Johnathan Cardillo was born and raised in Southern California. His father was a Police Officer and his mother worked at his school to offset the cost of tuition for private school. At 21 Johnathan moved to Los Angeles to begin working for an acting school as Director of Admissions. Shortly thereafter he discovered his passion for all things design and more specifically, accessories. He took pencil to paper and let the universe guide his hand.
"I've had an eye for accessories as long as I can remember. I think it's partly because I was raised in a very strict religion (Pentecost). Wearing jewelry was considered to be a sin. I suppose I was a bit of a rebel! I can remember using my dad's tools to pry apart keychain rings and making jewelry out of them that I would wear when I took the dog for a walk. I felt like such a little badass! I grew up in a middle class family and if I wanted name brand clothing I had to buy it with my own money. I had this uncanny ability to walk through a T.J. Maxx or Marshalls and spot that one watch or necklace worth purchasing. It was like searching for buried treasure. I can't explain how, but I just knew which items were sure to elicit a compliment, and they would. Most people can't afford to be fussy with their clothes. They can't afford designer labels. They have to be practical. I've always felt that accessories should be an exception. Invest in good jewelry and bags and it will make you smile for years to come. Throw on an 18k gold spike necklace over a $20 T-shirt and suddenly the T-shirt is simply the backdrop for your statement piece. Let your accessories be the catalyst to opening dialogue with a stranger. I've always said that it's not worth its weight in gold if it doesn't elicit a compliment." - Johnathan Cardillo
After falling in love and having his heart broken, Johnathan set out to design a pendant that would serve as a constant reminder that love is dangerous and the heart is fragile. Something that he could wear around his neck to guard his heart, like a small dagger. Thus, the spike collection was born, and has been protecting hearts around the world ever since.