, Valerie Bullington,
triples as a photographer and model.