Alexis Bittar is known for his costume jewelry but he sold his company to Brooks Brothers in 2015. In 2010, he won the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year award. Bittar began selling his handmade pieces on the streets of Soho, using lucite and semi-precious stones and metals in his designs. He is known as “the lucite king” and many people call him the crown prince of costume jewelry. Michelle Obama regularly wears Alexis Bittar jewelry!