Born August 25th in Brooklyn, New York to proud parents Helen & Bob Bittar who both work as university professors & dedicated antique collectors. At age 10, Alexis sets out on his first entrepreneurial venture selling flowers from a hand painted cart, stationed across the street from his family's Bay Ridge home.
"It was my parent's idea, they wanted my brother and I to learn the value of hard work mixed with creativity at such a young age." AB
On his 13th birthday, Alexis' parents gave their son an entangled lot of antique jewelry. Though a seemingly odd birthday present for a 13 year old boy, the gift sparked a long standing curiosity & fascination with the detailed hand craftsmanship that went into the creation of each piece. He decided to sell the jewelery on Saint Marks Place in NYC.
While attending high school at the Bronx School of Science, Alexis soon got a taste for the city life and subsequently discovered the NYC club scene. His interest rapidly turned to fashion and design when his attendance at seminal night clubs Danceteria and area become more frequent than his classes at school. "It was this exciting mix of underground fashion, music, and pure exhibitionism and I wanted to be a part of it all." AB
Despite his rapidly dwindling attendance at school, Alexis graduated and enrolled for his freshman year of college in upstate New York. By the time his second semester began, Alexis dropped out and returned to the city to party hard; making his money selling antique jewelry & vintage clothing on the streets of lower Manhattan.
At age 22, Alexis decided to put his scandalous clubbing days to rest in order to focus on designing his own line of costume jewelry, influenced by the antique collectables he grew up around. He began hand carving his lucite collection from within the confines of his one bedroom apartment while simultaneously creating a second line, made from semi precious stones and metals.
Alexis relocated from Saint Mark's Place to New York City's Soho neighborhood, selling his one of a kind wares on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets. "I was one of the very first street vendors there. It's a bit of a zoo now, but at the time there were only six of us." AB
Despite the minimalist trend of the early 1990s, Bittar's bold & colorful designs begin to rapidly take flight. Bittar was soon discovered by Dawn Mello, fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman, who offered the budding designer his first steps into the world of retail.
Alexis embarked on a personally meaningful relationship with the Museum of Modern Art. International interest increased and Bittar began to export overseas.
Bittar was then asked to design an exclusive collection of lucite and stainless steel furniture for the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
Alexis collaborated with legendary stylist & costume designer Patricia Field, creating custom designs for the girls of HBO's 'Sex and the City'. "Alexis is a true visionary." Pat Field
In 2004, Alexis celebrated the grand opening of his first eponymous boutique, located on Broome Street in NYC; just two blocks from where he first began selling his wares over a decade ago. His designs are featured in the first of six worldwide Estee Lauder ad campaigns, styled by Lori Goldstein. Later that year, Bittar is named the rising star of the year by the prestigious Accessories Council of Excellence (ACE). The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) invited Alexis Bittar to join them as a committee member.
Bittar collaborated with legendary fashion designer, Michael Kors, on an exclusive runway collection for Kor's Spring 2008 line. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London re opened their jewelry wing and asked Bittar to create an exclusive design for their 'Cherry on the Cake' exhibition.
Alexis opened his second retail store in New York City, located on Bleecker street in the West Village. Later that year his designs appeared on the September cover of French Vogue, styled by fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.
For New York fashion week, Alexis Bittar collaborated with Michael Kors, Dennis Basso and Michael Angel for their Spring 2010 ready to wear collections. Alexis' designs appeared on over 15 editorial covers including Time Magazine, Italian Vogue and Harper's Bazaar U.K.
Alexis won the 2010 CFDA's Accessory Designer of the Year Award.