Simon Alcantara has a reputation for crafting handmade, magical, whimsical, and modernist pieces that convey a feeling of exoticism and an adventurous spirit. The primary source of his inspiration comes from the individualist modern person who celebrates their inherent personal power.
Native New Yorker Simon Alcantara is a former professional classical dancer who danced soloist and principal roles in the U.S. and abroad. He is an award-winning jewelry designer who formerly designed for Oscar de la Renta, Balmain Haute Couture and J. Mendel. In addition to being honored the Rising Star Award for Fine Jewelry by Fashion Group International Inc., Alcantara was also one of nine designers chosen by a panel of fashion editors, executives and members of the CFDA and the NY Transit System to design a subway-inspired accessory for the centennial celebration of the New York Subway System. Alcantara is continuously exploring multiple art forms, including jewelry, photography, and film. “My intention is to create something beautiful, meaningful, timeless, memorable, and powerful,” he says.
In 2004 Alcantara was accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
In March 2013 Alcantara co-founded CREATIVE COLLECTIVE COL-LAB
In October of 2013 Alcantara and Talya Cousins co-founded the Jewelry Designers of the CFDA Showcase
In 2015 Alcantara was elected chairman of the Jewelry Designers of the CFDA Committee and served until the end of 2017.
Simon Alcantara resigned as a CFDA member on August 16, 2019. He felt that the current values of the CFDA was in direct conflict to his business and personal values.