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!