Mom Muse | Lia Lombara
Lia Lombara knew at a young age that she wanted to be a jewelry designer. She was fascinated with jewelry and the creative design process and loved to layer on gems, beads and baubles. Layering jewelry became part of her signature style and still is today. Fast forward to her college years, Lia majored in art at Boston College and jewelry design at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. After graduation, she started her own jewelry line, but was forced to stop designing when she had triplets (Taylor, Lexi and PJ – now 19 years old) to focus on caring for her family. As all of you moms of multiples know – it’s major life changer!
The Lombara family at PJ’s lacrosse game.
Lia, Lexi and Taylor as babies at the beach.
For the entirety of the triplets’ childhood, she owned and managed a gift and home decor store but decided to close the store in 2014. It was around then that Lia fell in love with the lost art of glass enamel and began designing her own jewelry again.
In 2014, Lia, Lexi and Taylor (who were just 15 at the time) joined together to start Colby Davis. The three shared a vision of creating a meaningful, timeless jewelry collection that could be passed down through generations. The designs and style of the unique jewelry made of sterling silver and glass enamel are inspired by the New England coast and the family’s love of Boston. The pieces are made to be worn alone or layered, and with the current popularity of the layered jewelry look, most customers buy more than one piece to mix, stack and style. Where does the “meaningful” goal come into play? All made in America, each pendant is engraved on the back with meaningful words or sentiments (such as “everlasting love,” “forever friends” or “something borrowed, something blue” to name a few examples), making them special keepsakes and perfect for gift giving. With their talent and ambition, this mom and her girls are sure to leave a lasting mark on the jewelry industry!
Examples of layering with Colby Davis pendants.
MSL: Describe your style in five words or less.
As a young girl, I always had a fascination with design and jewelry. To this day, I am known to wear multiples of five bracelets on my wrist!
MSL: How do you get inspiration for your designs?
I love to travel down the New England coast and see all of the beauty it has to offer, as well as the architecture in our home city of Boston.
Lia taking orders at the NY Now trade show.
Lexi, Lia and Taylor promoting Colby Davis at a boat show.
Lia feeding her yellow lab, Lilly, in a hotel early in the morning before a show.
MSL: What’s the best part about working with your daughters? The biggest challenge?
The best part is sharing my passion with them and seeing them grow into the independent, entrepreneurial young girls I knew they would become! The biggest challenge is time management.
MSL: What has been the biggest moment of your career so far?
It has to be sending my girls off to college this year (Lexi is at Boston College, while Taylor’s attending the University of South Carolina), while surprisingly growing our company exponentially (!) in ways we never could have done while they were home. This year has been the biggest move of my life, and yet successful for my career as a designer, business owner and mom!
Lexi, Lia and Taylor Lombara posing for Boston Magazine.
Lexi, Lia and Taylor Lombara shooting a segment for WCVB Chronicle.
Lia and Lexi at a J.Crew x Colby Davis event.
MSL: What are your favorite pieces from the current Colby Davis collection?
The NEW Celtic Knot collection, and in particular the Mother-Daughter pendant.
(We love this pendant too!! See how Angela wore it in a recent post.)
MSL: What’s the one item in your closet you can’t live without?
My LK Bennett leopard kitten heels.
MSL: Tell us something about yourself that people would be surprised to hear.
My favorite band is Kid Rock.
MSL: What’s your best style advice for other moms?
Don’t be afraid to wear what makes you happy!