Brandy Thomason McNair | Designer
Brandy Thomason McNair launched Bella Vita Jewelry in 2008 at local art fairs, retail craft shows, and online at bellavitajewelry.net. Seven years in, Bella Vita Jewelry can be found at 200+ brick-and-mortar stores across the US & Canada, and in her retail shop in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brandy lives and works in downtown Little Rock. All of her jewelry is made by hand in the Bella Vita Studio, which is housed in a beautifully restored century-old building. Bella Vita Jewelry is known for being made in small batches and one of a kind runs of personalized & hand stamped charms, natural stones, hand cast bronze & sterling pendants, and vintage baubles.
When she isn't tending to her growing small business, Brandy enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, perusing local flea markets, drinks and dinners out with friends, and cuddling with her 14 year old lab mix, Arlo.
Miki Elliott | Studio Assistant
Miki Elliott joined the team this year to provide behind the scenes support for Bella Vita Jewelry! Miki wears a lot of hats at Bella Vita… She coordinates the #BossLady blog, recently finished updating Bella Vita’s wholesale and retail websites, schedules social media and lots of various other tasks. Brandy and Miki met 14 or so years ago when they were both pursuing their Bachelor of Interior Design degrees at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After reconnecting years later in Little Rock, Miki couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Brandy again and is thrilled to be part of the team!
Miki is a Nationally Registered Interior Designer, has worked in architecture, construction management, theatrical set design, tourism, and eye clinics among many other things… she’s a bit of a Jack of all trades! Miki lives in Little Rock with her husband, Jeremiah, and some of her favorite things are live theater, her dog (Zaphod), vintage furniture, playing the ukulele, color-coded day planners, garden gnomes and a good cup of coffee.
Saira Khan | Shop Assistant
Saira Khan is a photographer and writer based in Little Rock. She also helps Brandy part time at Bella Vita Jewelry as the shop assistant. She loves challenges and meeting new people, and she believes working at Bella Vita has allowed her to use her skills and cultivate an appreciation for jewelry making as another creative art.
Her free time is almost completely devoted to her doberman, Devi. She also enjoys running, the gym, and volunteering for the different animal organizations in town. You will find her upcoming photography site at sairakhanphotography.com, or find her on instagram @sairakhanphotog. Bits of writing are housed at signedsai.com.