Robert Wander was born into a jewelry family who owned salons in New York City and Paris. The family also had their jewelry in department stores though out the American southwest. Wander grew up in the business and eventually became the president of his family firm. Eventually Robert wanted to set out on his own which he did producing his own designs under the name Winc Inc. His business grew and his pieces began selling in fine jewelry galleries as well as department stores. By the mid 1980's he was traveling to Hong Kong to broaden his audience and founded a production house there called DWL. His designs sold in stores for nearly 40 years until Wander passed in 2019.