Since founding her business in 1972, Carolee Friedlander's mission was to create a jewelry and accessories line that women could come to know, trust and build upon. After over 45 years, Carolee continues to offer distinctive jewelry collections that pay tribute to the sophistication, grace, and ever-evolving style of modern women.
In the 1980s, Friedlander rose to fame, receiving acclaim for her bold “Outrageous Pearls” — luxurious styles that reflected the power and strength of all women. Over the years, these designs evolved, mirroring the over-the-top ethos of the early 90s with layered pearls and metals, and moving towards more complex, upscale pieces at the turn of the new millennium.
In 2001, Carolee’s status as a leader in the fashion jewelry space was marked by the company’s acquisition by industry titans Brooks Brothers, launching a new era of unrivalled creativity that would uplift the brand throughout the following decade.
EMBRACING THE FUTURE
In 2017, Carolee was established as a division of DECONIC, Brooks Brothers newly launched industry-leading fashion jewelry collective that includes a Fifth Avenue showroom and headquarters in Industry City (Brooklyn’s latest innovation hub). A year later, Biagio Galotti was appointed as Carolee’s Creative Director, heralding the brand into a new age of transformation to bridge the gap between Carolee’s world-class heritage and the next generation of trend-setting designs.
Today, with Galotti at the helm, the brand is looking to the future of jewelry with a series of distinct collections that elevate Carolee’s iconic freshwater pearl styles with semi-precious stones and a range of contemporary sterling silver motifs.
As part of Galotti’s vision to continue the brand’s legacy of uplifting women, Carolee will continue to donate and partner with different associations that support, protect and empower women.
Since our conception over 45 years ago, Carolee has been dedicated to women. Today, we are extending that honor to a new generation of fashion leaders by celebrating the strength, diversity and individuality of all people, no matter their gender, age or background. Share your unique style by tagging #IAMCAROLEE on Instagram.