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At Bank of America, we're committed to helping grow local economies and strengthen the communities we serve. By combining local support and expertise with our national reach, we're connecting customers and communities across the country to the resources they need to thrive.

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VIDEO: How Alex & Ani turned recycled metals into a global brand Alex & Ani bracelets

Rhode Island produced up to 75% of the world’s costume jewelry.  Up and through 1979 we were the jewelry capital of the America.

Giovanni Feroce
CEO, Alex + Ani

So it was heartbreaking because I watched an industry fall to pieces. I absolutely swore that I would never let that happen to my family’s factory. 

The first thing I ever made, actually it’s right there – it’s the cocktail rings.  I went to New York with my five cocktail rings as a collection.  One of the showrooms realized I had a factory and realized I had some talent, and that’s a winning combination. I got my first order and it just started taking off.

Carolyn Rafaelian
Founder, Alex + Ani

We are known for our tag line which is Made in America with love.  And we’ve gone from 23 jobs in twenty ten to over a thousand jobs in just a few years.

Plating companies, chain companies, stone companies.  The amount of people that have been touched by what’s been created here - it’s been amazing. 

We’ve impacted three to four thousand jobs because of all the supply chains being here in the United States.

One of the things that I love about working with Carolyn and Giovanni is that they’re bringing that manufacturing base back to Rhode Island. 

Patrick LeBeau
U.S. Trust, Managing Dir.

Giovanni brought in Bank of America and they believed in us.  They understood our needs and they helped propel everything.

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