What’s your favorite part about conceptualizing a new design?
I am lucky enough to travel extensively for work, mainly to Asia, to collect new materials and source. I use these trips to get a clear space to design and conceptualize what the collection will be. It offers a real break from the day-to-day bills and other issues. I am never happier than on my way to the airport ready to takeoff to Hong Kong or New York.
From where do you draw inspiration?
I used to start really looking at what trends were coming up and go from there. I am not a traditional jeweler, I tend to source from the garment industry so it was always about how to fit my jewellery into designer collections. I have to say that after four years of working with stores and private customers, I am finding myself designing for those people instead.
What do you think will draw retailers to your collection this upcoming season?
I feel that my collection has a real point of difference in terms of look. I am not the only designer of resin jewellery but I do feel strongly that it has its own look and an edge to it. It is also very handmade and something I am proud of.
How would you define your city’s fashion?
Londonis always charming, quirky and edgy. It definitely beats to its own drum. Living out near East London, I get inspired by some of the more outrageous fashion elements.
Who or what has been your greatest fashion influence?
My time inNew York. I spent six years living in New York working for Donna Karan and then Alexis Bittar. Both of them had a profound impact on me in terms of the business and challenged me to get better, learn and then move forward.
What three items are essential to you during market week?
Three essentials during market week are comfortable shoes, a bit of fun at the end of the day and a smile.
Where can readers find out more about your work?
Sign up or “like” my Facebook page. I update it as soon as something happens. www.facebook.com/nicholaskingjewellery