When native Houstonian Shelly Kidney moved to California in the 90’s, it was not to be a jewelry designer. As luck would have it, she became friendly with Vicki Levin, who was to later become her partner. The girls did many things together, but the turning point for them was sitting on the Malibu beaches, stringing Fiji pearls and selling them to their friends, and the quantities increased rapidly.
They then worked together on films (Shelly’s husband, Ric, is in the film business), and travelled all over the world. In each destination they would find interesting elements to add to their then growing jewelry collection…..native beads from Africa, Leather, more Fiji pearls, Thailand pieces, and they began putting together a collection of very hip, fashion jewelry. BuJu was founded, a trunk show at Tootsies followed, they were a success and became smitten with the business of making jewelry.
Their collection is made up of one-of-a-kind pieces made in Malibu, California, and though perfect for the stylish Rodeo-goer, her pieces are a great add-on to a Cavalli dress or a favorite of your own.
To see more about the BuJu gals, hear about their journey and see some incredible looking styles and styling tips on how to layer it all together, visit their site at www.bujujewelry.com.
The following are some key pieces from her Tootsies Trunk Show last weekend, many styles of which can be found stocked in the store today.
Photos courtesy of bujujewelry.com