Spicing Up Bridal: A Taste of Latin Design

J. Lo (actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, to anyone out of the pop culture loop) is designing her own clothing line. Ricky Martin still makes women around the world swoon. And Penelope Cruz's dark-skinned beauty has reportedly charmed America's prince of film, Tom Cruise. If there's ever been a coming-of-age for Hispanic pop culture, this is it. When Mercury Ring's Phyllis Bergman looked at the phenomenon last year, she began to consider how it might affect her fine-jewelry business. After meeting with a focus group of Latin consumers, the Englewood, N.J.-based manufacturing company developed Eterno Amor, a line marketed specifically to the Hispanic market. Eterno Amor focuses on second-generation Latinos, who have integrated the American and Hispanic elements of their lifestyles. As a result, their design tastes are largely classic and traditional, Bergman says. They are, however,
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