Nancy Davis - Designer

To be multi-faceted is to be contemporary. Nancy Davis is nothing if not that. Dividing her time between parenthood and philanthropy, activism and design, Nancy Davis has dedicated her life to inspiring hope in the lives of others. In this she finds peace and love – the inspiration for her jewelry collection and clothing line. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of thirty three while on a skiing vacation, the young mother of three was told by doctors to go home, go to bed, and wait for the disease to take its toll. But Nancy didn’t have time – she had children to raise.

Determined to learn all she could about combating the disease, Nancy traveled around the world searching for some form of advice from doctors, some hope that she and those who her shared her affliction, would have tools – medication or otherwise – to aid in their fight against this debilitative disease. Finding only duplicity in the research being performed by various experts and recognizing the challenges inherent in the competitive arena that is medical research, in 1993 Nancy launched the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, a not-for-profit dedicated to eradicate the disease. To date the foundation has raised in excess of $30 Million to fund the Center Without Walls, a collaboration of the nation’s seven foremost MS research institutions. To participate in the initiative doctors are required to, as Davis States, “communicate, not duplicate.” With the centers she funds, seven different drugs to fight the progression of MS have been brought to market.

Every year since the inception of her foundation, Nancy has co-hosted the annual fundraiser Race to Erase MS with Tommy Hilfiger. In 2002, with major rumblings around the world, she and Tommy determined to have a theme: Peace & Love to Erase MS. States Davis: “The feeling was to take us back to a time in our world when peace and love was a simple, powerful message.” The event’s symbol became a heart with a peace sign nestled in the middle. As a thank you gift to performers Natalie Cole, Donna Summer and Sela Ward, Nancy made necklaces bearing the powerful symbol. Upon seeing the jewelry, many in attendance wanted to learn where they could find more for their family and friends. And thus, Peace & Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis was born.

After an exclusive launch at Saks Fifth Avenue, the Peace & Love collection now includes good luck icons and semi-precious stones as well as the signature 18 karat white gold icon, encrusted with diamonds. The now iconic pieces can be seen on the likes of Halle Berry, Brooke Shields, Nicole Richie, Hilary Duff, Sharon Osborne, and Avril Lavigne, amongst others. For men, the icon has been interpreted in cufflinks bearing peace signs, Buddhas, and elephants with raised trunks, in 18 karat gold with diamonds. The cufflinks are worn by personalities Tommy Hilfiger, Bill Mahr, Don Henley and Elton John amongst others. Ever conscious of her primary concern, Davis has allocated a portion of proceeds from the collection to the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis’ Center Without Walls.

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Brand Philosophy

Peace and Love was born from Nancy Davis’s lifelong love of hearts, peace signs and equality!! The core Philosophy of the brand is that everybody in the world ultimately wants peace and love in their life. As Chief Designer of Peace and Love, Nancy Davis believes that great design and style should not be limited to the most expensive tier of the luxury market. Everybody deserves great style, luxury and beauty in their life. By developing collections that both include the luxury market and the mid-tier, Peace and Love reflects this direction. Nancy’s collections are influenced by worldwide great designers, her global travels and fashion industry partnerships. Each Peace and Love design reflects happiness and good luck.

Peace and Love reflects Nancy’s life and her brand … every day she personally works to bring beauty to life and in product designs that allow her consumers to enjoy the experience of Peace and Love by Nancy Davis.

Wherever you live in the world, we all uniquely long for Peace and Love, and aspire simply to have this universal language all over the world.