Who or what inspired you to be a jewelry designer?
I am specifically interested in the jewelry and adornment that we attribute to the different realms of NYC subculture; how and why a padlock around someone's neck can immediately establish their identity. My collection plays with the ideas we have of subculture, and then how those points of view trickle up into the luxury fashion market. My aesthetic has to do with this idea; it is high-end meets street.
What's your favorite piece you've designed so far?
Our cone bracelet; it has really become such an instantly recognizable piece for our brand - and also within the jewelry space today.
Who are some of your modern-day muses?
Our ad campaigns reflect who we see as modern-day muses. Each season, we photograph our friends as models. Past campaigns have included: Vanessa Traina (fall/winter 2009); Lauren Santo Domingo (spring/summer 2010); Kate Lanphear (f/w 2010); Giovanna Battaglia (s/s 2011); Tabitha Simmons (f/w 2011); Cecilia Dean (s/s 2012); Alison Mosshart (f/w 2013); and Anja Rubik (s/s 2013.)
What's one of your favorite highlights in your career so far?
Winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, being awarded the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, and being awarded the Tiffany & Co. Development Grant - all within months of each other.
What's on your music playlist right now?
- David Bowie
- Iggy Pop
- Lou Reed
- The Rolling Stone
- Patti Smith
- The Kills
Describe your personal style.
What are you reading?
I always seem to be reading a few books simultaneously. I recently started I Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell and it's great!
What are you most excited about in the coming months?
We always have special projects in the works at the studio - I continue to be excited and inspired by the innovate, progressive development processes our team consistently realizes.
My concentration for the time being is spearheading our fine jewelry division.