Phyllis not only is talented with a great eye, but is also one of the nicest people I know. Her business has taken off this past year and I thought it would be fun to invite her by to chat about her designs. I think you will enjoy.
Tell Us About Your Design Process:
Usually design ideas just pop into my head at completely random times (at the gym, driving etc) and I am scrambling to write a note in my phone. (those are usually my best designs). Other times; I sit down at my desk and lay out stones and materials I love and pieces seem to just work themselves out.
What Designers Inspire You?
Aldo Cipullo designed Cartier’s “Love Bracelet” in the summer of 1969. It was inspired by the chastity belt and sold with a tiny screwdriver to take it on and off. Cartier would only allow it to be purchased as a gift (you couldn't buy one for yourself). As we all know this is still a highly coveted bracelet today. The bracelet was a genius idea/design and I would love to have a design like that. I also love Van Cleef and Arpels for similar reasons, timeless beautiful designs. Alexis Bittar is great too, his designs are so unique and whimsical, plus he is using ABFAB as his current campaign and I am obsessed with them!
What Are Your Best Sellers?
Our Dainty bracelet is definitely our most popular enduring design. I first made that bracelet two years ago before I started my business and it just sells and sells.
Our Moonstone and Sea Green Chalcedony Light Catcher necklaces are a huge seller now - we have expanded that line (now called Riggings) to other stones in bigger and smaller sizes.
By getting very little sleep. Hahaha, If anyone figures out how to do that successfully please let me know. I try to give 100% of myself to whatever I'm doing (being a Mom or working on my business). It is very difficult and the busier my business becomes the more I worry about being there for my kids. I don't want to miss anything.
Can You Talk About Your New designs?
I am known for understated simple designs but I have a few statement pieces coming out in our Egyptian Female Pharaohs line. I will of course have "mini" versions of these for every day wear.
Thanks Phyllis for stopping by! Can't wait to see all of your new designs!