Poor Cat Designs jewelry
A cat showed up on the deck of Joseph Romanowski’s house while the designer was planning his line of handcrafted charms, so the animal lover did everything he could to locate the feline’s owner. No one stepped up, so Romanowski adopted the “poor cat,” named him Felix, and used the kitty’s likeness for his logo. Felix’s good luck was contagious: New Jersey-based Poor Cat Designs (poorcatdesigns.com) has gained devotees such as Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa, who love mixing and matching the precious metal charms. Romanowski’s charitable work extends beyond Felix. Poor Cat Designs was tapped to craft the “Tunaweza Disc” for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation—the purchase of one allows 13 babies to be born HIV-free.