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October 10, 2016



Florida-based Lema J Designs creates chic, colorful cuffs for a cause.

The company: Lema J Designs started in Orlando in 2013 and makes exotic hide cuffs and bracelets for men and women.

Founders: Sisters Jill Becker, who oversees the business side of the jewelry line, and Jennifer Benscher, the jewelry designer.

Inspiration: After Becker’s 21-year-old daughter died of leukemia, Benscher made her sister a cuff in Cara’s favorite color (orange), adorned with protective eye (shown below). The cuff, later called the “Karma for Cara Cuff,” helped launch the company, which gives 100 percent of the profits of every sale to the non-profit Karma for Cara Foundation.

Best sellers: One-half-inch cuffs ($380) in black polished pearl stingray, navy metallic python and the cheetah. Also the Karma for Cara cuff ($335 to $535, depending on size). Whenever someone purchases the “Cara” cuff, the company donates a second cuff to a cancer patient or a family member.

Other favorites: The Strappy ($175), a bracelet that features layered stingray ribbons joined together with a stainless steel magnetic clasp. Also the brightly colored Bendy ($60 to $75), bracelet that you can stack or wear solo.

What’s new: Crocodile cuff and the man band.

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