Leah Aripotch was born and raised in Montauk, New York, in 1987, and currently works in San Francisco as a metal fabrication artist and jewelry designer. After three years at Savannah College of Art and Design studying painting, she moved to the West Coast to pursue a degree in sculpture from Academy of Art University. During her time there, she earned the distinction of Best Emerging Artist. She received a BFA in Fine Art Sculpture in 2012. In February 2013, her jewelry was featured on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York as part of a collaboration with fashion designer Teresa Field and textiles designer James Thai. Her jewelry work was featured on the cover of the June 2013 issue of Inspirare Magazine.