Heavy on Fashion talks to Lily and Eve

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to interview another great company, Lily and Eve!  Lily and Eve was started by three sisters Maria, Mia and Tanya. Lily and Eve is an ode to their grandmothers, Lily and Eve and their upbring in the Southern Philippines.  I love the vibrant colors and fabulous mission behind the brand, which is to bring women together and bring them back to their roots of diverse origins.

I also love that they are fellow Jersey Shore girls. 

So without Further Ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Lily and Eve






Tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your educational background? 

I was born in the Philippines but raised in Jersey, exit 9 - I see you're from The Shore! I actually have a degree in Telecommunications Management so I'm a daydreaming project manager in the daytime and get busy when I get home. 



How did Lily and Eve come to be?

Lily and Eve consists of 3 sisters. We grew up in the States so this is our way of appreciating and holding on to our identity and culture. The style of jewelry is inspired by the indigenous tribes of the Southern Philippines with their beading and bright colors. The cloth we use for the oversized clutch purses are traditional tribal clothing. When a friend or relative comes to visit, we always request accessories only because it's nothing that's available here. Every time we wear the accessories we always get compliments. We were lounging in South Beach when we realized maybe we should stop hording all these goodness for ourselves and open it for everyone. 




When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

I wanted something more than what is being offered. I usually dress in monotone and what a fun way to stand out by accessorizing in bold colors and pieces.





What is your favorite part about being a jewelrydesigner? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

My favorite part is coming up with unexpected colors to come together and/or designing something that I'm not such a big fan of but everyone loves or designing something that I really like but not everyone feels it - It plays with my emotions sometimes. It makes me wonder if I have bad taste?? My least favorite part is when a design just doesn't work! I recently tried to make these beaded French knot stud earrings and they were just too heavy. I have to find another way to make it work. It's frustrating but I have to find another way.



What was the first article of jewelry you ever designed?

The first ever accessory I created were these bangles made of twigs. Some where braided others were intertwined all were secured using twist ties from the grocery store. I thought I was so cool. I even painted them gold. 




What do you like best about designing jewelry? 

I don't consider myself a jewelry designer, I'd like to expand and say I'm an accessories designer. The best part of being an accessories designer is having successful "accidents". I say accident because I also sew purses. These purses were an afterthought - not part of the plan at all! I decided to make them to add variety to the line. The Lily and Eve oversized clutch purses are our most popular item. 




What advice would you give any budding designers? 

Be consistent and determined - business is slow when you first start but don't give up! Set goals - it doesn't have to be huge goals but make sure you work towards that goal. Last year, we set a goal to do 1 show a month. Not only did we reach that goal but we superseded it averaging 3 shows a month. It was TIRING but definitely fulfilling. Most of all, don't forget to have fun - it's all about balance.



How has the art world influenced the Lily and Evebrand?

Art, to me, plays on feelings and emotions. I especially like Roy Lichtenstein because his work challenges "tradition". I also like the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Both of their works are bold, thoughtful, and memorable. Those are the qualities I want to exude with the Lily and Eve brand. 




Describe the Lily and Eve woman?

Lily and Eve is an ode to my grandmothers so it should be fitting to say that the Lily and Eve woman embraces her roots. She radiates style and grace. She is fearless who stands up for what she believes in and looking good while doing so. 


If you had the chance to dress *anyone* who would it be.. who do you think is the most stylish person around?

Hands down, the awesome Iris Apfel -SERIOUS heart eyes! I love how she does not conform at all. I love how she puts everything on but still looks cohesive. I can go on and on -  I really admire this woman's fashion and style!





Where do you see Lily and Eve in 10 years?

I would love for Lily and Eve to get the recognition as a respected company not just for jewelry but an accessories house with a women's and men's line. 


What does fashion mean to you?

Our company motto is Believe in Bold so fashion, to me, is about emotion and having the confidence to stand out and express yourself. 


I would like to thank the creators at Lily and Eve for the interview
You can check out the entire Lily and Eve line at http://www.lilyandeve.net/

(All photos courtesy of Lily and Eve)

Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar!



Hello all my divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you my latest interview with the creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton. The Erimish bracelets are affordable stackable bracelets. The founders, Misha Wilson and Ericka Hamilton,  found inspiration for the fabulous collection from everyday life. With over 1000 styles currently available, each stack of Erimish bracelets is a unique reflection of  anyone's style and flair! 

So without further ado here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to The Creators of Erimish Bracelet Bar! 






Heavy on Fashion: How did Erimish come to be?


 Erimish Bracelet Bar: We started a “bracelet bar” in our retail location and it was a hit.


Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: 8th Grade 


Heavy on Fashion:  What is your favorite part about being a designer? What is your least favorite part about being a designer?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Freedom of style




Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed?

 Erimish Bracelet Bar: Bracelets





Heavy on Fashion: What do you like best about designing jewelry? What do you dislike about designing?

    Erimish Bracelet Bar:  Like: Mixing colors and textures to create a color that is new.
     Dislike: The trial and error- it’s hard to cut a bracelet apart after so much thought.





