Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m bring you guys something extra special. I’m starting this new series where I interview fashion professionals across the industry and sharing with you their advice! I think it’s so important to help others in the fashion industry because in my opinion community is power.

Meet Peixi Kwee, creator and founder of NYC fine jewelry label, Maison Kwee. I sat down with her at this adorable tea parlor in soho called Mariebelles. We had the most delicious tea and pastries and talked about the fashion industry. I mean what could be better than that?! Here are some of the highlight questions and answers from our chat. Enjoy!


Q: What inspired you to start designing jewelry?

A: I use to work as a jewelry merchandiser, and I loved the creative parts of jewelry design and coming up with new concepts. But working for a large corporation didn’t give me enough creative control. So I decided to start my own line!

Q: What advice would you give to other aspiring designers?

A: I would say to persevere and talk to as many entrepreneurs as you can. Starting your own line can be very challenging at times but you just have to push through, and talking to other people who have gone through that before for advice definitely helps.

Q: Did you teach yourself how to produce jewelry?

A: The first company I worked for as a assistant merchandiser taught me a lot about jewelry production. I was very interested in the process so I constantly asked questions and learnt a lot from my coworkers who have been in the industry for years.


Q: When you begin designing your new collections, where do you get your inspiration from?

A: I get my inspiration from everywhere! Sometimes patterns and shapes from clothing or art and sometimes from nature. It really is just things and objects I am drawn to and I think about how to incorporate it into a wearable design. 

Q: Did you always want to design jewelry? If not, what were other career paths you took?

A: When I was younger, I wanted to be fashion designer, I had this little sketch book where I would sketch out  clothing ideas. I ended up going to business school but after I graduated I decided I wanted to do something more creative and got my first job as a jewelry merchandiser.

Q: What were/are some of the challenges and rewards of starting your company, Maison Kwee?

A: The challenge that I constantly face is communicating with my factory so they understand my vision for the designs. Another one would be getting the line into more stores. It is all worth it though, when you see your samples come in beautiful and also when you see customers falling in love with your pieces! 

Maison-Kwee-2Photos by me



    1. Thank you!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I love reading and conducting interviews because you can always learn something from them. xx

    1. Thanks, Colleen! I adore her rings too, her designs are stunning. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! xx

  1. Alyssa, this is just perfect! I’m so excited to read more from this series! It’s just brilliant! I really like how you always share with us everything you get to see or learn! You have no idea how much I appreciate it! From the tips you gave us the other day on snapchat and now this! I just can’t wait for more! You are going places girl! btw I fell in love with her jewelry! I’m checking it out now!

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    1. Thank you so much Ana! I love to share things that I know people will find valuable! Knowledge is power and I just love to pass everything I learn on. I’m so so happy you are loving this series! You’re going to want every piece of her jewelry–everything is stunning! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I always look forward to your comment Ana! xx

    1. Thanks, Carmen! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I always love to hear where people get there inspiration. xx

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I’m so glad to hear such positive feedback! I’m looking forward to publishing the next one. xx

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