Mention Brazil and people
think about Rio and Carnaval, the Amazon and gauchos, flame-grilled
churrasco and flaky empanadas, Pele and Portugese... Brazilian-born
Patricia Candido is another uncommon export from South America's
largest country, whose Brazilian-influenced jewelry has already
caught the eye of American celebrities. Halle Berry bought every Candido-created item in one store and showered them on the cast and
crew of her ABC telefilm Their Eyes Were Watching God. Barbra
Streisand wore a choker in the finale wedding scene of Meet the Fockers. Kelsey Grammer, Linda Hamilton, Rosanna Arquette, Alyssa
Milano and supermodels Cindy Crawford and Brooke Burke have all
decorated themselves in her distinct designs.
Each Patricia Candido
creation incorporates natural elements and vibrant colors
reminiscent of her native Brazil. Beginning with the world's finest
precious stones, gold and silver, she combines them with such
organic materials as feathers, bamboo and lambskin (unlike others
who set gemstones in leather, she uses braided cotton cord denim).
Her creations, from a signature collection of 10-20 pieces to
custom-made designs, can fetch anywhere between $55 and $750 retail.
In less than two years the brand has already been featured on the
covers and in the pages of Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, Lucky,
Variety, Fitness and the Los Angeles Times, among other
Raised largely in Rio de
Janeiro, Candido first applied herself toward public relations,
servicing some of the major companies in the nation's petrochemical
industry. She soon left to open her own agency focusing on
telecommunications, with clients that included Bell South, Dow
Chemical and Kodak. Candido met her American husband, visual effects
artist Mark Devlin, while he was in Brazil making music videos.
Returning to the U.S.
together, Candido decided to try a new career that combined her love
of art and fashion. Her Brazilian jewelry designs were born in
Summer 2004 with unwavering support from Devlin, who now serves as
director of sales and marketing for the venture. From humble
beginnings, her designs are now distributed worldwide: from
boutiques in Southern California (e.g., Fred Segal) to New York City
(Margaret O'Leary), from stores in Las Vegas (Caesars Palace Forum
Shops), San Francisco, Aspen, Vail, Dallas, Austin and Houston to
those in Japan, China and Hong Kong. The company looks to open its
own branded stores in the future, while expanding the line into
Brazilian-influenced shoes, belts, bags and accessories.
Visit the company online
Matt Meyerson Sr. V.P., Product Placement
9100 Wilshire Blvd. Sixth Floor, West Tower
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 550-7776 p
(310) 550-1701 f