Heavy on Fashion: What advise would you give any budding designers?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Mix styles and color together that you don’t think will work. You will be surprised.




Heavy on Fashion:  How has the outside world influence the Erimish brand?

Erimish Bracelet Bar: Colors and patterns are our biggest influence.




Heavy on Fashion: Describe the Erimish woman?

   Erimish Bracelet Bar: Late 30’s busy mom- but wants to be stylish.





Heavy on Fashion: If they had the chance to design for *anyone* who would it be.. Who do you think is the most stylish person around?


Erimish Bracelet Bar: Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, SJP



Heavy on Fashion: Where do you see Erimish in 10 years?

Erimish Bracelet Bar:  On the arms of celebrities who want some sparkle and color on their days off.





Check out Ermish at 

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb



Photos courtesy of Erimish Bracelet Bar


Heavy On Fashion Event Photo rundown - Alex Soldier Showroom 2015


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to be invited to check out the Alex soldier showroom again! Alex Soldier is know for his artistic take on jewelry and his unique view on being an artist. I would also like to thank the Alex Soldier family for the opportunity to check out the collection for a 2nd time.

 Check out these beautiful and sophicated pieces of art on Alex Soldier website at http://alexsoldier.com/.

Alex Soldier Jewelry is sold at http://www.neimanmarcus.com/

 You can also check out my very first visit to Alex Soldier at /www.heavyonfashion.com//2011/10/alex-soldier-showroom.html


 Until Next Time
 Live,Style,Write 
Malanb

Heavy on fashion talks to Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse


Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you all a great jewelry designer from Florida, Alexis Dawn Geller. Alexis Dawn Geller is the founder/lead designer for ROXHOUSE, a creative and unique jewelry line which uses precious stones with symbolic meaning. 

So without further ado, Here is Heavy on fashion talks to Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse !




photos courtesy of  Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse


Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Ft Lauderdale until I moved to South Beach 4 years ago.

What led you to start your own business/brand Roxhouse?
When did you realize you wanted be a jewelry designer?

Roxhouse began way before I even decided to turn it into a business. For many years now, I would brand, see a color, a stone or a specific chain and my mind would fill in the blanks around it, creating a unique vision of the perfect piece of jewelry. It began to happen so often, I soon had a very large amount of inventory filling up my house. Shortly later friend after friend would request a custom made piece for themselves or for a gift.  I was so honored with these requests that I put a great deal of energy into designing something people would be proud to wear. I then realized if I could turn this passion of mine into a business, I would be honored, proud, and fulfilling other’s requests on the daily.



How did Roxhouse come to be? How did you come up with the name Roxhouse?

I put much thought into the name ROXHOUSE. I wanted to find a name that would encompass the main theme of my line which is stones, hence ROX (rocks). ROXHOUSE sounds like a powerhouse and feels like an energy source when I say it aloud. To me it is not only a name and a noun, but also an adjective.

Describe the Roxhouse client. What celebrity or icon do you see modeling the Roxhouse style?

The ROXHOUSE client is literally anyone that has la little but of spunk, swag or someone that is looking for something that will ever so slightly set them apart from others. The measure of funk varies from piece to piece. It is for someone looking for that statement necklace that will tell a little bit about who they are without saying a word. It is fitting for the most feminine female and the edgier chick.  It is for the t-shirt wearing guy that never really felt comfortable rocking jewelry as well as the guy looking to add to his arm party of 3 other bracelets.

I know Rihanna would love ROXHOUSE. Lenny Kravitz would be ideal as well. Honestly, any individual, celebrity or not, that is looking to push style boundaries just a drop, would be perfect.


photos courtesy of  Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse



Where do you see Roxhouse in the next 5 years?

I see ROXHOUSE being a word most people are familiar with. I see it being sold in higher end retail stores and I see it being the ‘go-to’ accessory for any occasion. I would love to do more collaborations with clothing designers and/or celebs looking to explore their fashion outlet.

Where can my fashion divas and gurus check and buy Roxhouse?

ROXHOUSE.com is the easiest way to purchase a piece. SOFi Salon also carries a wide range of items as well as Blush Boutique.


What advice would you give a budding jewelry designer?

I would tell a budding jewelry designer to find inspiration and ideas in everything. I would suggest sitting down with tools and materials and just seeing what happens. There have plenty of days where I have tried to create a specific design but then my vision starts to change and something even cooler, more unique and more fitting then I ever imagined is developed.


photos courtesy of  Alexis Dawn Geller of Roxhouse



Finally, what does fashion mean to you?

To me, Fashion simply means expression. It can be a slight expression or extreme. It can be clear and deliberate or soft and delicate. It is a form of expression that is understood among all languages and cultures. It is one’s shield between a person and the world while simultaneously being inviting and introducing exactly who we are. It should be embraced, accepted, and encouraged.


Find your fashion.


You can check out Roxhouse at 
and also on


Until Next Time
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion talks to Karina Iskin, Founder, ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry

Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring in the new year with a ne jewelry collection ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry. Established in Buenos Aires in 2004, ISKIN was created by Gabriela & Karina Iskin, two sisters with a mutual goal: To create unique jewelry pieces for the modern day woman. Heavy on Fashion reently interviewed on of the creators of ISKIN, Karina Iskin about all the details on ISKIN! 

