"I am a faucet ... It's just coming out of me. I don't preconceive it and I don't know what's coming. I pick it up and it turns into something. It's always transforming ... I am just a faucet."
- Lee Brooks
The Alex & Lee brand is based on a rich and vibrant history of love, imagination and cosmic wonder that started one magical day when Alex Mate' met Lee Brooks in New York's Central Park. The year was 1970, and the mood of the culture was filled with optimism, radical self-expression and ecstatic freedom. It was love at first sight, and from that day forward, the two became partners in life as well as in art.
Their first creations originated that summer by beach-combing on Fire Island. They collected shells, flotsam, stones and feathers and created macrame' necklaces with beads and wire. While walking the beach in their unique finery, they were discovered by Gwen Mazer, the Accessories Editor at Harper's Bazaar, who commissioned them to make 20 pieces for her new boutique on the upper east side which sold out in days. This collaboration originated the artists' life-long exploration into found object assemblage, or Objet Trouve'.