Marylin Cooperman was born in Toronto Canada and emigrated to New Zealand at 20 where she wrote the New Zealand Herald's fashion and beauty column. In 1963 she decided to move to Greenwich Village New York. There she met Fred Leighton. At this time he was running a clothing boutique well known for Mexican wedding dresses and flowers. There she set up a small studio and designed a resort wear collection for him. In the 1970s, she established ‘Max and Marilyn’ which specialized in Art Deco-inspired clothing. By 1987 Fred Leighton, was a well established estate jeweler on Madison Avenue. This is when Cooperman came to him to work as a designer, creating modern jewelry that would appeal to his clients tastes. She designed new jewels and re-designing outdated pieces. Then in 1994, after several successful years at Leightons, Cooperman decided to set up her own company to create her original designs.