"Baby you were born this way." Never have lyrics entered our headspace quicker than Lady Gaga's can't-hardly-wait-for-spring anthem, which makes sense given their easy ability to be applied to any situation. Case becomes point with Alexis Bittar, who was clearly destined to become the iconic jeweler (F.Y.I., Bittar ranked as the number one jewelry brand for editorial coverage in 2010) he is today. Indeed, the 43-year-old gem master's DNA became apparent as early as 10, when Bittar started hawking flowers outside his parent's Bayridge home, a tradition he would repeat again during his college years—a party-hardy Bittar whipped-up cash selling handmade jewelry in Lower Manhattan. His signature lucite came into the mix in 1990, and a star was, well, born. From there, Bittar collabed with the likes of Barneys New York, Burberry, Patricia Field, Michael Kors, Lady Gaga (duh), The Cooper Hewitt Museum, and Jason Wu, along the way opening stores in New York, Chicago, L.A., and, launching tomorrow, San Francisco (oh, did we mention that Michelle Obama developed a slight Alexis obsession?). It really doesn't slow our jealous roll that the CFDA winner also happens to be a regulation stud, but we weren't exactly complaining after a private tour of his massive Brooklyn Heights townhouse. Inside, the aesthetic is as eye-catching as his look-at-me costume pieces, and don't blame us if we stopped for a minute (or three) inside the bedroom; according to this single dude, it's "where the magic happens." Think we're on the right track (baby)?
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