Le Tolentino is a handmade jewelry brand that creates limited edition collections, unique pieces & custom.
Letícia began her interest in jewelry since she was a teenager, when she used
to collecting raw stones from Brasil and imagining accessories with a different looks. Graduated in jewelry design, she continued her studies by attending various courses, among which the Alchimia Contemporary Jewelery School,
in Florence and L'École Van Cleef & Arpels, in Paris.
Based in São Paulo, she is currently part of the emerging designer team on
the British platform Not Just a Label and, in addition to her own brand design pieces, she also develops collections and consultancy projects for customers
in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Under the brand LeTolentino she feels free to explore and produce her work more intuitively, in a way that some exclusive pieces are often infringed directly to the metal without even being drawn before, preserving the creative impulse essence a bit.
Her line of esthetic research notably refers to geometry, architecture, astronomy and ancient nomad civilizations.
"My desire is for people to wear much more than jewelry but carries meaning, history and identity."
One of LeTolenino differentials is that the whole jewelry creation process is carried out directed by herself, participating in each stage, immersed in the production process from the conception to the completion of each piece.
The creative process aim on versatile and timeless pieces that also worry about Conscious Consuming, therefore clients are encouraged to upcycle other jewel through customized design proposals. By contracting a personalized project like that, clients not only get a LeTolentino unique piece, but they cut to zero possible environmental mining costs, and some even bring back to the daily use family jewels by reshaping them in a special way while keeping the same symbolic precious metal all together.
The raw-material used for the LeTolentino collection pieces are mainly silver 950 with a white gold (rhodium) bath, or 18k yellow gold in order to guarantee the quality and durability of the jewels.
Photo: Victor Moriyama
TROUGHT OBJECTS - Fevereiro - Portugal 2017
Leticia Tolentino is a strong name in the new generation of jewelry designers, who are standing out for their sophisticated and authoritative features.
Magazine: ELLE CROATIA - June 2014
THE EXHIBITION IN ELLE
The NY premiere jewelry of fashion designers juxtaposed with photography of body parts by Natalie Conn in SHIN Gallery in Lower East Side, New York.
Exhibition: DRAFT SPACE - NEW YORK CITY - June 2014
EXHIBITION AT LOWER EAST SIDE.
A curatorship made for SHIN Art Gallery selecting 50 worldwide emerging jewelry designers. LeTolentino was the brasilian representative.
News: May - 2014
Exclusive Collection ordered in Italy. Pieces inspired on Brasilian native flora.
PIeces inspired on Brasilian native flora.
TV Interview: Arte1 - March 2014
Special interview for Arte1, one the most innovative and new Cable TV Channels for Art and Culture. Shows the jewelry designer Le Tolentino creative process and the Galactique Atmosphere collection, with pieces inspired by constellations and astronomy.
Portal : NOT JUST A LABEL - September 2013
LE TOLENTINO ENTERS THE NJL TEAM
LeTolentino was invited to participate at NOT JUST A LABEL. Pioneers in contemporary fashion, Not Just a Lable is one of the main design platform for showcasing and promotion in the worarticipate at NOT JUST A LABEL. Pioneers in contemporary fashion, Not Just a Lable is one of the main design platform for showcasing and promotion in the world.
Blog: As Patricias - March 2013
THE JEWELS FROM LETICIA TOLENTINO
This is the second time that the beautiful creations of Le are selected by the SPFW team to participate in the fashion week pop store. I could not resist and sent an e-mail right away: I want to see more!
One of the most striking features of the work of the designer, is the harmonious union of uncut gems and polished. This second collection, inspired by astronomy brings also silver, black rhodium and Brazilian stones.
Portal Infojoia - March 2013
SILVER AT THE CATWALK
The south brazilian designer Leticia Tolentino is once again at the most important fashion week of Brazil, where she debuted last year.
The new collection made with silver, black rhodium, pearls and brazilian gems has inspiration in astronomy. It bring pieces that reflect the unique personality of Leticia with a sophisticated and urban touch - combination that appeals particularly to the public who follow fashion weeks.
Portal Infojoia - Oct. 2012
SPFW SHOWS JEWELS AT POP UP STORE
After creating a fan page of her brand at Facebook, by the instance of her friends, the designer ended up hunted to exhibit her crations at the fashion week.
Leticia has just created her first collection with pieces made with silver and gold. Her inspiration is geometrical forms mainly triangles.
"At the north Africa region, the nomad women from the desert, use spiky jewels as symbol fo protection against bad energy and as self protection" - Leticia says.