Laura Reed was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She found her way to Charleston while stationed in Goose Creek to attend Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training while serving in the U.S. Navy. After 6 years of service, she decided to make the move back to Charleston and make it her permanent home.
After discovering the beautifully delicate oyster shells on The Battery beach, she decided to transform them into wearable art. Her use of the shells is a tribute to their natural beauty and the beauty of her new found home of Charleston, SC.
"Margarite" was once used as another name for a pearl. "Marguerite" is a family name that I have always loved, and thought would be perfect to incorporate into my business name. "Margerite" is the blended result.
"Motte" is a tribute to one of my dogs. He loves to jump and swim on The Battery beach, where I found all of the beautiful shells I make into jewelry. "Motte" is a historic Charleston family name and is the name of my dog's father. Margerite & Motte is the perfect blend of my family, my dogs and my city.