Lauren Harwell Godfrey is the founder and designer of Harwell Godfrey, a line of 18-karat gold and gemstone jewelry handmade in California.
She spent more than 15 years as an award-winning art director and creative director in New York City and San Francisco, creating branded content for clients including Adidas, Levi’s and Ray-Ban. Eager to embrace another growing passion, Godfrey enrolled in the inaugural class of the San Francisco Cooking School in 2013. After graduation, her natural talents quickly landed her an externship at critically acclaimed restaurant SPQR, as well as stages at beloved Bay Area institutions Bar Tartine and Chez Panisse.
Finding the process of working with her hands meditative, Godfrey began crafting bold accessories for herself and friends in 2015. Striking an instant chord with collectors and retailers, those initial pieces were the spark for Harwell Godfrey’s accessory line, founded in 2016. These one-of-a kind pieces were custom made by Godfrey with intriguing, bold scale combinations of hand-tooled leather and raw stones.
Her foray into fine jewelry began in 2017 with a capsule collection launched at Paris Fashion Week with For Future Reference.