Nina Nguyen Featured in INDESIGN April/March 2014

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GOLDEN BEGINNINGS: “I used to help my mother trade gold in our hometown of Pleiku, Vietnam. Every Sunday, my mother would set up her little table, and workers from the nearby river who’d panned for gold would line up to sell my mother the gold they had found. My uncle used to make the beautiful sparkly gold dust into rings. My job was to bike to the market to deliver the gold. The gold rings were fastened on a chain for me to easily disguise under my clothes. This was to evade the communists’ eyes and ears on my parents. Being able to work with my family is a major part of my jewelry designing process today.”

FAVORITE STONES: “Anything that is unique, mineral, fossilized and can’t be found in a traditional jewelry store. Right now, I am obsessed with druzy and geodes.” 

                         Maharani Wisdom Cuff

THE GREATER GOOD: “I think all products should be made in a manner that benefits everyone involved. I would love for my jewelry to help bring this message: That people should always be concerned with where the things they purchase come from, who made them, where the materials came from, how long will it last, and what will become of it when its life is over.”

DESIGN INSPIRATION: “I first experienced wisteria’s allure as a tourist traveling through Tokyo by bicycle. Pedaling a bicycle path completely surrounded by wisteria, I was immediately fascinated by the graceful purple blossoms cascading into view. Wisteria’s enduring beauty and charm will be represented in my spring 2014 collection.”

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CELEBRITY CONNECTION:  “In 2013, Miranda Lambert wore our Audrey earrings in black druzy to the season premiere of THE VOICE. That was such a pleasant surprise! Her stylist contacted my PR firm, so I guess my unique design is being mentioned in the celeb stylist circle.”

STYLE EVOLUTION: “I think my work has evolved as my personal preferences evolved. The styling of my design has changed from having a more modern and minimal look to having a somewhat classic, heirloom look while retaining the composition of a modern material”

STANDING ON PRINCIPLE: “In 2009, my line was represented by a New York showroom. I was dealing with the constant pressure from department stores and buyers to produce cheaper products. I don’t know how I did it, but I walked away from some very large purchase orders to focus on bettering my designs. The biggest achievement of my career was when I learned to stay focused on what I do, who I am, who my audience is and what my brand represents.


Q & A  / Getting Personal with Nina Nguyen

WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND WHEN YOU ARE NOT DESIGNING? “Children of Vietnam project. I plan to bring my experience to assist with raising more funds and bringing awareness to the organization.”
WHAT CAN’T YOU RESIST BUYING WHEN OUT SHOPPING? “Is there a hotline for Shoeaholics Anonymous?”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY? “I moved to Boulder, Colorado a year ago. There is so much to do and it is always nice to wake up in my own bed since I am on the road so much.”
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY OTHER CAREER. WHAT WOULD IT BE? “Eco-handbag or eco-apparel designer. Have you tried to look for eco-clothes? I could see myself taking an interest in this industry.”

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by INDESIGN Magazine 

 

Jet Set with Nina Nguyen!

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From Colorado to North Carolina and from London to Texas…
Nina Nguyen is off on a series of Druzylicious Adventures!

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Starting off her adventures Nina Nguyen will be in North Carolina this weekend, meeting her fans at Brownlee Jewelers for a 2 day Trunk Show Event: Friday,  August 16 and Saturday Aug 17, 1 pm-6 pm, where a portion of sales will be donated to two North Carolina based charities,  Care Ring and Children of Vietnam.  Fresh off the launch of her new Maharani Collection, Nina will be available to talk about her line, charitable outreach, green initiative and more at Brownlee Jewelers’ Park Road and North Cross Locations.

Today, at the Park Road store, Nina is honored to present Nicole Gross, the recipient of the Maribelle Connerat Award, a hand-picked a necklace to honor her strength in coping with the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy. Following today’s show, Nina will also be attending Care Ring’s, Young Professional Event in Charlotte at Bubble Lounge.

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From North Carolina Nina will be jetting off to London for a high-fashion photo shoot for the new season!  Nina will be working side-by-side with renowned photographer, Joanna Krusta.  Her work can be described as delicate and visually striking, with all the mystique of classical portraiture.  Joanna will be highlighting Nina Nguyen’s new pieces, along with some of her classics for a stunning fashion shoot that Nina is looking forward to immensely.

