Saskia Diez is an award-winning designer and the founder of her eponymous jewelry and accessories line from Germany. For Diez, jewelry is like a friend, a companion. It is also a means of expression. "It shows that I care about myself, it makes me feel more beautiful. Jewelry is something very intimate. How does it lay on the skin and on the body? What does it do with you and how does it change when it moves, how do you feel with it?”
Ensuring a ‘greener’ way of producing the jewelry is also important to Diez, the production process is kept local and her atelier teams up with a handful of goldsmiths from Munich, Pforzheim, and Werne. The gold and silver used by the brand are mainly from recycled materials.
Threading global influences through her diverse, seasonal collections, China-based designer Min Liu takes inspiration from her love of culture, history, and the arts. Lush Chinoiserie and bespoke embellishment paired with crisp tailoring and custom prints, Liu’s signature line blends modernity with tradition, innovation with classicism. Exquisite fabrics, deftly cut silhouettes, and artistic flourishes are hallmarks of Liu’s aesthetic philosophy; one that’s constantly evolving, stirred as much by the future as the past, yet always grounded in notions of proportion and balance.
Launched in 2011, the Ms Min collection was shortlisted for the coveted LVMH prize in 2016 and Min Liu collaborated on special collections with world-renowned brands such as Birkenstock and M.A.C cosmetics.
Liu creates original and timeless pieces that are the opposite of fast, disposable fashion and understands the need for a sustainable way of life whilst retaining every element of luxury and beauty.
Marla Aaron launched her eponymous collection in New York in 2013 when her combined obsessions with bridges, hardware and jewelry could no longer be ignored.
What began with one lock is now an entire collection designed to be worn in infinite ways and used as 'jewel tools' with individuals’ own collections—to redefine the ‘precious' in jewelry with individuality. Although recognized for its streamlined, industrial look, the collection is deeply rooted in the personal and emotional jewelry of the Victorian and Georgian eras.
Aaron and her team are interested in unorthodox places and spaces to buy jewelry and objects. To that end, in December of 2017 they installed their first vending machine at The Brooklyn Museum, it now pops up here and there in unexpected places.
Aaron also created the humorously named but very generous #lockyourmom project. To date, Marla and her team have given out hundreds of Heartlocks to deserving single moms all over the country. Read about it here: https://marlaaaron.com/pages/lockyourmom