♦ Currently obsessing over Luiny’s flawed leather choker, one of our favorite pieces to throw on for festivals or a night out! We had the pleasure of chatting with New York based jewelry designer Luiny Rivera for a little Q&A about her rad company! ♦
How did you get into the business of jewelry design?
I was going to school for the wrong career and was depressed and bored… so I needed something to express myself and my talents and make money off of it.
Do you have a creative ritual when starting to brainstorm a new collection?
I have books that I sit and look at and the inspiration organically flows from there… sometimes I don’t even sketch, I just start working with the wax and I can go for hours. I love wax carving.
Are there any jewelry designers that you look up to or are inspired by?
Not really… I admire other designers but I get my inspiration from tribal art.
What are some of your favorite key pieces from your Summer collection?
Really, all of them! But if I have to chose: the leather wrap necklace, the rugged leather choker, the ear cuffs and the rombo ring.
Definitely a cat!
Can’t leave the house without which item of jewelry?
Ironically, I don’t wear that many accessories, but lately when I do, I want to wear everything: I like to fill my ears and wear stacks of rings.
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