To cap off her international adventures Nina will be in Dallas, Texas to exhibit at the SMART Show next weekend.  You can stop by and visit with Nina August 24-26, 2013 at Booth #512 to see the full line of Nina Nguyen Jewelry, and to welcome her back to the states!

Retailer Spotlight: Brownlee Jewelers

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Since 1936 Brownlee Jewelers has been a North Carolina staple. What started as one store has expanded into a booming chain with seven locations across the state by sticking true to their mission of providing “Jewelry you can treasure from people you can trust”. Brownlee has built a strong following by providing a great selection of quality jewelry and customer service that goes above and beyond.

Family owned and operated, Brownlee specializes in timeless luxury Diamond jewelry, full service repair and custom design services. They recently expanded to the fashion-forward stylings of Nina Nguyen alongside their staple diamond offerings to better serve their loyal fans. Stacking and layered both bracelets and necklaces, mixing up style and metal, is a top trend Brownlee customers are loving this year.  They also love bold cocktails rings and statement-making earrings, making Nina Nguyen the perfect partner for Brownlee.

To celebrate this perfect match, Brownlee is offering Druzy fans in North Carolina the opportunity to meet Nina Nguyen and add a little Druzylicious into their life by hosting a Nina Nguyen Trunk Show at two of their locations this weekend:

Friday, August 16, 2013
Brownlee Jewelers- Park Road
4147 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Brownlee Jewelers – North Cross
9763 – B Sam Furr Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

In addition, to the chance to meet Nina, the first 25 guests will receive a Nina Nguyen Gift Bag stuffed with great items; and you can enter for a chance to win an 18” Divine Lotus Necklace that will be raffled off at each location!

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To commemorate Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Nicole Gross, on her Maribelle Connerat Award, Nina will be presenting Nicole with a gift at Brownlee’s Park Road location show on Friday. Additionally, following the Park Road show, Nina will be attending Care Ring’s Networking Happy Hour at Bubble Lounge for a chance to meet and greet more Druzy fans. In keeping with their commitment to the local community, Brownlee will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities, Care Ring and Children of Vietnam.

Come out for your chance to meet Nina, support deserving causes, and have a Druzyliscious time!

Nina Nguyen Helps Children of Vietnam Celebrating 15 Years!

We’re excited to introduce our fans to Children of Vietnam, a non-profit organization that is improving the lives of women and children in Vietnam. It’s a cause that is near to our hearts at Nina Nguyen Designs.

For the last 15 years, Children of Vietnam has done amazing work in the Da Nang area. And in celebration of its 15th anniversary, we’re asking our fans to help Children of Vietnam reach its goal of 1,500 “Likes” on Facebook.

As an extra incentive for you to “Like” Children of Vietnam, we’re giving away one pair of Nina Nguyen Designs White Druzy Silver Bella Earrings, featured in this summer’s Bridal Guide. You can enter to win these earrings from the “Sweepstakes” button on Children of Vietnam’s Facebook page. Or, if you are not on Facebook, you can enter here.

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Children of Vietnam is involved in a many projects to help women and children, including:

  • Providing single mothers with microloans, healthcare, housing and education to lift their families out of poverty.
  • Distributing food, milk and vitamins to street children homes, orphanages, schools, elder care homes, and families in crisis.
  • Helping provide quality care and access to services to children who may have been affected by exposure to Agent Orange.
  • Building kindergartens in rural, underserved areas
  • Funding parasite preventative treatments for school children

Children of Vietnam manages to do so much with every dollar it receives. It has been recognized as a 2013 “Top-Rated Nonprofit” by Great Nonprofits. And the work that it is doing is very similar to Nina’s efforts to provide job training and education to the women who work at her Co-op in Vietnam.

When you visit the Children of Vietnam Facebook page, sign up for the organization’s e-newsletter for updates about its inspiring work in Da Nang. Or make a donation to support its worthwhile efforts.

Happy Anniversary Children of Vietnam!