Marisa Perry is the co-founder and co-owner of Marisa Perry Atelier, a jewelry design house and retail store in New York City’s West Village. Marisa and her husband and business partner Douglas Elliott specialize in diamond jewelry, with special expertise in wedding jewelry, including engagement rings, wedding bands, and other custom-crafted pieces. After 11 years in the heart of SoHo, in 2015 the couple relocated their boutique to a landmarked corner in the West Village. At the new location, Marisa Perry Atelier showcases Douglas’s artistry along with a curated selection of pieces by other designers.
Marisa, Douglas, and their team, work closely with their clients to create exquisite jewelry to celebrate life’s most important moments, going to every possible length to make sure that their clients are absolutely thrilled with their purchases. For over 16 years, they have collaborated with brides and grooms who want to participate in the design process, while giving them sound, honest advice and helping them select the best stones in their price range. Marisa and Douglas also pride themselves on avoiding the formal environment of most jewelry stores and making the shopping experience enjoyable and pressure-free.
When the couple met in 2001, Marisa fell in love with Douglas and his jewelry designs at the same time. Douglas was then designing a fashion-driven, semi-precious jewelry collection, Elliott, which was sold at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, among other fine stores. Concurrently, he maintained a custom jewelry design business for private clients, for whom he created elaborate diamond pieces. Enchanted, Marisa saw an opportunity to create a new venture to bring Douglas’ exquisite diamond jewelry designs to the forefront. Together, they launched Marisa Perry Atelier in 2002.
Prior to establishing her fine jewelry company, Marisa had a successful career in gourmet food marketing in New York, working with top chefs and artisanal food producers. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she originally moved to New York City to work in the fashion world, after graduating from L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. When she’s not working, Marisa enjoys cooking, collecting French wines, and working on her tennis game.
Meet Our Team
Nickname: LQ for Lebanese Queen, or The Prankster.Nesrine is our Store Director and was made a partner in 2018. An incredible gemologist, Nesrine was quite literally born and raised in the industry, having worked in the jewelry business since she was nine years old. Following a Bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, Nesrine pursued a Gemology Degree at the world-renowned GIA - The Gemological Institute of America. Nesrine is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her work. With an acute eye for exceptional stones and a strong relationship with the world’s finest Diamantaires, Nesrine oversees and hand-picks the most exquisite stones for our clients. Personable, quick-witted, with an enormous heart, Nesrine enjoys working intimately with her clients and guiding them throughout the creation of their dream engagement rings. An adventurous spirit with a deep appreciation for her family and friends, Nesrine loves travel, culture, design, and her vivacious NYC life! Nesrine is of Lebanese descent, and grew up as a proud Michigander, opening her own shop in Traverse City, Michigan, at the brave age of 26. Spreading her wings to work in Monaco, she travelled between the Middle East and Europe, dressing celebrities and royalty in couture jewelry for private and red carpet events - such as the famous Cannes Film Festival. Finally, setting her sights on our little island of Manhattan, Nesrine joined the MP team in January of 2016 and is an absolute asset to our company - and all who get to work with her!
Nickname: Dolce de LècheRob is our Production manager and controls all of the manufacturing here at Marisa Perry. He meticulously oversees our special orders, custom designs, and repairs, enabling us to run a tight ship and maintain our reputation of excellent service! Rob has worked for Marisa Perry for over 10 years. He is exceptionally organized and efficient, with an acute understanding of the industry - as well as a remarkable memory! An avid reader with a philosopher’s mind, Rob is also a big lover of music, adding flavor, charisma, and great energy to the store. Whether it’s hip hop, R&B, or the electric violin, Rob keeps us all on our toes, never missing a beat with his warmth, humor, and playful nature. A solid and dependable part of our team, he is also a devoted uncle to all of our shop pups!
