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.”

Wisteria Melody Necklette

Wisteria Melody Necklette

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 

 

Recognize Retail: Studio 2015

Nina Nguyen Designs is thrilled that Studio 2015 will be hosting a Nina Nguyen Trunk Show this Saturday, May 11!

Studio 2015 Trunk Show

Studio 2015 is not your traditional jewelry store. With 42 years of experience co-owner Tom Dougherty’s background in custom design has lead the store to embody more than just diamonds and gemstones.  Studio 2015 embraces the new trend of having no rules – mixing metals, natural elements and layering. This makes Nina Nguyen Designs the ideal fit for their store.

When asked what drew them to Nina Nguyen Designs, Studio 2015 noted it was both the organic look and of the designs and the great price point driven pieces perfect for self-purchasing women.  Since introducing Nina Nguyen Designs in 2012 it has become obvious that Nina Nguyen Designs and Studio 2015 are the perfect match, both embracing nature and empowering women. And that is not all we love about Studio 2015 – their mission to their customer and community amazes us!

While they are known for custom design and bringing in unique designer jewelry to Woodstock, Illinois Studio 2015 does not stop there. They have set an example by going above and beyond their mission of “Commitment to Excellence in Design, Craftsmanship and Customer Service by Utilizing [their] Resources to Meet and Exceed the Expectations of Our Community, Clients and Staff” by using their own personal experience and hardship to reach out to their community through multiple philanthropic outlets. Studio 2015 developed Tommy’s Angels as a venue for their staff members to participate in fundraising functions with donated designed jewelry. They have designed a symbolic necklace to inspire hope and positive energy to wearers and contributed to many other programs including, Woodstock Bunco for Breast Cancer, Boy Scouts of America, and Hooved Animal Humane Society among many others (you can find the list here).

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With Mother’s Day around the corner stop buy Studio 2015 for a gift that will wow the woman that amazes you.

Accessories Magazine – Designer Spotlight: Nina Nguyen

Nina Nguyen appears in the May 2011 “Designer Spotlight” feature in Accessories Magazine.

Check out one of Nina’s three essential items during market week–the Nebula’s Eye necklace!