trip to view the world-renowned art at the Nasher
After a browse through thoughtfully chosen art books—
many of these are titles from the Nasher Collection and their
exhibit catalogs—take time to discover handbags, ceramics,
Oiva Toikka’s glass birds, and jewelry. Of particular note is
the display case for B.Stellar Jewelry.
Dreamed up by two bellwethers of fashion, Misty
Incontrera and Nancy Koen, the B.Stellar collection
combines the elements of the natural world. Interesting
yet simple forms in metal matched up with gems create a
striking blend of the earth’s bounty with modern structures.
Every piece is handmade in Dallas with each style named
after family, a friend, or influential women like the highly
successful model Chandra North and gallerist Joyce Goss,
while some are named after innovators they admire like
Nancy Nasher, Kelly Wearstler, and Georgia O’Keeffe. No
matter the name, all the creations are essentially one-of-a-kind because no two stones are alike.
While Misty and Nancy are certainly soul sisters—their
paths aligned as stellar 20-somethings “working it” in the
design and fashion industries in Dallas—they certainly bring
their own individuality to the table. Misty is the designer
and also creates all the branding. She was an art major at
the University of North Texas where her skills were honed
as a painter. She says her artwork mirrors the similar shapes
and lines found in the collection. Nancy is the numbers gal
helming the business side of the young company from sales
to logistics. Make no mistake Koen’s title of COO doesn’t
hide her perfect sense of panache. She used her Bachelors
Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from the
University of Southern Mississippi to catapult her into the
Dallas apparel and accessories market.
Albeit different strengths, their common love for art
and fashion culminates in their successful brand now in 30
stores across the country, plus their own online store. “Art
and architecture inspire all of our designs,” the enthusiastic
founders say. Adding, “We have a love for minerals, stones,
and natural elements too.”
As to what makes this partnership work: “We had very
similar childhoods that aren’t the norm for most people,
so this has created a unique bond that’s not found in many
friendships.” Both attended Catholic boarding schools.
Today the two find parallels with “lines, shapes, colors;
positive and negative spaces inspire us. Art expresses one’s
feelings or perspective on life; a peek into someone else’s
passions. B.Stellar is ours,” the friends say. P
WHEN STARS ALIGN
Misty Incontrera and Nancy Koen find friendship and
commonality with their jewelry collection, B.Stellar.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIAM BICHARA
Above: Misty Incontrera and Nancy Koen inside The Nasher Store where
B. Stellar Jewelry is sold. Below: (left) Frankie necklaces with lapis, malachite,
and Tiger’s eye; (right) grey freshwater pearls and a four-inch brass arc
give the Lauren necklace a whole lot of look.