Sierra Bailey has always had an eye for design, even if she didn't yet realize it. She has always been creating jewelry of some kind or another.
Creativity from Conformity
Where most kids may have had lemonade stands, Sierra was making and selling friendship bracelets instead. Spending her summers creating piles of handmade jewelry, she found it a fun and creative way to stand apart from the dress code of her school. Cast away in a sea of sameness; these colorful designs were a way for her to stand apart. Others felt the same. She began selling these early designs to her classmates; sometimes even off herself! Her boarding school enterprise helped plant a seed.
Manic Trout and More
Receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Syracuse University, Sierra pursued painting for a time. Finding that she much preferred jewelry design to painting, Manic Trout was born. Immediately making a splash, her designs have featured prominently in press and television. Also, her designs have been featured in a plethora of fashion blogs and Fashion Week Austin and Fashion Week LA.
Her creations have appeared in over 60 national magazines that include WWD, Marie Claire, InStyle, Lucky, People Style Watch, Real Simple, GenLux, Southern Living and Redbook, to name but a few. Sierra's designs have also been spotted on television, showing up on shows such as Gossip Girl and Criminal Minds.
Her successes have cemented her as a jewelry and fashion expert. Sierra has appeared as a guest on Studio 512 and World News Tonight with David Muir. She's been published for her expertise in magazines such as Time Out New York, Figure, Austin Woman and numerous blogs. In addition, Sierra brought her expertise back to where it all started, teaching week-long seminars on jewelry making at her alma mater, The Millbrook School. In so doing, she realized how much she loved sharing her knowledge of jewelry design with others.
Inspiration and Love
Her love of color, whimsy and the belief that women should let their individuality shine through in their style are her greatest inspirations. Sierra Bailey lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Adam and their sassy rat terriers, Faye and Mora.