If you’re looking for true magpie jewelry that mixes fun accents from every corner of the world, look no further than Venessa Arigaza. The young designer’s creations have already caught the eyes of stores like Opening Ceremony and Net-a-porter.com, and can be seen on many a fashion peep’s arm.
Lucky for us we got to chat with Venessa about the inspirations behind her brand, and how she “makes it” in today’s fashion world.
What was your inspiration behind starting your own brand?
I’ve always collected things I love, from seashells to vintage jewelry and charms with any little imaginable detail. I think being able to wear pieces that I found in my jewelry box, together with new and natural things inspired me to create keepsakes to share with everyone.
Did you have any previous design experience?
Yes, I designed for nine years before starting my own business. I was a fashion designer for Tuleh, Carolina Herrera and worked as the design director for Zac Posen. As a jewelry designer, my designs have evolved and have become texture- and color-driven.
What inspires your designs?
I look for inspiration in everything – periodicals from the past, books on any subject and current happenings in fashion and accessories. What really pushes my imagination is my inspiration board, covered with color and swatches of materials pinned to charts with my notes. These raw ideas thrill and stimulate my inspiration process.