Sunroom Q+A: Leo Black
We're so excited to welcome all new jewelry from Leo Black to Sunroom — the designer's namesake line inspired by family heirlooms, meaningful talismans, and objects that stay with us forever.
Leo grew up in the NY Catskills region, but a few years ago relocated her studio to Los Angeles where, as she explains, she has found a new rhythm and embraced a merging of playfulness and utility in her designs.
We're thrilled to have her in the Sunroom family — and to share this Q+A with Leo to learn more about her favorite heirlooms, her sources of inspiration, and the 2022 mantra that is guiding her this year.
Tell us about your design history – is there a core philosophy or thread that's informed your evolution as a jeweler?
Do you have a favorite custom piece you've created? What's the story there?
YES. My favorite is an engagement and wedding set I created for my friend Rosie! It’s a champagne diamond engagement ring in the shape of an evil eye with a scattering of white & black diamonds around the band. It’s an unexpected combination and was a work of love.
What's an unexpected place of inspiration for you? Or...a reliable one?
Another place I always get a lot of inspiration is during our summer trips to Europe. While I’m there I hardly put down my sketch books and when I do I find myself doodling on napkins.
2022 mantra: LOVING YOU IS LOVING ME
What are some small things you're doing right now to take care of yourself (mentally, physically, and/or emotionally)? I’m taking care of myself mentally by speaking from my heart. Tending to my body’s needs by being in the moment & giving in to what my body wants as much as possible
My creative/design ethos in three words: potent, playful, pure
I always start my day with: Kissing my baby!
Secret talent: Remembering my dreams & writing erotic poetry
Song or musician I’m loving right now: Diana Gordon! Such a goddess. We should all treat our ears to her divinity. Favorite song - Moment to Myself.
The thing I find myself recommending over and over again (maybe a purchase, or a recipe, or just a personal life hack or practice you get asked about often): Shiva Rose Glow Balm! Literally, heaven in a jar. Gotsa, a ridiculously delicious Georgian orange wine. Ina Garten’s Lemon Tart. I like to substitute 8 tablespoons of coconut oil in place of butter for the crust :)
My ultimate escape – real or imagined: Mallorca FOREVER.