Nickname: Mistress of Masters, My-la, or The GOAT. (greatest of all time)Mila is a valuable asset to our sales team and clients! Of Russian descent, Mila grew up in Cherepovets, Russia, however, Mila’s hunger for knowledge has had her travel the world, with three Bachelor Degrees and a Masters to her name - each accomplished in a different country! Accomplishing a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economics and Public Administration, she then moved to Paris to obtain a second Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the l’ESLSCA Business School Paris. Uprooting again, Mila earned her third bachelor’s in Marketing and Management from California’s Concordia University, before returning to Europe and traveling south to Monaco, where she completed her Master’s in Branding and International Communications. Mila went on to work for Louis Vuitton and Avakian Haut Jewelry, leading both companies press-communications before moving to New York City, where she worked with emerging brands, helping them establish themselves in the eyes of the media. With an innate sense of rising trends and deep-rooted love of fashion, Mila quickly established a Rolodex of NYC’s fashion “who’s who”, being recognized for her genuine kindness and elegant character, she stands out as a breath of fresh air in the industry! Mila joined Marisa Perry in 2017, bringing culture, character, and style to our tight-knit team! Most importantly of all, she is an excellent God Mother to our young pup Oliver.
Monica (Pasquini) Kenny
Nickname - COO - Chief Operating OrganizerMonica is the most recent addition to the MP family, and we quite honestly don’t know how we ever managed without her! Nicknamed “COO - as in chief operating organizer”; Monica just makes things work! Kentucky born, Florida teened, and NYC cultured, she is the perfect blend of southern hospitality, the sunshine states warmth, and New York City savvy! Curve ball fun fact about Monica - she is a professional Opera singer! Trained in London and Austria, she has performed world over, and actually met Marisa and Douglas when she performed at one of Douglas’s birthdays! They quickly became friends, and Monica came to Marisa Perry for her own engagement ring and wedding bands, so walked the walk of our clients long before she joined our team in 2020. Born and raised in the hospitality industry, Monica is wired to go above and beyond for her clients, being quick witted, efficient, and always upbeat, she is a radiant part of our little family! Oh… and when she is not raising roofs or wrangling Diamonds, Monica likes to unwind with a little casual Flying Trapeze, cirque du soleil style, “just for fun”.
Nickname: Jayne of all trades.Jayne is part of our sales and marketing team here at Marisa Perry. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, it was her career as a high-fashion model that catapulted her to NYC at the tender age of 20. Signed by IMG Models, Jayne was lucky enough to travel the world, work with many of the industry greats, and make New York her home. Creative by nature, Jayne joined New York’s School of Visual Arts in 2008. It was here that she moved from Fine Art to Metal Smithing, and later to Lost-Wax Casting - which ultimately became her craft. It was on launching her own jewelry line in 2016 that Jayne first met with Marisa Perry and Douglas Elliott and a deep affection was ignited. With Marisa’s business guidance and Douglas’ vast experience, they became both friends and mentors to her. Jayne’s hands-on understanding of jewelry, and her kind and charming personality, made her the ideal candidate to join the MP team. A freelance writer, Jayne’s written work is where she paints with language, and she now brings a vibrancy of language to the MP marketing team, adding that British eloquence and relatability to the company’s copy.
Nickname: Sweetface, Em, and EmmyEmily grew up in Cold Spring Harbor. After graduation, she went to LIM College - Where Business Meets Fashion - majoring in Fashion Merchandising. As an exceptional artist, Emily decided to continue her education at MUD - The Make-Up Designory - fascinated by the art of make-up and theatrical expression. Obsessed with all things beauty and cosmetics, she started what became a successful blog, under the name of Glamvasion. Hand recruited by Marisa Perry, Emily now runs the @marisaperryatelier Instagram account and heads up our marketing team, managing all things social media and email marketing. With a sharp eye for photography and a mastery of post-production, Emily is a big part of the content curation of our marketing assets and graphic design features for both in-store and advertising purposes. All skills and talents aside, Emily is ever sweet, kind, and charming, and we would be lost without her!