By Jack Barnes
New York native McKenzie Liautaud is a former model-turned-jewelry designer who creates timeless pieces with a purpose. Inspired by his Haitian roots and love of healing crystals, Liautaud’s upcoming Spring 2019 Collection, Voodoo, is dispelling the myths and stereotypes around the religion, which is largely practiced in Caribbean islands and parts of Africa. Liautaud believes in the magic of Voodoo and the power of precious gemstones such as rock crystals, pyrite, rose quartz, labradorite, and jade to attract love, luck, and prosperity.
His signature collections utilize delicate 14 karat cable chains, lustrous natural freshwater pearls mixed with assorted gems, and his signature star symbol. McKenzie Liautaud Jewelry has been flaunted by celebrities like Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson, Shakira, and Will.I.AM. In addition to sending positive vibes, 10% of sales benefit New Story, a nonprofit charity dedicated to building sustainable homes for disaster victims around the world. He aims to raise $39,000 to help build six homes in Haiti. “I do this in honor of my parents who emigrated from Port-au-Prince to New York and raised six children in a happy, healthy, and safe home,” he said in a statement.
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About Mckenzie Liautaud
Mckenzie, born and raised in NYC, is a Brooklyn based designer who finds inspiration from his travels around the globe. Mckenzie’s signature collections utilize delicate 14 kt cable chains, lustrous natural freshwater pearls mixed with assorted gems and his signature star.
In 2010, he launched his eponymous jewelry collection at the Five Story – NYCs ultimate luxury shopping destination. Since then Liautaud has collaborated with fashion designers Donna Karan, Pyer Moss and Victor De Souza.
Mckenzie’s iconic Supearlstar collection has modernized how women wear classic freshwater pearls.
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