Nicole Paggi Brooks likes to get down to business.
As owner and designer of boutique, bespoke jewelry brand Naomi Gray, Nicole has found the perfect intersection of design and passion.
Naomi Gray represents effortless yet meaningful, under-stated yet beautiful pieces that you will never take off.
With a background in acting, Nicole has had the pleasure of working with a number of celebrated costume designers, including Patricia Fields (Sex and The City). Through these experiences, she began to fully appreciate the ways in which wardrobe impacts a mood, a feeling and a style. She is fascinated by the potency of the perfect accessory and the role that accessories play in telling your story.
Needing a reprise from the frenetic environment of acting, Nicole was driven to create jewelry that spoke to both sentimentality and longevity. With the mantra of accessorizing in a way that reflects your inner self, she began collecting gemstones and making her own pieces in her dressing room on set breaks. She combed the lengths of the New York jewelry district, entranced by the potential to create beautiful things.
Nicole is inspired to offer meaningful jewelry that women want to wear every single day.
The brand launched at Fred Segal with an eye toward creating pieces you want to keep close to your heart. Shortly thereafter, Naomi Gray gained a significant celebrity following, including Jessica Alba, Ali Larter and Isla Fischer.
Naomi Gray is named for Nicole’s paternal grandmother, who was always an inspiration. Love is a prominent design theme that courses through the Naomi Gray collection and Nicole’s goal is to create pieces that honor our loved ones. As Nicole’s devotion to family has grown, with a child of her own, she even further grasps the significance of the bespoke.
All of Naomi Gray’s jewelry is handcrafted in Los Angeles and is entirely customizable. Nicole lives in The Hollywood Hills with her husband, David, her daughter Vivian, and two rascal dogs – Hunter and Stella.