“I design jewelry—or you could call it body jewelry. I’ve just started working in colored stones and fine metal, which is really fun. I started out as a bag designer and had a line for five years before relaunching as a jewelry designer. I studied apparel at Parsons so my background is a bit all over the map! I also teach an Accessory Design & Brand Strategy class at Parsons with Jasmine Takaniko. It’s a beautiful moment to help someone develop the skill set and ability to translate their ideas and then communicate them to people.

Every day, even on Sunday, I always start the morning with braiding my hair. It’s been a few years now!  It’s a small personal challenge each day when I try to think of a new braid. Then it’s lotion, makeup and the last thing I do is my eyes with Bobbi Brown.

I think, because I was a handbag designer, I have these leftover definitions for what time of day different bags should be worn… and I realize now that has carried over to my makeup routine. I always do a nude lip in the morning and then add color (Guerlain Rouge G in 04) at some point midday. It’s kind of like a cup of coffee in the afternoon to perk me up.

I have super sensitive skin and it’s taken me a while to discover all of the products I’m allergic to. Trust me, it was not a fun experience. Simplicity is the best thing for me at the end of the day. I take a long moment to wash the day off of my hands before touching my face. I love New York but it’s dirty and I touch things all day running around town. Then it’s gentle eye makeup remover, cleanser and lotion.

Right now I’m working on a project with DTE Studio for their issue on Lunacy. May 5th is a supermoon, meaning the moon will be twenty percent larger that night than usual, so we put together a limited edition design in sterling silver and onyx to offer on the  Dream The End art platform. The video and shoot are so beautiful! I’m also really excited for the Mad Museum Ball because I’m making a piece of object-art that will be featured.

Manicure by Sakura

-As told to The Formula / Photos by Aimee Blaut in New York