So without further ado, Here is Heavy on Fashion talks to Karina Iskin, Founder, ISKIN Contemporary Jewelry!



Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry


When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer?
Since I was a child, I always had a love for jewelry. What fascinates me is the possibility to express myself through art and design. I always created accessories, and so it was natural for me to study Industrial Design. My studies and passion are seen in the jewelry creations made for ISKIN today.  

How long have you worked as a designer?
I have worked as a designer for just under fifteen years after graduating from college in 2001.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration can come from anything. Whether that is the memory from my childhood, a smile, a child’s gaze, the simple in the complex, the collective dreams, nature, and love.  





Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry


Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of jewelry.
I have a little sketch book with ideas that I take with me wherever I go. I like to experiment with different materials and techniques. When I chose one of the ideas that I like the best, I begin to make prototypes and models, and adjust them until I'm satisfied with the result. Once it's ready, I launch the production of the new piece, together with photographs, and marketing materials.

How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
It depends on the piece of jewelry. It can take one full day or a couple of months of development. 

Who are some of your favorite designers?
My favorite designers are Issey Miyake, Martin Margiela, Yohji Yamamoto, Santiago Calatrava, Oscar Niemeyer, Campana Brothers and Droog.

Photo courtesy of ISKIN contemporary jewelry


What are some of your favorite clothing stores/catalogs/websites?
My favorite clothing stores/catalogs and websites are Issey Miyake, Maison Martin Margiela and Marimekko.

What are some of your fashion goals?
My overall fashion goal is to be unique and bold, don't follow a trend. Be your own trend. 


Finally, What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion means a way to express your ideas and feel good about yourself.

I would like to thank Karina Iskin for the exclusive interview.
Check out more from Iskin Contemporary Jewelry at http://www.iskinjewelry.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/iskinjewelry
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/iskinjewels
Instagram - http://instagram.com/iskinjewelry

Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! Today I am bringing you a great interview with Jewelry designer, Melissa Borrell. Melissa Borrell Design is a great mixure of art and design.  Pop-Out Jewelry, 3D print out jewelry, and Topography Jewelry collections from Melissa Borrell design are innovative and creative. Melissa's work is wearble art and I must know how this line came to be. 

So without further ado 
Here is Heavy on Fashion Talks to Melissa Borrell!








Heavy on Fashion: When did you realize you wanted to become a jewelry designer? 

Melissa Borrell: I fell in love with jewelry making when I worked in a bead store in Boston after I graduated from college. I started selling my designs to galleries right away.  I was so excited about it that I would wake up in the middle of the night with ideas for new pieces.

Heavy on Fashion: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever designed? 

Melissa Borrell: The first piece was called the Orbit Necklace.  I made my own beads from wire and combined them with colorful glass beads. (image attached). 




 Heavy on Fashion: Explain the technique behind Topography Jewelry, Pop Out jewelry, and 3-D printed jewelry. 
Melissa Borrell: Topography Jewelry is made by soldering chain together at certain points so that it creates a "drawing" on the body.  After the piece is completed I oxidize the metal to turn the metal black.  

The shapes for the Pop-Out Jewelry collection come directly from drawings that I make.  I scan the drawings to the computer so that they can be transferred directly onto the metal. The final pieces are exact replications of the hand drawn shapes.  

3-D Printed Jewelry is drawn on the computer and then output in nylon by a 3D printer.  On some of the pieces I then add metal accents to highlight the sculptural elements of the design much like gemstones are set in traditional jewelry. 


Heavy on Fashion: 
How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? It really varies from piece to piece. 

Melissa Borrell: For many of my pieces it takes more time to make decisions and figure out how to make a piece than it takes to actually construct it and other are much more time intensive like the Topography Necklace which takes hours of very detailed soldering.








Heavy on Fashion: 
What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a designer?  

Melissa Borrell: I was very honored to have my designs chosen to be sold at the Museum of Modern Art design store in New York and Tokyo. 

Heavy on Fashion: 
What do you hope to have achieved in the industry, 10 years from now?  

Melissa Borrell: I hope to have  pushed the boundaries of what people will wear! 

Heavy on Fashion: 
Who are some of your favorite designers? 

Melissa Borrell: I love Issey Miyake - his technology driven design is a constant inspiration to me.




Heavy on Fashion: 
Where can readers buy your jewelry? 

Melissa Borrell: www.melissaborrell.com 

Heavy on Fashion: 
What advice do you have for aspiring designers?  

Melissa Borrell: Recognize what your talents are and push yourself as far as you can creatively.  Also, ask for help -- know your weaknesses and don't be afraid to work with others if you can't achieve your vision on your own.  

Heavy on Fashion: 
Finally, what does fashion mean to you?  

Melissa Borrell: Fashion is about expressing yourself and your individuality.  I love the fact that my pieces look different on everyone and show off each person's unique beauty.  



Check out more from Melissa Borrell Design at 
http://www.melissaborrell.com/