Leslie Kumar Posmentier is the designer, owner and creative visionary behind NYLA STAR. Leslie’s personal hunt for finding the perfect jewelry led her to design her own collection in 2010. She’s inspired by her travels, flea market finds, fine jewelry and fashion. NYLA STAR is named from an amalgamation of the initials of Leslie’s loved ones.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have two girls, 4 years old and 16 months.
How did you end up in Stamford?
We found ourselves spending a lot of time in Stamford visiting with friends on the weekends. At the time we were living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We didn’t have any children yet, but wanted to find a community to plant our roots, and we felt like Stamford was it!
What do you love about Stamford?
Lately, I have been loving the Harbor Point area. There are great dining options and it’s so nice to walk along the waterfront. I also love Stamford’s proximity to neighboring towns.
What’s your favorite restaurant and place to shop in Stamford?
The Long Ridge Tavern has been a favorite of mine since we moved here over six years ago. It’s so cozy especially in the winter when the fireplace is on! And my favorite place to shop in Stamford is Lord & Taylor – especially when DVF is on sale!
What’s your favorite thing to do when you need some “me time”?
Well that’s easy – going to Noelle Spa!
What is the inspiration behind the jewelry designed by NYLA STAR?
Honestly, other women!
What are some of your favorite pieces right now?
I’ve been wearing the Celeste necklace 16” non – stop this summer. And, like all other NS necklaces, it looks great layered!
What are your tips for busy moms looking for a great piece of jewelry to wear every day?
For every day wear, I’d say to keep it simple. I’d suggest shorter necklaces and stud earrings. Longer necklaces can get caught on just about everything, even your kid! Yes, it has happened. And I suggest stud earrings for every day because your little ones can’t tug at them.
What’s your advice to other women interested in starting their own businesses?
Whatever you choose to do be exceptionally passionate about it. Being a mom and being a business owner can feel like a mental tug of war at times.
(Photos by Jennifer Zarine Photography)