Edward N. DeCristofaro
Innovation, Honesty, Integrity, and a “Get it Done” attitude define Ed and his company. Since 1993, he has grown LDC using his vast experience, knowledge, and connections to the industry.
Lawrence DeCristofaro Sr., a tool maker and jewelry manufacturing executive, founded LDC Inc. in 1985. Ed took over the company at the age of 17, when his father took a consulting job in 1987. It was the beginning of his lifelong career in jewelry manufacturing and he can boast having built many of LDC’s machines and tools developing proprietary technology.
Edward became an owner of LDC in 1990 and full owner and president in 2003. He is well known and one of the most well respected individuals in the industry. Ed is a Past President of the Providence Jewelers Club, serves on the Board of The Jewelers Board of Trade, serves on the Board of The Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, is a member of the exclusive Twenty Four Karat Club of the City of New York. He is also a partner in E&G Tool and Die Manufacturing.
Executive Vice President
Jennifer joined LDC in 2007 in Product Development. A department that started as a single employee has grown to now several departments including Design, Import Coordinating, and Sourcing. Jen contributes in all aspects of the business including Product Development, Sales, Marketing, Management and Strategic Planning, playing a key role in LDC’s continued growth and success.
Jennifer started her career in apparel manufacturing at Cherry Tree Products in Providence before working in Technical Design for Foxcroft Sportswear in Fall River, MA until 2007. This manufacturing experience along with a strong interest in Jewelry and Design enabled Jennifer to shift careers and move to LDC.
The University of Rhode Island inducted Jen into their Wall of Fame of Successful Alumni in 2009. She graduated with a BS degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. She is also a proud member of several industry organizations including serving as a Board member for The Providence Jewelers Club, and a member of The Women’s Jewelry Association.
Director of Sales
The world of fashion was not just a dream but a motivation for Alexys Garrepy. In her early years, the image was set on conquering the buying and selling of apparel. Ironically, in her own back yard sat the capital of the Jewelry Industry and in no time accessories became her passion.
Upon graduation from the University of Rhode Island, with a degree in Textiles, Merchandise and Design, she set out into the world of costume jewelry. She spent her early years with two Providence based companies , before finding herself in New York City as the Director of Sales for a costume jewelry company . These tenures provided Alexys with a world of knowledge within the business from the smallest seaside surf shops to largest department stores. In addition, she has travelled throughout North America and Asia to see the vast market she aims to supply.
At every stop, Alexys has been part of a team that has exponentially grown each company’s sales business. When she came to LDC in 2011, she had an opportunity to guide the company into the costume market. Over the past five years, the company has grown its sales department, increased its customer base and amplified its overall volume. She has helped to develop a reputation for ensuring quality and on-time delivery while at LDC. In this time, the company has also seen its highest profit margins in sales and she continually sets goals for her team to exceed those margins every year. With thirteen years in the industry, she has the experience, but most importantly the grit to not only personally persevere, but motivate and lead the team around her. She couldn’t ask for a better cast of designers, product developers and merchandisers than those at LDC. “…my strongest trait is driving trend and having a true understanding of what the market holds today, but more importantly, what will be prominent in the future.”
Alexys is a board member for the Women’s Jeweler’s Association and resides in Warwick, RI with her husband and two children.
Raymond J. Esposito
To say that jewelry manufacturing is in Ray’s DNA would be an understatement. Ray’s grandfather started Esposito Jewelry in 1917. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncles, Ray joined the family business in 1978. Learning jewelry manufacturing from the ground up, he has a special appreciation for the details that go into making each piece of jewelry unique. Ray enthusiastically joined the LDC team in 2014 bringing with him a long history of manufacturing and industry knowledge. A graduate of Georgetown University, Ray remains active serving on the Alumni Admissions Committee. Ray and his wife live in Providence and have two children.
Product Development Manager
Jennifer’s career background began in Sales and Real Estate, a far cry from the glamorous world of jewelry manufacturing. Her love and passion for jewelry and fashion in general led her to become a Sales Rep for a major jewelry home catalog company. It was fate that brought Jen to LDC in 2012. She’s been an integral part of the growth and success as the company has become a leader in the fashion jewelry industry.
Jennifer has become a worldly traveler at LDC, developing strong relationships with overseas vendors. She does this by traveling to China several times each year to work face to face with each of our vendors, and shop the markets for the most current trends in materials and components. Jen also travels to Europe and around the US to research trends and competitive shop our accounts and potential new customers.
Today, Jennifer leads a strong Product Development team to drive sales through innovation and inspiration from high Fashion market trends as well as LDC’s own talented Designers. Her astute eye for merchandising is second to none and will aid in the continued growth of LDC.