The next time Chris Tucker, Khandi Alexander and Sarah Rafferty get asked what they’re wearing on the runway, they can say Jewels for Hope.
The Stamford-based jewelry company owned by Sandy D’Andrea and her daughter, Stevie, recently got some high-profile customers when they set up shop at the Oscar’s Gift Lounge at The Sofitel Los Angeles last month.
Joey Lawrence, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tucker Albrizzi and Raphael Sbarge also came to check out the mother-daughter team’s hand-crafted swag.
Rafferty, a Greenwich native and star of the USA Network drama “Suits,” stayed to talk with Stevie — a highlight of her evening.
“Sarah actually posed with our Charity Bracelets and stayed and talked with me a bit about growing up in Riverside,” Stevie said in an email. “We connected over our love of the Stamford Mall. I’m a big fan of her show ‘Suits.'”
Jewels for Hope joined the Oscar’s Gift Lounge as part of The Artisan Group, which gives owners of artisan businesses the chance to introduce their products to celebrities, industry leaders and members of the press through participation in major award show gift lounges.
“The owner of the group, Valerie, asked me to go to the gift lounge with her and I jumped at the chance!” Stevie said.
Jewles for Hope donates portions of the profits of every sale to local nonprofit organizations, including The Foodbank of Lower Fairfield County, Save the Sound and the Alzheimer’s Association.