Designers Stephanie Wynne Lalin and Jenny Klatt of Jemma Wynne (new to BG!) talk to us about their incredible jewelry line and give some great advice for aspiring designers:
Bergdorf Goodman: What are some of your favorite materials to work with? Why?
Stephanie & Jenny: We are currently loving more angular and modern shapes and stone cuts and sticking to our modern deco meets feminine aesthetic. We love using precious materials like emeralds and sapphires and lots and lots of diamonds! They never go out of style and beautifully complement our custom yellow gold color!
BG: Take us through your process of designing. From what inspires you to how you decide where you want to showcase your collections.
Stephanie: Art has always had a large influence in my life. It definitely contributes to shapes and color palettes in our work. My favorites are always impressionist and contemporary pieces with lots of interesting and unexpected colors mixed together. Right now I am loving Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella’s geometric and color blocked works. I am also always inspired by mixing mine and Jenny’s styles. Jenny has a more relaxed feminine style and I have more of a tailored and polished style. I will come up with an idea for a piece and love sitting with Jenny to talk about it. The result is always the perfect mix of feminine and classically tailored pieces that work for all women.
Jenny: Collaborating on our collection is a really fun process. One of us will come up with a concept and Stephanie will sketch it out and we review all the sketches, make tweaks and edit everything together…this goes on for a while and there is a lot of back and forth to make it perfect. And as a result, our finished product is a design that infuses both of our styles into the piece. Also, we are surrounded by some of the most fashionable women in the world walking down the streets in NYC. There is so much creativity- sometimes we are inspired by the originality of these women and the way they mix and match their wardrobes.
BG: Being a jewelry designer must be a dream come true. Do you have any advice to aspiring designers?
Stephanie: Stay true to your aesthetic and believe in your designs. When we first started our business in 2008 our first designs were open bangles with various shapes and stones as enders. Most people didn’t understand them and how to wear them. But we loved them and stuck to the designs because we really believed they were beautiful. Fast forward to 2016 and they are the best selling silhouette in our collection and have really become one of the norms in bangle styles in the jewelry world. Also, do a lot of research. Think about what you are really good at and stick to that. Try not to do everything yourself, be involved, but find good people around you that can help you with things that aren’t your strength. Talk to as many people in the industry as possible and listen to their experiences. You will be surprised at how many people want to help and see you succeed.
Jenny: Make sure you truly love what you do. There’s no substitute for passion. People who are passionate always work the hardest, and that sets them apart. Also, you can’t just sit back and wait for things to happen for you. You need to go out there and make things happen.
BG: What songs do you have on repeat at the moment?
Stephanie: Jenny and I have very different tastes in music. There isn’t one particular song I have on repeat but I love anything by Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Janet Jackson (’90’s versions!)
Jenny: I am always discovering new songs because my husband is very into music and it plays at all times in our house! At the moment I’m loving Oblivion-Bastille, My Life, My Love by Family & Friends, Lord Huron Ends of the Earth and Adele because I cannot escape it. 🙂
BG: What are 2 of your favorite accounts to follow on Instagram?
Stephanie & Jenny:
@The_red_list is a go to for visual inspiration
@thefatjewish just because… who doesn’t follow him?
Shop Jemma Wynne in the new Jewelry Salon on the Main Floor.