Joy Gryson has worked in design for industry powerhouses such as Liz Claiborne, Coach, Calvin Klein, and most recently Marc Jacobs, where she held the title of Director of Design and Development for Marc Jacobs Handbags and Accessories.
In 2006 Joy left Marc Jacobs to launch the GRYSON brand of luxury accessories. Inspired by her home in Tribeca, New York, Joy finds the sky at dusk over the Hudson or the way the street lamps reflect off of Greenwich street when it rains stimulating much of her designs. Joy packs her New York inspiration when she travels to her studio in Florence. The artisan leather workings bring together her sketches that mix antique and modern, masculine and feminine. “I find real beauty in contrasts” says Gryson.
Fashionistas and handbag mavens worldwide would agree. In a short period of time the label took off resulting in collaborating with mass retailer Target for a limited-time only guest designer program, to being nominated for the CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year award for emerging talent. In September of 2010, Gryson was selected as one of the eighteen hand-picked designers by Glenda Bailey to join the first ever Harper’s Bazaar Accessories Bazaar at Lincoln Center where the spring 2011 collection was presented. Since then, the brand’s loyal fans and followers have expanded, with celebrities including Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba and Isla Fisher joining their ever-growing list. In 2011, Joy Gryson was inducted into the CFDA.
In 2007 GRYSON introduced a small, yet significant line of shoes to complement their handbags and in spring of 2009, Joy unveiled a contemporary collection of handbags called OLIVIAHARRIS by Joy Gryson, named after her daughter. The line boasts the same beautiful Italian leathers GRYSON is known for, however the price point is under $500 retail and the look - a bit edgier. While the GRYSON muse lives in Tribeca, the OLIVIA HARRIS by Joy Gryson counterpart resides in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side. “I was inspired by the style of girl bands from the 80’s like the Go-Go’s, The Pretenders, and Pat Benetar when designing OLIVIA HARRIS by Joy Gryson.” The rock-and-roll attitude of the collection is certainly heard and has a loyal groupie following fueled by retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales and worn by stars and style-setters such as Fergie, Sienna Miller, and Beyonce. In fall 2011, Joy launched CAPSULE by Joy Gryson, introducing high-end “night” bags. The idea for CAPSULE by Joy Gryson was spurred from Joy’s need for a handbag to wear out at night. “I wanted something for going to dinner,” Joy says, “but none of that pristine stuffy stuff!” Joy incorporated exotic materials ranging from Astrakhan fur to shark skin, covering the wooden framed clutches and introduced vibrantly hand painted python styles for spring.
In fall 2012, Joy launched IIIBeca by Joy Gryson, a line of handbags priced under $200. Three percent of all wholesale proceeds go to three not-for-profit organizations that mean a great deal to Joy and her family: Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Family Focus Adoption Services and the 9/11 Memorial Foundation. Each bag and small leather good is masterfully designed with the finest vachetta leather and available in a wide spectrum of colors, calling on a unique combination of practicality and style. Celebrity fans of the brand include Minka Kelly.
Most recently, Joy opened her first store, By Joy Gryson in August of 2012. Nestled in an 800 sq ft space at 106 Franklin Street and in the heart of her beloved TriBeCa neighborhood, Joy couldn’t feel more at home. “We love and appreciate our retail partners, but establishing a direct dialogue with our customers is amazing.”
Joy is a long time resident of downtown New York. She was born in Korea and came to the U.S. when she was three years old by her adoptive parents and has been a New Yorker ever since. She attended and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.