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This week I have the pleasure of featuring the amazingly talented jewelry designer, Joe Polthakorn. Joe is the owner and designer of Vilaiwan Fine Jewelry. He took time out of his busy schedule for a Q&A with me. My first glimpse of Joe and his beautiful line was when I attended a Sue Wong event to celebrate her Spring 2012 collection with my friend and Celebrity Stylist, Kendrick Osorio. Joe designed all of the jewelry for the show. Each piece was stunning and I knew I had to meet this designer.

Joe grew up in the jewelry business. He was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and learned the ropes from his mother who developed a successful diamond business. In fact, Vilaiwan is his mother’s name. What a lovely tribute to her. I also found out that Joe is a fellow Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising alumnus. Go team FIDM! While in school studying Interior Design, he honed his design skills and envisioned jewelry that is more than an accessory but art that makes a statement. I think it’s safe to say that he made his vision a reality.

Now let’s hear from Joe.

Love and Rosen:  Tell us a little about yourself and jewelry line. What materials do you use?

Joe: My name is Joe Polthakorn; I am a jewelry designer, retail designer, colors consultant, nice, passionate, creative and ambitious guy. 🙂 My jewelry line is called “ VILAIWAN FINE JEWELRY” which is my mother’s name, which means “Beautiful” in Thai. She is my inspiration and I grew up designing in her diamond business. My pieces are all handmade with precious and semi-precious stones. We also have some mixed media collections like measuring tapes, leather and pincushions.

L&R: Your designs are all truly wearable works of art. I think I have a tendency to be attracted to statement jewelry because I prefer to simple clothes and bold accessories. What is it that you love about the type of jewelry you create?

Joe: Exactly. We are from the same planet; I also love simple clothes with bold accessories. I believe that accessories reflect your inner soul, passion and energy. They are like the extra substance that you put on your body to compliment your appearance and that’s how you choose to tell the world who you are in a way.

L&R: What do you look to for inspiration when working on a piece or collection?

Joe: Much of my inspiration comes from nature: flowers, leaves, dirt, etc. Also, textures. I love textures of things. Of course colors. Coming from my interior design background, architectural shapes and graphics all inspire me. Basically anything that is beautiful. Beauty and inspiration is everywhere, just depends on if you see it, recognize it and appreciate it.

L&R: Do you have a muse or type of woman that you design for?

Joe: I love strong, creative, passionate ladies who have their own style, know what they want and go for it!

L&R: What has been the most exciting moment of your career so far?

Joe: I have many exciting moments and feel very blessed that my line has come this far and has been honored by a lot of press and clients. But I must say that the most exciting moments for me are when I put the right piece of jewelry on the right person. It is like Aha! moment, that person shines and becomes radiant. To witness those smiles and sparkling eyes are my best moments. I get goose bumps.

L&R: What is your favorite accessories trend of the moment?

Joe: Hard to say as my trend changes everyday, mostly depends on my moods or what inspires me. My best accessories trend would be that you wear what makes you feel and look good. The most important thing is that you wear them and not let the accessories wear you.

L&R: What are you working on now?

Joe: Many things and they all exciting. I am working on my new jewelry collections and Vilaiwan evening bags, scarves and home accessories, which are coming out later this Fall. Mostly are one of a kind…. The special kind.

I can’t wait to see the new jewelry and product lines! 

A few of my favorites from his new collection…

Photography by Matt Sillapasoontorn

For more, visit: Vilaiwan.com and “like” on Facebook here.

Thanks, Joe!

♥♥

Arica

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